KINGSTON:The sixth staging of the Everyone’s a Winner Best Dressed Chicken race series will run off tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. inside the picturesque Hope Gardens.The two-part series will culminate with the second running on Sunday, June 19.Tomorrow’s event will feature a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, as well as an 8K Run, while the June 19 event will have a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, together with a 9K Run. The event is being organised by Running Events in partnership with Best Dressed Chicken.According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of Running Events, this year’s staging will be another exciting time for participants and sponsors.”We will have more MyLaps chip timing, more entertainment, more awards, more refreshments, more runner care and more fun,” he said.Francis added that an exciting and innovative feature is that the first 1,000 participants will receive a medal at each event. The special commemorative medal is split in two half of which will be presented at Sunday’s running and the other on June 19.DIABETIC STATIONIn addition, Francis outlined that participants state their diabetic status on the entry form as Best Dressed Chicken will have a special station for diabetics at both events. The Diabetes Association of Jamaica is the charity partner of the 2016 race series. All runners and walkers are being encouraged to get screened before participating, at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.In keeping with the theme of encouraging healthy lifestyle practices, there will be post-race massages by Bella Oasis Day Spa, blood pressure and basic health checks by the Heart Foundation and a post-race misting tent for participants, which will be solar-powered by Lumitech.Best Dressed Chicken will provide breakfast sampling on Sunday, with other sampling from various other companies, including Jablum and Dairy Industries – the latter featuring Really Great Yogurt.
Dr.-Slade: “Our mission is to help Liberians suffering from eye-diseases, specifically glaucoma.” jpgA visiting American ophthalmologist (eye doctor), Dr. Snow Slade, is on his fourth day of a one-week free eye care (August 28 to Sept. 3) at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Dr. Slade, in an interview with the Daily Observer, said he examined 20 individuals with various eye problems on the first day of the exercise on Monday, August 28, and scheduled 10 for surgery.Dr. Slade is an adjunct professor in the department of the John Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in the United States. He said one of the most common eye diseases in the world is glaucoma, which damages the eye’s optic nerve.According to a report by J. Kevin McKinney, M.D. on the website www.aao.org/eye-health, glaucoma usually happens when extra fluid builds up in the front part of the eye thereby increasing the pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve. McKinney wrote: “There are two major types of glaucoma: Primary open-angle glaucoma and Angle-closure glaucoma (also called “closed-angle glaucoma” or “narrow-angle glaucoma.”) Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common type. It happens gradually; where the eye does not drain fluid as well as it should (like a clogged drain). As a result, eye pressure builds and starts to damage the optic nerve. This type of glaucoma is painless and causes no vision changes at first.Dr. Slade examines one of the patients“Some people can have optic nerves that are sensitive to normal eye pressure. This means their risk of getting glaucoma is higher than normal. Regular eye exams are important to find early signs of damage to their optic nerve.” Angle-closure glaucoma, he said, happens when someone’s iris is very close to the drainage angle in their eye. “The iris can end up blocking the drainage angle. You can think of it like a piece of paper sliding over a sink drain. When the drainage angle gets completely blocked, eye pressure rises very quickly. This is called an acute attack.”Dr. Slade, who is a glaucoma specialist, is in the country on a charity mission through the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. He said the mission has a number of worldwide medical charities. “We are in many countries including Mexico, Japan, Canada, USA, India, and the Ivory Coast; and now in Liberia,” he said. He said he is expected to cater to many Liberians with eye diseases. The exercise, he said, is free. “We are happy about this because our mission is to serve them with no cost attached,” Dr. Slade added.He commended the Liberian government and it citizens for being appreciative of his services and hoped for future visits. Earlier, the head of the eye clinic, Dr. Edward Gizzie, the only trained eye-specialist in the country, said Liberia now has state-of-the-art eye care equipment that can take care of her citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In light of the recent vigil outside of the residences of President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, where members of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) gathered to voice their displeasure at various issues affecting teachers, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on Government to act on the demands put forward by the Union.