Innis, Frank Capture Women’s Outdoor Athlete of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Brittany Innis and Northwestern State’s Kelsey Frank are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by set a school record for SFA in the 3,000-meter steeplechase over the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. The senior crossed the line at 10:28.28 for a 14th place finish that stands as the Southland’s best steeplechase time this season. Innis’ mark ranks 33rd nationally heading into the 2019 Southland Championships set for Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.Frank performed in one event for Northwestern State, claiming first-place honors in the javelin throw with a 168-5-foot launch at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend. The Oberlin, La., product broke a 20-year-old NSU program record with her heave and claimed the conference’s best javelin toss of the season.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Cedar Park, TexasInnis set a school record in the 3000m steeplechase over the weekend in Torrance, Calif., finishing the race with a new personal best mark of 10:28.28 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her performance marked a top time in the Southland Conference this season and ranks 33rd nationally.Honorable Mention: Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Dominique Allen, Incarnate Word.Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kelsey Frank, Northwestern State – Sr. – Oberlin, La.The senior won the javelin throw, breaking a 20-year-old school record with a 168-5-foot mark along the way at the LSU Alumni Gold this past weekend. Following her performance, Frank now sits on top of the Southland with her top toss nearly 18 feet longer than the second-best mark. Her effort this weekend ranks 20th nationally among javelin competitors.Honorable Mention: Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. Austin; Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

New GRA boss begins familiarisation tours

first_imgNewly appointed Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Godfrey Statia, began his first few days on the job getting acquainted with staff at the Authority’s Camp Street Headquarters and at the different locations under Customs Excise and Trade Operations.New GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia (centre) surrounded by officialsStatia, a Certified Accountant, Attorney and former Senior Deputy Commissioner of the then Inland Revenue Department, conducted his familiarisation tour accompanied by Deputy Commissioner-General Hema Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Customs Excise and Trade Operation Lancelot Wills, among other seniors.Visits were made to Q-Trex International, John Fernandes Wharf and Terminal, Guyana National Shipping Corporation (GNSC), Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC), Muneshwers Wharf, the GRA Goods Examination Unit and Scanner Operations at Lombard Street, the Demerara Shipping Company Limited (DSCL), Customs Boathouse, Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), the Eugene F Correia International Airport, and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.The presence of Customs officers are mandatory at these locations, oftentimes on a twenty-four-hour basis, given the frequency of cargo transportation and the tendency to smuggle.Statia was introduced to the officers on the various sites, whose duties include examining containerised cargo and ship files, de-stuffing, rummaging and reporting of vessels and oil tankers.He was updated on plans to improve some of the critical aspects of Customs operations, particularly with the peak season approaching. Facilities for improved record keeping and staff accommodation, the human resource and training needs, uniformity and promotion of officers, were some of the areas targeted.Amidst the many handshakes and light conversations, the new C-G gave the assurance of his open door policy and resolute stance against corrupt practices, which have tainted the image of the semi-autonomous organisation in the past.He also encouraged teamwork among junior officers and their senior counterparts, whom he has entrusted with the authority to make even-handed decisions, but must also adhere to standard operating procedures as required by the country’s tax, trade and border laws and regulations.Statia officially commenced duties on Monday, July 25. He is also scheduled to visit the different regions in Guyana where GRA offices are located.As outlined by the Revenue Authority Act of 1996, the Commissioner General “who shall be the Chief Executive of the Authority,” is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Authority, the management of its funds, property and affairs and the administration, organisation and control of its staff.last_img read more

