Watmough dismisses retirement talk

first_imgA bullish Watmough has denied reports his career is over due to a chronic knee injury after struggling to get on the training paddock for most of the NRL pre-season.Late last year, Watmough admitted he at times feared for his playing future after struggling to run and walk following knee surgery.And while he is expected to miss the first few weeks of the new season, he has brushed off suggestions he is ready to hang up his boots.Watmough suffered a setback during a training mishap three weeks ago but he said he was not ready to call it quits.It’s been rumoured Parramatta had been applying pressure on the 303-game veteran to stand down, fearing he was past his best and would be little more than a passenger during the final three years of his contract.If Watmough was moved on, it would clear up the club’s salary cap strain, and provide coach Brad Arthur with the funds to chase former fullback Jarryd Hayne should he return from the NFL.However, Watmough hosed down suggestions he had discussed retirement with Arthur and felt threatened about his place at the club.”The only chats we’ve had this year have been about moving forward on the field and taking the club in the direction that we’re going,” Watmough told the Nine Network.”I spoke to Brad this morning and we had a chat and he’s like ‘mate, I don’t know where it’s come from’.”Watmough has defied pain for most of his career, which has included 14 games for NSW and 16 appearances for Australia, often playing injured.His 2015 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury and he had surgery to repair his medial ligament in the off-season after putting off the procedure for several years.While injury-plagued, he said he was planning to play on as long as possible.”(Retirement) hasn’t even popped into my mind,” Watmough said.”There’s been a lot of talk but there hasn’t even been that conversation with my manager or sat down with Brad.”last_img read more

Has Guyana Prize helped emerging writers living and writing in Guyana? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,One of my major concerns is the quality of writing that has won the Guyana Prize. I have read all these books with a great deal of interest. Some of them, like “Essequibo”, Martin Carter’s Selected Poems, are great poetry that deserved the prize. Then I read some really vulgar and immoral works that are loaded with ‘cuss words,’ sexual overtures, and hardcore material that’s mind boggling to the real academic. My questions are these: how can we teach such books as literature to our young students in schools and university? What literary criteria were used to give these immoral books a prize?One of Mr.Creighton’s four-time Guyana Prize winners, Harold Bascom, wrote the following: ‘’Dear Minister Norton, there is a way for you to go down as the most effective Minister of Culture Guyana has ever had; and it will redeem you from being regarded as having been a mere political appointee with the least interest in culture—a square peg in a round hole.” (July 1, 2018 Kaieteur News)That is a very disgusting and derogatory statement to the Hon Minister of Culture, Dr. George Norton, so the Minister and our current administration must do the honourable thing and scrap the Guyana Prize for Literature until further notice, and demote the Prize Secretary and the incompetent Guyana Prize Board with immediate effect.Regards,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

CEO of NA hospital violating the rules

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to shed some light on a circular dated December 4, 2018, and signed by the new CEO of the New Amsterdam Public Hospital on the issuance of sick-leave to the staff at the institution. The Laws of Guyana Chapter 32:02 – the Medical Practitioner Act – protects the rights of a registered medical practitioner.Can the CEO of the NAPH instruct Government medical officers on the amount of sick-leave to issue to a patient? Why does the staff at the NAPH have to get an evaluation from a consultant when applying for more than three days of sick-leave? There are serious issues at this institution where workers and medical practitioners’ rights are being violated by public officials (CEO) and tolerated by the Ministry of Public Health. The Guyana Public Service Union and the Medical Council of Guyana should have intervened immediately to protect the rights of workers and medical practitioners at the NAPH.Sincerely,Zamal HussainChairmanRegional HealthCommitteeRegion Sixlast_img read more

Cartoon: November 21, 2014

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Job Vacancy: Commis Chef/Kitchen Assistant sought by Kee’s Hotel

first_imgJob Vacancy: Chef Patrice Michaud is recruiting a Commis Chef or Kitchen Assistant to join his brigade at Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar. The position is part-time and would suit someone with basic cooking skills who wishes to develop their ability and move into the field of professional cookery.To apply, send a CV to hr@keeshotel.ie or to the hotel for the attention of Richard Kee. Kee’s HotelMain St, Stranorlar,Co. DonegalJob Vacancy: Commis Chef/Kitchen Assistant sought by Kee’s Hotel was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chefCommis Chefculinary jobsKee’s Hotelkitchen assistantStranorlarlast_img read more

