Esther doubles up at Par 3 championship

first_img17 Aug 2017 Esther doubles up at Par 3 championship Hampshire’s Esther Sparrow pulled off a double triumph in the English women’s Par 3 championship, winning the individual title and helping her team to victory at Ampfield Golf Club, in her home county. Esther doubles up at Par 3 championship  This was the second time the trio had played in the competition. “I didn’t have a great round and neither did my team-mates,” remembered Esther. “We were determined to come back and I’m delighted to win, for me and the team. It’s so fantastic that we did that.”  Esther, an eight-handicapper from Blackmoor Golf Club, scored net 55 and won on countback from Celia Woolston of Worldham Park, also in Hampshire.  This was the second time the trio had played in the competition. “I didn’t have a great round and neither did my team-mates,” remembered Esther. “We were determined to come back and I’m delighted to win, for me and the team. It’s so fantastic that we did that.”  Hampshire’s Esther Sparrow pulled off a double triumph in the English women’s Par 3 championship, winning the individual title and helping her team to victory at Ampfield Golf Club, in her home county Two birdies in the last three holes proved crucial, helping her to play the back nine in one-under par gross. “The putt on the last was tracking and I thought ‘that’s a bit hard’ but never mind, it went in,” said Esther. “That birdie on the last sealed the deal.”  Click here for full scores   The popular championship provides a mix of good competition and a dash of garden party atmosphere – helped by a glass of Pimm’s and a slice of cake for the competitors.  The team win was much more comfortable. Esther and fellow Blackmoor members, Nicki Corkill and Annie Murgatroyd, scored a total of 178 and won by seven shots from teams from Alresford and Corhampton, both in Hampshire.  The popular championship provides a mix of good competition and a dash of garden party atmosphere – helped by a glass of Pimm’s and a slice of cake for the competitors.  “Ampfield is a fantastic course,” said Esther. “It’s an amazing challenge, a fun place to play and really good for your short game. I had a great day.” “Ampfield is a fantastic course,” said Esther. “It’s an amazing challenge, a fun place to play and really good for your short game. I had a great day.” The team win was much more comfortable. Esther and fellow Blackmoor members, Nicki Corkill and Annie Murgatroyd, scored a total of 178 and won by seven shots from teams from Alresford and Corhampton, both in Hampshire.  Two birdies in the last three holes proved crucial, helping her to play the back nine in one-under par gross. “The putt on the last was tracking and I thought ‘that’s a bit hard’ but never mind, it went in,” said Esther. “That birdie on the last sealed the deal.”  Click here for full scores   Esther, an eight-handicapper from Blackmoor Golf Club, scored net 55 and won on countback from Celia Woolston of Worldham Park, also in Hampshire.  Tags: Par 3last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2015

