“It’s a big difference, I don’t want to compare, but it’s really harder here,” said Clemente. “My first goal is to adapt to the system of coach Ramil.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clemente scored her first points in the UAAP in the Lady Spikers’ 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22 victory over National University Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center, effectively putting her name on the board.After playing out her first four collegiate years with University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA, Clemente made the jump to the UAAP and enrolled in La Salle’s Master of Marketing Communication program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsClemente finished with five points in her third game with the Lady Spikers but she’s far from satisfied with her performance.“I got a little bit of confidence but I’m really not satisfied with how I played because there are still a lot of areas that I have to focus on,” said Clemente in Filipino. “The coaches always tell me not to be contented with how I play.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ramil de Jesus frustrated with La Salle’s latest showing: You can’t blame mistakes on your opponents Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Clemente scored her first point with a quick kill for the 22-all tie in the third set but her highlight play of the day came in the fourth set when she drilled Jennifer Nierva for the Lady Spikers’ 23-21 lead.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said that Clemente has yet to push her limits especially in the UAAP where games are longer due to rallies.“I think in the other league one attack and the play is finished, there’s no rally since Lourdes is already big and her limits haven’t been stretched,” said De Jesus in Filipino of the 6-foot-1 middle blocker.“She not only has to block, but she also has to anticipate what the opponents would do,” added De Jesus.Clemente admitted that she’s had a harder time in the UAAP since she’s also trying to quickly adapt to De Jesus’ system with De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—It took some time but Lourdes Clemente finally made her impact for De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying
Executive Director of EPA, Dr Vincent AdamsAlthough air pollution is a “major concern” for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which falls under the Natural Resources Ministry, the Department is not equipped with the necessary tools to test air quality owing to the lack of finances.In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, EPA Executive Director, Dr Vincent Adams complained that the body was unable to function at its full potential, as funding for critical aspects such as capacity building was unavailable.Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day, which focuses on air pollution this year, Dr Adams stated: “We are looking at some statistics and the air pollution, I think, it says nine out of ten persons in the entire world is somehow exposed to air pollution. I think one out of every eight deaths occurs from air pollution directly or indirectly.”But although this is the case, he admitted, the EPA cannot test air quality. “So it’s a major concern and the problem is we do not see what’s in the air; it’s there, but we are not aware of it and that’s why the EPA is so important, because we are supposed to be equipped, even though you can’t see it, it’s to understand what’s out there and to mitigate against any health defects that come to the public,” Dr Adams explained.He is hoping that the Government considers the Agency in its next budget.“In my budget that I am going to be proposing for 2020, we are going to be proposing all of that, all of the requirements in the upcoming budget, but this here is really important and as a matter of fact, we have been taking it very, very seriously,” the Director assured.In addition, he stressed that the staffers of the EPA required training if they were to carry out their duties in a more effective manner, especially now that the natural resources sector is being broadened with oil production.“We need lots of resources, we need personnel who are trained, but we are not there yet. As a matter of fact, to be very candid or honest with you, we’re not even close to being there, so we’re putting a plan in place and next year’s budget is probably going to be the budget that really identifies all of the gaps,” Dr Adams posited.In the meantime, he said, the EPA has been conducting gap analysis to identify exactly what materials are needed. The Director referenced the fact that Guyana, with its diverse topography, required special vehicles to visit places such as the interior regions where mining was often conducted.He explained, “We have on the books currently over… I think it’s like 1200 permits meaning that we’ve got 1200 operations out there that we have permitted to operate, so we are supposed to oversee these things and not only issue permits but to go out there and monitor and make sure they are in compliance with these permits to protect the environment’s health and safety so we need equipment, we need lots of resources, we need personnel who are trained, but we are not there yet.”The EPA was established by the Environmental Protection Act in 1996. It is tasked with undertaking the necessary measures to manage, conserve, protect, and improve the local environment.It specifically handles matters such as air quality and noise, freshwater, waste, biological resources, land resources, research and development, ecological and human health risk, education, communication and awareness.