Children foundation honours outstanding community leaders

first_imgDr Gregory Harris of the Linden Hospital Complex receives his– Guyana Times journalist awarded In observance of its 14th anniversary, the Linden-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), For the Children’s Sake Foundation (FCSF) recently hosted a youth empowerment concert and award ceremony in theRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community.The occasion was observed under the theme “Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” The event saw numerous awardees from across the region being honoured for their outstanding contribution in the areas of journalism, civic responsibility, community building in and around Region 10, youth development, awards of service and excellence, and volunteer service.Some awardees included Dr Gregory Harris of the Linden Hospital Complex, who was awarded for his contributions in the area of community building and Guyana Times journalist Utamu Belle was also awarded for her contributions in journalism.Meanwhile, E Division (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Commander Calvin Brutus was awarded in the civic responsibility category, while Chiedum Okei-Nwabuokei was awarded for volunteer service, among severalGuyana Times journalist Utamu Belle receives her awardothers in the various categories.The concert provided an opportunity for secondary school students from within the community to be educated on prominent issues including suicide and poverty, through music, dance, poetry and other art forms. Exciting performances by Youth For Change, songstress Diana Chapman, Code Red artistes Lil Colwyn and Davey Marley and motivational speeches set the tone of the event held at the Linden Concert Hall and School (LICHAS).Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland provided encouragement to youths, telling them to always reach for higher heights regardless of their present situation.He also shared his experiences as a youth growing up in difficult circumstances, while motivating the youths to never give up.A co-founder of the organisation, Vernon Todd also spread the message of youths being leaders in today’s society, stressing that they are not only future leaders but also the leaders of today.last_img read more

Round 3: Big Ten title

first_imgGreg Oden put together a highlight package for NBA scouts and helped No. 1 Ohio State move to the finals of the Big Ten tournament and a step closer to a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Oden had 17 points, a tournament-record 19 rebounds and four blocks Saturday in Chicago as the Buckeyes (29-3) pulled away late from scrappy Purdue for a 63-52 victory. Carl Landry scored 24 points for the Boilermakers, who managed just four baskets in the final 10 minutes – three by Landry. Purdue (21-11), losing for the third time this season to the Buckeyes, will have to wait until today’s selection announcement to see if they will make the NCAA Tournament. No. 3 Wisconsin 53, Illinois 41: Alando Tucker finished with 21 points, setting a new school career scoring record (2,146) as the Badgers (29-4) set up a Big Ten championship matchup with Ohio State. No. 2 Kansas 67, Kansas State 61: Mario Chalmers scored 16 points, and the Jayhawks (29-4) held off a second-half charge from the Wildcats (22-11) in Oklahoma City to reach the Big 12 championship game. No. 5 Memphis 71, Houston: Chris Douglas-Roberts and Antonio Anderson each scored 17 points, and the host Tigers (30-3) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games, wrapping up their second straight Conference USA tournament championship. No. 6 Florida 80, Mississippi 59: Corey Brewer scored 22 points, Lee Humphrey added 17 and the Gators (28-5) kept alive their hope of three-peating as Southeastern Conference tournament champions with a semifinal victory in Atlanta. Florida will face Arkansas, an 81-72 winner over Mississippi State, in the today’s title game. No. 8 North Carolina 71, Boston College 56: Brandan Wright scored 20 points, and the top-seeded Tar Heels (27-6) moved a step closer in Tampa, Fla., to their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title in nineyears. North Carolina will face North Carolina State, a 72-64 winner over Virginia Tech, in today’s championship game. center_img No. 25 UNLV 78, No. 23 Brigham Young 70: Runnin’ Rebels (28-6) raced into their first NCAA Tournament in seven years by rallying to beat BYU (25-8) in the Mountain West championship in Las Vegas. Albany 60, Vermont 59: Jamar Wilson scored 22 points, Jason Siggers added 14 and the visiting Great Danes (23-9) won the America East Conference championship. George Washington 78, Rhode Island69: Carl Elliott scored 17 points to help the Colonials (23-8) win the Atlantic 10 tournament title in Atlantic City, N.J., and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. Florida A&M 58, Delaware State 56: Brian Greene’s buzzer-beating layup lifted the Rattler (21-13) to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in Raleigh, N.C. Jackson State 81, Mississippi Valley State 71: Trey Johnson scored 33 points in Birmingham, Ala., to lead the Tigers (21-13) to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title. Miami (Ohio) 53, Akron 52: Doug Penno made a controversial 3-pointer off the glass as the horn sounded to give the RedHawks (26-7) the Mid-American Conference tournament championship at Cleveland. New Mexico State 72, Utah State 70: Justin Hawkins scored 20 points, and Elijah Ingram added 18 in Las Cruces, N.M., to help the Aggies No. 9 Georgetown 65, No. 13 Pittsburgh 42: Roy Hibbert scored 14 of his 18points in the ninth-ranked Hoyas’ big first half and Georgetown (26-6) cruised past the Panthers (27-7) to win their record seventh Big East tournament title and their first since 1989. No. 15 Texas 69, Oklahoma State 64: Kevin Durant scored 26 points and hit the decisive 3-pointer to help the Longhorns (24-8) hold off the Cowboys (22-12) and advance to the Big 12 championship game, in which they will face Kansas. (25-8) win the Western Athletic Conference tournament title. Long Beach State 94, Cal Poly 83: Aaron Nixon scored 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the top-seeded 49ers (24-7) to the Big West tournament title at Anaheim. 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


