Popular Aphrodite Hills PGA National, Cyprus, for CGF Cup

first_imgThe ever popular annual competition for the CGF Cup (Cyprus Golf Federation) was hosted on Sunday June 2 at Aphrodite Hills PGA National, Cyprus, which was in excellent condition.In this competition, up to eight golfers from each on-island club team up to determine who will be the best club by winning this Team trophy.On the day, weather conditions were pleasant when 83 players teed off on a shotgun start at 0900. Although the temperature rose, the winds were less than normal, and the humidity was low.Scoring was good overall with the winning team scoring just under 34 points per player for their best six players. Home advantage proved decisive once again, with Aphrodite Hills winning with a score of 203 points.Runners-up place was keenly contested by Elea GC and Nicosia GC, with NGC winning on countback. Only eight points separated the top four teams.Ray Smith (Aphrodite Hills) won the award for the men’s individual score with 39 points, and Maro Kazepi (Nicosia) won the ladies individual award for 35 points on countback.Prizes were awarded by Nick Rossides, Secretary General of the CGF.For Official Classification please visit: https://www.cgf.org.cy/eventresultslast_img read more

Frome, Camperdown lock horns

first_img However, he is aware of the quality of the Manning Cup teams, including Camperdown. “I know little about them but Kingston teams always have quality,” he said. “We never take any team lightly and we’ll look at them and see how we can go about beating them and how we can put on a good show for western Jamaica football fans.” Camperdown’s head coach Christopher Bender is also confident ahead of this game, despite missing key players. “We expect a good showing from Frome,” he said. “To reach the semi-final in the daCosta Cup means you’re playing well, so we expect a good showing.” Camperdown had enjoyed a good campaign in the Manning Cup this season but went out at the quarter final stage. Bender said that it was initially difficult to lift the team after their exit but they are in good spirits again, and are focused on trying to end the season with silverware. “Part of my job is about the psychological aspect of the team,” he said. “It’s not about training now. Bender said key players Jamari Francis and Lotteam Speid are doubtful for today’s game but he will not let their absence affect his strategy much. Today’s Champions Cup fixtures: – STATHS vs Manchester High  at STETHS 4 p.m. – Clarendon College vs Charlie Smith at STETHS 6 p.m. – Camperdown vs Frome at Montego Bay Sports Complex 4 p.m. – Cornwall College vs Wolmers at Montego Bay Sports Complex 6 p.m. – Dinthill vs Holy Trinity at Stadium East field 4 p.m. – JC v Mile Gully at Stadium East field 6 p.m. Frome Technical High School head coach Aaron Lawrence says not much is expected of his team this season, despite their strong performances in the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup this season. He is happy with that as he believes it gives his team more freedom to try and claim the double of the daCosta Cup and Champions Cup this season. But first he must get by Camperdown High School in the latter competition at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 4 p.m. “Less pressure should be on us,” he told The Gleaner. “Probably some would think that we are the underdogs and we’re looking forward to it. We’re happy to take our time and get the job done game by game.” No rural team has won the all island in its four years as Jamaica College, St George’s College, Wolmer’s Boys and Kingston College have all been crowned winners but Lawrence said this does not bother him as it puts more pressure on them to keep this dominance going. C’Down Qualitylast_img read more

