High schools show support for special needs, Deadline extended for Digicel 5K Imagine Run

first_img Deadline extension To facilitate the growing number of participants, the deadline was extended and will close today. Interested persons may sign up for the Run online at www.runningeventsja.com for $1,200 or make a contribution to the cause through the Digicel Foundation. In addition to the traditional run, walk and wheelchair options, persons will also be able to sign up for the ‘Fun’ route, which is an obstacle course filled with challenges, including pillow fights, neon light, paint and other interesting diversions. “Our aim at Digicel Foundation is to not only improve the lives of our special needs friends, but to also educate more persons about special needs so that they can be better integrated into our society,” said executive director of the Digicel Foundation, Samantha Chantrelle. She added: “With increased awareness, we will eventually see Jamaicans making more effort to help these persons, whether it is through a simple act of helping a blind person to cross the road or to volunteer their time at one of the 12 beneficiary institutions of the run.” KINGSTON: Support for the Digicel 5K Imagine Run 2015 continues to increase since its launch over a month ago, with over 200 high-school students signed up to participate in the annual event on Saturday. This includes students from Campion College, Camperdown High School, Mavis Bank High, AISK and St George’s College. Digicel extended a special invitation to schools within the Corporate Area to drive further awareness of the special-needs community, while educating the students about the cause during their morning assemblies. Now in its fourth staging, the annual event has maintained its mandate of using the funds raised to develop special-needs institutions in Jamaica. “At St George’s College, we do a number of charities as we believe it is important for our students to give back to the community,” shared Colleen Yee Sing-Mitchell, guidance counsellor at the North Street-based institution. “Special needs is not necessarily one of the areas to which the gentlemen of the school have been exposed, so we think the Digicel 5K Run is an ideal opportunity for them to learn about Jamaica’s special-needs community and play a part in supporting them,” she added.last_img read more

Min. Samukai Appreciates U.S. Support against Ebola

first_imgMinister of National Defense Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has expressed appreciation to the United States Government for its continued support to countries, particularly in West Africa, affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Minister Samuka highlighted the leadership role being demonstrated by the U.S. Government which, according to him, signifies that Liberia is not alone in the fight against the EVD, lauding U.S. Senator Christopher Coons for raising the concern about Liberia to his government.In the words of Minister Samukai, “Your robust response has made a significant impact on the psyche (consciousness, mind) of our people.” Meanwhile, Minister Samukai has called for much more robust support from the U. S Government, in order to stabilize the health secctors not only in Liberia but also in Guinea and Sierra Leone, two other West African countries hit hardest by the virus.Minister Samukai made the statement on Saturday, December 20, 2014 when Senator Christopher Coons and a delegation paid a courtesy call on the Defense Minister at his Barclay Training Center offices in Monrovia, according to a statement from the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia.Expressing his gratitude to the Liberian people, Senator Coons thanked Minister Samuaki for the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation. He also lauded the leadership of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for its support to the U.S. Military, which is helping them to be able to respond effectively to reports of Ebola case across the country.“We will continue our emergency actions that will support your efforts, which are aimed eradicating this deadly Ebola,” Senator Coons said in a statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New L$500 Bank Note, Minting Smaller Denominations: CBL’s Commendable Changes

