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Crawford Memorial Horse Racing Meet on September 23

first_imgThe Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice is scheduled to host a horse race meet on September 23; and currently, more than 40 entries have already been received for the card, which consists of six categories.There is the H & Lower race, which carries the most attract top prize of $300,000; the L2 & Lower race, which fetches a first place prize of $70,000; L1 & Lower race, with a prize of $100,000 for the winner; the J & Lower race, the victor of which would cart off $160,000; the L3 race, with a first prize of 50,000; and the Two-Year Maiden, which has a first place prize of $100,000. The entrants billed to compete include Chammaley, Not This Time, Party Time Orion, Kentucky Woman, Mary-Ann, Lucky Star, Gypsie Princess, Slim Shady and Baba Rosa; but there are many other horses billed to compete, and among them might be many of the proverbial dark horses.Entries will close on September 16, 2018. For further details, interested persons are kindly asked to contact President of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facility on 678-5342, or the club’s organising secretary Compton Sancho on 691-1175. The sponsors on board for this event include Kanhai’s Electrical on Regent Street, Curtains and Drapery Designs, Stag Beer, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Candy Corner, and Attorney-at-law Poonai.last_img read more

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

first_imgHe could feature in Saturday’s squad but head coach Peter Stoeger says a decision will only be made closer to the Bundesliga game.German daily Bild say Reus had targeted the away game at Borussia Moenchengladbach on February 18 — but he might feature sooner than planned.“Marco trained normally over the week, we know he wants to play and he knows that we would like to have him in,” said Stoeger on Thursday.“We will make a decision at short notice.”While Dortmund are reluctant to rush the injury-prone Reus back into action, the attacking midfielder is keen to find form and fitness four months out from the World Cup in Russia.A string of injuries have restricted him to 29 international appearances and nine goals for Germany.Injuries have seen him miss the last two major international tournaments.An ankle injury suffered in the final warm-up game ruled the fleet-footed playmaker out of eventual champions Germany’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil.He then missed the finals of Euro 2016 with a persistent groin injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Reus is desperate to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks.last_img read more


first_imgA man accused of taking part in a major drug-growing operation has been refused an application to get a new passport – after claiming he needs to go to Thailand to get a divorce.Neville Leech, is accused with two other men of cultivating more than €450,000 of cannabis in Carrigans, Co Donegal on January 13th, 2010.Leech was charged with the possession of cannabis and was released on bail of €5,000 as well as an independent surety of €10,000. He was also ordered to hand over his passport and sign on at his local Garda station once a week.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court to ask for permission to seek a new passport to travel to Thailand to finalise a divorce.Leech, 34, of Pearse Park, Drogheda, claimed because he was not married in Ireland, he could not get a divorce here. Barrister Patricia McLoughlin asked if Leech could simply not get the papers sent to Ireland which he could sign.Leech said he had to go to Thailand and turn up in person to get the divorce from his Thai wife. Garda Sgt Niall Boyle said he was opposing the application for a new passport as Leech was facing a very serious charge and had fears that he would not return for trial.Leech said he merely wanted to get on with his life and wanted to finalise his divorce saying he would try and put up more bail money if needed. Judge Rory McCabe said he did not think there was an extradition agreement between Thailand and Ireland. He eventually refused the application saying that unless Leech brought documentary evidence that he needed to travel to Thailand to get his divorce, he would not grant him permission to get a new passport.EndsCARRIGANS DRUGS HAUL MAN REFUSED PASSPORT TO GET DIVORCE IN THAILAND was last modified: May 4th, 2011 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:CarrigansdrugsNeville Leechlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man assaulted a young woman after twisting her arm behind her back after a row.Johnny McDonagh was warned by Gardai to move on and to resist from abusing the woman when they came across the incident outside the Friar’s Rest in Glencar, Letterkenny on November 10th last year.He was told to stop threatening the woman on three occasions and was then arrested. The victim, Fionnuala Molloy, later called to Letterkenny Garda station and made an official complaint that she had been assaulted.Inspector Kevin Gately told the court that Ms Molloy had to attend the doctor after the altercation.The court was told that McDonagh of The Big Isle, Letterkenny, was currently in jail and was due for release on assault charges and is due for release on August 17th next.McDonagh addressed the court and said he had been suffering from alcohol and drug addictions but was now “going down the right road.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until July 17th for further reports.LETTERKENNY MAN ASSAULTED WOMAN OUTSIDE TAKEAWAY was last modified: June 21st, 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:assaultFriar’s RestJohnny McDonaghlast_img read more