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The junior girls’ volleyball team competed at home over the weekend in the Peace River Regional tournament. Hosted at North Peace, the girls got a rare opportunity to play in front of a home crowd. The Grizzlies started off strong with a solid win over Dr. Kearney, before losing in two sets to a strong Dawson Creek team and then winning against Bert Bowes. On Saturday morning, the girls won against Chetwynd to finish off pool play, which put them up against Dr. Kearney in the semi-final. The Cougars came out swinging, but the Grizzlies dug in and pulled off another win to set up a rematch against Dawson Creek in the final. Dawson Creek came out strong, winning in straight sets to take first place.The Grizzlies finished in second, with Dr Kearney in third, Bert Bowes in fourth and Chetwynd in fifth. Huge shoutout to Avery Hucker, who was named Tournament MVP. Dawson Creek and North Peace are off to the Zone Championships in Prince George this coming weekend.The senior girls volleyball team was in Prince George over the weekend competing at Duchess Park in their last tournament before they head to Provincials at the end of the month. The Grizzlies had a strong tournament with a couple of solid wins, finishing in seventh place.- Advertisement -Jordynn McPherson, Tristan Hynes, Carter Collins and Kane Schreiner represented North Peace at the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships in Abbotsford on Saturday. All four athletes ran well, with Kane finishing 28th out of 279 runners in the Junior Boys division!Athlete of the Week: Avery Hucker (Gr. 10, Junior Girls Volleyball)Avery anchored the girls volleyball team over the weekend with solid playing, consistent positive attitude and strong leadership both on and off the court. Congrats Avery on Tournament MVP!Up Next: The senior boys volleyball team heads to Peace River on Friday for their last tournament of the season, while the junior girls head to Prince George for Junior Volleyball Zones. Good luck Grizzlies!Advertisement
The 10-year-old girl was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Edwards said. She was in critical condition Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said. The family declined to comment through the hospital. Seth Johnson, a neighbor of the girls and their family’s landlord, said the two were half-sisters. Their family was at the Las Vegas hospital, he said. “It’s an awful shock,” Johnson said. “Their parents are very distraught.” Cathy Kelso, a bus driver, said she has been driving the two girls to school for a year and a half. “They’re little sweetheart girls,” she said. “I just keep hoping it’s not true, but it’s horrible.” Laurie Swartzbaugh, deputy director of the Arizona State Mine Inspector’s Office, said that the mine had not been used for some time, and that the office was investigating. She said abandoned mines are common in the state, and that since Jan. 1, the office has secured 108 of them. “There’s a significant amount of abandoned mines out there that are hazardous to the public’s health,” she said. “Most of those mines are from old prospectors who would go in and they would mine and they’d just pick up leave.” It was not immediately clear who owned the mine. Swartzbaugh said many abandoned mines date back to the early 1900s and that sometimes it’s not possible to track down who owns them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The girls, 13-year-old Rikki Howard and 10-year-old Casie Hicks, were out for a holiday weekend ride around 7 p.m. Saturday when their father, who was riding ahead of them on a dirt bike, noticed the girls were missing. “They were driving along, and they went into the mine. It was a total accident,” Mohave County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sandy Edwards said. The mine, believed to be inactive, is located in Chloride, about 17 miles north of Kingman. It was next to a dirt road, concealed by brush and had no signs or barriers. Sheriff’s personnel searched throughout the night, but they weren’t able to follow the ATV’s tracks into the 125-foot mine shaft until 6:20 a.m. Sunday. The team walked by the site overnight because the hole was covered, she said. When the entrance was discovered, the father called out and one of the girls answered, officials said. Crews later rappelled into the mine and found the girls and the vehicle at the bottom. ACCIDENT: Rescued sister, 10, has severe injuries. The girls were riding ATV on Saturday. By Amanda Lee Myers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX, Ariz. – A 13-year-old girl who fell into a brush-covered mine shaft while riding an all-terrain vehicle was found dead at the bottom Sunday, and her 10-year-old sister was rescued with serious injuries, authorities said.