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has embarked upon a number of highly commendable changes designed to ease the public’s handling of the Liberian currency.The first announcement CBL made last week was that it was introducing a L$500 note. But the Central Bank is not simply throwing out this new and most welcome banknote to the public. Last Monday it commenced sending out teams of experts throughout the country, starting with Kakata, capital of Margibi County, an important commercial center. The aim is to introduce to the public the new L$500 and other banknotes; to explain other currency issues; and to listen to the public’s own concerns about money in the country.CBL’s Deputy Director for Banking Services, Ms. Miatta Kurteh, told Margibians that the new L$500 and other new banknotes being issued are marked by special security features, in order to make counterfeits impossible. Our Roving Reporter Edwin Fayia, who accompanied the CBL team to Kakata, said Ms. Kurteh delighted the crowded Kakata meeting with two other pieces of good news. First, CBL is about to replace the old, tattered banknotes with new ones. This, she said, is contrary to rumors that the Bank had handed over all the old bills to moneychangers on the streets. She explained that CBL was soon to bring in brand new banknotes. The Bank, secondly, would also soon be introducing smaller currency denominations. This means that goods on the market would no longer cost a minimum of L$5. This is good and bad news—good news for consumers and bad news for vendors. Take the women selling tiny bags of peanuts. These are now sold for two prices—L$5 and L$10. How much would these small sachets now cost when smaller denominations are introduced to the market? Shall a L$5 bag of peanuts now be sold for between 25 or 50 cents, or less? What impact would these new and smaller currency denominations have on prices generally in the marketplace?News of the replacement of worn-out dollar notes with brand new ones was particularly heartwarming to Margibians, as it will be to people throughout the country. People cannot wait to lay their hands on the new dollar notes in exchange for the existing ones, which have become so tattered and dangerous to handle because they are so filthy.The CBL team disclosed that special windows will be opened at various banks around the country through which people may exchange their old notes for new ones. The downside to this is that the cries of “tear-tear” money changers will cease.The question is, will CBL begin to put into place new notes on a periodic basis so that Liberians may feel that they are now living in a modern new world, at least in terms of the clean money they would now have to exchange from hand to hand each day?One thing we are sure of: No one, especially vendors, other marketers and businesspeople who handle money in bulk, can wait for the arrival on the market of the L$500 notes. This will make money so much easier to carry. Consider this in contrast to the L$5 silver “doe-lars” of the 1980s, which were not only bulky, but extremely heavy to carry around. During their meeting with the CBL team, Margibians raised an issue which is on every Liberian’s mind—the issue of the existing dual currency in Liberia—the L$ and the US$. The Margibians called for the withdrawal of the US$ in preference to the L$. But that was a matter far too big for the CBL team; or even indeed for their boss, CBL Governor Milton Weeks himself. Assistant Director for Banking Services, William Dagbe, explained that the issue of foreign currency was a matter exclusively for the National Legislature. It is they who determine what kind of currency Liberia uses. Indeed, Article 34 (d) of the Constitution states that “the Legislature shall have the power [among other things] to issue currency, mint coins . . . and no coin [is to be] minted or national currency [issued] except by the expressed authority of the Legislature.” This burning question of the use of the US$ exclusively or along side the L$ has boggled (overwhelmed, baffled) the minds of Liberians for generations. There are those who insist that we have a peculiar advantage in maintaining the dual currency; while others say we should do as all of our neighbors in West Africa and the rest of the continent are doing – use our own local currency exclusively in the transaction of business.We reckon that this question will definitely be one of the major preoccupations of the administration that assumes power in January 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Several injured in accident involving US Ambassador’s vehicle

first_imgPolice are investigating an accident on Friday morning, in which a route 44 mini-bus slammed into the back of a Land Cruiser, which transports United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway.Several occupants of the mini-bus were said to have received minor injuries and were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation to be treated. Ambassador Holloway was not a passenger in the Land Cruiser at the time of the accident.The mini-bus involved in the accidentDetails will follow in the October 07, 2017 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

Prospects West camp a learning experience for Inconnu swimmer Brittany Welsh

first_imgWelsh said the experience was a great one as it meant she fit in with the top swimmers from this part of the country.“It was awesome. The top swimmers in Western Canada get to go at the top of their age group and swimming. I got picked because I was on the alternate list but three other people cancelled so I got to go.”Instructors running the camp aimed for getting those taking part to hone in on the technical aspects of their swims. The camp was summarized as having an “evaluate/analyze/correct – race again” format.- Advertisement -“It’s a lot of technical work with focus on our stroke and how to improve it and how to get better in our races,” Welsh said. “It’s amazing. I love being able to go. It’s a big step up for me to be able to go to these kind of things.”Welsh will now turn her attention to preparing to compete at the Swim B.C. Provincial Championships in June.last_img read more

