Popcaan adds $100K bonus to Digicel Grand Prix Finals

first_imgKINGSTON:In addition to his highly anticipated performance at the Digicel Grand Prix finals on Saturday, popular dancehall artiste Popcaan is also pledging $100,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the top two schools in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championships.”I have been hearing a lot about the Digicel Grand Prix and everything they’re doing for the young athletes and their schools, so I wanted to be a part of that,” Popcaan said. “So, in addition to the other prizes, I will be giving the top male and female schools $50,000 each to continue the development of their track and field teams.”I want to also encourage students to continue to pursue non-traditional career paths such as track and field and entertainment, especially with Jamaica’s growing dominance in these fields worldwide,” he added.Sponsorship manager of Digicel, Danielia McLean, welcomed the announcement.”We’re very excited to have Popcaan on board to close the 2016 Grand Prix series and celebrate the performance of our young athletes,” said McLean.”The development of the schools’ athletics programme and Jamaica’s track and field industry overall is something that we all have a part to play in, so Popcaan’s contribution will also go a far way in helping us to achieve the main goal of this initiative,” she added.The month-long series will end with a grand finale this Saturday at the G.C. Foster Classics in St Catherine. The top performing boys’ and girls’ schools will each receive $1m in gym equipment from Digicel and the most improved boys and girls’ school will each receive $125,000 in cash from GraceKennedy. Honey Bun will also be providing $100,000 cash towards for the athlete nutrition programme at each of the winning schools.The grand finale will feature exciting performances, a major surprise, plus a party stand. Tickets to the event will cost $500 for adults and $300 for children. Patrons can gain access to the party stand by purchasing a $300 Flex Card at the gate.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by SportsMax, GraceKennedy, CB Chicken, KFC, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun and Logo Stitch.last_img read more

FEU, UST share early pvl lead

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Far Eastern University pounced on College of St. Benilde’s series of miscues in the decider to pull off a 25-19, 32-30, 15-25, 24-26, 15-4 victory in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.Dragged into a fifth set battle, the Lady Tamaraws took seven of the first eight points in the decider—the last four off errors.ADVERTISEMENT David tops AKOC leg 2, but runner-up Suba Italy-bound MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westcenter_img They were never threatened from there as last year’s runners-up racked up six straight points after the Lady Blazers made it a 4-9 game, clinching the victory on another CSB miscue.University of Santo Tomas likewise hurdled its opening-game assignment, dominating the first two sets before rallying in the third to complete a 25-21, 25-12, 25-17 rout of San Sebastian College in the other game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’FEU and UST joined opening-day winner Adamson for the early lead.In the men’s side, National U banked on Bryan Bagunas as it trounced reigning NCAA titlist Perpetual, 25-18, 27-25, 23-25, 25-16, while CSB subdued San Beda U, 25-21, 15-25, 28-26, 27-25. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Local Solar Solutions

first_imgNow that Fort St. John has been named a “solar community,” it will receive five thousand dollars in funding as it pursues a number of new initiatives aimed at promoting solar solutions.The city receives about two thousand hours of sunshine a year, and city council has been taking an active role in promoting energy conservation and emissions reductions, through the development of the Community Energy and Emissions Plan, and admendments to the Official Community Plan.Among the initiatves underway are the placement of a dozen bus shelters equipped with solar lighting…solar lighting for a number of pedestrian crossing signs…and the installation of a solar hot water system at City Hall.In addition, the recently adopted Building Bylaw now offers green incentives in the form of rebates, for new construction and renovations.The increased use of solar energy technology is part of the Campbell government’s initiative, for a 33 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. – Advertisement –last_img read more

UPDATE #2 – Alaska Highway closed south of Fort St. John

first_imgUPDATE #2 – The Highway is now open to single lane alternating traffic.  There is still a travel advisory in affect for all roads in the Peace Region. UPDATE – Thanks to Monica for this tip.  The incident  is between the Farmington store and Mason road.  Detoured traffic currently being re-routed through Miller Road to Sweet Water cut across (across from Mason road).- Advertisement -The Dawson Creek RCMP have confirmed that the Alaska Highway has been closed near Farmington.The highway has been closed because of a motor vehicle incident in that area.  At this time we very little details about this incident.We understand there is a detour in place.  If you have any further information about the incident near Farmington, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comAgain there are several travel advisories in effect for the Peace region, for a list of those, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local author sets novel in atomic era