Marijuana decriminalisation not a current concern of Govt – Granger

first_img… cautions against “copying” practices from developed countriesBy Devina SamarooThe decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana movement is gaining much momentum worldwide however Guyanese President David Granger is cautioning against buying into practices being embarked upon by developed countries thathave the requisite framework in place to support such legislative reforms.Marijuana decriminalisation not a current concern – Granger cautions against “copying” practices from developed countriesWhile other countries have taken steps to decriminalise and legalise the drug, the local debate on the issue went as far as the drafting of a “Ganja Bill”, which was to be tabled in the National Assembly earlier in January but this was indefinitely postponed.Igniting the discussion once again, President Granger made it clear that such reforms are not a current concern of the Government and on a more personal note, he declared that he will not subscribe to the usage of marijuana.“This is not something that is a preoccupation of the Administration at the present time… (and) I would not counsel the use of marijuana by young people or anybody,” he firmly stated during an interview on ‘The Public Interest’.He pointed out that the Administration needs to be careful not to adapt policies being practiced by developed countries which have stronger regulatory frameworks to enforce the laws.On this note, President Granger said a comprehensive study on the decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana in Guyana should be done before any decisions be taken.Given that the overcrowding at the prison is said to be largely contributed by individuals on remand or incarcerated for marijuana possession, critics would argue that it would be in the best interest to introduce the decriminalisation legislation to deal with that problem.But, President Granger argued that the focus should be on advocating for noncustodial sentences – which is an initiative currently being explored by the judicial and executive arms of the Government.Previously, the President had noted that Government is already working towards reducing the frequency of tobacco smoking and therefore the decriminalisation of marijuana would be a blatant contradiction.DividedContrary to the President’s stance, the Alliance For Change (AFC) faction of the coalition Government has been strongly advocating for the decriminalisation of marijuana.AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes, with the help of Attorney Mark Waldron, compiled a draft Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) (Amendment) Bill 2015 which seeks to soften the penalties for marijuana possession.The draft stipulates that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use will be required to pay a fine of $10,000 or to perform community service for a period of time.AFC parliamentarian Michael Carrington, who was slated to present the Bill to the National Assembly had also expressed his full support of such legislation. He posited that no one should go to jail for ‘taking a smoke’.Prime Minister and AFC Vice Chairman Moses Nagamootoo had also spoken extensively on the need for Guyana to move in that direction.“In Guyana, we are not traversing new grounds. We believe that too many people are in our jails today for the use of the drug. I don’t see anyone in jail for tobacco or alcohol and so we have to be careful that we do not criminalise our young people and condemn them to jail for the possession of marijuana,” he stated while on the campaign trail last year.Pros and consMany analysts have argued that the legalisation of marijuana is catching on because countries have realised that they can make money through the generation of huge financial revenues.Contentions are that the legalisation of marijuana will also cut a big slice out of the business to organised crime.On the downside, there may be an increase in health-related issues caused by excessive marijuana ingestion.There will also be multiple expensive court cases where marijuana usage is challenged and there will be appeals to these cases if they are lost, all of which will also prove to be expensive.It is also argued that the criminal organisations will simply find additional methods to make illicit funds from the growing, sale and transport of marijuana. For example, cigarette bootlegging (the illegal traffic of a legal substance) is a big moneymaker and there is no reason to believe that some form of marijuana bootlegging will not be added to their profit schemes.Only recently at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on international Drug Policy, of which Guyana participated, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the country’s plans to introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 that would fully legalise adult cannabis consumption.In the Caribbean, Jamaica took the first step towards decriminalising the drug back in 2015.last_img read more

