Supreme Ventures introduces Quick Sports

first_imgSupreme Ventures Limited, through the brand ‘JustBet’, has been making strides in becoming the preferred brand for sports-betting for both regular punters and novices alike. Wagering on international sports such as football, basketball, cricket, and American football has become a habit for many sports fans as the fixtures of the various leagues run throughout the year. These fixed-odds betting options benefit from the sportsman who is trying his hand at wagering and the seasoned bettor who sees a new more predictable game for his valued betting dollar. Live international sporting events have only a few games scheduled on particular days and only during the respective seasons. This restricts the content available for sports-betting fans and does not provide many options and continuity. On January 14, 2016, Supreme Ventures launched its virtual sports betting product branded ‘Quick Sports’ in 10 pilot locations. The product is now available to existing and potential customers at 50 JustBet locations islandwide. Quick Sports virtual football matches and horse races allow for five minutes of betting time per event followed by two to three minutes of actual game time. There are nine betting types offered on football and seven betting options on horse racing. The minimum bet on each betting type is $20. The events run on a daily schedule starting at 7 a.m. up to 2 a.m. Matches, races, and odds are displayed using computer-animated 3D graphics on two dedicated TV monitors inside select agent locations. Winnings are available for payment to customers at the end of each event. Currently, horse racing and football are the two virtual games in play for now, however, the game portfolio will be expanded with more sports in the latter part of the 2016 calendar. Quick Sports will be officially launched at Supreme Ventures flagship store, State Mall, Cross Roads, St Andrew, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.last_img read more

Pacquiao, Angara lead Senate five’s title-retention bid

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Senators Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara will spearhead the powerhouse Senate Advocates as they defend their crown in the second Makabansa Basketball League (MBL) starting Sept. 29 at Meralco Gym in Pasig.The Advocates, who beat the Philippine Star in a thrilling three-game championship series last season, are headlining the 18-team tournament which features government officials and employees as well as executives of private companies.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lady spikers lose steam vs Aussies LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teams have been divided into three brackets with the top four teams from each group advancing to the knockout round of the league limited to players aged 30-above.Rebo Saguisag serves as MBL commissioner.  —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBracket A: Meralco, Smart Dream Team, Justice League, Comelec; Bracket B: DENR, PLDT Digital, PNP, DOJ, OSG, Philippine Sportswriters Association; Bracket C: Senate, NLEX, MMDA, DILG. Office of the President, DOE Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Rehabilitation work commences

first_imgBreached Mahaicony DamAfter a month of inundation, farmers and residents in the backlands of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara can breathe easier as the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Developmental Authority (MMA-ADA) has commenced rehabilitating two major breaches along the Perth Canal.MMA General Manager Aubrey CharlesDuring this month, Guyana Times had been highlighting that the unrepaired breach flooded hundreds of acres of farmlands during high tides as well as several residences along Company Dam, New Providence.This newspaper was told Monday that the MMA had deployed a hymac to the area on Friday to commence corrective works but some setbacks delayed the rehabilitation.When Guyana Times contacted farmers who were adversely affected, they related that they are overjoyed that works have finally begun.One female farmer noted however, that while she is appreciative of the works, small amounts of flooding still occurs at high tide. She is of the view that if the situation wasn’t highlighted in the media, nothing would have been done.General Manager of MMA Aubrey Charles when contacted last Tuesday confirmed that works would have begun. Based on an assessment, he noted that some months after the dam was constructed, it settled and thus its height was reduced.“After the settlement, the height of the dam was below the designed level,” Charles had told Guyana Times.The manager also said that the spring tide overflow caused soil erosions which facilitated the widening of the breaches, occasioning heavy flooding.The dam at Perth Canal which was rehabilitated around six months ago when dry weather was prevailing, collapsed shortly after. The farmers had earlier appealed to the MMA-ADA to repair the broken sections but their repeated calls were unheaded.They expressed frustration over the fact that the recent El Niño period was the ideal time to have done the repairs but nothing was done to assist them. Now that the rainy season has started, they lamented that they have to suffer losses.last_img read more


first_imgEver wondered about those so-called scary creatures bats.A batWell now there is a Bat Walk and Talk in Donegal Town next Tuesday, May 5th.The Donegal Association of An Taisce is having the guided walk and talk about bats which gets underway at 8 p.m. The group will meet at County Donegal Education Centre, Floor 2/3 Pier 1, Quay St. Donegal Town.There will be a presentation on bats and then go for a short walk through bat habitats such as the water’s edge and trees in the town.Sonic Bat Detectors will be used to identify bats on the wing.Our guide is Aengus Kennedy, of NatureNorthwest. Everyone is welcome and it is completely free.You’d be batty to miss it!DONEGAL NATURE LOVERS WOULD BE ‘BATTY’ TO MISS THIS GUIDED TOUR! was last modified: April 30th, 2015 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:An Taiscebatsdonegaltourlast_img read more

