Kiladangan claim county Junior A hurling title

first_imgWe’ll also found out  today who’ll be contesting this year’s North Tipperary U21A Hurling Championship decider.Kilruane MacDonaghs booked their place in the final by beating Roscrea 0-22 to 1-13 and Toomevara overcame Borris-Ileigh 2-13 to 2-10 to go through in the other semi-final. They claimed the title by beating Ballybacon-Grange 1-18 to 1-16 after extra-time in the final, which was played in Holycross.The pairing for the Tipperary Water County U21B Hurling Championship Final is now known.In the semi-finals Ballinahinch-Templederry defeated Grangemockler-Ballyneale 1-11 to 1-9 while Gortnahoe-Glengoole overcame Cashel King Cormacs 2-12 to 1-12.last_img read more

Fabio Schiavolin – Snaitech: Gambling needs deeper skillset to navigate new decade of complexities

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Speaking to SBC, Fabio Schiavolin, Chief Executive of Snaitech, has emphasised that entering a new decade, European sector incumbents will have to develop deeper skillsets as the ‘industry’s credibility remains in play’.Accustomed to leading Snaitech through Italy’s many political disruptions, last year at ICE 2019 Schiavolin warned European leadership counterparts that betting had to find its ‘public rationale’ in order to avoid an ‘Italian outbreak’.A year-on, European gambling sees disruptive political narratives reappear in its key markets of the UK, Sweden and Spain. Entering 2020, Schiavolin believes that leadership faces critical questions on ‘the sustainability and the future of our industry’.“Recent regulatory changes across Europe, underline that there remains an increasing political demand for the industry to showcase better care of its responsible gambling directives,” he told SBC.Amid fast-changing regulatory dynamics, Schiavolin underlines that leadership faces pressure to deliver “an industry that can innovate and grow in terms of volume, undertake better projects, but in-turn ask itself whether it can achieve its goals in a sustainable way.”Of utmost concern, Schiavolin believes that betting leadership will have to prove to political observers that auto-control measures developed with wider stakeholders, can deliver tools and concepts safeguarding the 1-2% of problem gamblers recorded amongst regulated European markets.Schiavolin acknowledges that tough leadership decisions are being undertaken during a period of acute political sensibility and reactions across Europe, dynamics that can drain and distort leadership mindsets.“I prefer playing football to playing politics! But yes, we must develop heightened sensibilities on concerns related to the industry,” Schiavolin added.“In a new era for gambling, it is no longer sufficient for executives to be just regarded as ‘tech experts’ or great leaders in operations and management of corporate resources. Deeper sensibilities are required especially with regards to community needs and in which direction the politics of a respective country is heading.”Despite facing a tougher remit, Schiavolin underlines that leaders are in a position of privilege in which they can shape the industry’s ‘big new ideas’ – an opportunity that should not be understated.He continued: “For sure I see the engagement and relationship changing with our consumers. For sports betting in particular, we have to find a way of serving the customer a better all-round experience.”Schiavolin urges counterparts to drop aggressive marketing and engagement tactics that no longer work in saturated marketplaces. Instead, Snaitech’s leader believes that the betting industry will be sustained by the operators that “achieve the next level, which is reactivating the ‘passion base’ of consumer safely, especially for sports betting in which this fundamental dynamic cannot afford to be lost”.Schiavolin concludes that industry mindsets should not simply change to adjust with regulatory enforcement, but more importantly to accommodate for changes in consumer demands which await incumbents in a complex new decade.last_img read more

