Football fans are in for a treat as the curtain comes down on the Sandals Resorts International-sponsored St Ann-St Mary Business House football competition at Drax Hall today. The title match will feature a clash of the two heavyweights and the last two unbeaten teams: defending champions Couples Tower Isle, and title aspirants Gran Bahia Principe. Match time for the feature is 6 p.m., with St Ann Development Company (SADCo) and North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) in the third-place play-off game at the same venue, starting at 4 p.m. Couples enter the final on a high, scoring 36 goals so far, while conceding just four. They have the most high-powered offence in the league and have looked unstoppable all season. With Mauracio Gordon, Gregory Tate, Dwayne Silvera and Carlos Smith, they have a core that’s the envy of the league. Tate and Gordon, in particular, have the potential to unlock any defence. The Gran Bahia defenders will have their hands full all evening staving of attack after attack. Both teams reached the finals in contrasting style. The champs hammered NERHA 4-1 in their semi-final clash, while Gran Bahai edged a fighting SADCo, 2-1. Gran Bahai will be looking to Kirk Ramsay, the man many believe to be the best forward in St Ann. Ramsay, however, has not been finding the net with regularity, but has the potential to explode at any time. Devon Ward, veteran member of the Gran Bahia team, is confident his team will win. “I know Couples have been playing well all season and we respect them, but we believe in our team and we have some great players. We know the game of football and we are ready,” Ward noted. NERHA hammered
A total of 13 companies have been short-listed as finalists in this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012, the most prestigious business awards in the County.Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal, and the winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner in the Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, Letterkenny, on Friday 23rd March.There are 4 categories in this year’s awards: Business Achievement, Business Development, Emerging Business and Innovation. Edenmore Farm Meats Ltd., Lifford, Inishowen Country Kitchen, Malin and Public Image Hair Salon, Ballybofey have been shortlisted for the Business Achievement Award; La Maison, Letterkenny, Moll Industries Ireland Ltd., Donegal Town and The National Hairdressing Academy, Bundoran are shortlisted for the Business Development Award. Claire the Baker’s, Carndonagh, O’Donnell’s Bakery, Laghey, Stateside American Restaurant, Letterkenny and Castlefinn Partnership Initiative (NorthWest Garden Show) will compete for the Emerging Business Award while Cargo Defenders, Lifford, Farm Feeder, Killybegs and JM Joinery, Pettigo are shortlisted for this year’s Innovation award.Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of the DEB said “This year’s finalists demonstrate the vision and commitment required to drive a successful business forward.“We hope the awards will inspire others around the County to make the leap and work on their business vision too”.There is an award for the winner in each category and an overall winner of the Donegal Business of the Year award. Previous winners of the overall award include The Swilly Group, Gartan Technologies and DS Environmental Services. Each year one of the winning companies goes on to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin.Tickets for the Awards cost €25 and to attend, or for further information about the Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012, contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie County and City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Union under the EU Structural Funds 2007 – 2013. THIRTEEN COMPANIES SHORT-LISTED FOR 2012 ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: March 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Enterprise BoardMichael Tunney
Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has also tested positve for her B sample dope test but the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist has vowed to prove her innocence.Sanjita was handed a provisional suspension for an anti-doping rule violation. The Indian weightlifter, who competes in 53kg category, was tested positive for Testosterone in May.Chanu has decided to present her case before the hearing panel of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in Hungary.If Sanjita fails to prove her innocence before the IWF hearing panel, she faces a maximum punishment of four years, as stipulated for a first-time offender.”The B sample test was sent to Sanjita on September 11 and we will present our case before the IWF hearing panel in Budapest. We will highlight the mistakes committed by the IWF in this case,” Sanjita’s brother Bijen Singh told PTI.”It (the international body) has admitted its mistakes. We are confident of winning the case,” he added.Also read – 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Gold medallist Sanjita