The hierarchical organisation of sports

first_img Local Organisation Local organisations represent the clubs in their own areas. They act as a link between local clubs and the national governing body. They control their own administrative areas and cater for the parish, district and community. They are responsible for the facilities of the sport in their area of administration. The sport clubs are their affiliates and have to adhere to the guidelines, rules and regulations of the local authority of the sport. The local authority is headed by a president, who is elected by the affiliated clubs. The president represents the clubs in the national organisation. The local sport organisation is responsible for organising competitions, drawing up rules and preventing their abuse, settling disputes, managing and coaching referees and umpires, helping to develop facilities, and maintaining links with the national organisation. IOC’s charge The IOC is charged with upholding the spirit of the Olympic ideals and to: – Educate young people through sport and promote a spirit of understanding. – Spread the Olympic ideals throughout the world. – Bring together performers every four years for an international festival of sports. Other international sport organisation, such as FIFA, IAAF, ICC have similar responsibilities. – Send questions and queries to International Organisation Sport is a universal activity played all over the world, and thus, it is governed by international bodies that are chosen from member countries. An international organisation such as the IOC is the top committee of the Olympic movement. It is chosen from member countries. Its main jobs are: – To select the cities where the games will be held. – To decide which sport will be included. – To work with the host cities and other bodies to plan the games. – To lead the fight against doping in the sport. National Organisation The national organisation of sport is responsible for dealing with sport at an elite level and issues of national importance. It fulfils its roles through separate bodies such as performance and development; international and major events relations; ethics and anti- doping. It ensures that top athletes receive the highest standard of coaching and support. It also works to attract major events to the country and work with athletes and governing bodies to develop a fair and drug-free environment. Although most governing bodies are firmly based in the voluntary sector, the demands of running a sport mean that many now employ full-time officials and coaches to help develop and organise their sport. Their main roles are: – To consider rule changes, liaise with international organisations over changes in the rules, and are responsible for informing Members of any rule change. – To organise competitions and events, and provide officials for these. – To organise awards and training courses for those who wish to take part: coaches and officials. – To administer, monitor and review disciplinary procedures for those taking part. – To monitor standards and consider any technical aid that could help officials in their work. At national and international levels of competition, national governing bodies: – Organise selection procedures of competitors for national teams. -Organise various qualifying stages and national championships. – Represent the sport at international level and provide information about these events. – Provide sufficient resources for these events. Many sport governing bodies are also members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The organisation of sports is relatively complex and diverse. In order to provide common rules, sport began to develop their own governing bodies. All governing bodies are members or affiliated to larger organisations which encourage the existence of hierarchical relationships. Each sport has governing bodies at many levels such as local, national, regional, and international. For example, football’s local organisation would be the parish association, e.g., the St Elizabeth Football Association (STEFA), which is affiliated with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), which is the national body affiliated with the regional body, CONCACAF, and the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), which is the international organisation for the sport. There are hierarchical responsibilities at each level of sport organisations. Some tend to concentrate on different objectives such as achieving success, whereas others will focus on promoting the sport at grass-roots levels. However, funding and rules are important aspects that they have to administrate at all levels.last_img read more

