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Band of ‘good life’ Ministers once again wasted taxpayers’ dollars

Band of ‘good life’ Ministers once again wasted taxpayers’ dollars

first_imgDear Editor,By definition, an outreach means providing a service or services to people in such areas where they may not have access to such service or services. The recent ‘outreach’ sponsored by the coalition Government which brought various Ministries to the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus at Tain is a misnomer and should be deemed more of a political gimmick and campaign strategy aimed at subsiding the fallout created by the December 21 No-Confidence Motion.Editor, Berbice is not a remote area which is cut off from civilisation whereby the coalition Government is unaware of what is going on a daily basis. Every issue affecting every Ministry is highlighted in the various media including social media. There is a group called Moving Guyana Forward where a multitude of issues are raised and it is a group which has many Ministers and Government officials on it as well as various stakeholders. Furthermore, the Prime Minister’s Regional Office at Port Mourant is very active and would normally receive hundreds of complaints on a monthly basis, resulting in monthly reports being generated and sent to the Prime Minister directly. Therefore, this ‘outreach’ being an attempt to listen to problems and bring speedy resolutions to these problems is absurd, to say the least, and it suffocates our intelligence.Moreover, this coalition saying that they are only effective by listening to peoples’ problems personally and on a one to one basis is simply trying to appease the people to get their votes. It is also an attempt to say that there is a complete breakdown and disconnect between the layers of Government. This is far from the truth since problems affecting the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) are channelled to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) which is then transferred to the Central Government. Issues such as roads, streets, lights, water, drainage and irrigation are ventilated on numerous occasions but when budgeted for, they never see the light of day at the Central Government level. I have seen that a certain Minister on social media said that the Regional Administration of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is in the hands of the PPP and that they are responsible but she failed to acknowledge that the holder of the purse is her Government. The region’s development is stymied by the poor budgetary allocations.It must be noted that the region’s approved Capital Budget for Agriculture for 2018 is a mere $221 million of which $106 million will be used to purchase a bulldozer while $114 million will be transferred to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority for drainage and irrigation works. It will need a miracle from the Lord for this to adequately provide for a region which depends on agriculture. That is the reason why agriculture is dying a slow death in the region. Furthermore, the NDCs will receive a princely sum of $5 million each and are expected to repair all the streets, provide for drainage and irrigation and garbage disposal. This is the empowerment of NDCs which the coalition boasts about.Editor, the plight and woes of the dismissed sugar workers have been echoing incessantly since 2018 and the cries of anguish fell on deaf ears. Are these Ministers in the coalition blind and deaf to the sufferings of these people? They need jobs, they are living in abject poverty and are unable to send their children to school. They have resorted to literally begging from relatives and friends. The coalition is providing training but where are the jobs? There is a limited market for plantain chips, cook-up rice and dog food! Until now, the privatisation process of the closed estate is still ongoing with no information available as to its status. It would seem that the bidders have all since fled. Many of the dismissed sugar workers were hoping to be re-employed. In addition, the elusive $30 billion bonds are yet to be used for its intended purpose, which is upgrading the remaining estates and the construction of two co-generation plants and production of white sugar. On the other hand, heavily indebted small rice farmers are being forced to stop rice cultivation. Their cries are not being heard by this Government. So why an ‘outreach’?The coalition’s band of ‘good life’ Ministers once again wasted taxpayers’ dollars on an exercise in futility. Their ‘shelf life’ has long expired!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