‘Mollywood’ shuffle ahead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OREM, Utah – After almost five years of making movies for Mormons, the group of filmmakers who were part of the genre’s most prolific production studio are branching out with projects that leave the church jokes behind with the hopes of engaging a broader audience. And they want to do it in their own backyard. Could Utah become a “Mollywood” of sorts – a family-focused, filmmaking Mecca that still caters to Molly Mormons, the nickname given to those who embrace the faith’s clean-cut morality? If filmmaker Richard Dutcher started it all with “God’s Army,” his 2000 film about missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Angeles, Dave Hunter and Kurt Hale perfected it. The two formed Halestorm Entertainment in 2001 and went on to release a string of movies over the past four years, mostly comedies, aimed exclusively at a Mormon audience. Members of the LDS church are discouraged from watching R-rated films. Halestorm’s films are made with small budgets that are easily reclaimed by screening in states such as Utah, Arizona and Idaho, where a significant amount of the population belongs to the Mormon church. DVD sales of the movies are where they make their money, they said. While Hale says the niche possibilities are endless – “there are three or four great stories on my desk right now … a Mormon horror comedy, a Mormon musical” – Hunter and Hale are ready to develop a broader, commercial base and maybe turn Utah into a wholesome Hollywood along the way. Their company has gotten the attention of motion picture industry insiders by shooting films for $400,000 to $500,000 and making double or triple that back. But that seems to be the ceiling. The company also has been an incubator for other filmmakers, including Jared Hess, who had a breakaway hit in “Napoleon Dynamite” last year. “We’re done engaging the Mormon audience,” Hunter said. Added Hale: “There’s just not enough Mormons.” Early next year, Halestorm plans to move into a $5 million production studio with 46,000 square feet of space that will house all of its offices, production and distribution, as well as two large soundstages. “We’ll be able to do a film from beginning to end in the studio,” Hunter said. They hope the studio, combined with Utah’s unique geography, will draw one big outside production each year. Within an hour of the studio, a crew could be filming on desolate salt flats, sand dunes, mountains or dense forests, and just a three-hour drive away is Utah’s red rock country. While Halestorm will remain true to its family-friendly ethic, it won’t monitor what other film producers want to do. “To have a censor board to read scripts and approve productions – that would not only be damaging to us, it would be damaging to the state of Utah,” Hunter said. Marketing to the Mormon niche has boomed recently, providing the devout with ample entertainment focused on their faith, including “The Work and the Glory” trilogy bankrolled in part by Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller. Its second installment had a nationwide release last weekend. A sampling of plots from Halestorm movies include a romantic comedy set in a singles’ congregation of the church, the trials and tribulations of a young man back from his two-year proselytizing mission and a spoof about a fictional Mormon boy band. Halestorm begins its foray into the mainstream with the upcoming release “Church Ball,” a farce about how viciously competitive Mormon church basketball leagues can be. It has a more recognizable cast, including Fred Willard and Gary Coleman, and the religious denomination of the church players is obscured. Halestorm deserves a lot of credit for finding and developing a niche market, said Jason E. Squire, an instructor of cinema practice at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. He said such films as “Napoleon Dynamite” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” are examples of how to break out of that niche while trying to maintain a certain ethic. “It doesn’t matter what kind of movie it is. What matters is capturing the audience’s imagination,” he said. Other filmmakers who have ties to Halestorm, and like Hale and Hunter were in the film program at church-owned Brigham Young University, have gone on to their own successes outside of strictly Mormon plot lines. Hess’ “Napoleon Dynamite” charmed audiences and garnered a multimillion-dollar deal at the 2004 Sundance Film festival. “He pitched us on it,” Hale said. “We thought it was the worst thing we’d ever heard.” The character-driven comedy was inspired by Hess’ hometown of Preston, Idaho, a 5,000-population burg just north of the Utah line. Though none of the characters was obviously Mormon, locals recognize the film’s Mormon country feel and Napoleon’s familiar inoffensive style of cussing. Ryan Little was a director of photography for many of the Halestorm movies and struck out on his own to direct “Saints and Soldiers” in 2003. The film about a band of World War II soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge had some critical success, including awards at some small film festivals and a nomination for an Independent Spirit award. One of the movie’s characters is a member of the LDS church who served a mission in Germany before the war. The character, though important to some of the film’s themes, blends into the larger plot – making it a movie that appealed to Mormon and non-Mormon audiences alike, Little said. “If you were Mormon you