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

Underground exploration at Aurora Gold Mine showing positive signs

first_imgNatural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman with Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs of AGM, Perry Holloway (right), and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Suresh Kalathil (left) and a company engineer during a visit to the underground tunnel where exploration is currently taking placeAfter securing clearance from both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Guyana Goldfields Incorporated, owner of Aurora Gold Mine, has begun what is being described as successful underground explorations at its north-west Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) location.Following a tour of the mine on August 27, Senior Vice-President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Perry Holloway told the Department of Public Information (DPI), that the EPA’s clearance gives the company up to 2500 metres of underground exploration, plus test mining for 300,000 tons of ore. “We have started and have gone down a couple of hundred metres; maybe three or four hundred metres right now. Everything so far is going great, the rocks are cool, some people thought it would be hot, there is very little water, some people thought there would be a lot of water as we are very close to the Cuyuni River, none of that is true.”Holloway said side drilling would begin soon to determine where and how much gold was at the location.Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman during the tour said he was happy with the current progress reports from the company. He had previously visited the camp with a South African delegation back in March this year before exploration began.“This is historic for Guyana. We have had underground mining in Guyana before, I’m not saying this is the first, but certainly, it is the only company doing it right now,” Minister Trotman stated.He added that this is a great opportunity for Guyanese to see and understand the functions of an underground mine.The Natural Resources Minister also stated that he was especially pleased to know that the company got its exploration clearance from both the GGMC and EPA.“I’m happy to see that issues and some challenges with GGMC and EPA have been resolved and the company has been able to start the exploratory aspect of the digging and hopefully things progressed and a full mining permit will be given by both the GGMC and EPA,” he said.Aurora Gold Mine is one of the largest gold mines in Guyana and the world, with an estimated reserve of 6.54 million ounces of gold.With respect to the underground mining exploration, $5 billion (US$25 million) is expected from the first three years of exploration.last_img read more

City film office wins top state award

first_imgSanta Clarita’s film office was among 10 finalists for the award, competing against such cities as Long Beach, Vista, Fresno, Riverside and Santa Rosa. “Five years ago, we recognized the need to develop a film office to help keep jobs and film work local, while growing the industry,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “And in just a few short years, we’ve been able to create a model for a successful film program, an example that can be applied to a variety of industries in cities around the state.” The office was created in 2002 to help attract and retain the filming industry, including location filming and film-related businesses. The office currently issues permits for all location filming within Santa Clarita. Southern California lost some its appeal for film production in the past decade as the entertainment industry sought more affordable locations in Canada and the South. Santa Clarita fought back by promoting its proximity to Los Angeles and an affordable and simple permit process. SANTA CLARITA – The city’s film office, formed five years ago to combat runaway production, won a top state award this week for economic development. Santa Clarita won the grand prize in the California Association for Local Economic Development’s annual award for the agency, credited with bringing more than $16 million to the Santa Clarita Valley each year. Santa Clarita is home to television productions that include Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” HBO’s “Big Love” and “John from Cincinnati,” CBS’ “The Unit” and “NCIS,” and FX’s “Drive” and “The Riches.” State Assemblyman Juan Arambula and CALED chief Wayne Schell presented the award Thursday in Monterey to Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin and film associate Jason Crawford. 160Want 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

