Sandals makes swing for PGA status

first_imgSandals Golf and Country Club, in the hills of Upton, St Ann, is already the most-played in the Caribbean, logging 25,600 rounds last year.That number could increase significantly as Sandals boldly moves to position the par-71 course to Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) status in “the very near future”, according to general manager Miguel Arthurs.Among the events Sandals hosts annually are three marketing competitions, one of which ended at the weekend, the 14th US Travel Agents Golf Tournament. Travel agents from Latin America and Canada are hosted in two other tournaments.More than 100 travel professionals from the United States played 36 holes, in a four-man scramble format, “giving the travel partners a chance to experience the products first-hand and, hence, being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients”, explained Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director, Travel Industry Programmes.Team 10A, led by Christopher Ward, a professional player, won ahead of Team 10 by virtue of having a better back nine, after both sides tied with overall scores of 121 on Saturday.FIRST-TIME EXPERIENCEWard was among the first-timers at the tournament, who Laird said would get to experience “the renovations done at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, the most complete destination in the Caribbean”.Ward, who organises groups travelling to golf destinations, was a big catch for Sandals as he has been playing on the second-tier professional tour since 2011 and competed as recently as June in the Air Capital Classic.He described the course as “fairly easy and enjoyable to play”, considering it has shorter holes, compared with others.”It’s been great. It’s my first time in Jamaica. I have been to other parts of the Caribbean before. Overall, the experience has been great, a laid-back atmosphere,” he said, watching teammate Lindsay Forrester as she birdied the par-four eighth hole, cheered on by Russell and Cody Hulse, the other members of Team 10A.Ward’s comments scored a hole-in-one for Arthurs, general manager for a year-and-a-half, and proud of the role annual travel agents’ tournaments play in supporting Sandals Foundation’s Junior Golfers programme.Sandals Golf and Country Club hosted the Jamaica National Amateur Championship earlier this year, the first time the tournament was being held outside the Corporate Area or St Catherine, which Arthurs described as “a resounding success”.The long-term goal, though, is to return Jamaica to pride of place in hosting international tournaments as the island did from 1991 to 1995 when Tryall Golf Club was home to the invitational Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship.last_img read more

Unwise decision by APNU/AFC Govt

first_imgDear Editor,It is quite unwise to have a sovereign nation such as Guyana place the revenue from its natural resources in a bank account out of its control. The oil contracts have already given a foreign supplier substantial power over the resolution of disputes with the laws of their homeland being very instrumental for any such dispute that could occur. In addition, the APNU/AFC party is placing the revenue from our oil into a low interest bearing account in a foreign Government’s federal banking system in the foreign supplier’s country of origin. In the event of a dispute, funds can be easily withheld from Guyana. Resulting in significant financial distress for our nation. This is not a very astute move on the part of a party that may not be in power after the March 2020 elections. The party of the APNU/AFC has no idea what a new Administration may result in, via oil contract renegotiations or via new legislation resulting from public action. It seems quite unwise to place a key source of the country’s future budget in a location out of our Government’s direct control. If there is a concern over the principles of transparency, good governance and international best practices being in place in Guyana’s banking system, then the more prudent action is to correct what is wrong and ensure our auditing team is empowered to report regularly on the status of the nation’s funds and the associated processes.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