Plan for Retirement to Avoid Suffering in Old Age

first_imgThe Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the National Port Authority, Nyekeh Y. Forkpa, has said retirement must be legislated in order to have people retired honorably.Speaking last Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sinkor, Monrovia, Mr. Forkpa said there is a need to put in place the necessary regulatory framework, laws to guide any scheme that will support retirement of the people.Workers are not retiring in dignity, he feared, and some have had to settle for less than the 100 percent of the promised retirement package that was already less than 100 percent of earnings.He explained that government can participate by formulating a retirement system through legislations that will address complex issues in the retirement process, including the tax treatment of the savings, incentives for employers to set up retirement plans, encourage participation by many employees, and provide a good regulatory framework to protect the interest of workers.“Government could go further by enforcing the laws through monitoring and supervision of retirement plans and investments, and interpretation of the laws through the court system,” he further stated.According to him, Retirement planning is not only a personal responsibility but also a national obligation because Liberia will face many social problems without a strong retirement regimen and there is a need to do something about this.“In developing countries such as Liberia, many people overlook retirement planning because they expect their children to take care of them. That used to be possible, but not so now. The fact is that things have changed over the years and many children are not willing or able to support their parents in retirement,” he explained.According to him, the systems that made such reliance possible are no longer in existence. “We are no longer having many children to support us through farming. Where there are many children, they often migrate to cities in search of education and jobs; and they begin their own families and take on their own responsibilities,” he observed. “If you are one of those workers or executives who are relying on their children for retirement, you have to start rethinking because that plan could fail, leaving you to face financial hardship in your old age. This is why it is important to plan for the future. Today, you will observe that pension and retirement problems are becoming more visible in our country.” “In the case of Liberia, Government is the largest employer. So the government has the added responsibility of helping its employees prepare adequately for retirement, which will send a positive signal to other employers. The Government will have to step up its game and ensure that there is a law in place to help private employers set up retirement plans for their employees,” Mr. Forkpa suggested.The government must first set up its own program that is adequate to address the issue of income after retirement.“Some employers feel they have a social responsibility to help provide financial security for those who gave many years of hard work for the success of the company.  The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the National Port Authority (NPA) are two entities that come to mind,” he explained.Mr. Forkpa continued, “The role of employers in this process includes, among others, the creation of the retirement plan, the making of contributions on behalf of employees, and the collection of employees’ contributions for remittance to the retirement plan manager. Usually, the funds are collected, accumulated and managed by professionals.” According to him, Social Security retirement benefits do not provide sufficient income for most retirees. Financial experts believe that it will take 60% to 90% of a worker’s pre-retirement income to maintain their same lifestyle in retirement. This is why government, corporate, and individual retirement plans are created to augment the pension scheme of the social security program.“A unique feature of social security retirement benefits is that they may cease at the death of the pensioner. Therefore, those who are blessed with longer lives stand to benefit more from the system. In the case of Liberia, benefits may be paid to children up to certain ages,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Critically ill Fort St. John resident in Vancouver, Gofundme account set up to help

first_imgWith both parents being away, donations will also help provide for Ethan, their youngest son who is in Fort St. John with his sisters, as well as helping Jenna stay on top of the bills at home while also maintaining the living costs of being in Vancouver.Stutzman is known as a happy go lucky, active person that believes in the community as he enjoys playing baseball with his team during the summer (Kalmar Krush) and playing with his five-year-old son, Ethan.To make a donation to the Stuzman Gofundme account CLICK HERE or call Karen Stutzman at 250.262.8633 Correction to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Return It – Manager, Eric Stutzman has been diagnosed as critically ill, and a Gofundme account has been set up to help cover medical expenses.As his battle has been complicated by influenza, pneumonia and a bacterial infection, Stutzman was flown to Prince George Hospital and on Sunday was flown to Vancouver to get additional medical attention.- Advertisement -The Gofundme account set up to help cover medical expenses as well as relieving pressure for Jenna, Stutzman’s wife, so she can be by his side, has received $6,290 out of $10,000 goal in under 16 hours.Stutzman who has worked for FSJ Bottle Depot for over 25 years.  After a mini-stroke at work, Stutzman went to the hospital and after many tests, it was determined that Stutzman has Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow.A week after the diagnosis Stuzman caught pneumonia and influenza and was airlifted to Prince George where he was fully sedated and intubated.  During that time he received two blood transfusions and antibiotics. After one week in Prince George, he has now been transferred to Vancouver where there are more resources.Advertisementlast_img read more