No trophies and I will go back home, vows Ssimbwa

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa strolls around during a past training session at the club’s Eastleigh High School training ground. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15- Sofapaka FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa has vowed to leave his post at the helm of the club if he fails to win silverware in his second year in charge of Batoto ba Mungu.The Ugandan tactician re-joined joined the 2009 league champions at the beginning of last season and helped steer them to second spot finish having just managed to stay alive in the top tier on the final day of the previous season. Ssimbwa who won the GOtv Shield with the club during his first stint now says he wants to win at least one piece silverware, the Kenyan Premier League title being top of his ambition.“This (winning trophies) is what I want. If I fail I go back to Uganda because two years in this team at least I want to get silverware. Wherever I have been travelling to I have gotten silverware. Here also, I want the same,” Ssimbwa told Capital Sport.The club endured a torrid period in 2016 due to lack of sponsorship but once a shirt sponsor landed at the beginning of last season, their fortunes changed and they were considered serious title contenders until Gor Mahia pulled away.Ssimbwa reckons it will be a tough charge for the title, picking out Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Tusker as three of the clubs he feels will offer the toughest competition.“It is not easy because every team is coming in to fight for the title. Gor Mahia have a very strong team, AFC Leopards have also put together a very strong outfit, I even saw Matano in Uganda. Tusker are there, Posta Rangers also, so it will not be easy. But we will fight. We are Batoto ba Mungu,” a confident Ssimbwa noted.Newly signed Sofapaka forward Ezekiel Okare attempts to make a pass under pressure from Maurice Odipo during a past training session at their Eastleigh High School base. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis sentiments have been echoed by skipper Hillary Echesa who is confident that the team put together will be able to challenge for top honors.“I think we now have a very strong team and having finished second last season, the only way for us is up. We have to work hard and I trust with the players we have we can actually achieve that target of winning trophies. Everyone is up for it. The motivation and the spirit of the players is brilliant,” the experienced Echesa noted.Sofapaka have assembled a strong team for the new season with high profile players landing at the stable. Among the new faces at the club include strikers Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani who scored 13 goals each last season for Ulinzi Stars and Sofapaka respectively.Also joining the side is Burundi defender Mousa Omar, Ibrahim Kitawi and Elli Asieche from Kariobangi Sharks, Jackson Saleh and Vitalis Akumu from Western Stima, Teddy Osok on loan from Gor Mahia, Yussuf Mohammed from Muhoroni Youth as well as goalkeeper Ian Otieno who left AFC Leopards.Newly signed Sofapaka midfielder Ibrahim Kitawi attempts to make a pass under pressure during a past training session at their Eastleigh High School base. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThough Ssimbwa says the team is not as strong as the one he had in 2010 and 2011, he reckons it is a better team than last season’s.“I can’t say it is the strongest because to me I measure strength with the number of national team players I have. You can’t compare my squad with that of Gor Mahia. But overall I think it is better than last season,” the coach said.“But we have just started our pre-season training and we can’t really gauge them. We have to play friendly matches and see what they can add to the team and their strengths,” the tactician added.Meanwhile, Batoto ba Mungu will face Ssimbwa’s old employers Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) in a friendly match next week with the Ugandan champions touring the country for training.Ssimbwa also said they would be travelling to Sudan for further friendly matches before they kick off their season at home against Bandari on February 4.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bayer Leverkusen want Liverpool defender in £7m deal

first_img Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho Bayer Leverkusen are lining up a £7m move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.The 25-year-old is yet to feature this season despite being fully fit and speculation surrounding his future continues.Roma were also interested in Sakho but they instead moved for Antonio Rudiger after failing to agree a deal with Liverpool.However, the Merseyside club are now bracing themselves for an offer from Germany.L’Equipe are reporting that Bayer Leverkusen have set their sights on the Frenchman and are ready to pay £7m to land him.Sakho is said to be happy at Liverpool however he is desperate to make France’s squad for next summer’s European Championships so will want to play regular first-team football this season. 1last_img read more

Man United star responds to claims he is ‘disillusioned’ at Old Trafford

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has quashed claims he is unhappy at the club.The Spaniard, who has been sidelined for the past two games with a hamstring injury, has not always been a regular starter under Louis van Gaal.Recent newspaper reports suggested Herrara has become “disillusioned” with life at Old Trafford owing to his lack of game time and is seeking showdown talks with Van Gaal.However, the 26-year-old attempted to allay fears he is unhappy by positive a message on Twitter on Tuesday.Alongside a picture containing part of an interview he did with the club’s matchday programme for last week’s game against PSV Eindhoven, Herrera said: “Interview given last week. Very happy at Manchester United.”The image contains the pull quote: “I don’t want this dream to finish. I have to play as well as possible if I want to play as long as I can at this club.”Herrera, who has made 45 appearances and scored 11 times since moving to England, had stated in the interview that he was determined to fight for his place having moved from Athletic Club in the summer of 2014.“When I was in Spain, I always thought about the best teams in the world and maybe the biggest and most-supported club is Manchester United,” he told United Review.“So I worked very hard to be here. When I was in Spain, I was very professional and had to be very consistent to get here.“Now I am here, I always say the same thing: the most difficult thing is to stay at a big club.“Of course, it is difficult to arrive at a big team in the first place, but it is even harder to stay there. The club has the possibility to sign new players and it’s a very powerful club so all players want to play here. I have to fight for my position and gain my position and I will do it.” 1 Ander Herrera last_img read more