Chanu fails dope testShould her fight fail in the IWF, Sanjita is likely to knock at the doors of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.”We will fight for justice till the end. We will do whatever is available to us. She has been wronged,” he added.In the letter which informed her about the ‘B’ sample result, the IWF had given time till September 18 to tell the world body whether she wishes to appear before a hearing panel.Read – Sanjita Chanu vows to prove innocence after doping allegationsadvertisementShe was given the option to be present in person at a regular IWF hearing session, or at an extraordinary hearing, or through phone conference or skype.In reply, Sanjita wrote, “I would like to appear before the hearing panel through my representative (or myself) to prove my innocence.”Sanjita is now mulling whether to appear in person or send a lawyer.”Considering the cost involved for two persons (Sanjita and a lawyer) going to Hungary, we may send just a lawyer to represent her in the hearing in Budapest. But it is not yet finalised. We will take a call on it in the next few days,” Bijen said.Sanjita Chanu demands probe into dope case after IWF admits to mistakeThe IWF, earlier in the year, admitted to committing an “administrative mistake” in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report of her failed dope test.It had mentioned two different sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk on May 15 and Sanjita had demanded an inquiry.The National Anti-Doping Agency said that the IWF’s admission will not have any impact on the actual doping issue.The admission from the IWF came after the issue reached the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO had written to the Sports Ministry to look into the matter, which, in turn, directed the NADA to do so.Sanjita’s ‘A’ sample, taken out-of-competition in the United States on November 18 before the World Championships last year, tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The dope result (of A sample), however, came only on May 15 when she was put under provisional suspension.The ‘B’ sample request was made in June and the result was given to her on September 11.Sanjita has also requested the IWF to reveal the name of the weightlifter whose sample number is 1599176 and which was mentioned in one place in the letter sent to her informing her about her dope flunk.the number had (though mistakenly) appeared in my suspension order, I assume it is my right to know him/her. This will help me in convincing how the mistake occurred,” she said in the letter written to the IWF.(With inputs from PTI)
General Manager of the Banana Board, Janet Conie, is imploring banana farmers to contribute to the Catastrophe Fund, which will provide them with some level of insurance in the event of a natural disaster. Speaking to JIS News following a tour of a number of banana farms in St. Mary on October 26, Mrs. Conie pointed out that following the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, farmers who have been contributing to the Fund will receive assistance in the coming weeks. “What we are asking is that farmers contribute to the Fund – contribute to their own ‘insurance’,” she implored. “It’s a Fund that was seeded with European Union (EU) funding and what we want is for farmers to build the fund to benefit their own programmes,” she added. The Catastrophe Fund, which is a little over $50 million, is managed by the Banana Board and was established in 2007 to help with the speedy recovery of the island’s banana industry in the wake of natural disasters. Mrs. Conie stressed that the support mechanism is a contributory Fund. Hence, farmers will only be able to benefit in the event of a disaster if they have been making regular contributions to the initiative. “Farmers must register with us. At the beginning of every year, we go on a drive and we make it very public. We go out into the banana communities and we really try to get farmers to contribute to their own recovery,” she noted. She said that the Fund only asks for $2,500 per hectare per year, “and with that you’re able to get much more.” Mrs. Conie pointed out however, that some farmers have shied away from the initiative because of a number of concerns. “What farmers are most concerned about is that ‘if I pay into the Fund and there’s no damage this year, do I benefit?’ [But] you cannot benefit from the Fund without a catastrophe,” she advised. Mrs. Conie further informed that in 2010, the Banana Board paid out some $10 million to farmers following the passage of Hurricane Nicole, under the Catastrophe Fund. “What we did was to look at the level of damage. We looked at what the Fund could put forward and then we pro-rated the level of damage per acre, per farmer and we made a contribution towards buying the inputs to get them back into production. Those farmers benefitted quite well,” she said. In 2011, some 266 farmers registered for the Catastrophe Fund. There are more than 200,000 farmers across Jamaica.
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