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News story: 12 rules to help you shop safely for children this Christmas

first_img Supervise when you need to: Some toys like chemistry sets need an adult on hand during playtime. Read all the instructions so you know how to control any hazards. Beware of bargains: Jumble and car boot sales are a great place to get a good deal, but it’s worth taking extra care. Worn or old toys may no longer be safe. Check it’s for kids: Festive novelties can look like toys. Keep them away from kids. Celebrate a safe Christmas: Completing these checks when you shop in store and online can save you a lot of stress later. Just make sure to remember batteries (and dispose of these safely too)! Reputation matters: Buy from suppliers who have a good reputation for safe and reliable toys. They’ll be required to meet high standards and can answer your questions. Inspect your toy boxes: Check toys you already own to see if they’re too worn. Wear and tear can expose sharp edges or filling. If it’s a family favourite, get the toy properly repaired. Look for the CE symbol:This means the manufacturer has assessed the toy for safety. Consider special needs: When checking age restrictions, remember that children with special needs might be more vulnerable, and make sure to shop accordingly.center_img Working with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), Netmums, and the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the Office is warning against buying second rate toys with 12 simple checks when buying for children.The variety of toys on offer means the occasional second-rate product can sneak onto the market, so always complete these 12 checks when buying for kids. Choking hazards:Small parts and loose or shedding fabric or hair can be a choking hazard. Check age restrictions: Toys are clearly marked with age restrictions. It’s important to follow these as they relate to risks such as sharp points or choking hazards. Tidy up: Boxes, plastic bags and wire can be a hazard. Clear away all packaging once everything’s unwrapped. Loose parts:Loose ribbons on toys and costumes can also be dangerous, especially if a child is left unsupervised. Think before you buy. Help spread the word by downloading the A5 leaflet (PDF, 523KB, 2 pages) leaflet and Poster (PDF, 1.08MB, 1 page) poster. If you’re on Twitter, follow @OfficeforSandS and #12rulesofChristmaslast_img read more

Alpha Old Timers Honors Weah

first_imgAlpha Old-timers, probably the most organized old-timers team in Liberia has organized a top rated honor for Africa football legend Ambassador George Weah for his numerous services to Liberia and the world.A release signed and approved by Joseph Dortu and Sunny Nyemah, chairman of the organizing committee and President of Alpha Old-timers respectively, noted that the ceremony is intended to honor the Liberia Peace Ambassador for his meaningful contributions toward peace, sports, as well as his Hall of Fame award recently in Mexico.Alpha also noted that the former world footballer of the year has been in the vanguard of fostering unity and good sportsmanship among Alpha members as well as other teams of the Liberia Old-timers National Association (LONA).The release added that a tournament which began last Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Subah Town sports pitch, (the home of Alpha) in Du-Port Road, Paynesville saw Cheetah thrashing Satellite 3-2 in the opening encounter.Satellite took the lead in the first stanza, but surrendered 2-3 to Alpha. In the second engagement, Ambassador Weah’s Red Bull demolished Trojan 6-1 to close the day’s encounter.Meanwhile, the tournament will continue this Sunday with more matches. In first match, former Lone Star captain, Joe Armstrong Nagbe, LFA top flight outfit, LISCR FC President Mustapha Raji , Alpha Boss Sunny Neymah, Abel Sneh and Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Deputy Director General Legerhood Rennie will lead a squad against probably the tournament’s favorite Red Bull led by Ambassador Weah, former Lone Star striker Musa Shannoh, Eugene Fallah Kparka of the Honorable House of Representative, and former Alpha President Theophilus Gould.The second match will see Satellite and Trojan coming face to face. National Police Director Christopher Massaquoi, Lemuel Sherman and Andy Quimie will lead a formidable squad to outdo a Trojan side that has Liberia Business Association (LIBA) boss Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, Joseph Farkollie, Willie Knuckles, and Brownie Samukai.At the same time, Red Bull will engage satellite in the third match, while Trojan and Cheetad will close the day.The organizers have meanwhile called on all football lovers to turn out to watch contemporary old-timers football where Weah, who conquered the world in 1995, will showcase his talent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agony, ecstasy for SA at Hockey World Cup