‘Ebola Survivor’ Goes Blind

first_imgFifty-six-year-old Washington Sumowah said he has lost his sight and sense of smell after being discharged from the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) within the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.Mr. Sumowah was taken to the ETU on September 2, when he was suspected of suffering from the hemorrhagic fever and was discharged on September 6.Explaining his ordeal to the Daily Observer Sunday, September 21, at his residence in Gbarnga, he said when he started feeling sick, he went to the Phebe Hospital for medical checkup and his specimen was taken and sent to Monrovia for testing.“Two days later, I was asked by health authority at the Phebe Hospital that I needed to go to Monrovia at the JFK Hospital ETU for treatment and that is how I was taken to the treatment center,” Mr. Sumowah said.He narrated that at the ETU, he was profusely sprayed with a chemical he identified as chlorine, something he alleged might have been the cause of him losing his sight and sense of smell.“The chemical cut sore all over my body that made me to have sleepless nights for the past ten days” he declared displaying one of his photos.Mr. Sumowah told this reporter after spending four days at the ETU that he was discharged by medical personnel when his second test conducted proved negative, which means that he is freed from the Ebola virus disease.Medical records in the possession of the survivor, signed by Dr. J. Soka Moses, a Medical Doctor at the ETU, established that he (survivor) had suffered from multiple body pain, diarrhea, breathlessness, weakness, abdominal pain as well as muscle pain for the past two weeks before being taken to the JFK Ebola Treatment Unit. There is nowhere in the report pointing to him coming down with the virus.However, Sumowah told this paper that he had suffered from bloody stool and urine for many years and both have been his major illnesses.Many people in Gbarnga believe that the 56-year-old man is simply allergic to the chemical used on him during his stay at the ETU.Meanwhile, he has passionately appealed to the Liberian Government, humanitarian organizations, the international community and people of goodwill to extend assistance to him in restoring his sight and sense of smell.He is a father of seven, said his wife has forsaken him as a result of his present condition and only his four and ten-year-old children are currently taking care of him.“Can you imagine before I go in the rest room, my son has to lead me even to take bath? Things that I used to do on my own, I cannot do them again; it is frustrating,” Mr. Sumowah remarked, shaking his head in frustration.When contacted, the County Health Officer for Bong Dr. Sampson Azoakoi confirmed that the victim was transferred to Monrovia after his blood specimen was taken and tested and was diagnosed of Ebola but maintained that he regretted that the survivor came back with blindness and lack of smell.Dr. Azoakoi told this paper that at present, the eye clinic at the Phebe Hospital is not functional due to the prevailing health crisis in the country but advised the victim to seek assistance elsewhere until the eye unit is re-opened.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demerara Bank hosts public health fair

first_imgDemerara Bank Limited on Saturday opened its doors to the public as the company engaged in its inaugural health fair, which was organised to promote health and safety in the workplace under the theme ‘Banking on your Health’.The event, which began early on Saturday morning, saw dozens of people waiting in lines to be tended to by healthcare and fitness professionals from several organisations in Guyana.Some of the services that were offered at the fair included cholesterol testing, blood pressure testing, diabetes testing, optical examinations and dental checkups. Additionally, there was collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) where persons were given the opportunity to donate blood.While focusing on fitness as another component of health and wellbeing, trainers from the Evolution Fitness Gym were present to brief persons on ways they can improve not only the physical aspects of healthy living but also mental health and dieting, which can intensify the level of productivity being displayed in the workplace.Christina Correia of Demerara Bank Ltd explained that this initiative was organised by the company to spread awareness on various diseases, as well as engage people in discussions to lead healthier lifestyles.“The aim of the health fair is to promote healthy lifestyles among our employees, their families and our customers.”She noted that while it is the company’s first venture into organising a public health fair, it is an initiative that they are seeking to make an annual event.Several persons who took advantage of the services being offered related that the health fair will result in persons being healthier as they will be given guidelines on how to care for themselves. Furthermore, many expressed that such events should be organised by other companies to engage the public.last_img read more

