Aircraft technician wins trip to NBA All-Star weekend

first_img “I did a little bit of research on New Orleans. It is very rich in culture, and I heard the food there is awesome,” he said. “I am looking forward to eating a lot of New Orleans food and seeing the different places and enjoying the culture.” At the outset, however, Robertson didn’t believe he had won the random draw. “I have to be honest, I was sceptical at first,” he explained. “There are a lot of people out there that make jokes and that try to scam people out of money, so I tried to figure out if it was true. I did some research and made sure the SportsMax Instagram page was real. It was only after I got a few calls that I realised that winning the trip was real.” KINGSTON: Thirty-year-old aircraft technician, Joseph Robertson, is the winner of an all-expense paid trip to the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans from February 18-19 courtesy of SportsMax and the National Basketball Association (NBA). There he will watch the NBA Slam Dunk contest next Saturday and the All-Star game the next day. At first, he didn’t believe it, but once he did, Robertson was perhaps the most excited man in all of Trinidad and Tobago. “I am most excited about seeing the best players in my generation in one place at one time,” said Robertson, who with his wife of just over a year, Delicia, will be afforded airfare and accommodation, the NBA Tour package, amazing seats and spending money. Delicia, he said, was just as excited about the trip as he is. “The same day I gave her the news, she started picking out her outfits,” said Robertson, who is a huge fan of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While there he also plans to soak up some of the magical city of New Orleans. Rich culturelast_img read more

President to promote green state strategy at UN Environment Assembly

first_imgPresident David Granger is expected to showcase Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) during his feature address at the third United Nations Environment Assembly.The President has been invited by the UN to give the feature address at the high-level segment at the Assembly’s opening in Nairobi, Kenya during December 4-6, 2017.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, at Thursday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, noted the invitation “reflects Guyana’s growing international profile as a leading advocate for the protection of the environment and the recognition which is being accorded to its green trajectory of development”.Aside from promoting the GSDS, the President is also expected to press for further international action to arrest global pollution and global warming. During his attendance of the Environment Assembly, President Granger will also be delivering the feature address at a high-level side event on reducing pollution in the extractive sector.The President has strongly advocated for the sustainable development of the environment, and has been advocating internationally for more action by world leaders to address climate change.Meanwhile, Guyana will be represented at the 10th Caribbean Conference on Caribbean Disaster Management, which will be held in the Bahamas during December 4-9.Hosted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CEDMA), the event will see discussions on the strengthening of regional response mechanisms; lessons learnt from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the challenges of disaster risk management. The practices and solutions will also be highlighted during the Conference.The Director General of the Guyana Civil Defence Commission (CDC) will be attending the Conference.last_img read more

Arsenal starlet scores brilliant hat-trick

first_img1 Jon Toral celebrates scoring for Brentford It looks like Arsenal have got another promising player on the hands.Starlet Jon Toral, 20, was the hero for Brentford on Tuesday night in the Championship as he netted a brilliant hat-trick in their 4-0 win over Blackpool.The Bees blew away their opponents registering an astonishing 42 shots on goal in a victory, which keeps their Premier League promotion push well and truly alive.And one of the stars of the show was former Barcelona midfielder Toral, on loan for the season at Griffin Park, who grabbed three goals in the game, with ex-Luton striker Andre Gray getting the other.You can see Toral’s treble in the video below…last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he will be voting Yes in next week’s marriage equality referendum.Daniel and wife Majella.The Kincasslagh star said he believes that a Yes vote will not make life any different for those who advocate a No vote.He said that “those who know what they’re talking about” are saying that families won’t change. “I think everyone should be equal,” he told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio One this afternoon.“I can’t see what a Yes vote is going to do against anybody.”He said that it was difficult to work out what the referendum was all about, but said that he “genuinely” felt people should be equal.And the singer said he did not necessarily agree with those who say children should have a mother and father.He even pointed to his own personal situation and cited the sudden death of his own father. “I was brought up without a father. My father died before I knew the benefit of a father. It was just my mother.”He said while he could “only speak for himself”, but felt that a Yes vote would change the lives of gay people.“I just feel we’re discriminating against a lot of people who feel their lives would be better. I can’t see anything on the other side that will be detrimental. All of the people who know they’re talking about are telling us that it’s absolutely no difference who brings up the children, as love as they’re brought up in a loving environment.”Daniel then asked the RTE radio presenter what way he intends to vote, to which the presenter said he couldn’t say.“I’d be fired,” said D’Arcy. “I might be fired after this, too,” laughed O’Donnell.DANIEL TO VOTE ‘YES’ AS HE DECLARES ‘EVERYONE SHOULD BE EQUAL’ was last modified: May 16th, 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalmarriage referendumvoteYESlast_img read more


