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‘Speedy’ Murdock tops Florida Open

first_imgJAMAICA’s Lesgar ‘Speedy’ Murdock was crowned overall Open Division champion at the recent Florida Open pistol tournament, held at Universal Shooting Academy, Frostproof. Murdock’s victory, the highlight of what turned out to be a Jamaican affair, marked the first major match win for him against world-rated Max Michel and Chris Tilley. The 11-stage, 300-round match took on a Jamaican flair as the stages were named for iconic Jamaican phrases and locations. The tournament mascot also depicted a Rastafarian. The tournament brought together 384 top shooters from the United States, Europe, the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. Jamaica had six entrants in the Open Division, 10 in Limited and four in Production. Murdock topped 100 rivals in the hot Open Division, tallying 1,538 points, 15 ahead of his closest rival. A total 38 points separated the top five. Though not the fastest, he was certainly the most accurate. Minor adjustments The Jamaican credited his victory to minor adjustments to his training routine. He has his eyes squarely set on a podium finish at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot in France, scheduled for August. Lennie Moulton, 34; Ryan Gourzong, 43; Errol Lawson, 51; Odane McDowell, 85, and Bernard Lawrence 90, completed Jamaica’s placing in the Open Division. Of the 100 shooters who lined in Limited, Jamaica’s Ron Brown Jr continued his winning form, placing eighth overall, third as Master, with 1,263 points, shooting 85 per cent of the division winner. Greg Henry won first-place honours in C Class, placing 35th overall. Sue-Ann Henriques, Jamaica’s most decorated female shooter, was second in the Ladies Division, 53rd overall. Andrew Yap, though disappointed with his performance, placed 12th; Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Orville Henriques was 30th overall, Ellsworth Dixon 41st, Paul Dixon 47th, Thomas Jones 61st, Owen Campbell 67th and Andrew Nish 84th. Production division hosted 89 competitors from which Jamaica’s Ryan Bramwell emerged first in A Class, 12th overall, with 1202 points at 76 per cent. Bramwell’s performance followed his Florida State Championship A class win. Sanjay Welsh topped D Class with 620 points, placing 66th. Darin Richards placed third in C Class with 783 points, finishing 53rd. Veteran Anthony Johnson was 38th with 904 points. Jamaica’s team to the IPSC World Shoot XVIII comprises: Murdock, Rory Wilson and Moulton in Open Division; Brown Jr, Yap, Evelyn, Henry and Paul Dixon in the Standard Division. Anthony Johnson will compete in Production Division. The team members are highly motivated and optimistic about their chances and continue to train prior to their departure.last_img read more

‘Cross Border Energy Will Support Economic Development in West Africa’

first_imgSay African Leaders; Break Ground for the CLSG Interconnection ProjectThe first cross-border energy supply between Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) that will support economic development, reduce the need to use expensive generators and allow existing and future hydropower projects to benefit the region has commenced with the ground breaking for its interconnection project.President Ellen Johnson of Liberia led the historic ground breaking of the energy project. Joining her were her counterparts from Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara; Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma; and Guinea, President Alpha Condé.Donor partners, contractors and other high-level officials from ECOWAS, the CLSG countries and the international community were in attendance, according to a CLSG press release.“We are pleased for this project. As many of you know, as ECOWAS proceeds to transform our economy, power has been identified as one of our main constraints. For Liberia, power is the one thing that has made a difference in the deterioration in the quality of life in all areas, as power supports education, health, industry, security and the comfort of life,” President Johnson Sirleaf said in her opening remarks.President Sirleaf maintains the CLSG project will bring to the beneficiary countries a big relief and that for those countries emerging, it will enable them to move at a faster pace in achieving their development goals.She described the CLSG project as a major impetus for development in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. “As we break grounds, all four of us as leaders of the CLSG countries, give to TRANSCO CLSG our fullest commitment and support to see that this project moves as quickly as possible in reaching the goals that have been set.”Once operational the CLSG Interconnector will ensure that communities across the four countries can access affordable electricity.“Hard work by African and international partners over recent years have ensured that essential technical and financial preparations, based on international best practice, could be completed and the construction phase of the scheme proceed. CLSG Transco looks forward to continuing this close cooperation over the years to come,” confirmed Mohammed M. Sherif, Director General of TRANSCO CLSG.The regional importance of the CLSG project was highlighted at a ground-breaking ceremony in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, attended by the heads of state of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and local and international partners involved in the project.In Sierra Leone and Liberia less than 5 percent of inhabitants have access to electricity and recent conflict in the region severely damaged existing infrastructure and hindered development of new networks. The new interconnector is also expected to significantly reduce use of diesel and heavy fuel oil generators.The European Investment Bank is providing a EUR 75 million 25-year loan for the EUR 370 million CLSG Interconnector project that is also being financed by the African Development Bank, World Bank and KfW, as well as the four countries involved.The EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund is also providing grant funding totaling EUR 27 million that will support technical assistance for engineering, feasibility studies and rural electrification. It will also reduce the loan repayment costs thereby allowing transmission tariffs to remain lower.The European Investment Bank has supported regional energy investment through development and expansion of the West African Power Pool since 2005 and financed rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydropower facility in Liberia and Sierra Leone.Over the last decade the European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 7.5 billion for energy investment across Africa.The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its member states. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU’s policy goals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mayor’s plan to curtail warming

