UN donates Prado to Education Ministry

first_imgThe United Nations through the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), on Friday donated a Toyota Prado to the Ministry of Education’s, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.UNFPA Assistant Resident Representative Patrice LaFleur hands over the vehicle to Minister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry in the presence of Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry Alfred King and Director of Youth Trevor WilliamsMinister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry who received the donation stated that the Education Ministry has a long relationship with the UNFPA which has played a vital part in the development of Youth Friendly Spaces around the country. It was also stated that the relationship is strengthened by the donation.It was related that the vehicle would be used by the Department of Youth to boost development of the Youth Friendly Spaces. The junior minister noted that the Education Ministry is placing focus on those youth spaces to ensure that young people have a safe space to meet and have access to key services. As such, she praised the UNFPA for the donation.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry Alfred King explained that the vehicle will be used to aid in the advancement of youth development.He reiterated Henry’s statement, telling those at the handing-over ceremony that the Youth Friendly Spaces project created an environment where young people can not only learn about themselves and their sexuality, but also develop themselves in a positive way. He also expressed gratitude for the vehicle gesture.explained that relations between the organisation and the Ministry of Education began in 2003, and over the years has seen several successful partnership initiatives undertaken.She stated that UNFPA is pleased with the fruits of the relationship with the ministry, adding that the vehicle will be used in the Department of Youth’s outreach programme to the Youth Friendly Spaces where focus will be placed on adolescents and youth development, especially adolescent pregnancy reduction. She also pointed out that the UNFPA has a mandate from the UN and the Caricom Secretariat to address adolescent pregnancy reduction.last_img read more

Joe Boakai: “Liberia Nears Disaster”

first_imgFormer Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai—Says protest is citizens’ constitutional right, calls on Liberians on both sides to exercise restraintMr. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, former Vice President and standard bearer of the erstwhile governing Unity Party (UP), has observed that recent events in the country seem to have taken an usual trend, describing the country as “a ship [without control] adrift on a turbulent sea.”He said the pending December 30th protest is an important factor that “aggrieved groups of citizens use as their constitutional right to assemble, and exercise their freedom of expression.”Mr. Boakai’s comment was contained in a statement he issued to the public on Thursday, December 5, 2019 as a statesman, reminding his fellow countrymen of where the country has been heading to in recent months.“Our country seems to be taking on its own momentum, appearing as though it has become a rudderless ship adrift on a turbulent sea hurtling towards disaster,” the Boakai’s statement said.He added, “Civil servants, teachers and other professional groups are demanding salary arrears, or they would initiate a go slow action.”As regard the pending December 30 nationwide protest under the aegis of the Council of Patriots (CoP), who have called for a ‘Step Down’ of President George Weah, Mr. Boakai therefore urged all sides to exercise restraint, and to work within the confines of the Constitution.He said it is worrisome that the Liberian people, and the world continue to demand full accountability and action regarding the ‘missing’ L$16 billion, and the US$25 million allocated for ‘mopping-up excess liquidity,’ “but in the face of that, economic hardship continues to impact lives throughout the country.”The banks, Boakai said are failing their obligations to depositors whereby families are sleeping with hunger, while students are being thrown out of school for non-payment of tuition and fees.“Overall school enrollment has drastically declined as compared to previous years, while hospitals and healthcare facilities are struggling to attend to the sick, due to lack of basic equipment and supplies; couple with the abrupt closure of businesses,” the Boakai’s statement said.Accordingly, he said inflation is running high, while unemployment defies gravity..meaning it has become “unstoppable.”“In the face of this mounting crisis, the people and our partners look up to President George Weah for assurance, but he has failed to address his people; and has instead, deferred to surrogates, who have resorted to inflammatory language to find scapegoats, and to add fuel to the fire.”“The government,” he said, “has requested the printing of additional money in the face of structural deficiencies, and governance abnormality highlighted by both the Presidential Investigation Team (PIT) and Kroll Reports, which (both) agreed that there are inconsistencies in the Central Bank System; and that the US$25 million mop-up exercise created opportunities for fraud and money laundering.”Moreover, Boakai said the government has not given convincing reasons, nor has it put in place adequate guarantees for “accountability.”“We are all sitting on a tinderbox [and therefore] I urge all sides to exercise restraint, and to work within the confines of the Constitution,” the statement said.As regards the December 30th protest, the statement said it is important that aggrieved group of citizens exercise their constitutional right of assembly, and freedom of expression.Henceforth, he said “The government must perform its obligation to provide security and protection all citizens and foreign residents.”On the threat of civil servants “go-slow,” the statement said government must meet up with its obligation.“These patriotic citizens have played their part; they deserve the dignity of their labour, and the right to provide for their families. Therefore, we must not overturn the apple cart,” the statement said, cautioning Liberians against disrupting national gains made over the years.Meanwhile, Mr. Boakai believes that Liberians have demonstrated that they are capable of conducting peaceful protests, “and equally so, Government has proven its ability to provide security, and protection for all. Let each and every Liberian play his or her part to preserve this sacred heritage of ours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demerara Bank sponsors educational programme for RHTY &SC cricket teams

