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More road safety education needed – Education Committee Chairman

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgChairman of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Education Committee Denise Belgrave said there is need for additional road safety education to be imparted to the Region’s students.Education Committee Chairman Denise BelgraveAccording to Belgrave, this is one of the recommendations brought to the fore at a recent committee meeting. She noted that generally, students have been observed using the roadways in a haphazard manner, hence the need for more education. As such, she said the committee will be targeting the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) bodies to try to bring the “much needed” road safety education to school-children across the region.“Because we would have found that the children use the road very haphazardly, so we want to incorporate the Road Safety Committee to the PTA body to work along,” she said.Meanwhile, Councillor of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Charles Sampson has also made calls for traffic education to be taught in schools, through the Ministry of Education. He said teachers should be trained in order to impart knowledge to students.Belgrave has also stressed the need for guidance counsellors in every school since there are a lot of social issues that need to be addressed. She said while she is uncertain as to how soon this will happen, the need still exists.last_img read more

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National Catholic Health Council Launched

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgThe National Catholic Health Council (NCHC) was launched in Monrovia on Saturday with a commitment to strengthen Roman Catholic health institutions in the country. The launch on Saturday followed a three-day workshop that drew a strategic plan to ensure the sustainability of Catholic related health institutions in the country. NCHC’s executive director Mary Bropleh said the establishment of the NCHC is necessary because there are over 20-Catholic related health centers that need to speak with one voice.She said the strategic plan, developed at the end of the three-day workshop, would guide the administration of the NCHC to ensure that its objectives are realized.She noted that the primary goal of the newly established organization is to provide service to the needy and said with an effective strategic plan now available, the NCHC is ready to move ahead with committed staff members.The three-day workshop was facilitated by Catholic Social Service (CSR) consultant Carole Green.Providing updates on NCHC’s journey so far, she said an annual plan was created for 2017/18 on seven priority areas that identified people, resources and actions.She said they appointed champions for each area and agreed on core values to underpin their work and develop communication messages.She said the ten core values included accountability and transparency, respect and compassion and service standards, quality and safety.Others include unity and commitment, honesty and integrity and innovation and empowerment; sustainability and confidentiality, advocacy, justice and equity.She said the seven priority areas are information system and performance management; drugs and commodities supply; human resource development; representation and advocacy with the government; quality improvement and patient safety; and governance and operations management.Though an invitation for a representative from the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare was not responded to, the body agreed that the objective of the three-day seminar was achieved when Sister Barbara, NCHC’s outgoing chair, assisted by Bishop Andrew Karnley, Bishop of the Cape Palmas Diocese, cut the ribbon to officially announce the establishment of the organization.Bishop Karnley offered his personal services to ensure the success of the NCHC. Other speakers, including the CRS Country Representative and Gabriele Huber of MISEREOR, promised their support.NCHC is the recognized arm of the Catholic Church to champion the provision of quality, standardized, accessible, affordable and holistic health care at all its institutions in Liberia through a team of well-motivated, skilled and trained professionals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Arraignment hearing set for Linda Gentles

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgThe next court appearance for a former Fort St. John travel agent is scheduled for March 10th. That’s the arraignment hearing date for Linda Gentles, who faces a total of 18 charges related to a credit card scam.There have been several delays in her case due to a lack of legal counsel.- Advertisement -She faces a total of 18 charges all related to a credit card scam, she was allegedly operating out of a local travel agency.last_img

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Fans jubilant as Saudi Arabia reach World Cup

By on January 10, 2020

first_imgThe win prompted the government to release a new poster for its reform plan, dubbed Vision 2030, with an image of a smiling Prince Salman flashing the victory sign and embossed with the words “Ready for the Future”.“With high spirits and unlimited support, the face of luck supports the Saudi team to reach the World Cup,” the government tweeted on its official Vision 2030 page.“We congratulate our king for qualifying and the nation for its youth.”Prince Salman, often known as MbS, is the chief architect of Vision 2030, an economic and social diversification plan which he released last year to wean the kingdom off oil.The plan calls for more entertainment, cultural and sports opportunities in a nation where more than half the population is under 25, an Internet-savvy generation that spends much of its life online away from official strictures.The hashtag “MbS is the face of luck” soon started gaining traction on social media, with many lauding the team’s victory courtesy of half-time substitute Fahad Al Muwallad’s winning goal.The livewire forward smashed his shot past a static Eiji Kawashima of Japan to take the Saudis to their fifth World Cup.“The crazy, pulsating excitement you are experiencing right now is unforgettable… It is to celebrate this win as the nation’s accomplishment,” one Saudi fan said on Twitter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Saudi Arabia’s players celebrate after winning their World Cup qualifier against Japan in Jeddah, on September 5, 2017 © AFP / STRINGERRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sep 6 – Jubilant soccer fans celebrated after Saudi Arabia qualified for next year’s World Cup, with many rallying behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform program that promotes sports in the ultra-conservative kingdom.Saudi Arabia stunned Japan on Tuesday to reach their first World Cup since 2006, with a 1-0 victory in Jeddah that consigned Australia to the play-offs.last_img read more