Mexico down Uruguay after anthem blunder

Mexico down Uruguay after anthem blunder

first_img0Shares0000Mexico’s Javier Hernandez goes down from a challenge by Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez-PHOTO/AGENCIESGLENDALE, United States, June 6- Mexico defeated Uruguay 3-1 in a stormy Copa America Centenario on Sunday that saw both teams finish with 10 men after a pre-match furore over a bungled national anthem.A pulsating clash at the University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona saw Mexico take all three points in the crucial Group C battle through an own goal from Alvaro Pereira and late strikes from Rafa Marquez and Hector Herrera. Uruguay’s lone strike came from captain Diego Godin, the Atletico Madrid player heading in an equalizer 16 minutes from time that looked to have secured the South Americans a share of the points.But 37-year-old Marquez’s emphatic strike into the roof of the net on 85 minutes fired Mexico 2-1 up before Herrera added a third in injury time to complete a memorable victory for “El Tri”.Uruguay’s players angrily remonstrated with match officials at the final whistle in an ill-tempered finale that capped a miserable afternoon for ‘La Celeste’.Before kick-off, Uruguay’s players had looked baffled as they lined up for their national anthem — only for Chile’s national anthem to be played by mistake.Copa America Centenario organizers swiftly apologized for the blunder.“We sincerely apologize to the Uruguayan Federation, the Uruguay National Team, the people of Uruguay and to the fans for this mistake,” a statement said, blaming the gaffe on “human error.”When the game kicked off, Mexico took the lead after only four minutes with a goal that owed everything to the guile of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Andres Guardado.The 29-year-old wide player carved out space for himself on the left flank superbly and then whipped in a wicked cross that sowed panic in the Uruguayan defense as Herrera lurked menacingly.Alvaro Pereira spotted the danger but as he scrambled to neutralize the threat, succeeded only in powering a header into his own net.– Godin pelted –The goal rocked Uruguay who struggled to find their rhythm in the early exchanges.Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani almost went close to equalizing on the half hour, but his low shot was saved brilliantly by Alfredo Talavera in the Mexico goal.On the stroke of half time it got worse for Uruguay when Matias Vecino picked up a second yellow card and received his marching orders.Diego Rolan almost equalized after a superb charging run from his own half by Godin, who laid off to Cavani who fed Rolan, only for the Uruguayan to shoot wide.Guardado then received a second yellow to earn a red card and from the ensuing free-kick Godin headed Uruguay level — before being pelted with missiles from the overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd as he celebrated.The game appeared headed for a draw but Marquez rifled home score his 16th international goal in 131 appearances to put Mexico 2-1 up and Herrera added his injury-time third.Uruguay’s veteran coach Oscar Tabarez refused to be downcast in defeat, paying tribute to his side’s “courage” in coming back to level in hostile conditions.“I’m proud of the courage of the team and the way we came back,” said Tabarez, whose side now face a tricky second game against Venezuela in Philadelphia on Thursday. Venezuela improved their chances of progressing with a 1-0 win over Jamaica earlier Sunday.“We are in a difficult situation with Venezuela,” Tabarez said.“We have to try to play well in that game, because if we lose we are out of the Cup,” he said.Venezuela defeated Jamaica in Chicago thanks to a 16th minute strike from Josef Martinez.Jamaica were reduced to 10 men after Rodolph Austin was sent off in the first half while coach Winfried Schaefer was also banished from the dugout at halftime.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United’s Memphis Depay is Lyon’s ‘number one priority’ in January, says boss

Man United’s Memphis Depay is Lyon’s ‘number one priority’ in January, says boss

first_img Memphis Depay is expected to leave Manchester United in January 1 Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has revealed that signing Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is his ‘number one priority’ in the January transfer window.Depay has struggled to tie down a first-team spot at Old Trafford since a £25million move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015, and is expected to leave the club this month.Everton are keen on landing the winger, with boss Ronald Koeman confirming the club’s interest, but Lyon have emerged as another leading candidate for the 22-year-old’s signature.The French club’s coach admitted at a press conference on Friday that he is keen to bring the Holland international on board, although he also said there were various other factors to consider – including the player’s price tag.Read more: Manchester United outcast Memphis Depay ‘open’ to Lyon switchAsked about his Lyon’s transfer activities in January, Genesio was quoted as saying on www.olweb.fr: “Things are progressing. We keep on working.“It takes time, discussions…because recruiting a player now is not easy. I trust the president to get things done quickly.“I have put a priority on Memphis Depay.“He is a powerful player who scores goals and is good at set-pieces. Rachid [Ghezzal] has left for the Africa Cup of Nationa and Memphis knows how to play out wide.“He is a young player with great international experience and a lot of potential. This is my number one priority.“I’m a fan of this player, he has an interesting profile for us, especially as we risk losing Rachid at the end of the season.“But there are several things to consider, including the price.”last_img read more

Man City to visit training camp in Catalonia hours after opening game v Brighton

Man City to visit training camp in Catalonia hours after opening game v Brighton

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is to take his squad to a training camp in Catalonia less than a day after the start of their Premier League season.The former Barcelona boss will return to his homeland for a four-day stay – which includes a friendly against LaLiga debutants Girona – just hours after kicking off their campaign at newcomers Brighton on August 12.City say it is a chance for Guardiola to work with the full squad as some players missed the pre-season trip to the United States.Director of football Txiki Begiristain told mancity.com: “This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp. “We have had some players away on international duty this summer, which means Pep hasn’t had the chance to work for long with the whole squad.“The game itself promises to be a fantastic spectacle, as Girona finalise their own preparations for their debut campaign in LaLiga.” Pep Guardiola 1last_img read more

