Russell a ‘priority’ for Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Sydney Thunder are desperate to tie West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell to a new contract before the Big Bash season ends, after the player’s massive impact with the franchise during the current campaign.The 27-year-old, a lively seamer and a devastating lower order batsman, has been one of Thunder’s best players and has also found himself immensely popular with franchise fans. Such has been Russell’s impact that the Thunder’s general manager, Nick Cummins, said they planned to make his contract renewal “priority” as they begin to plan for next season.”Of the guys that are off contract he’s “our priority. We’re already in discussions and we’re hoping to have something done before the season ends,” Cummins said. “He’s definitely a priority, we couldn’t have asked anything more from him.”Russell has delivered for Sydney in style this season. He has a league-leading 13 wickets and had produced a couple of cameos at a strike rate of 181. The Jamaican is also a brilliant fielder, taking three catches.His interaction with Sydney fans has been fantastic and Cummins said the franchise wanted to move quickly to ward off any other attempts by rivals to secure Russell’s services next season.”I’d imagine there’s other teams wanting to recruit Andre. He can do everything with bat, ball and in the field,” Cummins noted.”At the same time he was available to be signed last year and Thunder was the team that saw that and hopefully he sees we were the ones who backed him . . . who stood behind him.”He is one of those players who plays the way we’d all love to and I think the way he goes about his cricket is why he’s so popular. He’s explosive, dynamic and spectacular.”Russell has morphed into a T20 specialist in recent years, campaigning in all the major leagues across the globe.Last year, he played in the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the South African Ram Slam and the Bangladesh Premier League.He is set to play in the inaugural Pakistan Super League next month.last_img read more

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Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

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Matthysse ‘100 percent confident’ he will beat Pacquiao

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We trained really, really hard for this fight,” he said.The 35-year-old Matthysse is deemed as a dangerous opponent for Pacquiao, who is making his ring return a little over a year after losing his WBO title to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.Matthysse hit the heavy bag on Tuesday during a closed-door training at a makeshift gym along the hotel driveway.Pacquiao and Matthysse got the red carpet treatment upon their grand arrival at Le Meridien Tuesday morning.The 39-year-old Pacquiao arrived in the Malaysian capital Monday night around 8 p.m. on board a chartered plane.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsKUALA LUMPUR — Lucas Matthysse remains unfazed days away from the biggest fight of his life when he meets Manny Pacquiao in the ring on July 15 here.Matthysse has never faced an opponent near the class of Pacquiao, who is boxing’s only eight-division champion, but the hard-hitting Argentine is eager to end the Filipino ring icon’s career for good.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Comfortable’ Matthysse calls Malaysia home as Pacquiao fight nears LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “100 percent confident,” Matthysse, the current WBA welterweight champion, said on Tuesday at Le Meridien Hotel through an interpreter when asked how confident he is in retaining his belt.WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse has arrived. pic.twitter.com/x4du89sL9qFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) July 10, 2018last_img read more

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Mother jailed for possession

first_img14-year-old busted with cocaine in suitcase handlesCora Towler, the mother of the 14-year-old who was busted with cocaine concealed in the handles of his suitcase, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and fined almost $3 million after admitting to the court that she was guilty of the charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Cora TowlerTowler appeared before City Magistrate Leron Daly.Initially, the woman pleaded not guilty to the charge that stated on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), she was in possession of 1.4 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.In a court hearing on Wednesday, while the evidence was being tendered against the unrepresented woman, she indicated to the Magistrate that she would like to change her plea to guilty.As such, her plea was changed and she admitted to the offence in tears.A  penitent Towler sobbed uncontrollably and pleaded with the court for leniency.Moments before Magistrate Daly handed down her ruling, Towler sent prisoners in the dock scurrying as she threw up. She was subsequently fined $2,710,800.Meanwhile, Ian Griffith, another relative of the lad who was also charged with Towler for the offence, is currently on remand pending the outcome of his trial before Magistrate Daly.According to reports, the teenager was held following the discovery of the cocaine concealed in the handles of his suitcase while he was waiting to board a flight destined for New York at the CJIA, Timehri.It was also stated that the teen was travelling alone, returning home after spending the August vacation in Guyana.Upon the discovery of the cocaine, four persons, including the teen’s mother, were arrested.last_img read more

