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Linden entrepreneurs sharpen professional business skills

first_imgEntrepreneurs from Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were recently beneficiaries of a two-day community outreach programme conducted by Atlanta-based professional and technical services company, Libra Management Group, in collaboration with the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN).The workshop was based on various aspects, including sustainable business management, and health and safety. One of the speakers, US-based Guyanese Stacey Mollison noted that the programme aimed at equipping entrepreneurs with professional skills and was also a means of giving back to the Linden business community.“The outreach programme was really about how we could give (back) to the business community here in Linden. So, our idea really was that we come and we do a series of workshops,” she explained. Mollison said the workshop also featured ‘Health and wellness for business owners’ – a training which was facilitated by Dr Melissa Varswyk of the Georgetown American University.In this regard, she pointed out that it is important for business people to focus on their own physical health and well-being as this is often overlooked. The workshop also featured information on construction and business safety.Meanwhile, her piece focused on entrepreneurship and how to manage a sustainable business. “A lot of times I think people become entrepreneurs without setting a foundation for what that really looks like. So, this class is really about how do you make sure that we create sustainable business. As an entrepreneur, we need to understand all the physical structures. So, we break down, ‘what do you really do to start a business’, ‘what is the financial piece to managing that business’. And then the second part of that is what we call professional management,” Mollison further explained. She noted that this aspect was conducted by a psychologist and also featured training on customer service and setting the right tone for business. Additionally, she said the workshop focused on how to create a business environment that allows entrepreneurs to keep abreast as it relates to professionalism. “There’s two parts – there’s the running of the business and then there’s the development of self so you can create a long-term sustainable business,” Mollison said.According to Mollison, the group also provides programme management, entrepreneurship development, cyber security and Information Technology (IT) services, in addition to working for the United States Federal Government.The workshop also featured a business pitch competition.Other Speakers included Denny Coxall, Colena Brown and Louis Simon.last_img read more

Better than Bale and Hazard! The stats that show why Spurs star is one of the world’s best

first_imgAsk any Tottenham fan for their player of the year and the answer is likely to be Harry Kane, but beyond the man mountain striker, there has been one twinkle-toed schemer who has been the heartbeat of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.That man is Christian Eriksen.Snapped up from under the noses of Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer of 2013, Eriksen first sprang into the wider European consciousness by giving Jack Wilshere a lesson in midfield creativity as Denmark played England in a friendly some two-years previous.From then Eriksen was a wanted man, and his club Ajax eventually relented from pressure to sell, with Spurs the victors.If his debut season in England was a sometimes difficult – although impressive – learning curve, now in his second campaign, the Dane looks like he was made to play in the Premier League.This weekend sees Eriksen turn 23 years old, a surprisingly young age for a player who has shown such maturity in his game, but in terms of his more recent development, is he really all that? Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen The answer, as can be seen above is a pretty unequivocal ‘yes’, when compared to how every player to play in the Premier League has performed up until their 23rd birthday.In such a comparatively short amount of time, Eriksen has been incredibly productive across his 50 league appearances in the English top flight.While hitting ten assists has been a good return, it has been his goalscoring that has stood out, with the playmaker finding the net 16 times for Spurs. To put that into perspective, his goals-per-game rate stands at 0.36, or roughly a goal every three league matches – a statistic that is head and shoulders above Gareth Bale, better than Eden Hazard and is only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo.Spurs fans, how good do you think Christian Eriksen could be? Comment below… 2 2last_img read more

JOE’S AMAZING PICTURE OF JUPITER LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT SKY

first_imgNo – it’s not the Star Wars crew on location in Donegal.Joe Langan caught this amazing picture at the Dry Arch Roundabout outside Letterkenny. It shows Jupiter lighting up the night sky.Super shot as always Joe.JOE’S AMAZING PICTURE OF JUPITER LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT SKY was last modified: April 19th, 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:donegalDry Arch RoundaboutJoe Langanpicturelast_img read more