first_imgAn earthquake which struck Taiwan yesterday has been recorded in Co Donegal.A seisamogram was captured by the St Columba’s College Physics Dept seismometer recording the event which took place at 19:57 hrs GMT).Taiwan sits in an active seismic zone and has a history of serious events. This quake was shallow (values from 17 to 23 km have been reported), and the damage seems not too extensive, but it did level the apartment building that is in the news today.Its magnitude was 6.4.The equipment regularly records earthquakes around the world.DONEGAL SCHOOL RECORDS TAIWANESE EARTHQUAKE! was last modified: February 6th, 2016 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:donegalearthquakeSt Columba’s CollegeStranorlarlast_img read more


first_imgThe 41st Topaz Donegal International Rally kicks off today and there is a huge buzz across the county.It is expected that 70,000 people will come into the county and generate a whopping €25 million for the local economy.The three day event shows no signs of slowing down with both the number of visitors and participants remaining steady. Chairman of the Donegal International Rally, Damian Crawford, said the rally is as popular as ever.“We are the only three day rally event in Ireland and I’m delighted to be able to say it is as strong as ever.“We may be suffering economically but the rally is certainly showing no signs of letting up.“All the bed and breakfasts are sold out and the number of drivers taking part is also holding steady. “We’re looking forward to a great weekend with a huge emphasis on safety,” he said.A total of 141 cars will take part in the main rally while a further 20 cars will compete in the historic section and a further 15 in the junior category.Eamon Magee, who is the clerk of the course for the first time, admits he is a little bit nervous.“There’s a huge amount of planning has to go into the event and I am seeing that first hand now.“Without the hard work of so many people it simply could not go ahead,” he said. One famous rally name will not be behind the wheel this weekend but rather in front of the camera!Driver Toni Kelly is not competing but she will certainly be in the thick of the action as presenter for UTV’s RPM rally programme.“I am really looking forward to it. It will be different but I’ll still be in the middle of all the action.“I am hoping for a great rally and I’m looking forward to some great driving. “Most of all however I am hoping for a safe rally and I would encourage everyone to take things easy following the rally and to listen to the marshals,” she said.RALLY SET TO KEEP DONEGAL’S LOCAL ECONOMY ON THE RIGHT ROAD! was last modified: June 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAn exciting and fabulous new entertainment venue THE LIQUOR ROOMS has arrived on Main Street Letterkenny!THE LIQUOR ROOMS is first and foremost an exceptional ‘Cocktail Liquor Bar’ offering a variety of favourites from creamy snow-cone cocktails, gummy bear liquors, jelly shots and much much more! Enter a world of “Pure Imagination” and win Golden VIP tickets into Willy Wonka’s candy cocktail bar at ‘THE LIQUOR ROOMS’! Cool Atmosphere, Great Cocktails, Excellent Service and BIG Surprizes!!​Come play in our back garden this Summer with our ultimate late night experience and enjoy great drinks with great people, funky tunes from our resident DJ ‘s and excellent service..For our Golden Tickets Giveaway check out our Facebook  WIN GOLDEN VIP TICKETS TO ‘WILLY WONKA’S CANDY COCKTAIL BAR’ AT THE LIQUOR ROOMS was last modified: June 12th, 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Liquor Roomslast_img read more

