BCB/Pepsi 50-Over TournamentThe Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday last bowled off yet another tournament in its historic calendar year. This time around, it hosted the first round of the Pepsi 50-Over Tournament.The Tournament is being contested by 11 First-Division teams on a round-robin basis. The teams vying for the top prize are divided into two zones with Zone A consisting of six teams and Zone B, five teams. Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant Cricket Club, Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club and Young Warriors Cricket Club all registered victories in the first round. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets cricket team drew the bye while the Blairmont Community Centre vs West Berbice match was postponed due to the Elizabeth Styles Under-21 Tournament Final.At the Number 69 Ground, former Berbice batsman Kandasammy Surujnarine stroked a majestic 132 which included 13 boundaries as Albion Community Centre amassed 236 all out. Kevin Umroa supported with 38, as Omesh Khemraj (3-26); Latchman Roopchand (2-42) and Naeem Yacoob (2-17) bowled well for Upper Corentyne.In response, the home team were bowled out for 196 in 46.2 overs as Devendra Budhoo (71); Terrence Budhoo (36); Latchman Roopchand (18) and Lakeram Latchman (17) batted well.Bowling for Albion Community Centre, Mahendra Chaitram bagged 4-33, Karran Arjpaul 2-48 and Kevin Umroa 2-25.At the Rose Hall Canje Welfare Ground, the home team created a major upset by defeating Tucber Park Cricket Club by four wickets. Rose Hall Canje bowled the visitors out for 165 in 47 overs with Clifford Lindie (26) and Quacy Mickle (21) being the principal scorers. Ameer Rahaman (2-21) and Balram Samaroo (2-30) were the best bowlers for Rose Hall Canje, who in reply raced to 166 for 6 from 31 overs. Attacking opener Martin Singh was out on 97 while Samaroo supported with an unbeaten 46. Devon Clements took 3 for 20 in a losing cause for Tucber Park.Meanwhile, Port Mourant Cricket Club defeated Skeldon Cricket Club by six wickets at the Scottsburg Ground.At the Cumberland Ground, the Young Warriors Cricket Club making a grand return to Berbice First-Division Cricket defeated Police Cricket Club by 65 runs. Young Warriors made 169 all out in 41 overs, with Kassim Khan (79), Seon Hetmyer (24) and Suresh Dhanai (16) being the top scorers as Jamal Jarvis (3-30) and Brentnol Woolford (3-2) bowled well for the lawmen. In reply, Police Cricket Club was bowled out for 104 in 29 overs, as only Delbert Hicks (36) and Brentnol Woolford (12) reached double figures. Kassim Khan (3-21); Trevlon Stanislaus (3 -15) and Linden Austin (2-19) were the main bowlers who destroyed the Police batting line-up.The Tournament will continue this Saturday with the following matches:Blairmont Cricket Club v Tucber Park Cricket Club @ Cumberland GroundPolice Cricket Club v West Berbice Cricket Association @ BathYoung Warriors Cricket Club v Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club @ Rose Hall Canje Welfare GroundAlbion Cricket Club v Port Mourant Cricket Club @ Port MourantRose Hall Town Gizmos &Gadgets v Upper Corentyne Cricket Assoc @ No 69 Ground
Kelly’s Centra and Diner Mountain Top, your one stop shop for all the essentials this Easter!By request of there loyal customer base, Kelly’s Diner has now extended there opening hours Monday to Wednesday up until 8pm for the Easter Break. Keep an eye out on there social media pages for exclusive offers like FREE KIDS MEALS, FREE DESSERTS WITH THERE FAMOUS JAKES BURGERS AND STEAK SPECIALS.This Easter Sunday from 12-3pm for Sunday lunch, kids eat free.The options of Turkey and Ham, Roast Beef, Hot Dog, Pizza or Chicken Bites. There is something to suit all taste buds! And an exclusive to Donegal Daily Facebook followers, Sunday lunch for a family of four and a luxury hamper from Kellys Centra.All you have to do is like, tag, and share this post!! Pop in next door to Kellys Centra once the bellies have been filled to pick up all the Easter essentials.Great offerings on Easter eggs, hampers and gifts for the whole department.The new Butchery Range is something not to be missed. Mouthwatering meats and poultry to keep the gang happy this Easter!Easter Giveaways at Kelly’s Mountain Top! was last modified: April 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Centra Mountain TopEasterKelly’s Centra Mountain Top