would pick up on the LDS themes,” Little said. But as they screened the movie at film festivals around the country, “it was really kind of eye-opening that you could make a film that could do both,” he said. The movie was embraced as a film by a Mormon filmmaker and as a war movie so true to its genre it initially received an R rating. A few cuts were made and the film was released as PG-13. Little wants to make movies that he believes in morally and ethically, but he doesn’t think that means exclusively Mormon material. He’s currently filming an adventure film called “The Outlaw Trail.” The movie follows a young boy who has inherited a belt buckle that belonged to Butch Cassidy. His goals are to make movies families can enjoy together and help build the film community in the state, he said. While Utah has lured filmmakers to its scenic vistas since the days of the spaghetti western, it’s never fully capitalized on its proximity to Los Angeles, less than two hours away by plane. Utah lawmakers are considering increasing incentives to entice more production companies. Mormon-genre films have made their mark on the Utah Film Commission’s revenues, bringing in $500,000 in 2001 and more than $2 million last year, said commission director Aaron Syrett. But that’s still a fraction of the more than $60 million the commission sees annually from filming in the state. Mark DeCarlo, the host of the Travel Channel’s “Taste of America” program and the star of Halestorm’s current release, “Mobsters and Mormons,” said he enjoyed working in Utah and was charmed by the “good, honest people” he met on the set. But to lure more productions, local filmmakers need to have a more Hollywood-like professionalism, he said. “They use a lot of friends and favors,” DeCarlo said. “In order for it to really compete with Hollywood, you need a professional class of person both in front of and behind the scenes.”last_img read more

Virgin Galactic strikes deal with New Mexico

first_imgLONDON – Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 “founders” who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. Virgin Galactic is planning to begin flights in late 2008 or early 2009. New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said construction of the spaceport, to be built largely underground in the south of the state near the White Sands Missile Range, could begin in early 2007, depending on approval from environmental and aviation authorities. Virgin will have a 20-year lease on the facility, with annual payments of $1 million for the first five years and rising to cover the cost of the project by the end of the lease. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Experts predict that thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment will be created in the next 20 years as the private sector develops new commercial markets in the space industry in New Mexico,” Homans said in London. “Virgin is the beginning and many other space companies will follow.” Virgin Galactic said it had chosen New Mexico as the site for its headquarters because of its steady climate, free airspace, low population density and high altitude. All those factors can significantly reduce the cost of the space flight program. The spaceport, to be located some 25 miles south of the town of Truth or Consequences, will be constructed 90 percent underground, with just the runway and supporting structures above ground. Stephen Attenborough, the Virgin Galactic executive in charge of marketing the space flights, said the 100 founder members were committed to “stepping up to the plate” and boarding a flight early in the operations. “Many of the others will need to wait until the price comes down and will want to wait for proven reliability and safety,” he said. Trevor Beattie, a London-based advertising director who paid for his ticket within days of Branson’s announcement of the company’s launch, said he was not concerned about safety. “My only concern is that the longer they leave the launch, the more likely we all are to be hit by a bus,” said Beattie, who has dreamed of going to space since watching the 1969 moonwalk. Branson formed Virgin Galactic after watching SpaceShipOne, a craft designed by Burt Rutan and funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, become the first privately manned rocket to reach space last year. SpaceShipOne went on to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize with two suborbital flights in five days from Mojave. Virgin Galactic has a deal with Rutan to build five spacecraft, licensing technology from Allen’s company, Mojave Aerospace Ventures. Virgin Galactic plans to operate its initial flights from the Mojave base ahead of the projected opening of the New Mexico spaceport in late 2009 or early 2010. Virgin Galactic also unveiled its logo – the pupil of an eye incorporating an eclipse. Branson’s iris will be used for the final design. Branson is due to join New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the United States today to unveil the spaceport plans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe North West 10K committee are to be honoured at a civic reception on Wednesday next, March 28th at 7pm in the council offices in Letterkenny.The 10K attracted many characters down through the years!The committee have helped a number of charities down through the years managing to raise more than €500,000 through the event.Faces from past and present are expected at the event which continues to grow from strength to strength. Congratulations to all involved in what is a truly well-deserved honour. NORTH WEST 10K TO GET CIVIC RECEPTION NEXT WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 22nd, 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:civic receptionNorth West 10klast_img read more

