Great Portland Estates appoints new chief executive

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‘Fight Island’ opens with three UFC titles up for grabs

first_imgThe UFC’s “Fight Island” venue comes into operation on Saturday as UFC 251 takes place in Abu Dhabi, with three title fights and a set of health and safety measures in place due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.The card is the first of four to be held at a purpose-built facility which is part of a “safe zone” on Yas Island, east of the city of Abu Dhabi and close to the airport.The zone contains the fight venue and training facilities as well as several hotels and restaurants, and access is strictly controlled. Topics : Fighters have been instructed to gather at one of a number of departure points to be tested and quarantined before travelling to the United Arab Emirates, with further tests on-site both before and after the event.With the sporting calendar virtually wiped out by the pandemic, Mixed Martial Arts was one of the first sports in the US to stage events again, with three cards in Jacksonville, Florida in May followed by five at the UFC’s APEX facility in Las Vegas.Despite the organizers’ best efforts, COVID-19 has still had an impact on the UFC 251 card as contender Gilbert Burns was ruled out of his welterweight title clash with Kamaru Usman following a positive test for the virus.He will be replaced in the main event by the hugely popular Jorge Masvidal, while Alexander Volkanovski puts his featherweight title on the line against Max Holloway and Petr Yan and Jose Aldo go head-to-head for the vacant bantamweight belt.The venue will host further events on July 15, July 18 and July 25 before UFC returns to Las Vegas. Volkanovski, however, said the venue makes little difference to the fighters.”I usually adapt to whatever is in front of me, I just go through the process,” he told reporters at a media event on Wednesday.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, May 25, 2020, in honor of Memorial Day.“Each Memorial Day, we recognize and honor the brave men and women of our armed forces who sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedom,” said Governor Wolf. “It is our duty to remember their bravery and commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations can enjoy a safer world.”In accordance with the recent Presidential Flag Order, the US flag should immediately be lowered to half-staff in honor of COVID-19 victims nationwide over the next three days and lowered again in honor of Memorial Day. Commonwealth flags have already been lowered to, and shall remain at, half-staff until a date to be announced to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day May 22, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ron Green is a political failure says La Plaine MP

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Hon. Petter Saint Jean. (file photo)Member of Parliament (MP) for La Plaine Petter Saint. Jean has told residents of his constituency that their former MP Ronald Green is a political failure.He told the Women’s Arm of the Dominica Labour Party meeting in La Plaine on Sunday that Green has failed in all aspects of his political career.“Ron Green has failed as the Opposition leader, as political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), he has failed at anything and everything he has put his hands too,” he said.According to Saint. Jean, the UWP fired Ron Green as their leader and “he did not even have the energy to fight and resist. He could not even put up resistance when Edison James fired him as political leader,” he continued.Saint. Jean also promised to continue to champion the cause of the people of La Plaine, Delices and Morne Jaune.“I will fight for you in the Cabinet, in the parliament of Dominica. I will fight for the children, the underprivileged children of Delices and the children of La Plaine, for the children of Dominica. I will fight because with the DLP your children, your future, they have bright days ahead of them. I will fight for farmers who have problems accessing our farms because of poor road conditions. I will continue to fight for you, the young people who are crying for mentors, employment …I promise I will fight for the youths of Dominica, the elderly and everyone. I don’t care what they say; I will fight for the interest of all the elderly including my 71 year old who dragged me to the courts of law. I will fight for the single parent families,” he said.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Saint. Jean also indicated that he would give his life to ensure that every child in Dominica receives primary, secondary and tertiary education. Meanwhile Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Sunday’s meeting that Mr. Green has failed to provide plans and programs geared at economic enchantment.“There is nowhere in Dominica where you can find a single line of word in which Ron Green articulated a vision for Dominica in going forward. He wanted Dominicans to get on a bus that is destined for nowhere. I am thankful that you choose otherwise. Have you ever heard him say how he will improve the fortunes of farmers in the agriculture sector? Have you ever heard him outline a plan for the banana industry in La Plaine?” Skerrit questioned.He said Greens plans for education and job creation is also not available.“Can you imagine what would have happened in Dominica if this American man was placed at the commanding heights,” he asked.According to the Prime Minister, Mr. Green is not the only culprit, as he says there are several the other contending leaders of the UWP who are just as guilty.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 114 Views   no discussions LocalNews Ron Green is a political failure says La Plaine MP by: – January 30, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Bravo expected to meet with Cricket West Indies

first_imgEMBATTLED West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is expected to meet with Cricket West Indies (CWI) officials in order to attempt to settle recent disputes.Bravo was axed from the regional squad in November of last year following a controversial Tweet, which labelled CWI president Dave Cameron an “idiot”.The player had taken exception to comments made by Cameron, which suggested that Bravo had been given a Grade C retainer due to ‘poor performances’ having also failed to deliver after previously being given an A retainer. Bravo had only been previously given a B retainer.Bravo had been asked to remove the Tweet and given 24 hours to issue an apology. Both requests were initially ignored.Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) official Suruj Ragoonath confirmed that the meeting was scheduled to take place via Skype to assess the player’s immediate future.“The WICB has invited Darren Bravo to a meeting. We expect that a determination will be made concerning his selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the West Indies teams following this meeting,” Ragoonath told Guardian T&T.“Until the matter has been resolved and the parties have agreed on a position, Mr Bravo would not be allowed to participate in the current Regional Digicel 4-Day, nor would he be eligible for selection for the West Indies. The WICB awaits a response from Mr Bravo regarding the meeting invitation.” ( read more