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It’s never too late to learn

By on December 28, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – At 87, Remigia “Remy” Gomez is on a mission to learn English. Each weekday – except Fridays, when language classes are offered – the petite woman quietly strolls into the Whittier Senior Center, finds a space and digs into her bag for her work book. Thumbing through the pages, she finds a lesson plan and begins reviewing her exercises. “The picture is a tent. The letter is T,” she says aloud with a slight accent, pointing to a T outlined in a drawing of a tent. “Tent – T,” she repeats. “T, T … “ When she is not in the conversational English class on Fridays, Gomez practices on her own, she said. “For her to come and be willing to learn at that age shows a real dedication to becoming part of the community she lives in,” said Debbie Roberts, assistant principal at the Whittier Adult School, where demand for English courses for beginning students is growing. The adult school offers a variety of English classes, from English for beginners to more advanced courses, at six sites throughout Whittier. But there is a waiting list for students hoping to enroll in beginning English classes, Roberts said. Most of the Whittier Adult School students are in their 20s or late 30s, she added, but older students like Gomez are not unheard of in the classes. “They \ are unique, and they’re very dedicated students,” Roberts said. According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 1 million adults enrolled in English as a Second Language classes in 2000, the latest year for which figures are available. That number excludes college students and adults taking English at private schools that do not receive federal funding. It also represents 38 percent of the nearly 3 million students who enrolled in adult-education courses in 2000. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Gomez moved to the United States about 10 years ago. She lived in the La Puente area but later moved to Whittier. She said she realized soon after arriving here that living in Southern California would be challenging without knowing English. “I didn’t even know how to go the grocery store to buy certain things because I didn’t how to express myself,” Gomez said in Spanish. “It seemed so difficult for me.” Gomez said she’s always had a love of learning. She even became a U.S. citizen last year. “I spent my life studying,” she said. But in her class at the Whittier Senior Center, Gomez is clearly more comfortable doing her language exercises. When it comes time to speak English with others, she becomes reserved. “She has it all inside of her, but she won’t speak it,” said Theresa Barrios, a Whittier Senior Center volunteer. Gomez’s dedication to learn English is unwavering. “I wish I would have learned it when I was younger,” she said. “Even though I know my mind is getting tired, I won’t let it go. If I don’t learn anything, then that’s it – I didn’t learn anything. “But at least I tried.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024last_img read more

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Big Sam is wrong, England must stick with three centre-backs

