In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgwin Division TwoIn the Division Two final, Peak Bottling defeated Sagicor Group 2-0 in the final thanks to goals from Maurice Ricketts in the 41st minute and Andrew Morrison in the 84th.Division One champions Petrojam won a third trophy on Wednesday when beating Peak Bottling 3-1 in the Challenge Shield match at Barbican. Goals from Andrew Christie, Leon Strickland, and Jarron Richards sealed the issue, while Andrew Morrison got a consolation goal for the Emelio Clarke-coached Peak Bottling in the 74th minute.Petrojam will play St Ann Business House champions Couples next Saturday in the all-island Champion of Champions final.Spit Fyan are Petrojam are BH Remember’ CupOrville Henriques showed his dominance of Professional Practical shooting at the local level when he won the latest challenge match dubbed ‘September to Remember’ at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club.Henriques tallied the maximum attainable score of 670 points after winning all eight stages. It was the highest margin of victory in recent years. Ellsworth Dixon, who finished second on two stages, was the runner-up with 70 per cent, gaining 471 points. Third and fourth, respectively, were female shooter Sue Ann Henriques and Evan Grant.Cleon Stewart was fifth, Thomas Jones sixth, and Owen Campbell seventh. Young shooter Desmond Prince made the top 10 for the first time with a creditable 246 points.Howie Chin Memorial Cup, October 2The fifth staging of the Howie Chin Memorial Football Cup for preparatory schools in Manchester will take place next Friday. Hosts for the opening games and dress parade will be defending champions Mt St Joseph Prep. Start time is noon.The competition is named in honour of Howie Chin, the former Manchester FA executive and previous owner of Brumalia House, which is also a current sponsor of the Manchester KO Cup.Eight teams will participate. one-day rallyBank of Jamaica (BoJ) won the Interbank five-a-side one-day rally at the NWC playing field last Sunday, clipping Jamaica National 1-0 in the final through a Roger Bucknor goal.Many-time champions Scotiabank, who were beaten in the semis by Jamaica National, won the dress parade for the 14th time, however, ahead of BoJ. The Interbank league kicks off tomorrow with two matches: defending champions Scotiabank vs BoJ at Alpha starting at 1:30 p.m. and Jamaica National vs NCB at 3:30 p.m.Peak Bottlingcenter_img mid-season champsCaribbean Classic’s unbeaten run in the 2015-2016 Jamaica Domino Council Association League came to an end as arch-rivals Spit Fyah overpowered them 300-267 in the mid-season final last Sunday.The Bayside, Portmore-based team assumed a 28-point lead (153-125) at half-time and never looked back.The teams will now focus on League play, which will resume tomorrow with a full slate of matches.George Lee Memorial 5K road race tomorrowThe George Lee Memorial 5K Run/Walk Road Race is on tomorrow starting at the Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portsmouth, St Catherine. Warm-up is at 6:15 a.m., with the race set to begin at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds of the event will go towards a children’s scholarship/ grant fund and a senior citizens recreational centre. The entry fee for individuals is $1000. For groups of 10 the fee is $800 per person. George Lee, affectionately called Mr Portmore, was instrumental in Portmore becoming a municipality. He was the first directly elected mayor of Portmore. He is also the only man to serve as mayor twice. Dover Lawrence of Sun City Radio and Dana Thomas of Bridgeport High School were last year’s male and female winners, respectively.90 juniors vie for Guardian Life Open titlesOver 90 of Jamaica’s best junior players will vie for Titles at The Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Tournament at the Liguanea Club.The tournament is scheduled to begin this morning at 9 o’clock with players, vying for trophies. The categories are Boys’ 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 and Girls beginners, intermediary and advanced levels.In addition to trophies, the winners in each category will also receive points toward their national ranking. The semi-finals will be played tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the finals scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. The closing and presentation ceremony will follow directly after the finals.Portsmouth Primary Football RallyThe Portsmouth Primary one-day football rally will be played next Friday, October 2 on the school grounds. Registration is set for 9 a.m., and matches are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.Entry fee is $3,000 and must be paid by Thursday, October 1. The main aim of the competition is to promote and develop football within the schools and build the confidence of young players, while providing the experience needed for upcoming