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Guyana to host CRIC Convention this month

first_img…UNCCD training fair to kick-start eventAs the new year progresses, Guyana will be embarking on discussions to fight drought and other land-related issues as plans are now on stream to host the 17th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), spearheaded by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).Commencing on January 28 through January 30, stakeholders from around the world will gather at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown to participate in the event.At present, a committee was established by the Government to oversee plans to successfully host the event smoothly.CRIC is referred to as a subsidiary body of the Conference of Parties (COP) and Guyana is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to have acceded to membership of the CRIC Bureau. This event is anticipated to identify the country as a leading sustainable developer among other such nations.With talks on desertification and its impactful influence on economies, a two-day training fair for National Focal Points and UNCCD stakeholders will be convened on January 25 and 26.This fair is backed by the Soil Leadership Academy, which was established under the UNCCD to support stakeholders on their passage to Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). Some of the areas to be covered include LDN Project Development and ways in which such projects can be funded.For this, organisations who are interested in providing donations to these projects are also welcomed.Special attention will be paid to drought and the approaches which can be used once the area is monitored. The importance lies within practices which can alleviate droughts beforehand via improvised techniques in farming and land management. Agencies that have successfully managed to execute these procedures will be present to address any concerns.Sections of the module to be used also tackle integrating gender into policies for LDN, including “gender-responsive projects”. As it relates to sand and dust storms, the guideline will educate on how to assess a country’s vulnerability towards such occurrence with provisions for the economic impact assessment.The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission has posited that there was much to look forward to in 2019, with the hosting of the Guyana-Brazil Joint Border Commission Conference in the first quarter of this year.Throughout the year, emphasis will be placed on implementing the Sustainable Land Development and Management Project in keeping with their outlined responsibilities.In the strategic planning for 2019 to 2023, a review of policy documents is expected to roll out as well as a national policy for Geographic Information Systems.last_img read more

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Will venues blow over Windy City’s 2016 hopes?

first_imgOf the 36 venues needed to host the games, we already have 30. Have everything but Zeus lighting the torch, but Disney is working on it. The USOC selection committee seemed very impressed, at least the two members we were actually able to speak with. Said all kinds of nice things about us, our venues, mayor, attitude. The only negative vibes Friday came from the Chicago media. What a bunch of homers. Not like me. OK, I’m sold. Host the Olympic rings. Make those Summer 2016 plans now. Start saving for “L.A. 2016” T-shirts, practice being friendly, diagram various assaults on the venues. Took a tour Friday of some venues planned to host various Olympic events in L.A.’s bid to host the 2016 Games – the media “shadowing” the U.S. Olympic Committee’s visit – and gave it the ol’ Ebert & Roeper two thumbs up. That was somewhat ironic, given that the two scribes pound their keyboards for a Chicago newspaper and the Windy City is the last obstacle to L.A. winning the U.S. bid April 14. But, hey, they have to build stuff in Chicago, and much of it would be temporary. Not like here, baby. We are ready to rock ‘n’ roll, ready to serve it up, go for the takedown, spin our wheels. They kept asking about things like traffic and why L.A. should get a third Olympics and what the Olympic legacy would be if everything was already built. Probably would have gotten around to smog, but we were on a really tight schedule. Started 8 a.m. from the Beverly Hills Hilton, the USOC types in one bus, the media safely in another. First stop was The Home Depot Center. The drive – which would roughly mirror the trip from the Athletes’ Village at UCLA – took 34 minutes. The Chicago guys, who outnumbered their L.A. counterparts, whined. Jeez, like there’s never traffic on the Ryan Expressway. Now, I was born at White Memorial Medical Center in L.A. and spent my entire life here. Unless you count those eight spring trainings in Vero Beach. An old-time L.A. guy. But there are some 18 million in the entire region and it’s easy to miss exactly what’s been happening around here with our venues. And, really, how fortunate we are. The Home Depot Center is not quite four years old and a pretty unique animal. It cost the Anschutz Entertainment Group $150 million to build the multiuse sports complex. It’s proposed to host soccer, cycling, tennis and archery. It’s spacious, modern and clean. Former soccer Olympians Alexi Lalas, now the Galaxy GM, and Mia Hamm, now very pregnant with twins via that infielder the Dodgers stole from Chicago, were the soccer hosts. The stadium is flat-out beautiful. Nearby is the 8,000-seat tennis stadium, expandable to 13,000. Across the road is the only indoor velodrome in the United States. U.S. Olympic teams train all over the grounds. “We didn’t have to spend a lot of time explaining to them who we are or anything about our facilities,” said Tim Leiweke, AEG president. “We’ve been there, we’ve done it. We put our money where our mouth is.” The next stop was Long Beach, which has undergone such a downtown renaissance as to be almost unrecognizable from 10 years ago. Only the arena is old and looking its years. One of the Chicago guys wanted to know if it would be updated. They were getting so annoying. Everything else was sparkling and modern, including the convention center. From there we took the Blue Line from Long Beach to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and it was not exactly the highlight of the trip. It took almost an hour and gave quite the tour of L.A. graffiti. But the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games estimates that the line could serve more than 90 percent of those attending the games and is being promoted as one way to reduce traffic. The convention center will be the main press center. Next door, Staples Center would host gymnastics, fencing and handball. This is also where Leiweke calls home, when he’s not hopping around the globe for AEG. It was AEG that helped back London’s winning bid for the 2012 Games. And AEG putting its support behind L.A. is no small thing. “AEG will use all its resources and relationships around the world, including in Europe and Asia, to work,” Leiweke said. That seemed to make the Chicago contingent a tad nervous. They asked Bob Ctvrlik, head of the USOC evaluation committee, about its significance and couldn’t have been thrilled with his response. “It’s not as if it’s just a sponsor company,” Ctvrlik said. “It’s a company that specializes in the world of sport and entertainment, so obviously that is an advantage for any American bid.” For some reason the Windy City media were also concerned L.A. had almost all of its venues ready to go, while Chicago would be looking at serious construction. “They have 30 of 36 venues that exist,” Ctvrlik said. “You can walk in them, touch them. It’s easy to envision how they will perform during the Games.” Don’t think he was easing the Chicago angst, but they get to do their big presentation next week. Hope the USOC likes looking at blueprints. “It’s been a great visit for us,” said Jim Scherr, CEO of the USOC. “We have no doubts that Los Angeles has the capability to host an excellent games.” No doubt, got that? In the end, the USOC selection will really come down to one thing. “We need to be able to win internationally,” Ctvrlik said. “We saw the vision L.A. wanted to put forward and were pleased with what we saw.” Yeah, me too. In 2016, you’ll find me at the wrestling venue. Not the one in Chicago. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want 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