first_imgMas is a U.S.-born A-bomb survivor who after returning to his ancestral country of Japan then returns to Altadena, where he is forced to revisit his often painful past – and solve a few murders on the side. He was introduced to the literary world with “Summer of the Big Bachi” in 2004, Hirahara’s first published foray into fiction. The Edgar prize was very affirming, said Hirahara, 45, who was born here and raised in Altadena and South Pasadena. Six non-fiction books and three novels later, the former newspaper editor is stretching her wings in many fictional directions. Her young-adult book “1001 Cranes” is due out in summer 2008, and she has three short stories in noir anthologies out this year and next. An international relations major at Stanford University, Hirahara originally considered a career in law, before recognizing that she did not care for confrontation. PASADENA – The atomic bomb was detonated above Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945. In local author Naomi Hirahara’s novels, its effects still course through the contemporary world of the West San Gabriel Valley. Set more or less in the present, Hirahara’s Mas Arai mystery series looks to the past for answers. “I do think there’s a continuum in terms of history and today,” Hirahara said. Her writings explore “how history reverberates and echoes.” Hirahara recently won the most prestigious mystery-writing prize – the Edgar Allen Poe award, known as an Edgar – for Best Paperback Original for her third and latest Mas Arai installation, “Snakeskin Shamisen.” She spent a year immersed in Japanese culture, boning up her bilingual abilities in Tokyo in an advanced languages program, eating traditional Japanese food, and trekking daily to the public bath for hot water. Mas is based on Hirahara’s father, who also survived the atomic bombing. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sand at Peace Island Park prepared for carvers at Sand Sensations B.C.

first_img“They arrived on Sunday and they are really eager to jump into this sand,” she says. “They’ve never played with this sand before; all of the sand that they’ve used has been the white or the really light sand that you see on the beaches, so they’re really excited to get in here and pick away and see what their tools can do.” The sand that comes from the banks of the Peace River is donated by Nels Ostero Sand & Gravel, and is gaining a reputation among carvers for its long-lasting quality. Work on the sand begins long before any carvers actually show, as a “pound up” must be done to prepare it for the competition. “Before the carvers can actually start their pieces, they have to decide what design and height and shape the structure has to be, and then we create wooden forms and structures and build the sand casings up until the right level and height we need, and then they remove the casings and start carving from those pieces,” says Eisert. – Advertisement -Luckily, Mother Nature has been on their side so far this year, as the rain the region has been experiencing has actually helped with the preparations.“Last year the pound up took us seven actual days, so we expected it to take us that long this time, and it only took us four days,” Eisert explains. “I think a lot of what helped us was the rain, because it actually moisturized the sand, so we didn’t have to do as much mixing here with our own hands as we did last year.”\ Advertisement The event kicks off Saturday, July 27, with the family competition at 10 a.m. There are still seven spots available for groups of four, with at least one member 16 years old or younger, which can be registered for by calling the Fort St. John Arts Council at 250-787-2781. The festivities include a sand pit for children to play in, food, and musical entertainment, which will last until 5 p.m., so residents can make their way back to Fort St. John for the Air Show. The professional carvers will be putting the final touches on their sand masterpieces by Friday, August 2, and the creations will be left up as long as they’re still standing.last_img read more