Celta Vigo 0-1 Man United: Marcus Rashford seals Europa League semi-final win

first_img1 Marcus Rashford’s splendid free-kick secured Manchester United a hard-fought win at Celta Vigo to edge Jose Mourinho’s men closer to the Europa League final.England’s last European representatives have travelled far and wide in their bid to win the only major continental trophy to have eluded them in their success-laden history.Europa League glory also offers a route back to the Champions League – an increasingly important option given their Premier League struggles – and Mourinho’s men are in the driving seat of this semi-final after Rashford’s fine free-kick secured a 1-0 first-leg win at Celta.The away goal could prove crucial ahead of next week’s return fixture at Old Trafford, where the Spanish side face an uphill battle to progress from their first major European semi-final.Daniel Wass had given United an early scare but the visitors edged the first half, with Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez staying strong to thwart Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard.Sergio Romero did well to deny Pione Sisto as Celta threatened to punish United’s all too familiar lack of killer instinct, only for Rashford to step up to the plate yet again.Having sent United through to semi-final with his extra-time strike against Anderlecht, the 19-year-old settled the first leg with a second-half free-kick that sent the away support – and Mourinho – wild.The importance of this occasion to Vigo was palpable as monuments were draped in sky blue, ribbons tied to taxis and streets lined with posters reading ‘This is Afouteza’ – the Galician word for bravery.Local pride was clear and the din remarkable as the sides stepped out at Balaidos, where Wass wasted the chance to make himself a hero by nodding Nemanja Radoja’s fine early cross wide.It was a let off for a United side that restricted Celta to long-range efforts for the remainder of a first half in which goalkeeper Alvarez was key.United’s first shot did not arrive until the 20th minute but when it did the hosts’ goalkeeper had to be at his best, producing a save just as superb as Rashford’s 20-yard effort to keep it scoreless.Lingard just failed to get a telling touch on a Mkhitaryan cross as the visitors looked to take the advantage in an entertaining first half.The latter has been so key in this run and could – and perhaps should – have struck on a fifth successive European trip, only for a poor finish from Paul Pogba’s side-splitting pass to be denied smartly by Alvarez.Celta fans chanted their goalkeeper’s name and were thankful to him again as half-time approached after denying Lingard.Pogba struck over early and Iago Aspas directed wide early in the second half, with the superb reactions of United goalkeeper Romero preventing Sisto’s deflected effort finding the net.Tensions were growing as the wait for a breakthrough continued, with the relief clear from Mourinho’s celebrations in the 67th minute.Rashford and Daley Blind stood over a free-kick just over 20 yards from goal. The latter ran over it and Rashford punished wrong-footed Alvarez by fizzing home a right-footed strike home.Mourinho headed towards the away fans punching the air at a goal that former Liverpool forward Aspas tried to cancel out, before Lingard lashed wide at the other end.Tempers frayed as Rashford took his time leaving the field after being substituted and Marouane Fellaini avoided a second booking, with issues continuing on the touchline as the match entered the final minutes.Celta pushed for a late leveller but, try as they might, it did not arrive. The 19-year-old’s sublime free-kick separated the sides last_img read more

DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN 5K FUN RUN TAKES PLACE NEXT FRIDAY

first_imgCastlefinn Local NotesWhist: 23/7/2014Ladies. 1st Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn 167 2nd Brigid Edwards, Castlefinn 166. 3rd TIE Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford and Kathleen Mc Cay, Strabane 166 Gents. 1st Joe Corry, Castlederg 176. 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford 168. 3rd Patsy Mc Daid, St Johnston 1641st Half: Mary Lafferty, Ballybofey 842nd Half: John Mc Granaghan, Castlederg 89Snowball: Next week’s snowball is 189 or better for 40 euro. Everyone welcome to attend. Parties:Parties can be booked at the CPI in CastlefinnIn need of a venue just contact the CPI centre on 074 9143976Bookings for midweek are subject to schedule at the centreWeekend (Saturday and Sunday) bookings range from 1pm to 3pm, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, 6.00pm to 8.00 pm cost 80 euro Castlefinn 5k walk and Fun Run:Castlefinn 5k walk and Fun Run will take place on Friday 1st August at 7.30pm. Register at the CPI.Congratulations to the Robert Emmetts under 14 squad on their stunning Victory in O Donnell Park to claim the County Final trophy on Saturday.It’s a fantastic achievement for a great group of players and their mentors who have worked tirelessly all year to reach this moment. They have made the entire town proud!DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN 5K FUN RUN TAKES PLACE NEXT FRIDAY was last modified: July 24th, 2014 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:castlefinnCommunityDD LOCAL: NewsNotesNoticeslast_img read more