Juventus in Sassuolo test as Serie A returns

first_img Tags: juventusSassuoloSerie A Juventus have won all their last 7 games against Sassuolo. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Brescia vs Atalanta Stadio Mario Rigamonti. BresciaSaturday, 30-11-2019 @5pmAfter claiming their first Champions League win in midweek, Atalanta visit bitter rivals Brescia on Saturday.La Dea will be in a positive mood following the 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday at San Siro following goals from Luis Muriel and Papu Gomez. Gian Piero Gasperini will be hoping his side can carry this form into Serie A this weekend and bounce back from a disappointing spell, having not won in their previous four matches.Last weekend Atalanta hosted current leaders Juventus at the Gewiss Stadium and took the lead after 56 minutes through a Robin Gosens header, but Maurizio Sarri’s side soon fought back with two goals from Gonzalo Higuain and an injury time finish from Paulo Dybala to win 3-1. Muriel was not quite fit to start against the Bianconeri, however he recovered in time to face Zagreb and opened the scoring from the spot after 27 minutes.Duvan Zapata will be assessed ahead of this weekend after picking up a thigh injury on international duty, but it is likely the Colombian will miss out and fellow compatriot Muriel will retain his place alongside Gomez. Centre-back Rafael Toloi will also be unable to play following a suspension and Berat Djimsiti will be the favourite to replace him.Brescia face a difficult task, but newly appointed coach Fabio Grosso will be desperate for his side to bounce back following a poor performance away to Roma last weekend. The 3-0 defeat at Stadio Olimpico was their fifth straight loss and haven’t won since September 21 against Udinese. Mario Balotelli was left out last weekend following a training ground bust-up.Grosso has insisted the forward needs to work harder for the team to reclaim his place, but he could feature on the bench against Atalanta. Grosso is expected to name the same front two this weekend with Ernesto Torregrossa and Alfredo Donnarumma. Ales Mateju becomes available following suspension, but Daniele Dessena remains out with a long term injury.These two sides have not played in Serie A since April 2005, which ended in a 1-0 win for Brescia following an injury time penalty winner from Gigi Di Biagio.Atalanta have only ever won one Serie A trip to Brescia, drawing three and losing seven. That outlier was a 3-0 victory in March 2001.Genoa vs TorinoStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSaturday,30-12-2019 @8pmTorino are waiting on injury news from star man Andrea Belotti in their trip to a Genoa side in the relegation zone.These two cities are steeped in Italian football history with the first Italian friendly match documented between Genoa and a mix of two teams from Turin on January 6, 1898.Il Grifone are fighting for their lives in 18th place and have shown signs of life with two draws in their last two matches, but haven’t won since Thiago Motta’s debut with rock bottom Brescia, who incidentally Toro’s last win also came against.Toro’s form has been up and down recently, although they’ve had some of the country’s top sides to contend with over the last few rounds.Walter Mazzarri was angry with his players after what he described as “serious and naive errors” in the 3-0 home defeat to Inter, however this is the kind of match they will think can get them back on track for European contention.Torino’s star man Andrea Belotti will be looking to get back on the scoresheet after his brace before the international break, however he remains an injury doubt for this match, with Simone Zaza waiting in the wings.In the same fixture last year, Torino managed to come away with a 0-1 victory, the only goal scored by Cristian Ansaldi.There will be no emotional return for Diego Laxalt, who spent several happy seasons in the port city, as he is injured along with Lyanco and Iago Falque. Daniele Baselli and Kevin Bonifazi’s conditions will also need to be monitored.Domenico Criscito was available again for the draw with SPAL and the captain will look to redeem himself if given the nod after giving away a clumsy penalty, converted by Andrea Petagna.Genoa will be hoping their own forwards weigh in with more goals and that young striker Andrea Pinamonti can find more consistency during Christian Kouame’s long injury lay-off.Torino have won their last three Serie A meetings with Genoa, the longest success streak since five in a row in 1982.Fiorentina vs LecceStadio Artemio Franchi, Florence Saturday, 30-11-2019 @10:45pmFiorentina have completely lost their way again with one point in three rounds, but host fired-up Lecce.The Viola are an extremely difficult team to figure out this season. One week they’re fun to watch, another week, they’re abject. Their lack of consistency puts them 10th with a total of 16 points. This weekend at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, they will hope to bounce back to winning ways when they welcome newly-promoted Lecce.Vincenzo Montella’s men lost away to Hellas Verona in their last league game, but are just four points behind the Champions League spots. Defensively, Fiorentina are vulnerable, as they’ve conceded nine goals in their last five league fixtures, scoring six.It’s been a draw too many for Fabio Liverani’s side, who are without a win in their last eight games. Lecce managed an improbable 2-2 draw against high flying Cagliari in the last league