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Sports Minister to brief parliament on AFCON2019

first_imgThe Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah is expected to brief Parliament this week on Ghana’s participation in the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.The Majority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, said on the floor of Parliament, the minister could face MPs “either Tuesday or Wednesday.”Ghana’s AFCON budget and the future of the coach, Kwasi Appiah, have remained the biggest talking points after the Black Stars underwhelming exit from the continental tournament.Ghana’s interim football administrators, the Normalisation Committee, are saddled with questions about the coach’s future and the factors surrounding the disappointing campaign.Photo: The Black Stars failed to reach its semi-final target.Budget matters is thrusted to the Sports ministry which was compelled to deny media reports, Ghana budgeted $8million for the tournament with a $4.5m prize money for the winner. The Sports ministry would now have to reveal the amount budgeted and actual expenditure which has remained a mystery as the level of transparency in football administration in Ghana remains questionable.The Majority leader explained parliament has been arranging an appropriate schedule for the minister to answer such questions even before MPs like Kumbungu legislator Ras Mubarak raised it in Parliament.““I have been in communication with the minister and the agreement had already been done” he said. The only matter left is a choice between Tuesday and Wednesday, he said.Ghana football reached a new low after the Black Stars crashed out at the 1/16th stage of the tournament, losing to Tunisia via penalty shoot-out. The loss also meant the Black Stars lost out on the money zone where a quarter-final berth would have earned Ghana $1million.It is the first time since 2006 that the Black Stars failed to reach the semi-finals. Fans remained pessimistic even before the campaign to end a 37-year old trophy drought.  Player performance on the pitch did little to change the negativity surrounding the Black Stars since Ghana football washed its dirty linen in public during a disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil 2014.last_img read more

(Updated Monday) Kenneth Hallman, 76, Wellington: March 5, 1940 – July 21, 2016

first_imgKenneth HallmanKenneth R. Hallman died Thursday, July 21, 2016 at his home in Wellington at the age of 76.Kenneth was born the son of Franklin and Bertha (Rush) Hallman on Thursday, March 04, 1940 in Hunnewell.Survivors include his children: Stephen Hallman of Hunnewell, Lisa Hallman of Texas, Gary Hallman of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Franklin Hallman of Wichita and Kevin Bowen (Courtney) of Goshen, Indiana, sister, Kay Bigler (Bob) of Wellington; sister, Geri DeBuhr of Green Valley, Arizona; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren, his dear friends, Jim and Donna Newell; sister-in-law, Debbie Hallman of Hunnewell and his faithful companion, Izzy the Pomeranian. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Henry E. Hallman.Family and friends will gather together to share stories and eat at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2015 at the Senior Citizens Building in South Haven, Kansas. Bring a covered dish and enjoy some time remembering Kenneth.A memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the City of Wellington Police Department K-9 Unit. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Olympia School District Education Foundation Announces New Executive Director

first_imgFacebook183Tweet0Pin0submitted by Olympia School District Education FoundationThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is proud to announce the selection of Olympia native Katy Johansson as its first executive director. Johansson, a product of the Olympia School District and an alumna of Capital High School, brings her passion for area schools and experience in K-12 education to the position.Olympia native Katy Johansson is the first executive director for the Olympia School District Education Foundation. JohanssonPhoto courtesy: Olympia School District Education FoundationAs a math intervention paraeducator at Hansen Elementary, Johansson says she has seen the power of the foundation at work in her own school.“I am excited to lead and promote an organization for which I have so much esteem,” said Johansson. “I’ve persuaded teachers on several occasions to apply for a Teaching and Learning grant to purchase books or classroom supplies that Hansen’s PTO could not finance. Last fall, I observed the Principal’s Emergency Fund in action when I accompanied my principal on a grocery shopping trip for a Hansen family in need,” she said. “I’ve heard stories from former Hansen students who, once they move across the street to Marshall, are improving in and liking math – thanks to the foundation’s Middle School Math Tutoring program. And I’ve led fifth-graders on their first-ever hike at Cispus, also funded by OSDEF, “she added.“I truly believe the OSDEF’s programs are enriching and, in many cases, transforming students’ lives.”In addition to her work as a paraeducator, Johansson also serves on the board of the Capital City Marathon Association, the Capital High School Foundation and is a parent volunteer at Hansen Elementary.“We could not be more thrilled to have Katy on board as our first executive director,” said incoming OSDEF Board President Kelsey Christensen-Abel. “Katy brings a unique mix of local roots, first-hand experience in Olympia K-12 classrooms and, most importantly, her enthusiasm for our organization and where we are headed. Her understanding of our school district, along with its teachers and leaders, is a tremendous asset as we look to expand the foundation’s programs.”Johansson will conclude her employment with the district on June 24 and will begin her new position with the foundation on July 1.The Olympia School District Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides programs and services to students and partners with teachers to enhance educational success and promote learning for all Olympia School District students. OSDEF accomplishes this through five different initiatives: the Principal’s Emergency Fund; OSD Teaching & Learning Grants; wreath sales that support outdoor education at Cispus Learning Center; the Middle School Math Tutoring Program; and the Performing Arts Initiative.To learn more about OSDEF and each of these initiatives, follow the foundation on Facebook, on Instagram or visit the website at www.osdef.org.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