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeIn a statement on Friday, Jagdeo declared that the parliamentary Opposition supports the Teachers’ Union in its demand for a confirmation of an urgent meeting between the Union and Government.Furthermore, he also urged Government to respect previous commitments made by the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government with the GTU under the Five-Year Multi-Year Agreement. To this end, the Opposition Leader called for an urgent resolution to the teachers’ demands, including respect for the specific agreements concluded under the now expired multi-year agreement, including the duty-free concessions and treatment of the Whitley Council leave.“The urgency of these issues cannot be over-emphasised. The delinquency of the Government with regards to these important issues affecting the teachers of this country is unacceptable,” Jagdeo posited.Tuesday night’s vigil saw dozens of teachers turning up outside the Prime Minister’s home to air a host of issues that teachers are not happy with. The action organised by the GTU saw Union officials meeting briefly with Prime Minister Nagamootoo, who was acting President.Following the meeting, the Prime Minister assured the teachers that he would discuss their plights with Cabinet. In the meantime, he asked the GTU to submit a “structured presentation” on the issues they want Government to address.“As a member of Cabinet and as Prime Minister, I cannot give an answer to all the issues raised. I have said I will raised them with the relevant Ministers and what we can have is some engagement, to have discussions and dialogue. I don’t believe the answer is to turn our backs on you; you have issues and we have to listen. If we can’t solve these matters now, we should work together to find some solutions,” he told those gathered outside his home.Meanwhile, prior to the meeting, GTU President Mark Lyte explained that when the 2015 agreement ended that year, a proposal was immediately submitted to Government and just over a year later, there has been no active effort to have another agreement, despite several discussions with the Education Ministry.“The time is going and our teachers are affected. We have not had any increase in salary significantly, other than the imposed 10 and six per cent given to public servants. While we believe that teachers would have accepted the increases, it’s not the amount we initially wanted or negotiated for,” he pointed out.The GTU President also spoke about benefits that are outstanding for teachers within that same multi-year agreement, including duty-free concessions, clothing allowances, out of town allowances, and station and hard line allowances.According to Lyte, there is a list of teachers, some of whom have since retired, who were eligible between the periods 2008 to 2013 for duty-free concessions, but are yet to receive same.“We have not heard anything – it went back and forth between the Ministry of the Presidency and GTU and the Ministry of Education, and it’s now stalled somewhere at GRA. We are still saying that those teachers must be given their outstanding duty-free,” the Union Head asserted.Moreover, he added too that a proposal was sent to the Education Ministry for teachers to have their ‘Whitley Council leave’ every three years, instead of four and for the payments to be given at a specific time. “What we have is a willying, nilly disbursement of weekly council’s monies,” he stated.Lyte also spoke about de-bunching, pointing out that the Education Minister had signed onto this, saying a proposal was made to Cabinet for teachers to be paid de-bunching money between 2011 and 2015.“Until now, none has been paid out and so we are out here saying, that we are unhappy. Our teachers are not happy and an unhappy teacher in the classroom is an unproductive teacher. Unfortunately, our teachers are unhappy because of the meagre salaries they are receiving, because the fact that nobody seems to be concerned other than verbally saying teachers are important,” he noted.The Union Head further addressed other matters affecting teachers, such as working conditions are some schools and the issue of promotions. On this note, Lyte called for the current Teaching Service Commission (TSC) to be dissolved, noting that this current body is further frustrating teachers.Nevertheless, the Commission on Thursday invited the Union to a meeting, where the teachers’ representative body is expected to push for two sets of promotions this year. The meeting comes two months after the High Court ruled that the procedure used by the TSC to promote teachers was flawed and must be corrected.
Avishkar Rambarran and Michael Sukhu, two Civil Engineering students of the University of Guyana, were on Friday arraigned before the Georgetown Court 10 Magistrate, jointly charged with allegedly trafficking 254 grammes of cocaine on the Grove public road, East Bank Demerara on June 8th.Investigating ranks had reportedly busted them with the narcotics allegedly contained in several transparent packets stashed in the glove compartment of the vehicle in which they were travelling along the Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara.Avishkar RambarranDefence Counsel Patrice Henry, in an application for bail that was overruled, contended that his clients had “no knowledge” of the presence of the narcotics in the car, which he added had been rented and did not belong to them. He also alleged that the rented car had been fingered as the motor vehicle used in a recent robbery, this being the sole reason for the police pursuing the vehicle. Moreover, he said the UG students are close acquaintances, are both 20 years of age, and both reside on the East Coast of Demerara.But Police Prosecutor Adoni Innis related that, upon being busted, the men pleaded with the ranks to be released and given aa second chance, while explaining that the operation was “just a lil hustle”. The men have been remanded, and the case will continue on June 26.