Albacore fishing is best in many years

first_img“We are fishing 90 miles offshore where it is always breezy and there is a swell and these are super big, super hard-pulling fish,” Brizendine said. “Nothing less than 30- to 40-pound brand new mono will do.” The threesome was on the Pacific Dawn and had a fabulous trip. Brad Schlerf (who turns 10 today) caught his first albacore while big brother Ryan Schlerf, 12, caught several 25- to 35-pound albacore. John Graber from Carson called in via satellite phone from the brand new luxury long range boat, the Intrepid, and reported wide-open albacore fishing. “This is unbelievable,” Graber said. “Not only did we catch a ton of these giant albies, but we got to see a great show from a marlin that was caught and released.” ESPN Tournament: Congratulations to 12-year-olds Ingrid Camberos and Suzette Martinez from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay for winning an ESPN-sponsored fishing tournament in Washington D.C. Hundreds of kids from all over the United States participated, but these two fantastic future anglers finished first in the nation (five fish, 13 pounds, 9 ounces). Family fun: Art Medina of Torrance was in Loreto, Baja California recently with his daughter, Arielle, for a family location. Loreto is located on the Sea of Cortez, the setting for a dream fishing vacation. According to Medina, Arielle took only 15 minutes to land one of many big dorado. “I have never seen schools of so many monster dorado,” Medina said. “We released everything under 20 pounds,” he said. Arielle wasn’t finished there however as she hooked, battled, and triumphed over a striped marlin. The grueling battle lasted for two hours but she never gave up.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s a sight out of a National Geographic TV special. Finback whales, some 90 miles off the coast near the Cortez Bank, are circling schools of anchovies at high speed and rolling the fish into dense tight balls. The whales then turn on their right side to consume the bounty. Competing with the whales from above are flocks of gulls trying to pick off an easy meal as the bait fish are driven to the surface. From beneath the sea, thousands of 25- to over 40-pound albacore and a good quantity of 12- to 20-pound bluefin tuna also take turns feeding on the frightened baitfish. The best albacore bite in many years got even better for San Diego- and L.A./Orange County-based boats. “We have not seen albacore fishing this good on fish this big for many, many years,” said Frank Lo Preste from the Royal Polaris. “The best part about it is that I think the fish will be here through September. There is plenty of bait and conditions are ideal.” There are things you can do to land these big albacore. “I am a firm believer in fluorocarbon leader,” Legend skipper Shawn Trowbridge said. “We have been using the blackwater fluorocarbon leaders and day in and day out, those guys catch more fish.” Prowler skipper Buzz Brizendine admonishes anglers to come with heavy tackle. last_img read more

Premier League captain ruled out of Belgium double-header

first_img1 Man City captain Vincent Kompany has withdrawn from the Belgium squad for their friendlies against Italy and Spain.The 29-year-old, who was not involved in full training with his country on Tuesday or Wednesday, was the subject of a club-versus-country row during the previous international break when he played in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel despite assertions from City boss Manuel Pellegrini that he was unfit because of a calf injury.There will no repeat of those arguments this month, though, after Belgium confirmed he had left the squad and been replaced by Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour.A tweet from the team’s Twitter account read: “.@vincentkompany left the squad, out for Italy and Spain. @StevenDefour joined the group at noon. #belita #belspa #tousenfrance”In October Kompany was named in the Belgium squad despite missing five successive fixtures for his club side because of injury, and Pellegrini had declared he was not fit enough to feature in the games against Andorra or Israel.However, despite missing out against Andorra when his international colleagues booked their Euro 2016 qualification, Belgium boss Marc Wilmots started Kompany in the fixture against Israel to provoke Pellegrini’s ire.“I was not pleased because we sent Vincent with some medical report that he was not able to play but, as the manager of Belgium said, he can do what he wants in the international break,” the Chilean stated when Kompany returned for club duty. “He can use the players and he wanted to use him.“But for me, when you don’t send a player to the national squad and you cannot use him for your club, I think the other sense must be the same. If a player didn’t play the last three games for his club he cannot play for the national squad.“But these are the rules. I think some day clubs will protest about that.”Kompany was an unused substitute in City’s next game against Bournemouth and Pellegrini denied there was rift with his player after he started the Champions League clash with Sevilla on the bench. The centre-back was restored to the starting line-up for the Manchester derby and has played in each of the Barclays Premier League and Champions League fixtures since.However, he was not involved in full training on Tuesday with Belgium due to the fact he was part of a recovery session having played against Aston Villa two days earlier.Kompany was then absent from the group which trained on Wednesday too and Wilmots said he was “following an individual programme of rehabilitation indoors”. The 29-year-old was the subject of a club-versus-country row during the previous international break last_img read more