Tackling Sun City’s golf courses

first_img25 November 2010The Gary Player and Lost City golf courses at Sun City may offer top-quality challenges for serious golfers, but do they also offer an enjoyable challenge for those with high handicaps? We set off to find out – and to answer a few other nagging questions about a casino resort with apartheid-era origins.Sun City occupies an ambiguous place in the minds of many South Africans.On the one hand, it symbolises glitz, glamour and family fun, while the architectural excesses of the Lost City complex represent hotel magnate Sol Kerzner’s entrepreneurial daring.On the other hand, located in the former black homeland of Bophuthatswana, Sun City has its origins in apartheid’s Bantustan system. In recent years – as other casino complexes have sprung up around the country – it has been unable to escape the tawdriness often associated with gambling venues.The golf courses at Sun City evoke similarly two-sided responses.During South Africa’s sporting isolation, the Million Dollar Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club was one of few events able to lure famous sportsmen to the country. Post-apartheid, the tournament, in its later incarnation as the Nedbank Golf Challenge, flourished, as audiences delighted in watching local heroes Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and company take on the world’s best on home turf.The Lost City course was added in 1993, boasting crocodile-filled water hazards and Africa-shaped greens.Yet nagging questions remain. Should Seve Ballesteros, Bernard Langer, Ian Woosnam and company have come to the country with the apartheid regime still firmly in place? Where do we place South African golfers such as David Frost and Fulton Allem, who won in the late 1980s and early 1990s?Was the Lost City layout conceived as a top quality course or a gimmick to attract tourists daunted by the championship Gary Player Country Club course? Will the Nedbank Golf Challenge struggle, as it has done in recent years, to attract the world’s top professional golfers?With the likes of Robert Allenby, Anders Hansen, Eduardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and local favourites Louis Oosthuizen, Tim Clark, Ernie Els, and Retief Goosen travelling to Sun City in December for the 30th edition of the tournament, the last question doesn’t seem to need an answer.Million-dollar courseFor most amateurs, serious golfers and weekend hackers alike, there is another important question: will I get my money’s worth? After all, the cost of playing at either course is substantial. Both have more or less maintained their places in Golf Digest magazine’s rankings over the years – the Gary Player is a regular second, the Lost City fluctuates between the ‘teens and twenties – and with this status comes high expectations.I was unsure what to expect when I joined a party of 12 guys driving west out of Johannesburg for a golfing weekend (unsure about the golf, that is; I took it for granted that there would be plenty of banter, braaivleis and probably also some bad luck at the blackjack tables). We were a group of 30-somethings, of the generation who grew up listening to the theme song of the Million Dollar Challenge as the soundtrack to a first week of school holidays spent glued to the television:“It’s the million-dollar shotSo give it all you’ve gotAnd you could be the hero of the day!It’s the million-dollar shotAnd if you play it hotYou could have a million dollars coming your way…”As a result, the Gary Player course had become sacred terrain to us – our adolescent golfing heroes walked on its fairways, its bunkers and water hazards and greens were their epic battle grounds. We had spent years imagining what it would be like to play its iconic holes: the par-five ninth with the island green, the equally lengthy 14th with the enormous bunker and its deadly love grass, the 18th with its dog-leg to the left over