Most Read News, December 5 – 11, 2016

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Mountains loom for Tour de France

first_imgThe peloton will today begin the 167-kilometre trek from Tarbes before finishing with an haute category climb up the Col de Soudet. Dan Martin begins the day best of the Irish – he’s 31st on general classification.Nicolas Roche begins in 72nd, while Tour debutant Sam Bennett from Carrick on Suir is 177th.The man who wears yellow today is Roche’s Sky team-mate Chris Froome.last_img

Sisal Matchpoint ups digital marketing dynamics with Betgenius

first_img Submit Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Matt Stephenson – BetgeniusItalian betting firm Gruppo SISAL has selected industry data and software provider Betgenius as the lead marketing programmatic partner for its flagship Matchpoint Italia subsidiary.The marketing partnership will see Betgenius data and insights technologies enhance Matchpoint digital acquisition campaigns, optimising player targeting, messaging and promotions.Moving forward, the Matchpoint brand will integrate Betgenius’ industry-specific programmatic media trading desk, which will allow the bookmaker to serve better dynamic inventory, driving player conversions through targeted ‘most-relevant’ messaging.Updating stakeholders, Marco Tiso, Director Online Gaming Business Unit at Sisal, said: “In the ultra-competitive Italian sports betting market, it is vital to acquire and retain customers strategically. By partnering with Betgenius we can be sure of targeting the right customers, with the right message, at the right time.”Utilising its data capabilities, Betgenius has developed a programmatic trading desk developed solely for industry betting and iGaming operators.Enhancing partner marketing dynamics the trading desk’s advertising is driven by real-time sports data, allowing clients to display engaging content such as live odds and scores within dynamic creative formats.A pleased Matt Stephenson, Managing Director at Betgenius, said: “As experts in helping sportsbook and casino brands deliver creative, effective campaigns that build meaningful connections with their customers, we are excited to see the results of our partnership with Sisal.” Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020last_img read more

Caleb Chad Blansett: February 23, 2004 – Dec. 14, 2014

first_imgCaleb BlansettThe following information provided on the Day Funeral Home website: Caleb Chad Blansett died Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Wellington at the age of 10.A complete obituary will be available Thursday afternoon, December 18, 2014. Please check back for more information.A visitation will held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Funeral services for Caleb will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the First Christian Church, 123 West 9th Street, Wellington.To share a memory or condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.infoArrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.last_img read more

Groundbreaking Ceremony Takes Place For Mason City Multi-Purpose Arena (AUDIO, PHOTOS)

first_imgMASON CITY — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the multi-purpose arena that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. The arena is being placed in the former JC Penney location of Southbridge Mall and it is part of a $38 million effort to revitalize the mall and the downtown area.Mayor Bill Schickel says the project help create as well as help to fill available jobs in the community.  “Let’s look at jobs. Not only the jobs that this project creates, the construction jobs, the permanent jobs, not to mention the $9 million payroll that it will add to our community. That’s all great for people that are looking for jobs, but we also have jobs looking for people in Mason City and north Iowa. This will help us attract and keep and retain the kind of workforce we need to fill the already 1000 jobs that are available here.”Schickel says Mason City is showing the rest of the region that empty malls with proper planning can be repurposed for the future. “Let’s look at the example we’re setting. Communities across Iowa, indeed communities across the nation face the very same thing that we face in Mason City, deteriorating malls that need to be repurposed. The difference is that we’re being proactive. We’re setting a shining example of preserving our past while preparing for the future.”Steve Crane with Mason City Youth Hockey says they’re looking forward to moving into a new facility after over three decades in the North Iowa Ice Arena.  “We’re thrilled to start a new chapter in our organization and appreciate the tremendous support that we’ve received from the public, the City of Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, Visit Mason City, the North Iowa Fair Association, and many local business leaders. You’ve all reached out to us and have been very helpful in this process as we’re learning along the way of how to start a brand new facility like this. It’s not easy, it takes a lot of hands.”Crane says a new facility like this will boost the visibility not only of Youth Hockey but entertainment in general in north-central Iowa.   “This new facility will enhance our ability to introduce more people to the enjoyment of ice sports and provide a great entertainment venue for north Iowans and the thousands of visitors that will come to visit this new facility.”The arena is part of the Iowa Reinvestment Act project that also includes the addition of a convention center complex to Music Man Square, a hotel in the eastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall, as well as a performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side.last_img read more

Ministers campaigning on State resources in Region 9

first_img…beg for votes during outreachThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is campaigning heavily on State resources; a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.What was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the weekend.Nineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes.At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan recalled that only 39 residents voted for the APNU/AFC coalition at the last General and Regional Election in 2015. He urged that, this time around, more residents vote for the coalition.“To the approximately 96 persons who did not support us on that occasion but rather cast their votes for the then Government, I’d like to ask you… to do the same this time, which is to give their support to the Government because this time around, we are the Government,” Minister Bulkan said.The coalition Government has been accused by many, including Opposition members and independent political commentators, of using taxpayers’ money to fund its elections campaign.Minister of State Joseph Harmon recently denied that these outreaches are part of the coalition’s elections campaign strategy. He insisted that it was strictly Government business.But the outreach in Region Nine, which was branded ‘Government business’, shows that APNU/AFC is campaigning on State resources.Both APNU and AFC, when they were in Opposition, strongly criticised the use of State resources for campaigning – a practice they are openly engaging in today.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Only recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.In Chapter 1:03 Part XIII of the Representation of the Peoples Act titled “Election Expenses”, a limit is placed on personal campaign expenses to GY$25,000 per candidate and a maximum sum of GY$50,000 multiplied by a maximum number of 53 from a total number of 65 candidates for each contesting political party. The Guyana exchange rate in 1990 was GY$45:US$1. It is presently GY$200: US$1.And according to Section 120 (1) of the amended Act, following elections, political parties’ election agents have 35 days in which to submit financial returns to the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, disclosing on behalf of candidates and their parties, all payments made by the party’s election agent, amounts of personal expenses paid by each candidate, all disputed and unpaid claims, all monies, securities, and those received for the conduct of the elections, the names of donors and contributors, among others.However, since the enactment of these regulations (Act 24 of 1990) they have neither been observed by contesting political parties nor enforced by the CEO.Campaign financingThe Carter Center had recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the AFC was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties.The passage of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, triggered the holding of General and Regional Elections constitutionally due within 90 days, cutting short the coalition’s five-year term in office.last_img read more