Former Mayor Boyer wants to fill vacant seat

Former Mayor Boyer wants to fill vacant seat

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Former Santa Clarita Mayor Carl Boyer said Tuesday that he is seeking the appointment to fill the City Council seat being vacated by Assemblyman-elect Cameron Smyth. Monday is the deadline to apply to complete Smyth’s term – an appointment that could give the winner the advantage in the April 2008 election. Boyer likely is an exception, as he said he probably would not run to maintain the seat. “Whoever we choose has the right ultimately to decide to run,” said Councilman Frank Ferry. “You can’t expect someone not to run – they have the legal and democratic right to run for office. I know whoever I choose will ultimately have the advantage of being an incumbent holding office.” The council will be required to appoint someone within 30 days of Smyth’s resignation, which will become effective Dec. 4. Smyth was in his second four-year council term when he was elected to replace termed-out Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. The council cannot act until the office is vacant. City Attorney Carl Newton said it would be a violation of a person’s civil rights to require, as a condition of taking office, that they promise not to run again. Planning Commissioner Bill Kennedy, who is gathering the 25 signatures needed to accompany the application, eschews having a brief stand-in. His term expires in July 2008. “I’m not a believer in having an interim caretaker, it is important for council members to be accountable to the public for the long term,” he said. “My experience and background help me have insights into the issues.” The vice president of worldwide sales at Gruber Systems Inc. and former Air Force colonel was appointed to the commission by Councilman Bob Kellar. His wife, Kathy, served as a field representative for Richman. Kennedy’s term expires in July 2008. Retired California Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Hahn, former spokeswoman for the local station, also expressed interest. She is focused on traffic issues and the speed bumps involved in residential construction in that they often inflate the cost of making improvements. “Maybe I’ll be able to make an impact of some sort,” she said. Hahn has no plans to run in 2008. Bruce McFarland, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action in Santa Clarita, voiced concern about how the citizen panels will be assembled. “If it’s just a front to appear to be a process that values the public’s input, I for one would be very upset,” he said. “I think the City Council owes it to the public to allow them to be involved in the process. If they’re selecting the people who will be selecting the people, it’s almost like they’re selecting the people.” City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Applications are available at City Hall or online, and must be in the city clerk’s hands by 5 p.m. Monday. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Last week, council members declared their preference for appointment over holding a special election – at a cost of roughly $175,000 – to pick a replacement to serve out the remaining nine months of Smyth’s term. Citizen panels will interview candidates and pick finalists, from which council members would choose Smyth’s successor. The council could choose panel members Tuesday. The panel will convene at public meetings to be held in the coming weeks. Boyer, who twice served as mayor, was elected to the first council when the city formed in 1987 and retired in 1988. He submitted his application Monday. “I’m in no way interested in running for office,” Boyer said. “I thought I might be of great value as a placeholder.” Boyer circled the application’s “no” box asking whether he plans to run in 2008, he said. He added, “I think when a person says he’s a placeholder, he’s obligated to vacate that seat. If there were two to three seats open at the same time (in 2008), I might run although it’s very unlikely.” last_img read more