Barry Fry resigns as Peterborough director after accepting FA betting charge

first_img The director was on the board for 16 years Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED ADVICE As it happened, Marriott, now scoring goals for Derby County, did finish as League One’s top scorer and Fry covered his £25,000 bonus with that £500 each-way bet he placed in a Coral bookmakers in Bedford.The £4,000 of club cash he wagered on Peterborough to go up, however, did not come off, as Posh finished ninth, but equally there was no need to pay the players any bonuses.Fry told the panel he knew he had “been a prat” and the panel did not disagree, as the betting ban on anyone involved in the professional game is very well established. 2 Fry first joined Peterborough’s board in the unusual role of chairman-manager in 1996, before standing down as chairman a year later. He returned to the board in 2003 and, having served nine years in the dugout, became director of football in 2005.The larger-than-life character, who was a youth team player at Manchester United, was charged by the FA in December for placing bets on striker Jack Marriott finishing as League One’s top scorer last season and Posh to gain promotion.Fry told the FA disciplinary hearing that these bets were not for personal gain but were to cover bonus payments for which the club was liable. REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Barry Fry was charged by the FA over alleged betting offences But the panel did acknowledge that Fry had admitted the offence immediately, the bets were intended as a form of insurance and he has offered to take part in gambling awareness campaigns in the future.As a result of these mitigating factors, the former Barnet, Birmingham and Southend manager had three months of his ban from footballing activities suspended for two years, meaning he is eligible to return to the game in March. 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Barry Fry’s has resigned as Peterborough United director after he was fined £35,000 and banned for four months by the Football Association for breaking its rules against betting.The ‘termination of appointment’ notice was posted on the Companies House website on Friday and it ends his 16 years on the Posh board. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Raith Rovers sack manager Gary Locke and assistant Jackson

first_imgRaith Rovers have sacked manager Gary Locke and his assistant Darren Jackson. The club lost 1-0 to Morton on Tuesday evening in the Scottish Championship, taking their winless run to 14 matches. Raith Rovers confirmed the departure immediately after a Lee Kilday header sunk the Kirkcaldy side 1-0 at home. Former Hearts and Kilmarnock boss Locke was appointed manager in summer 2016 after Ray McKinnon left to take charge of league rivals Dundee United. He led the side to eight victories in the seven months that followed – six in the league and two in the League Cup. Raith Rovers are now sitting eighth in the Championship on 25 points. They are 11 points ahead of bottom side St Mirren and four ahead of Ayr United.last_img read more

Kinder E. Wininger, 64

first_imgFuneral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Hardinsburg Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 4-8PM and Tuesday from9AM-time of service.In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to:  Kosair Charities or Riley’s Children’s Hospital. Mr. Kinder E. Wininger age 64 of Hardinsburg, Indiana passed away Thursday, May 7 at Floyd Memorial Hospital.Mr. Wininger was born February 28, 1951 in Orangeville, Indiana the son of Kinder O. “Bud” Wininger and Wanda Jean Sturgeon Wininger.  He was a diesel technician for Peterson’s Truck Center in Louisville.Kinder is survived by his wife:  Rita Cooper Wininger.  They were married February 26, 2005. He is also survived by his son:  Jeremy Wininger of Evansville, his daughter:  Kimberly Wininger May of Jasper, two brothers:  David Wininger of Salem and Danny Wininger of Wildwood, three sisters:  Barbara Sease of Salem, Janice Seacat of Pekin and Judith Couch of Paoli, his father:  Kinder O. “Bud” Wininger of Paoli, and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother:  Wanda Jean Wininger.last_img read more