Region 2’s Early Childhood Centres to be commissioned soon

first_imgTwo Early Childhood Development Centres in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are to be commissioned this month. The facilities are stationed at Suddie and Dartmouth.This was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) and the office of Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Unit (PAYEU). The contract was awarded to Builder’s Hardware and GeneralRegional Executive Officer (REO), Rupert HopkinsonSupplies at a cost of $32,655,130 and was part of several projects signed under the seventh BNTF programme.Regional Executive Officer (REO), Rupert Hopkinson said the centres are “a wonderful initiative that will not only help with the development of the children as they aim to meet their full potential but the development of the country.” According to the REO, these centres will provide training for unemployed and underemployed youths in the region.Hopkinson disclosed that Finance Minister Winston Jordan; junior Minister Jaipaul Sharma; Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton; and Chairman of BNTF oversight entity, Bernard Lord; among other Government officials will be attending the official commissioning ceremony of the centres at Dartmouth.Last year, the Ministry of the Presidency through the Office of the First Lady, and the Ministry of Social Protection facilitated an early childhood development workshop for 38 women. The aim was to provide the stakeholders with basic information and skills in early childhood development and nurturing care practices for the growth and development of young children.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not often Donegal can boast playing host to a music star who has done the music score for an Oscar-winning film.But that’s exactly what happened in Letterkenny this week when Foy Vance turned up in town.The popular Northern Ireland singer-songwriter stayed at the Clanree Hotel where he was believed to be recording at local recording studios. Foy recorded the music for The Shore, the short film by Terry George which scooped an Oscar in Hollywood this week.A source at the Clanree told “He was very down-to-earth and very nice.“He didn’t have any airs or graces about him and chatted away. As far as we know he was recording some stuff locally.”  OSCAR FILM MUSICIAN TURNS UP IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: February 29th, 2012 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:FOY VANCETHE SHORElast_img read more

‘Culture of payment’ spurs online music sales

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Another big success story was sales of mobile-phone ring tones, which now account for around 40 percent of record companies’ digital revenues, Kennedy said. “In the cellular or mobile world, there is a culture of payment” that didn’t exist in the early days of the Internet, said Adam Klein, EMI Group PLC’s executive vice president for strategy. In the case of Internet downloads, Kennedy said a series of court judgments against unauthorized file-sharers in 2005, including Kazaa and Grokster, had helped transform the digital music market. Kennedy also put Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, on notice that the IFPI would consider litigation against them if they did not join the fight against piracy. Kennedy said he approached prominent ISPs a year ago about a coordinated response and has received “effectively a zero response.” A series of lawsuits against piracy by the IFPI have so far largely targeted individual song swappers for breach of copyright rather than ISPs, which can claim they have no knowledge of piracy occurring on their networks. The London-based IFPI said music fans around the globe downloaded 420 million single tracks in 2005, more than double the 156 million downloaded the previous year, when record companies’ revenues from downloads were $380 million. In the United States alone, single-track downloads doubled year-on-year to 353 million units in 2005, the IPFI said. Album downloads rose to 16 million and accounted for nearly 3 percent of the total U.S. album market. In Europe, the United Kingdom led the way with 26 million single-track downloads, followed by Germany (21 million) and France (15 million). However, Kennedy warned that a lack of “interoperability” of different portable music devices and download systems was hampering future growth in the digital music market. Industry leader Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod portable player and iTunes download system use different technology than other devices. Industry forecasts for future digital growth vary. Some analysts suggest that 25 percent of record company revenue could come from digital sales by 2010, others put the figure at less than 10 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Worldwide sales of music via the Internet and mobile phones hit $1.1 billion last year, almost triple 2004 sales and accounting for 6 percent of global record companies’ revenues, an industry group said Thursday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said the legitimate music business was gradually gaining ground on digital piracy. It said research showed that in Europe’s two biggest digital markets – Britain and Germany – more music fans are now legally downloading music than illegally file-swapping. “2005 was the year that the digital music market took shape,” said IFPI Chairman John Kennedy. last_img read more

