Caribbean in Infantino’s plans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – FIFA presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says he will make the Caribbean a priority if he is elected to the organisation’s highest post. Currently UEFA’s general secretary, Infantino is among six candidates set to contest the February 24 election in Switzerland, in a bid to replace the disgraced incumbent Sepp Blatter.   “I can bring a lot to this region, to this part of the world. I have seen many presidents who are committed to the game and organising football, sometimes in difficult circumstances and we have to help,” Infantino said during a visit here Thursday to meet with Trinidad and Tobago FA chief David John-Williams. The 46-year-old Infantino is a Swiss and Italian national who has served as UEFA general secretary for the last seven years.last_img read more

‘Chiney Dolly’ aims to whip male rivals

first_imgBeing a woman in a male-dominated sport can be hard at times. But for Natasha ‘Chiney Dolly’ Chang, nothing brings as much fun and excitement like beating the life out of her male counterparts on the track at Dover Raceway in St Ann.”This race meet, I am definitely going to give them hell. I have a nice surprise for them,” the pencil-framed racing driver told The Gleaner during yesterday’s launch of the Heroes of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Heroes Day, Monday, October 19. The launch took place at the ATL Volkswagen Showroom on Oxford Road, New Kingston.Chang, who is perhaps the first woman in the region to drive a rear-wheel Honda 2.2-litre vehicle in a circuit race event, promises to be her usual fiery self.”My last event was in Trinidad, where I finished second and third, respectively, in two events, competing under wet conditions. The last race meet in Jamaica, I was sick and could not compete. I have recovered since and have been dying to race at Dover,” said Chang, who is hoping to take down big guns David Summerbell Jr and Doug Gore in the Thundersport II Class. She wants to finish the year on a high note.The Jamaica Race Drivers’ Club (JRDC) has dubbed the meet Back in the Good Old Days, as it celebrates 25 years of circuit racing in Jamaica. Based on the line-up, the meet promises to be full of non-stop action.Children freeMonique Gibbs, JRDC’s club secretary said it will be a family setting and children under 12 will be admitted free.Besides Chang, mounting tension between arch-rivals Gore and Summerbell seems to be intensifying. Red represents the latter’s team and blue is the colour of the former.”Over the last couple of weeks, I have been campaigning, requesting of fans not to wear any form of red to Dover on Monday. I feel we are going to have a really good meet, the car is very capable, we saw the big improvement at Jam West, and as long as the conditions are good, I think we can erase the track record,” said a jovial Gore, who drives an Audi and was decked out in a bright blue shirt at yesterday’s launch.He added: “I also understand that Summerbell has done some fantastic stuff to his car, so we are in for an intense battle.”Meantime, Summerbell is not taking anything for granted. At Jam West in August, Gore drew first blood by dominating that meet. Now, Summerbell will be looking to turn the tables at Dover, which is said to be more friendly and accommodating to his Stewart’s Auto/Total Lubricant-sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution 8.”Last weekend, we went down and tested the car. There are still some little things to tighten up, but the car is in good shape I feel very comfortable with where we are now. We are coming to give of our best and the aim is to win all three races in the Thundersport II Class,” said Summerbell.glenroy.sinclair@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

DETAILS RELEASED FOR ANNUAL GAP TRIATHLON

first_imgThe annual GAP (Glenties, Ardara, Portnoo) Triathlon takes place on Saturday the 28th of July @ 10am on Narin strand.It comprises a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run, and organisers hope to build on the successful events of the last few years. Compete individually or as a team.If you wish to participate, please register at the following link http://www.gaptourism.com/triathlon.html or on the day prior to the event. Check out the attached poster to view the event map. DETAILS RELEASED FOR ANNUAL GAP TRIATHLON was last modified: July 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:DETAILS RELEASED FOR ANNUAL GAP TRIATHLONlast_img read more

DONEGAL ATHLETE GETS ‘SELFIE’ WITH SONIA DURING THE DUBLIN MARATHON!