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‘I wasn’t good enough to play for Wigan,’ says Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Road to Wigan: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he “wasn’t good enough” to play for Wigan © AFP/File / SEBASTIEN BOZONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Pep Guardiola will finally step out at Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium in Manchester City’s fifth-round FA Cup tie with the third-tier side on Monday — 13 years after he almost joined the Lancashire club as a player.The Spanish midfielder was looking to extend his playing career, as a 34-year-old, in 2005 and contacted a number of Premier League clubs — including Wigan, then managed by Paul Jewell. Barcelona legend Guardiola also held talks with City’s manager at the time, Stuart Pearce, but eventually accepted a more lucrative offer in Qatar before eventually moving to a Mexican club.Now, as manager of a City team that is still aiming for silverware in four major competitions this season, Guardiola will experience a little of what he turned down in Wigan.“Yeah, it was years ago,” said Guardiola. “But I was not good enough! That is the truth, yeah.“I was old, really old, as a football player to come here. I tried to come here to play in English football but I was not able. The same happened when I came here to Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce. They were so clever!,” he added.“They were so clever because I was not good enough! Wigan were interested in me, I didn’t choose the club. It didn’t happen and that’s all.”Jewell recalled the episode differently, claiming in a recent interview he had made Guardiola an offer and expected him to sign, only to receive a phone call from the player’s agent to say he had received a “mind-blowing” proposal from Qatar.Wigan, of course, have fallen on hard times since that era and the heights of the 2013 FA Cup Final when they famously defeated City, then managed by Roberto Mancini.Relegated that same season, Wigan now find themselves in League One although they have already claimed the scalps of Premier League sides Bournemouth and West Ham in their FA Cup run this season.– Bravo for Claudio –Despite the threat posed by Wigan, however, Guardiola is adamant that back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will remain his first choice for domestic cup competitions.And that guarantee seems to assure the Chilean of starting for City in this coming Sunday’s League Cup Final meeting with Arsenal — Premier League leaders City’s first opportunity to secure one of the four trophies they are currently chasing.“He’s going to play, Claudio,” said Guardiola. “We are in the Carabao (League) Cup Final thanks to him. So I cannot forget what happened, he saved two rounds of penalties, and the way he played — the safest, in the Carabao Cup.“That is the decision this season. The other (competitions), we will see. The goalkeeper’s a different position to the other 10 team mates but, you know, it all depends on the performance and the quality but in this competition Claudio is going to play.”The 34-year-old Chilean lost his first team place last summer when Guardiola signed young Brazilian Ederson, who has been in inspired form this season.Bravo has not started a single Premier League game in the current campaign although his manager insists his selection as ‘cup keeper’ is not simply in order to keep him satisfied.“I don’t do that to keep him happy,” said Guardiola. “It’s because in the top clubs we need two good goalkeepers so you cannot survive with just one goalkeeper — if he is injured, suspended, something like that and the other one doesn’t have the level.“So all the big clubs who play a lot of competitions have two good goalkeepers and we have.“His reaction has been perfect. I know for the players, not just Claudio, when they don’t play regularly it’s not an easy situation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GOLF CLUB NOTES: ROSAPENNA

