Dhoni to play for Pune in IPL

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP): India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina will play for new franchises Pune and Rajkot for the coming two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Pune and Rajkot are temporary replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who are suspended for two years over corruption and spot-fixing in 2013. Players from Chennai and Rajasthan were made available in a draft yesterday for the two teams to pick five players each at the salary they were getting with their old teams. Dhoni was earning $2 million per season at Chennai, while Raina used to get $1.5 million. Australian captain Steven Smith, South African batsman Faf du Plessis and Indians Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin were also selected by Pune. Rajkot picked India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, flamboyant New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum, Australian all-rounder James Faulkner and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. The remaining players from Chennai and Rajasthan will be available to Pune and Rajkot in an auction to be conducted in February. Last week, New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected as the replacement franchises following a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of $6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay $2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay $1.5 million per year.last_img read more

Maraño, Valdez, Santiago lead final roster for PH women’s volleyball team

first_imgAby Maraño, who has been named the captain for the national team, will lead a team that includes Mary Joy Baron, Mika Reyes, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, and Jaja Santiago who can also play as an outside spiker.Alyssa Valdez will lead the outside spikers for the Nationals, along with Ces Molina and Cha Cruz-Behag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe setters are Jia Morado and Kim Fajardo with Dawn Macandili as the lone libero and Kianna Dy the only opposite spiker.Head coach Shaq Delos Santos announced the team in a televised interview with ESPN 5 and also namedsetter Rhea Dimaculangan and libero Denden Lazaro as the reserves. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Russian official urges love at World Cup after backlash Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippine women’s volleyball team will have a plethora of middle blockers as the final line-up for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia was released Thursday Night.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

Women’s empowerment group launched

first_imgShades, a women’s empowerment group, was launched at the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) on Saturday. Its aim is to empower women through acts of volunteerism, and a number of highly motivated women were present at the launch.The event saw, among others, the appearance of members of the Enigma Dance Studio; former acting ambassador for Canada on Day of the Girl, Kendra Warner; and member of the ‘I can’ Foundation, Shabakie Fernandes, among others.Founder and chief coordinator of Shades, Lynn Medford-Ronnkvist, explained that the foundation was created to provide a way for women of similar age groups to interact and learn valuable skills from each other.Some of the members of the Shades Foundation“We have women of all walks of life, different backgrounds, different classes, different economic standards; so when we say volunteerism, you have an opportunity to help each other,” she highlighted.The foundation intends to give women a deeper insight on the reasons for their successes and failures, while helping them to understand the steps needed for advancement into another stage of life.Each age group at the launch was represented by a different colour, primarily pink, green, grey, orange and black.There will be a list of scheduled activities for each group each month, during which members can learn new skills for the development of their respective communities, as well as for the improvement of social interactions — to raise their voices against issues of today’s society, which include domestic violence. Several workshops will also be held throughout the year as well.The foundation is open to women of all ages who are willing to participate and be part of the activities and self-empowerment sessions. International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 8 under the theme “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.last_img read more