28 October 2009 The South African government aims to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through its Expanded Public Works Programme over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Support for labour-intensive projects Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that a wage-based incentive mechanism was being implemented to encourage government departments and municipalities to use funds for labour-intensive projects. The incentive is aimed at the infrastructure sector, and at non-governmental organisations and community organisations that provide services on behalf of the government. A R50 reimbursement of the daily wage of each person hired will be given, provided that a specified job target threshold is exceeded. The subsidy will be extended to projects in the environment, cultural and social sectors.Public works, community works The Expanded Public Works Programme provided 1.6-million jobs during its first phase, which ran from 2004 to 2009. As part of the second phase, a community works programme, which is being rolled out largely in rural areas, aims to provide work to at least 1 000 people per week on each site in the current financial year. The programme aims to create the equivalent of 180 000 full-time jobs by 2014, and a total of R114.5-million has been set aside for the programme in the adjusted budget.Training layoff scheme Gordhan also announced that a total of 3 438 employees from 24 companies had applied for the government’s training layoff scheme by 2 October. R2.4-billion has been set aside to fund the scheme, under which workers whose companies plan to retrench are placed on training programmes administered by the National Skills Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration oversees the scheme, while the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities provide training.Incentives for companies The government is also considering setting up an umbrella fund pulling together the various incentives offered for businesses to create more jobs. Briefing journalists before his medium term budget speech, Gordhan said the fund would largely be made up of existing programmes and tax incentives, with clear targets aimed at job creation. “We’ve reached a point in time where, if we are going to focus on job creation, we need to take stock of what all of that money is,” Gordhan said. “And secondly, we need to ask ourselves where we prioritise the expenditure of that money, in order that we spend where it’s best needed, and not spend it because it’s been there for the last five or 10 years.” He said a key objective would be to make more transparent the amount of jobs created by the rebates, incentives and support programmes already offered by the government. “I think the country is demanding some answers in terms of where is the trade-off in investments in these programmes and the actual jobs that are created,” he said. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rumble of the engines, the belching black smoke and the undeniable power of pulling competitions make them a staple of many fairs and events through the summer and fall months. Diesel fuel powers the machines but it is the spirit of competition that fuels the events, said Joe Singer, president of the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association.“It’s like a drug. Once you get that in your system to be a competitor, you are going to do it — ‘black smoke ‘til I’m broke.’ It’s an addiction, within reason. I’m not saying that it is bad, but you can get hooked on it. When I pulled a little, we took four antique and farm stock tractors. All four tractors won the championship of their classes two years in a row. It was all about the competition. That’s what makes the world go ‘round,” Singer said. “When you start talking about the national level competitions, it is the same bunch of people that run the circuit. You run into them at each national event, and even some regional events over and over again. A lot of the good competitors travel all over the country to compete against each other. Some even share trailers and they may be the best of friends off the track but they try to beat each other on the track at every event. They loan parts off of their vehicles to help a fellow competitor out, but they are still focused on competing. That is just the way it is. It is a good bunch of people.”Of course, the trucks, tractors and drivers get all of the attention at the pulls, but the excitement would not be possible without the sleds. Singer is the owner of Singer Sled Rental in Darke County and has a fairly unique perspective on pulling competitions in the region after a lifetime around tractor pulls and decades of working behind the scenes.“I never really did a lot of pulling but I have always had an interest since I was really little. My dad always made sure we’d go watch. He never pulled but he liked to spectate and help put the event on,” Singer said. “We were putting on an event and a sled operator came in and asked if I knew anyone who wanted to purchase a sled. I made him an offer and it went from there and before long I owned a worn out, older pulling sled. That was in 2000 and it allowed me to get started. We have since rebuilt and purchased other sleds. That first one cost $30,000, but today if you buy one they are $300,000 for a new one and that doesn’t include weights, the truck to pull it, scales or any of that.”Singer farms full time with his brother and spends his winters hauling grain and scheduling events. The majority of his summers are spent on the road at pulls in Ohio, Indiana and surrounding states.