Lethem Town Week committee promises dazzling spectacle

first_img…fashion, rodeo, military air show, light-up festival plannedThe Lethem municipality is gearing up for the first-ever Lethem Town Week that promises to be a breath-taking showpiece of the town’s magnificent tourism product.Lethem Town Week is slated for October 15 through 21, 2017 and will culminate with an official ceremony to be headlined by President David Granger, who will declare the border community, one of Guyana’s newest towns.Chairman of the organising committee, Raymond Hunte disclosed that the activities were sure to thrill patrons of all ages, and plans were in place to ensure the week of events was talked about for months after staging.According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) report, the excitement is already building for the week of activities, which will commence with an interfaith service and athletics championships in the form of a road race and a cycle race as well as a fitness walk.But Hunte explained that the fitness walk would not be the norm of focusing on distance but survival and endurance.The participants will be required to trek through the savannah, climb hills, cross creeks and hike along rocky terrain.A regional agricultural and commercial exhibition will also be mounted to showcase the local and agricultural produce of the residents. According to the Chairman, this event is open to small and large-scale farmers and artisans.Hunte also touted a raffle which he revealed would have a very attractive first prize for which tickets would be sold countrywide.“We will also be having a volleyball and 10/10 cricket competition and we are thinking to incorporate some aspects of rodeo with cowboys on horseback,” the Chairman stated.The rodeo feature would be an exciting twist with the cowboys being used as escorts, tour guides, photo props and chaperones for the town’s numerous guests.“Since this is a historic event, persons must be able to capture the moment to keep the photographs as memorabilia so all photographers operating in Lethem will be given booths. We are also going to be doing town week novelties with mugs, hat, shirts, jerseys, rubber bands and stuff like that,” Hunte noted.Among the other highlights planned is a “Bold and Beautiful” fashion show that will be open to boutiques, clothing stores, local designers and businesses associated with the fashion industry. The segments will cover traditional, professional, business, casual, sport and evening categories.A spelling bee competition will also be part of the Town Week, with all the words selected having specific significance to the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo region.The high school students will not be left out as the committee is planning a special debating competition on, “The advantages and disadvantages of Lethem becoming a town”.“During that week we will be celebrating Diwali (the Festival of Lights) and in an effort to embrace our Hindu brothers and sisters, we have planned a motorcade. There will also be an illuminated building competition where residential and business entities can get involved and they will be judged for the brightest building,” Hunte explained.The event planners are hoping to attract joint business ventures with airlines, hotels and tour operators.“We will be speaking to airline and bus services and will be soliciting volunteers who are bilingual for a meet-and-greet at the points of entry to direct and guide everyone who enters Lethem,” Hunte said.The planning team has already met with the Brazilian consul who has promised to arrange a number of cultural items for the opening night.According to Hunte, the committee will also be engaging the Brazilian military to conduct a fly-over air show.Members of the Lethem Town Week planning committeeBrazilian stores have already indicated their interest in showcasing Portuguese-made construction materials.The organisers are also working closely with tour guides to provide overland daily tours to Boa Vista, waterfalls and ranches.Persons from as far as Manaus are expected to be in attendance as the committee plans to arrange for Brazilian bus operators to ferry their nationals to the border town.They are engaging Air Services Limited to ensure tours are available from Lethem to Kaieteur Falls, as well as the commercial banks so money transfers and other financial transactions can be accommodated.Hunte, a former telecommunications executive with a military background and a wide array of experience in marketing, project management and event planning, assured that Lethem Town Week would be a cultural and entertainment extravaganza.He believes that Lethem has a truly diverse combination of tourism products in the form of waterfalls, mountains, savannahs, flora and fauna, particularly the birds and fish, that can captivate the attention of every person.In an invited comment, Lethem Mayor Carlton Beckles noted that he was confident of the ability of the committee tasked with staging an event that captures the social, economic, industrial, sport, religious and educational components of the town.Mayor Beckles stated that the event was expected to be an annual feature on the town’s calendar of activities.“We intend to have a product of quality, a product of excellence to showcase the town of Lethem, and the municipality will lend its full support to this venture, but, all in all, the Council is looking forward to staging a successful town week.”The executive members of the committee are Vice Chairman Juanita Williams, Treasurer Leonard Zammett, Secretary Jennifer Moonsammy, and Vice Treasurer Sharla Hernandez. The other members are Ahrens Landry, Wendell Rohlehr, Theresa Torres and Yolanda Moffett.last_img read more