The beautiful Hymer Motorhome which we road tested this week pictured as we pulled in at the foot of Muckish Mountain on one of the best days of the year. Photo Brian McDaidWorking from Home – Motorhome that is:This week our motoring column comes from the comfort of two brand new motorhomes which we drove for or summer report special in Donegal this week. Mention the brand Hymer to anyone slightly interested in camper vans or motorhomes and you will have an audience right away. The Hymer are the premier of motorhomes. We had the pleasure of driving a Hymer and also drove a relatively new brand to the market called Knaus and tested their Boxstar 600 Solution.The plan was only to drive the Hymer but as any motorhome fan will tell you there are so many different types of motorhomes on the market, So the Knaus brand also gave us a lot of food for thought. As we were waiting to get the Knaus ready for the road at Donaghey Motorhomes in Letterkenny one couldn’t help but notice how many tourists were milling about the outdoor showroom.After chatting to a few of them they told us that they were part of a motorhome group of tourists from both the Southern and Northern Ireland and made their way to Donegal for a long week end and made Donaghey’s Motorhomes their base for the weekend.Michael Donaghey and his staff provide a power supply hookup and with water supply and toilets next door to the their premises in a secure area which is just heaven for holidaymakers to stop and maybe shop for a new motorhome.The Knaus camper van which we also drove this week, from Donaghey Motorhomes in the Letterkenny, pictured over looking Innishowen Photo Brian McDaidThe Knaus Boxstar Motorhome: The best way to describe Knaus Boxstar 600 which we tested is that it is a very high quality built converted high-roof long wheel based panel van. If you are used driving a van these are very easy to drive.The Knaus that we drove can sleep four in comfort and also has four seat belted seats for when you are on the road. With the temperature heading close to 20 degrees for the first time this year it was nice to avail of the on board air condition in the motorhome as we headed off.A quick stop at a filling station to get coffee and a croissant also gave us a good test to see how good we were at parking this motorhome, You could probably park the Knaus anywhere you could park a van, but because this motorhome was built on a long wheel base van,you might have to plan a bit before you attempts a parking manoeuvre but with the aid of the reversing camera which appears as soon as you select reverse, parking was made easy.We went down to Grianan of Aileach fort and parked up to enjoy our morning coffee and croissant. On the way there we didn’t notice that the radio was tuned into medium wave or something, so all it would tune into was the cricket, England were playing Sri Lanka !. When I pulled up at the car park I had the door open on a beautiful sunny morning when an English tourist landed over at the door of the motorhome to listen to the game. How are we doing then? he inquired ,as he had a wee nosy around the interior. Grand i replied .Thankfully the cricket was soon over and my new friend disappeared again. I was just about to get to work on figuring out how the radio worked when the shipping forecast came on. I just love listing to the shipping forecast, it seem to be for all of Europe, I was sitting looking straight up Lough Swilly from the view point of An Grianan which was like a mirror image of Inch Isle and the hills of Innishowen. then the forecast comes in for Spain . gales in the Bay of Biscay. I am waiting on Donegal to get a mention, and true to form, after the Faroe’s, Hebrides and Rockall , Malin comes crackling through, Malin Head: Wind, Northerly 4 to 5 occasional 6 later in the east.Sea State, Slight or moderate.Weather Fair.Visibility Good. Sure didn’t I know the visibility was great taking in that great view through the window of our motorhome for the day. Its at times like this that I think of an old man who travelled into Letterkenny on a horse and cart past our home when we were wains and would call out to everyone he met. “ It’s Good to be living”The Knaus camper van which we also drove this week, from Donaghey Motorhomes in the Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidThe Hymer Motorhome 688 Premier Line:I was a bit nervous when I pulled out with the luxury Hymer onto the open road, The one we drove was finished in a lovely shade of metallic slate grey. You are aware of the wider stance on this coach built motorhome right away but after a couple of miles on a good stretch of road the judgement of it comes quick enough. The 2.3 multijet Diesel Engine has 150 brake horse power which seemed ample to move the luxury motorhome with ease. We are heading over the west of Donegal for the photo shoot of this model and make our way through Kilmacrannan. Just before the turn off for Doon Well a thought flashed through my mind, I hope I don’t meet anything big on this next narrow section of the N56.Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph, not one but three Feda O’Donnell busses heading my way. The drivers all kitted in white shirts and sunglasses. I take a quick look in the two drop down wing mirrors to see if I can get any closer to the verge without falling into the field below the road. I am sure I am going to loss a mirror or two, which will probably end up in Eyre Square in Galway attached to one of these expresses . I am screaming into myself, move over a bit boys. The first bus got past and nothing happened and the other two flew past with no connections made. I would say the three drivers didn’t even know the panic I was in. Their judgement was classic mine was on a steep learning curve but I have to say that the controls on these motorhomes are so easy operated its nearly like driving a car really, but just a slightly bigger car. As we head in to the remote Donegal hillside, the panoramic view out the windows of or motorhome shows just how beautiful our county really is.Fergus Cleary who we meet by chance at Grianan of Aileach with his Hymer Motorhome. where he gave us a few tips on how to get the best from a camper van. Photo Brian McDaidThe Italian Job:In summing up these two motorhomes on the road They both are built or powered by Fiat 2.3 multi jet diesel engine, The Knaus has 120 brake horse power and the Hymer had 150 brake horse power, the Knuas would feel slightly more powerful on the road even though it has the lower powered engine. Donaghey’s are also now Donegal’s agent for Fiat Commercials and with most motorhomes built on Fiats be it converted vans of full-blown coach built A or B class motorhomes, its a comfort to know that they will be able to cater for most if not all of your needs.On the day we were out we met up with the well known celebrity, Fergus Cleary who was out in his Hymer Motorhome that day, Asking him what was the fuel economy like driving them around, he replied , it would depend on who was driving the bus, He could manage up to 40 miles to the gallon tipping about with ease. but if you drive them on, the fuel consumption would drop. We ask Fergus had he any tips on driving them and he replied Look out for houses! He then showed us were he caught the roof of his motorhome on the spouting of his own house when he was parking his motorhome at the side of his own house.All aboard. What a honour to meet up with one of the guards that worked on the trains and railcars on County Donegal Railway. George McLaughlin pictured as he steps up on the runner board of the motorhome that we were testing this week. Photo Brian McDaidChance meeting:While out on the road this week we could not believe our luck when we met a member of the County Donegal Railway staff while stopping off for a cuppa in the old village, museum and tearooms in Kilmacrannan,George McLaughlin originally from Leganahoorrey, Kilmacrannan.was a guard on the County Donegal Railway working on the old trains and railcars up until the last day of December in 1959 when the railway closed for good.A guard on the old trains was responsible for the safety of the train and it was the guard’s duty to see that the doors were properly closed and the train is safe to depart, and signal ‘right away’ or clear to depart,was given to the driver. The guard was responsible for seeing that the train ran punctually and if there was a delay the guard had to account for it. They also had to do safety checks involving the train brakes and couplings ensuring they were in good order. The guard was also responsible for checking passengers’ tickets and at the end of the day was responsible for filing a report of safe completion of the journey.George worked as a guard on County Donegal Railways (CDR) for nine years until it closed in 1959. With no work available for him in his native county he immigrated to Scotland where he got work in Glasgow on there transport system as a bus driver. Its 56 years since the last train ran in Donegal and George remembers working on the railway as if it was yesterday. He remembers specials or excursions as they were called on the day to Rossnowlagh The headed from Letterkenny to Strabane then on to Stranorlar where extra carriages were loaded on the train, then on to Donegal and eventually to Rossnowlagh, That train had to go on as far as Ballyshannon to the end of the line in order to get the train or railcar turned on the turntable.He remembers loads of Americans on the train at that time and particularly of them going through Barnesmore Gap. At the time they were considered a bit of a nuisance as they wanted to photograph everything about the old trains and railcars. Thinking