Dodgers tab veteran Scott Baker for Sunday start; Puig listed day-to-day

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> Scott Baker will make his Dodgers debut as the starting pitcher today against the Padres at Petco Park.Baker comes from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 1-1 with a 1.06 earned-run average in three starts. He joined the team during batting practice Saturday.“He’s been throwing the ball well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve used a number of guys (to fill the fifth starter’s role with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list). All the guys we’ve used have been in the big leagues. They’ve got experience. Felt like they would give you a quality outing and weren’t going to be overwhelmed by that start.”The number Mattingly was looking for is three. Veteran left-hander David Huff started April 14 against the Seattle Mariners and did not figure into the decision. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger allowed only one run in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in San Francisco and didn’t figure into the decision, either. Yasiel Puig did not play one day after re-aggravating his left hamstring strain against the San Diego Padres. His status remained day-to-day.Andre Ethier started in right field instead and batted second, the first time Ethier has hit second this season. Only Justin Turner, Carl Crawford and Yasmani Grandal had batted second when Puig needed a breather to this point in the season.“It just depends on who’s pitching, who we have in the lineup,” Mattingly said. “The combination of guys is really the way I look at it. I try to keep certain guys in their slots then use that spot for that pitcher that night. Andre, really, I felt like was the matchup there for that tonight.”AlsoJoel Peralta is nursing an injury to his right arm that could send the 39-year-old right-hander to the disabled list. In his only appearance the past seven days, Peralta walked two of the three batters he faced Thursday in San Francisco. All of his pitches were 4 mph slower than his previous outing, on average. … Ramon Troncoso was promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander, who rejoined the Dodgers on a minor-league contract over the winter, had only thrown one inning and allowed two hits at Tulsa. … Baker’s start today pushes back the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation a day. Brett Anderson, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will start the three-game series at Dodger Stadium against the Giants in that order beginning Monday. San Diego features a lineup heavy on right-handed hitters, making a right-handed starter ideal for the Dodgers.“His velocity came back this year,” Mattingly said of Baker. “He was throwing the ball well in spring training. Andrew and the guys liked what they saw and wanted to give it a shot. He’s thrown the ball well in Triple-A.”Baker debuted with the Minnesota Twins in 2005. Velocity-wise, Baker wasn’t the same pitcher after he returned from Tommy John surgery in April 2012. His fastball averaged 90 mph last year for the Texas Rangers, when he posted a 5.47 earned-run average. Baker went to spring training with the New York Yankees, was released, then signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on April 4.The corresponding roster moves to make room for Baker on the 40- and 25-man rosters will be announced Monday.Puig gets a restcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Luol Deng on immigration ban: ‘I haven’t seen a lot of refugees committing terrorist acts in this country’