fixture and badly need a win to steer away from relegation blues.Gianluca Lapadula was sent off in that match for a tussle with Robin Olsen and handed a two-match ban, joining injured Filippo Falco and Zan Majer in the stands. Khouma Babacar and Marco Mancosu are not 100 per cent fit either, but Diego Farias returns to bolster the attack with Andrea La Mantia.Lecce have a stronger away record than at the Stadio Via del Mare, earning two wins and two draws compared to just three home stalemates. That included victories at Torino and SPAL, taking points off Milan and Sampdoria.The home side don’t have issues with injury, as only German Pezzella missing for three weeks after fracturing his cheekbone. Federico Chiesa should be back in the side after muscular issues, reuniting with Franck Ribery.It is a homecoming for Lecce boss Liverani, who played 64 Serie A games for Fiorentina.Fiorentina have picked up only one point from their last six Serie A games against newly-promoted teams.Juventus vs SassuoloAllainz Stadium, TorinoSunday, 01-11-2019 @2:30pmJuventus will look to continue their winning streak at the top against a Sassuolo side missing talisman Domenico Berardi.Maurizio Sarri is still under criticism for the Old Lady’s playing style, although the Bianconeri managed to seal top place in their Champions League group following their home victory against Atletico Madrid, thus maintaining this season’s unbeaten record intact.The Bianconeri won thanks to a splendid free-kick from Paulo Dybala, the 26-year-old now scoring in Juve’s last three official matches. And with Cristiano Ronaldo still struggling to regain his lethal form, Dybala is quietly proving how decisive he can be for the Italian champions.When Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi was topping the Capocannoniere charts with five goals in his first two games back in September, many hoped this year would prove decisive for him. But the lack of consistency is once again overshadowing his immense talent, which is also a problem for the Neroverdi, who are only three points shy of the relegation zone.Playing at home against a side that has never won here will force the Bianconeri to not only win, but also provide a convincing display of force against Sassuolo, with Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain expected to lead Juve’s attack. Sassuolo is Higuain’s favourite victim in Serie A, against whom he scored six goals in four matches for the Bianconeri.Veteran Gigi Buffon should start in goal, while Alex Sandro is not fully fit for a place on the left flank. Giorgio Chiellini and Douglas Costa are sitting out injuries.Domenico Berardi picked a thigh muscle strain and is unlikely to travel to Turin, while Gregoire Defrel and Vlad Chiriches are longer-term absentees. Brazilian defender Rogerio and Gian Marco Ferrari will still have to be evaluated.Sassuolo have lost each of their last seven Serie A meetings with Juventus, conceding a total 21 goals. They’ve also been defeated in each of their six top flight trips to Turin.Inter Milan vs SPALStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSunday, 01-12-2019 @5pmSecond from top host second from bottom as strugglers SPAL make their second trip of the season to San Siro to face Scudetto challengers Inter.Inter are coming off a 3-1 away win in the Champions League against Slavia Prague, with strikers Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both getting on the scoresheet for the Nerazzurri.It was a nervy affair for Antonio Conte’s side, as the goal that put them ahead was only scored in the 81st minute.The home side are without Nicolo Barella and Kwadwo Asamoah, both of whom are nursing knee injuries, while Alexis Sanchez is still out with the ongoing foot issue he suffered while on international duty with Chile. However, Danilo D’Ambrosio looks set to reenter the starting XI after not playing against Slavia.SPAL, meanwhile, are winless in their last six matches and things are looking bleak for them. They’ve scored a meagre eight goals this season, the lowest in Serie A. The Biancazzurri will need seasoned hitmen Alberto Paloschi and Andrea Petagna to step up and find the net if they are to avoid the drop.It is hard to imagine a scenario where Inter don’t pick up all three points, but if SPAL are to take anything back with them, it would likely be late on as the Beneamata’s legs could tire from their midweek match.With that in mind, Conte could opt for a slightly more-cautious approach late on.SPAL’s last win against Inter came in February 1962, a 1-0 victory.Lazio vs UdineseStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 01-12-2019 @5pmLazio welcome Udinese and look to equal their best ever form under Simone Inzaghi of six consecutive wins, a feat last achieved back in October 2017.The Biancocelesti have a full squad available for selection, apart from Valon Berisha, who looks like he will be sidelined for another week after returning from international duty with an injury. Adam Marusic should shake off his knock to make him available if called upon. Lazio will have only had three days of recovery time for this fixture after beating Cluj 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night.Lazio have won their last six Serie A meetings with Udinese, averaging 2.2 goals per match. Taking this into consideration, the hosts will be confident that their team can secure all three points this weekend.With one eye on the following game against Juventus, Inzaghi will be hopeful that Francesco Acerbi does not pick up a yellow card, as he would be a big miss against the champions.Udinese have continued to struggle after sacking coach Igor