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MASSE, SMITH SHINE AT GRAND PRIX

first_imgStory Links Full ResultsThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s swimming teams competed at the 2019 Grand Prix, January 18-19, at Varsity Pool. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Leading Toronto’s men was Matthew Mac, who place first in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.97. Rookie Graeme Alyward also placed second in the 100 (1:05.74) and 200 (2:25.77) breaststroke events. “This is the only meet where we compete in the long course, 50 metre, pool during the year but it’s critical because the U SPORTS championships have moved to the long course format,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “It’s a bit of a different race than the short course format, where there are more turns, so it’s great to get in some practice at it.” “It’s lucky that we have a 50 metre pool here at U of T or it would truly be an alien experience for the swimmers but we get to train and practice weekly in that distance so we are fairly accustomed to it. However, practice and racing are not the same so we needed this weekend meet.” 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 FINA world champion Kylie Masse won three events. The LaSalle, Ont., native touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke (59.86), 200 backstroke (2:11.09) and 50 freestyle (26.02). Third-year standout Hannah Genich placed first overall in the women’s 200 butterfly in 2:14.29, while also placing second in the 100-metre event in 1:00.64. Fellow 2018 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships Team Canada member Rebecca Smith also won three races. The rookie placed first in the 100 freestyle (55.63), 100 butterfly (59.19) and 200 freestyle (2:01.94).last_img read more

Council yet to decide on the way forward

first_imgLinden Town Clerk sagaFollowing the release of findings of the Investigative Committee appointed to hear the issues surrounding the No-Confidence Motion brought on by the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) against Town Clerk Jonellor Bowen, last week, Mayor Carwyn Holland has indicated that the Council is expected to meet to discuss the way forward on the issue.On Monday when Guyana Times asked Holland to provide an update on the situation, he declined to speak publicly on the issue just yet, but promised to do soEmbattled Town Clerk, Jonellor Bowenfollowing a meeting which was expected to take place between himself and Councillors.While the Town Clerk had expressed optimism of resuming duties on Monday, up to press time, she continues to be off the job. Speaking with this publication earlier on Monday, Bowen said she was still awaiting word from the Permanent Secretary (PS) within the Communities Ministry, Emil McGarrel, regarding the way forward.This newspaper understands that McGarrel met with the Mayor and Councillors at the municipality on Tuesday where the issue was reportedly brought up. As a result of the meeting, Holland noted, when contacted again on Wednesday, that the Council did not get the chance to meet as planned, but was expected to do so on Wednesday to discuss the matter of the Town Clerk.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Bowen outlined that there has been no official word on her position as yet, as she remained out of office. The findings of the Investigative Committee had indicated that the motion brought “was in contravention with the procedures set out in Section 8 of Chapter 28:01 of the Municipal and District Councils Act of the Laws of Guyana and was also in contravention of the Standing Order rules under Section 9.” It is, however, unclear as to what the next step would be for the Town Clerk since the Committee’s findings went on to state that, “… notwithstanding the above, the Commission during the course of the investigations noted the toxicity of the relationship that existed between the two parties and is recommending that in the interest of the forward movement of the municipality and for the benefit of the people of Region 10, that the Town Clerk be transferred to another department of the municipality.”On the other hand, the recommendations section of the findings would have stated that, “Consequently, the Committee is recommending… despite the procedural irregularity of the No-Confidence Motion, that the Town Clerk be reassigned to another post within the Ministry of Communities, where she can use her many skills and better apply her qualifications.”last_img read more