Canje continues to cry after closure of Rose Hall Sugar Estate

first_imgBy Brandon CorletteOne wish that every Canje resident has is the reopening of the Rose Hall Sugar Estate.A furious Canje resident stands in disappointmentThe Rose Hall, Canje EstateGuyana Times visited the Canje area, where feedback was given about the negative impact the Sugar Estate’s closure has had on the residents.A first glance at the entire Canje area will give you the impression that it is an official ‘ghost town’.During a visit on Monday to the Ancient County, this publication spoke with a number of sacked sugar workers, business personnel and other civilians, including the young population. They have all expressed similar sentiments.A specific gentleman who was among all the other residents who refused to give their name and designation told this publication that the people were literally suffering.“We don’t have money to send our children to school, since jobs are limited,” the resident detailed.A stop at a supermarket revealed that the owners are sitting waiting for hours for their next customer to enter the premises. It is now a rare sight in Canje to see persons frequently visiting the supermarkets as money in the Canje area has diminished since the closure of the estate.The owner of the business told this newspaper that he could not even afford to pay his employees as a result of the lack of finances. He added that the present A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has evidently forgotten the Ancient County of Berbice and further forgotten their role as a government.Since the closure of the Estate back in 2017, the state of the area has continued to worsen. Guyana Times also visited a local car wash in the area, where the owner revealed how slow business has become.Working on the Sis publication also visited a local wash-bay in the area were the owner has revealed how slow business have been. emieses. ugar Estate had been the main source of income and although some of the workers have been transferred to the functioning Albion Estate, vendors who usually ply their trade are out of work.The citizens of the Rose Hall, Canje area remain hopeful of the reopening of the Estate, since the present Government has now been tasked to revive interest in the estates by prospective buyers.Guygulf International Trading Development Industrial and Financial LLC (a parent company of Nand Persaud &Co Ltd), has shown intentions of acquiring the Skeldon and Rose Hall Estates.The negative impact has continued to influence business personnel and former sugar workers, but the young people have also expressed their disappointment in the closure of the Estate. A young individual who completed the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and was successful also felt the heat of unemployment from the Sugar Estate that served as the main source of employment.The hub for shopping – the New Amsterdam area has also been affected by the closure of the Rose Hall Estate.The main market has also suffered the consequences as vendors lack support from the Canje population who has seen a drastic decline in income.The furious residents are calling for this matter to quickly resolve as things will only get worse in the Canje area.last_img read more

GCCI launches inaugural Business Development Forum

first_imgThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Friday afternoon launched Guyana’s first-ever Business Development Forum, which will target the development of all businesses, whether small or large.From left: ActionCOACH Guyana Head Vishnu Doerga; GCCI Vice President Timothy Tucker; GCCI President Deodat Indar and Masterclass Institute President, Dr Rosh KhanThe Forum, which is to be hosted July 20-21 at the Pegasus Hotel, is being spearheaded by GCCI President Deodat Indar; ActionCOACH Guyana Head Vishnu Doerga and Masterclass Institute Head Dr Rosh Khan. It will seek to take businesses in Guyana to another level.Themed “How to be competitive, compliant and get compensated”, the Forum will focus on areas such as access to capital, insurance policies, incentives for investment, export market readiness, donor agency funding, modern marketing tools, registration and compliance.According to Indar, the Forum is a new platform for business enterprises to evolve their roadmap to success.It will be targeting businesses that are ready to grow in their scale of operations and will provide relevant information for each category of business with ample opportunities for questions to be posed to the conducting experts.“I’m very happy that this event is taking place under the leadership of the current council, and we look forward for it to be something that is reputable, it’s sizable and can make the impact that we designed for it,” Indar noted.Former GCCI President Doerga, who would be making a presentation during the Forum, said that he would be focusing on those businesses that were seeking to expand their markets.“In our segment, we will be focusing on the medium-size businesses, more specifically how to systemise your business operations and how to set them up in such a way for them to be able to scale up and to serve many more clients, to extend beyond the borders of Guyana,” the ActionCOACH informed.Dr Khan called the Forum a timely and relevant one. He said: “This initiative is not just an important one; I think that it is very relevant and very timely. I believe that we are on the verge of economic transformation, as we had a few announcements the other day from ExxonMobil and we’ve had a few agreements signed for potential trade investments, and I think it’s time for small businesses to really get their houses in order, to really leverage these opportunities.”The Forum is being hosted in partnership with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); Nations University; Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business; Republic Bank Guyana Limited and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).A fee of $20,000 is attached to the two-day event.The GCCI continues to lead the charge for improving the economic climate and quality of life in Guyana through policies that stimulate investment and expand economic opportunities for its members.last_img read more