Tudor, as the honeymoon period for caretaker manager Luca Gotti is already wearing off. He won his debut, 3-1 away to Genoa, but has since been held by SPAL and lost to Sampdoria. The Friulani currently have one of the worst records in Europe’s top five leagues, only Huddersfield (38) have lost more games than the Bianconeri (37) since January 2018.The Dacia Arena club sit just four points above the relegation zone. Despite all this, Udinese have managed to score in their last three away fixtures. Gotti will be hoping he can inspire his side to do the same in Rome and that Lazio lack preparation for the fixture due to their European commitments.Mato Jajalo was sent off against Sampdoria and is therefore suspended, while Ken Sema requires a fitness test due to a muscular issue. The good news for Udinese is that Stefano Okaka and Rodrigo Becao return from their bans.Lazio have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight Serie A matches. They have never in their history managed nine in a row.Parma vs AC MilanStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSunday, 01-12-2019 @5pmMilan come into this weekend four points behind Parma, showing just how urgent their need for results has become.Going unbeaten in their last three matches has really helped in lifting the spirit of the Ducali, especially following an impressive home 2-0 home win over Roma. Now returning to the Tardini following their most recent draw with rivals Bologna, Parma are confident and have the belief they can collect points.Roberto D’Aversa will be happy to welcome back star man Gervinho, but Roberto Inglese, Yann Karamoh, Andreas Cornelius and Matteo Scozzarella are on the treatment table. Mattia Sprocati could therefore step in to complete the trident with hugely-impressive Atalanta loan starlet Dejan Kulusevski.Stefano Pioli has had a hard time since taking over the Coaching position in Milan over Marco Giampaolo, as the former Fiorentina coach has managed only one win in his six matches and will look to this trip to his hometown of Parma to take three precious points.Sitting on 14 points in 12th spot, it’s safe to say I Rossoneri have underwhelmed most fans with their lack of intensity on the pitch and are in need of a big performance to regain control of their season.Fabio Borini and Samu Castillejo are still out in the midfield, while Ante Rebic, Ricardo Rodriguez and Leo Duarte all require fitness tests. There are strong reports Krzysztof Piatek could be dropped in favour of Rafael Leao.On the positive side, Spanish playmaker Suso looks set to return to the line-up to provide that extra spark upfront. Hakan Calhanoglu returns from suspension, but is not guaranteed a starting spot, as Giacomo Bonaventura got the equalizing goal against Napoli last time out. Bonaventura could also be dropped further into midfield, replacing Lucas Paqueta. Ismael Bennacer is also back after his ban against Napoli.Milan have fumbled six points this season by conceding goals in the final 20 minutes.Napoli vs BolognaStadio San Paolo, NaplesSunday, 01-12-2019 @8pmThe atmosphere at Napoli might be calming down a little, but they are still seventh in Serie A and without a win in five league games as they host Bologna.The Azzurri have been in crisis mode in recent weeks with the players refusing to return to a training retreat after their draw with Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League a few weeks back.President Aurelio De Laurentiis has issued fines to all players involved, with Captain Lorenzo Insigne and Brazilian midfielder Allan receiving the heaviest penalties. The Partenopei travelled to Anfield mid-week to take on Liverpool in the Champions League and put in a decent defensive performance to leave with a point in a 1-1 draw.Coach Carlo Ancelotti will hope that his players knuckle down and prove themselves on the field again in the league, but is without injured Arkadiusz Milik, Faouzi Ghoulam and Kevin Malcuit, while Insigne requires a fitness test after a painful elbow injury.Bologna aren’t doing much better, as they sit just three points above the relegation zone and are on a four-game winless run.I Veltri drew 2-2 at home to Parma last weekend thanks to Blerim Dzemaili’s 95th-minute equaliser, which halted a run of three defeats in a row.Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have only won three times so far this season, at home against SPAL, Sampdoria and then away to Brescia. The coach has been dealing with his leukaemia diagnosis since July, but has been released from hospital following three courses of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. He spent time at the training ground this week and could well be on the bench.Bologna are without Roberto Soriano, Mitchell Dijks and Federico Santander due to injury. It remains to be seen whether Mattias Svanberg or Andrea Poli is chosen to fill in with Riccardo Orsolini, Nicola Sansone and veteran hitman Rodrigo Palacio.Expect this game to be played on Napoli’s terms, as the home side will hope to use their good performance at Anfield as a launchpad to reignite their league campaign. Ancelotti will need his side to start winning games soon before they fall too far off the top four.Bologna have lost each of their last five visits to the San Paolo, conceding 18 goals and scoring four. Their most recent Serie A victory here was 3-2 in December 2012.Hellas Verona vs RomaStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSunday, 01-12-2019 @10:45pmVerona host Roma on Sunday evening, as Ivan Juric’s side look to build on an impressive victory over Fiorentina last weekend.Samuel Di Carmine’s second half winner lifted Verona up to