first_img“I’ve watched the news and I’ve read a lot. If you really want to look into that, you’ve got to go into facts and what is true and what is not,” Deng said. “From what I understand, I haven’t seen a lot of refugees committing terrorist acts in this country I’m speaking about.”Deng was born in Wau, Sudan, which became part of an independent South Sudan in 2011. Because of that distinction, Deng is not affected by Trump’s recent executive order. In addition to having dual citizenship with South Sudan and Great Britain, Deng also has a green card issued in the United States.“I think a lot of people are confused a little bit, but South Sudan and Sudan used to be one country and now (are) separate, so the ban doesn’t really include myself,” Deng said. “But it affects me because I know a lot of people from Sudan and I know a lot of people that I grew up with who are affected by it.”Nonetheless, Deng experienced what plenty of other refugees have endured.After his father, Aldo Deng, served in the Sudanese parliament and as the nation’s Minister of Transportation, Luol Deng and his family fled the war-torn country to Egypt when he was 5. Although he said he’s “thankful for growing up in Egypt and I’ve learned a lot,” Deng said he and his family considered “everywhere was an option” to seek refuge. Soon enough, Deng said he and his family “were very lucky” the United Kingdom granted them political asylum – he became a British citizen in 2006. Deng said the process toward gaining political asylum took five years before passing through multiple series of background checks. At age 14, Deng moved to the United States to attend Blair Academy, a prep school in Blairstown, N.J.“It’s been great for me and my family,” Deng said. “I would have never had the opportunity that I have today if it wasn’t for that.”Hence, Deng spoke out in hopes that other refugees will continue to have opportunities.“We’ve never really asked to leave my homeland, and a lot of these people go through a lot of things that they have no control of. To really see a light at the end of the tunnel and to go towards that light and then that light is turned off is very difficult, not just individually, but for the family,” Deng said. “I know what it feels like to wait for that opportunity to come every day. My message out there was just to let everybody who is going through that to know I feel what they’re going through. Sometimes things happen that’s out of your control, and all you can do is pray and be positive for a change and just know that there’s a lot of people out there that really feel your pain and wish you could do a lot more.”Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who is Muslim, expressed frustration that not all U.S. government officials and citizens have such sympathy.“I think it’s crazy, what’s going on,” Faried told reporters. “It’s basically messed up. Disrespectful. This country was founded on immigrants, and this country supposedly lets you have any religion, doesn’t matter. And for (Trump) to have a Muslim ban is the utmost disrespect. I’m Muslin, and I take that personally.”It did not sound as if Deng took the ban as personally.“I don’t think a lot of people know, it’s not something that’s out there or something you hear about every day, so I don’t blame people for that,” Deng said. “I understand it because I went through it. People that are around me know it because we speak about it and we do talk about it. At the same time, I do understand when you’re told something that’s not true and you’re told to believe other things, I understand the fear and your reaction coming out of it. If somebody told me a story and that’s all I know, I’d probably act to what I’m hearing. And whether it’s pointing things out to let people know, I don’t know what the solution is to it. But a lot of people that do support this are supporting it because of what they do believe and because of what they hear.”So Deng raised his voice in hopes they hear his.“I’m more than happy to take a lead and to speak about it. Everything that I’m saying is nothing personal or is nothing against anybody,” Deng said. “It’s just what I believe and how I’ve lived my life. Since day one, I’ve dedicated my life to giving to others because I know I was given an opportunity so I always try to do that.”That explains why Deng has spent most of his 14-year NBA career giving back to those who helped him.He created the Luol Deng Foundation, which raises funds, runs clinics and helped build outdoor basketball courts in South Sudan, the U.K. and the U.S. He has partnered with the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (UNICEF, Save the Children, Nothing but Net) that help with assorted humanitarian efforts.While he has seen tangible results with those efforts, Deng offered a mix of uncertainty and optimism on whether his latest decision to speak up about the ban will change anything.“I don’t know where this goes afterward,” Deng said. “We don’t know where it goes afterward. So, right now, it’s just hope and being patient and seeing where it goes. No matter what, there’s always hope. You always believe that things are going to work out, even sometimes when it seems like it’s not going to. All you can do is just hope.”Staff writer Bill Oram contributed. LOS ANGELES >> Well-read and well-traveled, Lakers veteran forward Luol Deng often refrains from speaking out on political issues for a pretty simple reason.“Once you get into that,” Deng said, “sometimes people don’t like your opinion.”But with President Donald Trump issuing a temporary ban on non-American citizens entering the country from seven Muslim-majority countries, the South Sudanese refugee said he “felt like posting something” on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon to question a policy he called “tough.”Deng expanded on his thoughts in more than 140 characters following the Lakers’ 120-116 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center. That included Trump’s justification for banning those from Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen out of terrorism concerns.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL news and notes: Tom Brady takes a breather; Giants lose another receiver as training camps open