competitions. The competition is open to both primary and preparatory schools in Jamaica. The event was last contested in 2013, where McAuley Primary won from Spanish Town. They defeated the host school 3-2.South East St Catherine Domino League returnsUnbeaten Passagefort United will host Garveymeade at Myrtle Way when the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League returns with three games tomorrow. In other encounters, Waterford take on Westmeade Rising Stars at Waterford, while Cumberland are at home against Portsmouth.Recently, Passagefort thwarted the challenge of Westmeade Rising Stars 250-242 to jump to maximum 28 points from seven games, 10 points clear of Waterford (18 points).Waterford beat Garveymeade 250-226 in their last match. Ken’s Wildflower (18 points) beat Cumberland 250-242. Garveymeade (17 points) have dropped to fourth place, while Cumberland are fifth with 17 points, Westmeade, sixth with 11 points. Portsmouth are at the foot, of the table on two points.Wint returned as Manchester FA bossDalton Wint was re-elected to serve another two-year term as president of the Manchester FA at the parish’s annual general meeting recently.In winning his fourth straight term, Wint defeated challenger Duane James 27-14. Baron Watson was returned as first vice-president, but there is now a new second vice-president in Dudley Powell. Powell takes the post that was vacated by Nyron Goodhall. Janice Grant was returned as treasurer and Clarence Jackson as general secretary.There are two new faces on the executive committee. They are Omar Robinson and Derick Reid. Donovan Senior, Brian Sterling, and Cranston Kelly remain members of the executive.Henriques lands ‘September to Football championsPetrojam completed the Business House football double last Saturday when they defeated the previously unbeaten GraceKennedy 3-2 on penalty kicks in the KSAFA/Western Sports Division One final at Barbican playing field.The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam, which won the knockout title earlier this month, were winning the Division One title for the fifth time in the last six years.In a closely contested league final, Petrojam and GraceKennedy played to a 1-1 stalemate in regulation and extra time.Petrojam took the lead through Arnett Gardens Premier League player Jarron Richards in the 74th minute, beating the Grace goalkeeper, Edsel Scott, from close range.Despite having to play with 10 men from the 64th minute when Kerat HoSang was shown the red card for dangerous play, GraceKennedy gained the equaliser from Adrian Coley, his header beating goalkeeper Damion Hyatt in the 83rd minute.BoJ win Interbanklast_img read more

Groves withdraws from world title fight

first_imgGeorge Groves has pulled out of his world title fight against WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz because of an injury.The 24-year-old from Hammersmith was due to challenge Stieglitz in Germany next month but the bout has been called off. It is hoped it can be rescheduled for later this year.Groves, the British and Commonwealth champion, recently withdrew from a planned rematch with Scotland’s Kenny Anderson because of a back problem. Details of his latest injury have not been released.In a statement, Groves said: “We tried to work through it, but soon realised I wouldn’t be able to perform the training needed to prepare for this fight. I hope this problem will be quickly sorted and cause only a short delay.“I am truly sorry to everyone who will be affected by this. This is without doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make, and I am gutted, but nothing worth having is given away.“It has only made me more determined to achieve my goal of becoming world champion.”See also:Groves to fight for world titleGroves bout off but world title fight loomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa is open for business

first_imgBrand South Africa chief executive officer Kingsley Makhubela.Johannesburg, Friday, 4 September 2015 – The rand might have been turbulent of late and the GDP might have shrunk but Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela assures investors that the country remains on an upward trajectory. With a reduction in the cost of fuel, increased foreign direct investment and a halt in load shedding South Africa is, indeed, still open for business.