Ferguson’s damning assessment of Pogba when he was ‘happy’ to get rid of him

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF Pogba with the FA Youth Cup in 2011 Mino Raiola, right, represents some of the biggest names in football At Juventus he developed into one of the most coveted young midfielder in Europe and eventually moved back to Old Trafford in 2016 for £89m and the transfer is said to have made his agent, Mino Raiola, £40m.Fergie had retired by then, though it’s safe to say he doesn’t think much of Raiola either. Paul Pogba upsetting the apple cart is nothing new.The 25-year-old has been looking after no.1 since his teenage years, as he made his way through the La Havre and Manchester United academies.After a much publicised move from the French club in 2009, he won the FA Youth Cup with United in 2011, but a year later, aged just 19, left for Juventus. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 no dice REVEALED 3 MONEY Most popular football news Pogba won four Serie A titles with Juventus before returning to Manchester United in 2016 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 ADVICE REPLY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade United received less than £1million for him and it left Sir Alex Ferguson raging.“Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware,” the manager told MUTV at the time. “It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away, from me, anyway.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Getty Images – Getty “There are one or two football agents I simply do not like,” he wrote in his 2015 book, Leading. “And Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba’s agent, is one of them.“I distrusted him from the moment I met him. He became Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent while he was playing for Ajax, and eventually he would end up representing Pogba, who was only 18 years old at the time.“We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco.“He and I were like oil and water. From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.” It is understood he is now trying to engineer a move to Barcelona for his client and was reportedly in Spain during the summer to discuss the possibility.Speaking about the relationship between Pogba and his current boss, Jose Mourinho which saw the two involved in a frosty training ground showdown, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher insists United should back the boss.“If Mourinho goes you won’t see a new Pogba,” he said.“[Pogba] would have the big clubs going in for him but Barcelona would be the biggest ill fit for him. Pogba plays for himself. He’s not really a captain. He’s let his agent speak ill of the club. He’s not the man.”last_img read more

Flood relief scheme announced for Donegal farmers

first_imgGOVERNMENT Chief Whip and Fine Gael TD for Donegal Joe McHugh has announced that applications are now open for an aid package for farmers in his constituency affected by the August 22 flood.The funding stream follows previous schemes announced by the Department of Social Protection for households and the Department of Defence for small businesses, voluntary groups and sporting organisations.Today’s launch of application forms to local farmers follows the announcement of the scheme by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed last week. Announcing the DAFM Flood Damage Relief Measure, Minister of State McHugh said: “All strands of Government and all Ministers in Cabinet have worked hard to support local people in Donegal in a time of great need.“The remnants of Hurricane Gert hit north Donegal on the night of August 22, hitting Inishowen particularly hard. The storm sent millions of litres of water through parts of the county and caused tremendous damage to homes and communities. This Government responded immediately to the crisis and that included a report compiled by Teagasc on the damage inflicted on farms.“This latest measure from the Government allows farmers access to funds up the maximum allowable under EU regulations, €15,000 for any uninsured losses in the areas of to a) loss of livestock, b) loss/damage of conserved hay or silage, and c) clean-up of damaged agricultural lands and d) repairs to damaged fencing.“I want to thank Minister Creed and his officials who have worked diligently on producing a simplified application form which is now available on the Department’s website.” Minister McHugh also welcomed a short closing date for the administration of the scheme of September 29.“This is to allow applications to be processed more quickly so that farmers can receive the funding as soon as possible and begin to fix the damage to their farms,” said Minister McHugh.“I have met many of the farmers affected and I am continuing to talk to them about this scheme and the ongoing work of Government and the lead agency Donegal County Council and our ongoing response to the flood.”The Minister said the farm relief scheme is in addition to supports being provided by other Departments, as part of the coordinated Government response to the flooding in the Inishowen Peninsula.For example, the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme being administered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, is an income-tested scheme which provides emergency financial assistance to households for essential needs as a result of damage to their home. It is designed to alleviate hardship rather than provide full compensation for damage. As of yesterday evening, 138 people had received payments under the scheme The Department of Defence has already announced the emergency humanitarian support scheme for small businesses, community, voluntary and sporting organisations unable to secure flood insurance is in place to alleviate the hardship suffered and assist owner and local volunteers in getting back up and running. This scheme is administered by the Irish Red Cross with application forms available on their website.Soldiers from the Defence Forces have also helped erect bailey bridges to allow repair work on roads in the area.Today’s measure is part of a co-ordinated response by the Department of Agriculture with supports available to local farmers since the flood through the Animal Welfare Helpline and Teagasc officials who have visited many of the farms in the past three weeks since the flood.Minister McHugh added: “Application forms are available from this afternoon. The Department has also set up a phone line and email address for advice.” Notes to EditorsCompleted applications must be received by Friday 29 September 2017 at the address below:Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,Direct Payments Unit (Flood Damage Relief Measure),Government Offices,Old Abbeyleix Road,Portlaoise,Co Laois.Flood relief scheme announced for Donegal farmers was last modified: September 16th, 2017 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:donegalfarmersfloodsMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