first_imgThree things that matterGiants lose two receivers during opening day of campThe Giants’ wide receiver depth took a huge hit during the team’s first practice of training camp Thursday as Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2019 season, the team announced Friday. Injury Update: Wide Receiver Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL during Thursday’s practice. pic.twitter.com/pupT46j1wa— New York Giants (@Giants) July 26, 2019Coleman’s injury came on the same day that Sterling Shepard, the Giants’ top receiver, broke his left thumb. Related News Antonio Brown arrives for Raiders camp in hot-air balloon Ezekiel Elliott contract: Cowboys star begins holdout, team proceeds with ‘business as usual’ All 32 NFL teams have reported to training camp signaling another key hurdle on our way to the 2019 season.And no time has been wasted getting the NFL news cycle to a torrid pace. Friday brought franchise quarterback injury updates, season-ending injuries and heated contract discussions for Pro Bowl players.center_img New York still has veteran wideouts Golden Tate, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler to help fill the void, but the G-men probably really miss Odell Beckham Jr. right about now.49ers clear QB Jimmy GaroppoloThe NFL’s most handsome quarterback is back.49ers star Jimmy Garoppolo will be fully cleared for training camp and preseason action after a physical, general manager John Lynch said Friday.Hopes were sky-high in San Francisco after Garoppolo won his first five starts with the team after coming over in a trade with New England. But his 2018 season was cut short when he tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Chiefs.Now we’ll all get to see him back in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system and see if he truly is the golden boy everyone thought he would be.Saints veterans address Michael Thomas’ holdoutElectric wide receiver Michael Thomas still hasn’t joined the Saints at training camp as he awaits a new contract.Defensive leader Cameron Jordan told reporters he isn’t concerned about Thomas’ absence yet and said (via nola.com): “I’m not worried until Drew (Brees) is worried.”And for what it’s worth, Brees doesn’t seem worried as he simply said the team would “be ready to roll” when Thomas shows up.Well, Drew, you should be worried. Thomas’ numbers last season show not only how efficient he was leading all wide receivers with an 85 percent reception rate, but Brees relied heavily on Thomas on third down and late in games.Michael Thomas — 2018 statsStatNumberNFL rankReceiving first downs753rd1st Down Catches, 3rd Down232ndTD Receptions, 4th Qtr52ndCatch %85.01stTargets1479thBrees is an all-time great quarterback, but that type of production and trust will be hard to find with Ted Ginn Jr. and Cameron Meredith.Two things that don’t matterTom Brady, Patrick Mahomes take a breatherTom Brady is 41 years old. Patrick Mahomes is 23. Though the two stellar quarterbacks have nearly 20 years between them, both need to stay fresh for the regular season.The six-time Super Bowl winner and the reigning league MVP both got the day off Friday, and team reporters for the Patriots and Chiefs made sure to temper any potential concern about the QBs.NBC Sports Boston noted Brady was merely enjoying ” just a day off,” while Mahomes was one a handful of Chiefs to enjoy a leisurely Friday alongside Travis Kelce and Cam Erving.Nothing to see here with regards to Tom Brady watching practice #Patriots pic.twitter.com/AMhsMCK5z8— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) July 26, 2019Training camp is important, but Mahomes and Brady build their legacies in January and February — not July.Cowboys vow contracts for Ezekiel Elliott, Amari CooperAnother day, the same message.The Cowboys have a sticky, and eventually, very expensive situation on their hands as quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are all nearing the end of their deals.Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones and owner Jerry Jones said Friday in Oxnard, California that they’d like to get deals done with both Cooper and Elliott, though the message all offseason has been that Prescott is the top priority. Prescott’s and Cooper’s deals expire at the end of the season, while Elliott has two years remaining. However, the Pro Bowl back has yet to show up to camp.One video you have to seeAntonio Brown knows how to make an entrance. And in an era of wild training camp arrivals, he made sure he stayed on the Mount Rushmore by floating over to Raiders camp in a hot air balloon.Float like a butterfly, sting like AB. #RaiderNation X @AB84 pic.twitter.com/68X0EWlDRp— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) July 26, 2019Friday tweet of the dayWe’ve all been in those situations where you have to change the brakes on your car, fix a leaky faucet or simply make a new recipe. And in the spirit of saving a few bucks, you head over to YouTube for a quick DIY tutorial.  Well, that’s how your new favorite Jet Quinnen Williams handles his offseason workout regiment as he told reporters Friday he didn’t work with any performance specialist in the offseason “because I can YouTube everything.”. @QuinnenWilliams is a big YouTube guy. pic.twitter.com/IPFM6hPe3r— SNY (@SNYtv) July 26, 2019Williams had an even better moment Friday — putting pen to paper on his rookie deal.Congrats to client @QuinnenWilliams on signing his first round contract with the New York Jets! @nyjets pic.twitter.com/gMbNcRliz0— Nicole Lynn (@AgentNicoleLynn) July 26, 2019Now Williams should be able to afford a performance guru in the event his wifi goes on the fritz.last_img read more

Southland Gives Back: ACU Establishes High-Five Fridays

first_imgABILENE, Texas – As part of ACU’s Southland Gives Back initiative, student-athletes and coaches from all of Abilene Christian’s varsity teams took turns participating in High-Five Fridays at neighboring Taylor Elementary School throughout the 2019 fall term.Abilene Christian student-athletes gathered each Friday, rain or shine, along Taylor Elementary’s 13th Street entrance to set up a high-five gauntlet where children, kindergarten through fifth grade, would sprint through on their way to class. ACU athletics created this weekly event to congratulate the kids for making it through a tough week of schoolwork and to offer encouragement before the start of another seven-hour day.ACU’s close relationship with the Abilene Independent School district and surrounding elementary schools also was on display twice during the basketball non-conference season as students from around the Big Country helped pack Moody Coliseum for the Wildcats’ victories over Southwest and Champions Christian. The combined attendance for both games was more than 6,000 spectators.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