Donegal, Tyrone must do it again as U21 clash ends all square

Donegal, Tyrone must do it again as U21 clash ends all square

first_imgDonegal and Tyrone will have to do it all again in the Ulster U21 Championship after tonight’s gripping stalemate in Omagh.Tyrone 0-14 Donegal 0-14The teams were tied ten times throughout a tense night at Healy Park – and it’s back to Ballybofey for a replay next week after Lee Brennan’s ’45 brought Tyrone level for the final time. Both teams will reflect on a night when they could have won it and Donegal will look particularly to 14 wides during normal time.Declan Bonner’s team hit the front three times in the extra period, but Tyrone levelled each time with Michael O’Neill, David Mulgrew and, finally, Brennan, cancelling out scores by Michael Langan, Stephen McBrearty and Eoghan Ban Gallagher.Tyrone could have snatched it right at the end of the hour, but Donegal goalkeeper Danny Rodgers thwarted Feargal Meenagh with a magnificent one-handed save.From the follow-up, Ethan O’Donnell somehow managed to keep it out and Donegal held onto their lot to force the game to extra time – although they could have had things wrapped up long before then. Donegal had a big goal chance in the 55th minute, but Niall Kelly brilliantly dispossessed Conor Morrisson at the vital moment, while Micheál Carroll was denied by Tyrone ‘keeper Benny Gallon.Kelly’s intervention was key as Brennan’s free soon had the Red Hands in the lead, but Langan levelled the tie again.Tyrone might be entitled to feel that they should have kicked on after hitting four-in-a-row between the 37th and 41st minutes with sub Conor McLernon causing Donegal all sorts of difficulty after his introduction.With Langan finding his shooting boots, Donegal came back into it, but couldn’t get away from the stubborn Red Hands.Brennan and Langan traded scorers in the final moments and the big crowed were treated to another intense 20 minutes. Donegal had to line out without Jason McGee, as result of a shoulder injury sustained while playing for the Donegal senior team against Cavan,Kieran Gillespie and Mark Coyle were also absent while Rory Carr wasn’t risked having only just got the all-clear from a long-standing shoulder problem in the last fortnight, although the St Eunan’s man came in for a brief cameo at the end of normal time.Donegal led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break, but will have been ruing chances missed as they changed ends.Michael O’Neill and Adam Neely swapped early points in a tepid start. Donegal – who showed some seven changes to the team that was listed in the programme – were racking up the squandered chances and Tyrone led by two when Paul Donaghy and Liam Rafferty struck twice in as many minutes.Donegal were level as Dáire Ó Baoill arched over and McBrearty converted a free.Neely brilliantly found the range with the outside of the boot, although Brennan brought Tyrone back on level terms again with a free.Donegal had the lead once more when, on the stroke of half-time, Langan atoned for a couple of earlier misses with a sweet point off his left foot.These teams have become well accustomed to one another of late and it was clear here that the tension was rife in the Omagh air.Donegal began the second half with an instant point as Langan sailed over from a ’45 after Jamie Brennan had raced through to see a shot fly out behind off a Tyrone defender.There was to be no separating them. Not even extra time could throw up a winner and they’re back for another instalment in a week’s time.Scorers – Tyrone: D Mulgrew, L Brennan (1f, 1 ‘45) 0-3 each, M O’Neill 0-2, P Donaghy, L Rafferty, N Donnelly, C McLernon, F Meenagh, J Harkin 0-1 eachDonegal: M Langan 0-6 (1 ’45, 3f), S McBrearty (2f) 0-3, A Neely (1f), 0-2, D O’Baoill, T McClenaghan, E Gallagher 0-1 eachTyrone: Benny Gallon; Niall Kelly, Peter Teague, Conor Shields; Liam Rafferty, Michael McKernan, Feargal Meenagh; Ben O’Donnell, Ryan Loughran; Michael O’Neill, David Mulgrew, Nathan Donnelly; Lee Brennan, Brian Kennedy, Paul Donaghy. Subs: Conan McLernon for Kennedy (half-time), Johnny Harkin for O’Donnell (48), Emmett McNabb for Donaghy (53), Eoghan Murray for Rafferty (57), Ryan Coleman for Loughran (black card, 60), Ciaran McGlinchey for O’Neill (68), Jody McGlone for Donnelly (75).Donegal: Danny Rodgers; Conor Morrison, Stephen McMenamin, Eoghan Ban Gallagher; Brendan McCole, Dáire Ó Baoill, Colm Kelly; Caolan McGonagle, Tony McClenaghan; Christy Fildara, Michael Langan, Micheál Carroll; Adam Neely, Jamie Brennan, Stephen McBrearty. Subs: Ethen O’Donnell for McLaughlin (42), Cian Mulligan for Neely (45), Rory Carr for McGonagle (58), Niall Friel for Carr (61), Danny Monagle for Mulligan (65), Mulligan for Brennan (68), Daniel Gallagher for Kelly (72), Carr for Langan (78).Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down).Donegal, Tyrone must do it again as U21 clash ends all square was last modified: March 15th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Sligo and Donegal youngsters nominated for prestigious FAI awards