first_imgDownings singer Shane McLaughlin has been battling glandular fever this week in time to be ready his appearance on tonight’s The Voice.Shane has been unable to practice and will face an uphill battle in tonight’s RTE’s show if he is to go through.Shane received medical attention all week after being struck down wit the illness on Tuesday. A family member told Donegal Daily “For Shane to be even appearing tonight is a victory in itself.“He was in a very bad way during the week and we didn’t even think he would be able to sing on tonight’s show.“But Shane is a battler and he will give it his all tonight.”Shane is up against one of the favourites to win the show Kelly Mongon from Cork. Shane will perform The Zutons hit ‘Valerie’ in his bid to go through to the next stage of the show.The show will start at 6.30pm and the results will be shown at 8.30pm.SO getting voting Donegal to keep Shane in the show! SHANE STRUCK WITH GLANDULAR FEVER ON EVE OF RTE’S THE VOICE was last modified: April 7th, 2013 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:glandular feverRTEshane mclaughlinthe voicelast_img read more


first_imgConnors: Had superb game todayDONEGAL’S Minors are through to the Ulster Championship Final after a stunning second half display which blew away opponents Antrim today.Declan Bonner’s side won 2-19 to 1-10 to take the county to our first minor final since 2006.Donegal had been edgy in the first half, sending too many shots short. Keeper Danny Rodgers pulled off two fine saves for Donegal to prevent certain goals; that coupled with a late first half goal by sub Ethan O’Donnell helped Donegal to a 1-07 to 0-06 lead at the break.But Donegal made no mistakes in the second half with Downings man Lorcan Connors having a fine game.He with Jamie Brennan and O’Donnell were the star performers in the second half, Brennan hitting the second goal early on to deflate the Antrim challenge.Keeper Rodgers was also in star form – saving three certain goal chances throughout the game.  DONEGAL MINORS BLOW ANTRIM AWAY IN STUNNING CLONES PERFORMANCE was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 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:AntrimClonesDonegal minorssemi-finallast_img read more