Six of the best Manchester United debuts featuring Rooney, Ronaldo and more

first_imgRadamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are all set to make their Manchester United debuts this Sunday at home to QPR.With fellow summer signings, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera just one game into their Old Trafford careers, here are six of the best United debuts in the Premier League era.PAUL SCHOLES vs. Port Vale, September 1994The Paul Scholes story started at Vale Park in September 1994, when the ginger-haired midfielder scored both goals in United’s Coca-Cola League Cup win over Port Vale.His league debut came three days later against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, a game which United lost 3-2, but Scholes scored a consolation goal and the rest is history.JAMES WILSON vs. Hull City, May 2014Youngster Wilson emerged as a star of the future, scoring twice against Hull on his senior bow, to lift some of the gloom around Old Trafford,  following a dismal 2013/14 campaign.The 18-year-old youth product is set to feature in Louis Van Gaal’s plans for this season and he scored all four goals, including a sublime solo effort (see the below video), in United reserves 4-1 win over rivals Manchester City in the Manchester Senior Cup Final, last month.RUUD VAN NISTELROOY vs. Fulham, August 2001The pressure was on after Van Nistelrooy’s £19 million move from PSV Eindhoven. The transfer had been delayed by a serious knee injury, but the Dutch striker endeared himself to United fans by scoring against fierce rivals Liverpool in the Charity Shield.He followed that up with a brace against Fulham on his full league debut, and went on to score 36 goals for United in his first season.CRISTIANO RONALDO vs. Bolton Wanderers, August 2003The Sporting Lisbon winger run rings around the United defence in a pre-season friendly, and that prompted manager Sir Alex Ferguson to pay £12.24 million for the Portuguese teenager.Ronaldo was an instant hit as he came off the bench against Bolton, danced around defenders, won a penalty and showcased his trademark step overs to wow the Old Trafford crowd.Five years later, Ronaldo was crowned FIFA World Player of the Year 2008, the first United player to do so.FEDERICO MACHEDA vs. Aston Villa, April 2009With United 2-1 down heading into the final third of the game, manager Alex Ferguson gambled throwing on 17-year-old Macheda, and the Italian etched himself in United history, scoring a dramatic injury time winner to move the Red Devils a point clear of Liverpool in the title race.The striker was named on the bench for United’s next league game away to Sunderland, and just 46 seconds after replacing Dimitar Berbatov, had the ball in the back of the net for the second successive game.WAYNE ROONEY vs. Fenerbache, September 2004The England captain’s United debut was delayed following injury on Three Lions duty at Euro 2004, but it was definitely worth the wait.The £26million signing from Everton, thrived in his first taste of Champions League football, scoring a sensational hat-trick in a debut that will live long in the memory.Memorable strikes against Newcastle and Manchester City have since been added to the forward’s growing highlight reel on a decade spent at Old Trafford. 1 New Manchester United signings Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind with manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Best Premier League team in London revealed! Who has the bragging rights?

first_img 6 6 2. West Ham – Played 10 – Won 5 Drawn 3 Lost 2 – Goal difference +3 – Points 18 6 Chelsea and Tottenham’s battle at the Bridge on Monday night was a thrilling encounter full of fight and fury.The 2-2 draw may have ended Spurs’ title dreams but it showed they’re team who aren’t going to back down and aren’t willing to roll over when the going gets tough.After the result, Chelsea and Arsenal fans revelled in the Lilywhites’ misfortune, but did they really have any reason to gloat?Neither side were able to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s men over the campaign, but who can claim bragging rights in the capital after the final London derby of the season? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right to see who tops the table when it comes to battles in the capital… 6. Watford – Played 10 London derbies – Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 6 – Goal difference -9 – Points 8 – Click the right arrow to see which capital club has done the best in Premier League London derbies this season… 4. Arsenal – Played 10 – Won 3 Drawn 4 Lost 3 – Goal difference +3 – Points 13 5. Crystal Palace – Played 10 – Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 6 – Goal difference -8 – Points 8 6 6 6 3. Chelsea – Played 10 – Won 3 Drawn 5 Lost 2 – Goal difference +4 – Points 14 1. Tottenham – Played 10 – Won 5 Drawn 4 Lost 1 – Goal difference +7 – Points 19last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Conaill were last night crowned Donegal Og sport champions after defeating Naomh Mhuire (Convoy), Na Rossa and host club Gaoth Doire at the finals this evening.Proceedings were started with wins by Naomh Conaill and Gaoth Doire over Convoy and Na Rossa respectively. The second round saw the same two teams achieve similar results setting up a cracking final between Naomh Conaill and their hosts.The final started with a cracking fisted score from Maitis Mac Ceallabhui followed by the score of the game a goal from Kieran Gallagher.Darragh and Naoise O Baoill kept Gaoth Doire in touch with good points leaving the half time score Gaoth Doire 0-4 Naomh Conaill 1-4. With the wind in their backs Naomh Conaill found the net through captain Ethan O Donnell.Further goals from Eoin mc Gettigan and Jeaic Mac Ceallbhui left Gaoth Doire with a mountain to climb. Naomh Conaill eventually won 5-9 to 0-5 and Maitis mac Ceallabhui accepted the Cup on behalf of the Naomh Conaill men and thanked both hosts and referees for their efforts. A jubilant crowd led by chairman Peter Mc Kelvey and minor board secretary Martin Shanky Smyth met the team on their return to Glenties.Naomh Conaill now go forward to represent their club and county at the Ulster Final of Og Sport in Stewartstown Co Tyrone Saturday 8th of September.NAOMH CONAILL CROWNED DONEGAL OG SPORT CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 28th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon ‘needs time to adjust to Premier League’, says boss