Senate Rushes into Executive Session

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate yesterday announced what appeared to be a surprising motion for an executive session, minutes after the Secretary of the Senate had read the first of two agenda items prepared for the 76th day sitting of that body.One of the two items, which came under the title, ‘Business on President’s Desk,’ included a communication from Montserrado County Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo in which she submitted a summary report of the proceedings at the 5th Ordinary Session of the 3rd Pan African Parliament (PAP).  That Session was convened last month in Johannesburg, South Africa.The members of the plenary, who were already in receipt of her report, thanked her for ably representing the Senate and asked that the document be placed in the Senate’s file.It was after the reading of Senator Freeman-Sumo’s communication that President Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley announced a motion for executive session and was unanimously approved.The next item under the title: ‘Report from Standing Committees’ would have been a report from the Joint Committee on Autonomous Commissions & Agencies and Judiciary, Claims, Petitions and Human Rights on a communication from the National Elections Commission (NEC), on request made to approve the proposed Senatorial Election Date.As usual, journalists who stayed around the Chamber of the Senate went home late yesterday, without knowing what was decided behind the mahogany doors of that august body.However, authoritative Legislative sources confided to this newspaper late yesterday evening that the Senate was deliberating on whether to go along with the NEC’s December 16, 2014 date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election.The NEC boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah, had informed the Legislature that his decision stemmed from the overwhelming acceptance of the new date during comprehensive consultations organized by his Commission in collaboration with other international bodies.Like the Liberian Senate, the House of Representatives, too, went into Executive Session yesterday to conclude discussions on the election date. Reports say the House of Representatives is proposing the 16th of December, while the Liberian Senate is opting for the 30th of December, but the conference committee is proposing the 23rd to harmonize and resolve the matter.The issue about the extension of the state of emergency for 30 more days as recently proposed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor was expected for discussion yesterday, according to inside sources.In a related development, a joint resolution No. 003/2014 adopted by both the Senate and House of Representatives has resolved that NEC, “the agency of government authorized to hold general and Special Elections, is hereby accordingly directed to schedule the commencement of the  campaign process for the 2014 Senatorial Elections the first week of December 2014, and that the conduct of elections shall be held throughout the Republic of Liberia on December 30, 2014.”This joint resolution may seem as though the issue of the 2014 Senatorial elections has already been decided.  However, it cannot become law until it has been signed by the leadership of both Houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.Furthermore, the fact that both houses yesterday, immediately upon convening, proceeded into executive session, gave observers the impression that there were certain urgent matters, probably including the elections, that were yet to be concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GuySuCo to meet residents of ‘sugar dependent’ communities