about that now he says they were right to record a piece of Irish history. George said it such a pity that the railway closed as it would be such a tourist attraction now for or beautiful county. He is pictured having a bit of craic on the runner board on the present day mode of transport our motorhome as he signals to the driver, (me) to get this yok moved out of the way, as I am blocking in his daughter’s car. It was lovely meeting George and great to hear about the trains that are sadly not a part of our transport system in Donegal no more.Fuel Watch: Our fuel prices comes from the capital this week, Lifford. This week and also join in celebration of a complete new business. Conor and Sandra McGettigan have opened a new state of the art filling station with deli and shop, on the approach to LIfford from Letterkenny, which will be opened 24hrs a day. Along with being a great boost to the local economy in providing employment, it also gives motorist from Donegal heading to Dublin at any hour of the day or night a bit of comfort to know that they can fuel up, both their car and also get a bite to eat before the depart from Donegal. Fuel prices from the new Applegreen outlet will also be very competitive and a check on them proved that this week. Diesel was 115.9 and Petrol at 131.9 which are some of the best prices for fuel in Donegal we have seen this week.Happy Motoring folks!DD MOTORING: BRIAN MCDAID EMBARKS ON THE ITALIAN JOB was last modified: June 1st, 2016 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:Brian McDaidCamper VansCaravanscolumnFeaturesFuel Watchmotoringnews
A Donegal man who was forced to return from Australia to answer an appeal against dangerous driving charges has had his sentence dropped but fined €5,000.Down Under: Glenn AlcornGlen Alcorn, 28, had to appear in person after Judge Keenan Johnson warned his solicitor that her client should turn up in person in court. Alcorn, who lives in Perth, appealed the case to the circuit court in Letterkenny but never turned up himself.On reviewing the case, Judge Johnson described it as one of the worse of dangerous driving he had witnessed and advised Alcorn to come back from Australia with a good wallet of money with him.Alcorn, of Renny, Lettermacaward turned up in court yesterday and told the court he was currently employed in Australia and planned to aply for citizenship there.“I have appealed the sentence. I have applied for residency and it doesn’t look good for my record. I intend to live there for the foreseeable future,” he said.He also produced references in court.The court previously heard that Alcorn was convicted in the district court on four charges of dangerous driving and one charge of failing to stop for Gardai on April 7, 2010.The offences involved Alcorn driving at speeds of up to 160km/hr on rural roads in the townlands of Menagowan, Farrigans, Renny and Toome.He was also convicted of failing to remain at the scene.Gardai had attempted to arrest Alcorn, but couldn’t because he was driving so dangerously and so fast, the Circuit Court heard.He also had a conviction for dangerous driving in 2007. He was disqualified from driving for two years on that occasion.However having listened to the plea, Judge Johnson said he was prepared to remove the suspended sentence and give Alcorn a chance.He fined him a total of €5,000 and gave him 12 months to pay.“I don’t think it would be fair that this hangs over you and I think you have learned your lesson,” he added.MAN WHO RETURNED FROM AUSTRALIA FINED €5,000 FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING was last modified: April 3rd, 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:dangerous drivingdonegalGlen Alcornjudge keenan johnsonletterkennyLettermacaward
Majella O’Donnell has urged people suffering from depression to ask for help in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.Majella – has asked people battling depression to seek help.The wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell has bravely spoken about her own battle with the condition and how she too wanted to take her own life.Majella tweeted “Some of the most talented and successful people suffer from depression. Never be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone.” The mum-of-two revealed how she ended up on a toilet seat in a hotel clutching rosary beeds trying not to think about killing herself.It was only an appeal from husband Daniel to go back on her medication that helped Majealla to recover.She recalled “I found myself with a pair of rosary beads sitting on a toilet at half past four in the morning in a hotel in London rocking back and forth and crying and praying.“I said ‘Please God don’t let me go down there again.’ She revealed it was Daniel who came to her rescue leading with her to go back on her medications.“‘He said “Please go back on them and don’t ever come off them again’.“I don’t think I will. I think that’s it for life.” MAJELLA O’DONNELL PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO ASK FOR HELP IN WAKE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH was last modified: August 12th, 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:donegalMajella O’DonnellRobin WilliamsSUICIDE