Oliech impresses in Free State Stars trials

first_img0Shares0000Former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech reacts during his last match for the national team in July 2015 against Zambia at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 7- Former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech will hold talks with the top leadership of South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Free State Stars on a possible move to the Bethlehem based club.Oliech has been in trials with the club over the last nine days with a possibility of putting pen to paper and according to head coach Luc Eymael, the 33-year old forward might have just placed himself high in the pecking order. “For me he’s not yet fit but he has a lot of quality with skills and everything. He’s scoring in training and for me I am very positive that things will be okay but now it depends with the bosses. The transfer window is not yet open now but we will discuss and see what comes off it,” Eymael, formerly with Kenyan giants AFC Leopards said.“He has to meet the bosses either Tuesday or Wednesday. I have had my say and they will talk to make an agreement,” the Belgian coach said.Oliech, nicknamed ‘Wuod Mary’ by his adoring fans has been off club football since leaving Dubai Cultural Sports Club where he spent half a season after three seasons with Ajjaccio in the French top tier.Former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech warms up before his last match for the national team in July 2015 against Zambia at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt some point, he had been rumored to be headed to Gor Mahia, but the same did not work out. Oliech is one of the most revered Harambee Stars figures having scored 33 goals off 77 caps for the national team.“He has the experience and I think he can be a good addition for us. If things go okay then that’s it,” Eymael further expounded on Oliech’s imminent move.The club had been home to young defender Joseph Okumu who however played for just two seasons. If the move materializes, Oliech will join Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela who now plies his trade with Maritzburg United and striker Massoud Juma who plays for Cape Town City.With one match before the season ends, Free State Stars are sixth in the standings with 40 points, level with fifth placed Cape Town City.Meanwhile, Eymael remains linked with the coaching job at Kaizer Chiefs following the resignation of Steve Komphela.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex-Newcastle boss contacts Rotherham about managerial vacancy

first_img Steve McClaren left Newcastle United in March Former England and Newcastle manager Steve McClaren contacted Rotherham about the vacant managerial position – but he is unlikely to be the Millers’ new manager, it is understood.The 55-year-old, who was sacked by the Magpies in March after an ill-fated tenure at St James’ Park, is keen to get back into work and surprisingly mooted a possible interest in the Sky Bet Championship Millers.But that contact is not expected to develop into anything stronger.McClaren, who would have been the Millers’ most high-profile manager since Emlyn Hughes in the 1980s had he ended up in the New York Stadium dugout, will now wait for another opportunity to come up as he aims to repair a reputation that was badly damaged during his nine-month stay in the north east.He was in charge for 28 Barclays Premier League games after joining from Derby last summer, with a 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth proving fatal and he left Newcastle in the bottom three, a position they were unable to recover.Rotherham are looking for a third manager in seven months after Neil Warnock U-turned on an extension to his short-term deal last week and are beginning the interview process in the coming days. 1last_img read more

