SSL supports Allman/Woodford FC

first_imgKINGSTON: In the presence of Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL) handed over a cheque worth $150,000 to the Allman/Woodford Under-13 and Under-15 football teams. “Sports is a complement to education, it both boost character and confidence. We do not always acknowledge the cohesive work that sports organisations do in promoting goodwill, discipline and providing our young people with an opportunity to express themselves through sports,” remarked Minister Thwaites. Both teams earned positive results in their opening matches. The Under-15 and Under-13 Allman/Woodford teams copped landslide wins against Mountain View FC with scores of 5-0 and 10-0, respectively. Since the beginning of this year’s season, the Allman/Woodford Under-13 team has played five matches, winning four and drawing one, while the Under 15 team has won three of its five matches. Lamar Harris, general manager and company secretary of SSL, noted that through the company’s Foundation, SSL is proud to contribute to sports and education as these areas enhance nation building. “I want to congratulate both teams for their stellar performance this past weekend,” said an excited Harris. “We are heartened to know that SSL is supporting one of the best football clubs in Kingston. “Our commitment to the nation’s youth goes beyond this isolated activity. SSL promotes educating the public on ways to improve lives through gaining financial freedom.” Allman/Woodford Football Club, under the leadership of Errol Howlett, vice president and manager, has become a formidable force and is one of the strongest clubs in Central Kingston. “We really appreciate the support we received from Stocks and Securities Ltd. Their donation will go a long way in helping the team finish this year’s season, especially in terms of equipping the teams with the proper gear, provision of transportation, food and other necessities,” said an appreciative Howlett. Stocks and Securities Ltd.(SSL) is now gearing up to officially launch the SSL Foundation, with Bishop Robert Thompson as chairman and Richard Bertram, SSL consultant.last_img read more

Ulterior political motives to prejudice my reputation

first_imgDear Editor,The sacred text Exodus 20:16 states, “You should not bear false witness or testimony against your neighbour.” It forbids speaking falsely in any way whatsoever, lying, equivocating and speaking unjustly to prejudice the reputation of another.The letter appearing in the Kaieteur News on May 4, 2018, titled “A Bishop Edghill never seen before”, is a fabrication and is carefully designed with ulterior political motives to prejudice my reputation.For the record, I, categorically, deny ever having a conversation with Bishop Joseph G Fisher or anyone whatsoever about the alleged matters contained in this piece of mischievous narrative, in or out of Guyana.The only two statements that are of some factual basis are publicly known, those are:1. that I am indeed a member of the International Communion of Charismatic Churches (ICCC) since February 1995, and have travelled around the world attending conferences;2. and that my mother resides in the USA.Finally, this falsehood must be seen for what it is, that is, desperation on the part of political opponents on a smear campaign against me and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C). My activism and political engagements are premised on positions of principle and morality.My prayers are with those who admire me awkwardly.Yours truly,Bishop Juan A EdghillPPP/C MPlast_img read more