The Georgetown – Vreed en Hoop Speedboat Service commenced its operations earlier than usual following the accident at the Demerara Harbour Bridge.Speedboat operators started their day at around 05:10h this morning after hundreds of affected commuters began flocking the gates of the Vreed en Hoop Stelling.The Demerara Harbour Bridge is currently down after a tug and barge crashed into it causing major damages. This comes on what is considered the busiest day of the year, the first day of the new school year.The DHBC engineers are currently working to fix the bridge but according to sources that may take approximately 24 hours before the structure is fully operational.More details in the Tuesday, September 02, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.
7 7 N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) – Kante was unquestionably one of the players of the season, with his dynamic displays crucial to Leicester City cruising to the Premier League title. The Foxes may be readying themselves for a number of offers in the summer, and United are said to be considering making a bid. But with Champions League football on offer at the King Power Stadium next season, it would have to be a very lucrative offer. Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) – click the arrow above, right, to check out more midfielders Mourinho could target in the summer – It was recently claimed incoming Man United manager Jose Mourinho wants a ‘captain’ in central midfield. This is not necessarily a player to take the armband off current skipper Wayne Rooney, but an influential figure in the middle to help the club fight for honours on all fronts. Arturo Vidal is one candidate and its been a satisfying debut season at the Allianz Arena for the battling midfielder as he won the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. While the Chilean might not be looking to leave so soon, interest in his signature remains high and Spanish outlet Don Balon claim Chelsea, United and City are considering an offer. 7 7 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) – The midfielder was forced to walk away from Old Trafford in 2012, after a series of loan spells, to save his faltering career. His steely determination has seen him prove himself at Leicester and force his way into Englands preliminary Euro 2016 squad. Mourinho may see his inspiring displays as crucial to rebuilding United, while the player himself has unfinished business with United. 7 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – Matic has endured a season to forget at Stamford Bridge, but his reputation seems to have remained intact. Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail, will attempt to sign the tough Serbia international when he officially takes over at United. It would be a surprise if the midfielder himself wants to link up with the Portuguese coach again. 7 Paul Pogba (Juventus) – The grass really has been greener on the other side for Pogba. Since leaving Old Trafford in July 2012, the midfielder has been at the heart of Juves numerous honours and he has earned a world class reputation. Its wishful thinking that Mourinho could lure the 23-year-old back to Manchester, but stranger things have happened. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – Throughout a challenging season for Los Blancos in which manager Rafael Benitez was sacked at the beginning of the year reports have suggested Kroos is unsettled at Real Madrid. Despite this, the classy midfielder has cemented his place under current manager Zinedine Zidane, however, some clubs are thought to still be considering making the Spanish side an offer. 7 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – Toure didnt have the best of seasons at the Etihad, but he has still provided glimpses of the commanding displays supporters know hes capable of. If Mourinho can motivate him, it would be foolish not to consider making an offer for a player, particularly as reports suggest he wants to leave City. His signing might not be the most popular, but a few years ago the same may have been said for Mourinho. Jose Mourinho is closing in on the vacant Manchester United position.This news has been swirling throughout the season and now only the official confirmation of his arrival at Old Trafford is awaited following Louis van Gaal’s exit.With his move seemingly almost done and dusted, reports have begun to surface over who the former Chelsea manager might want to sign ahead of his first campaign with the club.And it was recently claimed, via the Mirror, that Mourinho wants a ‘captain’ in central midfield for the Red Devils.Not a player to take the armband off Wayne Rooney, but someone with the leadership skills required of any side wanting to challenge for honours on all fronts.So who could fulfil such a role?Take a look at the top contenders for this position by viewing the slideshow above.