first_imgDonegal athlete Micheál Brennan incredibly managed to get a ‘selfie’ with Irish Olympic legend Sonia O’Sullivan DURING the Dublin Marathon!Micheál seen O’Sullivan approaching behind him – and decided to get a cheeky ‘selfie’ with O’Sullivan – who famously won Silver at the Sydney Olympics. While others would have been focusing all their attentions on completing the marathon – the quick thinking man from Glenties decided he couldn’t miss the photo opportunity with one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes.Micheál posted the picture on his Facebook timeline and wrote, “Great day in Dublin! Managed to grab a selfie with Sonia and all!!“Never miss a photo op! “Really enjoyed it, and big well done to Conal Herron on a great time in his first marathon! And thanks to Michael Conaghan on getting us in to run for such a brilliant cause!!! Micheál was running in the marathon to raise money for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.His colleagues Conal Herron, Michael Connaghan and Brian McCabe were also participating in the marathon to raise much needed finance for the hospital.If you’d like to help Micheal’s cause and wish to donate – there is still time to do so.Simply click on the link below and donate as much as you’d like to a wonderful facility that does so much for our sick children.https://www.justgiving.com/Miche-l-Brennan/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Miche-l-Brennan&utm_campaign=pfp-shareWell done to all from Donegal who participated in the Dublin Marathon today – and well done to the lads running for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. DONEGAL ATHLETE GETS ‘SELFIE’ WITH SONIA DURING THE DUBLIN MARATHON! was last modified: October 26th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

MOYA HOPING TO MAKE HER NEW DANCE SHOW EVEN BIGGER THAN RIVERDANCE

first_imgThe Donegal woman behind Riverdance is hoping a new dance creation will become even bigger.Moya Doherty became a huge success story on the back of Riverdance which was first aired during the Euroviison Song Contest.This week she was in Dublin auditioning dancers for her ne show Heartbeat of Home. The show debuts at the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin on October 2nd.Hundreds of dancers auditioned for the parts and will know shortly if they are part of Moya’s plans for what could be Ireland’s next dance sensation. MOYA HOPING TO MAKE HER NEW DANCE SHOW EVEN BIGGER THAN RIVERDANCE was last modified: May 25th, 2013 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:HEARTBEAT OF HOMEMoya DohertyRiverdancelast_img read more