first_imgUnder the mayor’s plan, the DWP will aim to buy 35 percent of its energy from green sources by 2020. Currently the DWP gets 8 percent of its power from renewable sources. Last year, the DWP board and city leaders cleared the way for power rate hikes to cover higher prices for buying renewable energy, but rates haven’t yet been affected, General Manager Ronald Deaton said. Schwarzenegger praised the mayor’s action plan, saying it builds on the state’s global warming initiative approved last year. “L.A.’s plan shows that cities can take local action to find global solutions,” the governor said in a statement. Villaragiosa said the lack of action by the federal government has spurred him and other local leaders to act. “It’s precisely because of the regressive policy of the federal government and this administration that cities and counties and states are leading the way,” he said. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 Aiming to best the governor and other big-city mayors pushing to curtail global warming, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a plan Tuesday designed to slash greenhouse gases in Los Angeles by 2020. The plan, which is being presented today to an international conference of mayors, calls for the city to cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 19 million tons – or 35 percent below levels measured in 1990. Villaraigosa and City Council members said it’s the most ambitious goal set by any U.S. city, and it exceeds Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pledge to reduce greenhouses gases statewide to 1990 levels by 2010. “It may not be easy to be green. But we can’t be a great global city unless we assume global environment leadership,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference. There was no price tag accompanying the action plan. However, it includes many initiatives already under way, such as concentrating development along transit lines to reduce vehicle use and buying more electricity from renewable energy resources. Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti said the plan sets an aggressive schedule and adds urgency to existing programs. “We’re not starting something new here today,” Garcetti said. “We’re midway through a change in the way we all act – as government, as private sector and as individuals here in Los Angeles.” Los Angeles has a major advantage in the race to cut greenhouse gas levels. Its Department of Water and Power – the nation’s largest municipal utility – is responsible for generating nearly one-third of the city’s carbon dioxide emissions. Simply fulfilling the DWP’s pledge to buy 20 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2010 will push the city to 7 percent below 1990 levels, according to the mayor’s staff. last_img read more

Liverpool XI v Arsenal: Huge boost for the Reds with Gunners’ mean defence up next

first_img Daniel Sturridge has recovered from his injury 1 Despite the absence of captain Steven Gerrard and defender Martin Skrtel, Liverpool have been boosted by the possible return of Daniel Sturridge.The striker had been out with a hip injury but manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful he will be ready to face the Gunners at the Emirates.WENGER REFUSES TO RULE OUT STERLING TRANSFERMidfielder Lucas is also in contention for a place in the boss’ starting XI, while Kolo Toure could replace Skrtel at the back, so is this how they will line up?Possible Liverpool team to play Arsenal: POSSIBLE ARSENAL XI TO PLAY LIVERPOOLHow do you think the Reds will line up? 1last_img

Hit-and-run driver sought in pedestrian death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City “Someone had to have seen something,” Lorenz said. “It’s a very busy intersection.” Anyone with more information about the case was urged to call Glendale police at (818) 548-4840 or (818) 507-STOP. ——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. GLENDALE – Glendale police today sought public help to find a hit- and-run motorist responsible for the death of a pedestrian. Wencslao Devera, 53, of Glendale, was apparently walking home from church when he was hit by a compact vehicle as he crossed Chevy Chase Boulevard about 8:15 p.m. yesterday, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Police officers performed CPR on Devera and paramedics took him to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he died, Lorenz said. The vehicle was described as a beige, white or silver-colored car, which may have a broken headlight or windshield, said Lorenz. 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