Ed Ahmad jailed for 2 years for mortgage fraud

first_imgA New York court on Friday sentenced Queens-based Guyanese businessman Edul Ahmad to two years in jail for conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud, reported the New York Daily News.The sentence was handed down by Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora Irizarry. The Leonora, West Coast Demerara- born Ahmad had pleaded guilty in 2012, in a New York court, to mortgage fraud conspiracy and was looking at a sentence of 10 years, with US$15 million in fines and restitution.Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora IrizarryHowever, he became a key witness against his colleague, former New York State Senator John Sampson. In January, Sampson, who has roots in Guyana, was jailed for five years by Judge Irizarry for obstruction of justice and making false statements. That sentencing paved the way for Ahmad to be sentenced on real estate fraud charges filed against him in 2011 by New York prosecutors for the US$3 million mortgage fraud scheme.The US-based Guyanese businessman was supposed to have been sentenced since 2015, but appealed to the New York court several times, successfully, to delay the ruling until after Sampson would have been sentenced.Ahmad was a key witness in the 2015 trial against Sampson, which ended with obstruction of justice convictions but acquittals on other counts. And before Ahmad took the stand for at least half of the prosecution’s case, he wore wires and turned over evidence that helped the Feds build the case against Sampson. Sampson is appealing his conviction.Convicted fraudster Edul AhmadHowever, Ahmad was hopeful that by offering his services to the FBI, he would not have to go to prison, but would receive lighter punishment for cooperating.Despite Ahmad being an asset in the Feds’ case against ex-State Senator Sampson, the Daily News reported that the US District Judge could not ignore the harm caused by his US$3 million scheme.She laid into Ahmad for a property sale that, she said, broke the terms of his cooperation agreement. “To me, it does not show full remorse. It does show someone who feels he’s ready to do what he needs to do, laws be damned, rules be damned,” the Brooklyn Judge was reported to have said.While it was not the probation sentence Ahmad, 50, was looking for, it also was not the six-seven-year prison term he could have received.Prosecutors said Ahmad’s work earned him a shot at a sentence below federal recommendations. In fact, during Friday’s sentence hearing, Assistant US Attorney Alexander Solomon told Irizarry that Ahmad’s cooperation was “impressive”, once he started talking, the New York newspaper reported that.Ahmad was “one of the best at making recordings”, he said — Sampson often talked quietly, so Ahmad repeated what he said so it would be loud and clear for Uncle Sam.Solomon noted, however, that Ahmad did make some serious flubs — like telling prosecutors the night before his testimony about the improper sale of a property discussed in the cooperation agreement.Irizzary in handing down the sentence questioned just how useful Ahmad was on the stand, pointing to articles in newspapers such as the Daily News, where a juror called him “dirty”.Ahmad’s lawyer, Samuel Kartagener, said he was “taken aback” by Irizzary’s views. He urged the Judge to take the good with the bad.Ahmad told Irizzary he meant no harm with the deal — which was an effort to stop a foreclosure on a property.But Irizarry was not buying that Ahmad – a sophisticated, onetime Lamborghini-driving businessman – did not know what he was doing. “You knew you had to disclose to the Government if there was any transaction on a property.”It was a lapse in judgment, justified Ahmad, adding “I never meant to break the cooperation agreement.”After sentencing, Ahmad declined to speak to reporters. Kartagener said he and his client were “disappointed with the result”. (Adapted from New York Daily News)last_img read more