Higher borrowing costs may cool home sales

first_imgNEW YORK – Americans may have seen the last of long-term mortgage rates below 6 percent, and borrowing costs for homebuyers likely will climb further, slowing the frenetic demand that has stoked U.S. housing in recent years. Realtors have spotted a drop in the appetite for housing in recent months, and a survey of lenders from Freddie Mac on Thursday found that rates for 30-year mortgages, a popular home loan, have crested 6 percent for the first time since March. “The most likely pattern is for mortgage rates to gradually rise over time. It is likely that they’ll hover at 6 percent or just a bit over,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac. That “will translate into somewhat weaker demand for housing, lower home sales volume and lower house price growth,” he added. Douglas Duncan, chief economist for an industry trade group, the Mortgage Bankers Association, said that “because of increased concerns about inflationary pressures, it will stay above 6 percent.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In raising interest rates last month, Federal Reserve policymakers expressed their concerns about inflation. And earlier this week, minutes of a Fed meeting hinted at more interest-rate increases. These concerns have been noticed in the broader financial markets, especially the U.S. Treasury securities market, where interest rates have risen and tugged mortgage rates with them. According to Freddie Mac, the U.S. housing agency that sells guarantees for home loans, this week’s 6.03 percent for 30-year mortgages is the second-highest level of the year. Thirty-year rates were at 6.04 percent in the March 31 week. This week is also the third time this year that mortgage rates are above 6 percent, an important psychological level. Interest rates below 6 percent helped spur homebuying and refinancing of home loans that allowed Americans to spend their way out of the most recent economic downturn. The low mortgage rates have supported consumer spending on goods and services that account for two-thirds of the nation’s gross domestic product. With low borrowing costs, homeowners can take money from properties that have appreciated in value. Also, the steady rise in the cost of money is sure to limit home-price appreciation because it won’t be so easy for buyers to get financing to bid up prices on homes for sale. “It is going to definitely cause more of a slowdown,” said Brenda Binczewski, a broker at Carlson GMAC Real Estate in Palmer, Mass. Binczewski said she has seen a drop in business since July and has not had rival offers for a home in three or four months. By contrast, about 18 months ago, there were often two or three offers on the same home, Binczewski recalled. Freddie Mac’s Nothaft pointed out that he does not expect a sharp drop in home prices or home sales because the rise in mortgage rates has been gradual. “It would be different if we had a spike in mortgage rates,” said Nothaft. Duncan noted that some homebuyers resort to adjustable-rate mortgages or ARMs, which initially have lower borrowing costs. “As fixed rates rise, ARMs will become a bigger factor,” said Stephen LaDue, president of Affiliated Mortgage of Wauwatosa, Wis. “The rate of increase in home values will slow or will start to stagnate” because of higher rates, he said. In its survey, Freddie Mac found that adjustable-rate mortgages, which are linked to one-year Treasury rates, were offered at 4.85 percent this week. That is up from 4.77 percent a week ago and 4.01 percent 12 months ago. Further rate increases by the Federal Reserve probably will push ARM rates even higher, analysts said. At the same time, a few consumers prospecting for properties – especially prospective buyers pre-qualified by lenders – could be spurred into action by the rising interest rates. “People may start buying before it (the mortgage rate) goes up any more,” Binczewski said. “They would make offers because they have rate locks. Now, with rates increasing, they won’t want to lose rate locks.” Associated Press Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. 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

Training starts to spot slaves

first_img 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 “Right now we don’t see it a lot, but it’s difficult to get a grasp on the problem,” said Detective Keith Haight, who investigates prostitution rings for the LAPD vice division. “There’s no visual way to judge what’s going on.” And without appropriate training, officials say, many victims go unnoticed. Unlike Hollywood’s image of slavery, victims of human trafficking are rarely kept in physical bondage but rather are tied to their owners through “psychological chains.” They are lured from Asia, Africa and Latin America to the United States with promises of adoption or a movie career. They are told they can get an education or earn money to send back home to their families. Once in the United States, they are forced into slavery. More than half of the trafficked victims are children. The nation’s largest citywide effort to crack down on human trafficking began Tuesday with about 60 Los Angeles managers being trained to recognize the pervasive but often-hidden problem. Spearheaded by Councilman Tony Cardenas, the training – which eventually could extend to thousands of city workers – focuses on identifying the often fearful and silent victims of trafficking. “The goal is to dramatically proliferate the number of people looking out for trafficking,” said Steve Wagner, director of human trafficking for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “If this goes well, you will see the number of cases (prosecuted) grow.” An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people – mostly women – are smuggled into the United States annually and forced into sexual slavery or slave labor. Many of them are believed to reside in Los Angeles but few law officials or social workers are trained to recognize the problem. And some don’t look the part. They carry cell phones, can move around freely, dress well and even marry. Some get an allowance but are still forced to be loyal to the trafficker. Recently federal officials, partnering with local community groups, have opened up a hotline to help victims. The bulk of the calls – about 200 in 2004 – come from California but are expected to increase by year’s end. Cardenas said shattering the stereotypes that many have of trafficked slaves should open the arms of more community groups and individuals to help victims come forward. “We are going to be a prototype, a model of how citizens can make a difference with such a horrendous issue.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 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