By on December 26, 2019

first_imgSam Allardyce has been full of interesting opinions on talkSPORT during this World Cup here in Russia, he’s been a pleasure to work alongside.But I totally disagree with him over his idea that England don’t need three centre-backs against Sweden. John Stones was outstanding for England against Colombia in the last 16 So I would stick with three at the back, although there are two reasons that might make me reconsider that. First, if Kyle Walker is injured, after he went off with a knock. Phil Jones and Gary Cahill just don’t seem right in our system in my view, although I may be wrong. So maybe a back four might be the best way forward.The other reason is mid-game. Belgium toiled terribly against Japan in Rostov the other night, and it was clear by half-time that the Japanese plan of getting in behind the wing-backs was giving them the advantage. In the commentary box we all felt Martinez would switch to a back four to combat the problem. He didn’t, and Japan went 2-0 in front. Then the manager changed it, and Belgium came back to win. It was a close shave. If England have a similar problem in Samara against Sweden, I hope Gareth Southgate acts a little bit quicker than Martinez did.Join talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals – Saturday, July 7: KICK-OFF 3PM BST Last year Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland came out to the Confederations Cup to watch the best teams in the world compete. The pair sat down for a meal in Sochi having just watched the Germans win and decided that night to go with their three at the back plan. They felt it was the best way to tackle the best teams in the world, and if England were to do anything meaningful at this World Cup we would have to at least have a plan to beat those teams.Of course, it isn’t something that is set in stone, they can change. But this system isn’t just about being solid. Southgate wants England to play out from the back. With two centre halves, a high press can leave you vulnerable. With three centre halves, all comfortable on the ball, there are more options and you are less likely to be boxed in or give away possession.Sweden vs England in the World Cup quarter-finals will be LIVE on talkSPORT on Saturday, kick-off 3pmThere is an issue of creativity, or lack of it, but I would be asking Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and the wing-backs to keep showing for the ball, they have to constantly find pockets of space where they can receive the ball, and they all have to be comfortable receiving it even when under pressure.I think they did all these things against Colombia but my complaint about that performance was that there was not enough zip to our play. Spatial awareness is everything, and every time an England player receives the ball he should be able to tell you where all his teammates are on the field. Those teammates need to be on the move finding space so that balls can be fizzed around first time, that’s the best way of disrupting opponents. Ultimately, it comes down to a question of whether England have the quality to make that happen.The Colombia performance wasn’t perfect, but the opposition looked supremely solid at the back. We controlled the game in large parts, but without that killer second goal.So the players are comfortable in the system. Watch John Stones, he sometimes drifts into midfield meaning that we’re not always playing three. Look at Harry Maguire bringing the ball out. It’s not like we have three lumps at the back hoofing it away when the ball is in their vicinity. These are proper footballers. 2 2 Sam Allardyce believes Kieran Trippier or Kyle Walker should be left out of England’s side to face Sweden last_img read more

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Volleyball Accepts Postseason Invitation to NIVC

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgThe winner of Thursday’s Drake vs. Iowa State contest will face the winner of the Bradley vs. Bowling Green match Friday in Ames, Iowa. Drake earned a spot in the championship field after advancing to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and posting a 21-14 record to date this season to earn the program’s second-straight 20-win season. The 20-win season was the seventh in program history. The Drake University volleyball team has earned and accepted a postseason berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship, head coach Darrin McBroom announced Sunday, Nov. 25. The Bulldogs are one of 32 teams in the field and open up postseason competition at Iowa State, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. The postseason appearance is the second in program history and first since 1995 when the Bulldogs competed in a previous incarnation of the NIVC. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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SOLDIER CAUGHT WITH PIPE-BOMB BLAMES MALARIA DRUG ON CHANGING HIS PERSONALITY

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first_imgAn Irish soldier has blamed a malaria drug for leading to a change in his personality before he was caught with explosives at a Co Donegal flat.Mark Cassidy leaving court today. Pic copyright of Northwest News pix.Mark Cassidy appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with possessing explosive substances. The court heard that on February 16th, 2014, Gardai had received confidential information to say there was explosive substances at a flat above a petrol station in Burnfoot.Surveillance was carried out and on February 17 and Gardai entered the premises.Inside the premises in a press in a common area Gardai found a black bag containing a viable pipe bomb.The area was sealed off and Army Bomb Disposal Experts were rushed to the scene.A further search discovered a large quantity of assorted shotgun cartridges in the attic of a flat occupied by Cassidy, 29.Cassidy, with an address at Grianan Vale, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, was interviewed on six occasions by Garda and admitting having the pipebomb and the shotgun cartridges in his possession.Detective Sgt Mick Carroll said they still had no information as to what the explosive devices were going to be used for.A bag containing overalls and balaclavas was also found in the flat but there was no indication as to what they were being used for.Barrister for Cassidy, Peter Nolan, said his client had ben an exemplary soldier who had served overseas in Chad and was based at Finner Camp in Donegal when this incident happened.Mr Nolan suggested there was a connection between his client taking the drug Lariam for Malaria while serving overseas and his change in personality.He referred to the US army banning the drug as a result of concerns over its affect on soldiers.He added there was simply no reason why a man with no record of being involved in subversive activity would suddenly do so.Mr Nolan also said that the suicide of his brother in Derry in 2009 and the death of his mother in 2009 had had a profound affect on him.It was also given in evidence in court that Cassidy, who is originally from the Foyle Road in Derry, was arrested by the PSNI but never charged with any offence.Detective Carroll also said that Cassidy had no previous convictions for any offence on ether side of the border.Judge Matthew Deery this was a very serious incident especially when the explosives were found in an apartment above a busy supermarket and petrol station.“The reasons as to why they were stored are not explained but it seems to me that while he has no previous convictions, it is a serious matter,” he said.He sentenced Cassidy to three years on each charge and ordered them to run concurrently.He backdated the sentence to January 17th when Cassidy was first put placed in custody at Castlerea Prison.SOLDIER CAUGHT WITH PIPE-BOMB BLAMES MALARIA DRUG ON CHANGING HIS PERSONALITY was last modified: July 17th, 2014 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:BurnfootdonegalGardaimalariaMARK CASSIDYpipebombsoldierlast_img read more