DPP to determine blame in Kingston Seawall shooting

first_img– as probe launchedAs there continues to be uncertainty over what transpired during the shooting incident at the Kingston Seawall earlier this month, President David Granger has ordered that an investigation be launched into the deaths of Dextroy Cordis, Kwame Assanah, and Errol Adams, who were shot dead by Police.The Head of State said that the decision was made at the level of the National Security Committee. It was also decided that the findings of the probe would be sent for legal advice to determine whether there was any culpability for the shooting incident.“We have ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which the menDirector of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali Hackcame to be killed, and I believe some actions will be taken to have the files sent to the DDP (Director of Public Prosecutions) to determine whether there was any blameworthiness in the death of the persons,” Granger told reporters Wednesday morning, describing the response as “decisive and effective”.According to the President, while he is yet to receive a report on the shooting incident, it might already be with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Nevertheless, President Granger went on to reiterate the need for such a probe when citizens die under abnormal or irregular circumstances.“…On any occasion where there is a death of a person by unnatural means, then that death should be investigated, particularly in the defence of the Police Force… The law – the Coroner’s Act – requires that the district magistrate conduct an inquest, I don’t have to order an inquest. I expect it, it’s under the law,” he asserted.The Head of State has long been an advocate for inquiries into extrajudicial killings, particularly during what he described as the 2002- 2008 “troubled era”. InDextroy Cordis Kwame Assanahfact, he has since established a Commission of Inquiry into the 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre which is said to be the first of a series of inquiries to be held in order to determine the intellectual authors of those extrajudicial killings.On March 15, the Police shot and killed the three men, who they claimed had trailed a bank customer and were about to rob him on the Kingston Seawall.At the time, the undercover cops were monitoring several banks in the city as part of a sting operation aimed at arresting the increase in cases of persons being trailed and robbed after visiting commercial banks.The Police claimed that they came under fire when they confronted the suspects and it was in self-defence that they returned fire, killing Cordis, Assanah, and Adams.But on Monday, an eyewitness who was reportedly working nearby refuted the Police’s version of what transpired and accused the lawmen of executing the trio.Devon Lyte, a construction worker of Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, who was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue on the day of the shooting, said he noticed a black car being pursued by a silver motor car.Soon after, the black car came to a halt and a man exited. Similarly, the silver vehicle stopped and a man exited; he then walked towards the parked black car. “In fact, the driver of the black car was on the ground being physically assaulted for more than 10 minutes before the gunfire erupted and three occupants, as you all know, were all dead…there were no motorcycle which disappeared with any pillion rider or any mysterious rider,” Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, who was retained by Lyte, told media operatives. He was reading from a statement obtained from his client.According to Lyte in his statement, all the roads leading to the Seawall were all blocked off to vehicular traffic prior to the shooting, as he suggested there was some coordination beforehand. In addition, the eyewitness said there was no exchange of gunfire.Following Monday’s press conference, Lyte visited the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, in the company of Attorney Hughes, and submitted a statement to Crime Chief Paul Williams. He was asked to return on Tuesday to be interviewed by senior detectives. But the Police said that the eyewitness never showed up and his Attorney had indicated that his client needed another 24 hours to sort out some issues.Hours after the shooting deaths of the three men, the Police, in a statement, related that the men were followed by an unmarked Police vehicle after they were seen trailing a customer who had left Scotiabank on Robb Street, Georgetown.While the families of the men have been calling for justice, saying that they were murdered by the Police, acting Top Cop David Ramnarine has since thrown his support behind his ranks, claiming that the killings were justified.last_img read more