Sting’s ex-chef wins her bias case

first_imgIn its ruling, the panel at an employment tribunal in Southampton, southern England, said Martin had been unlawfully dismissed by Lake House Estate, Sting and Styler’s management company, and was a victim of sexual discrimination. The judgment said that although Styler “had tried to distance herself from various unlawful acts and have them carried out by minions on her behalf, when the evidence is looked at holistically, her involvement is clear.” “She is without doubt the driving force manipulating others to perform her dirty work.” Styler said the couple planned to appeal. “I am devastated that the tribunal’s judgment makes this unjust and unfair attack on Sting and me,” she said in a statement. An employment tribunal in London ruled Thursday that Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, discriminated against their chef by firing her after she became pregnant. The couple, who face having to make a substantial compensation payment, said they were “devastated” by the ruling. The level of compensation will be decided at a June 8 hearing. Jane Martin, 41, said she had worked for the 55-year-old pop star and Styler for eight years, cooking meals for them and guests including Madonna and Elton John. She said Styler grew unhappy after Martin became pregnant in 2005, making her work long hours and growing angry when she took time off work because of illness. Martin, who accused Styler of having a “grandiose ego,” left her job under disputed circumstances in April 2006. “Jane Martin was always treated well and generously as an employee, and we remain stunned at her actions and at the verdict of the tribunal.”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

Bicyclists are riding high in NYC, Davis

first_imgA seven-block length of Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue is now being remade into the city’s most bicycle-oriented stretch of roadway ever, with a bike lane separated from car traffic by a paved buffer zone and a lane of parked cars. Bloomberg also has proposed legislation to make it easier to bike to work by requiring commercial buildings to provide bicycle parking. “According to surveys the number one reason why people who want to bike don’t is that they can’t park their bikes indoors,” said Noah Budnick, deputy director of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. If theft is the No. 1 challenge facing New York cyclists, safety is No. 2. According to the city health department and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 2.8 bike deaths per million people annually in New York City, compared with 2.7 deaths nationally – a not particularly bad ranking. But potholes and aggressive drivers can make it feel more dangerous. It was the city’s commitment to study bike crashes and prevent them that persuaded the league of bestow its bronze medal. Davis, which has an old-fashioned bike on its city seal, is the only platinum-level community.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! New York City’s bronze medal from the Washington-based bike group represents an endorsement for the city’s efforts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote cycling for a cleaner environment and a healthier populace. “The way we think about transportation and how we use our limited street space is changing,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner. The city is installing 400 to 500 bike racks a year and plans to have more than 400 miles of bike lanes and paths by 2009. There will then be 1 mile of bike lane for every 10miles of road; the ratio is now 1 to 15. In San Francisco, it’s 1 to 7. In Brooklyn’s hipster-heavy Williamsburg section, the city reduced the space for car parking in favor of bike parking – a first – when it widened the sidewalk to fit nine new bike racks over the summer. “It’s better because people used to chain their bikes to trees and house gates,” said Pedro Pulido, an architect who parked his bike at one of the new racks recently. By Karen Matthews THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – New York City, with its convoys of cabs, miles of subway track, fleets of fume-belching trucks and hordes of harried commuters, is a long way from Davis, with a University of California campus and not much else. But the concrete jungle and the college town were both honored recently by the League of American Bicyclists for bike friendliness. last_img read more