first_imgThe Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) and its 10 cricket teams, for the fifth successive year, have received complete sponsorship from Demerara Bank for the hosting of a Spelling Bee Competition for students of the Rose Hall Primary School.The Bank on Wednesday last handed over its 2018 sponsorship to RHTY&SC Club Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hilbert Foster during a simple ceremony at its Public Road, Rose Hall Town branch.Foster lauded Demerara Bank as a friend of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation and hailed the support the Bank has extended over the years. The long-serving Secretary/CEO, who in 2011 became the only club official in Guyana’s history to ever receive the prestigious Sport Personality of the Year award, stated that the Say Yes to Education programme was one of the Club’s most important programmes along with its successful cricket structure. The RHTY&SC since its formation in 1990 has hosted a Say Yes/Say No Campaign which promotes the saying of yes to education, culture, sports, religion, life and no to drugs, suicide, alcohol, tobacco and crime.Under the Say Yes/Say No Campaign, the Club’s 10 cricket teams have successfully completed over 250 activities for 2018 so far, with the organisation completing 624 of the 700 total it has set itself for 2018. The 2018 RHTY&SC /Demerara Bank Spelling Bee Competition would be for fifth graders of the Rose Hall Town Primary School. It would be coordinated by the cricket teams and conducted by the staff of the school.The top three winners would receive trophies, medals and special prizes from the organisers.The cricket teams of the Club – King Solomon Logistics Under- 12, Poonai Pharmacy Under-13, Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Females, Gizmos & Gadgets Under-21 and First Division – have been dominating cricket in the Ancient County and have to date won four major titles. The teams have also produced 15 players for Guyana at the different levels: Mahendra Gopilall, Jeremy Sandia, Jonathan Rampersaud, Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Kevin Sinclair, Clinton Pestano, Uma Matadin, Rushanna Lynch, Plaffiana Millington, Shabika Gajnabi, Shaneeta Grimmond, Melanie Henry, Shemaine Campbelle and Erva Giddings. Assad Fudadin also played for Jamaica during 2018. Ten of RHTY&SC’s senior players also recently participated in the just-concluded Guyana Cricket Board One Day Franchise Tournament.Demerara Bank Branch Manager Mandrekar Khemraj stated that the Bank was pleased to sponsor the Spelling Bee Competition as it supports the Say Yes to Education message. The Bank, he stated, fully understands its corporate responsibilities and as such, makes investment in sports, culture and educational projects. He expressed confidence that the Spelling Bee Competition would be a success.last_img read more