KCCA FC have now accumulated 36 points this season (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Tuesday, 08-01-2018-URA FC 0-1 KCCA FC-Police FC 2-2 SC VillaKCCA FC tightened their grip onto top spot in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with a 1-0 win over URA FC on Tuesday evening.The Kasasiros who had put 6 past Police Fc in thier last League game, struggled to find the back of the net and had to wait until the 56th minute to break the deadlock through Captain Timothy Awanyi.For URA who came into the game still unbeaten since the start of the current campaign, they had Siraje Ssentamu booked in the 93rd minute, following KCCA’s Patrick Kaddu in the referee’s book.Victory for KCCA takes them onto 36 points from their first 15 games of the season.Mike Mutebi’s side currently sit 7 points ahead of Vipers SC who defeats Onduparaka FC 3-0 on the same day. Vipers have two games in hand on the Kasasiros.For URA, they remain in 6th on the standings with 21 points from 14 games.In the game played at Lugogo, 10 man SC Villa surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Police FC.Villa who were coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Bul FC, took the lead through Charles Lwanga on the half hour mark.However, Lwanga would turn from hero to villain a minute later as he was given his marching orders by referee, Shamirah Nabadda.Deapite the one man disadvantage, the Jogoos increased their lead a minute into their second half through talisman Bashir Mutanda who converted from the spot for his 10th goal of the season.As expected, Police piled on the pressure and got their reward on 51 minutes through the in-form Juma Balinya.With 8 minutes to play, Balinya who also struck twice in the Cops’ 6-3 loss to KCCA last Saturday, scored again to ensure both sides walk home with a point each.The point earned sees Police move into 7th on the log with 21 points while Villa are now 12th with 14 points from 15 games.The other game played on Tuesday:-Vipers SC 3-0 Onduparaka FCComments Tags: KCCA FCpolice fcSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueURA FC
23 May 2008There is currently unprecedented interest in news from Africa, especially from investors who watch for both good news and bad, Reuters Africa editor Barry Moody told delegates at the International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA) conference in Johannesburg this week.“Africa is no longer a distant curiosity, now it’s a place of expanding potential,” Moody told local and international media and government communicators at the two-day forum that was held to discuss South Africa and Africa’s media coverage abroad.Reuters covers stories related to investment opportunities such as Nigeria’s oil, Kenya’s coffee market, Malawi’s tea farms and Mauritius’ fishing industry.Africa was also a fascinating place to work because of its volatility, he said, adding that Kenya was a good example of this, following the post-election violence.The ‘next big deal’Wall Street Journal Africa Africa bureau chief Chip Cummins said it was his responsibility to find out what sort of news from Africa the publication’s two million print and one million online subscribers were interested in.“There is an insatiable appetite for African stories. Africa is fascinating with many political moving parts. A lot of our readers are looking for what stocks they can invest in,” he said.Africa was seen as the new exploration frontier, he said, where one could find investment opportunities and the “next big deal”.The Journal did not have a sub Saharan Africa-based reporter until late last year when a correspondent was sent to Nigeria and Cummins added that he would like to have a correspondent based in Johannesburg soon.Eyewitness accountBBC News Africa editor Joseph Warungu said the rest of the world was watching South Africa with a keen eye due to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “It will be a big story and we will be putting a lot of resources into covering it,” he said.The BBC has 250 reporters and 70 bureaus in Africa. “There is nothing that can replace an eyewitness account of an event,” he said, adding that the BBC stood by the principles of evidence and transparency.South Africa The Good News editor Ian MacDonald said there were only a handful of correspondents reporting on a complex continent, which could result in superficial stories, and reporters not covering Africa the best they could.He said South