first_img“He’s a little bit more experienced now but there’s huge space for him to reach his best level.”Fulham have bagged one win and one draw from their five encounters so far on their Premier League return.The Londoners spent more than £100million recruiting a host of new talent following their Championship promotion, determined to become a top-flight fixture.And Jokanovic freely admits he must deliver on the board’s investment, and quickly, to make a success of his Craven Cottage challenge. Jokanovic witl Fulham’s £27m club record signing Jean Michael Seri A host of top clubs are said to be tracking the England Under-21 ace after his brilliant breakthrough season in the Championship.Sessegnon was wanted by some of the biggest clubs in England after impressing with 18 goals last season – moving from left-back to the left wing – but he opted to stay put at Craven Cottage.He has endured a quiet start to his first Premier League campaign, but Jokanovic insist the club will be patient with the youngster as he acclimatises to top flight football.“It is a new experience for him, he has come from one level to another: it’s not time to rest, it’s time to continue with this learning process,” the Fulham boss told Sky Sports.“He must understand the difference between the Championship and the Premier League. It’s a huge experience for him, all the minutes he is getting.“We must be calm with him and give him space to grow up. Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon will be given time to adjust to the Premier League and ‘grow up’ as a footballer in his first ever top flight season, says manager Slavisa Jokanovic.The 18-year-old sensation could pass 100 Fulham appearances this season, already his third full senior campaign for the Cottagers. 3 Sessegnon was one of Fulham’s key players last season as they won the Championship play-off final to secure promotion center_img 3 3 Ryan Sessegnon has started in three of Fulham’s opening five Premier League games Despite the pressure of fighting to fast-track Fulham’s progress, the 50-year-old went on to joke that the stresses of Premier League management are not yet wearing through on his face.“You need time but how much? Some coaches talk about years, but we are a completely new team and we need an express process,” said Jokanovic, ahead of hosting former club Watford at Craven Cottage on Saturday.“We need something fast because we don’t have that time.“With some different coaches you can see changes to their face or their hair. At the moment I am safe! I am not affected so much.”last_img read more


first_imgSpeculation is mounting that Donegal Creameries and German supermarket giant LIDL are in negotiations on the future of the Oatfield Sweet factory site in understands LIDL has offered €1.9 million for the site – if they get planning permission for a new supermarket.However all parties are remaining tight-lipped about any possible deal. Donegal Creameries boss Ian Ireland said that as a matter of policy they do not confirm of deny rumours regarding company activity.Speculation is mounting on the future of the workers at the Oatfield Sweet Company which is owned by Dublin-based confectioners Zed Candy.There are now 15 workers at the plant who are anxious about their future.Although Donegal Creameries does not own the site on which Oatfields is located, it does have a major share on the site. Lord Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Gerry McMonagle said he too was concerned about mounting speculation about the future of the well-known sweet company.He confirmed he has been approached to meet with workers who revealed to him how fitters had been at the plant this week measuring machinery with a view to relocation.Last year 26 workers were let go from Oatfields when its boiled sweets operation was transferred to its sister company Tilleys in Britain. SPECULATION MOUNTS THAT LIDL IN €1.9 MILLION DEAL FOR OATFIELDS SITE was last modified: January 20th, 2012 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:Donegal CreameriesLIDLOatfieldslast_img read more

