Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Players of the Nathan E. Gibson basketball team.The Inter-School Sports Association has begun a six-school basketball tournament at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, Monrovia.Participating schools are College of West Africa (CWA), Len Miller, World Wide Mission, SOS, SDA and Nathan A. Gibson.Described as the Inter-School Sports Tournament, it is being held for both male and female teams.In the first matches, CWA female team forfeited their points to Len Miller and World Wide Mission defeated SDA 21-9 points.According to the schedule, Len Miller and Nathan E. Gibson female sides were set to play yesterday; SOS were expected to meet with CWA in the male category, while World Wide Mission were lined up to play against Nathan E. Gibson.Len Miller basketball team at the Sports CommissionThe third round fixture pairs CWA against Nathan E. Gibson (female) in the first game; SDA will go against Nathan E. Gibson and Len Miller will also go against SOS in the male category.An ISSA official said the six-school basketball tournament is using it to prepare for its National Championship Basketball League.“We are using the tournament to revive our annual league,” an ISSA spokesman said.The Inter-School Sports Association (ISSA) organizes tournaments in several sporting disciplines including soccer, basketball and track field among junior and senior high schools in the country.In the past, many athletes who rose to national prominence and represented the country in continental and international games were groomed through ISSA initiatives.
An English-based Donegal fan picked up the tab for an overnight stay by the Donegal squad and management in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Saturday night – after the county board said it couldn’t afford to do so.Donegal chairman PJ McGowan confirmed today that an ex-pat had paid for the pre-match accommodation but insisted that it had not caused a rift between the board and team management.Donegal’s team management had asked to stay at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, for the semi-final because players had complained of fatigue when they had travelled to Kingspan Breffni Park to play Cavan in their previous match. The request for that initial stay in the luxury 5-star hotel was granted by the board, but when it was made again prior to the Ulster final clash with Derry the Board said ‘no’.“Financially we just wouldn’t be able to meet the request, but at that point someone else stepped in,” Mr McGowan tells today’s Irish Independent. “There is no rift, there is nothing like that over it. Everyone is just happy that we are Ulster champions after 19 years again.“We were happy to fund the initial stay in the Slieve Russell, which is a qualityhotel, and were happy to give this team as much as we can so that no stone is unturned.” FAN PICKS UP HOTEL BILL FOR DONEGAL TEAM AFTER COUNTY BOARD SAID IT ‘COULDN’T AFFORD IT’ was last modified: July 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalDonegal GAASLIEVE RUSSELL HOTEL
Sandwell Council will enhance pay to the voluntary living wage rate for 150 council employees and 650 school staff.The pay increase, which will be effective from April 2018 and apply to staff currently on pay band A and the lower increments of pay band B, will see cleaners, learning support assistants, playworkers, nursery staff and school crossing wardens receive a pay rise of between 6% and 8%.Sandwell Council, which confirmed the pay rise on 18 October 2017, predicts the pay increase will cost approximately £1 million over three years.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage on a voluntary basis, and the rate is updated annually. The living wage is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £9.75 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national minimum wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national minimum wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Councillor Steve Trow, cabinet member for core council services at Sandwell Council, said: “This is going to make a significant difference to many people. With the cost of living rising, it’s people on the lowest wages who feel the pinch the hardest. By committing to paying the living wage, we’ll be directly improving the standard of living for hundreds of people working for the council and in our schools.”A spokesperson at trade union Unite added: “This will put money in the pockets of low paid [employees] making a real difference to the lives of hundred of [employees] and their families. The council should be commended for taking this important step towards full living wage accreditation.”