“We have 108 events booked for this year. Scheduling is tough because we do all that from December through April. You have to not only book the dates but you have to see if you can physically make it from one event to the next one and back to another one. Some events I can get there, but I can’t get back in time,” he said. “It gets tough in the spring because of planting season. Scheduling events in May and the first of June is always hectic, but you need to schedule events then to make the business work. In July we have a lot of pulls during the week because it is prime time fair season. My son runs a sled too. He drives truck for a living and works for a very understanding company. They allow him to take a large number of days off work so that he can be running a sled. I have four other people, with full-time jobs too, that help run the machines as well. I can’t do it alone, I’m too busy. Last year I went 10 miles outside of Wheeling, to the suburbs of Chicago, then to a few miles outside of Tennessee, and finally to Bowling Green, Ohio. I appreciate everyone that helps both on and behind the scenes.”In addition to the logistics of simply getting from place to place, Singer also must constantly monitor the details required for maintaining the sleds and hauling heavy loads over many miles.“Most places we take one sled, but there are some venues that take two sleds. Sometimes we take a sled and someone else brings others,” Singer said. “You have to look stuff over after the shows so you are ready to go the next time. Sometimes things break, you can’t help it. You just buckle down, be prepared to fix things and do it all over again the very next day.”The sleds hook up like a detachable gooseneck trailer.“I’ve got several semis for this and I use them for the farm work also. A sled weighs 32,000 pounds empty and every weight weighs 2,000 pounds. We carry eight to 11 weights while we are traveling to an event,” Singer said. “An unlimited modified tractor or super semi takes 13 or 14 weights to get them stopped. We can’t carry enough weight legally to stop some of this stuff. Normally if you’re at an event with that type of vehicle, there are two sleds there so you can borrow weights back and forth.”Though the appeal of pulling has always been the power and competition, there have been changing trends through the years.“Pickup trucks are very popular. The kids today didn’t grow up on John Deere 4020s and International 806s like we did, but they can relate to that pickup truck. Every kid, boy or girl, in rural America drives a pickup truck to school or wants one. They relate to trucks,” Singer said. “Personally, I like the tractors the best, but that is what I grew up with. Even the kids on farms that plant beans with a four-wheel drive tractor don’t relate that to a pulling tractor going down the track. But they relate to that pickup truck they drove home with. That is the trend of the future — trucks.”The agricultural economy also has a significant influence on the popularity of pulls.“There is a lot of agriculture involved with pulling. When agriculture is good, pulling is very good. When prices are lower, like now, numbers fall off,” he said. “Events, competitors, and audiences change from year to year and you just have to adapt.”The high dollar game of pulling competitions also depends on the success of the events that hold them.“For fairs, it can be tough to draw spectators during the week and it takes spectators to pay the bills. Fairs need to make as much money as possible to pay the bills, and the way they do that is by getting people through the gate,” Singer said. “There are sponsorships, which are great and are helpful, but they do not cover everything.”And while the crowd is cheering the pullers on the track, Singer enjoys the satisfaction of seeing his sleds perform the way they should night after night.“I love the speed and the competition and trying to get the machines set so the fans, pullers, and promoters get the results they want. It’s a delicate balance. If it is a 300-foot track I need to get them stopped in that range. You don’t want them stopping at 180 feet or 400 feet, so you have to know how to set your machine for each class that’s pulling. We have standard settings that we use and then we go from there changing the gears, changing the drop on the pan, adding a weight or taking a weight out,” he said. “That is what my job is to get that desired result for the track.”And once the smoke clears and the dust settles Singer loves to be a part of pulling because of the people.“It is in my blood. My son was born going to pulls right away. My wife goes to some events and helps and thinks it is fun,” he said. “There are so many family and friends that help out along the way I couldn’t do it without them, from late night mechanical work, to the laser measurers who can’t move all day, and the numerous secretarial duties, everyone is greatly needed and appreciated. My best friends are in the pulling community, whether they are officials or competitors. These are people I know, people I like and this is where my family and friends are.”