Portugal ended their Euro 2016 preparations in exceptional fashion on Wednesday evening, hitting seven past Estonia in a resounding win.They may have been up against less-than-impressive opponents, but A Seleccao defended solidly, and attacked with a creative chemistry which hinted at Portugal potentially being serious contenders for the entire Euros.Cristiano Ronaldo was obviously at the forefront of this display, although Ricardo Quaresma put in a performance which was verging on world class.Real Madrid star Ronaldo bagged a brace in the win, warming up for the Euros in irresistible style.You can watch both of Ronaldo’s goals below… 1 Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to lead Portugal to Euro success
Liam Mailey, Convoy gave a heart-felt talk for the benefits of DLDC over the years in Donegal. at the emergency meeting in Stranorlar.Pic by Brian McDaid.More than six hundred people turned out in force to show their support for Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. (DLDC) and community–led development at a Public Meeting in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar last night.John Keon, independent Chair for the Public Meeting (formerDonegal Creameries CEO), explained that the event was organised in recognition of some insecurity for the future of DLDC and its staff. As part of the Government reforms in 2014, a new structure, is being established ‘Local Community Development Committee’s (LCDC’s) under the auspices and control of the administrators of the Local Authorities in Ireland.The proposed local government reforms will firstly see the two core programmes, namely The Local and Community Development Programme and LEADER which have beendelivered for almost twenty years by Local Development Companies, transfer in the main to the LCDC’s.Frank Kelly from DLDC informed those in attendance that local communities should now consider if the proposed new structure will be the most effective way to deliver programmes based on local issues and local needs.He explained that the aim of the meeting was to inform communities and citizens about how the proposed changes might impact on them and to consider how the services offered by DLDC can continue to be supported and retained. Representatives from groups from all over Donegal showed their support for Donegal Local Development at the Finn Valley Centre on last night.Community key speakers on the night who showcased their community projects included; Liam Mailey from Convoy Community and Enterprise, Fiona O’Shea from Killybegs Cruise Ship Information Centre, Ann Sheridan from Jigsaw, Mary McGrenra from Craoibhín – Grass Routes and PatsyMcGonigle from Finn Valley Centre.Chair John Keon highlighted the proposed changes and hisgrave concerns that the existing link between the community and Local Development Companies like DLDC could be severed forever, with the loss of skills and expertise built up over many years. This scenario would have a significant negative impact on your local community.Liam Mailey, representative from Convoy Community expressed his gratification to DLDC in relation to supports that Convoy has received from DLDC to date, including dedicated Tús and RSS scheme participants and funding received from RDP Leader. He also stated that ‘without the support from DLDC, Convoy would not be looking as good as it is now, long live DLDC!’Killybegs Cruise Ship Information Centre also expressed their support, representative Fiona O’Shea gave an overview of supports received.Mary McGrenra, from Craoibhín thanked DLDC for the support they received to help set up their Grass Routes Project.Patsy McGonigle from Finn Valley Centre, thanked DLDC and stated that ‘DLDC are all about community and have given the Finn Valley area great support and a fantastic community centre’. A number of local Councillors also publically pledged their support to the company.The Chairperson gave the audience the opportunity to voice their views. Concerns were echoed throughout the room regarding the loss of DLDCs supports and services which arepresently being provided by dedicated and experienced staff.Fionula Brennan from Donegal Womans Network expressed her concerns about reform and empathised with DLDC as they too are extremely concerned for their services and supports which are delivered throughout Donegal.Winston Patterson, former Chairman of International Fund for Ireland and Chairman of the Donaghmore Hall Committee highlighted ‘If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.’ Many others followed with the same sentiment including Siobhan Mc Laughlin who spoke of her experience in her role as secretary of DLDC. John Quinn and Molly Reynolds, both former Chairman and Secretary respectively also echoed similar sentiments. Over the last three decades, Donegal Local Development Company Ltd and local voluntary community groups in Donegal have worked successfully together to combat disadvantage through the delivery of a variety of programmes.Through this partnership, DLDC has provided direct assistance that has;•Enabled communities to develop facilities and local development programmes•Helped and provided employment to the long-term unemployed•Combated social exclusion and poverty•Assisted businesses and people in creating jobs and enterprise in their local community•Provided training and educational programmes to up-skill individuals and community groupsUnder the existing structure numerous local development programmes have been delivered throughout the county. In almost every village and town throughout Donegal, communities continue to avail of one or more of the following programmes in partnership with Donegal Local Development Company: Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Local and Community Development Programme inclusive of Back to Work Enterprise Scheme, Donegal Volunteer Centre, Leader/RDP, The Rural Recreational Walks Programme, CE Childcare Programme, Job Club and Jobs Initiative.DLDC Chairman, Jim Slevin closed the event thanking everyone for turning out in such big numbers and reminded everyone of DLDCs Mission Statement ‘Working in Donegal towards a better future for all.’ He encouraged everyone to show their support for their Local Development Company by signing the online petitionhttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-local-development-companiesThis online petition is aimed at ensuring that the decades of experience Local Development Companies have is not lost and that they can continue to deliver services to their communities. ‘Please pledge your support to DLDC and other LDCs to ensure local communities continue to receive the supports they need and deserve.’MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR DLDC AT EMERGENCY MEETING was last modified: May 14th, 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:Donegal Local Development Company