Sligo and Donegal youngsters nominated for prestigious FAI awards

first_imgRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team manager Colin Bell, with, from left, Aidan Roche, Intermediate Player of the Year nominee, Tiegan Ruddy, Republic of Ireland Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year nominee, Lucy McCartan, Republic of Ireland Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year nominee, and Neil Farrugia, Schools International Player of the Year nominee, in attendance at the launch of the Three FAI International Awards at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileSligo’s Seamus Keogh and Donegal’s Amy Boyle Carr have both been nominated for accolades at the annual Three FAI International Awards, which take place on Sunday week.Grange’s Keogh is shortlisted for the U15 boys awards, while Carr, who has already represented the Irish senior women’s team, is nominated for the U16 girls award.Derry’s Shane Duffy and James McClean are nominated for the senior men’s award along with goalkeeper Darren Randolph.Duffy is also up for the young player award along with Cyrus Christie and Callum O’Dowda.Megan Campbell, Denise O’Sullivan and Harriet Scott are shortlisted for the women’s senior award.Preston’s Seani Maguire is nominated for the League of Ireland award alongside former Cork City team-mate Conor McCormack and Patrick McEleney, who now plays with Oldham.2017 ‘Three’ FAI International Awards NomineesSenior International Player of the YearShane DuffyJames McCleanDarren RandolphSenior Women’s International Player of the YearMegan CampbellDenise O’SullivanHarriet ScottYoung International Player of the YearCyrus ChristieShane DuffyCallum O’DowdaInternational Goal of the YearJames McClean v UruguayJames McClean v WalesJonathan Walters v AustriaUnder 21 International Player of the YearHarry CharsleyJosh CullenOlamide ShodipoUnder 19 International Player of the YearZachary ElbouzediJayson MolumbyDeclan RiceUnder 19 Women’s International Player of the YearNiamh FarrellyAlex KavanaghLucy McCartanUnder 17 International Player of the YearAaron BolgerAaron ConnollyAdam IdahUnder 17 Women’s International of the YearSadhbh DoyleHeather PayneTiegan RuddyUnder 16 International Player of the YearBarry CoffeyJason KnightMax MurphyUnder 16 Women’s International Player of the YearAmy Boyle CarrAoife SlatteryEmily WhelanUnder 15 Men’s International Player of the YearSeamas KeoghSean KennedyTroy ParrottJunior International Player of the YearEoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic)Chris Higgins (St Michael’s)David Joyce (Clonmel Celtic)Intermediate Player of the YearJimmy Bradley (Cockhill Celtic)Brian Fitzgerald (Cobh Wanderers)Aidan Roche (Liffey Wanderers)Colleges & Universities International Player of the YearSean McLoughlin (UCC)Daire O’Connor (UCD)Ross Then (DCU)Schools International Player of the YearShane Blaney (St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny)Neil Farrugia (St Andrew’s College, Blackrock)John Martin (Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown)Football For All International Player of the YearDavid Bissett (Homeless World Cup squad)Gary Hoey (Amputee squad)Gary Messitt (Cerebral Palsy squad)SSE Airtricity League Player of the YearSean Maguire (Cork City)Conor McCormack (Cork City)Patrick McEleney (Dundalk)Special MeritJimmy Mageelast_img read more

WCU science building, medical offices, radio tower move forward after board action

WCU science building, medical offices, radio tower move forward after board action