the lake and fountain.In real life, the course did not disappoint. It was in fine but unforgiving condition; the kikuyu grass rough, which had been kept fairly short for the 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge, had grown syrupy-thick by the time we visited some months later.Never mind the bushveld – what really makes a round at the Gary Player so tough is the wide fringe of unmowed kikuyu around the regulation terrain. Miss the narrow fairways by more than a couple of metres and your ball can be plugged or even disappear.At under 6 000m off the club tees, it isn’t a long course, although the championship tees add another 500m, and that is doubled off the pro tees. But the Black Knight, as Player is known, has designed a course requiring accuracy.While the ninth, 14th and 18th may lend themselves to impressive television camera angles, amateur golfers find unexpected challenges at the par-three fourth, where their shots fly downhill over water, a limited view of the fairway from the 11th tee, and bunkers in the line of a decent drive on the 17th, as well as the watersports lake skirting the approach to the green.Our caddies, who knew the course backwards, kept us entertained with light-hearted quips when they realised that we weren’t scratch golfers.Tranquil settingThe Lost City golfing experience is markedly different in some respects – carts are compulsory, for instance – but the service is similarly polished. After struggling through the first eight holes under the baking Pilansberg sun, there’s a certain comfort in being asked to place your halfway house order before you walk onto the ninth tee.The view from the Lost City clubhouse, over the lake that divides the ninth and 18th fairways, is picturesque. One can’t necessarily say the same thing of the view towards the clubhouse, which is built of the same artificial orange-brown rocks as the Valley of the Waves and other structures in the vicinity.But if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, the sight of the Palace of the Lost City’s turrets rising above thorn tree scrub is pretty impressive. There are vistas aplenty over the bush, koppies and savannah plains that surround and sometimes form part of the course, especially from the elevated tees of numerous holes on the back nine (11 and 13 to 16).The pleasure of playing the Lost City course is, in fact, partly attributable to distractions from golf: the birdlife is abundant, it isn’t unusual to see some variety of buck or a metre-long monitor lizard crossing the cart path, and even the odd elephant can be spotted brooding behind the out-of-bounds fence. It goes without saying that the inhabitants of the crocodile pit at the signature 13th hole are a drawcard, to overseas golfers in particular.Nonetheless, while it is a less punishing layout than the Gary Player, this is one of those courses about which the most mundane advice remains applicable: take a lot of balls.The description of the Lost City as a desert course – and when you’re standing in the larger bunkers, it can feel like the Kalahari – shouldn’t be taken as an indication of wide open space. There is plenty of thick stuff lining the fairways, and precision driving is a challenge if you’re playing off the back tees, in which case the course measures an intimidating 6 900m in length.So, back to some of those tricky questions. Can the twin Sun City courses be both top-quality challenges for serious golfers and “fun” for those with high handicaps? Undoubtedly. Have they left behind the taint of apartheid in the 1980s? Happily. And will they continue to offer excellent value for the locals and international visitor? If the experience of twelve high-handicapping, admittedly nostalgic, yet not easily impressed golfers on tour is the benchmark, then the answer is a resounding yes.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Infographic: African alliances help boost regional prosperity