ninth in Serie A, as the Gialloblu bounced back from defeat to Inter before the International break.The form of Portuguese veteran midfielder Miguel Veloso has been promising for Juric, as he has contributed two goals and two assists in 10 games this season. Injury has ruled the midfielder out of this fixture on Sunday, and he will be a big miss for Verona.Goals haven’t flowed so far for Verona, but their defensive record has helped lift them into the top half of the league. Concerning are the underlying statistics, with Verona conceding only 11 despite an xG of 18.70, and Roma will be confident of capitalising on this.The last newly-promoted Serie A side to concede so few goals in the opening 13 rounds was Bari in 2009-10 on 10.Verona have a lengthy injury list, with midfielders Emmanuel Badu, Daniel Bessa and Miguel Veloso amongst those expected to miss out. Lubomir Tupta and Marash Kumbulla are also on the treatment table.Roma shook off back-to-back defeats with two comprehensive victories last week, firstly over struggling Brescia before dismantling Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 in the Europa League.Goals courtesy of Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini and Edin Dzeko in their win over Brescia lifted Paulo Fonseca’s side up to fifth in the league, two points behind Rome rivals Lazio in third, and the Giallorossi will be hoping for more of the same come Sunday evening.Jordan Veretout, Justin Kluivert and Dzeko found the net on Thursday night, as Fonseca opted for a full strength side for the trip to Turkey, so fatigue may be an issue come Sunday. Boosting their qualification hopes, it has left Roma second in the group with a game to play, and will give the side confidence heading into Sunday’s clash.Roma were boosted by the return of Lorenzo Pellegrini in last weekend’s victory, but they will still be without a number of players. Nicolò Zaniolo is suspended, whilst Bryan Cristante, Davide Zappacosta, Javier Pastore and Antonio Mirante are all injured. Alessandro Florenzi requires a fitness test, but Cengiz Under, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nikola Kalinic are back in the fray.Verona’s last win against Roma in Serie A was back in October 1996, followed by five draws and 10 defeats.Cagliari vs SampdoriaSerdegna Arena, CagliariMonday, 02-12-2019 @10:45pmHigh-flying Cagliari face a revitalised Sampdoria on Monday night as they aim to keep their place in the top four.Rolando Maran, who has been long associated with Chievo, has been enjoying a solid season thus far in charge of the Rossoblu as they have so far proven to be the surprise packages of Serie A 2019-20.The Sardinians are usually content with finishing somewhere in mid-table at best, but this campaign has seen them surge ahead of teams like Milan, Napoli, and Roma to force their way into a Champions League berth.It remains to be seen if they can keep up this pace throughout 38 rounds but, for now, they’re definitely giving their fans something to cheer about and they will want to head into the midway point on a high note.Cagliari have not lost a League fixture since September 1, when they were beaten 2-1 by Inter. The hosts come into this game having settled for a point in a 2-2 draw with a Lecce side doing everything they can just to stay clear of the drop zone, and they will be welcoming an opponent who have slowly started to spring to life under new boss Claudio Ranieri.Sampdoria were firmly rooted to the bottom of the table for much of this season but, since the veteran’s arrival, are now on a four-game unbeaten streak. That includes wins in two of those matches, which have helped lift them out of the relegation zone – but only narrowly.A reversal of fortunes will see the Blucerchiati straight back into the bottom three, however, and it’s still a major concern that they have only scored nine goals this season.However, the fact that the hosts will have to do without first-choice goalkeeper Robin Olsen due to a four-match ban may give Sampdoria some hope, but only just, perhaps.Although they earned a draw at this same ground last season, Samp haven’t actually won against Cagliari on their home turf in well over a decade.Sampdoria have won only four times at Cagliari’s home ground (D12, L17) in Serie A, with their last victory coming all the way back in November 2007 (3-0).Comments last_img read more

2010 Communication Partnership Conference

first_img2010 Communication Partnership ConferenceOur 2010 World Cup starts in 2006.For the next four years, the eyes of the world will be on South Africa as we prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.The biggest soccer event in the world provides South Africa with a unique opportunity to show the world that we are Alive with Possibility.As custodians of Brand South Africa, The International Marketing Council of South Africa will hosted a one-day conference in collaboration with the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team in Johannesburg on 15 August 2006.The conference gave invited marketers, communicators and other stakeholders from both public and private sectors a unique opportunity to coordinate communication messages as we move towards 2010, and to explore the potential for collaboration and partnerships.Conference ResourcesOpening Remarks (.pdf – 54KB)– Dr Essop Pahad, Minister in the PresidencyThe Communication Opportunity, the Communication Responsibility (.pdf 660KB)– Themba Maseko, CEO Government Communication and Information SystemAfrica 2010: Continental opportunities (.pdf 1MB)– Thaninga Shope-Linney, Nepad General Manager, Communications and OutreachA World Class African Cup (.pdf 14MB)– Danny Jordaan, CEO Local Organising CommitteeCountry Positioning (.pdf 26MB)– Raul Peralba, Partner Director Trout & PartnersGermany: Land of Ideas (.pdf 23MB)– Mike de Vries, MD FC Deutschland GmbHBrand South Africa: Working together for a better future (.pdf 555KB)– Yvonne Johnston CEO International Marketing CouncilFull programmeSpeaker profiles (.pdf)Enquiries: conference was being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