Judgment doesn’t faze entrepreneur

first_imgShaun Lee discusses his business plans, with contagious enthusiasm that can grip a listener. Despite his gruff manner, mussed hair and, at times, an excited stutter, Lee expresses huge dreams with overbounding optimism. The 39-year-old entrepreneur says he expects sales at Element Service Inc., his El Segundo-based heating and air conditioning business, to reach $24 million in 2008, a huge increase over the more than $3 million made this year. The Manhattan Beach resident’s cramped office, with two fold-out tables serving as a desk, suggests frugality. His answering of phone calls and signing of checks between a reporter’s questions suggest a single-minded focus on business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHowever, a nearly $400,000 civil judgment for fraud against Lee about a year ago raises questions about whether future investors in his company will be able to trust him or his firm’s financial statements. Lee’s past legal trouble and current plans to go public illustrate a larger dilemma facing investors: In the post- Enron era, how does one know whether to trust a company and its management? “Usually you have to dig,” said Agus Harjoto, an assistant professor of finance at Pepperdine University. “You have to contact investment bankers or somebody who has had close business with the company to know if the company is OK. You can contact the suppliers or clients as well.” For anyone wanting to invest in Lee’s company, former client Stephen Weinman is eager to share his experiences. “Believe me, this guy put me through years of agony,” said Weinman, 52, who won last year’s judgment against Lee and his consulting firm. “It gravely concerns me that this man is taking a company (public).” Weinman, who owns a Marina del Rey boat repair business called Dock 77, described Lee as “very charismatic.” “He’s good. He talked me into it,” said Weinman, a Venice resident. What Weinman was talked into involved giving $341,044.61 to Tydy Inc., a Marina del Rey consulting firm Lee ran. It was 2004 and Weinman wanted to purchase a San Pedro boat repair business called Sunrise Marine Services Inc. When Lee took his boat to be serviced at Dock 77, Weinman mentioned his intention to buy the San Pedro firm. “I told him about it,” Weinman said. “And he said, `I can do the memorandums of understanding. I can appraise the business. I can get the contracts done. I can do all this. This is my area of expertise. I have done this in the past.’ And I said this is my guy.” Weinman mortgaged his house to pay Lee’s Tydy, with the expectation that the money would be used to purchase Sunrise Marine. But the money was soon gone, with none of it used to purchase the San Pedro firm. In a Nov. 7, 2006, arbitration ruling, retired Orange County Judge Judith Ryan wrote: “It is virtually undisputed that none of these funds were used in the purchase of the business. It is further not disputed that these funds are gone and no longer available to claimant.” In fact, Judge Ryan wrote, Lee and Tydy “used the funds for their own purpose.” The judge further said that Lee and Tydy “made fraudulent representations” and “did not intend to assist in the finalization of the purchase” of Sunrise Marine. Lee offered “no plausible explanation” for his personal use of Weinman’s money, and instead made unsupported claims that he used the funds for Weinman’s benefit, “for example, by taking him to lunch,” Ryan wrote. In an interview, Lee said that after receiving Weinman’s money, he decided against doing the deal. “The reality is the thing would have been settled a long time ago if the person was easier to manage and deal with,” Lee said of Weinman. Lee declined to explain what he did with Weinman’s money, saying, “I’m not supposed to disclose anything past that situation.” Through arbitration, Judge Ryan determined that Lee and Tydy owed Weinman $398,215.70, which included Weinman’s payment to Tydy and interest, minus the value of computer equipment Lee provided to Weinman. But Weinman eventually accepted about $60,000 less than the arbitrated amount through a settlement reached with Lee in July. Payment included two jet skis Weinman accepted in lieu of cash. “I had to take that (settlement) for fear that he would continue this on for many more years,” Weinman said. As for Lee’s plans to take Element Service public next year, he says the fraud judgment will not be an impediment. “I don’t think so,” Lee said. “Look at all the companies out there that have had issues. How many times has RJ Reynolds been sued? Look at all the suits against AT&T and MCI. If you’re in the business world for any amount of time, you’re going to have a dispute with somebody.” Lee’s point is undeniable. Corporate America spends billions of dollars each year to defend against lawsuits filed by clients, consumers, investors, other companies, private watchdog groups, federal and state agencies and even a firm’s own employees. The lawsuits can lead to hefty judgments against companies or out-of-court settlements. Yet, this reality has not stopped investors from putting their money into these firms. As for Lee’s plans to take his heating and air conditioning company public, it was a goal he initially hoped to achieve by January. He now plans to take his company public in April through a procedure known as reverse merger with Utilisource, a former power company that has been dormant for the past seven years while retaining its status as a public company. A reverse merger will allow Element Service to go public while avoiding many of the expenses associated with a traditional IPO. According to Harjoto, reverse mergers can be a way for a legally troubled company to go public because the process imposes much less scrutiny on a company and its management than does an IPO. “Investment bankers do due diligence, and if they found that the company has a liability or some fraud, they usually don’t want to be an underwriter because their reputation is on the line,” the assistant professor said. Lee rejected the notion that his past fraud judgment will hurt Element Service’s operation as a public company. “Here’s the bottom line,” he said. “The people in the company are working hard. We have people working their butts off, including me. And we’re trying to do the best thing for our company and customers and our investors.” Much of Lee’s planned growth for Element Service is based on a business plan he learned about earlier in his career from a firm where he provided technical consulting. The idea is to use energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and lighting appliances to reduce clients’ electricity bills. Element Service would also use solar power. Then the El Segundo company would profit from a share of the energy savings. Lee said a version of this business plan was profitable at the firm where he learned about it. And what was that firm’s name? Enron. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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first_imgA number of people across Donegal have been duped into giving their personal bank details in an elaborate text scam.People received the bogus texts todayHundreds of people received text messages claiming to be from the Revenue Commissioners office.The text displays a link to a fake website claiming to be from Revenue. The text claims the person is entitled to a refund for their end of year tax returns and are encouraged to fill in a bogus form.A number of people are believed to have filled in the form and given access to their personal bank details.A Revenue source told Donegal Daily they are looking into the scam.They stressed that the Revenue would never contact people by text message. “We believe a number of people have been affected but we don’t know the extent at this stage.“We don’t know if people have lost money but we would never contact anyone by text.“People should never give out their personal bank details,” he said. DOZENS OF PEOPLE CONNED IN HOAX REVENUE REFUND SCAM was last modified: November 18th, 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:phoneRevenuescamtextlast_img read more