first_img9 June 2014It was agony and ecstasy for the South African women’s team at the Hockey World Cup in The Hague on the weekend as they crushed world number three England 4-1 on Friday before suffering a last-gasp, heart-breaking 3-4 loss to China on Sunday.The weekend began well enough for the South African men’s team, which came within centimetres of beating South Korea from a penalty corner at the end of their contest, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Unfortunately, on Sunday it was a different story as the hosts, The Netherlands, blew Fabian Gregory’s charges away, winning 7-1.ImpressiveThe women’s win over England was an impressive outing for coach Giles Bonnet’s team, filled with passionate, hard work, and counter-attacking that tore the English defence apart time and time again.Kathleen Taylor gave South Africa the lead after 17 minutes before Sulette Damons, playing in her 150th test, robbed a defender of the ball and then scored with a superb reverse stick shot to make it 2-0 just before the break.In the second half, Shelley Russell rounded off a superb move with a diving deflection to extend the South African lead to three goals before Dirkie Chamberlain netted South Africa’s fourth in the 52nd minute.England managed a consolation goal from Nicola White three minutes later, but the match ended in a convincing victory for Marsha Cox and her team.‘I am pleased but not surprised’“We worked hard for this result. I am pleased but not surprised by the outcome,” she said after the game.“We started the tournament shakily, but had put a lot of focus on this game even before the World Cup, against an England side that have always given us a tough battle.”ChinaAgainst China, South Africa struggled to get into the game and found themselves two goals behind at the break.Shortly after the restart, however, Kelly Madsen reduced the deficit after being set up by Tarryn Bright.China, though, moved back into a two-goal lead when Wang Na netted after a fine counter-attack. The result seemed done and dusted, but the South Africans were not done.Fight-backBernie Coston struck the post with a shot, but got onto the scoresheet with eight minutes to play after following up on a shot by Taylor.Pietie Coetzee then extended her world record with a 281st goal in her 285th test to make it 3-3.Sadly for the South Africans, there was a late sting in the tail as Mengyu Wang scored from a penalty corner just two minutes from the final whistle to give the Chinese a hard-fought victory.DrawThe South African men had the better of their clash with South Korea on Friday, but Korean keeper Myungho Lee prevented Austin Smith’s team from opening their goal scoring account at the tournament.The Dutch men, backed by a stadium packed with supporters in orange, and coming off a superb 1-0 victory over Olympic champions and arch-rivals Germany, were simply too good for South Africa.Professionals vs amateursThe difference between a professional team and an amateur team, and between the amount of preparation time afforded the two sides for the World Cup, was plain to see as the Dutch romped to victory.They led 4-0 at the break on goals from Seve van Ass, Valentin Verga, Jeroen Hertzberger and Robbert Kemperman and added another Kemperman goal shortly after the restart.Not long after that, Billy Bakker made it 6-0. On the hour, though, Justin Reid-Ross netted a blistering drag flick from a penalty corner to score South Africa’s first goal of the tournament. The Netherlands, however, had the final say when Sander Baart struck their final goal five minutes from time.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC again

