Discussions underway for common South American passport

first_imgNationals of South American States will possibly have the opportunity to travel freely around the continent now that discussions are underway to develop a plan for the establishment of a common South American passport.While not privy to all the facts, State Minister Joseph Harmon disclosed that discussions among several countries have commenced on this initiative.During a post-Cabinet news conference on Wednesday, Minister Harmon noted that Guyana would be participating in an upcoming SouthDiscussions are underway for a common South American passportAmerican Citizenship Conference from June 28 to 29 when the initiative would be further discussed and developed.He reminded that nothing was yet concretized and therefore, he did not have much detail on how such an initiative would work in existing circumstances.Guyana, also a member state of Caricom, already utilises a Caricom passport which allows for visa-free travel among member states.“So it might very well be that not necessarily the issue of a new passport, but the fact that the passport which you have as a Caricom country might give you access to these other countries without the necessity for visas and so on. This is just my thinking on the matter;these are just discussions taking place, discussions on citizenship,” he explained.Harmon added that he did not believe that a decision would be arrived at anytime soon.“I don’t anticipate that we will come out with a blueprint… say by 2017 we are going to have these passports,” he stated.last_img read more

Trio of NCS playoff games on deck

first_imgThe North Coast Section prep football playoffs continue today as a trio of local teams will look to advance beyond the first round. St. Bernard’s, the lone home team in action today, will host Albany while a pair of resurgent teams from the Little 4 Conference, Hoopa and Ferndale, will look to pick up upset road wins over St. Helena and Berean Christian, respectively.No. 12 Albany (6-3) at No. 5 St. Bernard’s (6-4)If a match up was ever that of the “new kid on the block” against the …last_img

R450m World Cup legacy trust launched

first_img19 April 2012 The R450-million 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust, aimed at ensuring that South Africans continue reaping the benefits of hosting Africa’s first Fifa World Cup, is now fully operational. This was announceed by the world football governing body’s secretary-general, Jerome Valcke, following the inaugural meeting of the Trust’s board at South African Football Association (Safa) headquarters in Johannesburg on Wednesday. “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational,” Valcke said. “It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such a trust has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up. “I’m glad that we are now entering a phase that will focus on implementing the vision to ensure that the legacy can benefit the host country.”Range of public initiatives The 2010 Legacy Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives that harness football for sport development, education, health and humanitarian activities in South Africa. Fifa has transferred R450-million into the Legacy Trust accounts. This will be administered by international auditors Ernst and Young. This is in addition to the R700-million already allocated by Fifa a legacy of the World Cup and given to Safa in the build-up to the event for preparation purposes (R450-million) and for the construction of Safa House (R150-million). Safa was also given R40-million for football development projects, and a further R70-million for investment in a fleet of buses and cars to enable the 52 regional structures of the association to transport their teams.Grassroots level “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa,” Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said on Wednesday. The Trust Board will be chaired by Safa fourth vice-president Danny Jordaan. The other trustees are Nematandani and Eric Mtshatsha, with Alec Moemi and Michael Katz representing business, and Valcke, development director Thierry Regenass and CSR head Federico Addiechi representing Fifa. Other legacy initiatives that have been implemented by Fifa since 2005 include the 20 Football for Hope Centres, the Win in Africa with Africa initiative, the Football for Health project and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Ticket Fund. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Jamieson wins Nelson Mandela Champs

first_imgAfter his superb eight-under-par 57, Jaco van Zyl tied for eighth with five others, including fellow South African Colin Nel, on six-under-par 125. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A fantastic achievement’“To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement,” Jamieson said after claiming the title, “but it’s a little more special when it’s for someone like Nelson [Mandela]. The 29-year-old Scot began the last round six shots off the lead, which belonged to South Africa’s Tim Clark and Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen on five-under-par 60. Webster and De La Riva set the bar high with rounds of 60 and 61 respectively, but Jamieson went even better, firing an eight-under-par 57 to match them on seven-under 123. Jamieson left the course after his round, returning to his hotel but, when he realised that he might be in the running, he returned. It was a good thing he did as he tied Webster and De La Rive atop the leaderboard. A birdie and victoryThe second time around, a poor drive by Webster left him in the thick rough on the left and in trouble. He did superbly to save par after missing the green with his second shot, but Jamieson was bang on with his drive and approach and two-putted for a birdie and victory. 10 December 2012 MatchedJaco van Zyl managed to match Jamieson’s heroics, but a first round of three-over-par 68 left him out of the running for the title. He had to settle for a share of fourth, one shot off the lead, with Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, England’s Matthew Nixon and the Dane Morten Orum Madsen. “At the start of the day I probably didn’t think I would be standing here holding the trophy, but I knew I needed a fast start and I was lucky enough to get that.” Rain played havoc with the new event, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, leading to the cancellation of the first two rounds and some holes being reduced in length for the last two rounds, which resulted in a par-65 course. LEADERBOARD 123 Scott Jamieson (Sco) (-7) 66, 57123 Steve Webster (Eng) (-7) 63, 60123 Eduardo De La Riva (Esp) (-7) 62, 61124 Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) (-6) 62, 62124 Matthew Nixon (Eng) (-6) 63, 61124 Morten Orum Madsen (Den) (-6) 60, 64124 Tim Clark (RSA) (-6) 60, 64125 Jaco van Zyl (-5) 68, 57125 Julien Quesne (Fra) (-5) 62, 63125 Sam Little (Eng) (-5) 62, 63 125 Colin Nel (RSA) (-5) 62, 63125 Bjorn Åkesson (Swe) (-5) 63, 62125 Matthew Southgate (Eng) (-5) 62 63 Jamieson, though, wouldn’t complain. The victory was his first on the European Tour in his third season as a professional, and it came after a stirring second round. Tim Clark, who was in a four-way tie for the lead after 10 holes, saw his chances slip away at the 17th. Needing a birdie on one of the last two holes to move into the outright lead, he found a bunker and then knocked his next shot over the green on his way to a double-bogey six. It took two extra visits to the 18th hole to decide the title. De La Riva was the first man to fall by the wayside after he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, leaving Jamieson and Webster to play the hole again after both posted pars on the first extra hole. Scott Jamieson needed 165 shots less than par in most tournaments to capture a rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship at the Royal Durban Golf Club after a playoff against Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva.last_img read more

