VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.” Incumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
The diamond was found at the Lets’eng Diamond Mine, situated high in Lesotho’s mountains. The Lesotho Promise, a 603-carat stone, was uncovered last year at the same mine and sold for $12.3 million. A 215-carat flawless diamond found in January 2007 brought $8.3 million. “This recovery adds more to the chapter of excellence for this mine internationally,” said a visibly elated Moleleki. The Lets’eng Diamond Mine is 30 percent owned by the government of Lesotho and 70 percent by a private company, Gem Diamonds. The largest diamond ever found, the Cullinan, was the size of a bowling ball at 3,106 carats in the rough. That finished stone is set in Britain’s Imperial Sceptre as part of the Crown Jewels. By Thabo Thakalekoala THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MASERU, Lesotho – A 494-carat diamond, believed to be the 18th largest in the world, has been found at a mine in Lesotho, a government official said Thursday. The stone was an exceptional quality white diamond, said Natural Resources Minister Monyane Moleleki. It has been sent to Antwerp, Belgium, for auction. Lesotho is a mountainous country in southern Africa ravaged by high unemployment, poverty and AIDS.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Ramsey is interesting a host of big clubs, with Juventus said to be willing to offer him around £10m-a-year to join them Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED 1 huge blow If Aaron Ramsey joins Juventus, he will pick up £10.4million-a-year.The outgoing Arsenal midfielder is likely to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires and he has already been the subject of interest from high profile clubs.Bayern Munich and Roma are said to be keeping an eye on the 27-year-old and The Sun say Italian champions Juve are now putting together a proposal. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? As he will be a free agent, he can command a higher wage and it is being reported Juventus’ deal will be worth the equivalent of £200,000 a week.Ramsey cannot sign a pre-contract agreement with a European club until January – when he enters the final six months of his deal – and he revealed last month he planned to remain at Arsenal until his contract expires next summer, with the club having withdrawn their offer of a new contract.Ramsey joined the Gunners from Cardiff in 2008 and since then he has played 246 Premier League games, scoring 37 goals. ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Popular Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY REVEALED BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars
Prompted by the 2030 Challenge, architecture firm Perkins + Will launches a beta version of a tool it developed to help building designers set targets for energy reduction in new projects and retrofitsBy some estimates, 73% of the energy produced by coal-fired power plants is used to operate buildings. The ultimate goal of the 2030 Challenge, an initiative launched by the nonprofit group Architecture 2030 to reduce buildings’ reliance on fossil fuels, is for that reliance to taper to zero over the next 20 years.One of the responses to that challenge emerged this week. The multidisciplinary design firm Perkins + Will launched the beta version of a software program, called 2030 e2 Energy Estimating Tool, that it developed to help designers set target goals in four areas – energy efficiency, on-site and grid-supplied renewable energy, and renewable-energy credits – when designing new buildings or retrofitting existing buildings.The utility of the tool is not the only thing to recommend it, however. Perkins + Will is allowing free access to the tool, which is hosted on the firm’s website at http://2030e2.perkinswill.com. In a press release, the firm says its release of 2030 e2 is intended as a follow-up to the release of the internal Perkins+Will Green Operations Plan, which details specific firm practices for running a sustainable business.The plan identifies five areas of focus – transportation, office water use, office energy use, consumables, indoor air quality, and office renovations and new construction – and cites goals, policies, and strategies for improvements in each area.
To coincide with the release of Esus’ new Touch Football shoes, the TFA online shop is set to open towards the end of next week.TFA have been working hard to ensure the new shop has the most up to date list of products, technical resources, referees gear and now…Esus Touch shoes!The Esus Touch shoes will soon be available in everyday sporting footwear retailers, but in the meantime will be exclusively available through the TFA online shop.The first 1000 purchasers of a pair of Esus shoes will receive a free backpack (pictured on the TFA website.)The TFA shop can be accessed by using the link on the front page ‘TFA Merchandise’ or by clicking here: TFA ONLINE SHOPTo check out the shoes, visit www.esus.com.au or their specific Touch shoes page www.esus.com.au/brands/brands_esus_touch.html or see the story on the TFA homepage.