first_imgA modern home for Western Carolina University’s natural science programs, a medical office building to be located near the Health and Human Science Building and a more powerful signal for the university’s FM radio station took additional steps toward becoming reality Friday, Sept. 2. The WCU Board of Trustees selected a firm to lead the construction of a new natural sciences building approved by voters as part of a $2 billion statewide referendum in March; ratified the sublease of approximately 2 acres on the university’s West Campus for the medical offices project; and authorized the lease of roughly 9 acres of land on Brown Mountain for the potential development of a new FM radio tower. The action came as part of the board’s first quarterly meeting of the 2016-17 academic year. The trustees selected Skanska USA as construction manager at risk for the $110 million science building project. The firm, headquartered in New York with offices in Durham, will oversee construction of the facility, which will replace WCU’s 1970s-era Natural Sciences Building. Design is expected to take place throughout 2017, with construction to begin on or near the site of the current Natural Sciences Building. The project may take place in phases, with a portion of the new facility to be constructed before the existing building is demolished and replaced. University leaders hope to see the new building completed by 2020. The university is being assisted throughout the design process by Jeanne Narum, a nationally recognized expert in science facilities and teaching who is founding director of Project Kaleidoscope, a National Science Foundation effort to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) learning environments. Narum visited campus in late March to meet with the campus community and discuss an initial vision for the new structure. Across N.C. Highway 107, the medical office building project will result in the first privately developed structure built as part of the Millennial Initiative, WCU’s comprehensive regional economic development strategy designed to enable the university to engage in public-private partnerships that enhance educational opportunities for students and increase the ability of faculty to conduct research, while also promoting regional development. As part of the initiative, the university acquired 344 acres of property adjacent to the main campus in 2005; that tract often is called the West Campus. The sublease approved by the board enables the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of Western Carolina University, which holds the lease on the West Campus property, to sublease the 2-acre tract to Summit Healthcare Group of Winston-Salem, WCU’s partner in the medical office building project. Construction could begin as early as spring 2017. The building is expected to include 30,000 square feet of space for health care professionals and health-related businesses. For the third project, the radio tower, the board agreed to lease 9 acres of university property on the Cedar Cliff Development/Brown Mountain tract to the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund to facilitate the potential construction of a transmitting tower. The Federal Communications Commission last year granted a construction permit to WCU to create a new noncommercial radio station on the 95.3 FM frequency. The university has three years from the time of the granting of the permit to build the facility and begin broadcasting. University officials say the new signal could be more than five times as powerful as the present university station at 90.5 FM. As part of the board’s committee meetings, discussions of interests and other activities Thursday, Sept. 1, trustees mingled with faculty and staff during WCU’s annual Employee Appreciation Day luncheon in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.last_img read more

Disney Cruise Line News — Week of January 19, 2019

Disney Cruise Line News — Week of January 19, 2019

first_imgUpcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Star Wars: The Last JediAvengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story Incredibles 2 Ant-Man and The WaspChristopher RobinThe Nutcracker and the Four RealmsRalph Breaks the InternetMary Poppins ReturnsFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad.Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.When I have company I consider it obligatory.I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” ~ Lilly BollingerIf you immediately recognize this quote, you may in fact be a frequent visitor of Pink on the Disney Dream! (No judgment – I am too.) Pink is a champagne bar that can be found in The District, exclusive to the Dream.The color scheme is largely, as you may have guessed, pink, entwined with gold and silver. Behind the bar is a gorgeous backdrop, and I’m not just referring to the bottles in the silver buckets. Glass “bubbles” rise up from the center display, setting the theme of this entire space – you are transported right into a glass of bubbly. Even the light fixtures from the ceiling are upside down champagne flutes. Seating ranges from sleek barstools at the pink pearlized bar, to elegant tufted chairs and benches along the wall.Speaking of the wall….remember when Dumbo took a swig from the “grown-ups barrel” and found himself in the company of dancing pink elephants? Look closely at the lighted bubbles on the wall…and you too may start seeing pink elephants dancing about. Just don’t mistake it as an effect of any questionable beverages here, because there are no questionable choices here!And now speaking of beverages… The menu here is largely, of course, champagne! There’s a lovely variety of options, both by the glass and by the bottle. Unique champagne-centered cocktails are also on the menu if you are looking for something different. Try the Icy Pop – a glass of Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial with a popsicle plopped in the glass! For those who don’t prefer bubbles, there are some wines available as well.In the evenings, when this space is just for adults, you can often find live music here. Enjoy tunes from a live pianist or violinist, fitting with the theme of this lounge.Pink is definitely one of my top favorite lounges across the fleet – have you popped in here? Tell me in the comments!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of CallDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsYesterday, the Port of Galveston announced a berthing agreement with Disney Cruise Line for the next 10 years. With three new ships on the horizon in coming years, it will be great to see what is to come for this port!DCL also announced that in 2019, all Alaska sailings previously scheduled to visit Tracy Arm Fjord will all visit Endicott Arm Fjord instead. Weather and ice often prove challenging for ships at Tracy Arm, often forcing the change to Endicott over the past years.Next week, our own Angela will be sailing on the Disney Dream! Follow along on social media for updates on her adventure.Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:last_img read more