first_imgPeter Eurton7112111117%$659,166 Mark Glatt56810914%$430,222 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Corey Nakatani11219111617%$932,848 Rafael Bejarano21051312724%$2,344,288 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer13626192119%$3,038,128 Tyler Baze23129242813%$1,639,414 Elvis Trujillo17221191512%$1,182,420 Fernando Perez15115181510%$688,300 Joseph Talamo19723203212%$1,522,440 Brice Blanc4472416%$289,460 Martin Pedroza14114201810%$603,024 Peter Miller12021251318%$1,162,406 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won -30- Drayden Van Dyke16718202111%$1,149,616 Santiago Gonzalez8510101312%$536,064 Michael Pender3866316%$172,240 Philip D’Amato571210921%$568,340 John Sadler10114151514%$903,584 Bob Baffert8318151122%$1,673,492 Mario Gutierrez8661097%$373,190 Kent Desormeaux15629301919%$1,676,700 Hector Palma2664123%$142,120 Thomas Proctor4266314%$491,278 TEXAS RED WORKS HALF MILE IN RETURN TO SANTA ANITA            Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, walking a tightrope without a net in his quest to make the Kentucky Derby on May 2, had his first breeze Saturday morning since recovering from an abscessed right foot, working a half mile in 51.40 under exercise rider Humberto Tellez.“I got him in 51 flat,” said part owner and trainer Keith Desormeaux. “It’s about what we wanted. Today doesn’t mean anything; it’s next week when you’re gonna let him roll. Next Saturday, you’ll see some real work.”The workout marked the first recorded drill for Texas Red since Jan. 24, prior to his impressive runner-up finish by a neck to Lord Nelson in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1. Following that race, Texas Red’s first as a 3-year-old, he was shipped to the Premier Equine Center in Oakdale, about five hours north of Santa Anita in California’s Central Valley, to recover from the abscess. He returned to Santa Anita last Sunday.Desormeaux hopes use either the April 4 Santa Anita Derby or the April 11 Arkansas Derby as a steppingstone to the Run for the Roses.Desormeaux said Friday morning that Texas Red’s “next race will depend on the liveliness of his works; is he finishing well, is he galloping out well, is he coming back after the works in good shape?”Keith added that his brother, Kent, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, would work Texas Red next out. “We’ll put him on next week,” Keith said. “He wants to go too fast.”SHIRREFFS KNOWS A CHAMPION WHEN HE SEES ONEJohn Shirreffs knows a great horse when he sees one. He trained Zenyatta.He’s seen Shared Belief run, too, and while the gelded son of Candy Ride hasn’t reeledoff 19 straight victories before suffering his first loss, such as Zenyatta did, he sure is on a roll, with 10 wins from 11 starts and a valid excuse for his only defeat, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.Heart, talent, determination all come in to play in formulating a champion’s DNA. But there’s more than that, in the eyes of Shirreffs, a former Marine and surfer, who reached racing’s mountain top with Zenyatta, the magnificent mare whose last-to-first running style bordered on pure fantasy.“I saw Shared Belief run in the Santa Anita Handicap, and he looked pretty good, didn’t he?” Shirreffs said, chuckling at his understatement.“I guess you’d have to say there’s the Mike Smith factor, since he rides Shared Belief and rode Zenyatta. But also, I think there are a lot of people at the barn who really care about the horse and give him great support.“It’s a team effort, from the groom to Jerry (Hollendorfer) with all his experience as a trainer. The whole support system just works, and when you get a special horse, it all works together very well.” A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Flavien Prat1101013129%$583,006 Martin Garcia11123151221%$1,690,580 Tiago Pereira1001291412%$412,108 Doug O’Neill13616132112%$811,944 Mike Smith8817191219%$2,071,681 Ron Ellis4793719%$355,880 Gary Stevens8513141415%$1,246,498 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief, No. 1 in the World’s Best Racehorse rankings released Thursday by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, is not definite to make his next start in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 11. “We’re going to look at the race,” Jerry Hollendorfer said on a hot and getting hotter Saturday morning, “but it’s not written in stone yet.” . . . Shared Belief’s lone conqueror, Bayern, who defeated the Candy Ride gelding in the controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic, worked four furlongs in company under regular rider Martin Garcia in 47.60 with Bob Baffert watching with interest. “I’m really happy with the way he went,” Baffert said. Stablemate Enchanted Fortune was clocked in 47.80 . . . Secret Circle, headed to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 28, worked seven furlongs for Baffert in 1:25.80 from the gate . . . Grazenette, nominated to next Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes, worked five furlongs for Phil D’Amato in 1:02.20 . . . Mike Smith rides El Camino Real third-place finisher Conquest Typhoon for Mark Casse in next Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, agent Brad Pegram reports . . .The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, to be run in three weeks on Saturday, April 4, was won 50 years ago on March 6, 1965, by supplemental entrant Lucky Debonair. Trained by Frank Catrone and ridden by Bill Shoemaker, Lucky Debonair would go on to win the Kentucky Derby, and in 1966, the Santa Anita Handicap . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship next Saturday, March 21, in its spacious infield.Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com . . . The Sam Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held March 23 at the California Country Club, 1509 South Workman Mill Rd. in Whittier, with proceeds benefiting disabled jockeys. Lunch, auction, raffle and golf will be available at $125 per golfer or $40 per person and includes steak luncheon, live auction and raffle. Sign in starts at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. in a four-man scramble. To register or for more information, visit thestfoundation.org. Felipe Valdez57811914%$260,578 James Cassidy57971016%$348,800 JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED BACK ON TRACK GREAT TEAMWORK MAKES A GREAT HORSECLASSIC WINNER BAYERN BREEZES HALF MILE Jeff Bonde2990331%$322,480 Richard Baltas58129421%$479,028 Richard Mandella4989916%$573,116 Mike Puype85712118%$362,436 Victor Espinoza14928292119%$1,857,856 Brandon Boulanger11165105%$212,346 Edwin Maldonado1021191211%$445,804 Steven Miyadi3275222%$214,740 (Current Through Friday, March 13) Mark Casse54105719%$777,168last_img read more