Boxing fights back in Nigeria after years down and out

first_imgFawaz, 31, is passionate about boxing and, in the space of two months, went from young oil industry entrepreneur to full-time professional boxing promoter.“I started meeting with boxers and I realised at the same time that they don’t have enough money to pay for their licence or even to feed themselves, or access to train,” he told AFP.“There are not enough events. What they really need is a stage to showcase their talent.”As a result he decided to help them, buying equipment and even paying their 10,000-naira ($28, 22.50-euro) licences to fight.– Rise and fall –Boxing promoter Raufu Ladipo displays a lightweight belt to be contested by boxers during a GOtv title fight at the National Stadium in Lagos on April 15, 2018 © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMIBoxing used to be the most popular sport in Nigeria until the 1950s and 1960s but completely disappeared from view until the beginning of the 2000s.Michael Gennaro, a boxing historian at Bossier Parish Community College in the southern US state of Louisiana, said he was “shocked” when he flicked through local newspaper archives.“Boxing was in the newspapers almost every day, kids had scrapbooks of their favourite boxers, and Nigeria had two world champions already in 1957 and 1962,” he added.Hogan Bassey was featherweight champion of the world in 1957 while Dick Tiger was the middleweight title holder in 1962 and also held the light-heavyweight belt in 1966.Boxing was popular across many former British colonies but Nigeria differed in its wealth of generous local sponsors.The arrival of military governments from the late 1960s however brought an abrupt end to boxing’s popularity as a succession of leaders saw no international prestige in it.Tiger brought politics into the sport by preferring to represent secessionist Biafra, whose unilateral declaration of independence in 1969 sparked a 30-month civil war.“At the same time Muhammad Ali refused to enrol in the US Army to go to Vietnam, Dick Tiger became public enemy number one,” said Gennaro.“Boxing had the image of a revolutionary sport.”Since the beginning of the 2000s boxing has made a come-back in Nigeria and been seen as a way for aspiring boxers from impoverished backgrounds to find fame and fortune © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMIWithin a few years, Nigerian boxing had collapsed due to lack of sponsorship.“If there is no money, there is no reason for boxing,” said Gennaro.– TV resurgence –Everything changed because of Adewunmi Ogunsanya, the head of the satellite television platform Multichoice Nigeria.His GOtv channel has organised an annual “boxing night” since 2004, which is watched by millions across Africa.The 2016 winner, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, took home a cheque for one million naira.The super-lightweight told media that before his victory he never wanted to turn professional because there were few opportunities to fight and no promotions.But he added: “I hope to be a billionaire boxer, win the world title and be talked about the way great boxers are talked about. That is my aspiration.”Jenkins Alumona, boxing promoter for Flykite Production, said popularising boxing again will lead to the discovery of Nigeria’s next world champion.Nigeria’s Rilwan Babatunde (L), popularly called ‘Babyface’, is decorated with a belt after beating Benin’s Djossou Agoy Basile during a West African Welterweight GOtv title fight at the National Stadium in Lagos, on April 15, 2018 © AFP/File / Segun OGUNFEYITIMICurrently, there are some 300 professional boxers in Nigeria, added the former sports journalist.Cynthia, a 17-year-old from the poor Lagos suburb of Bariga, decided to give the sport a go after watching the televised bouts.She now trains under the trees of a state-run school at weekends with the help of her coach, Always Kazee, a former barber turned professional trainer.“I want to become a champion. I want to become rich and, by God’s grace, I know I will make it,” said Cynthia, with a look as determined as her right hook.“Boxing already changed a lot of things in my life. I went to places where I thought I would never go, like Elite Box in Victoria Island for example.”– Wealth of talent –The wealthy Lagos suburb of Victoria Island is only a dozen or so kilometres (miles) from the teeming crowds on the mean streets of Bariga.But in a country of more than 180 million, where the gap between rich and poor is among the widest in the world, it might as well be light years.Rehia Osagie, who founded the Elite Box club two years ago for the city’s monied upper classes, has also opened it up to professionals who don’t have equipment to train.Satellite television platform Multichoice Nigeria has organised an annual “boxing night” since 2004, which is watched by millions across Africa © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMI“There is talent in this country and we are kind of working our way back (to where boxing was) but it’s very tough to make a living from it,” he said.“At the moment, the main people who are being successful are actually the ones who leave the country.”Top British boxer Anthony Joshua is said to have wanted to represent Nigeria — where his parents are from — at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.But the Nigerian federation turned him down because he was late for qualification.At the London Games in 2012, he became super-heavyweight champion.In March, Joshua — who in recent fights has arrived in the ring flying the Union Jack and the Nigerian flag — beat New Zealand’s Joseph Parker to unify the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boxing used to be the most popular sport in Nigeria until the 1960s but fell out of favour for decades, in part due to lack of sponsorship. But since the start of the 2000s it has made a come-back © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMILAGOS, Nigeria, Apr 23 – When Selah Fawaz decided to organise his first