IS IONSAÍ AR AN DAONLATHAS Í AN BHILLE GAELTACHTA – Ó CLOCHARTAIGH

first_imgIs mór an dochar a dhéanfaidh sé deireadh a chur le toghadh bhord Údarás na Gaeltachta do neamhspleáchas agus cuntasacht na heagraíochta sin, dar le Seanadóir Shinn Féin, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.Bhí an Seanadóir as Gaillimh Thiar ag labhairt tar éis foilsiú Bille na Gaeltachta 2012, a dhéanann athchóiriú ar struchtúr & feidhmiú an Údaráis agus a rialóidh straitéisí pleanála teanga sa nGaeltacht agus in gceantair eile den tír.“Is masla amach is amach é agus céim mhór ar gcúl do phobal na Gaeltachta, deireadh a bheith dhá chur le toghadh Bhord an Údaráis. De réir an Bhille, beidh seachtar den bhord ceaptha ag an Aire, agus ainmneoidh Comhairlí Chontae, a bhfuil limistéir Gaeltachta faoina gcúram, cúigear eile. Ach, is léir ón méid sin go mbeidh an bord – agus an Údarás – go huile is go hiomlán faoi smacht an Aire as seo amach. “Tá feidhm i bhfad níos tábhachtaí ag an Údarás ná díreach mar eagraíocht teanga. Is eagraíocht í atá freagrach as forbairt eacnamúil, sóisialta agus cultúrtha na Gaeltachta. Tá ionadaíocht poiblí lárnach dó sin agus tá toghcháin poiblí ag teastáil le go bhfeidhmeodh an tÚdarás mar ba chóir agus go mbeadh cuntasacht daonlathach ag baint léi. Laghdaíonn an Bhille seo an tionchar gur féidir leis an bpobal a bheith acu ar fheidhmiú an Údaráis agus inár dtuairim tá sé sin díobhálach do phobal na Gaeltachta.“Beidh Sinn Féin ag iarraidh an Bhille seo a leasú chun na toghcháin don Bhoird a choinneáil. Táimid chun moladh go ndéanfar é a leasú freisin chun na Coistí Réigiúnacha, a bhfuil deireadh á chur leo sa bhille seo chomh maith, a choinneáil.“Is maith an rud é go mbeidh bunús reachtúil faoin bpróiséas pleanála teanga agus táimid den dtuairim go bhféadfadh an catagóir nua do Lionraí Gaeilge a bheith dearfach i gceantair taobh amuigh den Ghaeltacht agus i bpobail uirbeacha. É sin ráite, tá imní mhór orainn faoin méid cumhachta atá ag an Aire ó thaobh forghníomhú na bhforálacha seo.“Is fiú tagairt do na ciorraithe i maoiniú an Údaráis le blianta beaga anuas agus ar an mbúnús sin tá ceisteanna móra ann maidir le acmhainní cuí a bheith ar fáil don Údarás agus na heagrais forbartha pobail a fhaigheann maoiniú uaithi don meádú breise a thiocfaidh ar a gcuid dualgais ó thaobh pleanáil teanga agus fiontraíochta de. “In ainneoin na gnéithe dearfacha den bhille seo, ní féidir le Sinn Féin tacú leis an reachtaíocht mar atá sé faoi láthair, mar go bhfuil sé riachtanach, dar linn, go mbeadh cuntasacht daonlathach ann don Údarás.” IS IONSAÍ AR AN DAONLATHAS Í AN BHILLE GAELTACHTA – Ó CLOCHARTAIGH was last modified: June 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:IS IONSAÍ AR AN DAONLATHAS Í AN BHILLE GAELTACHTA – Ó CLOCHARTAIGHlast_img read more