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New Horizons medical team conducted 39 successful gynaecological surgeries in Linden

first_img– As hospital records first laparoscopic tubal ligation surgeryBy Utamu BelleThe United States (US) New Horizons medical team has conducted 39 successful gynaecological surgeries at Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) as the hospital also recorded its first laparoscopic tubal ligation surgery.LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Farouk RiyasatMembers of the medical mission posing with John Adams and Dr Pansy ArmstrongThe medical team, which is currently on a mission to Guyana, was honoured at an appreciation and farewell ceremony hosted at the Watooka Complex in Linden on Friday evening.The team, which conducted advanced methods of surgeries over several days, was ably assisted by medical staff attached to the hospital. Delivering opening remarks at the ceremony, LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Farouk Riyasat alluded that it took over a year of intense planning and preparation between the stakeholders involved to successfully achieve the desired results.He reported that during the period of May 22 to 26, female patients from Regions Three, Four, Six and 10 were screened and scheduled for surgeries. From May 27 to June 6, the CEO reported that major gynaecology operations were conducted on 39 patients.During this period also, Dr Riyasat said a total of 26 abdominal, three vaginal and six ovarian hysterectomies were conducted in addition to the first laparoscopic bilateral tubal ligation at the hospital.“By the way, the bilateral laparoscopic ligation by way of laparoscopic method, it’s the first time we’re doing that at the Linden Hospital Complex. And thanks to the training we will continue doing so…”, the CEO boasted as his revelation was met with loud applause from the gathering.Dr Riyasat also alluded to the other surgeries which were conducted as he noted that a total of 55 patients were screened, however, 16 were referred for medical management while 39 received surgical intervention.He noted that seven of these patients were from Region Three, two from Region Four, five from Region Six and 25 from Region 10.This, Dr Riyasat related, shows that the Region 10 hospital has the capacity to facilitate more patients from across Guyana. He further related that the post-operative care which the patients received saw a one hundred per cent recovery rate with zero post-operative surgical site infections in addition to excellent prognoses.He added that the New Horizons team also received full support from the hospital’s doctors, nurses and other medical staff, as he commended the team for its commitment and hard work.In his remarks, team leader of the Linden mission, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Massengill conveyed heartfelt thanks to the Public Health Ministry, leadership and medical staff of the hospital and members of the New Horizons medical team.Massengill, who is also the mission’s lead gynaecological and reconstructive surgeon, explained that this was his third mission. He noted that this was one of the most rewarding opportunities he has had so far as he referred to it as one of the most successful missions. Massengill said this could not have been successful without the people on the ground.While 39 surgeries were conducted, Massengill related that over 129 different procedures were performed, which he referred to as “incredible”. He said this also provided great training opportunities for several members of the medical team. What would usually take 4 years minimum for some trainees, he noted, was achieved in just 9 days.“This is also one of the most successful trips we’ve ever done…Linden Hospital, by far is one of the best hospitals that we’ve been to in South America…This is a training exercise for us…We did over 129 different procedures on patients…”, the team leader boasted.He added that the team has felt truly welcomed in Guyana and has enjoyed every opportunity.Personal Assistant to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, John Adams in delivering remarks on behalf of the Minister expressed gratitude to the medical team for a job well done as he extended wishes for continued success.He noted that while the surgeries are available in Guyana, the team was able to speed up the process over the timeframe to ease the burdens on the affected women.He also thanked Regional Health Officer (RHO) Dr Pansy Armstrong, whom he noted has been the Ministry’s link to the regional mission as he noted that the Ministry looks forward to continued cooperation with the team.Meanwhile, Chairman of LHC Management Committee Mortimer Mingo told the gathering that the committee was grateful for having the medical team, as he noted that its presence and intervention would have assisted greatly in the delivery of quality and effective healthcare which is in keeping with the hospital’s mandate.He said he was appreciative that persons from other parts of the country would have also sought medical assistance at the hospital and as such the team would have assisted in building capacity at the medical institution.In addition, Regional Chairman Renis Morian expressed gratitude on behalf of the region as he alluded to the significant impacts made by the team which he noted has been extended to the lives of the patients who benefited.“Without the surgeries, we would have lost a number of persons…so, the work that you have done would have had tremendous impact, not only on this region but the other regions where the other persons came from…We are indeed grateful…and truly we see you as heroes…You’ve not only made persons well but you’ve imparted skills to our doctors and nurses and professionals in the health sector to follow…”, Morian said.Several medical practitioners attached to the team and the hospital were also awarded for their services provided. Also present were members of the Guyana Defence Force, Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell, members of the LHC Management Committee and Chinese and Cuban specialists.Meanwhile, a total of two staff physicians, four trainees, three anesthesia providers, three nurses and four technicians were deployed to perform surgeries at the LHC.The mission was made possible through the collaborative effort between the New Horizons team, LHC, Public Health Ministry, Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC).last_img read more