For the record

first_imgA story Wednesday said The Newhall Land and Farming Co.’s West Creek development is in Saugus. In fact, it is in Valencia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

These fans want Liverpool to sign Dutch sensation after he stars alongside VVD

first_imgHe had arguably his toughest test yet in his career on Satruday, trying to keep a resilient Germany attack quiet on Saturday.But the teenager excelled at the centre of defence alongside Liverpool star Virgil van DijkJoachim Low could only watch on as his side were torn apart by a rejuvenated Dutch side thanks to goals from Liverpool duo van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, before a late third from Manchester United flop Memphis Depay.The result leaves Ronald Koeman’s side on the brink of qualifying from their UEFA Nations League group, with de Ligt excelling.And his display did not go unnoticed by some Liverpool fans, who called on Jurgen Klopp to reunite De Ligt with Van Dijk at Anfield. The Dutchman was imperious alongside van Dijk De Ligt stops Manchester City star Leroy Sane @VirgilvDijk please persuade De Ligt to join you with @LFC ❤️— حمد (@H_H292) October 13, 2018 2 I know Gomez is in top form and everything, but good lord we have to sign De Ligt at all costs. The kid is a monster & perfect next to Virgil. #LFC— Rex (@ThatRexGuy) October 13, 2018 Despite his tender age, de Ligt captains Ajax having made just 76 senior appearances. Strong, quick and good on the ball, the comparisons with van Dijk and extremely deserved and his level-headed approach will stand him in good stead.With Juventus and Manchester City reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him, Klopp may be best served with taking the advice of these fans on Twitter, who could not help but rave about the starlet. Check out the best responses below! Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BEST OF If Joe Gomez wasn’t the best young centre half ever I’d probably be clamouring even more than i already am for Liverpool to get De Ligt. Clearly got a massive ceiling.— Mikey Richardson (@Mikey_R_1992) October 13, 2018 Virgil X De ligt. @LFC make it happen pls— Damilola (@__Damaine) October 13, 2018 2 Matthijs De Ligt. The Dutch Joe Gomez. Sign him @LFC #NEDGER— H. (@Virgil4LFC) October 13, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST center_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed SORRY scrap latest Most Popular Football News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most in-demand young footballers in the world right now and is being tracked by host of elite European clubs.The 19-year-old Ajax defender has been impressing for his club and country, with ten Netherlands caps to his name already. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ De Ligt and a Van Dijk partnership at @LFC would be pure filth— Kyle Bradford (@KZB97) October 13, 2018 gameday cracker last_img read more

IN PICTURES: JIM McGUINNESS AND HIS FIRST WEEK AT CELTIC WITH NEIL LENNON

first_imgJIM McGuinness looks like he’s cock-a-Hoops as he gets stuck into his new role at Celtic.Working alongside the gaffer Neil Lennon, the Donegal GAA manager is hoping to bring some of his skills to the cause of Scotland’s biggest soccer team.Next week the Hoops take on Spartak Moscow hoping to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. And after a 4-0 drubbing of Hearts midweek, Lennon is hoping this side can go where Man City and Chelsea have already failed.Glenties man Jim doesn’t look at all out of place as he catches up on training.Former Armagh minor player Neil was giving McGuinness a full run-through of training.And Hoops fans here in Donegal will have their hearts warmed seeing the four-leaved clover upon his chest.  IN PICTURES: JIM McGUINNESS AND HIS FIRST WEEK AT CELTIC WITH NEIL LENNON was last modified: December 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IN PICTURES: JIM McGUINNESS AND HIS FIRST WEEK AT CELTIC WITH NEIL LENNONlast_img read more

Men’s Golf Heads To Outer Banks For Final Event of Fall Season

first_imgStory Links Live Stats The Drake University men’s golf team will finish their 2019 Fall season in Powell’s Point, N.C. with the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate event hosted by Old Dominion. Drake will tee off in the first round on Sunday, Oct. 20 beginning at 10 a.m. The three-day event, which will be held at the Kilmarlic Golf Course, is a 54-hole event with one round played each day. The 15-team field includes Akron, Drexel, George Mason, Georgetown, Hartford, Longwood, Mt. Saint Mary’s, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, Old Dominion, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Francis, Saint Joseph’s and Winthrop. Drake finished 10th out of 18 teams in last season’s event.The Bulldogs are back in action for the first time since a third-place finish in the Zach Johnson Invitational. Drake was led by freshman Nick Pittman, who fired a 219 (77-73-69) to finish tied for sixth overall. Lucas Scherf finished tied for 14th  with a 223 (74-74-75).Following the conclusion of the event, Drake will return to action in the Spring season for the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event on Feb. 10-11 in Dade City, Fla.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