Hosts Russia hope for World Cup miracle

first_img0Shares0000Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev takes part in a training session in Novogorsk, outside Moscow, on June 29, ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Spain © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Russia are hoping for a World Cup miracle on Sunday as the host nation take on 2010 winners Spain for a place in the quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exited the tournament.The other last-16 match pits a talented Croatia team led by Luka Modric that had a perfect record in the group phase against Denmark, but they will have to go some to emulate the drama of Saturday’s first two last-16 matches. France beat Messi’s Argentina 4-3 in a World Cup classic as 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe announced himself on the biggest stage with a superb two-goal performance and Les Bleus came from behind to send the 2014 finalists packing.Mbappe became the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in the 1958 final. The Brazilian legend tweeted to the Frenchman: “Congratulations, @KMbappe, 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company.”Russia’s top scorer, midfielder Denis Cheryshev, attends a training session in Novogorsk, outside Moscow, on June 28, ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Spain © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVMessi though was unable to find the net, leaving Russia with a single goal, and at 31 the Barcelona great has probably seen any chance of winning the World Cup evaporate.Later in Sochi, Ronaldo — who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain — was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored two brilliant goals in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.Cavani, who lines up alongside Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, opened the scoring with a leaping header and curled a superb first-time shot past Rui Patricio to win the match after Pepe had equalised.Although the Uruguayan striker limped off, he later said it was only a knock and he expects to be back to face France in the quarter-finals.Ronaldo will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, but he would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his international career.“Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches,” said Ronaldo, who, like Messi, leaves the World Cup having never scored a goal in the knockout rounds.– Russia believes –Spain’s top scorer, forward Diego Costa (L), warms up with teammates during a training session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on June 30, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Russia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVRussia came into the tournament derided by their own supporters after a string of defeats in warmup matches but they thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opener and then swept aside Egypt 3-1, making even their own sceptical public believe.A comprehensive defeat to Uruguay provided a reality check but Russia and striker Denis Cheryshev will be roared on by much of the 80,000 crowd in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and they see no reason to fear Andres Iniesta, Isco and Diego Costa.“I think that we can win against anybody, we can always win and that’s what we need to believe, just think about victory,” Cheryshev said.Spain midfielder David Silva said his side will be treating the match “as if we were playing against Brazil.”Croatia’s Luka Modric (C) controls the ball during a training session in Nizhniy Novgorod, on June 30, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Denmark © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFFSpain have a terrible record against host nations at major finals — they have never won in eight attempts and coach Fernando Hierro played when minnows South Korea knocked out his Spain team on penalties in 2002.“Statistics are made to be broken,” Hierro said. “Why are we always looking backwards? We’ve had three games here but we’re going to look at what happened 10 or 15 years ago? It’s about what happens at 5:00 pm tomorrow.”Denmark coach Age Hareide said his side’s match against Croatia could boil down to who comes out on top in the midfield battle between Tottenham powerhouse Christian Eriksen and Modric.The Danes failed to set pulses racing in the opening round but advanced second behind France in Group C.Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel takes part in a training session in Nizhniy Novgorod on June 30, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Croatia © AFP / Martin BERNETTIBy contrast, Croatia stormed through Group D, winning all three games and put in arguably the best performance of the first stage, a 3-0 thumping of Argentina, in Nizhny Novgorod, where they will also play Denmark.Hareide said his team would show far more thrust on Sunday.“I think you will see a different Denmark from what you have seen so far and the type of game we have played,” Hareide said. “Yes, we need to defend but we need to attack more.”Denmark are unbeaten for 18 games, a national record, their last defeat coming against Montenegro in October 2016 and have kept six clean sheets in their past seven games thanks to ‘keeper Casper Schmeichel.If Denmark beat Croatia, it will be only the second time the Danes have qualified for the last eight of the World Cup, the other occasion being in 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lithuanian international leaves Leicester on loan

first_img Kingpower Stadium 1 Promising Leicester striker Simonas Stankevicius has joined Nuneaton Town on loan for two months.The 19-year-old Lithuania international is yet to make his Foxes debut but has impressed for the club’s youth sides.And now the Premier League side have decided his football education would be best served by a loan away from the King Power Stadium.So Stankevicius has been allowed to join Conference North strugglers Nuneaton, who currently sit second bottom of the division, for an initial two months.last_img