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Win 2 tickets to see the hilarious Francesca Martinez at the Alley Theatre!

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgThe Northern Ireland premiere of the ground-breaking comedian Francesca Martinez’ new stand up show is coming to Strabane for one night only.‘Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto’ will be live at the Alley Theatre on Tuesday December 5th @8pm. Tickets are on sale now, but you can win two tickets in our Facebook competition at www.facebook.com/donegaldaily*Francesca has mild cerebral palsy but prefers the word wobbly.  This is a show about embracing diversity that is not to be missed. Francesca is well-known as the star of BBC’s Extras and Live at the Apollo. Tickets for her Strabane show are £10 – £8. Book Now 028 71 384444 www.alley-theatre.com. “One of the UK circuit’s most brilliant comedians” – The ObserverAward-winning comedian and writer Francesca Martinez asks why are we still so damn scared of difference? Without diversity, there would be no evolution, no life, no human beings. Francesca proposes her own ‘Wobbly Manifesto’ which aims to show how embracing diversity as normal would revolutionise the world we live in! One night only at the Alley Theatre Tuesday 5th Dec @ 8pm‘Hilarious and deeply moving’ Metro Edinburgh ★★★★★“Brilliantly busts myths about normality” The Scotsman‘A hugely fresh talent…brilliant’ The Evening Standard‘Illuminating, sharply-written page-turner as important as it is entertaining.’ Chortle‘Brilliant, important memoir’ The Sunday Times ‘Wonderful, funny, warm… long may she wobble’ The Telegraph ★★★★★Tickets are £10, £8 (con) available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.comDon’t miss our other fantastic shows coming up this December including The Indians this Saturday night featuring Raymond Kelly as the ‘Big Chief’, Movie Day this Sunday with ‘The Polar Express, ‘Lost in Frost’ by Echo Echo on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10thDecember, an atmospheric and mysterious winter fairytale which will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. I Love Christmas by the Ulster Orchestra on Saturday 16th December which will bring well-known festive classics and carols in this Christmas Cracker of a night. The Strabane Community Carol Service is back on Tuesday 19th December in aid of Marie Curie, this evening will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit!. If its country you love you will not want to miss John McNicholl in concert on Friday 22nd December.  During Christmas week we have the brilliant comedian Micky Bartlett on Thursday 28th December with his funnies hour yet. Jazz Gazette will be performing their highly anticipated Christmas Show on Friday 29th December and The Logueswill have you partying in their New Years Eve Eve Party on Saturday 30th December.If you are still looking for last minute Christmas presents  a number of shows are now on sale for next season including Colin Murphy, Flash Harry, Declan Sinnott, Give My Head Peace, Maggies Feg Run, The Bob Dylan Band and lots more. Can’t decide?  Then we have the Alley Theatre Gift Vouchers which makes the perfect presents.For more information contact the Alley Theatre Box office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.comSponsored PostWin 2 tickets to see the hilarious Francesca Martinez at the Alley Theatre! was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Alley TheatrecomediancompetitioneventsFrancesca Martinezstrabaneticketslast_img read more

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Giants’ reliance on one-run wins could be a sign of future trouble

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgATLANTA — No team in baseball is better in one-run games than the San Francisco Giants.The tortuous games –the type that combine a lot of nail-biting and lead to higher blood pressure– are the ones the Giants have been winning. It’s all the other games the Giants have had trouble with.Yet despite posting a 37-16 record in one-run games this season, the Giants aren’t headed to the playoffs. They didn’t threaten the Dodgers’ run of dominance atop the National League West and they won’t come …last_img read more

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