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Inconnu Swim Club finishes first in local swim meet

first_img3              Marissa Koehn                        10            Chetwynd Electric Eels                           259-10 Boys – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                       Age           Team                                                        Points1              Kade Schwarz                         10            Fort St.John Inconnu                               412              Ty Haugan                               10            Fort St.John Inconnu                               38Advertisement 15 & Over Girls – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age           Team                                                        Points1              Madison Kinshella                  15            Peace River Wahoos Swim Club            382              Chelsea Kerr                             17            Fort St.John Inconnu                                  363              Emily Metituk                          15            Grande Prairie Piranhas                            3115 & Over Boys – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age          Team                                                        Points1              Benjamin Blackmon                17            Fort St.John Inconnu                               412              Skyeler Kerr                               16            Fort St.John Inconnu                              332              Cale Murdock                            17            Fort St.John Inconnu                               33Next for the Inconnu, two swimmers that have nationally qualified will make their way to Victoria for a meet this weekend. The weekend after the club will be on their way to Edmonton for a meet. 3              Jack Shipalesky                       7              Fort St.John Inconnu                               219-10 Girls – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age           Team                                                        Points1              Catherine Minic                       10            Grande Prairie Piranhas                        422              Brooklyn Brown                     10            Fort St.John Inconnu                             28Advertisement 8 & Under Boys – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age          Team                                                        Points1              Julien Kemp                               8              Fort St.John Inconnu                              392              Maverick Arnold                     7              Fort St.John Inconnu                               29Advertisementcenter_img 3              Owen Lang                              9              Fort St.John Inconnu                               3511-12 Girls – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age           Team                                                        Points1              Jacey Ask                                    11            Grande Prairie Piranhas                          422             Katie Crittall                              12            Grande Prairie Piranhas                          313              Thompson, Keara                  12            Grande Prairie Piranhas                          2911-12 Boys – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age           Team                                                        Points1               Eric Louie                                  12            Fort St.John Inconnu                              412              Logan Schar                              11            Fort St.John Inconnu                               353              Dario Staples                            11            Grande Prairie Piranhas                         3413-14 Girls – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age           Team                                                        Points1              Jayden Forster                         13            Fort St.John Inconnu                               352              Brittany Welsh                         14            Fort St.John Inconnu                               343              Alexandria Hedges                 13            Fort St.John Inconnu                               3213-14 Boys – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                        Age           Team                                                        Points1              Alexander Minic                       13            Grande Prairie Piranhas                          361              David Shipalesky                     13            Fort St.John Inconnu                               363              Luke Weber                              14            Fort St.John Inconnu                               32 Below are the top point getters in each individual category:8 & Under Girls – Individual ScoresPlace        Name                                       Age           Team                                                        Points- Advertisement -1              Annalise Adams                     8              Grande Prairie Piranhas                         322              Rihanna Arnold                     7              Fort St.John Inconnu                               263              Zara Schwarz                          8              Fort St.John Inconnu                               19Advertisementlast_img read more