first_imgThe Sunday club competition on the Sandy Hills Links on the 27th Nov was won by Dermot Ward 13 with 35pts.Runner up was Con Boyce 5 with 34pts bot. The gross winner was Louis Boyce 7 with 26 gross pts.Third place was Pete McBride Jnr 9 with 34pts. The front nine winner was Joe McHugh 16 with 20pts and the back nine winner was Shane Sweeney 12 with 19pts bot.The Old Tom Morris Links is now closed and the Sandy Hills Links will be is in play for all members and green fees.The Christmas Hamper competition will be held this Saturday the 3rd of December on the Sandy Hills Links. The mini hamper will be played for on Sunday the 11th of December.The Rosapenna Gaeltacht League team will travel to Dunfanaghy G.C on Saturday the 10th of December for their second outing of the year. The Rosapenna Golf Club AGM will take place in the Golf Pavilion this Friday the 2nd of December at 8.30pm.All club members are encouraged to attend.The annual Rosapenna Dinner Dance will take place in the Golf Pavilion on Saturday the 3rd of December. There are still some tickets on sale from the Pavilion Golf Shop priced at 30e each.The 2011 Singles Matchplay, Doubles Matchplay, golfer of the year, Seiko and Donegal League presentations will all take place at the Dinner Dance on Saturday night.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654. GOLF CLUB NOTES: ROSAPENNA was last modified: November 29th, 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:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more

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Over 40 events across Donegal for the Big Hello May Bank Holiday weekend