How much do you know about the ocean?

first_imgNational Marine Month is under way in South Africa, and it is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the country’s unique, geographic position. The ocean economy has the potential to alleviate poverty and create jobs. But how much do you really know about our seas? South Africa’s ocean economy has the potential to help the country achieve its goal of poverty alleviation and job creation, as outlined in the National Development Plan. (Image: Media Club South Africa)Related Articles• Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Two oceans & biodiversity  • Plans to tap into South Africa’s oceans on track • South Africa protects its oceans  • South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’ Research and text: Priya PitamberGraphic: Sachin BabooClick on the image below for a larger view.Sources:Department of Environmental Affairs The Conversation South African Government Operation Phakisalast_img read more

10 months agoSarri delighted with ‘reaction’ for Chelsea win at Watford

first_imgSarri delighted with ‘reaction’ for Chelsea win at Watfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with their victory at Watford on Wednesday night.Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea gained a hard-fought win at Watford to reclaim fourth place in the Premier League table.The Belgian opened the scoring when he collected Mateo Kovacic’s pass, took the ball around goalkeeper Ben Foster and calmly finished for his 100th Blues goal.Chelsea’s lead only lasted two minutes until Roberto Pereyra volleyed past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the edge of the 18-yard box.But Hazard grabbed his second of the match in the second half when he converted a penalty after Foster had bundled him over.Sarri told Sky Sports: “I think we played a good match with a good level of determination and attention for 90 minutes. We could have won with another result. we missed three or four good opportunities but I’m happy with the reaction. It was dangerous for us when they conceded, but we reacted well and we didn’t stop playing our football.”On Eden Hazard’s performance, he added: “I think he played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.”In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase. Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Heat wave breaks temperature records across the Peace Region

first_imgPeace River broke the previous record high of 29.6 degrees, which was recorded on June 19th, 1982. That community saw a high of 31.1 degrees on Tuesday. Tuesday’s high of 32.1 degrees in High Level was also record-breaking, topping the previous record by 3.2 degrees. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The heat wave that has gripped much of B.C. and Alberta since Sunday has broken temperature records across the Peace Region.On Tuesday, Fort St. John got close to but didn’t break the June 19th record high temperature, as the airport weather station recorded a high of 30.2 degrees. That’s 0.4 degrees below the previous highest temperature on that day, which was recorded way back in 1950. Dawson Creek also came close to breaking the June 19th all-time high temperature of 29.9 degrees, which was recorded in 1982. Yesterday’s high in the Mile Zero City was 29.4 degrees.Fort Nelson was by far one of the hottest places in the Peace, setting a new all-time high-temperature record of 34.6 degrees Celsius, and breaking the previous record of 32.2 degrees that dates to 1950. Grande Prairie also broke the June 19th high-temperature record yesterday, as the recorded high of 30.8 degrees broke the 30.0-degree record that was set back in 1948.last_img read more

One charged after incident on Highway 43 near Crooked Creek

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course. The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.last_img read more

ATF should be brought under GST to provide level playing field to

first_imgNew Delhi: Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) should be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as it will ensure a level playing field for the domestic airline industry, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. He said input costs should be competitive for any sector and the ministry has been of the strong view that the fuel should be brought under the GST regime. Different rates of taxes in states pushes the price of ATF, he said. “Each state has a different tax. Due to this, the refuelling (for airlines) cost completely changes. We feel that it should be done. I hope the GST Council takes a call on that and we are pursuing this with the council continuously. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We will work on it that aviation fuel should also be brought under GST for predictability and for ensuring level playing field,” the minister said in an interview. Airlines have been demanding inclusion of ATF in the new indirect tax regime. Airlines could expect an annual relief of up to Rs 5,000 crore by way of input tax credit if ATF is brought under GST. The move could cushion them from the burden of increased jet fuel prices, besides providing relief to customers.last_img read more