Six midfielders Louis van Gaal could target this summer

first_img 6 6 6. Koke: La Liga winner to follow Spanish contingent at Old Trafford? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for van Gaal – The Spain international was an integral part of the Atletico Madrid side that won La Liga last season – breaking the Real Madrid/Barcelona monopoly. Koke has become Xavi’s unofficial heir in the Spanish national team and he has also been earmarked for a move to the Camp Nou. However, former United boss David Moyes scouted the 23-year-old last season, and despite signing a new deal through to 2019 last summer, Koke could become United’s ‘new Paul Scholes’ if van Gaal pursued the Spaniard. 5. Ilkay Gundogan: Dortmund midfielder to make big move to England? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for van Gaal – Gundogan was one Europe’s most coveted players in 2013, after a string of impressive performances helped Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final. However, he virtually missed the entirety of last season with a back injury, but now fit again the German is the playmaker at the heart of Dortmund’s midfield and despite the Bundesliga club’s disastrous season, Gundogan’s reputation has not been affected. His contract expires in less than 18 months, and he could be available on a reduced fee in the summer, with Dortmund reluctant to lose him for nothing, similar to Robert Lewandowski. 6 6 2. Kevin Strootman: Dutch midfielder to bring ‘total football’ to Old Trafford? – Strootman has been linked to United since last summer’s transfer window, and reports earlier this season suggested a deal had already been agreed to sign the midfielder this summer. The Dutchman is a favourite of van Gaal, and the former Netherlands boss had to change his World Cup formation when Strootman was ruled out of the tournament with a serious knee injury. Under normal circumstances, the midfielder would be van Gaal’s number one choice, but the 25-year-old suffered another knee injury at the end of last month and is out for the season, and United could be reluctant to pin their hopes on a big-money, injury prone signing – a la Owen Hargreaves. 4. Arturo Vidal: Juve midfielder to finally move to Premier League? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for van Gaal – The Chile international was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer but a deal didn’t materialise. The 27-year-old arrived in Turin in 2011 and he has become an integral figure of a Juve side that has dominated Serie A in recent years. Combative and relentless, Vidal’s style seems perfect for the Premier League and he would add competitiveness that United have lacked since Roy Keane. The Chilean is out of contract in 2017, and van Gaal could move for the tough tackling midfielder this summer. 3. Bastian Schweinsteiger: World Cup winner to reunite with van Gaal? Click the arrow to see more possible midfield targets for United – The World Cup winner is the complete midfielder who would add big game experience and maturity, which few others could bring. Van Gaal converted the German from a right-winger into a central midfielder in his time at Bayern and although he is not ideal in terms of age – 29 – the German is still one of the finest midfielders around. Schweinsteiger offers creativity and discipline and he recently admitted he’s in no hurry to renew his deal with the German champions, putting potential suitors on red alert. 6 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he is on the hunt for a new midfielder to join in the summer.Question marks still hang over the Dutchman’s tactical approach, and when asked if Wayne Rooney has been deployed in midfielder due to a lack of creativity, he responded: “Of course that’s the case. I’m looking for balance and I need it in midfield.”Rooney has yet to have a shot on goal in 2015 and hasn’t scored in nine matches – stretching back to Boxing Day against Newcastle United.United’s search for a new midfielder bodes well for Rooney’s long-term chase to become United’s all-time record goalscorer, but who could Van Gaal sign? Take a look in the slideshow above.Click the arrow to see six possible midfielders who Louis van Gaal could sign in the summer and let us know who you think should move to Old Trafford… 6 1. Paul Pogba: United to “break transfer record” to re-sign French midfielder? – Sir Alex Ferguson’s failure to keep Pogba at United is probably his biggest mistake since selling Jaap Stam to Lazio. The Frenchman left Old Trafford on a free in 2012 citing a lack of first-team opportunities and he has gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s most sought-after-midfielder’s. The France international was named the World Cup’s Best Young Player last year, and he should win a third consecutive Serie A with Juventus this year. The 21-year-old is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder, which is exactly what United have been missing for the past few years. Pogba offers a mix of pace, power and technique, and despite signing a new deal until 2019 in October, his agent Mino Raiola has indicated the Frenchman will be on the move in the next year, and said: “He will beat the transfer record.”last_img read more

TOURIST BOARD BOSS SLAMMED BY OIDEAS GAEL OVER SNUB TO DONEGAL

first_imgTHE head of the Irish language cultural centre in Glencolmcille has slammed tourism board chiefs over their attitudes to the North West.Liam Ó Cuinneagáin from Oideas Gael says today what most people in Co Donegal have always suspected – there is no desire to send tourists here from the Dublin-based mandarins who run the sector.Writing in today’s Irish Times, the highly-respected Mr Ó Cuinneagáin fumed: “One should not become agitated at the beginning of a new year, but having read the comments by John Healy, chairman of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, I found it impossible not to. “In the article on the 2011 increase in tourism and in reference to the lack of growth in Donegal and the northwest, he is quoted as saying, “So while Dublin is successful in attracting people for short city breaks, unless you have people for 10 days you can’t really include the northwest”.“Why not? The distance from Dublin to Galway is 200km; Dublin to Cork is 257km; Dublin to Killarney is 302km. The distance from the capital city to Sligo is only 206km and to Donegal town is only 212km.“Why then should it cause a difficulty for visitors to travel to the Northwest and why should they need at least 10 days?“The answer is that they don’t! The attitude and perception of senior tourism figures like Mr Healy should not and cannot be accepted by those of us involved in tourism in Donegal and Sligo. “There was a time, indeed, when the Troubles made the Border visible – thankfully, this is no longer the case. The beauty and cultural riches of the northwest must be presented to the short-stay visitor to Dublin so that they can be coaxed to return and travel further afield.”And he added pointedly: “Donegal is only up the road!”The criticism comes as those fighting for more support for the west and north west accuse Government agencies of deliberately supporting Dublin and the south via the state-owned airports (Dublin, Cork and Shannon).© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTOURIST BOARD BOSS SLAMMED BY OIDEAS GAEL OVER SNUB TO DONEGAL was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegal tourismGlencolmcilleLiam Ó Cuinneagáin from Oideas Gaellast_img read more