Action resumes this Saturday

first_imgGT Beer/Ballerz Ent Soft Shoe Football…Team Family’s Kevin Agard lit up the second night of action in the Ballerz Entertainment /GT Beer-sponsored 5-a-side Soft Shoe Football Competition, which continued on Sunday, at the Mocha Community Centre Ground, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Kevin AgardThe tournament, which is being run on a round-robin/knockout basis, saw Agard fire in his second hat-trick to lead the goal scoring in the competition so far and place himself in a wonderful position to win the top goalscorer award.In the first encounter of the night, Church Boys met with Ninja Clad in an eight-goal encounter. Alvin Demattos and Eric Sampson both scored two while Nectar Prince chipped in with one to take Church Boys to 5. Ninja Clad were consistent with their replies, but Adonie Rutherford’s double and Kester Stewart’s one were not enough for the win.In game two, Dream Team handed down a 5-0 thrashing to Cricketers. Orville Stewart, Dellon John, and Dorville Stewart all contributed, along with Kester Alleyne with a pair, to seal the win.Hardball and Front Side Warriors battled in the third game. Matthew Robinson, Jermaine James, and Pernell Gordon tallied one apiece for their 3-1 win over Front Side, who could only muster Orin James’s lone goal.The last game featured the powerhouse Family and Top Strikers. With all their players in tune, Family surged to a 7-1 victory. Agard netted three and was followed by Shamar Jones with two, Rondel Smith with one and Teon Jones with another. Top Strikers’ lone goal came from Darius Trumble.The tournament, which has over $200,000 in prize monies to be won, will see the winning team receive $100,000 while the second and third-placed finishers will take home $50,000 and $25,000 respectively, along with trophies. The action will continue on Saturday, October 13 at the same venue with another set of exciting games.last_img read more

Campus sharing proposed

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The burgeoning West Ranch High School could alleviate overcrowding by sharing space at nearby Rancho Pico Junior High under a plan set for review Wednesday by the Hart school board. The recommendation by Robert C. Gapper, chief operations officer of the Hart Union High School District, is an effort toward compromise until a new campus is built in Castaic to handle the overload. The board also will consider companion recommendations to allow West Ranch students open enrollment at other Hart district campuses and to close West Ranch to interdistrict transfers. West Ranch Principal Bob Vincent and Rancho Pico’s Principal David LeBarron helped the district develop the proposed solution. West Ranch was built for 2,600 students, and expects to enroll about 3,235 by 2011. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The district is faced with overcrowding at 3-year-old West Ranch, which serves students from Castaic, Westridge, Stevenson Ranch and a corner of Newhall. Castaic students are there until a high school opens in their community – but the campus has been delayed until at least 2010 in part because it’s tied to a development that might or might not be built to that schedule. For the past few weeks, parents have been flustered by talk of transferring some students to other campuses – including Golden Valley High some 15 miles away. Another plan involved adding modular classrooms on West Ranch at a cost of about $3 million. Meanwhile, Stevenson Ranch parents complained that the campus in their neighborhood is being crowded by students from another community who could be transferred elsewhere. Under the proposal now on the table, West Ranch students would take some classes at Rancho Pico, just across Valencia Boulevard. The move would cost about $55,000 for two campus supervisors to ensure safety across the street. “This suggested solution will avoid any cost for installation of relocatable classrooms and will not create additional transportation costs,” Gapper said in a report to the school board. “The proposed solution will provide for the education of all students, is fiscally responsible and will allow students in the same community to remain together throughout high school.” last_img read more