Drake Upsets No. 12/13 South Carolina 90-85 In Overtime

first_img PDF Box Score Story Links Drake, which led by as many as 10 in the third quarter, fell behind by nine early in the evening. But the Bulldogs stayed steady as Hittner converted a three-point play and Brenni Rose nailed a 3-pointer to give Drake a 40-36 lead in the second quarter. Later with just 30 seconds on the clock before halftime, Hittner made a layup for a 42-36 Drake lead at halftime. The Bulldogs’ bench was outstanding in the first two quarters with 24 points behind 10 each from Rhine and Rose. Hittner added nine points. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who was named the game’s most valuable player, poured in a game-high 25 points, including 15 after halftime. Four others joined Rhine in double digits as Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored a season-high 17 points, Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) added 19 points and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) had 10 points.    VANCOUVER, Canada – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied from a four-point overtime deficit against No. 12/13 South Carolina for a 90-85 upset victory Saturday night at the Vancouver Showcase in the third-place game. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Jays Video No. 1/1 Notre Dame, which beat Drake Friday night in the semifinals, won the tournament before Drake vs. South Carolina, as the Fighting Irish defeated No. 8/9 Oregon State. at Creighton 11/28/2018 – 12 p.m. Preview South Carolina had one final chance to win it in regulation but Cliney’s jumper was short as time expired. In overtime, Cooper and Harris made back-to-back buckets for the fast four-point lead. The Bulldogs didn’t panic though as Rhine sliced the deficit in half with a layup and after a steal by Hannah Fuller (West Des Moines, Iowa), Hittner made a clutch three-pointer that gave the Bulldogs the lead, 84-83. After Fuller pulled down a defensive rebound on the next SC possession, she hit a wide-open Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) for another layup and an 86-83 lead. Harris made two more free throws, but the Bulldogs got two defensive stops and Rhine and Bachrodt each made a pair of free throws that sealed the win and the third-place finish. The win over South Carolina (3-3) is the highest over a ranked opponent for Drake (6-1) since the 2002 team defeated No. 7 Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs also defeated the Gamecocks for the first time in four meetings between the programs. Te’a Cooper scored a game-high 31 points for South Carolina. Tyasha Harris finished with 18 and Alexis Jennings had 10. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Rose made two free throws with 4:30 left in the game that put Drake up 68-62. But Jennings later tied the game at 69-69 at the 3:45 mark and then South Carolina led 77-75 with just over one-minute remaining in the contest after a pair of free throw makes by Jennings. However, Rhine then tied the game at 77-all before South Carolina took the lead again, making another two free throws by Doniyah Cliney with 28 seconds to go. But Rose came through with a huge layup, driving all the way to the hoop, from nearly half court as she beat the Gamecocks and finished with her left hand and with 16 seconds on the game clock. Next Game: Following the Bulldogs’ trip to Vancouver, they continue their road trip at Creighton Wednesday. Tipoff against their former MVC rival is scheduled for 12 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Bright future for FNB Stadium

first_imgFNB Stadium will host more Soweto derbies. FNB’s grass being trimmed for a big game. Jacques Grobbelaar is a director of FNB’smanagement company. The calabash-designed venue was ahub of activity during the World Cup.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Orelia GrobbelaarCorporate AffairsStadium Management South Africa+27 11 247 5300Bongani NkosiThe FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South African for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.The stadium, also referred to as Soccer City, is now back to hosting big sport games like the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, other premier league football matches, as well as international football and rugby matches.World-famous entertainers are also billed to perform at the 94 000-capacity venue in the coming months, said Jacques Grobbelaar, director of Stadium Management South Africa which manages the FNB facility, Soweto’s Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums and Rand Stadium in southern Johannesburg.“Big stars are coming to the stadium,” said Grobbelaar at a media briefing at the stadium on 22 September.It’s been confirmed that US pop sensation Neil Diamond will perform there later this year.Although there are concerns that the 10 World Cup stadiums won’t be used to their full potential, this is not the case with the multi-purpose FNB facility, said the management group which has been given full responsibility to run the venue owned by the City of Johannesburg.Tickets snapped up for FNB matchesThe government renovated the FNB Stadium at a cost of R3.3-billion (US$460.6-million) ahead of the global football spectacle.Since hosting the momentous World Cup matches, including the opening and final, FNB went on to stage four high-attendance football and rugby matches, two of which were sold-out events.The sold-out Telkom Charity Cup, which provided all-day football activities in August, was held there, followed later in the month by a historic Tri-Nations match between South Africa’s national rugby side the Springboks and the All Blacks of New Zealand. Some 92 000 tickets were snapped up for this face-off.Bafana Bafana beat Ghana at the stadium in a well-attended match on 10 August.It was also a playground for the first round of the MTN Top 8 semifinal between Soweto giants Chiefs and Pirates, which attracted more than 50 000 spectators. The second round will also be at the stadium on 25 September.“Pirates and Chiefs will play their big matches here,” Grobbelaar said.Stadium Management South Africa has secured further agreements with Chiefs and Pirates, the biggest premier league clubs in Johannesburg, to use Rand Stadium and Orlando Stadium for their home matches.Chiefs played its home matches outside Johannesburg during the previous season, although it’s traditionally a Soweto-based team. Another Soweto premier league outfit, Moroka Swallows, plays its home matches at Dobsonville Stadium.It’s taken more than luck to strike these agreements with such big teams, Grobbelaar said. It took the company 14 months to get Chiefs to agree to play at Rand Stadium, and negotiations with Pirates dragged on for nine months.It took 18 months to bring the Tri-Nations match to FNB, according to Grobbelaar. “We were quite chuffed with finalising those agreements,” he said.“It’s not the fact that we’re lucky, all stadiums are competing [for these games].”Negotiations are under way with the Golden Lions rugby team to be moved to FNB.Stadium financially sustainableThe stadium requires about R2.5-million ($35 000) for maintenance each month – but this is no problem for management because “we’ve put proper content by attracting Chiefs and Pirates”, said Grobbelaar.Management is “doing well” in “meeting the financial demands”.“We don’t have any concerns about sustainability. We know that the stadium will be utilised,” said Grobbelaar.The FNB Stadium receives no funding from the City of Johannesburg for maintenance. “We accepted full financial responsibility of the stadium.”Grobbelaar said 40% of the management group’s profit is ploughed into community development projects around Johannesburg.last_img read more