first_imgIn wake of mass protests against closure of estatesThe Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) has announced in a statement issued on Monday that it will be commencing a community outreach programme for residents in ‘sugar dependent’ communities in the villages where estates are located. Meetings will be held at the community centres, the Corporation has said.The first community meeting will be held at the Wales Community Centre on June 29, and the second will be held at the Uitvlugt Community Centre on July 5, at 4:00 pm. The focus for discussion of these two meetings will be the ‘Uitvlugt Estate Improvement Programme (UEIP)’ and other matters related to GuySuCo.On July 6, another community meeting will be held at the Enmore Community Centre for residents in Enmore and neighbouring communities. The focus for this meeting and those to be held at Blairmont, Rose Hall, Albion and Skeldon community centres will be ‘The Role of Communities in Improving Attendance on Estates for the Second Crop 2017’, as well as other GuySuCo-related matters.Seepaul Narine“The aim of this outreach programme is to mobilise cane harvesters, planters, cane transport operators (and) their families and communities around the importance of improving attendance at all estates, in order to sustain the industry,” GuySuCo said in the statement.The objectives of the meetings are to create a greater awareness of the need for employees to turn out to ensure that the canes are harvested within the crop; mobilise the residents around estates to encourage employees to improve attendance; mobilise community leaders and other stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, government, private and civil society sectors, around the importance of improving attendance on all estates; create a greater awareness of the importance of the sugar industry and GuySuCo to the development of Guyana; (to examine) the linkages between increased attendance and greater commitment to sustaining the industry; and to build greater partnerships and engage more strategically with communities and other partners around estates. General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine, only recently condemned GuySuCo for what he feels is an attempt to “denigrate” the union’s “unrelenting and principled stance” in defending the rights of thousands of sugar workers.The sugar workers, their families and other stakeholders have been protesting Government’s move to discontinue operations at several sugar estates, as confirmed in this year’s State Paper on the industry’s future.GuySuCo’s Senior Communications Officer Audreyanna Thomas last week penned a letter to the editor which noted that the Corporation is seeking those sugar workers who were “misled”. However, GAWU has indicated that Thomas’s letter was just another “public relations stunt” that discredits the union’s defending the many cross-sections of workers who stand to be affected by what the union termed “ill-conceived plans” that GuySuCo has advocated for the sugar industry.“From the Corporation’s letter, it seems that the Union-organised protests at several estates are getting under the not-too-thick skin of the Corporation and its handlers. Our most recent activity at Albion attracted an appreciable turnout and demonstrates the disagreement, shared not only by workers and their families, (but by) the wider communities,” the union official stated in a lengthy release issued on Thursday last.Some 375 Wales workers have been out of employment since GuySuCo closed that estate at the end of 2016. They contend that they cannot be compelled to travel 22 miles from Wales, West Bank Demerara to Uitvlugt, on the West Coast of Demerara. On that ground they have demanded severance payment, but the Corporation contends that all workers who opted for severance had already been paid. This matter is slated to come up in the High Court.“GuySuCo says it will demand very soon a ‘higher level’ of service from GAWU. But such a call is best suited to GuySuCo. Our Union, nevertheless, is supportive of all plans which will secure the sugar industry, but at the same time cannot lend a supporting voice to plans which will wreck lives and imperil entire communities, as we have seen playing out at Wales,” Narine has pointedly expressed.The GAWU General Secretary further highlighted the uncertainties of the diversification plans the sugar corporation has, plans which Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had announced last year.Narine went on to explain that, up until now, no worker has been given any land to capitalise on the supposed diversification plans. He noted that GuySuCo, like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, goes on to speak to provision of transportation and medical services to the workers and their families and pensioners.“Is the company expecting the agriculture workers to join public transportation from their homes at 05:00 am and travel to the cultivation some 5 to 10 miles in rugged off-road terrain?” he questioned.Narine also reiterated that, in the main, GAWU strikes are related to price disputes. He noted that sugar workers have encountered two years of no pay increases; were “shortchanged” on API in 2015, and were given no API in 2016; and that there was arbitrary cutting down of workers’ benefits.“We take serious and utmost umbrage with GuySuCo’s view that the GAWU is engaged in sabotage. This is completely unfounded, and (is) a figment of someone’s imagination. Moreover, the Corporation also seems to question the wisdom of the workers’ protest actions. But wouldn’t any rational person whose livelihood is threatened take a similar approach? Ms Thomas and her colleagues ensconced in the comforts of GuySuCo hierarchy would sing a different tune had the shoe been on the other foot,” the GAWU General Secretary stressed.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his presentation of the 2017 Budget, had indicated that the status quo at the sugar industry could neither be sustained nor maintained. He had explained that, based on the CoI, it was concluded that any money injected into the sugar industry in its current state was money wasted.last_img read more

Money Matters: ‘There are no quick fixes to making money’