R2.4bn workers’ recession fund

first_imgWorkers who qualify for the new fund will receive 50% of their basic wage, up to a maximum of $773 (R6 239) a month. (Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zingaphi JakujaMedia Liaison, The Presidency+27 12 300 5436 USEFUL LINKS • Medium Term Strategic Framework • Department of Labour • Industrial Development Corporation • National Debt Mediation Association RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma: a more prosperous nation • SA celebrates new presidentJanine ErasmusPresident Jacob Zuma has announced the highly-anticipated training layoff scheme, backed by a fund worth $298-million (R2.4-billion), which will help hard-hit workers and their employers ride out South Africa’s first recession in 17 years.The initiative falls under the Medium Term Strategic Framework for 2009 to 2014, which is government’s response to the development challenges that arose during the first five years of the decade. The framework’s leadership group comprises representatives from labour, business, government and the community.Among the framework’s key objectives are the reduction of poverty and unemployment by half, and the provision of skills required by the economy.In his State of the Nation address in June 2009, Zuma mentioned the imminent implementation of the training layoff scheme.Making the announcement at a media briefing in August 2009, the president said that the scheme will be launched the folowing month. The funds are to be drawn from the national skills fund and unemployment insurance fund, both administered by the Department of Labour.Like countless others around the world, South Africa’s economy has taken a beating in recent months. The motor, clothing and textile industries have been particularly hard hit, while mining and tourism have also seen a slump.The finance and social services sectors have seen job gains, according to Statistics South Africa’s most recent quarterly labour force survey, released in July 2009.Alternative to retrenchmentThe number of unemployed South Africans rose to 23.6% in the second quarter of 2009 from 23.5% in the year’s first quarter. With thousands of jobs still in the balance and strikes arising in all sectors, government’s training layoff scheme is intended as an alternative to retrenchment.Workers facing unemployment are instead given a temporary breathing space of three months at the most. In this time they will undergo training that is compatible with their current field of employment, in order to enhance their skills and afford them better opportunities when they return to work.Only those earning an annual salary of less than $22 300 (R180 000) are eligible. Workers who qualify will receive 50% of their basic wage, up to a maximum of $773 (R6 239) a month.All applications will be handled by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). In selecting which applicants to approve, the CCMA has a strict set of rules to follow. These rules will be revealed within the next two weeks.The CCMA will also work with employers and trade unions in reaching agreement for the alteration of employment contracts to make the layoffs possible.Government will push for training in information and communication technology but where necessary will attend to basic training in literacy and numeracy.Cosatu happySouth Africa’s biggest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), is reportedly happy with the scheme.Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi also expressed his satisfaction that the president himself was taking an active role in addressing the problems faced by citizens.“Government is now coming seriously to the party, driving this process at the most senior level,” commented Vavi. “The president is the public face of the campaign. We cannot be more happy than we are now.”Vavi also said he was personally working with the private sector, putting steps into place to ensure the layoffs would not be abused.Other steps in placeThe layoff scheme is just one of government’s strategies to tackle the recession. The motor, clothing and textiles industries are to get special attention with support for struggling businesses and a planned rescue package, details of which have not yet been revealed.Government is to link its infrastructure development programme to the manufacturing sector, offering extra incentives for the production of certain types of equipment and products.The South African Revenue Service is to bump up its ability to sniff out customs fraud, said to be a big contributing factor to rising job losses.The state-owned Industrial Development Corporation, which provides funding to entrepreneurs and businesses, has allocated $748-million (R6-billion) to deal with the financial crisis over the next two years.Government also plans to speed up payments to small, medium and micro enterprises and other businesses, handing over the money within 30 days.Furthermore, embattled consumers and companies can now breathe a little easier with the establishment of the National Debt Mediation Association. The organisation, launched in May 2009, is aimed at helping those who approach them to consult with a debt counsellor and then restructure their debt.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more