BOY FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER FALL AT PLAY AREA

first_imgA young boy has been rushed to hospital by helicopter after a fall in an Inishowen play area.The young lad was playing with friends in Culdaff when he fell and suffered back injuries just after 3pm.The Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo and it transported the injured boy to Letterkenny General Hospital. It is understood the boy suffered a spinal injury but it is not known how serious it is. BOY FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER FALL AT PLAY AREA was last modified: July 24th, 2014 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:culdaffINISHOWEN RESCUE 118last_img read more

Chevron stops bid for 122 gas stations

first_img 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’Boxer said the company and six other large refiners supplied about 90 percent of retail gas in the state, giving them “a significant effect” on prices in California due to their dominant market position. “Finally, there is some good news for the consumer with the termination of this proposal,” Boxer said in a statement issued Friday evening. “I believe consumers will be better served without a continuation of consolidation that has eroded the competitive gas market over the past decade.” Thousand Oaks-based USA Petroleum owns and operates retail gasoline stations primarily in California. Company representatives did not immediately return a call for comment. SAN RAMON – Oil company Chevron Corp. called off its planned acquisition of 122 retail gasoline stations in California owned by USA Petroleum Corp. The deal was stopped “for business reasons,” Chevron spokeswoman Stephanie Price said Friday, declining further comment. San Ramon-based Chevron, which last month reported a record quarterly profit of $5 billion, announced the deal in July and said it planned to operate the stations under either the Chevron or Texaco brand. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., last month asked the Federal Trade Commission to “thoroughly review” Chevron’s then-pending acquisition. last_img read more

Planning your Christmas party? This Letterkenny hotel has a cracking line-up

first_imgIf you’ve been before, you’ll understand that the Mount Errigal Hotel is renowned for the best party atmosphere in the North West of Ireland, attracting corporate groups from all across Ireland and the UK. Bringing you the best bands in the country, every year the Mount Errigal party nights sell out within weeks of sale release. Enjoy a warm welcome by the party hosts, a speciality festive cocktail by the lobby fire, a gourmet 4 course Festive Feast, Entertainment by “Live Forever Oasis Tribute” or “Spirit of Smokie” followed by a disco by the best DJ around, Lee Gooch. Party tickets are only €39.50 or stay overnight with the fantastic Ticket + B&B offer, only €80pps.8th December: “Live Forever Oasis Tribute” Ireland’s definitive tribute to Manchester’s five-piece super group Oasis. This night is part of their farewell tour and plans to be a belter! Renowned to be the country’s best tribute act, Live Forever Oasis are Rock and Roll Stars.14th &15th December: “Spirit of Smokie” bring their hits of the 70s and 80s along with new material for an audience young and old. The lead singer of the band is the son of former Smokie frontman Alan Barton. For a night of pure nostalgia, come along! Give us a call today, let us know your date and we’ll look after it from there! T: 074 91 22700E: info@mounterrigal.comThe Mount Errigal Hotel – The place you’d rather be!Check out the cracking Christmas brochure below:Sponsored Post Planning your Christmas party? This Letterkenny hotel has a cracking line-up was last modified: October 2nd, 2018 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)Tags:Christmas Party NightsEntertainmenteventsLive Forever Oasis Tributemount errigalSpirit of Smokielast_img read more