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Conflicting wildlife

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a suburban dweller with a whitetail deer population, neighbors who know that I like to hunt frequently advise “just come over to my place if you want to see a big deer” and are dismayed when I politely decline their offer. Others question just how challenging a task it is to shoot an animal that beds in backyards and dines in flowerbeds while showing little fear of the folks who provide such habitat. To those who I think might understand, I let my neighbors know that the urban population of deer we support and citify with our gardens and parklands is a far cry from the wild whitetails that I pursue each autumn across rural Ohio. And to those who balk when they spy their camo-clad neighbor loading a bow or a shotgun into his truck, I simply smile and head for the outer-belt and beyond, making a beeline for places where I am pitting my hunting skills against an animal that is widely regarded as one of the most challenging of all big game to hunt. That is, when and where allowed to be wild.In both urban and rural settings, conflicts erupt between the wild things most of us appreciate and the lifestyles and places we have adopted as home. To learn more about how to handle such interactions, consider attending — or sending a community representative — to the annual Living with Wildlife conference, detailed below.Meanwhile, the whitetail rut peaks about now and we all know what that means in terms of deer/auto interactions. No matter the setting, urban, suburban or rural, keep your eyes open and be extra alert while driving early and late in the day for whitetails that will be on the move no matter where they live, following some wild instincts that know no boundaries. Living with Wildlife and Resolving Conflicts ConferenceOn Tuesday, Nov. 15, Ohio community leaders will gather for a day-long conference focused on the role of local government in managing human-wildlife conflicts. The Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Conference 2016 will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on the OSU campus in Columbus.This year’s topics include:• Urban coyote conflict resolution for communities with Stan Gehrt, OSU Extension• Wildlife conflicts — Real vs. perceived with Jon Cepek, Cleveland Metroparks• Trapping nuisance wildlife with Eric Arnold, Wildlife Control Training Group• Goose Management with Greg Miller, City of Solon• Deer sterilization with Robert Rack & Laurie Briggs, Clifton Deer Sterilization Working Group• Deer management – Implementation and city examples with Geoff Westerfield, Ohio Division of Wildlife.For a free parking permit and more information on the wildlife conference, call 614-292-4444.Pheasants releasedThe last rounds of pheasant releases of roosters stocked annually each autumn at two dozen public hunting areas will take place after legal shooting time the evenings of Nov. 3, 11, and 23. The releases begin late each October prior to youth upland hunting weekends and continue until late November to provide hunting opportunities for pheasants during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More information on release dates, locations and bird numbers can be found at wildohio.gov.last_img read more

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Alessandro Gentile signed with Panathinaikos

first_imgPanathinaikos officially announced the acquisition of Italian swingman Alessandro Gentile for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season.Gentile, 24, joins the Greens on loan from Olimpia Milano where he has played since December 2011. Earlier this month, Milano and Gentile had reached a mutual decision for him to be sent on loan, preferably in a EuroLeague team, something which took place with the player signing with Panathinaikos.The Greek club’s new addition will be able to register for EuroLeague from the beginning of the second round of the regular season and he is expected to make his “Green” debut in the competition during the road game against Olympiacos on January.Gentile is also following on his father’s footsteps: Ferdinando Gentile spent three years of his career with Panathinaikos, from 1998 to 2001. With the Greek team he won the 2000 European championship and the Greek league league thrice (1999, 2000, 2001).With Olimpia Milano he has averaged 10.8 points, 3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in the EuroLeague season so far, plus 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 32 assists per game in the Italian League.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism

first_imgJohn Calipari talks to Colin Cowherd about John Wall.John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.last_img read more

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Photo: El Paso Newspaper Mistakenly Calls Washington State “Huskies”

first_imgWashington State mistakenly called the Huskies in newspaper article.Wazzu HuskiesWashington State capped off a bounce-back season with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Apparently, however, the win wasn’t enough to earn respect from the local media. This morning’s El Paso Times headline about the game featured a colossal error: it referred to Wazzu as the “Huskies” instead of the Cougars.Take a step forward if you can report the correct team names in your local bowl. Not so fast @elpasotimes #gocougs pic.twitter.com/YLZ6LalYZM— Jeff (@saomonella) December 27, 2015Of course, the Huskies are Washington, Wazzu’s top rival. So not only did Washington win the Apple Cup over the Cougars by 35 points, they stole a newspaper headline from them.Ouch.[ CougCenter.com ]last_img