first_imgGary Sherlock1552133%53%$138,510 Mike Puype2041120%30%$131,975 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Mark Glatt3066920%70%$236,356 MIKE SMITH REMEMBERS GREAT TURF MILER LUREMike Smith understandably has fond memories of Lure, aboard whom he won theBreeders’ Cup Mile twice, once from the inside post, and once from the outside, nearly a quarter century ago in 1992 at Gulfstream Park and a year later at Santa Anita, which has Sunday’s feature race named in honor of the bay Danzig colt trained by Shug McGaughey.“Lure was great,” Smith said, “especially when he won the Breeders’ Cup here for the second year in a row. It seems like yesterday I was standing here looking out towards the mountains and knowing how well he was doing, thinking if he gets the opportunity, he’s going to do something special on Breeders’ Cup day, and he did.“I had to come from way on the outside post, was able to get in on the first turn, and then for him to win the way he won was just incredible. I never even touched him with the whip.”The Lure: Perfectly Majestic, Gary Stevens, 4-1; A Red Tie Day, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1; Express Himself, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Drummer, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Clever Royal, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Little Curlin, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; and also eligible Touching Rainbows, Tiago Pereira, 30-1. Rafael Bejarano9219201121%54%$1,203,430 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.8014121318%49%$592,853 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Masochistic, one of the favorites for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Sprint, worked five furlongs from the gate in a minute flat Saturday under Mike Smith. “It went great,” trainer Ron Ellis said of the breeze. “Mike got him to really relax well and has gotten to know him pretty good working him. He’s gotten a handle on him.”Under the cover of darkness at 5 a.m., Runhappy worked five furlongs in 58.40 from the half-mile pole to the seven-eighths marker. Exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell was on the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter for trainer Laura Wohlers, who will saddle the four-year-old son of Super Saver in the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile next Friday.“I thought she went well,” trainer Craig Dollase said after Del Mar Debutante winner Union Strike (Juvenile Fillies) worked a minute in 1:00.40 with Martin Garcia aboard. “I was happy with the time. It went real smooth, everything is good and Martin gave us a thumbs up.”Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Hoppertunity worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in a sprightly 59.80 for the Classic. Rafael Bejarano was aboard Hoppertunity, who worked with First Degree Burn (59.80).Vyjack (Dirt Mile) worked five furlongs for Phil D’Amato in 1:00.40, while Ashleyluvssugar (Turf) went the same distance in the same time for Peter Eurton.Also, Coronoa Del Inca (Distaff) went four furlongs in 47.80 for Guillermo Frenkel and Daddys Lil Darling (Juvenile Fillies) four furlongs in 51.20 for Ken McPeek.The top 15 trainers in earnings through Oct. 26 have horses entered in Breeders’ Cup races, as do 16 of the top 18, totaling $155,036,085, led by Chad Brown’s $19,067,303. Jamie Theriot504248%20%$195,029 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill689101513%50%$430,096 NYQUIST TO MISS CLASSIC, FUTURE PLANS ON HOLDKentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been declared out of next Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a “puffy ankle,” trainer Doug O’Neill announced on his Facebook page just prior to 9 a.m. Saturday morning.“It’s with heavy hearts that we regrettably have to report that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist came out of his most recent work (seven furlongs in 1:27.40 on Thursday) with a puffy ankle,” read O’Neill’s statement. “Though Nyquist is 100 percent sound and X-rays are clean, the timing unfortunately precludes us from the dream of having him run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in our own backyard.”O’Neill, who trains the three-year-old son of Uncle Mo for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam, reported that no plans have been made for Nyquist’s immediate future. The colt had been scheduled to retire to stud at Darley after the Classic. GORMLEY BREEZES FOR BC JUVENILEUndefeated FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs Saturday morning underChantal Sutherland in a pedestrian 1:16.40 for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile next Saturday.