BED BUGS – DON’T BRING ANY UNEXPECTED GUESTS BACK FROM HOLIDAYS

first_imgThe increase in the number of people travelling abroad has also seen a rise in global bed bug infestations.In Ireland, 2016 has seen an 80% increase in bed bug infestation compared to the same period in 2015.Contrary to their name, bed bugs are not only found in beds. Easily transportable in clothing and baggage, these insects can thrive in just about any crack or crevice. Rarely seen in the day, they hide their paper-thin bodies in all kinds of furniture.Bed bugs aren’t life-threatening but they feed on human blood during the night, consuming four times their body weight in under 15 minutes.Their saliva causes itchy, red spots that can be confused with mosquito bites. A key way to tell them apart is that bed-bug bites form a line, whereas mosquito bites are usually randomly spaced.Antiseptic soap, calamine lotion or anaesthetic creams can help soothe itchiness and avoid infection. Unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs do not carry or transmit any diseases.When staying in a hotel, motel, or any other overnight accommodation whilst on holiday, inspecting the room for bed bugs can help ensure you don’t find yourself giving these biting insects a free ride back to your home.So how can you tell whether your hotel room has been infested?Bed bugs are oval, brown and around 4mm to 5mm long – about the size of a ladybird. But because they are nocturnal, you can’t usually see them during the day.You need to check creases in mattresses, gaps under headboards, cracks in plaster or between timber floorboards, where they hide.Apart from the bug itself, telltale signs of infestation include dark pellets of faeces, yellowing cast-off skins and a distinctively sweet, sickly smell which you may be able identify when you enter, in much the same way that you can smell if a room is damp.If you are bitten and think you may have brought bugs home, throw away your suitcase without bringing it indoors and wash your clothes at 60C or higher, or have them dry-cleaned.In your hotelCheck behind your headboardsCheck the mattress for bed bug signs (small dark brown stains or spotting on bedding)Remove the bedding and check the mattress itselfCheck upholstered chairs, drawers, carpets, closetsCheck all the nooks and crannies of your hotel roomDon’t leave your suitcase on the bed, floor, or chairs in hotelsUse luggage stands with caution. Luggage stands in hotel rooms are a hot spot for bed bug activity. Bed bugs often use luggage to travel and infest a new home, because of this luggage stands are often the first point of contact for bed bugs.When staying in a hotel it’s a good idea to store your luggage in the bathroom whilst carrying out an inspection of a room, and during the whole stay. This can drastically reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs home with you.At homeWash your bed clothes on a temperature of at least 60℃, and if possible place the items into a tumble dryer for at least 30 minutes. Bed bugs aren’t great survivors in high temperatures. Washing clothing will help eliminate both adult bed bugs and bed bug eggs, reducing the risk of a bed bugs in your homeInspect your luggage, clothes, beds and furniture for signs of infestation. And remember to check after visitors too. BED BUGS – DON’T BRING ANY UNEXPECTED GUESTS BACK FROM HOLIDAYS was last modified: June 17th, 2016 by John2Share 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:bed bugslast_img read more

Antonio meets with homeowers

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Encino homeowners Wednesday night that he supports community efforts to rein in mansionization and overdevelopment on Ventura Boulevard. At a joint town-hall meeting of the Encino Property Owners Association and Homeowners of Encino, Villaraigosa took 20 minutes of questions on the new trash fee, potholes and the Los Angeles River. The mayor said he would support limits on large, built-to-the-property-line homes. “Neighborhoods have a right to determine what the character of their neighborhood should be.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Villaraigosa has touted the idea of “elegant density” that incorporates apartments or condos on top of shops, landscaping and good design. He has also encouraged more dense development along transit corridors and near busway and subway stops. However, some homeowners are raising concern that too many tall buildings and dense projects are planned near Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and Encino. Eleven apartment and condominium complexes are proposed in the area with more than 1,100 units. “I want to hear him confirm that he does not support densification (of) Ventura Boulevard, as he’s said in the past, and that Ventura Boulevard is not a transit corridor,” said Gerald Silver of Homeowners of Encino. Villaraigosa deferred to the City Council and Councilman Jack Weiss, who represents Encino. “There is overdevelopment on Ventura Boulevard and to the extent that the council office is working with that, we’ll work with them,” the mayor said. He also pledged more synchronization of traffic signals at the most congested intersections in the Valley, and said the city would get more money for street paving if the $38 billion statewide infrastructure bond package is approved by voters. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