Gaoth Dobhair nursing home falls well short of compliant standards, report finds

first_imgA new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has found the Aras Gaoth Dobhair Nursing Home not to be compliant with ‘the governance, operational management and administration of the centre on a regular and consistent basis’.An inspection was carried out in November 2018 and details of the report were released on Monday.A Lead Inspector found while a clear and defined internal management structure was in place, the arrangements for the governance and administration oversight for the centre required improvement. Formal and minuted meetings with staff and between management were described as infrequent but occurring occasionally. This did not assure the inspector that robust governance and management arrangements were in place.However, the overall the quality and safety of the care and support provided to residents was of a reasonable standard but some areas were in need of improvement to achieve the aims and objectives of the centre’s statement of purpose.The report found that residents with advance care did not have an end of life care plan, and a care plan for all had not been developed within three months of a residents admission in accordance with the centre’s policy.Inconsistencies were also found in training and staff development, resident records and a suitable written agreement and official Garda vetting clearance document were not in place for volunteers. In follow up to the actions required from the previous inspection, the inspector was informed that the fire safety precautions and arrangements that required improvement had been addressed to the satisfaction of the local Fire Authority.However, a record demonstrating that the fire safety works were complete to the satisfaction of the fire Authority was not available following a recent review and gaps within fire safety training were found in the staff training matrix record.The inspection also found that there was insufficient evidence to confirm that all staff had received training in relation to the detection and prevention of and responses to abuse.While the numbers of staff on duty during the inspection was sufficient, confirmation to demonstrate staff were sufficiently experienced and suitably trained was not available or demonstrated for all staff working.As a result of noncompliance’s found, the inspector was not assured that the registered provider and the person in charge were sufficiently engaged in the governance, operational management and administration of the centre on a regular and consistent basis. Gaoth Dobhair nursing home falls well short of compliant standards, report finds was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:aras gaoth dobhairGOATH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

49ers Richard Sherman fully expects NFL labor lockout

first_img“I’m going to go out there and cover the guy I’m on and keep … Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman spoke up Thursday as the 49ers’ newly elected player rep and matter-of-factly predicted a 2021 NFL labor lockout.That buzzkill can wait.The 49ers open their season Sunday in Minnesota, and it can’t be understated what it means to also hear Sherman talk about his impending comeback from last year’s Achilles tear.last_img read more

Warriors 3 Big Things: Kevin Durant shines in Finals preview

first_imgIn what was billed as an NBA Finals preview, Kevin Durant delivered as the Warriors beat the Celtics 115-111 to earn their 10th-straight victory.Here are the biggest takeaways from the game:Durant delivers Durant finished with 33 points, nine rebounds in 39 minutes, including eight points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, he almost lost the game on an errant pass to Andre Iguodala with 30 seconds left but was great all night aside from the lone error.DeMarcus Cousins’ …last_img

Mama Afrika feeds the nation

first_imgThe skills taught include basic cooking skills as well as advanced courses and more specialised courses such as cake baking and cake decorating, as well as flower arranging and various forms of art like mosaic art. (Image: Clover Mama Afrika, via Facebook)Women are often the ties that bind communities together, and are usually the people who care for those in need. This is particularly true for women living in underprivileged communities where banding together and supporting each other is often crucial to survival.The Clover Mama Afrika project identifies such women around the country and then supports them to become self-sustaining by providing and further developing their skills so that they can generate an income. This income helps them to support their communities and care for orphaned and abused children as well as the sick and elderly.Professor Elain Vlok, Clover’s manager of corporate services, is responsible for driving the Clover Mama Afrika initiative. Her passion, dedication and insight have led to the success of the initiative. Vlok believes that the programme’s on-going success is built on a generosity of spirit that is the very essence of ubuntu or “human kindness”.Established in 2004, the award-winning Clover Mama Afrika initiative has strived to restore some of the qualities of African tradition into modern life.“The wonder of this project is that we get people away from begging,” Vlok explains. “We help them to become sustainable. They can now bake their own fresh loaves of bread to feed their own people before they start selling the bread.”Apart from basic baking, the organisation also offers the women the opportunity to learn other skills through partnerships with groups such as Pick n Pay’s Good Food Studios, Chipkins and Food Creations.These skills include basic cooking skills as well as advanced courses and more specialised courses such as cake baking and cake decorating, as well as flower arranging and various forms of art.GET INVOLVEDIf you want to get involved in the activities of Clover Mama Afrika, visit its website for more details on how you can play a part in the ongoing growth and development of South Africa’s women and communities.If you’re interested in donating to the cause, look at the organisation’s wish list to get an idea of what resources it needs most. These include donations of money as well as nappies, toiletries and non-perishable foods.Through the initiative, individuals who think they fit the bill are able to become a Mama; if you are interested, email Clover Mama Afrika at [email protected] or call the group on 011 471 1431.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more