first_imgGlencolmcille will host the festival this weekendA unique map of Ireland carved from stone native to each of the 32 counties will be unveiled in Donegal this weekend.The 15 foot vertical construction has been a year in the making, with stonemasons from across Ireland each asked to sculpt a decorative map of their own county.The 32 individual pieces are being fitted together like a jigsaw to form a new monument at Glencolmcille. Called Stones Of Ireland, it is being unveiled at the annual Tir Chonaill Stone Festival in the area on Saturday.Each stone mason was asked to carve their native county using natural stone of that region.Louise Price, chairwoman of the Tir Chonaill Stone Festival, said: “We are overwhelmed by goodwill. It basically involved getting 32 native Irish stones from quarries across Ireland and then getting 32 volunteer stonemasons from their representative county to apply their expertise in carving.“The logistics of this project was difficult but the whole thing is driven by camaraderie and a love of what we do.” Embellished with artwork, the various county stones depict myths, legend and emblems symbolic to each county.All work has been carried out on a voluntary basis helped by donations of stone from quarries all over the island.Stonemason Patsy McInaw, who is president of the festival, said: “The monument celebrates who we are as Irish people and celebrates this ancient art. It reflects a people united in their work not for private gain but for the greater good. I would like to thank our supporters and all the quarries across Ireland for their kind donations of native stone.”STONE ME – UNQUE ROCK MAP OF IRELAND TO BE UNVEILED IN GLENCOLMCILLE was last modified: June 16th, 2016 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:donegalGlencolmcilleIrelandmapstonelast_img read more