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Thousands Attend Independence Grand Gala

first_img Thousands gathered to celebrate the country’s 51st Anniversary at the Independence Grand Gala Story Highlights The event, which was held under the theme, ‘Our History, Our Strength’, showcased the nation’s rich musical legacy The show also paid homage to a number of outstanding Jamaicans A sea of black, green and gold descended on the National Stadium in Kingston on Tuesday, August 6, as thousands of Jamaicans from near and far, gathered to celebrate the country’s 51st Anniversary at the Independence Grand Gala.Among those in attendance were Their Excellencies the Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; other Cabinet Ministers; and Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller.The event, which was held under the theme, ‘Our History, Our Strength’, showcased the nation’s rich musical legacy over the past five decades. The well-organised production took the audience on a musical journey, highlighting past and present entertainers, who have had tremendous successes on the local and international stage.From Derrick Morgan, Ken Boothe, General Trees and Tiger to Junior Reid, Queen Ifrica and Junior Gong, the country’s rich repertoire of musical talent, creativity and innovation was well represented.Not to be outdone were the performances of the uniformed and costumed groups, choirs and dance troupes, who gave stunning performances throughout the evening’s proceedings.The show also paid homage to a number of outstanding Jamaicans, who have helped to focus international eyes on an island of just 2.7 million people. Among the video tributes of the evening were a replay of the Men’s 4×100 meters Final at the 2012 London Olympics; a feature on Jamaican Miss Worlds; and a tribute to past and present Prime Ministers.But, it was the unforgettable feature on the best festival songs over the years which brought the audience to their feet. Both young and old could be seen dancing and singing along to songs such as ‘Land of my Birth’, ‘Bam Bam’ and ‘Mek wi Jam’.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley, told JIS News that this year’s production was different from all other Grand Galas of the past.“We deliberately wanted it to be different…We looked at the Grand Gala over the last several years and (we decided this year) to do a (production) that was totally artistic,” he said.“We brought in dance companies, trained dancers, choirs and we decided to do a musical – different from the other Grand Galas of the past,” he explained.Mr. Bartley said that while this year’s event was somewhat different, it still sought to uphold tradition by highlighting the richness of Jamaica’s culture and history. “You want to maintain your traditions, but you also want to change, innovate and create,” he added.“My feeling now is that the people seem to be enjoying it and that is good, because ultimately that’s what you want,” he said.Mr. Bartley noted that the organisers were able to put on a spectacular show with very limited funding. “The Grand Gala budget was about $50 million and we had to use that in some very wise ways. I have to lift my hat to the creative team that worked day and night to do this,” he said.“I also lift my hat to the dressmakers from the inner city communities, who sat down after the costumes were designed and worked (overtime) to make these brilliant costumes tonight,” he added.Patron, Jean Sutherland, who lives in New York, but visits Jamaica every year, said she was happy to be celebrating the nation’s 51st Independence in such grand style.She pointed out that her favourite segment of the show was the festival song feature. “It was very entertaining and it brought me way back to the (old days), back to Dinki Mini and those things. That’s what festival was all about,” she said.Spanish Town resident, Dave Davis, said the Grand Gala is one event that he cannot miss. “I am a born Jamaican. I am here every year,” he said.Mr. Davis said he enjoyed himself tremendously, adding that the performance from D.J. Tiger was the most memorable moment of the show.  “I haven’t heard anything from Tiger in many years. I didn’t even know he was still in Jamaica, so it was a pleasure to hear his voice,” he added.last_img read more

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Noble Group Grasps Debt Lifeline

first_imgzoom Indebted commodities giant Noble Group has secured a 120-day extension for its USD 400 million credit facility from June 20, 2017.In addition, the Hong-Kong-based firm said it continues to be in talks with potential investors concerning the sale of an interest in the group or its subsidiaries or parts of its business.“Whilst no assurance can be given that these discussions will result in a transaction, they are ongoing and constructive,” Noble added.Furthermore, constructive talks are also said to be underway with bankers in relation to the firm’s revolving credit facility due May 2018. As disclosed, the group’s major bankers, based in Europe, the United States and Asia, have hired legal and financial advisers to “enhance these discussions.”Once the discussion with the banks is concluded, Noble expects to complete its strategic review, which will mostly likely result in an asset realization program “to maintain liquidity and a further reduction in overhead expenses.”The group, which manages a portfolio of global supply chains across a range of industrial and energy products, including iron ore, energy coal and grains, has been fighting for survival for several years now.Noble has over 100 vessels on charter, which are either owned, bareboat, time charter period or hired for single trips, the company’s website info shows.last_img read more

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