boxing match in Lagos, he didn’t expect more than 500 spectators. In the end, over 800 tickets were sold and he had to turn away dozens of fans at the door.The stands were full, music pounded at full blast and the green and white Nigerian flag fluttered during the most eagerly awaited bouts.last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal fisherman died in similar circumstances to his brother nine years earlier, an inquest has heard, as a coroner called for boarding ladders to be fitted to trawlers.Killybegs man Oliver Cunningham drowned as he returned to the Patrick C vessel, docked at Castletownbere on April 25 last year.Coroner Frank O’Connell said he would welcome tighter regulations on use of boarding ladders on trawlers after it emerged other seamen died in similar circumstances at the pier. Mr Cunningham had had to jump as he tried to board the vessel on April 25th last.His body was recovered close to the slip at the pier in Castletownbere.His brother Matthew, pictured right, who was just 25 at the time, drowned off Killybegs harbour in November 2002.Mr Cunningham had been living in Co Louth in up until his death. His family at St Catherine’s Road in Killybegs were devastated by the loss of a second son.Sgt Fachtna O’Donovan said it was not the first time such an incident happened. “Especially when the stern is up against the pier, often they have to jump to get back on the boat,” he said.DONEGAL MAN DROWNED AFTER TRYING TO JUMP ON BOARD TRAWLER was last modified: February 22nd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgBURT’S dream of landing an all-Ireland hurling title ended today in Birmingham.Fullen Gaels beat the Donegal lads by 4-08 to 1-7.HURLING: BURT LOSE OUT IN ENGLISH CLASH was last modified: November 27th, 2011 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:burt hurlinglast_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A former estate agent who conned €1M out of Donegal investors to participate in a “Ponzi” scheme has been jailed for six years.This is just the latest con where people in Donegal have been cleaned out by crooks.The latest scamster is Eamonn Kelly, 48, who previously owned two RE/MAX Auctioneers franchises, told investors that they could make €15,000 profit on a €50,000 investment within six months, if they purchased sites he claimed he had identified in the UK. He maintained the sites were incredibly lucrative and that planning permission for a hotel was imminent for them.He subsequently used funds from later investors to repay profits to the early investors to encourage them to re-invest in the scheme.Kelly of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a number of sample charges of theft, one of producing a false instrument and one of forgery on dates between October 2007 and February 2010. He has no previous convictions.Detective Garda Seamus Padden told Mr Kerida Naidoo BL, prosecuting, that Kelly forged Mr Keane’s signature on a letter that was then sent to potential investors to encourage them to invest in a bogus property operation in Manchester.The letter stated that the solicitor was representing Kelly and that the estate agent acted as an advisor to Mr Keane. Mr Keane knew nothing about the letter.Kelly also provided potential investors with a bogus letter from the Ulster Bank in Crumlin, stating that he had €4.6m on deposit in an account there.Det Gda Padden said the scheme involved 25 different groups from Dublin, Wexford and here in Co Donegal, whose investments ranged from €10,000 to €100, has been given the names of those conned here.Kelly told the investors that the sites could be purchased at cut prices and hotels could then be built on them which would in turn produce a significant short-term profit.Det Gda Padden told Mr Naidoo that the investors represented a “cross-section of society”, some of which used their recent redundancy to purchase the site, others used their savings, while others were “business people who have would have the means to survive” despite their financial loss.Kelly had paid commission to RE/MAX agents in both here in Co Donegal and Wexford to source potential investors but gardai accept that these estate agents genuinely believed that the operation was legitimate.He sourced the Dublin investors himself through his contacts with his local GAA club in Crumlin, friends and acquaintances.Det Gda Padden said the bulk of the funds, just over €1m, came from the Donegal investors.He said Kelly had paid back €410,000 to a small number of investors before he was caught. He added that €480,000 which he then held in three different bank accounts was frozen by order of the High Court upon his arrest.Det Gda Padden told Mr Naidoo that the scheme came to light after the bogus letter from Ulster Bank came to the attention of the bank. They contacted the gardaí. Kelly’s accounts were frozen and Kelly then presented himself voluntarily at the garda station.He made full admissions and said that he had started the scheme after he ran into financial difficulty following the property crash. He said he was under pressure to keep up to date with his €8,000 monthly mortgage repayments on three properties in Kildare, Dublin and Portugal.Judge Martin Nolan described the offence as a “classic Ponzi scheme” and said Kelly had used a reputable solicitor to convince investors that the sites in the UK would be turned into profit easily.He said that Kelly had been a decent man until he engaged in this activity and found himself “totally out of his depth”.Judge Nolan said Kelly’s crime “involved deception, severe losses to some and breaches of trust” before he imposed consecutive sentences totalling six years.The case was adjourned to allow the State time to consider what should be done with the money frozen in Kelly’s account.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comANOTHER PONZI SCAM: CROOKED ESTATE AGENT TARGETED DONEGAL was last modified: January 12th, 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 investorsponzi schemelast_img read more