first_imgDOUBLE KILLER John Gallagher is on the trail of the family fortune, relatives have insisted.The Sunday Times reported yesterday that he is set to pocket just €16k from his late father’s fortune.But estranged relatives claim he handed himself back to the authorities so he can legally claim his mother’s money. “We read the article and laughed,” said one article.The paper quoted “sources close to Gallagher” as saying that he returned to the Central Mental Institution in Dublin so that he could “put his past behind him.”But a relative said: “He knows that if he is still legally insane when his mother dies, he won’t be able to get a cent.”She inherited €300k when her husband died three years ago. Margaret Gallagher is also said to have her own fortune. Gallagher absconded in 2000, 12 years after shooting teenager Anne Gillespie and her mother Annie, from the Twin Towns, in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital.The killer is trying to be declared sane – and is expected to be freed to return to his native Lifford in July. DOUBLE KILLER GALLAGHER ON TRAIL OF FAMILY FORTUNE was last modified: June 4th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgLifford Garda Station. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Gardai have identified Ireland’s dumbest criminal who was caught on CCTV while breaking into Lifford Garda station.The raider broken into the unmanned station last Saturday.The burglar then spent more than an hour walking around the station. He then left and stole a set of handcuffs, a Garda walk-talkie, a stabvest and a Garda cap.The suspect was then spotted wearing the stolen items in the vicinityof the Garda station after making his escape.Gardai viewed the CCTV footage and identified the suspect.Although he has not been arrested, it is understood Gardai know his identity. The suspect is believed to be from Strabane.Gardai are also carrying out a full audit of all paperwork at thestation which was unmanned at the time of the raid.They do not believe that any Garda files or paperwork was taken, however.A Garda source said “We believe his was the work of an opportunistthief and we do not believe a lot of planning went into this robbery.“The items have not yet been recovered but we do have a suspect but hehas not yet been arrested. “We do not believe this was the work of any paramilitary organisationbut we would like to recover the property.”It is understood that Gardai can remotely shut down the walkie-talkie.DOPEY BURGLAR FILMED WEARING VEST AND GARDA HAT DURING BREAK-IN was last modified: September 12th, 2015 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:burglarydonegalLIfford Garda stationlast_img read more

South Africa opens new visa facilitation centres

first_img9 June 2014 South Africa is busy setting up 11 new visa facilitation centres, managed by international outsourcing and technology services specialist VFS Global, in order to streamline services for foreign nationals applying for visa extensions or changes in South Africa while tightening the country’s security. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the centres would efficiently implement the country’s new immigration rules, which came into effect last month, while making life easier for foreign tourists, business people, workers or students who need extended or altered visas within a short space of time. “This is a radical departure from the existing mode of manual application processes that are responsible for inefficiencies within the permitting environment,” Gigaba said. VFS Global, a specialist service provider for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has been contracted to automate and run the application process, including managing the call centre and the 11 facilitation centres spread across South Africa’s nine provinces. Foreigners in South Africa who, for example, need to extend their temporary residence visas for study or work, will be able to apply online and set up an appointment before visiting the nearest facilitation centre to submit their personal biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). Handling and visa fees will all be paid electronically. Although VFS Global will be responsible for processing visa applications, the decision to approve or reject applications still lies with the Department of Home Affairs. “We will be able to exercise full control over the decision-making processes to ensure that our national interests and security imperatives are served at all times,” Gigaba said. The decision to set up the new facilitation centres and contract their running out to a private company had been informed “by none other than our commitment to improve efficiencies and turnaround times,” he added. The department has already introduced such centres in a number of its high-volume missions abroad – including its missions in China, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – where it had previously struggled to cut down on long queues and long turn-around times, Gigaba said. “We have visa facilitation centres at quite a few of our high-volume missions abroad and they have been working fairly successfully … contributing, I might add, to the success of our tourism stats over the last few years. It is this good practice that we hope to roll out in South Africa.” According to the Department of Home Affairs, the 11 visa facilitation centres will all be open and fully functional by the end of June. They include two centres in Gauteng province and the Western Cape, and one in each of the other seven provinces, as follows: Eastern Cape – Port ElizabethFree State – BloemfonteinGauteng – Johannesburg and PretoriaKwaZulu-Natal -DurbanLimpopo – PolokwaneMpumalanga – NelspruitNorthern Cape – KimberleyNorth West – RustenburgWestern Cape – Cape Town and George SAinfo reporterlast_img read more