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore will take on Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Virat Kohli’s hometown in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Sunday.There’s a lot at stake for the two teams who are at the opposite ends of the IPL 2019 points table. While Delhi Capitals, who are placed third on the eight-team table, will seal a playoff spot if they win on Sunday, RCB need a win to keep their outside chances of making the last four alive.Despite having won three matches on the bounce, RCB are still rooted at the last spot on the points table. A defeat at Kotla would ruin any chances of what could still prove to be one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the IPL.Competing at the venue he had played in all his life to become the criketing superstar he is today, Virat Kohli will want to prove a point against the Delhi Capitals. Also, RCB will be keen on avenging their early-season defeat to DC.Kohli has amassed 802 runs against Delhi Capitals over the years the most he has scored against any opponent in the IPL. The RCB captain will be raring to lead his team from the front.Kohli hasn’t managed to trouble the scorers much after the match-winning hundred against Kolkata Knight Riders on 19 April. However, the India captain is heading into the Delhi clash on the back of a three-day break that should have helped him regain focus.Watch @Heini22 and @SHetmyer fire up at the net practice session in Delhi. Can’t wait to see these guys #PlayBold tomorrow! Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 27, 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will also be bolstered by their stunning record at the Feroz Shah Kotla. They have not lost a match at the iconic venue since 2010, winning their last six matches against Delhi in Delhi.Last year, usual suspects Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers combined to help RCB gun down a 182-run target against Delhi Capitals at the Kotla. While Kohli struck a 40-ball 70, de Villiers smashed 72 not out from just 37 balls to help RCB complete a successful chase.However, it will be difficult for the two flamboyant batsmen to get going on the Delhi Capitals pitch that has played slow in IPL 2019. Both teams have some big-hitters who love some pace on the ball. However, a little bit of patience and good shot selection are a must on the Kotla track.Delhi Capitals have lost three of their five matches at the Kotla in IPL 2019. Their batsmen have struggled on the sluggish wickets on offer at home. However, Shreyas Iyer’s men can take confidence from the way they beat Kings XI Punjab at home in their previous match at the Kotla.Skipper Shreyas Iyer, who spoke to the media on the eve of the big-ticket clash, said his team now has a fair idea of the Kotla pitch and he is confident of an improved batting show against RCB.”It’s an advantage for us because we get to practice in the afternoon and we have been doing that in the night games. We are now aware of the wickets, how it’s going to play we have a fair idea now,” Iyer said.”In all the coming three games we are playing here, Chennai and then back again and it’s kind of a similar wicket. So it’s a blessing in disguise for us to be going through this condition.”Also Read | From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019Also Read | Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso See:last_img read more