Donegal TY students awarded for ‘Tasty’ food creations

first_imgThere will be seven never-before-seen dishes on the menus of select Donegal hotels and restaurants this summer following an innovative pilot project.TASTY 2017 is a new Irish Food & Tourism Project, which could be described as a mix of Master Chef meets The Apprentice.Local chefs from seven of Donegal Town’s leading hotels and restaurants teamed up with TY Students from the local Abbey Vocational School (AVS) and together they competed and created new TASTY 2017 food products that feature locally sourced ingredients. From Donegal Silkie Whiskey soaked Chicken Wings, Seaweed Bread, to Donegal Chicken with Donegal honey, there will now be a delectable mix of new dishes on offer across the county. Following eight weeks of mentoring,  developing cooking and marketing, the teams presented their finished food products at a Gala Awards on Tuesday, May 16th. The seven teams presented their food story to a panel of judges and over 300 members of the public at a Gala Awards and Presentation Evening hosted by Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal Town. The public also had the chance to taste each of the products. TASTY2017 Judging Panel: celebrity chef Neven Maguire, McNean House, Blacklion, with Thomas Clancy, Food & Wine writer, Sunday Business Post, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Paul Hannigan, President LYIT Letterkenny & Killybegs, Anne McHugh, Chef Executive, Donegal ETB and Zack Gallagher, Irish Food Tours Ltd.The winners were: 1st (Platinum) –The Seaside Bakery – Tonn Arán Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel. 2nd (Gold) – Uisce Fishce Quay West Restaurant. 3rd (Silver): StewStack – Harvey’s Point Hotel. 4th (Bronze): Foireann Caonach – Smugglers Creek. Lord of the Wings won Best Social Media award. Best Food Story award went to StewStack of Harvey’s Point.TASTY2017 involved a strong tourism, element, as each of the food establishments that have been mentoring the teams will feature their unique TASTY 2017 dish on their own menu for the whole of the 2017 summer tourism season!The LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs also supported the TASTY 2017 project, where teams had a day visit to the college and opportunities to experience a real-life hospitality environment prior to visiting their participating restaurant or hotel.Projects like Tasty 2017 are key to encouraging young food entrepreneurs coming into the Irish food trade and ensuring that the food and tourism industries here in Ireland will have a solid future.Ms. Geraldine Diver, Principal of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, is delighted with the project. “TASTY 2017 is an invaluable hands on learning experience that could never be achieved from a business textbook. This project will facilitate learning in so many areas and the students will gain invaluable life-skills throughout the process” she said. The voluntay Steering Committee of ‘Tasty’ 2017 Enda O’Rourke, Emily Brown Rush, Conor Daly, Geraldine Diver & Dr. Sean Duffy congratulated the 42 TY Students who took part and expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone involved in this project and who helped out in any way. The 7 Teams taking part in Tasty 2017 are:Foireann CaonachSmugglers Creek Inn Food Product: Irish Whiskey & Carragheen Cheesecake with Sea Salted Butter-Scotch Team Members: Shaun Campbell, Aine McGovern, Lisa Gallagher, Laura Taylor, Ellie Chambers, Euan Cullinan Lord of the WingsThe Village TavernFood Product: Donegal Silkie Whiskey soaked Chicken Wings with a Smoked Sea Salt & Blissberry Farm Honey Glaze and a Donegal Blue Cheese Dip Team Members: Jasmine Timony, Aoife Breslin, Aisling Meehan, Marie Harris, Patrick Harley, Dillon ThomasUisce FishceQuay West RestaurantFood Product: Whiskey & Honey Cured Salmon on a Stout Saltine with a Cream Cheese & Seaweed Aoili Team Members: Cian Hegarty, Siofra Mauehofe, Niamh Boyle, Ellen McGrory, Orla Breslin A Donegal FusionChandpur Indian RestaurantFood Product: Donegal Chicken in a peanut sauce, red pepper & onion concasse, mixed spices with Donegal Honey with cream Team Members: Victor Mitchell, Elizabeth Mackle, Kerrie McHugh, Aine McGroarty, Katie Shovlin,William BrowneStewStackHarvey’s Point Hotel, Lough EskeFood Product: Slow cooked Beef Cheek & Donegal Stout Stew Team Members: Eoin Gallagher, Charlotte Timony, Killian Faulkner, Abbie Boyle, Niamh Histon, Nicole Browne The Seaside Bakery – Tonn Aránwith Solis Lough Eske Castle HotelFood Product: Tonn Arán – A Healthy new Seaweed Bread with Foraged Ingredients Team Members: Karla Kelly, Ciaran McGrory, Aine McGroary, ClodaghBoylan, Mya Magee, Elaine WrightTirchonaill Toffee with The Mill Park Hotel & Leisure CentreFood Product: A Dessert Plate of Silkie Whiskey Toffee Pudding, Silke Whiskey & Sea Salt Caramel Sauce with a Local Rhubarb and Custard Parfait. Team Members: Ella Duffy, Daniel Gallagher, Shaneen Graham, Keri O’Loughlin, Marguerita McHugh and Evan ToweyDonegal TY students awarded for ‘Tasty’ food creations was last modified: May 18th, 2017 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:abbey vocational schoolawardsfoodhospitalitytasty 2017tourismTransition Yearlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of making a mockery of the banking inquiry before it even starts by delaying the first committee meeting this week for purely political reasons.Charlie McConalogueThe Fianna Fáil TD was referring to the Government’s decision to cancel the first meeting of the banking inquiry committee today after the Government lost a vote in the Seanad last week to get their nominee onto the committee.“It is disgraceful that the Government has forced the cancellation of the first banking inquiry meeting today for what can only be described as political reasons. “It means that this long-awaited inquiry is unnecessarily delayed now just because Fine Gael and Labour messed up and failed win a Seanad vote that would have ensured they controlled the banking inquiry,” said Deputy McConalogue.He added “Fine Gael and Labour set the rules themselves. But now because of their own failure to ensure that their Senators were in the Seanad for the vote last week, they want to change the rules again. Fianna Fáil made every effort to facilitate the Government by offering to adjourn proceedings, but the Government refused. The Government nominee, Senator Susan O’Keeffe, didn’t even turn up herself and didn’t ask for a pairing. Therefore Senator Seán Barrett and Senator Marc Mac Sharry were legitimately selected for the committee.“The Government’s appalling attempts to overturn the valid decision of the Seanad will expose their political motivations with this entire inquiry. This is supposed to be an independent inquiry focussed on getting to the truth behind the banking collapse in this country. If it is genuinely non-political, why is the Government tying itself in knots in an attempt to guarantee an in-built majority?“The Oireachtas has chosen its representatives on the banking inquiry and the Government parties must respect this and allow the inquiry to get on with its important work,” said Deputy McConalogue.  McCONALOGUE ACCUSES GOVT OF MAKING A MOCKERY OF BANKING INQUIRY was last modified: June 11th, 2014 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:banking crisisCharlie McConaloguedonegalMortgageTDlast_img read more