JFK being Restored to Original Status

first_imgThe Liberian government has said that there are now ongoing efforts to restore the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) to its “original status” before the civil war, which began on December 24, 1989 and ended in August 2003, when former President Charles Taylor went into exile.The JFK hospital, once Liberia’s major referral health center for nearly three decades, is now more of a primary healthcare provider. It lost its tertiary status due to the years of civil war and neglect by various regimes.At the height of its full capacity in the 1980s, patients flew in from most parts of West Africa to seek medical attention in Liberia.However, all is not lost. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced recently in her State of the Nation Address that efforts are now ongoing to restore the hospital to its original status. If the President’s words are anything to go by, then it would mean restoring all of the medical center’s facilities, including the Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Center, which now lies dormant, a wasteland encroached on by land-grabbers. The President didn’t explain in detail what efforts are ongoing in the restoration drive. However, on Monday, October 13, 2015, the JFK administration, along with authorities of the Ministry of Health, called a gathering to hold discussions on a five-year strategic plan, which is aimed at restoring the hospital to its prewar status. In that meeting, which was held at a local hotel, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn announced that the hospital would need more than US$180 million to regain that status.Dr. Dahn said they had met in order to “move JFK forward.” For those wondering why now since the nation has been at peace for more than a decade, this was her response: “Over the past 10 years, the Ministry of Health has been working on restoring and strengthening the primary health care services and that is because most of the people will seek health care first at the primary level before they utilize the tertiary level.”The Health Minister stated that in order to make an impact in combating common illnesses, which can most times be easily prevented, they focused their attention on strengthening the primary healthcare level.“Because of that today, Liberia has made some achievements. Liberia was among the first eight countries in sub-Sahara Africa that achieved MDG 4 three years before it ended [in 2015],” she stated. Despite stating that her country has made some improvements in primary health care, she, however, said that the tertiary level now needs attention, adding: “It’s only on our continent Africa that our leaders go to another continent to seek healthcare [when they fall sick].” According to the Minister, this is because some African countries, such as Liberia, can’t afford the kind of health services and investment in the sector.When one considers the paltry US$60 million allocated to the health sector in the National Budget, the Minister is right saying there is less investment in the sector.She indicated that if Liberians want to see JFK where it ought to be, especially those who share the national ‘cake,’ they need to think “differently.”Min. Dahn added that Liberians are not happy with the present look of JFK and so everyone needs to now think differently toward improving the hospital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Texas University, Bridges Global Medical host outreach in Linden

first_imgA medical team comprising personnel from the Texas State University and Bridges Global Medical Mission has completed a successful respiratory medical outreach in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice).The team, comprising medical officials, respiratory care students, mass communication students and respiratory therapists, conducted screenings for asthma and COPD at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) and the Mackenzie High School over a two- day period.The team also rendered assistance to the Spirometry department at the LHC. Forming part of the team were Director of Clinical Education, Clinical Assistant and Professor at the Texas State University, Sharon Armstead; Lecturer at Texas State University and Director of SJMC Global News Team, Holly Wise; and Dr Claudette Helligar- Thomas of the Bridges Global Medical Mission, in addition to the medical students and officials.Speaking during an official meeting with the team, outgoing Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland, thanked the team for the visit, and noted that it was a timely one, since many residents in the bauxite mining community are in need of the services.“We have the bauxite industry here, and many people would have been affected by asthma…So your visit is timely. I know we have many cases…,” Holland pointed out.Meanwhile, Armstead said the team’s goal is to expose the profession of Respiratory Care to the Guyanese public. Having herself been diagnosed with asthma 4 years ago, she noted that it was during one of her last visits to Linden that she realized her asthmatic condition was “triggered” by something in the environment.“I could breathe in Georgetown, but when I came to Linden…something in Linden triggered it, and I still feel that…there’s something in the air,” she noted.Armstead continued that when she first visited the community, she was told there was “no asthma” there; but she noted that it would be difficult to detect the ailment without the proper diagnostic equipment — a Spirometer. She said she was happy to have recently secured a grant to secure two more diagnostic machines for Guyana, but said it was up to the MoPH to decide where they would be placed.The mobile units which were secured were utilised during the outreach, according to Armstead, who stressed the need for “mobile” units to be used in far-flung areas. She said while hospitals are equipped, the mobile machines are convenient for use in other areas.Armstead also highlighted that the World Health Organization (WHO) does not state the number of asthma and COPD cases in Guyana, as she stated her belief that this may be due to the unavailability of tools for diagnosis. As such, she stressed the importance of using the correct tool and spreading its use. Armstead further stressed the importance of educating the Guyanese public on asthma, COPD and chronic diseases, noting that the main steps in Respiratory Care are diagnosis, treatment and education.International Desk Coordinator attached to the Public Health Ministry, Denroy Tudor, who was present at the meeting, said the MoPH was elated for the collaboration. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the LHC, Dr Farouk Riyasat, Regional Health Officer Dr Pansy Armstrong, and LHC Chief Medical Officer Dr Steve Mark were also among officials present at the meeting. The medical team was also attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital prior to the visit to Linden.last_img read more