News24 to carry Al Jazeera content

first_imgNumerous cultures, languages, religions 6 May 2009 Leading South African digital news provider News24 has entered into a content syndication arrangement with Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour news and current affairs television channel headquartered in Qatar. “We see the addition of international breaking news from one of the largest English-language news channels as an opportunity for South Africans to gain further perspective on the world,” News24 editor Jannie Momberg said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As part of the deal, News24 will publish daily video news bulletins from broadcast centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington on the News24 website. “Recognising the growing online population in South Africa, including mobile users, we see this partnership as an opportunity to contribute news from around the world to the benefit of the country’s digital citizenry.” According to Nielsen’s NetRatings Market Intelligence, more than two million unique users visited News24 in March. “South Africa is a country of numerous cultures, languages and religions, something that Al Jazeera tries to bridge as part of its news agenda,” said Al Jazeera global distribution director Phil Lawrie. “Offering an alternative worldview, we hope that content from Al Jazeera informs and stimulates debate around current issues and events relevant to South Africans as citizens of the world.” Presented as short, punchy news round-ups of two to three minutes, the stories from Al Jazeera will be visible online on News24’s World and Multimedia pages, as well as on certain mobile devices.last_img read more

BMW has no plans to leave SA: Davies

first_img10 October 2013BMW has no plans to leave South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Thursday morning ahead of a scheduled meeting with the German car manufacturer later in the day.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Davies said he had met a BMW delegation during the recent strike by workers in the country’s automotive sector, and that the company had said that it remained committed to South Africa.On recent reports in the media speculating on the company’s future in the country, Davies said he had received a letter from BMW “in which they clarified what they had said, and which they were concerned wasn’t necessary correctly reported.“What they said is that they are continuing operations in South Africa – there is no question of them discontinuing their operations in South Africa.“They did say they have the possibility of competing for an additional model in the South African operations, and they felt that that was jeopardised by the recent strikes,” Davies said.However, he said the signing of a three-year wage agreement, following the conclusion of the motor industry strike last week, would bring stability to the sector.Commenting on French auto manufacturer Renault’s announcement that it will be opening a facility in Nigeria, Davies said he had recently spoken with his Nigerian counterpart on co-operating with the west African country to develop a vehicle manufacturing industry there, with the expectation that South African auto parts manufacturers would be able to get involved.Source: read more

Brand South Africa reflects on the country’s governance

first_imgJohannesburg, 29 November 2013 – Brand South Africa today hosted a special research seminar reflecting on the results of the 2013 Mo Ibrahim Index with a specific focus the South African governance. Participants included ambassadors and Consul Generals from other African countries resident in South Africa, academics, and representatives of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA).Participants deliberated on the presentation by Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus de Kock focusing on the key findings and lessons for South Africa in light of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG).The 2013 study saw South Africa retaining its 5th position in the overall rankings while ranking top of the 52 states in Public Management. The Index looks at 94 indicatorsFor South Africa, the most notable improvements in this year’s index are in the category of Sustainable Economic Opportunity where the country’s overall rank went from 8th in 2012 to 5th in 2013.Improvements in the sub-indicators of this category include: Business Environment (6 to 5 in 2013), Infrastructure (12 to 7 in 2013), and the Rural Sector (22 to 21 in 2013)“The importance of governance in the 21st century can never be underestimated. In the past decade African economies have grown at rates more than 5%. This brings about social change which in turn call on governments to implement more effective governance systems to serve the needs of changing economies and societies,” said Dr De Kock.He further said, “If we look at South Africa’s demographic profile, we are quite unique in the Africa continent in that approximately 60% of our population is urbanized. This implies that governance systems at a local level should be geared to serve the needs of increasing the numbers of people living in the urban areas. However, this also means that the country will have to be responsive to the governance needs of the 40% rural citizens and this is precisely because South Africa’s ranking in the rural sector still has a lot of room for improvement,” concluded De Kock.Brand South Africa has welcomed the IIAG findings and believes that over and above the peer review mechanisms already in place in Africa, independent studies such as these will boost the positive trajectory of the continent as a destination for inward flows of investment and tourism.About the 2013 Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA ( us how you Play Your Part more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: arahnas@brandsouthafrica.comVisit:  www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more