Men’s Soccer Beats Western Illinois, Has Won Three of Four

first_imgIstvan Wilhelms scored the decisive goal for the Bulldogs. Oliver Bihuniak found Wilhelms on a corner kick, and Wilhelms delivered a header into the upper left corner for his first goal of the season. Next Game: Live Stats Drake (3-3-0) concludes its nonconference schedule in strong form on the heels of two convincing wins. The Bulldogs open Missouri Valley Conference play against Bradley at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Cownie Soccer Complex. Watch Live MACOMB, Ill. – The Drake University men’s soccer team earned its second-consecutive victory with a 1-0 result over Western Illinois on Tuesday night in Macomb. The Bulldogs conclude nonconference play having won three of their last four matches. Preview Story Links Smith singled out Liam Wilson, Scott Misselhorn, Bradan Allen, and Antonio Melendez for their efforts defensively. Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster center_img “It was a great delivery from Oliver and a wonderful header from Istvan,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “Western Illinois is a difficult place to go and get a result on the road. We continue to show progress on a number of levels.” The Bulldogs’ defense was the story of the night. The unit has earned shutouts in back-to-back matches and prevented the Leathernecks from mustering a shot on goal. Bradley 9/21/2019 – 6 PM “Although defending is always a team effort, a lot of credit goes to our backline, which restricted Western Illinois to few actions around our goal,” Smith said. “And credit to Luke Anderson, who has grown significantly over the last few weeks in goal.” “Defensively we were excellent and we are delighted to keep another clean sheet,” Smith said. “We were very well organized and compact, and tactically we eliminated the threat of their key players.” Offensively, the Bulldogs generated a season-best nine shots on target, and Wilhelms’ goal was the culmination of a thorough team effort. “We continue to mature in our ability to break teams down in the middle to final third,” Smith said. “We showed a higher level of patience in knowing when to counter quickly and when to patiently build. The next level is to convert a higher percentage of the chances we are creating so that we can close out games earlier and not leave the door open for teams to get back into the game.” ESPN3 “Back-to-back wins, two clean sheets, and another strong performance is a great way to close off the nonconference and set the stage for our conference opener this weekend,” Smith said. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

A way-too-early preview of the 2020 San Francisco Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has an extensive offseason agenda.He must hire a general manager, replace Bruce Bochy and continue to bring change to the organization’s front office. All of those processes will consume Zaidi’s time, but his greatest challenge is improving the Giants’ on-field product.The Giants wrapped up the 2019 season Sunday with their third consecutive losing record. Their top prospects aren’t quite ready to make a …last_img read more

UN award for Joburg Housing Company

first_img29 September 2010The Johannesburg Social Housing Company is to receive the world’s most prestigious human settlements accolade, the United Nations’ 2010 Scroll of Honour award, for its holistic approach to providing shelter, which has benefited almost 30 000 people around the city.The UN’s Scroll of Honour awards recognise initiatives that have made outstanding contributions in various fields such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of homelessness, and leadership in post-conflict reconstruction.The 2010 awards will be presented in Shanghai, China on Monday, 4 October.The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) was established by the City of Johannesburg in 2004 to provide affordable rental housing to the lower-income market in order to help eradicate South Africa’s housing backlog.It has been active in several project sites, including in Orlando, Soweto and Industria West, where former hostels have been converted into 213 family apartments. At present, it manages more than 5 000 affordable rental accommodation units, and has reduced default on payments from 87 percent to only 6 percent since it started operating in 2006.The company’s annual budget is about R175-million.Joshco’s chief executive officer, Rory Gallocher, said Johannesburg faced a lot of pressure in delivering good quality and affordable housing.“It makes a big difference to know that we are doing something right because it is often possible to get buried in the detail and forget that we have many counterparts all over the world who are wrestling with similar problems,” Gallocher said. “But it is important for us to count our victories when they come along so that we realise that we are making progress.”Gallocher said the agency’s application to be considered for the award was a test to see if the past six years of work had made an impact. “We thought it would be interesting to compare our efforts with other initiatives around the world.”The group was planning to push for more opportunities to develop more affordable stock, he added.“Our focus right now is on reducing the costs and increasing the revenues. This is important so that we can stretch the budgets as far as possible so that the improved service delivery can be felt by more families in Johannesburg.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more