“His ears were up and John (Shirreffs) just wanted to keep him happy,” Sutherland said. “He wasn’t worried about the time at this point.”Gormley worked in company with Veneto who was clocked in 1:18. Victor Espinoza3658314%44%$745,490 Kent Desormeaux54145926%52%$540,820 Tiago Pereira5488115%31%$335,805 Joseph Talamo4176217%37%$303,365 Martin Pedroza5985214%25%$276,065 Fernando Perez4993918%43%$236,055 Bob Baffert30107333%67%$882,645 FINISH LINES: With six racing days left, and thanks to three wins Friday, perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano has opened a 19-15 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze in the race for riding honors. Flavien Prat, Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and Kent Desormeaux are deadlocked with 14 wins each . . . Peter Miller is three up on Bob Baffert (13-10) in the trainers’ race. Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 HUNGERFORD A WINNER FROM START TO FINISHSanta Anita wishes long-time assistant starter Junior Hungerford all the best when he retires on Nov. 6 after 42 years on the beat.“He began in 1973, and I started in 1978, but he’d been around a while,” said Santa Anita Starter Jay Slender. “When I was a kid up at the Fairs, he was working on the gate, so he was a little older than I was and a guy I always looked up to. He’s definitely been the go-to guy, the senior guy here. You could put him in any position and he’d get it done.”Hungerford, 65, who was raised in Pleasanton, California, in close proximity the iconic Alameda County Fair racetrack, has been an integral part of the Santa Anita starting gate crew since 1980.“I first came to Santa Anita in 1970,” said Hungerford. “I was galloping horses, freelance. In 1973, there was a job opening on the Los Alamitos starting gate and I got the job.  It was fun handling Quarter Horses. I like all the horses here. They’re all different . . . I feel I’ve done everything I’d ever want on the gate, but it’s all about the horses. The mornings are the best because you see them all and they all have to come by us.Hungerford listed champions Paseana, A.P. Indy, Cigar and Skip Away among the thousands of horses he’s personally handled in the afternoon.Although he’s sustained dozens of injuries over the years, including broken ribs and hands, a fractured elbow and broken feet, Hungerford considers himself to be in good health.“I’m pretty good right now, but this is a job for a young guy . . . I float (file) teeth and I can do that now closer to where I live, in Anza, which is about 125 miles from Santa Anita.”Hungerford, who considers retired Hall of Fame riders Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Eddie Delahoussaye as “pretty close friends,” is ready to call it a career.“There have been a lot of memories over 42 years, but it’s time to quit!” Gary Stevens2844714%54%$428,980 Peter Miller54138524%48%$458,990 Flavien Prat7514141219%53%$1,100,920 Philip D’Amato4270517%29%$442,685 Richard Baltas5489615%43%$440,340 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 28) ‘HAPPY’ GORMLEY IN LIESURELY JUVENILE WORKNYQUIST OUT OF CLASSIC WITH A ‘PUFFY ANKLE’CLASSIC CONTENDER MELATONIN FRESH AND FITMASOCHISTIC, RUNHAPPY IN SHARP BC BREEZESSMITH REMEMBERS TWO-TIME MILE WINNER LUREICONIC ASSISTANT STARTER HUNGERFORD TO RETIRE TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze791571119%42%$560,600 Jerry Hollendorfer4155612%39%$309,746 Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 MELATONIN FRESH, FIT, FORMIDABLENot only is Classic outsider Melatonin undefeated in four starts at Santa Anita, while trained by David Hofmans, the gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy has never been beaten after a layoff, to wit:Winning by 2 ¾ lengths on Aug. 15, 2015 after an absence of more than six months; winning by 3 ¾ lengths on Feb. 5, 2016 after not racing for three months; and winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 this year after being away nine weeks.The Classic will be Melatonin’s first race in more than four months.last_img read more