• Download press releaseSouth Africa has recently experienced a rather turbulent week which saw the fall of the rand cause, amongst others, panic among investors, the South African corporate market and citizens alike.This came amidst statistics released by Stats SA which indicated that our gross domestic product (GDP) had shrunk 1.3% in the second quarter raising concerns that the country is on the brink of a recession. This is not comforting coming against the news that one of our BRICS partners, Brazil has officially entered a recessionary period.However, in the same week, we also received news of a significant reduction in the cost of fuel while our country also went into the third week of no load shedding. The operationalisation of Medupi’s Unit 6 means that this situation may become the norm rather than the exception. This will impact positively on investors and the domestic market alike.So, while it may all seem very dire and suggests a very bleak economic outlook for South Africa, perhaps there are some rays of light on the horizon.A particularly good story is one of sustained foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into the country. Inward investment is the most reliable predictor of future economic growth and South Africa’s Gross Domestic Fixed Investment (GDFI) to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) currently stands at approximately 20%. This is benchmarked against the international norm where the fastest growing developing countries have Gross Domestic Fixed Investment (GDFI) to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratios of above 30%. The target in the National Development Plan for FDI inwards is also set against this international benchmark of 30%.The amount of inward FDI into the country also attests to the confidence of investors into our country since domestic and foreign investors are first and foremost returns driven. A range of studies also indicate a positive correlation between investment and the expectation of strong economic growth in a country. This is notwithstanding domestic conditions and some challenges.It is also significant to recognise that despite global FDI falling by 16% in 2014, South Africa was able to attract over R140 billion in the 2013/14 financial year. This is almost double the amount of FDI in 2012.In addition, and contrary to international trends, gross domestic fixed investment into South Africa has been growing steadily since the global financial crisis.Multinationals continue to find South Africa an attractive investment destination. While we have recently seen multinationals like Starbucks and Facebook choosing to explore the African market using South Africa as a base, we may not realise how many multinationals from the most developed economies in the world currently have operations in South Africa: 700 from the USA; 600 from the UK; 600 from Germany; 280 from Japan; 185 from France and 120 from India. Just last week VW committed an addition R4.5 billion to its investment into the South Africa market which will finance its production for domestic and export purposes. This certainly suggests optimism and confidence from the international community about the security of the South African market.Provinces and cities becoming engines of economic growthSouth Africa has also introduced a range of instruments to ensure a friendlier investment climate for multinationals. For instance, the six Industrial Development Zones (IDZs) created between 2002-2014, have attracted a total of 59 investors on site with an investment value of more than R10.7 billion.The introduction of Special Economic Zones which are managed by the DTI, has also created a significant potential for investment:In Atlantis Gestamp Renewable Industries launched a R300 million factory in November 2014.In the Platinum Valley a lot of interest has been shown by several potential investors including: Anglo Platinum and Ballard Power Systems who are looking at the establishment of a Fuel Cell Product Development Plant while Paus from Germany is considering investment in a plant manufacturing mining equipmentIn Musina, a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between the Limpopo Government and Hong Kong Mining Exchange Company Limited.In Upington, two companies have indicated interest in maintenance, repair and overhaul of air transport equipment as well as the manufacturing of PV solar panels.The Dube Trade Port which was launched in 2014 has attracted over R900m in investment.In Gauteng, the China-South Africa Science Park to be located at NASREC SEZ, will become a hub of innovation and technology.In Maluti A Phofung SEZ, the proposed investment pipeline includes: the construction of a rail-based container terminal by Transnet at a cost of R1.8b, the pre-assembly of sub components through utilising the cross-dock facility by Toyota South Africa, the manufacturing of anti-retroviral tablets.South Africa, supporting African economic growth and developmentAnother positive trend that has been observed is that the continent remains an attractive investment destination for foreign investors. Multinationals continue to see South Africa’s infrastructure, financial regulatory environment, governance standards as an enabling environment for their African expansion plans.What all of this suggests is that, South Africa remains an attractive investment destination and is certainly open for business.Kingsley MakhubelaBrand South Africa: CEOFollow Mr Makhubela on @klmmakhubelalast_img read more