Artists draw on rural roots, worldly adventures in new exhibit at Peace Gallery North

first_imgShe’s Fort St. John, born and raised out in Rose Prairie, with a hobby farm she now calls home out along the Hudson’s Hope highway. He’s United Kingdom, born and raised, with a life lived in urban centres from Tokyo to Greece to Washington, D.C.Together, artists Tara Brule and Alan White have put their perspectives and canvasses side by side as part of a new exhibit titled When Town Meets Country now on display at Peace Gallery North.More than 20 mixed media works make up the exhibit, from Brule’s texture-rich paintings of heifers and roosters and foxes paired with White’s worldly and vibrant cityscapes of New York, Vancouver, and Paris.- Advertisement -“I’m one of the generation who’s trying to bridge that distance between country and city life,” says Brule.“I’m a teacher, so I’ve been to university, travelled a little bit, and I’ve chosen to have one foot in each world and I think I’m wealthier for it in the end.“I’m still a land person and that’s how I ground myself. I garden, I go out and pet my horses, go for a ride. There’s room to go walking on our property, grow berries… I don’t have to always gussy up to go out my front door. Yet when I want to, I can go to town and mix with folks like Alan, who has been all around the world, and I bask in that,” Brule said.Advertisement The exhibit has been a year in the works, an idea pushed by gallery curator Barry Moss following last year’s Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibition.Brule had a commissioned piece in that show, and Moss, knowing about White’s cityscape collages, wanted the pair to do a joint exhibit. So he penciled them in his calendar and gave them a year to work, said White.“Two months ago, we actually started thinking about it,” laughed White.“Because Tara lives on a farm, I knew that a lot of her work incorporates animals from farms. The idea of the town and country (meeting) would be quite cool to play off of one another.”Advertisement Despite living in some of the biggest, most metropolitan cities in the world, White lives on a farm in the Baldonnel area these days since first moving here 18 months ago.Most artists in the area tend to live along the fringes of the city, Brule said.“It’s soul food out there,” she said.When Town Meets Country runs at Peace Gallery North until July 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.For more, visit http://npcc.bc.ca/peace-gallery-north.Advertisementlast_img read more

Court puts hold on NASA inquiries

first_imgAn emergency motion to the 9th Circuit was made after a lower court on Wednesday denied a preliminary injunction sought by 28 JPL employees in a lawsuit against NASA. JPL, managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, has some 5,000 employees. “The court has not had the opportunity to consider fully the voluminous material filed in connection with the emergency motion,” the 9th Circuit’s order said in an order that enjoins NASA through Oct. 12. “As far as we can determine in the short time available, appellants likely raise serious legal and constitutional questions and show the probability of irreparable harm. What is quite clear is that the balance of hardships tips strongly in their favor,” said the order by Judges Betty Binns Fletcher, Stephen Reinhardt and Marsha S. Berzon. By John Antczak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an emergency temporary injunction sought by some employees of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who claim newly required background checks invade their privacy and allow open-ended investigations into their lives. The employees had a Friday deadline to comply with the Bush administration directive or face the possibility of losing their jobs. They were required to fill out questionnaires and submit a waiver allowing the investigations. 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