RADISSON BLU SLASHES RATES FOR LEISURE CENTRE MEMBERSHIP

first_imgThe Radisson Blu hotel certainly couldn’t be accused of not doing its bit to promote healthy living in Donegal.The leading Letterkenny hotel has just slashed the price of its membership for its gym and swimming pool – by almost 40%.The hotel has just announced it is offering three month leisure centre membership for just €99 instead of the normal rate of €160. The membership allows users to avail of its fabulous 17 metre pool, sauna, steamroom, fully-equipped gymnasium, free weights room, body coach vibration training system and even individual fitness programmes.A spokesman for the hotel said places for the new programme are limited at such a keen price so early booking is recommended.“It’s our way of saying thank you to all our customers. The hotel continues to go from strength to strength and our leisure centre is a key part of the service we provide,” said the spokesperson.PAMPERING But although fitness and feeling good is a key part of the hotel’s gym, the new offer also provides users with a little pampering.Anybody who take out a membership also gets 15% discount at the hotel brasserie TriBeCa, the Oakk Grill Bar and the Palm Lobby.Get down to the Radisson before all the discount memberships are gone and tell them Donegaldaily sent you!EndsRADISSON BLU SLASHES RATES FOR LEISURE CENTRE MEMBERSHIP was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:leisure centreRadisson Blue Letterkennylast_img read more

SADNESS AS DOLPHIN FOUND DEAD IN RIVER FOYLE

first_imgA dolphin which attracted large crowds to the River Foyle over the weekend has sadly died.People flocked to see the Dolphin as he happily swam and performed tricks much to the amusement of the crowd.However, on Tuesday it became clear that something was drastically wrong with the dolphin and that it needed help. Then yesterday it was confirmed that the dolphin in fact had died.Locals have expressed anger at the statutory authorities claiming they made no attempt to save the dolphin.They said the alarm was raised on Tuesday that the dolphin was not well but the relevant authorities chose not to act upon people’s concerns for the dolphins safety.One local expressed their sadness at the passing of the dolphin, “It’s very sad, he was in such good from earlier in the week, and we all loved going down to catch a glimpse of him. “The children loved him, and he seemed to enjoy the attention as you see from the video taken off him.“It’s very sad he’s now died, and something more should have been done to try and save him, when it became clear he was ill.View the video below taken earlier in the week by local angler Danny Hunter   SADNESS AS DOLPHIN FOUND DEAD IN RIVER FOYLE was last modified: July 24th, 2014 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:DDTVdeaddolphinFeaturesnewsriver foylelast_img read more

Football Set For A Trip To Butler On Saturday

first_imgThe Drake University football team makes its last road trip of the 2015 season on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Butler.In the clash of the Bulldogs, both teams are sitting at 3-3 in the PFL standings. Drake had last week off and dropped a tough triple-overtime game at Morehead State, 38-35, in its last time out on Oct. 31. Butler snapped a two-game losing streak last week by beating in-state rivals Valpo, 42-21.Drake leads the all-time series 16-7-1 over Butler and are even 6-6-1 at the Butler Bowl. Drake has won four of the last five meetings, but have lost three of the last four meetings in Indianapolis.Drake’s defense continues to lead the squad as the team ranks first in PFL games in rushing defense by allowing 77.7 yards per game, while limiting teams to 313.7 yards of total offense.John Hugunin leads Drake’s defense with 92 tackles, ranking third in the PFL and has made 13.5 tackles for a loss, ranking second in the league. The fifth-year senior linebacker leads the country with nine forced fumbles and ranks 12 with two fumble recoveries. Junior defensive endMack Marrin is one of the best pass rushers in the conference as he ranks fifth in the league with 5.5 sacks to go with 8.5 tackles for a loss.Drake’s offense is led by junior running back Conley Wilkins who has scored 54 of Drake’s 214 points this season and rushed for 694 yards, the second-most in PFL.Butler has one of the top offenses in the PFL, ranking second in scoring (29.2), fourth in total offense (400.8), rushing (151.9) and passing (248.9). Butler is led by quarterback Matt Shiltz, who has thrown for 2098 yards with 15 touchdowns and is BU’s leading rusher with 546 yards with 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Bulter is led by sophomore Isaak Newhouse, who ranks second in the league with five interceptions, and has also recorded 40 tackles and four pass breakups. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more