So close for Viljoen, Semenya on song

So close for Viljoen, Semenya on song

first_img10 August 2012 Trinidad and Tobago went on to win the heat ahead of Great Britain, Cuba and Belgium. The South African team’s management, not happy with the collision that had taken the team out of the race, protested. In the final event, the 1 500m, Coertzen was second in his heat in the third best time of all, clocking 4:26.52. South African canoeist Bridgitte Hartley won a bronze medal, Sunette Viljoen narrowly missed out on one, Caster Semenya showed off her best form of the season, and Willem Coertzen proved himself one of the best all-round athletes in the world at the Olympic Games in London on Thursday. Distances droppedUnfortunately, after that Viljoen’s night failed to get better as her marks dropped to 62.71m in round two, a lowly 57.30m and 57.05m in rounds two and three, and 60.93m in round five. Appeal upheldTheir appeal was upheld when the referee ruled that Kiilu had cut across Mogawane, causing him to fall. A decision was then made to put South Africa through to the final. Viljoen gathered herself up for one final, huge effort in the sixth round, but it still came up short of a medal at 62.61m. That result should not take away from his achievement of reaching the final of the event in his first visit to the Olympic Games. His performances were somewhat surprising, but very welcome. Mightily impressiveCaster Semenya was mightily impressive in her 800m semi-final heat. 4 by 400m relay dramaThere was drama in the men’s 4 by 400 metres relay heats for South Africa. It was the best that South Africa’s flag bearer has looked in some time and it was also the fastest time of the semi-finals. LJ van Zyl will replace the injured Mogawane in the final. He ran the anchor leg in Daegu when South African won the silver medal at the World Championships. Next, in the pole vault, he cleared 4.50m. His distance of 64.79m with the javelin was sixth best among the decathletes. Spotakova, by far the most consistent and impressive thrower on the night, captured gold with a mighty heave of 69.55m in the fourth round. Obergfoll and Stahl claimed the other two podium places for Germany. The South African sprinter, who turned 20 on 30 July, had an unfavourable lane draw, right on the outside, and unfortunately he failed to reproduce the form that had earned him a spot in the final as he came home in eighth place in 20.59 seconds. Victory went to Bolt, who completed back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles by winning, in a time of 19.32 seconds. Blake was second in a very fast 19.44 and Warren Weir finished third to complete a Jamaican 1-2-3. That left him on 8 173 points, in ninth place. Decathlete Willem Coertzen shone on day two of the decathlon. He won his 110m hurdles heat in a personal best time of 14.15 seconds and followed that up with another personal best, throwing the discus 43.58m. He told the South African Press Association: “I just managed to stay safe, but this weekend staying safe isn’t enough.” American athletes finished one-two as world record holder Ashton Eaton took victory ahead of Trey Hardee. Cuba’s Leonel Suarez finished third. For javelin ace Viljoen, the result was a big disappointment; she had entered the Olympics with the year’s best throw of 69.35 metres. Then, she topped her qualifying group, needing only one throw to better the required automatic qualifier mark, with a distance of 65.92m. She stayed within touch of the leading runners through the first 400 metres and when she made her move she convincingly eased into the lead to win going away in a season’s best time of 1:57.67. Anaso Jobodwana faced a massive challenge in the final of the men’s 200 metres, going up against a field that included Usain Bolt, the world record holder at 19.19 seconds, and Yohan Blake, who ran 19.26 in Brussels last year. Mogawane injured his left shoulder in the fall and had to be helped from the track. Meanwhile, third leg runner Oscar Pistorius, realising his dream of possibly winning an Olympic medal was over, put his hands to his head and left the track. 200 metres Pistorius wrote: “Thank you Lord! Emotional roller coaster!” Running in the first of two heats, the team, which had won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2011, failed to finish following a collision between second leg runner Ofentse Mogawane and Kenya’s Vincent Mumo Kiilu, which sent the South African crashing to the ground. The team’s last leg runner, Willem de Beer tweeted: “Appeal successful!! 4x400m relay will run in lane 1 out of the 9 lanes. Nobody is taken out. Grace alone!! I will get to run in the Games!!” Decathlon In Thursday evening’s competition, Viljoen started off promisingly with an opening throw of 64.63m. Defending champion Barbora Spotakova responded with a distance of 66.90, while the German, Christina Obergfoll, posted a mark of 65.16 metres. By then the South African star had also fallen behind Germany’s Linda Stahl, who had thrown a season’s best 64.91m in the fourth round. BMXSifiso Nhlapo failed to make the semi-finals of the BMX competition after he finished fifth three times and sixth twice in his quarterfinals races. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material There was some zip missing from the two-time World Championship silver medallist’s form and he chose to play it a little too safe, which cost him in the end. Semenya commented afterwards: “I’m very happy to get through to the finals. It was very hard, but I tried my best. I just have to go to my bed.”last_img read more