Griffith Park: Heart of the city

first_imgFor the true heart of Los Angeles, look no farther than Griffith Park. From its lush golf courses to its historic Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory, from its L.A. Zoo to its equestrian and hiking trails Westsiders mingle with east Angelenos as Valley denizens join those of downtown. For more than a century, the nation’s largest municipal wildland park has served to unite Angelenos. “Everybody talks about Central Park in New York, (but) Griffith Park is a beautiful natural monument … better than any park in the world,” said Louis Alvarado, honorary mayor of Griffith Park. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “When you go to Griffith Park, everybody has something in common, everybody becomes friendlier with each other. We become a common city.” From its heights above Los Angeles, Griffith Park offers sweeping views of a commonly shared metropolis. On the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, the park’s 4,100 acres maintained by 120 city workers offers respite for 10 million visitors a year. Joggers hit their stride. Bicyclists spin their wheels. Duffers get in their licks. Couples hold hands. A lone flutist plays on a distant glade. And America’s largest urban hike club assembles three times a week for a 2-hour sundown trek. “Are you ready to hike!,” shouted Alvarado, leader of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Griffith Park Section, during a recent evening hike above the historic Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. “Yes,” barked a hundred waiting regulars. “OK, that sounds like music to my ears.” With that, hikers from across Los Angeles hoofed it over sage-covered hills gifted to the city by Col. Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. Few knew of the dapper Welshman who’d once owned Rancho Los Feliz, the former Spanish land grant that would become known as Griffith Park. Few knew of the colonel’s aim: to edify residents of every race and creed via a sunlit riverfront park. “It must be made a place of recreation and rest for the masses, a resort for the rank and file, for the plain people,” Griffith said to mark the occasion. “I consider it my obligation to make Los Angeles a happier, cleaner, and finer city.” And few knew of the portly gentleman who, after a sensational trial, would serve two years in prison for shooting his society wife in the eye. As Griffith had fretted over the future of his park, so have others. Last year, a consultant floated a draft Griffith Park master plan with notions of aerial tramways, parking garages, a mountain hostel and an L.A. River “pleasure pier.” A more hands-off vision will soon be submitted by a working group of nearby residents and stakeholders. “The biggest single long-range threat to the park is overdevelopment,” said Mike Eberts, author of “Griffith Park: A Centennial History,” and a frequent hiker of the park. “I think the open space in the park should take priority once the land is developed, you don’t get it back.” Hikers traipse past mustard and sticky monkey flowers. Past Amir’s Garden, with its blooming pink geraniums. Past historic Bee Rock and over toilsome Cardiac Hill. As the sun sets, the sage becomes fragrant as lights of the city begin to flicker far far below. “It’s beautiful,” exclaimed Ana Montenegro, 48, of Burbank. “All the trees. It’s relaxing. The views. The city lights.” “What a great way to get rid of stress,” said hike leader Theresa Michaels, an agent with Windermere Burbank. “I’m a Realtor and I completely forget about it huffing and puffing up here.” Each week, Tovah Sands looks forward to heading directly from her job in Northridge for the heights of Griffith Park. “I love it,” said Sands, of Woodland Hills, taking a deep breath at the top of a hill. “Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s the most beautiful thing. “This is the most important part of Los Angeles.”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

Arsenal and Chelsea transfer BLOW: Kostas Manolas set to extend Roma stay

first_img1 Kostas Manolas is set to stay at Roma Kostas Manolas is ready to end any talk of him joining Arsenal or Chelsea by penning a new contract with Roma.The defender has been heavily linked with a move this summer as talks over fresh terms stalled.The Greece international’s current deal expires in June 2019 and it had been reported Roma were ready to cash in on him now for maximum profit, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Inter Milan keen.But now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, a move away is off the table as Manolas is set to sign a new contract.The 25-year-old will reportedly put pen to paper on a long-term deal that will cause his wage to go up from £33,000-a-week to just over £50,000-a-week.last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (THE MADDEST VIDEO YET!)

first_imgDDTV: As songs supporting Donegal’s All-Ireland bid go, this one is definitely up there!But it’s the video which makes it.The song is ‘Shipping Up To Glenties’.Click to play  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (THE MADDEST VIDEO YET!) was last modified: September 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (THE MADDEST VIDEO YET!)last_img read more

EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS QUALIFY FOR MASTERS SERIES

first_imgLawrence Smyth in actionMasters Show Jumping at SligoAt the Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC) Masters Series Show Jumping Qualifier at Tubberbride Equestrian Centre, Sligo, show jumpers from Donegal faired very well.Charlie Vial, Tirconaill Riding Club, qualified for the Final in Mullingar in September by taking the 3rd spot in Intermediate grade. Patricia Warren, Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club, riding The Colourado Kid, was placed 2nd in the Advanced Intermediate Grade, and Cormac McCormack, Letterkenny Riding Club came 6th in the same grade: both riders qualified for the Final. Warren had previously qualified by winning the Mullingar Qualifier on her other horse, He’s a Dandy. Proving that age is no barrier in show jumping, the Advanced Primary Show Jumping Derby was won by the man who took up horse riding at 67. Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh, Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club, who will be 72 next month, rode clear on Jenny’s Jigsaw in 91.5 seconds, which was the fastest time. EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS QUALIFY FOR MASTERS SERIES was last modified: May 15th, 2013 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:EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS QUALIFY FOR MASTERS SERIESlast_img read more