first_imgRegional alliances of African countries have one goal in common: to increase economic cohesion and so improve the lives of citizens, as sovereign nations align their priorities to achieve a wider prosperity. Graphic: Mzwandile MakgobaResearch: Priya PitamberClick image for a larger view.Sources: Comesa, SADC, Ecowas, Eccas, CEN-SADlast_img

60,000 plants per acre: The future corn crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, Monsanto unveiled a wide range of agriculture solutions being developed to assist farmers as they work to grow better harvests, protect their crops and deliver more to society. The company highlighted a series of innovations under development across its research and development portfolio, including its research platforms in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, chemistry, biologicals and data science.Among the ideas being tested by Monsanto is a High-Density Corn System. This research project is expected to allow farmers to increase the number of plants per acre to produce a higher yield.“When I left my Dad’s farm in 1970 to go to college, the average corn yields across the country were about 75 bushels an acre and the average corn population was about 17,000 plants per acre,” said Robert Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer. “In 2015, yields were at about 170 bushels and part of that gain over the years has been achieved by plant density, changing to narrower rows and better fertilization and nutrient management.“As we look ahead and test ultra high density corn, which entails sowing 40,000 to 60,000 plants per acre, rethinking seed spacing and using better management from a disease and nutrition standpoint, the result will be a new kind of corn planting and a new corn crop for the future.”Fraley sees the High-Density Corn System as an important tool in an integrated set of solutions that will allow for yields that will double today’s yield figures by 2050, producing enough food for an ever booming world population.Testing done by Monsanto will not be based on the seed alone. It will include many other new high-tech factors that will play a role in reaching that ultimate high-yielding goal.“There is so much increased knowledge of how we integrate what we understand from the gene-level of the seed, with the right traits, the right seed treatments, the right variable planting rate and then using a variety of new tools above the ground,” Fraley said. “Things like satellite images and sensors on the farm equipment can give growers an advantage in managing yields, reducing inputs and driving that increase in food security that the world needs.”Another step in the process of finding ways to get more production from every acre is being sure that equipment manufacturers understand what is needed from their side of the equation as planters and combines will need to up their game for higher plant populations in the spring and bigger yields in the fall.“Monsanto has great relationships with almost every major equipment company and we are working in cooperation on projects like High-Density Corn Systems,” Fraley said.  “Obviously, where you are talking about harvesting 300- to 400-bushel corn in the future, it’s going to take a redesign of the equipment and the capabilities to manage and store that crop, so manufacturers play a big role in the integration process of these new ideas.”High-Density Corn System testing is being conducted right now on a global level and Monsanto is using one of their own products, Climate, to move the trials forward.“In Ohio, for instance, most of the fields look pretty flat and uniform, but in reality there are many differences in soil types and elevation, moisture patterns and potential for disease,” Fraley said. “So, to be able to utilize tools like Climate helps us target genetics to any given field and also assists in finding the right population and management solutions throughout the field to get optimal yield across the field. Those tools will work together to give farmers more confidence in High-Density Corn Systems in the future.”last_img read more

Tripura gets ₹358 crore from Centre for road projects

first_imgThe Centre has sanctioned an additional amount of ₹358 crore for construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura, an official said on Friday. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15 and had demanded an additional fund of ₹358 crore for speedy completion of the works, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office on Thursday said.“This amount was demanded for completion of long-term projects which were left unfinished in the State. Even though the previous Left Front government did not have funds to spend, they started the projects. Later on, these projects were left hanging due to lack of funds,” the release said. The funds reached the State treasury on Tuesday, the release said, adding it would help the State government to complete the projects and infrastructure developmental works.last_img read more

Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games In the rematch of the 2015 finalists, Gilas Pilipinas held the Chinese scoreless in the last four minutes of the game justly shortly after the defending champions took their first lead.Jayson Castro, regarded as the best point guard in Asia, gave the lead back to the Philippines before China scored four straight, 87-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRomeo, who went 5-of-7 from 3, put Gilas Pilipinas ahead for good with six straight points including a huge three with 2:12 left for the 92-87 edge.The Filipinos started out strong, leading by as much as 17 points at the half, before the Chinese came out firing with a 31-point third quarter attack.center_img View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But armed with grit and composure amid China’s fierce comeback, Gilas Pilipinas never let its foe pull away and tried to douse every Chinese run early in the fourth.An 8-0 blast from China made it 83-82, but their Ailun Guo fouled out with 4:42 left, leaving the Chinese without their best option down the stretch. Guo wound up with 18 points.Christian Standhardinger added 15 points on an efficient 75% shooting clip while Jayson Castro and Matthew Wright added 13 and 12 points, respectively.Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood also made good on defense with five and three blocks, respectively.The Philippines, who is playing undermanned sans injured June Mar Fajardo, continues its group stage conquest on Friday against Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from FibaAsia.comPhilippines pulled off a stunning upset over China, 96-87, to open its campaign in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.Terrence Romeo carried the Filipinos in a mesmerizing showing against their Asian rivals where he finished with 26 points, including eight of the Philippines last 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more