Tanaka Tanks in Cleveland

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a two-run homer that put Cleveland on top.Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. New York’s only baserunner in that stretch came on Swisher’s fifth-inning error. Bauer struck out six and walked two in winning for the first time since June 16.Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 10th save.The Yankees were held to four hits, none coming after Brian McCann had a one-out single in the third.The Indians committed three errors, giving them a major league-high 75 for the season.Swisher heard boos from the crowd earlier in the game after going 0 for 2 and having a routine groundball go through his legs.Tanaka allowed a run in a 25-pitch first inning and gave up two hits in the second. He retired seven straight before allowing a run in the fifth when Brantley had a two-out double after Chris Dickerson led off with a single.Tanaka struck out five and walked one.New York scored twice in the first on Mark Teixeria’s RBI single and a throwing error by catcher Yan Gomes. Brett Gardner added a run-scoring groundout in the second.Jason Kipnis started the first with a single, stole second and scored when Brantley doubled to right. Brantley leads the Indians with 14 homers and 60 RBIs.Gardner walked to start the game and moved to second on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Dickerson attempted a diving catch of Teixeria’s bloop hit, but the ball deflected off his glove and rolled toward center, allowing Gardner to score.New York pulled a double steal when McCann struck out swinging. Gomes’ throw to second went into center field and Ellsbury scored. Teixeria’s stolen base was his first of the season.NOTES: RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-10) will make his Yankees debut Wednesday night. He was acquired from Arizona on Sunday. “It’s the Yankees,” he said. “It’s a team that’s in contention. It’s a team that’s known for winning, there’s really no other answer than it’s just the Yankees.” … The Indians recalled C Roberto Perez and LHP Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. … Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (soreness behind right knee) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. … Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RHP Shane Greene, who recorded his first major league win Monday, will start Saturday against Baltimore. … RHP Josh Tomlin (5-6) starts for the Indians on Wednesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jos Buttler admits pressure of being No.1 ahead of Sri Lanka ODIs

first_imgJos Buttler on the eve of first match of England’s ODI series against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, said that England are “very happy” being favourites but are aware that past tours have been “tricky”.”Very happy being favourites. It shows we’ve been doing good stuff and I like being favourites,” Buttler told reporters, saying the team were “very confident” and aiming to be “pushing the boundaries”.”We’re very aware of Sri Lanka’s qualities in these conditions. They have some experienced players… It’s been tricky in the past for England sides to come here,” Butler added.He added that being the number-one ranked one-day side ahead of next year’s World Cup on home soil brought its own pressures.Making the most of the facilities @josbuttler! Cricket (@englandcricket) October 8, 2018″There is always pressure being number one. Once you get there, I think that’s when the hard work really starts. You’ve got a bit of a target on your back.”It is down to you to keep improving and try to stay there. That’s the challenge and it has its own pressures. I think in the dressing room we have a good understanding… and know that we need to keep improving and pushing the boundaries.”Buttler said the World Cup was in the back of everyone’s mind, but they were taking every series one at a time and hoped to build a core group of players for next year’s championship.”It’s about trending in the right way and being able to build a core group of players — a squad of 15, 16, 17 guys — who we can call upon hopefully for the World Cup,” he said.advertisementUnderdogs Sri Lanka are still reeling from the axing of captain Angelo Mathews after a dismal run of 30 losses in their last 40 ODIs including defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in last month’s Asia Cup. Sri Lanka’s captain Dinesh Chandimal warned meanwhile that conditions were “very different” to England, with some “mystery spinners” who could pose problems for Eoin Morgan’s batsmen.Chandimal, who missed the Asia Cup and the preceding ODI series against South Africa due to injury and suspension, cautioned that home pitches had “a lot of spin”. “Especially for the batters it’s not easy to play… We have some mystery spinners as well.”They got all the experience and talent and we have to compete with them. When the situation comes we have some game plans which we will have to execute.”Chandimal said he hoped to improve the team’s fielding.”In the last few days, we worked really hard on our fielding individually and as a group,” he said.”That’s the biggest change we are trying to make in this series — give priority to our fielding and give it a lot of attention.”The five-match one-day series is followed by three Tests in November.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more