first_imgThis week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services explains how there is no quick-fix to making a fortune, and to be wary of ‘get rich quick schemes’… I am sorry, folks, but you will not make money in the markets if you treat investing like backing a horse. As I have written many times before, there are no quick fixes to making money, unless you are lucky enough to win the Lotto!By Shona Chambers QFA RPA on behalf of John McColgan Financial Services” If any of you has seen the recent movie ‘Money Monster’, which hit cinema screens earlier this year, you will know that George Clooney plays gregarious financial TV host Lee Gates, who ‘reviews’ the markets and doles out stock tips. Without giving too much away, a young man, who lost all his savings after one of Gates’s stock tips went wrong, takes the TV host hostage on air and forces him to wear an explosive vest until Gates can explain why that stock crashed.The premise for ‘Money Monster’ is based on the CNBC show ‘Mad Money’, which, according to my good friend Google, ‘helps viewers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of Wall Street trading, helping them to recognize opportunities and avoid pitfalls along the way.’Although the TV show within the movie is highly sensational, it struck me again that most people are still looking for that ‘tip’ or quick fix to make some money. Numerous times in the last few weeks, blog posts and articles from so-called ‘experts’ looking to make a quick buck from unsuspecting consumers have cropped up on my social media accounts, with taglines like ‘Five reasons why diversification is not a good idea if you want to make money‘ and ‘If you want to make money now, this is what you need to do!’These kinds of sensational articles and blog posts concern me because they try to get naive and unsuspecting readers to sign up to expensive seminars and buy into dubious get-rich- quick products, all in the hope of making a lot of money.Let me tell you now, there are no get-rich-quick schemes. If you do see or read something like this, ‘Run, Forest, run!’ springs to mind. The only winners here are the people running the seminars or peddling the products.No part of the financial planning process should be looked at in insolation, and that includes investing. There are no ‘tips’. It is never a good idea to make changes to your financial plan without consulting an independent financial advisor like me.If you do, you could end up totally derailing your financial future. It is also a good idea to have just one advisor who can help you set you financial plan, and who understands your vision for the future, rather than acting on conflicting advice from multiple sources.Following the advice of an established qualified professional will help keep your money safe and your future secure. For more advice you can contact 074 9124366Money Matters: ‘There are no quick fixes to making money’ was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Shona ChambersShare 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:Financehow to make moneyJohn McColganmoneyMoney Matterslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS U16 TEAM CROWNED INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS AFTER WIN OVER MUFF

first_imgUrris GAA News:URRIS U16A INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS: Pride of place this weekend goes to our U16 team who won the Darren Downey / Gary Mc Laughlin U16A Inishowen Final on Sunday night. A brilliant performance by the team on the night, final score was Urris 3-12 Muff 4-06. Well done to all the boys and their manager David Hession. The club wish to thank all the supporters who travelled to Burt on Sunday night to cheer the boys on. (Check local papers for match report) U14 TEAM: A massive Well Done to our U14 boys who played St Eunan’s in the U14 Division 1 final on Friday night in Letterkenny. Final score St Eunans 6-18 Urris 5-03. Not your night boys but a great achievement in reaching the final. You have done the club proud these past weeks. Onwards and upwards. Thanks to the boys and their manager Mark Glackin and to all who help out with this team. Again, thanks to all who travelled to Letterkenny to cheer the lads on .SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams travelled to play Burt last Wednesday night. Mixed results for the teams. Final Score in Reserve Match; Burt 2-04 Urris 1-06. Hard luck boys. Senior Match: Urris 3-07 Burt 0-13. Great result after the last two home defeats. (match report in local papers) There are no games this weekend.Ladies Football: Our Ladies travelled to play Termon on Sunday , final score was Termon 4-06 Urris 5-02. Unlucky to lose by a point but with having scored more points in the home game the ladies are through to the next round of the championship.MINOR LADIES: The minors are home to Moville in the championship on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. MATCH “N” WIN: Match “n” Win July 9th: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 9, 10, 11, 20. €15 winners:Neil O’Donnell, Rooskey.Noeleen Tynan, Drumfries.Martin Doherty. 33 Gaddyduff.Gretta Friel, Dunaff.Louise Friel, Ballyliffin.Jackpot next week €1,460. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.U10 training every Friday evening in Straid from 4-5pm .URRIS GAA CUL CAMP: Another successful Cul Camp was held by the club in Straid last week, over 160 children took part. Thanks to all the boys and girls, all the coaches and to all that helped out in any way during the week. Your help much appreciated by the club.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall at 9.00pm.DATES FOR THE DIARY: Big Breakfast on Saturday August 8th in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany and A Night at the Races” on August 15th in the Rusty Nail. More details to follow. GOOD LUCK: Good Luck to the Donegal Senior team in the Ulster Final on Sunday against Monaghan and safe travel on the roads to all going to the game.GAA NEWS: URRIS U16 TEAM CROWNED INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS AFTER WIN OVER MUFF was last modified: July 13th, 2015 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more