St. Eunan’s College Letterkenny appoint new principal

first_imgDamien McCroary has been appointed as new school principal of St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny.The Castlefinn man, who is a religion and history teacher, is taking over for the retiring Chris Darby.Mr McCroary has been part of the teaching staff at St. Eunan’s since 2002 and was joint vice-principal since 2017, along with Ms Anne Coll. Ms McColl, who is also retiring, has been a science teacher at the college since the late 1980s.  St. Eunan’s College Letterkenny appoint new principal was last modified: June 19th, 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)last_img read more

Call for mental health service rethink

first_img13 April 2012Describing South Africa’s mental health services as fragmented, unfairly distributed and inadequately resourced, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has called for greater awareness, better planning – and a move away from a “hospi-centric” approach to the treatment of mental illnesses.Speaking at a two-day National Mental Health Summit in Pretoria on Thursday, Motsoaledi said a 2008 survey by the College of Medicine found that, out of a total of 302 public sector psychiatrists countrywide, there was one in Mpumalanga province compared to 111 in Gauteng.“We know that there continues to be over-reliance on psychiatric hospitals as the mode to care, treatment and rehabilitation,” Motsoaledi said, adding that South Africa had continued to follow the colonial, “hospi-centric” approach, in doing so neglecting critical aspects of primary health care.People with mental illnesses ‘voiceless’He said it was an offence against human rights and the country’s Constitution to neglect the worst-off in society.Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood and ability to relate with others, resulting in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.High levels of mental illness have been found to co-occur with infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, as well as non-communicable diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.“Because of their condition, mental health care users are often ‘voiceless’, and it is critical that we both give this group the space to voice their needs and then respond appropriately through including mental health in all health plans and programmes,” Motsoaledi said.According to the South African Stress and Health study, the first nationally representative epidemiological survey of common mental disorders in the country, published in the SA Medical Journal in 2009, only one in four South Africans with a mental disorder has obtained some form of treatment.This is in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) surveys that show that between 76 percent and 85 percent of people with severe mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment.‘Not the sole domain of expert practitioners’Motsoaledi stressed that resource, infrastructure and social mobilisation plans and employment targets had to take mental health issues into consideration.He challenged the summit to propose clear targets on the different categories of mental health human resources to be produced by 2016/17, which should include bringing back a post-basic psychiatric course, which had been done away with.“To meet the need, we must increase the production and employment of other mental health professional categories too,” he said.“At the same time, we must ensure that mental health does not become the sole domain of dedicated mental health practitioners, but that mental health becomes integral to the training of all health professionals, especially those that work in primary health care services.“We need to scale up investment in our community-based mental health services and reverse the trend of institutionalised care. We must examine how mental health can be integrated into general health care and particularly into primary health care.”‘We also have potential and talents’Also addressing the conference on Thursday, Dick Shingange, who suffers from psychosocial disability, said that people with mental illness were always considered as “useless”.However, times had changed, thanks in part to new technology, and people with mental illnesses should no longer be bystanders to their personal journeys or allow other people to speak on their behalf.“Work beside us and respect our voices as we also have potential and talents,” Shingange said.“We have potential and can make a great contribution to the world. We believe in an Africa where all people are treated with dignity. We want to be listened to and fully participate in decisions concerning our lives … No one can speak for us.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The simple palate of Nelson Mandela