Whittier to unveil hidden beauties

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Highlighting Ortiz’s Spanish Eclectic-style home are distinctive pictorial tiles encompassing the fireplace. The central tile pictures an opening to a walled city with the quote, “The City of Hearth-side Dreams.” The tiles are attributed to the Batchelder Tile Co. of Los Angeles, a prominent California tile manufacturer during the early 1900s, according to Karen Stoltz, co-chairperson of the Home Tour. At its peak, the company employed 175 people and produced six tons of tile per day. Motifs of birds, flowers, castles and even Mayan and Byzantine themes appear on the tiles in Ortiz’s home. “We try to get people in the neighborhood to preserve those original aspects of their homes like Araceli has,” Stoltz said. “A lot of times they replace old wood-framed windows with vinyl, either because it makes the house look newer or it’s cheaper. But often they don’t realize it’s actually illegal to do that – it violates city codes for this area. I saw a code-enforcement officer citing someone last week for changing out their windows.” Ortiz, 34, who lives with her cousin Erika Carrasco, 23, said she always liked old houses but really learned about the historical aspects of her home when she began restoration. In photographs of the house before Ortiz’s renovations revitalized the antique traits, tangled overgrowth covered the now shady and picturesque back yard, while a barred security screen door blocked the arched front doorway, which is characteristic of Spanish Eclectic style. The previous owner, local artist Joseph Avery, had removed one of the original windows from the living room in order to install an air conditioner. Ortiz found the window in the garage, amid piles of other antique fixtures from the house. “At first I thought the tile read, The City of Death-side Dreams,’ ” Ortiz said. “I thought it fit with the feeling of the place. Avery had painted all the ceilings black and put a mural on the bedroom wall of a dark, creepy forest. There was a crack in the wall from the (1987) Whittier earthquake that you could see through to the outside. It was creepy.” Other homes on the tour include a Colonial Revival Bungalow from 1922 and a Spanish Revival home from 1927. Proceeds from the tour all go back into funding other neighborhood projects, said Stoltz. The tour will take place between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. It includes a quilt show, refreshments, a raffle and an antique car display. Advance tickets are $12, or $15 on the day of the tour. For more information, call (562) 464-9543. Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — When Araceli Ortiz bought her home in uptown Whittier eight years ago, she was unaware of the historic significance of her fixer-upper. The disheveled house, repossessed by the bank and sold to Ortiz at below-market cost, contained many unique but hidden fixtures dating to its 1924 origins. It wasn’t until five years later that Ortiz began to uncover some of its treasures. “I started really working on restoring its original parts a few years ago,” Ortiz said. “The previous owner had it since the 1970s and had really let it get run-down. I don’t think the agent knew the value of some of things in the house.” Later this month, Ortiz’s home will be one of five dwellings featured in the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association’s 2005 Home Tour. All five homes were built between 1904 and 1927 and present a range of architectural styles — from Queen Anne Victorian to California Bungalow.last_img read more

‘Gamechanging’ €260,000 allocated for new Gaeltacht athletics centre

first_imgA €260,000 investment has been announced today to build a top-class community athletics centre in Carrick.The grant for Coláiste na Carraige has been welcomed as a gamechanger for the school, local communities, clubs and organisations.The multi-sports project is being funded through the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht. It will include athletics and field sports facilities for long jump, high jump, pole jump, running track with lanes and a 300m walking path around the perimeter, an all-weather pitch and two five-a-side football pitches. The plan also includes 10 pieces of fitness equipment for adults and a fence and lighting around the facility. The tartan running track is being built to the highest standards with special anti-damp finish.Minister Joe McHugh was delighted to announce the funding today, saying:“Is mór an onóir dom a bheith in ann maoiniú de €191,753 ón Rialtas a dheimhniú chun saoráid spóirt agus lúthchleasaíochta agus aclaíochta a chruthú i gColáiste na Carraige,” a dúirt an tAire McHugh.“Almost €260,000 is to be invested in our school children, clubs and communities by creating a top class athletics centre in Coláiste na Carraige. The Government has now committed €191,753 to the project with another €65,000 coming through the work of the Committee behind the ambitious plan. “It follows other positive investment decisions in the area in the last couple of years with €200,000 for the Kilcar Digital Hub in the Town and Village Renewal scheme and €97,000 for an extension to Áislann Cill Chartha funded through Roinn na Gaeltachta as well as €70,000 Sports Capital money for the centre.“Is é an rud atá le feiceáil againn anseo ná tacaíocht dhíreach ón Rialtas do shaoráid il-spóirt sa chuid seo de chontae Dhún na nGall a mbainfidh pobail scoile agus clubanna, cumainn agus eagraíochtaí tairbhe as ar feadh na mblianta.“It will create a new home for fitness courses, for training, for PE and for athletes to test themselves and for clubs to attract and nuture new raw talent. I am also delighted to hear about the support from local football clubs, Tallow Rowing Club and primary schools.“Baineann sé fosta leis an teanga. Táimid ag tacú le pobal Gaeltachta. Cuirfidh bonn mar seo ar chumas grúpaí teanga an méid a thairgeann siad a leathnú agus an dóigh a chuireann siad ar fáil í agus a chinntiú go méadóidh úsáid na Gaeilge i measc na gcóitseálaithe agus na lúthchleasaithe. Ní thiocfá leis a bheith ach go maith dár dteanga.”Minister McHugh added: “A sincere thanks to Príomhaire Sean Kyne, Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge, Gaeltacht agus na hOileáin. AS Kyne sees the value in a big project like this that ticks a lot of boxes for the Irish language, for community, for sports and education, for fitness and health. “This investment will be reaping rewards for many years to come and I am delighted to be able to announce it.”‘Gamechanging’ €260,000 allocated for new Gaeltacht athletics centre was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