Education rights affirmed

first_imgThe information in the charter provides an indication of what children, their parents and other caregivers may expect of the education system.(Image: Ray Maota) Lindiwe Mokate of the SAHRC said that the right to a basic education is a constitutionally protected right that is unequivocally guaranteed to all children in South Africa. (Image: SAHRC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Isaac Mangena   SAHRC: Communications Coordinator  + 27 11 877 3603 RELATED ARTICLES • New uniforms for needy pupils • Class of 2012 does it better • Teaching teens to fish • Safeguarding our future leadersRay MaotaA charter on basic education has been drawn up to clarify the South African government’s obligation to provide quality education to children, and to track its progress.The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has established its Charter of Children’s Basic Education Rights, and each year will measure progress against the charter using national and provincial data from Statistics South Africa, the Department of Basic Education and other research. While the charter is not legally binding on the state, it gives advice on how the state can meet its obligations, and will monitor its education delivery. South Africa is the third country in the world after Ireland and the United Kingdom to have a basic education charter.Lindiwe Mokate, the commissioner for children’s rights at the SAHRC, said: “The right to a basic education is a constitutionally protected right that is unequivocally guaranteed to all children in South Africa. It is considered a central facilitative right that is not qualified by expressions such as ‘available resources’, ‘progressive realisation’, or ‘reasonable legislative measures’, which are applicable to other socio-economic rights enshrined in our Constitution.”She added that it had increasingly been recognised at an international level that national human rights institutions were best placed to determine the monitoring indicators for economic and social rights given their independent nature and knowledge of local conditions.“The charter provides a statement of the various obligations of the state to ensure the realisation of the right to basic education, notes key shortcomings and inequities, revisits commitments made to address the gaps in achieving quality education, and the key role players are identified,” said Mokate.Aida Girma, Unicef’s representative in South Africa, said that the right to education was invaluable in attempts to eradicate poverty and tackle these challenges. “It is my hope that this charter will contribute to renewal of, and re-commitment to, quality basic education for all children in South Africa,” she said. The charterThere are many underlying factors behind the poor quality of education and educational outcomes.According to the SAHRC, these include: social and economic factors, such as poverty and low literacy levels and low levels of formal education in children’s families; insufficient levels of educational support at home; insufficient school infrastructure and basic services at schools such as water, sanitation and electricity; lack of learning resources and materials such as libraries, laboratories and text books; the cost of schooling; poorly trained teachers and teachers with insufficient subject knowledge; and lack of access to early childhood education, among others.The charter is an informational and advocacy tool that will help a wide range of stakeholders know their rights and responsibilities.The information in the charter provides an indication of what children, their parents and other caregivers may expect of the education system; an educational tool for parents and caregivers regarding the role they may be required to play so that children can enjoy their right to basic education; and a summative planning and monitoring tool for the departments of basic education regarding their respective obligations.It also includes a planning tool for institutions of higher learning and the national Department of Basic Education for their roles and responsibilities in relation to improving the quality of teachers, teaching and learning in the classroom, among other things.“Twenty years into the democratic dispensation we are still arguing about the norms and standards of education. Every child is entitled to a good education. We have spent time talking with little action as far as the child’s right to education is concerned,” said the SAHRC’s chairman, Lawrence Mushwana.The charter includes:The availability of education: basic education must be made available by the state to all children;The accessibility of education: education must be accessible to all children;Acceptable education: the curriculum, teachers, teaching methods, educational outcomes and teacher and  learner behaviour must be acceptable; and,Adaptable education: the education system must be inclusive, flexible and responsive to children’s different circumstances and learning needs.Mokate added: “The charter provides a benchmark of where we are in terms of fulfilling the right to a basic education and where we need to go to ensure that every child receives an education.”last_img read more