Cal State hopes to learn from sweep

first_img TRENT, STEELE HONORED Volleyball player Cristen Trent and soccer player Barry Steele have been named Cal State San Bernardino’s athletes of the month by the Coyote Athletic Association. Both are seniors. In the last month Trent set a career record for assists in helping the women to a 12-3 mark with three wins over three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. Her 4,773 assists breaks the old record of 4,491 set by Amy Pope Schumacher, the setter who preceded her. Steele (Beaumont) tallied five goals and three assists, helping the Coyotes into a first-place tie in the CCAA. Two of his goals were game winners against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield. In his four-year career, Steele has 17 goals and 12 assists. SBVC PLACES SECOND The San Bernardino Valley volleyball team finished second in a 15-team tournament at San Diego Mesa on Saturday. The Wolverines lost the championship match 30-25 to Citrus, a team they beat in an earlier tournament. SBVC started out by winning all three best-of-three pool play matches against Mt. San Jacinto, College of the Canyons and Cuyamaca. SBVC was seeded first in elimination play and got a first-round bye, then beat Victor Valley 30-20 in the semifinals. “It was good because we got a lot of play in, and we started being a little more consistent,” coach Dave Rubio said. “That is what has been killing us so far. We seem to have a lot of ups and downs.” Sophomore Kristie Ford (Yucaipa) led the effort, representing the Wolverines on the All-Tournament team. They also got strong efforts from Allie Newman and Britney Barton. Also, the Wolverines had a nonconference match last Wednesday called off because its opponent, Moorpark, was unable to make the trip because of road closures due to the Chatsworth fire. Rubio said he is doubtful that it will be rescheduled. The reigning champion Wolverines open Foothill Conference play tonight at 5 against Mt. San Jacinto. REDLANDS RETURNS The Redlands football team returns to action this week, hosting La Verne (3-1) in its Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium. The Bulldogs (1-2) were off last week, so coach Mike Maynard used that opportunity to scout La Verne’s game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. He also gave his team three days off and spent another just watching film which should help the many ailing players. “La Verne is for real,” Maynard said. “This is the best team they’ve had in several years. I told the guys this will probably be the most physical game we’ll have all season.” RCC TEAMS FARING WELL The Riverside Community College football team posted a 16-0 shutout of Orange Coast on Saturday. It was its first shutout since 2002 when the Tigers blanked Golden West. Freshman running back Richard Murrell (San Bernardino) returned from a sprained ankle to lead a balanced rushing attack. The Tigers (3-2) play Palomar in their Mission Conference American Division opener on Oct. 15. They are off this week. The Tiger volleyball team is 3-2, led by several locals. Among those starring are Cajon High School graduates Kristina Obermeyer and Kim Zumbro. Obermeyer has 110 kills and 148 digs while Zumbro has managed 50 kills, 146 digs and 15 service aces. The team also features three players from Rialto, the most notable being 6-foot-2 freshman outside hitter Skye Williams, who has 95 kills, 89 digs and 12 service aces. WATER POLO EVENT ON TAP NCAA Division III teams can’t compete with Division I programs on the football field or on the basketball court. But they can in the pool – and they will this weekend at the 13th Annual Claremont Convergence Tournament – because water polo teams in Division I typically don’t have more than four scholarship athletes. Brown, Harvard, George Washington, Santa Clara, Chaminade and BYU-Hawaii are the upper-division programs participating in this weekend’s tournament, held all day Friday and Saturday at both CMS’ and Pomona-Pitzer’s pools. Johns Hopkins will represent the head of the Division III class, as will Chapman and Washington & Jefferson and SCIAC programs La Verne (9-4); Redlands (7-8); Pomona-Pitzer (6-8); Occidental (5-7); Whittier (3-8) and Cal Lutheran (3-9). BUS TRIP PLANNED Cal State San Bernardino is chartering a fan bus that will travel to the exhibition basketball game between the Coyotes and USC scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Lyon Gym on the USC campus. The cost is $20. For more information, call Pam Palmer at (909) 537-5048. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most coaches want their team to take a tough loss and put it behind them so they can focus on the games coming up. Not Cal State San Bernardino volleyball coach Kim Cherniss. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The win leaves the Broncos in first place and the Coyotes tied for second. The Coyotes bounced back after the loss, winning Saturday against Cal State Dominguez Hills, one of the weaker teams in the CCAA. But they have a tough week coming up, facing No. 16 Cal State L.A. Friday and always tough Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, both on the road. Cherniss knows her team is going to take every opponent’s best shot since they are the team that has been at the top of the heap in recent years. It is up to the Coyotes to rise to the occasion. The loss Friday was only the fourth at Coussoulis Arena dating back to the 2000 season. “They were a lot hungrier and they played like it,” Cherniss said. “You could tell they were a lot more starved for a win against us than we were against them,” she said. The loss caused the Coyotes to drop from second to sixth in the national rankings. Truman State remains first. Nebraska-Kearney, Minnesota-Duluth, Tampa and Hawaii Pacific leapfrogged them even though the Coyotes have wins over Minnesota-Duluth and Pacific. center_img She hopes Friday’s 3-0 California Collegiate Athletic Association loss to local rival Cal Poly Pomona remains in the minds of her players for several matches to come. The team spent part of Monday watching the tape and analyzing their mistakes. “I want them to remember what can happen if you don’t go out and play your game,” she said. “You have to learn to adjust, and we didn’t do a good job of that.” last_img read more