SA hockey teams in action in London

first_img9 July 2014 South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams will be aiming to build on successful endings to the recent World Cup when they take part in the Investec Cup in London from Wednesday. On Wednesday, the women open their challenge against Scotland, while the men’s first outing will be against Ireland. With the Commonwealth Games starting in Glasgow on 23 July, the competition is an excellent opportunity for the South African teams to fine-tune their games in London. The Investec Cup will also celebrate the opening of the new London Olympics 2012 legacy venue, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which has now become England hockey’s national stadium.Line-ups England, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa, all Commonwealth Games contestants, make up the men’s line-up in London, while the women’s teams are also Commonwealth Games sides, namely England, Scotland, Wales and South Africa. “We will only have one training here before the Scotland match so we be looking at getting our processes right in that game,” South African women’s captain Marsha Cox said on the bus to the venue on Tuesday afternoon. World number 11 South Africa beat Japan, the world’s ninth-ranked team 2-0 to finish ninth at the World Cup and if they get can back into the groove quickly it will stand them in good stead. They also scored an impressive 4-1 win over England, who went into the tournament ranked third in the world. Double Olympian defender Lenise Marais, so cruelly denied a World Cup experience after serious injury forced her out at the eleventh hour, returns to the women’s team.Tough Irish challenge Looking ahead to his side’s opener, South African men’s captain Austin Smith said after arriving at the team’s accommodation at East London University (ELU) that the Irish punch above their weight. “The last time we met, before the Olympics in 2012, they beat us, and we will only have had one training session (Wednesday night), so we will be focusing more on getting ourselves familiar with the game plan and carrying on where we left off during the 6-2 win over Malaysia at the World Cup in June,” said Smith. He also said former South African men’s assistant coach Craig Fulton, who is now the head of the Ireland coaching staff, will be familiar with the South African style of play.South African Investec Cup fixtures (SA time) 9 JulySA women vs Scotland 12:00SA men vs Ireland 18:15 10 JulySA women vs England 14:15SA men vs England 20:30 12 JulySA men vs Scotland 10.45SA women vs Wales 18:15 13 JulyPlayoffs for final placings SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

5 Tips to Ensure an Efficient Hiring Process

first_imgYou know how I like to compare dating and hiring, right?Well, let me share a story. Many moons ago I was dating a great guy. Smart, funny, handsome, gainfully employed, liberty-minded…the whole nine yards. But after a long spell of dating, he was clearly afraid of commitment. So, I dumped him.If this gentleman were an employer, you could say that his interview process went on too long and he lost a good candidate. This, of course, is a great lesson for nonprofits in hiring mode: efficiency matters.With that in mind, here are five tips for having an efficient interview process.1. Don’t start the hiring process until you’re ready to hire.Case in point: not too long ago we worked on a search during which the applicant pool shaped up very nicely after just a few weeks. The candidates were excited about the opportunity and we were thrilled that our client had so many good options. That’s when our client dropped the bomb: they decided they wanted to hold off on making a hire for another couple of months. Not surprisingly, the candidates’ interest level quickly waned and we lost several of them during that period.Waiting until you’re ready to hire will save your organization time and energy and keep applicants happy.2. Everyone and his grandmother does not need to be involved in the process.We’re big believers in involving multiple staff members in the interview process, as it provides a more robust evaluation of applicants and creates team buy-in. But involving more than one staff member doesn’t necessarily mean involving every single one.We had a candidate tell us recently that she thought the client was joking when they asked her to come in again for an 8th interview (she had already met with more than a dozen staff members in the first seven interviews). Alas, if candidates think you’re joking about your interview process, it’s probably time to get serious about paring it down!3. Make hiring a priorityLet’s face it: you’re busy. This week you’re launching a major direct mail campaign. Next is your annual dinner. The week after is vacation. And the week after that you have six donor meetings in three cities. Oh, and you’re in the middle of making a critical hire.It’s tempting to push aside hiring when things get hairy, but don’t forget why you’re hiring in the first place: you need more hands on deck! When hiring is not a priority for you, candidates can sense it. Just like dating, the person you are courting wants to feel important. Don’t give them a reason to think otherwise!4. Don’t let uncertainty stall the processA client once confessed to us that the reason the interview process had stalled on their end was that they were uncertain about one of the candidates. If you’re unsure about a candidate, the best way to find clarity is to acquire more information. And the best way to acquire more information is to move the process forward, whether that means interviewing the candidate again, asking the candidate for more information, giving the candidate a writing assignment, checking references, etc. Stalling won’t help you find clarity, but more information will!5. Eliminate roadblocksLast year we worked on a search that was moving along swimmingly. All of a sudden, it came to a grinding halt for a number of weeks. Candidates began to ask questions and contemplate other jobs. It turns out that one of the individuals involved in the hiring process couldn’t find time to interview candidates, so the process simply stopped when it became his turn to evaluate the talent pool. Thankfully, the hiring manager identified the problem and removed the person from the process. Like clockwork, things began moving forward again and in short order a hire was made.Roadblocks such as this can cost you a good candidate if not several. Make sure everyone involved understands the need for efficiency, and if they don’t, make the process work without them.Whether you’re in hiring or dating mode, following these tips will put you in the best position to acquire the best talent. And as for the guy I broke-up with, he dramatically improved his interview process by returning with a ring. Lesson learned.last_img read more