Moscow urges locals not to drive ahead of World Cup

first_img0Shares0000The Luzhniki is one of two World Cup stadiums in congested Moscow © AFP/File / Dmitry SEREBRYAKOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 12 – Moscow authorities are pleading with locals not to drive in the runup to Thursday’s World Cup opening match to avoid causing gridlock in the city.The Russian capital of 12 million people is creaking at the seams as it starts receiving hundreds of thousands visitors for the month-long football final. Fans from the 32 participating nations will almost all either be based in Moscow or fly in and out of the sprawling and chronically congested megalopolis to the other 11 host venues.Moscow officials had insisted for months that they had planned everything out to make sure the city functioned like clockwork once the games begin.They sounded less confident on Tuesday.The city’s transportation department said some of Moscow’s busiest roads will have to be closed off to general traffic to make way for dignitaries arriving for the opening ceremony.“Due to the high number of events and the arrival of important guests, additional road restrictions are possible — especially in the city centre,” the transportation department said.The city said traffic cops will also be stopping traffic to make room for various FIFA delegations and busses shuttling in fans from Moscow’s four airports.“We strongly urge city residents to use city transport and to leave their cars at home for the coming days,” said the transportation department.“This will make your trips easier to plan.”Russia has inherited the Soviet-era practise of shutting down roads travelled by senior officials or visiting foreign dignitaries.Parts of Moscow crawls to a halt during morning and evening rush hour when President Vladimir Putin is sped to and from work.The roads are usually closed from the point of Putin’s departure outside Moscow to that of his arrival at the Kremlin as an extra precaution.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgFATHER Ernan McMullin, a professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, died on Tuesday at Letterkenny General Hospital.McMullin, 86, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1954.A native of Clar, Ballybofey, McMullin was a scholar in the philosophy of science. He studied physics at the National University of Ireland under Nobel laureate Erwin Schroedinger and theology at Maynooth College before being ordained a priest in 1949 and receiving his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Louvain in 1954. He was recruited to the Notre Dame faculty by its then-new president, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh.At Notre Dame, McMullin chaired the philosophy department from 1965 to 1972 and served as director of the history and philosophy of science program and of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology & Human Values before retiring in 1994, continuing to teach on the graduate level until 2003. For the last seven years, he lived both in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Donegal.McMullin wrote and lectured widely on subjects ranging from the relationship between cosmology and theology, to the role of values in understanding science, to the impact of Darwinism on Western religious thought.A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday in Clar, Donegal. Memorial donations may be made to Down Syndrome Ireland, care of Citywest Business Park, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12, Ireland. SAD PASSING OF BRILLIANT DONEGAL PRIEST WHO BECAME PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF PHILISOPHY AT AMERCIAN UNIVERSITY was last modified: February 10th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgDozens of businesses from across Inishowen and further field packed into the recently opened Slieve Snacht Centre in Drumfries on Thursday night to participate in a speed networking event hosted by Buncrana Chamber of Commerce. In all, a diverse range of 34 different businesses were represented, and while ‘speed dating for business’ is hard work, the participants also found the event extremely enjoyable.The purpose of the event was to introduce the business owners present to potential new customers as well as new suppliers. Speaking after the event, Chamber of Commerce president Ryan Stewart praised the businesses who attended.Stewart told Donegal Daily, “For a solid two hours, there was real enthusiasm in the centre, and a constant rumble of voices pitching their businesses, making new connections, and creating new business relationships.“Some participants also travelled from much further afield also, which shows the quality that we have to offer in Inishowen.”At the event, local businesses were asked to take turns pitching their business for two minutes each, and see if they could find common ground upon which they could business in the future, then move along to the next person at the sound of a bell. Some sales were even conducted on the night, while for others, conversations and negotiations continued long after the final bell had sounded.“People are interested in events like this because trading locally is not just something that feel you have to do, it’s a culture, and events like this only encourage and maintain that culture.“Events like this are vital in continuing to improve the local business environment. It’s not just about sales either. Attendees varied from long established, well known businesses, to brand new start-ups.“Many offered advice to the new start-up ventures, as well as providing them with useful business contacts of their own. The event has had a direct benefit for all who attended,From speaking to the participants at the end, it is clear that new connections have been formed, products and services have been sold, business referrals have been passed, and eyes have been opened to the quality on our doorsteps.” “The Slieve Snacht Centre in Drumfries was a fantastic location also, and I’m delighted they were able to show the new centre in a great light to business owners across Donegal, and impress them with their brand new facilities, and they were extremely helpful in putting the event together.”Further business related events are being planned by the Chamber of Commerce throughout the year, and business owners across the peninsula are being encouraged to take part, with details to be released in the near future.To stay informed, or to join the Chamber of Commerce, please contact John Keyes on 074 9321720 or email commerce@buncrana.com Visit www.buncranachamber.net for more information or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/buncranachamberINISHOWEN SPEED NETWORKING EVENT HAILED AS A MASSIVE SUCCESS was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more