The keynote address at next month’s second annual Micheael O’Cleirigh Summer School in Rossnowlagh will remember Brother Paschal Williamson.Franciscan Brother, Paschal Williamson, who was buried in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, yesterdayPhoto: James Connolly / PicSell8This was announced by School chairperson Brian McAuley at a formal launch of the School in the Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh, on Friday, April 10.Principal speaker on The Saints of South Donegal will be Pádraig Ó Riain, Emeritus Professor of Early and Medieval Irish at University College, Cork, and author of a Dictionary of Irish Saints. The organising committee decided that his address will be The Brother Paschal Williamson Memorial lecture, in honour of a man who over his lifetime promoted the values and ideals that Micheal O’Cleirigh exemplified as leader of the Four Masters.They produced the all‐encompassing annals of the Kingdom of Ireland between 1632 and 1636.Brother Paschal, who died in 2009 aged 87, worked for more than half a century in the service of the Franciscan Order, all of it in Rossnowlagh.He championed the Irish language and Irish dancing, and was a founder‐organiser of Feis na gCeithre Maistri held annually between 1959 and the early 1990s at the friary in Rossnowlagh. He would have been an enthusiastic promoter of the O’Cleirigh Summer School. Mr McAuley also revealed that the School will be officially opened by Mr Joe McHugh, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, on the first evening of the three‐day event on May 15.One of the highlights of the School this year is a production of Dark Daughter by Rossnowlagh playwright Soinbhe LallyIt is a drama based on Lughaidh O Cleirigh and Inion Dubh. Lughaigh wrote about the life of Aodh Rua(Red Hugh) O’ Domnhaill. Inion Dubh was Aodh Rua’s mother.Maura Logue, director of Dark Daughter Productions, and Christian Carbin, who plays Lughaigh, mingled with the launch attendance.Information about the School can be found on www.mocleirigh.ie or by linking to Micheal O’Cleirigh on Facebook or on 087 444 5848. SUMMER SCHOOL TO REMEMBER BROTHER PASCHAL WILLIAMSON was last modified: April 10th, 2015 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)
There were poignant scenes in the halls of Deele College this afternoon as the school community paid tribute to former science teacher, Mrs Grainne O’Donnell, who passed away last February after a brave battle against cancer.Former staff, students and current teachers at the school were joined by Grainne’s family for a special mass, which was concelebrated by Father Eamon Kelly, Canon Dinny McGettigan and Reverend Wilson.Though eight months have passed since Grainne’s untimely death, the tears and sadness evident at the mass today is testament to the esteem in which she was held by everyone at the school. The school choir gave a wonderful performance and added to the solemnity of the occasion. There were prayers for Grainne’s family, including her father, Michael, her husband Kevin and her twin daughters, Kaila and Dara.After the mass, a plaque was unveiled in the school’s ‘Remembrance Garden,’ which was revamped by both staff and students in recent months.The plaque in memory of Grainne takes pride of place in the garden and will ensure that her memory lives on in the school that was so close to her heart. The garden offers everyone in the school a quiet place to take time out and it is fitting that it is here that the school community will remember a teacher that gave so much to the students of the local area.Grainne, who had taught in the school for 12 years, was extremely popular with both students and staff and her hearty laugh and bubbly demeanour are sorely missed by everyone connected to the school, especially amongst the science department, of which she was an integral member. She will be remembered as a special person, who always put others first and her kindness and generosity will not be forgotten by the many friends she has left behind.Speaking at the unveiling of the plaque, Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden paid tribute to Grainne and highlighted what a caring and considerate teacher she was.“It’s still hard to come to terms with the fact that Grainne is no longer with us. We didn’t just lose a very valued colleague, the students in the school lost a very kind, caring and considerate teacher, who always had the best interests of the students at heart.“She will always be remembered here at the school and the plaque we unveiled today will ensure her memory is enshrined here at Deele College,” he said.Principal of Deele College, Mr Joe Boyle, echoed the sentiments expressed by Mr McFadden and said that it was important that Grainne would be remembered by everyone at the school. “Today was a tough day but a special day. It’s eight months since Grainne passed away and yet it feels like it was yesterday. Life in secondary schools moves fast and it’s important that we take the time to reflect and remember those special people who are no longer and with us and Grainne was certainly one of those.“I’d like to thank Kevin and all the family for coming here today and I hope that this day will give the family some measure of comfort as they try to cope with the loss of a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.“Grainne’s memory will live on in the hearts of those of us who worked with her at the school but today we ensured that her memory will be forever be associated with Deele College in Raphoe.”Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne was last modified: September 27th, 2019 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:deele collegeGrainne O’DonnellmassRaphoe