A Media Bias Sampler

first_imgSupport for conservatism in secular science media is as rare as a true transitional form in the fossil record.Whenever mainstream journals or leading science news sites touch on political or philosophical issues, the slant is predictable. Conservative positions will be discredited, explained away, or mocked—that is, if they are mentioned at all. Recent examples below.Three cheers for atheism. On Live Science, Clara Moskowitz gives a pulpit to atheist Sean Carroll of Caltech to explain his views on meaning in nature in a “Godless Universe,” helping him sell his new book on cosmological naturalism, The Big Picture, in the process. Barry Loewer also gives Carroll good press at Science Magazine. “He sets out to show how various phenomena, including thought, choice, conscioussness, and value, hang together with the scientific account of reality that has been developed in physics in the past 100 years,” Loewer swoons. “He attempts to do all this without relying on specialized jargon from philosophy and physics, and succeeds spectacularly in achieving both aims.”Whitewashing history: Sigmund Freud has a largely bad reputation in science. He invented words and concepts that have not stood the test of time; his methods were unscientific if not fraudulent; and his practice of “psychoanalysis” abused women by calling them “hysterical” as if that diagnosis had any meaning. Nevertheless, perhaps because he was a staunch follower of Darwin, he got kid gloves treatment in Live Science by Alina Bradford, who only mentioned that his ideas are “controversial.” She gives the last word to a Freudian.Obamacare: Watch a conservative video about six broken promises of Obamacare. Then read a Medical Xpress report claiming that doctors want more of it. One group of doctors wants to take this system, built on lies and promises that didn’t come true, and extend it into a single-payer system managed by government (i.e., socialized medicine)—something conservatives warned was the ulterior motive from the start. The article quotes an editorial by one side but no rebuttal from any conservative leader. The article mentions socialist Bernie Sanders favorably.Toying with embryos: Now that researchers kept a human embryo alive in a petri dish for 13 days, secular scientists want to extend the internationally-accepted limit of 14 days. Nature is leading the charge with “Revisit the 14-day rule.” In another Nature piece, David Cyranoski points out that “Stem-cell scientists attempt to fend off the need for government regulation that could impede research.” Scientists want to regulate themselves, but ethics gets short shrift.Assisted suicide: Is California ready for physician-assisted suicide? Medical Xpress calmly discusses the new law about to go into effect June 9. The focus of the article is allaying fears that the law might be misused. At Evolution News & Views, however, Wesley J. Smith, speaking from long experience, warns that “the culture of death brooks no dissent.”Spanking: Views on corporal punishment of children differ among conservatives, but one can be sure liberals will always portray it as child abuse, no matter what Solomon said about discipline with the rod. Science Daily‘s coverage is a case in point: “Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research.” Who did the research? Evolutionary psychologists.Reductionist values: What is love? Just a chemical reaction with survival value brought about by natural selection, say evolutionists. Human love differs only in amount, not in kind, perhaps. That’s the view promulgated on The Conversation by evolutionary psychologist Gayle Brewer, whose headline postures her as an authority figure: “What is love? Here’s the science.” It’s not a many-splendored thing in her view. She enters her just-so story trance: “Romantic love may serve an important evolutionary function, for example by increasing the level of parental support available to subsequent children.”_______________In considering leftist viewpoints, it’s important to look back at where they led in history. National Geographic published “long-hidden photos of China’s Cultural Revolution” taken by a brave photographer.Photographer Li Zhensheng had a unique view of China’s Cultural Revolution—a chaotic period of purging and punishment that began on May 16, 1966, and lasted in different phases until Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong’s death 10 years later.Li was working for a newspaper in Heilongjiang Province at the time, and the job allowed him to take state-approved pictures of Mao’s campaign without fear of harassment. He later hid the negatives under his floorboards in case government officials ever came looking for him. And they did. In 1968, the government accused him of “counterrevolutionary” activities and raided his apartment.If officials had found the negatives, they likely would have destroyed them. But the images remained hidden under the floorboards, and Li continued to protect them through the years. Today, his remarkable photos have toured the world and been published in a book.Here, we present mosaics of Li’s images, which show the incredible scale of the Cultural Revolution.The photos are haunting: peasants en masse paying homage to the powerful image of Mao, hoping for an improvement in their poverty, while knowing that failing to show enthusiastic support could mean imprisonment or death. One caption quietly mentions, “Millions of people were killed, injured, or imprisoned during the revolution” — 77 million, to be precise (see 11/30/05).Nazism is sometimes portrayed as right-wing, but in actuality, Hitler’s big-government, totalitarian state had more in common with communist dictatorships than with anything resembling American values (capitalism, liberty, natural rights and limited government). Stephanie Pappas at Live Science continues that distortion in her piece on “How Adolf Hitler Rose to Power and Seduced Germany.” She also fails to mention his devotion to Darwin, which historian Richard Weikart has documented in detail. Instead of focusing on the ideas that motivated him, Pappas portrays him as an obscure person whose rise to power was almost determined by political circumstances. What he did to millions of people, though, is a matter of historical record. Hitler is the epitome of evil to the modern western mind. You won’t find the word in her article.If you can provide examples of secular scientists promoting conservative values, we’ll be happy to share them. The exceptions prove the rule: week after week, we find secular news services portraying scientists and their reporters as objective truth seekers, but it’s only a mask for leftist ideology. Darwin leads to denial of God (and objective moral standards). That leads to materialism, atheism, moral relativism, leftism, utopianism, oppressive government, and ultimately, to serfdom and even democide.If one believes we are made in the image of God, endowed with unalienable rights, accountable to a Creator, with a purpose on earth to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, yet knows we are each fallen and in need of redemption, the difference in worldview could hardly be more opposite. A steady diet of mainstream media can lead to a highly distorted view of the world.Thank goodness the internet has opened up channels for news and views censored by the mainstream media. Here are a couple of daily podcasts we can recommend: ID the Future from the Discovery Institute, Washington Watch from the Family Research Council, The Briefing by Al Mohler. I listen to these on my daily health walks. For conservative news, you might check out WND and Breitbart News. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Public works programmes ‘have benefited 3.5m people’

first_img21 February 2014 South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has been a success story which has benefited more than 3.5-million people since it was introduced in 2004, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday. Replying to the debate on the State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma dismissed the criticism of some members of the opposition, who had said that the EPWP was not a solution to unemployment in South Africa. Zuma said the formal economy could not absorb all work seekers, adding: “The fact is this innovation has made a massive impact in the lives of the poor.” Working for Water and similar programes that set people working to tackle waste and fire hazards and support the country’s wetlands, together with the Environmental Youth Services Programme, had created about 750 000 work opportunities and more than 200 000 full-time equivalent jobs since 2009. More than half of the beneficiaries of these programmes were young people, Zuma said, noting that the majority of South Africa’s unemployed were reportedly between the ages of and 24 and 30. Meanwhile, Zuma said that social grants remained the most effective poverty alleviation tool in addressing the legacy of apartheid. More than 16-million people in South Africa are beneficiaries of social grants. For more than 22% of households in the country, social grants are the main source of income. “It must also be noted that the majority of beneficiaries of social grants, 11-million specifically, are vulnerable children,” Zuma said. “The rest of the beneficiaries are older persons receiving the old age pension, persons with disability, military veterans and other vulnerable persons.” Source: read more