first_imgXoliswa Ndoyiya, Nelson Mandela’s cook of 20 years, has compiled some of Madiba’s favourites in a recipe book. Mandela really prefers nothing more than oxtail stew, which according to Ndoyiya, is one of Mandela’s favourites. Mandela spent 26 of his birthdays in a prison cell where he ate porridge and soup for breakfast, boiled maize for lunch and porridge and soup again for supper. It is no wonder that when he was released from prison, a traditional home-cooked meal from Eastern Cape was what he longed for most.(Images: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+2711 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Madiba’s life captured in art• Town teams up for Mandela statue• How does Mandela Day inspire you?• World to serenade Madiba • Madiba birthday song a group effort Cadine PillayAs the world prepares to honour Nelson Mandela on his 94th birthday, many wonder what meal would mean the most to the former statesman on this great day.Xoliswa Ndoyiya was Nelson Mandela’s personal cook for 20 years; a career that began two years after the former statesman was released from prison in 1990 after serving 27 years for treason under the apartheid government.Ndoyiya and Mandela’s paths crossed shortly after her husband was killed in the clashes between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party in the 1990s. Mandela had been travelling around the areas of Gauteng province that were affected by the violence and was introduced to Nodyiya.  Since he was looking for a chef, Mandela decided to hire her, marking the beginning of a long professional relationship between the two.“When he married Graça (Machel) on his 80th birthday in 1998, that was a very special birthday for me,” she recalls.“There were many people and a lot of food and cake.”Ndoyiya was, however, not around for what was probably the most unnerving task involving Mandela’s culinary needs. In the midst of the chaos and excitement that had gripped members of his party, close friends and family on the day of his release, there was confusion as it dawned on organising the events of the day that no plan had been made for what his first meal outside of prison would be.“We had no idea what Madiba liked to eat…,” Lavinia Crawforde-Browne, former personal assistant of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu told author Ann Trapido in the book Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela.“…so we thought, well, chicken is the safest thing, and I rushed to the nearest 7-Eleven and bought up every chicken piece I could find and a crate of Coke, which turned out not to be enough and I had to go back.”In her own released book, Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen, Ndoyiya documents Mandela’s favourite recipes, along with his own food-related anecdotes, which gives the book more of a personal setting. He has a strong liking for traditional African food, despite having travelled widely as a statesman.“We don’t just spoil him once a year only on his birthday, we try to make every day a special one for him,” says Ndoyiya, who wears her title of Mandela’s cook with pride and gratitude.Released earlier in 2012, Ukutya Kwasekhaya contains more than 60 of Mandela’s favourite dishes.Making every day a Mandela birthdayFor a man who spent most of his life fighting against the apartheid regime and putting the needs of his country before his own, retirement is a valued privilege.Since his retirement from politics in 2004, Mandela enjoys a peaceful existence in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. He prefers to spend his birthday at home, in his living room, according to Ndoyiya.It is often said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – even Mandela is no exception to that rule. As chef and food writer Anna Trapido noted in her book, Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela, in prison Mandela would speak about freedom as he would speak about food.The anti-apartheid hero spent 26 of his birthdays in a prison cell (mostly on Robben Island), where he ate porridge and soup for breakfast, boiled maize for lunch and porridge and soup again for supper. It is no wonder that when he was released from prison, a traditional home-cooked meal from Eastern Cape was what he longed for most.The role of food in his lifeTrapido’s book takes a different approach to Ndoyiya’s. It is an academic account of the role food has played throughout Mandela’s life, from his childhood and years in prison, to during and after his time as South Africa’s first black president.“We all reveal our most elementary social, economic and emotional truths in the ways that we cook, eat and serve food,” says Trapido. “So why not ask those who changed the world what they were eating while they did it?”In the book she unearths fascinating, humanising stories, and says one of the facets of Mandela’s life in prison was sympathetically revealed in the book through a letter Mandela wrote to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his wife at the time, from Robben Island on August 31 1970:“How I long for amasi (traditional South African fermented milk), thick and sour! You know, darling, there is one respect in which I dwarf all my contemporaries or at least about which I can confidently claim to be second to none – a healthy appetite.”last_img read more

NCGA announces 2017 Yield Contest Winners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices helped corn growers achieve ever-higher yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2017 National Corn Yield Contest. Again, this year, five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 53rd year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members.“The contest provides farmers more than just an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry,” said Roger Zylstra, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations.  Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”Ohio’s state winners included: Ed Mershon, Plain City, with DEKALB DKC57-77RIB and a yield of 227.1275 in the A Non-Irrigated Class; Don Jackson, Camden, with DEKALB DKC64-34RIB and a yield of 298.5093 in the AA Non-Irrigated Class; Chris Waymire, Yellow Springs, with DEKALB DKC63-60RIB and a yield of 295.1273 in the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Class;  Jim Motycka, Napoleon, with Pioneer P0825AM  and a yield of 314.9437 in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class; and Dan Watchman, Napoleon, with Seed Consultants SCS 1125AMX and a yield of 289.4762 HXX in the Irrigated Category.The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 386 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175.4 bushels per acre in 2017. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 542.2740.“So many corn farmers initially join the National Corn Growers Association for the chance to participate in the National Corn Yield Contest,” said John Linder, chair of NCGA’s Engaging Members Committee. “Yet, as they become more familiar with the breadth of activities NCGA carries out on the behalf of farmers, these members become increasingly involved and supportive. Just as the contest promotes the on-farm techniques developed by many single growers to benefit all corn farmers, NCGA’s grassroots efforts join the single voices of members together to create positive change and real opportunities for our industry.”For more than half of a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserved, but the opportunity to learn from their peers.Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2018 in Anaheim, Calif.Please visit National Corn Growers Association website www.ncga.com for the complete list of National and State winners.last_img read more