first_imgIt’s the Big Hello weekend where communities all over Ireland including Donegal are celebrating their sense of community spirit in their own town or village.There is a busy bank holiday weekend ahead for Donegal as 42 events are taking place across the county ranging from the May the 4th festival celebrations in Inishowen to family fun days all over the county.The Big Hello National Community Weekend scheme is an initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development administered through the Donegal LCDC which is supported by Donegal County Council.  This is the first year of the initiative and €10,000 has been allocated to 42 events which will take place over this May Bank Holiday weekend. There will be stories and memories shared at the County Donegal Railway Heritage Centre in Donegal Town on Saturday while the Laghey Blast Festival will take place on Sunday.Cosite Forbartha na Carraige will pass on the traditional skills of knitting, weaving and spinning at their Hands on Heritage family event over the weekend while the annual Street Fest will take place in Dungloe on Sunday.The Lennon View residents association in Letterkenny is hosting a ‘Get to know your Neighbour’ day on Bank Holiday Monday while Coiste Culturtha Loch an Iúir are organising a nature walk & traditional music session this evening Friday 3rd May.  And for anyone taking part in this weekend’s community clean up with Lough Eske Community Development Group there is a treat in store with a community BBQ as a reward for all their hard work. For pizza lovers a visit to Artlink at Fort Dunree in Inishowen will be a must on Sunday 5th May  as they host an outdoor Pizza Party and keeping with the Star Wars theme there will be a ‘Jedi Academy’ for all budding Jedi in Playdays Community Childcare at Malin Head Community Centre on Saturday 4th May as well as a Star Wars Family Fun day in Malin Head, Clonmany and Greencastle including a documentary screening on the local fishing industry in Inishowen Maritime Museum.Other events in Inishowen include a tour of Rock Art of the Isle of Doagh, community coffee morning in Carrowmenagh, cookery demonstration in Culdaff, an open community intercultural meal hosted by Failte Inishowen and an intergenerational tea dance in Moville.Forbairt Fhanada CTR will be bringing old skills back to life at their community day.  The Mad Hatters Lennon Tea Party will be hosted by the Lennon Festival while the Letterkenny CDP will be hosting an intercultural family fun day and an evening of music, dance, song and stories celebrating Comhaltas Letterkenny will also be taking place over the weekend.The people of Fintown are in for a treat this evening (Friday) with as Forbairt Eachla CTR are organising bingo and a quiz followed by a meal of ‘fish and chips’.  Lifford Celtic Youth Members are invited to come along to a Fun Day on Saturday.  The Gateway writers are hosting an open evening today Friday at 3pm in the Old Courhouse Lifford while Meenreagh Social Club will be busy planning for their community tea party on Saturday.St. Johnston Cricket Club are holding a mouth watering multi-cultural cuisine day while the Red Hughes GFC will be hosting a Wellbeing Day, exhibition and underage tournament.  Other events include a family fun day and car boot sale in Mhin na Leice, a school of music for young people as part of the Cup of Tae festival in Ardara and StreetFest in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair as well as a weekend of mountain walks and talks with Cumman Staire and Seanchais Chloich Cheann Fhaola.  The Ballyshannon Regeneration Group are hosting a family fun day in Allingham Park while Coiste Halla Naomh Bride will be enjoying an evening of music, ceol and craic.Anyone interested in further information on venues, times and dates of the events mentioned should contact the event organisers locally. There is no excuse to be bored this weekend!MDEvent OrganisersEvent DetailDonegalLaghey Blast FestivalLaghey Blast one day festival for all agesDonegalCounty Donegal Railway Restoration CLGSocial Gathering to mark 60th Anniversary – sharing memories & story tellingDonegalLough Eske Community Development GroupBBQ following Community Clean UpDonegalCoiste Halla Naomh BrideOiche Airneala – music, ceol & craicDonegalCosite Forbartha na CarraigeHands on Heritage – family event with demo of traditional skills et knitting, weaving, spinning etcDonegalBallyshannon Rengeration GroupFamily fun day in Allingham ParkGlentiesDungloe Street FeastAnnual Dungloe Street FeastGlentiesCumann Staire & Seanchais Chloich Cheann FhaolaHeritage Weekend – consisting of mountain walks & talksGlentiesAmharclan Ghaoth DobhairStreetfestGlentiesAwake Tourism (Cup of Tae)School of Music for young people as part of Cup of Tae FestivalGlentiesCoiste Culturtha Loch an IuirOrganised Nature Walk & trad music sessionGlentiesCoiste Forbartha Mhin na LeiceFamily Fun Day & Car Boot SaleGlentiesForbairt Eachla CTRQuiz & Bingo (in Irish) with Fish & ChipsInishowenArtlinkOutdoor Pizza PartyInishowenMalin Head Community AssociationHub for May the 4th Festival (Starwars) – Photographic display, Q&A, Childrens Art Classes & Selfie HuntInishowenInishowen Maritime Heritage CoPart of ‘May the Fourth be with you” Event – shows in Planetarium theatre & screending of locally made documentary  about retired Fishermen & SeamenInishowenSt Baithins NS Parents CouncilCommunity Tea PartyInishowenGreencastle Community Development CLGStar Wars Family Fun DayInishowenGreencastle Community Development CLGCommunity Afternoon TeaInishowenClonmany Youth & Community Resource CentreStar Wars Family Fun DayInishowenLands of EogainHeritage Tour of Rock Art of Isle of DoaghInishowenCarrowmenagh Community CentreCommunity Coffee Morning with Arts & CraftsInishowenCuldaff Development Assoc/Tidy TownsCookery Demonstration to highlight ways of preventing food wasteInishowenPlaydays Community ChildcareStar Wars celebration/Jedi AcademyInishowenExplore InishowenMay the fourth be with you festivalInishowenFailte InishowenOpen community Meal sharing event to promote intercultural dialogueInishowenMoville & District Family Resource CentreIntergenerational Tea Dance/Community CelebrationLetterkennyLennon View Residents Association“Get to know your Neighbour” dayLetterkennyRay Community GroupStreetfestLetterkennyLetterkenny Community Heritage GroupAn evening of music, dance, songs & stories to celebrate Comhaltas LetterkennyLetterkennyLetterkenny CDPFamily Fun Day – interculturalLetterkennyForbairt Fhanada CTRCommunity Day – bringing old skills back to lifeLetterkennyLennon FestivalMad Hatters Lennon Tea Party – old time fancy dress & charactersStranorlarFinn Valley ACLocal Area School Sports – Training dayStranorlarGateway WritersOpen Evening – Writers Reading Extracts from worksStranorlarButt Drama Circle LtdClub Members Appreciation Night to celebrate Club reaching All Ireland Drama Festivals FinalStranorlarIrish Countrywomen’s Assoc (Finn Valley Guild)Local Map reading of internet sites for research, exhibition of women from the last century and how they have shaped our lives & Irish Language exerciseStranorlarLifford Celtic YouthsFun Day for Club MembersStranorlarSt Johnston Cricket ClubMulti Cultural Cuisine DayStranorlarBalor DCATeam Building Refresher WorkshopStranorlarRed Hughes GFCWellbeing Day & exhibition & underage tournamentStranorlarMeenreagh Social CentreCommunity Tea PartyENDOver 40 events across Donegal for the Big Hello May Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 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:Bank HolidayBig Hellodonegaleventslast_img read more