Williamson eager to team up with Tridents

first_imgNEW Zealand international captain and Tridents marquee player Kane Williamson is eager to take on the best bowlers in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), especially with Dwayne Smith as his partner.Williamson, who is currently representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, will be at the other end when Smith unleashes his trademark power in the 2017 edition of the Hero CPL this summer.Known more for his technical excellence than overwhelming power, 26-year-old Black Caps star Williamson and Smith should make the perfect pair when they pad up for the Tridents starting on the weekend of August 5-6 against the Jamaica Tallawahs in Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida.“Dwayne is a dynamic and powerful opening batter,” Williamson said. “Having the opportunity to open with him is something that I am looking forward to and I think our different styles should complement each other.”Individually Williamson and Smith have produced impressive Twenty20 records to date. Smith has scored 6 776* T20 runs while Williamson adds 2 658* runs (*stats accurate up until May 2 2017), not for their national teams but while playing international club tournaments.Together Smith and Williamson are set to lay a platform for a formidable Tridents batting line up which also features international stars Shoaib Malik and captain Kieron Pollard.The prospect of playing on a high-powered Tridents side intrigues the New Zealand skipper.“It’s very exciting to join a strong franchise like the Tridents”, Williamson added, “And I am looking forward to getting over and meeting the team. Hopefully I can do my bit in helping the Tridents have a successful year.”last_img read more

HRI outlines industry priorities in five-year strategy

first_imgShare HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement May 28, 2020 Submit Irish racing gets green light to resume in June May 15, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon UK Tote secures agreement with HRI and Tote Ireland April 28, 2020 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has set out six strategic priorities for the Irish racing industry as part of its new five-year strategic plan.The new strategy, which will run from 2020 through to 2024, is hoped to increase the annual economic contribution of the industry to €2.5 billion, as well as provide a boost annual attendances to 1.5 million.Horse Racing Ireland Chairman Nicky Hartery stated: “The most recent analysis shows that for every euro of government support the racing and breeding industry receives, it returns over €30 to the economy, mostly in rural Ireland.“This strategic plan seeks to build on that dynamic and further grow what is a sustainable and indigenous industry. Horse racing and breeding play a vital role in the rural economy and the delivery of this plan will increase the positive impact the industry has all over the country.”Also highlighted in the strategy, HRI revealed its plans to increase the number of fixtures to 416, while also upping the minimum race value to €12,500.Hartery continued: “The areas we have identified that will deliver our vision are: increased participation at all levels; a focused plan to broaden the interest and appeal of racing; ensuring that we have the best employment policies for our industry; and building on our strong record to ensure the best-in-class integrity and equine welfare standards. All of this will need investment and that is contingent upon delivery of a sustainable funding model for our industry.“Following a series of changes in betting tax arrangements, off course betting duty collected by the government in the year amounted to €94m in 2019. This figure comfortably exceeds Exchequer funding provided to horse racing and a projected growth in these receipts in the coming years will allow for a progressive increase in funding to €98m by 2024 at a reduced cost to the Exchequer.”HRI’s strategic plan outlines actions that will drive an increase in the return on government investment, significantly improve the worth of the industry to the rural economy and build on the numbers employed across the country.HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh added: “The aim of broadening the interest and appeal will focus on raising the profile of horseracing in Ireland. There will be a greater emphasis in the promotion and marketing of racing by the racecourses themselves and, in turn, growing sponsorship and brand activation of Irish horse racing.“Attendance figures continue to grow. It is important that this trend continues and we are confident of reaching our targets by broadening interest and appeal in Irish horse racing with a number of initiatives including continued roll-out of the racecourse Wi-Fi scheme, a loyalty programme and an enhanced advance tickets sales strategy which will be in place by next year with the target of 1.5m racegoers in 2024.“A contribution of up to €30m will be put towards a new capital development scheme of at least €70m to support racecourses throughout Ireland, improving facilities for both customers and those working in the industry. One of the key projects within the new fund will be the creation of a second all-weather track as part of a major redevelopment of Tipperary Racecourse and its surroundings, and the provision of one stable per horse for runners at all racecourses by 2022.”Hartery concluded: “We will strive to do even better for our people and our horses through continued strong support, improving employment standards, communication and enhancing welfare support services to all those working in what can be a demanding industry.“Through working with the IHRB, we will ensure that Irish racing operates to the highest standards of integrity and fairness. A multi-annual funding framework will allow the IHRB to provide world class regulatory services for the racing industry and working with the IHRB, Weatherbys and the relevant sections within the Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, we will continue to implement a ‘whole of life’ traceability system for all thoroughbreds.“HRI will support the essential establishment of a new equine health and welfare campus and ensure that best practice in equine welfare is adopted throughout the industry.”last_img read more

Skirts on the Pitch: Documentary on women in football

first_imgThe modern global game of football was first codified in 1863 in London. At the time it was only men who played football but the game has for some decades now evolved with women also taking part at the highest level in countries including Ghana.Joy Sports Benedict Owusu has put together a hotline documentary about how women’s football started in Ghana and the struggle and frustration girls go through playing football in this country.last_img

WHS Daily Bulletin: The naming the mascot contest is whittled down to 4

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