California Gets New Light Bulb Efficiency Standard

first_imgGiven that no incandescent or halogen bulb on the market comes close to meeting these levels, consumers will be choosing between energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) and LED light bulbs. LED bulbs deliver superior performance relative to CFLs, so they are likely to be the bulb of choice going forward.In California, retailers are allowed to sell through their inventories of inefficient light bulbs manufactured prior to January 1, 2018. For more details on the standard, including information on which bulbs are covered and which are exempt, see this fact sheet. How do you know which LED bulb to buy?Rather than buying a bulb based on wattage, consumers should be looking for one that gives off the same amount of light as their old bulb. As few consumers know that their old 60-watt incandescent gave off 800 lumens, manufacturers include equivalency claims on their packages such as “10 W = 60 W” or “60 W bulb replacement.” The table below compares the power and light output of common incandescents and their LED replacements. Use this chart to pick the correct wattage of an LED. Paving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every SocketLED Filament BulbsMartin’s 10 Rules of LightingGreen Basics: Lighting and Phantom Loads LED bulbs come in all shapes and brightness levelsThe lighting manufacturers and retailers have done a wonderful job developing and promoting LED bulbs. Any visitor to a Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s, Costco, or Target store is presented with a wide display of energy-saving LED light bulbs. In fact, LEDs now dominate the lighting aisle and occupy a lot more shelf space than incandescents and halogens.You can find LED bulbs from not only the big three lighting companies — Philips, GE and Osram — but also new manufacturers such as Cree, Feit, and TCP.Replacements for the old 40-, 60-, 75- and 100-watt bulbs are all widely available. While they are not currently covered by the new California regulation, LED replacements are also available for the old candelabra lamps commonly used in chandeliers and sconces, three-way lamps, and large-diameter reflector/flood bulbs. RELATED ARTICLES Some other quick consumer tips:Bring your old bulb to the store so you can select a replacement with a similar size and base type.Buy a dimmable model if that’s what you are currently using.LED bulbs offer different “colors” of light. LEDs that mimic conventional incandescent bulbs are marketed as soft white or warm white and produce a yellowish white light. LEDs that give off a more bluish white light are referred to as cool and are sometime marketed under the name “daylight” or an equivalent term. While most consumers prefer the warm white look because it’s most similar to the old incandescent, others may prefer the cool white bulbs. If you are unsure which you prefer, try one of each before retrofitting your whole home.Buy bulbs with the Energy Star logo. They have been subjected to rigorous testing and must meet numerous stringent requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding long-term performance, dimmability, light distribution, etc.For more information on how to buy an LED bulb, go to the guides prepared by NRDC, the California Lighting Technology Center and the EPA.center_img How do the standards work?The California standards cover the common light bulbs we use in our homes. The regulation requires bulbs manufactured on or after January 1, 2018, and offered for sale in the state to achieve a minimum efficiency level of 45 lumens per watt, which is three times more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. (Note: Lumens measure the amount of light a bulb produces and watts measure the amount of power it consumes.) LEDs do everything except waste a lot of energyToday’s LED light bulb is an amazing product. It is just as bright as the incandescent and halogen bulbs it was designed to replace, gives off the same quality of light, turns on instantly, and uses 80% less energy. Most models are also dimmable. The LED bulb that replaces the 60-watt incandescent bulb only uses 10 watts of power to deliver the same amount of light. LED bulbs also last 15 to 25 years, based on typical daily operation of three hours per day, which eliminates the hassle of having to replace an incandescent bulb every year or so.In addition to being much better for the environment (less electricity use translates to fewer power plant emissions and cleaner air), LEDs are a great deal for consumers. While LED bulbs once cost around $20, you can now buy one for $2 to $3 per bulb when purchased in a multi-pack. With their much greater efficiency, LED bulbs will save consumers around $50 to $150 over the bulb’s lifetime, with the brightest models delivering the biggest savings. One of the least energy-efficient products in modern history, the incandescent light bulb — a type of bulb that dates back to the days of Thomas Edison — is being permanently retired in California as of January 1, 2018, and in 2020 for the rest of the nation. California is demonstrating its environmental leadership once again by being the first state in the nation to move forward with improved energy efficiency standards for the everyday screw-based light bulb.With around 250 million sockets in California that still contain inefficient bulbs, the savings really add up. Once all of these sockets switch over to a more efficient alternative — CFL or LED light bulbs — California consumers and businesses will save an estimated $1 billion every year on their electric bills.The new standards are part of a gradual transition away from the old incandescent bulbs, which had remained essentially the same since Edison created the first commercially available bulb in 1879, to today’s lighting technology. Manufacturers and retailers have known about the changes for more than 10 years and responded to the challenge by offering a complete suite of new energy-saving light bulbs that meet the new standards. Noah Horowitz is senior scientist and director of the Center for Energy Efficiency Standards, Energy & Transportation Program at the National Resources Defense Council. This blog was originally posted at the NRDC’s Expert Blog.last_img read more