R129m to reskill unemployed workers

first_imgThe Training of the Unemployed Scheme was launched at the height of the global economic recession, which saw multitudes of South Africans losing their jobs. Oliphant said the funding indicated the government’s commitment to skills development, and that it was aligned to job creation in the country’s manufacturing sector. “The country needs entrepreneurs … The skills that you possess will also enable you to be employers,” she said, adding that other government departments, such as the Department of Trade and Industry, had funds to assist start-up businesses. Oliphant was speaking at a graduation ceremony of 176 students who received training in boiler making, fitting and turning and other skills. South Africa will spend R129-million over the next three years training over 2 500 unemployed people in the fields of manufacturing and mining, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced on Friday. 5 December 2011 “Both agreements indicate a grand total of R129 million – a huge investment in skills development,” she said. “I take pleasure to announce a commitment of R84-million to fund training which will be conducted by the Manufacturing and Related Sector Training Authority,” Oliphant said. “This funding through the Unemployment Insurance Fund will provide essential skills to at least 1 500 trainees over three years.” Oliphant challenged the graduates to become employment creators and not just employees. The funding agreements follow the successful completion of courses that Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) beneficiaries undertake under the country’s Training of the Unemployed Scheme, which was launched in 2009. She further announced that government would provide funding to the Mining Qualification Authority to train 1 000 candidates over a period of three years. Training unemployed workers Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Latest big diamond from SA ‘could fetch record price’

first_img20 June 2014 An exceptional 122.52-carat blue diamond discovered at the Cullinan mine in South Africa could fetch a record price, an analyst with UK broker FinnCap told The Telegraph last week. London-listed Petra Diamonds, the owner of the Cullinan mine outside Pretoria, announced last Friday that it had unearthed the diamond, saying in a statement that “the rarity of a blue diamond of this magnitude sets it apart as a truly significant find”. Blue diamonds are more valuable than their white counterparts, and both, once cut, are worth more than their rough (uncut) originals. Petra said the stone “will require further analysis in order to assess its potential value, and upon completion of this process, Petra will be in a position to evaluate its optimal route to market”. Martin Potts, a mining analyst at FinnCap, told the Telegraph: “So far, the highest price on record paid for a rough [uncut] diamond was £20-million [US$35.3-million], in February 2010 for a 507-carat white stone, also recovered from Cullinan. We think that this stone may break that record.” It is the largest blue diamond the company has recovered since its 2008 acquisition of Cullinan, one of the world’s most celebrated diamond mines. Located at the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range, 37 kilometres north-east of Pretoria, the Cullinan mine earned its place in history in 1905 with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3 106 carats. This iconic stone was cut into the two most important diamonds that form part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London – the First Star of Africa, which is mounted at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre and which at 530 carats is the largest flawless cut diamond in the world, and the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat polished diamond which forms the centrepiece of the Imperial State Crown. According to Petra Diamonds, the Cullinan mine frequently yields diamonds larger than 10 carats, and has produced over 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats. “Cullinan is also renowned as the world’s most important source of blue diamonds, providing the collection of 11 rare blues displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star and which included the fancy vivid blue ‘Heart of Eternity’ (27 carats polished),” the company said. Cullinan’s previous major yield, a 29.6-carat blue diamond found in January, sold the following month for $25.6-million. Petra Diamonds has interests in five producing mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, and also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more