The Wallsend Spring Touch Football competition has expanded to five nights a week to cope with the excessive demand. Wallsend will offer Men’s on Mondays and Wednesdays, Mixed on Mondays and Fridays, Women’s on Wednesdays, with Juniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.In lieu of this great achievement, Wallsend are having a two page spread in the Newcastle Herald with a cover story about their success. Growing participants is not their only claim to fame with other major successes in recent months.Wallsend were crowned Club Champions at the recent NSW Country Championships in May in Dubbo with division wins in the Men’s 20’s and Men’s 40’s. Fifteen players and three coaching staff were chosen from Wallsend to represent New South Wales in the upcoming 2008 State of Origin series.Wallsend’s 2008 Autumn Competition’s Grand Final Day was also a huge success with twenty-two grand final games being played and around six hundred spectators in attendance. For more information about the Wallsend Touch Association, please visit their website – www.wallsendtouch.com.au
Chelsea ace Hazard: World Cup changed way people regarded meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard admits he feels his excellent work with Belgium at the World Cup has set him up for this season.Hazard says he is delighted with his current form.He told chelseafc.com: “Personally I feel like I went on to another level because of the World Cup,’ he adds of the tournament in which his country came third and he won the Silver Ball.”I think before the World Cup people thought I was a good player, but after the World Cup they were saying I was one of the best players in the world. That’s the level I want to reach and stay at. I think since the beginning of the season I have done pretty well.”I know I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can improve a lot in the future I think. I need to score more goals; we need to win more trophies. I won already a lot with Chelsea, but when you play for Chelsea you want big trophies like the Champions League, and to reach finals.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday made a major announcement that could help economically weak students in their aim to succeed in various competitive exams. CM Kejriwal announced a big raise in the ‘Jai Bheem Mukhyamantri Yojana’ amount. The Delhi Cabinet approved to raise the amount provided under Jai Bheem scheme from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1,00,000. Along with this the cabinet also decided to include OBC (other backward class) and general category students in its ‘Jai Bheem Mukhyamantri Yojana’ Interacting with reporters during a press conference in New Delhi today, CM Kejriwal explained that earlier the scheme was only for the scheduled caste category students and they were provided with the financial assistance of up to Rs 40,000. However, the same has now been raised. Kejriwal said that a civil service aspirant will be provided Rs one lakh financial assistance for 12-month coaching. However, applicants need to note that this increase in the amount of the scheme will be helpful for students on one condition. In order to enjoy these benefits, the child should be from Delhi and they should have passed class 10 and class 12 from Delhi only. Kejriwal during his media brief also said that an applicant whose annual family income is less than Rs eight lakh will be able to avail the scheme. The move by the Delhi Cabinet comes ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections that are scheduled to take place early next year. Last week, the Aam Aadmi Party government had launched a scheme under which it would fund higher studies of around 100 Dalit students. Delhi’s SC/ST Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam had said that students who have secured admission to M Phil, PhD, LLM, M.Tech and other higher education courses in foreign universities will be able to apply under the scheme. However, one should be a resident of Delhi and their family income should not exceed Rs 8 lakh to avails the benefits of the scheme, he added. (Inputs from Financial Express)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River North School Board discussed a plan for the opening ceremonies of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School at a meeting on Monday.The Board pitched the idea of holding the opening ceremony on August 27th, but that could be pushed back until September if Board Trustees were not able to attend. The School Board will also take suggestions from the City of Fort St. John, the Ministry of Education, and BC Hydro on when they think the ceremony should take place, as all three organizations made sizable contributions to the new school.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier have agreed to tour the school on June 12th, after which they will take part in a meeting with School Board members. The Board also briefly discussed community facilities such as a daycare that would be incorporated in another new Elementary school that is proposed for the City’s Northeast side. Board Chair Erin Davies said that the Ministry of Education has been pushing to have a daycare included in the new school, but has not volunteered to fund it, which has raised questions from the Board. Funding for the daycare will be brought up during the June 12th meeting with the two MLA’s.
In a step to further the publisher’s e-commerce strategy, F+W Media has announced a partnership with Google’s Affiliate Network. The deal, F+W said, enables the company to utilize “easy-to-employ” promotional tools and offer revenue incentives to partner sites that drive e-commerce through F+W’s Web stores. In the second half of 2008, F+W launched five e-commerce-focused sites, including WritersDigestStore.com, PopulatWoodworkingShop.com, MyCraftivityShop.com, ArtistsNetworkShop.com and ClearanceBooks.com. Each site includes products for sale such as magazines, books, CDs and DVDs.According to CEO David Nussbaum, F+W has grown its e-commerce revenues more than 140 percent over the last 12 months. “Increased direct-to-consumer online sales through our community-focused Web stores is a priority,” he said. “Adding this revenue opportunity for our partners is the logical next step.”The Google Affiliate Network is operated by DoubleClick Performics, an affiliate network launched in 1998. It was purchased by Google in March 2008.