Northwest U.S. drivers won’t hand the wheel to self-driving cars

first_imgDonal Power A large number of drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t buying the hype that driverless cars offer a better future.GovTech.com discussed the findings of a survey by Pemco Insurance of drivers in Oregon and Washington states.58% of those surveyed believed that the will see autonomous vehicles on roads in the state with thin the next 10 years.However, more than 40% said they were not interested in buying a robot car, even when price considerations are removed.Self-driving naysayers represented the bulk of responses, while 23% saying they might consider an autonomous vehicle, and 34% responding that they were very interested in purchasing one.Perhaps not surprisingly the survey found that younger people were more excited about self-driving cars than their older counterparts. It found that almost half of drivers younger than 35 years old expressed a strong interest in buying an autonomous vehicle in the future.The Pemco survey polled 600 people in each Oregon and Washington states.Contrary to this localized antipathy to self-driving cars in the Pacific Northwest, another recent poll found that America as a whole was becoming more amendable to these vehicles.But most Americans are ready for self-driving carsA survey by Consumer Technology Association found that 70% of Americans are ready for an autonomous future.This marks one of the first large surveys to show an overall positive reception for self-driving cars.Previous results have shown mixed or negative views on full automation, and a worry that self-driving cars will not be able to make the correct decisions at key times.The CTA survey found that 82% were happy about potential reductions to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The survey showed a positive reaction to potentially lower insurance rates, which is one of the expected advantages of self-driving.These survey comes as increasing numbers of players around the world are developing self-driving car technology.Currently in the U.S. robot cars are being tested in Kirkland, Wash. by Google and in Pittsburgh by Uber.At this stage in the development of the technology, human drivers are still present in the front seat, as a precaution in case they need to take control if necessary. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#driverless cars#featured#Google#IoT#self-driving vehicles#top#Uber 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more