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents and falls, Drishti Marine, a State government appointed lifeguard agency, have identified ‘no selfie’ zones at 24 unsafe points along 106 km coastline of the tourist State. Areas identified in North Goa include Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao; and in South Goa, the signs will be placed at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. These points will have ‘no-selfie’ signages.“Further, signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa,” Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said.The move came following continued reports of drowning. Recently a couple from Tamil Nadu reportedly drowned while taking selfies in North Goa. Earlier the agency had issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season, June to September, as the sea and wind conditions are not favourable for swimming or water-based recreational activities. Red flags have been put up on all beaches marking them as no-swim zones. Drishti lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. daily. Additionally, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency arising post 8.00 pm. Post sunset till midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol.
In view of soaring petrol and diesel prices, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday asked its senior alliance partner BJP to ensure citizens have a stable life even if it cannot bring “acche din” (good days) for them.Details of rising fuel prices in the NDA government’s tenure should also be displayed along with the PM’s photos in the petrol pumps, the Sena said. Petrol prices crossed the ₹78 per litre mark in Delhi for the first time on Tuesday in more than two-and-half months, while diesel was going at ₹69.61 per litre. ‘Acche Din’ was the slogan used by Mr. Modi during the Lok Sabha poll campaign in 2014.“The government has not been able to control the surge in fuel prices. When prices touched an all-time high recently, the Centre intervened. But the public’s happiness was short-lived as prices shot up again,” the Sena said in an editorial written in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana.The government has clarified that fuel prices will not be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), so inexpensive petrol and diesel “will remain a dream”, it said.“What is acche din? People being able to satisfy their needs with minimum money and having spare money with them. Their lives should be stable and their living standards should rise. Of these, what has the government provided in the last four years?” the Sena sought to know.Stating that a few months are left before Mr. Modi’s tenure ends, the Sena asked why the prime minister could not provide stability to the people by reducing fuel prices.“Forget acche din, at least provide stability to the people,” said the Sena, which is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
Roger Federer will begin his Olympic campaign against Alejandro Falla, the Colombian who almost humiliated the great Swiss at Wimbledon in 2010.Federer, who won a seventh Wimbledon title earlier this month, had to come back from two sets to love down at the All England Club to beat Falla in the first round two years ago with the Colombian losing his nerve on Centre Court when he served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.Top-seeded Federer, who is appearing at his fourth Olympics, has been placed in the same half of the draw as fourth seed David Ferrer, who will play Vasek Pospisil of Canada.”Federer is the favourite whenever he plays here,” said Falla.”I know him well and he knows me well, too. I’m going to have to play my best if I am going to have a chance to win this match but he’s Roger and he’s just won Wimbledon for the seventh year here.”Second seed Novak Djokovic, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, will challenge Fabio Fognini of Italy in the first round.Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as third-seeded Briton Andy Murray, who faces Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will meet Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, the recent Gstaad Open winner.Missing from the men’s draw is defending champion Rafael Nadal who pulled out of the tournament through injury.In the women’s singles, the Williams sisters both face tricky opponents in the first round.Wimbledon champion Serena, seeded four, plays Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic while Venus tackles Italy’s ninth seed Sara Errani, the French Open runner-up.advertisementSerena and Venus are two-time doubles gold medallists, while Venus also won the singles gold medal in Sydney in 2000.Top seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is up against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, second-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska faces Germany’s Julia Goerges.Third seeded Russian, Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, plays Shahar Peer of Israel.There is a 64-draw for the men’s and women’s singles, with 16 players seeded in each event, and a 32-draw for the men’s and women’s doubles, with eight teams seeded in each event.Mixed doubles, which is making a return to the Olympics as a medal sport for the first time since the Paris Games of 1924, will have a 16-draw, with four teams seeded.The draw for the mixed doubles is being held mid-way through the tennis event on July 31.