African journalists had a social obligation to report on positive stories. “It can be a harrowing experience to read through a newspaper. There are vast stories that are positive that can be covered,” he said.Tackling major topicsReuters Africa website editor John Chiahemen said they had tried to break new ground when they launched the Africa website because of the growing demand for news from Africa, with the site currently attractive over two million visitors per day.Reuters readers, who are mostly the top 10% of influential people in the world, had been particularly interested in the site’s investing pages. At the click of a button, visitors to the site can find information on mining, oil, agriculture as well as get updates on key African markets and stock listings.Reuters had also recently introduced blogging on all its sites. “It has seen massive success with numerous comments flooding in,” he said.Also attending the IMFSA, was CNN Africa bureau chief Kim Norgaard, who said there was no better feeling than telling successful stories from Africa and changing peoples perceptions.“However, we have to report on the big negative stories too, we can’t ignore them. Our audience expects that of us,” he said, adding that it was important not to squeeze coverage of Africa into one small programme.“We tackle major topics and themes from all over the world to show people how similar we all are.”Source: BuaNews
21 December 2012African football stars and heads of state will promote the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s United Against Malaria campaign throughout the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) tournament, which kicks off in South Africa on 19 January.The campaign will push life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages throughout the Afcon tournament, with the help of footballing icons such as Didier Drogba, Smuel Eto’o and former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar.They will be joined by African heads of state who are members of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.The heads of state and the football stars will appear on television, billboards and educational materials that will be distributed across Africa.90% of malaria deaths in AfricaHead of external relations for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Herve Verhoosel, said that they were thrilled to have malaria featured as a social cause of the 2013 Afcon tournament.“The strong partnership between United Against Malaria and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) allows us to leverage the powerful platform of football to reach millions of fans across Africa, where approximately 90 percent of global malaria deaths occur, with life-saving messages to help protect communities from this preventable and treatable disease,” Verhoosel said.South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani said the Afcon tournament would build on the strong commitment and momentum of national federations and their players from the 2010 Fifa World Cup and move the continent closer to making malaria a problem of the past.Cameroonian national team player Eto’o said: “Across the continent, football dominates the hearts and minds of children and parents alike, but so does malaria, the cause of 174-million illnesses and nearly 600 000 deaths in Africa alone every year.“We have united to utilise the power of football to fight malaria, and we hope our fans will join us,” Eto’o said.Preventable and treatableAlthough it is preventable and treatable, malaria continues to kill one child in Africa every 60 seconds and costs the continent an estimated minimum of US$12-billion in lost productivity and healthcare costs each year.Cote d’Ivoire national team skipper Didier Drogba said: “I have been a victim of malaria and have witnessed the devastating effects it can have on individuals and families. Using the popularity of football to increase awareness of prevention and treatment methods will go a long way in the fight to show malaria the red card.”CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani said: “Malaria affects nearly everyone on the African continent, including footballers and government leaders. With all eyes on the tournament and its participants, we are committed to utilising this platform to communicate important messaging to end deaths from this devastating disease.”Liberian President Sirleaf of Liberia said: “As a football fan myself, I understand the game’s power and popularity. We have the tools to win against malaria and I urge others to join us in the fight.”Bafana former player Pienaar said: “I am honoured to be a champion for this cause; it is unacceptable that malaria kills one child in Africa every minute. We can take such simple steps to prevent and treat this disease. United we can beat malaria.”Source: SANews.gov.za