first_imgTinney’s Toys prides itself in being your one-stop shop for toys for girls and boys of all ages. With over 15 years’ experience in the business, this family run firm knows the importance of putting the customer first.This hard work and excellent customer service have finally been recognised. Tinney’s Toys have received an eKomi Gold standard rating for customer service which is the highest rating you can achieve.eKomi provides an independent and transparent feedback collection and management service.eKomi collects real customer reviews for shops, products and services and rates businesses on these reviews.Tinney’s have recently designed a new easy to use website which gives customers the convenience of shopping on-line at any time with thousands of products to choose from. The website offers the best possible prices and saves on time and travel for the customers.They also offer a range of easy-pay options, including budget plans where you can pay in regularly and spread the cost of payments.This is particularly popular for Christmas shopping – and all on-line payments are secured.Their aim is to despatch all orders received by 1.00 pm later that day. This means deliveries direct to your doorstep in one or two days.A customer commented, “I was very satisfied with the service. I rang Tinney Toys on Wednesday and I put through my order. “My order was at my door on Thursday, the following day. I was very impressed.“A very nice chap took my order on the phone. This is my 2nd time ordering from Tinney Toys. I will certainly be buying from them again.From pedal tractors to go-karts, from swings to slides, from dolls and prams to dolls houses, to children’s farm clothing and farm simulation games Tinney’s Toys lead the way.TINNEY’S ARE TOP FOR TOYS THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessCHristmasnewsTinney’s Toyslast_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesThe seniors and reserves had no fixtures this weekend.The U16s are scheduled to take on Malin at home in the Northern Board Division 2 league semi-final this Monday (11th) at 7:30 pm. See Facebook for latest update.The Naomh Colmcille Sports Day is now due to take place on Sunday 17th August starting at 2:00 pm. Scheduled activities include bouncy castles, golf, penalty kick, bottle stand, an U8s and U10s match (approx. 2:00 pm), Boys and Girls races (U6s, U8s, U10s, U12s and U14s), Novelty events (sack race, 3-legged race, father and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife (piggy back), mothers, fathers, senior team 100 m dash, tyre race, horse shoe toss, gather spuds), ladies/girls match (4:30 pm approx..), Bingo (4:30 pm approx.), tug-of-war (5:00 pm approx.).The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions. Thanks.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc. Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. See Facebook for further updates. U16. Match at home to Malin scheduled for Monday (11th). See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U13. Match at Letterkenny Gaels scheduled for Wednesday (13th) at 7:00 pm. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 15th August at 6:30 pm.U10. Training continues Friday 15th August at 6:30 pm. Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 18, 21, 12, 24, 16 and the most correct winners (matching three numbers) are Monica McDaid, Brid O’Brien and Matthew O’Brien who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €5,950. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16’S FACE MALIN IN DIVISION TWO LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL was last modified: August 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgSister Sara’s is gearing up for yet another action packed weekend of entertainment at Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub.This weekend we’re getting the entertainment line-up off to an incredible start with the best Garth Brooks tribute act in the land playing in the live lounge on Friday night.On Saturday, our resident DJ Marty Curran will play all your chart favourites and blasts from the past to get you in the party mood. Then on Sunday, it’s judgement day, Donegal versus Dublin at Croke Park in the All-Ireland semi-final.They don’t come much bigger than this, and if you haven’t secured yourself a seat at HQ on Sunday, then there’s no better place to watch the match than at Sister Sara’s.The game will be shown LIVE on ALL the BIG screens in our pub and there will be drink promotions on offer throughout the game.Sister Sara’s would also like to take this opportunity to wish players management and staff all the best ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Dublin. Tir Chonaill Abú.  GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE ACT TO APPEAR AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

Japanese spacecraft takes sample of asteroid

first_img The asteroid is named after Hideo Itokawa, the father of rocket science in Japan, and is orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But JAXA won’t know if Hayabusa actually collected surface samples until it returns to Earth. It is expected to touch down in the Australian Outback in June 2007. Hayabusa was launched in May 2003 and has until early December before it must begin its 180 million-mile journey home. A NASA probe collected data for two weeks from the asteroid Eros in 2001, but did not return with samples. The space agency hopes that examining asteroid samples will help unlock the secrets of how celestial bodies formed, because their surfaces are believed to have remained relatively unchanged over the eons, unlike larger bodies such as the planets or moons. Hayabusa touched down shortly before 8 a.m. Japan time, firing a metal projectile into the surface and collecting the dust that was kicked up. The whole procedure was over in a matter of seconds. TOKYO – A Japanese spacecraft apparently succeeded in landing on an asteroid and collecting surface samples today, part of an unprecedented mission to bring the material back to Earth, Japan’s space agency said. The Hayabusa probe touched down for only a few seconds on the faraway asteroid – long enough to collect powder from its surface – and lifted off again to transmit data to mission controllers, said Kiyotaka Yashiro, a spokesman for JAXA, Japan’s space agency. “The initial movements and operations look very good,” Yashiro said. “The process of sampling also seems to have gone very well.” More data confirming the mission’s success is expected later in the day after scientists have examined additional transmissions from the probe, Yashiro said. last_img read more