New Organization Leader Sets Out to Change Mindsets of

Tyrone Lockhart, who played for Georgetown in the 1980s, is CEO of the Advocates for Athletic Equity.In a matter of months, Black college basketball coaches went from not having an organization to support their cause and chime the bell for a change in hiring practices to two bodies that will take different paths to achieve the same mission.The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development was formed to address the lack of African-American coaches in Division I college basketball. It has 40 coaches on board, including Tubby Smith, John Thompson III, Shaka Smart, Paul Hewitt and others.In Indianapolis, in the NCAA headquarters building, is the Advocates for Athletic Equity, an organization headed by former Georgetown player Tyrone Lockhart. Its mission is to increase the dismal number of minority coaches, focusing on all ethnic groups.Both organizations say they are picking up where the now-defunct Black Coaches Association left off. Once a force in fighting causes for African-Americans in the profession, the BCA faded with a lack of funding and, not coincidentally, so did the number of Black coaches.Blacks now make up less than 17 percent of head coaches in college basketball’s 330 or so Division I teams while African-American players represent 60 percent of the athletes. It’s the lowest percentage in 20 years.Smith and others see their organization as totally independent and seemed to indirectly convey that the Advocates for Athletic Equity, because it is housed in the NCAA offices in Indianapolis and has received some start-up money from the governing body, will be less aggressive or compromised in its efforts.Lockhart, in an exclusive interview with Atlanta Blackstar, refuted that notion while outlining his and the organization’s plans for change.ABS: How do you look at the National Association for Coaching Equity and its mission?Lockhart: The two organizations have talked. We’re supportive of each other. They may have to do things a little more drastic, whether that’s lawsuits, whether that’s protests … We understand that. We’re supportive. We both have the mission of increasing the number of (Black) head coaches. Tactics and strategy achieving those goals may be a little different. Hopefully, we will be able to partner on one of the key elements that we both agree on, which is professional development. … It’s like the Civil Rights movement in that the NAACP and the Urban League were separate entities working for the same cause.ABS: How will you go about business with the Advocates for Athletic Equity?Lockhart: Because BCA was dormant for a while, we’re housed at NCAA. Housed there, but separate computer system, separate phone lines. The NCAA believes that this organization is extremely important to be successful with what’s going on in college athletics right now. They are, in fact, providing some seed money in order to revive it and make some progress. But I report directly to the (AAE’s) board. Yes, there will be some things that we decide that will be opposed to what the NCAA stands for or believes in. But we will decide as an organization what will be effective for our mission (not the NCAA).ABS: How alarming is the 17 percent Black coaches in the NCAA to you and the organization?Lockhart: The numbers are low, and we know that they are low. My job to work with the membership and strategize on how to attack that. Our No. 1 priority is to promote our coaches for positions of leadership. The one thing, too, with the organization is that we’re focusing on coaches and coaches only. In the past, Floyd Keith had done an excellent job at bringing the organization to prominence and having some growth. But I think the organization took on too many things: athletic administrators, etc. My marching orders are to focus in on coaches and coaches only: African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and so forth. That’s our charge.ABS: Does a variation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires Black candidates get an interview before any teams hire, have a place in your approach to change in the NCAA?Lockhart: We would favor any role or program that favors ethic minority coaches. The NCAA does not do the hiring; it’s the member institutes and the conferences. So, in working with our coaches, we have to ask: Do we partner with the NCAA or do we go directly to the conferences or the member institutions? We need to make sure we’re targeting the right group to make the most impact.ABS: How do you tackle athletic directors, 80 percent whom are white who over the years hired people who look like them, who they know or are comfortable with?Lockhart: The part in your piece about colleges hiring search firms and “Good ‘Ole Boy Network” is true, and one of the things we have to do is infiltrate that and establish networking opportunities, social interactions where we can get our top coaches a part of this deal and be able to highlight our coaches and the good things that they have been doing. For years, part of (athletic directors’) stories has been, “Well, we don’t know these coaches. We don’t know where they are. They’re kinda hiding out.” But we want to establish relationships and events where our coaches are featured and highlighted and can change mindsets … show they can handle crises, etc. There is no doubt that Black coaches are talented and can coach. No doubt. We have to show … they can handle the off-the-court stuff so a president or A.D. can be comfortable with those leaders on the court and off the court in the community. We have a great opportunity. We know the task is uphill. But we’re taking it on. read more

Butch Stewart getting into the cow business in Grenada

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppButch Stewart getting into the cow business. Not herding them, but cooking them and on December 12, Sandals will open its first steak house at its resort in Grenada. At one of his recently acquired resorts, LaSource there will be a restaurant called Butch’s Chophouse. You should see the cowskin-desgined caravan his marketing team is sporting in New York to promote the Sandals High Steaks Giveaway… you get it, high steaks! The sweepstakes invites the public to take a picture of the Sandals-branded SUV that has been moving around the Tri-State Area since Nov. 12. The pictures are to be submitted at Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #SandalsSteakhouse for a chance to win the free trip. There is no limit to the amount of entries one person can submit, according to Sandals’ and the contest ends Tuesday, Nov. 26. Obviously the steak house is named after Sandal’s chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart. Related Items:last_img read more

Bahamas Davis secures near 80 of PLP vote

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#PhillipDavisnewPLPleader Davis officially sworn in as Opposition Leader Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 27, 2017 – Nearly 80% of the delegates’ votes went to Philip Brave Davis to make him officially now the leader of the Opposition, Progressive Liberal Party.It was evident that the country’s oldest living political party was not yet ready to make the history making move of having the first female party leader in Glenys Hanna Martin who lost soundly in the race, which ended two days before her birthday which is today.The MP for Englerston got 300 votes while Davis, the MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador took the title with a whopping 1,004.Grand Bahama resident, Troy Garvey had three votes in support of his bid with 12 spoiled ballots, according to media reports. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Explained Why Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency will have ballots and not EVMs