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Treasury welcomes banking report

first_img27 June 2008South Africa’s Treasury has welcomed the recommendations of the Banking Enquiry Report compiled by the Competition Commission, saying it was the first step towards increased competition in the country’s retail banking sector.According to the Treasury, the report is well positioned to inform a policy debate that promotes the objectives of providing accessible, affordable and good quality banking services to all South Africans.“The primary objective of protecting consumers and promoting growth through ensuring financial system stability still remains key,” said the National Treasury in a statement this week.“Importantly, it must be recognised that the report in itself does not constitute this debate, but initiates such debate.”An independent panel was appointed by the Competition Commission last year to question lenders on how they set bank charges and to find ways of making fees simpler and more transparent.The report, released this week, found that bank charges in South Africa were higher than they would be at competitive levels.The market structure, because of current information asymmetries and product complexities, means that the banks have the ability to abuse their market power, the inquiry found after its 22 month probe, which included 21 days of public hearings and 101 stakeholder meetings.A ‘vicious cycle of consumer indebtedness’The enquiry panel has made 28 recommendations aimed at addressing concerns raised by consumers, small and prospective banks and non-bank stakeholders, covering five key areas.The areas include penalty fees, automatic teller machine (ATM) fees, access to the national payment system, payment cards and interchange fees, and products and pricing.Standard, Absa, First National Bank and Nedbank together control more than 90% of the South African banking market, with transactional fee income representing a third of the banks’ total income, or R34.5-billion, in 2006.It observed that penalty fees for rejected debit orders were too high, contributed to the “vicious cycle of consumer indebtedness” and were levied disproportionately onto lower-income customers.“Penalty fees on rejected debit orders contribute significantly to the earnings of the banks and are much higher than the cost associated with processing the transaction,” the report found. “Additionally, customers are penalised for rejected debit orders by the service provider with whom they have a contract.”“The inquiry believes it is not the remit of the banks to further penalise their customers.”It recommended a cap of R5 per rejected debit order, which should be more than adequate to cover processing costs, while also calling for banks to make it easier for their customers to cancel debit order instructions.Direct-charging modelThe report further advocated the implementation of a direct-charging model, offering full disclosure and transparency at the start of the transaction to allow for more price competition in the provision of ATM services.With regards to the national payment system, the panel advised that opening access for non-banks and developing an appropriate regulatory scheme would increase competition in the provision of banking services.“This issue was the focus of nine of the panel’s recommendations and will require legislative amendment,” it noted.On payment cards and interchange fees, the inquiry found there was potential abuse in the method by which interbank fees were set. It recommended that interbank fee setting be subject to an independent, objective and transparent regulatory process and that certain rules established by MasterCard and Visa be abolished.Bundled products ‘not transparent’On products and pricing, the inquiry established that bundling, packaging and pricing made choices difficult for customers and weakened price competition.“The complexity of products and prices, inadequate transparency and disclosure and the costs associated with switching – combined with the reluctance of banks to price compete – creates customer inertia which enforces the banks’ market power,” the report found.It also advised standardising terminology and creating a switching code and other measures aimed at improving comparability such as a banking fee calculator and marketing generic customer profiles, and setting up a central Financial Intelligence Centre Act repository.The panel’s recommendations will be sent to the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank, so that laws can be changed to implement the proposals.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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