Four key Sharks injured in 5-0 Game 5 loss to Blues

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE – Top defenseman Erik Karlsson couldn’t finish the game because of a recurring lower body injury, while captain Joe Pavelski and second-leading scorer Tomas Hertl didn’t return after high hits, and winger Joonas Donskoi had his day cut short after taking a puck to the mouth.As if the San Jose Sharks aren’t facing enough of a challenge after a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues Sunday at the SAP Center, which put …last_img read more

Kumba invests in SA child development

first_img27 August 2013 Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of mining company Anglo American, has invested R32-million in the construction of nine early childhood development centres in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The early childhood development (ECD) centres were built in partnership with the Northern Cape Education Department in Kagung, Magojaneng, Seoding, Batlharos, Mothibistad, Dithakong, Glen Red, Cassel and Bankhara Bodulong. Speaking at the hand-over of the centres in Seoding last week, Northern Cape MEC for Education Grizelda Cjiekella said the new centres were proof of the effectiveness of tri-sectoral partnerships between the government, private sector and civil society. “The onus is upon us to continue to use these ECD centres to plant the seeds of tomorrow and to take charge of our lives and our province as proud, confident and united stakeholders in the education of our nation,” Cjiekella said. The project includes an ECD learnership programme under which six local women will be trained as educators. “If we want to attract and retain the most skilled employees, and live up to Anglo American’s ambition of being the employer of choice, we need to make our people’s environment as welcoming as possible,” said Kumba Iron Ore chief executive officer, Norman Mbazima. “Importantly, if they have children, it is our duty to ensure that they have the best access to education possible,” Mbazima said. “We strive to transform the communities we partner with. We understand that real transformation begins with education, which is why we support such important educational programmes such as ECD.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Overcome Your Fear Of Sharing Content

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Every week or two I receive the following question: “Aren’t you worried about your competitors stealing your content?” If that isn’t the question, then it sounds like this: “How did you come to terms with publishing, knowing that your competitors would have access to your work?” This question gets to what is at the heart of so many failed content marketing strategies: fear.Listen, if you are going to have a content marketing strategy, the greatest mistake you can make is withholding. Your content is not going to be interesting, compelling, or useful if you withhold your ideas, your insights, your experience, and your personality. .Here is the math.Be KnownOne of the reasons content marketing is such an effective strategy is that it allows you to be known. Developing and producing content provides you with an opportunity to be seen by your prospective clients or customers. It creates awareness.But when you withhold and instead develop content you believe to be safe, it isn’t interesting or useful, and it isn’t likely to be seen or read. It’s almost certainly not going to be shared. When you withhold your best content, you waste the opportunity to be known.It is better to be known than to be unknown. Obscurity isn’t a marketing strategy. Safe is dangerous.Be A Value CreatorIf you want new customers, it isn’t enough to be known. You have to be known for the value that you create. This is what differentiates and defines you in a marketplace with a glut of offerings that look like yours.When you withhold, you deprive your prospective client of understanding how you create value. You derive them of the experience of what it might be like to work with you or buy what you sell. They can’t tell what you believe is important and why.It is better to be known as someone with the chops to help than it is to be known without being known for your special something.Everything Is KnownWell, not everything is known. But most anything that you believe is a unique and original idea that is too valuable to ever publish is known. Only the most arrogant or the delusional believe that they have the market cornered on creativity and new ideas.Even though much is known, what isn’t known is your take on things. You have ideas. You have opinions. You believe that some things are more important than others. Share that.You don’t need very many original ideas, but you do need to share your take on the big ideas, the big principles, and all the things you believe. Withholding what you believe makes your content uninteresting.Your Competitors Have Their Own IdeasBelieve it or not, your competitors have their own ideas. Some of them believe their ideas are better and more powerful than yours. Some of our competitors believe you are flat-out wrong and would never dream of “borrowing” one of your ideas.You don’t have to spend much time worrying about copycats stealing your content. Your concern is better saved for your competitors with chops of their own out garnering their own attention and establishing themselves.Sometimes we fear on the wrong danger. We fear publishing because we worry about releasing our ideas into the wild where our competitors will have unfettered access. The greater fear should be in not publishing and eliminating any possibility of being known and being recognized as someone who creates value.last_img read more

Violence erupts in the Darjeeling hills

first_imgA crisis has been unfurling in Darjeeling following the GJM’s call last week for an indefinite shutdown from Monday. Even as a semblance of normality seemed to return on Wednesday, the situation took a turn for the worse on Thursday.last_img