first_imgDonegal Under 12 Schoolboys teamDonegal U12 schoolboys got their Foyle Cup preparations under way as they lifted the Donegal Challenge Cup in Ballyare on Saturday.This quadrangular tournament saw the hosts, along with East Donegal; Maiden City (Derry) and Carninny Youths from the Northern Ireland premier league compete in a round-robin tournament.The hosts took to the field in the first game against their East Donegal counterparts, a game they won on a scoreline of 3-0. The second game saw them take on Maiden City academy and again they came out on top on a scoreline of 5-1, with Jason McDaid helping himself to four goals.This set up a winner takes all final game against the Ballymena lads, as they had also won their two respective games. The hosts aided by a stiff breeze got off to the perfect with two goals inside the first ten minutes form Conor Black. They stayed on top throughout the first half to lead 3-0 with the third coming from Stephen Black from a corner.Carninny Youths to their credit never gave up and played some nice football in the second half. However, three further goals by Ciaran Moore, Jason McDaid and ‘Dixie’ Ferry saw the Donegal schoolboys prevail on a final scoreline of 5-1.Overall, team manager Kevin McHugh can be reasonably happy with today’s showing but will know that much tougher tests lie ahead in the Foyle Cup in two weeks time. DONEGAL U12 SCHOOLBOYS WIN DONEGAL CHALLENGE CUP was last modified: July 6th, 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 Challenge CupDonegal U12 schoolsboyslast_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly manager Gary McDaid is to stay on in his position for the coming season.In the wake of the club’s recent Ulster club final defeat to Ballinderry, McDaid said he was considering his position.However he met with players and management at the weekend and indicated his willingness to allow his name to go forward once again. Although not officially ratified, it is believed McDaid will stand unopposed during the club’s AGM in January.The St Eunans teacher has led the club to two famous Donegal County Championships. McDAID TO STAY ON AS GLENSWILLY MANAGER was last modified: December 9th, 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:Gary McDaidglenswillyManagerlast_img read more


first_imgPatrick McGowan (FF) has been elected in the Stranorlar EA, following the seventh count. He becomes the third candidate elected, Gary Doherty (SF) and Frank McBrearty (Inp) were elected following earlier counts.Doherty, Gary S.F. 0 1,519 Elected 0 0 0McBrearty, Frank Non-P. 0 1,519 Elected 0 0 0McGowan, Patrick F.F. 18 1,509 0 10 0Doherty, Liam S.F. 57 1,447 0 72 0Crawford, Gerry F.F. 8 1,285 0 234 0Harley, Martin F.G. 28 1,250 0 269 0Galbraith, Bert F.G. 1 720 0 799 0Kee, Seamus Non-P. 41 539 0 980 0McMenamin, Alan Non-P. 44 395 0 1,124 0Kennedy, Claudia F.F. 10 350 0 1,169 0McDyer, Charlotte (Charlie) P.B.P.A. -262 0 Excluded 0 0 0McCrea, Brian LAB. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 0Meehan, Tim Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 341   ELECTED: PATRICK MCGOWAN (FF) STRANORLAR EA was last modified: May 25th, 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more


first_imgCouncillor John O’Donnell has said he is “upset and distraught” at the bomb attack on his Downings home today.The businessman and newly-elected county councillor has issued a statement to Donegal Daily on the shocking incident.An official spokesperson said “A spokesperson for the John O’Donnell campaign has outlined to Donegal Daily that John is extremely upset and distraught at this outrageous attack on democracy. “The matter is now with the Gardai and we are satisfied that the Gardai will successfully conclude their investigations.”Cllr O’Donnell is believed to have been very shaken by the incident.Independent John O’Donnell after being elected to Donegal County Council in May.A spokesman for the Army Press Office confirmed the device was a viable device which was made safe at the scene by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.A number of houses had to be evacuated as a matter of safety. All the components of the bomb have now been handed over to Gardai as part of their investigation. COUNCILLOR SAYS HE IS ‘UPSET AND DISTRAUGHT’ AT BOMB ATTACK ON HIS HOME was last modified: August 15th, 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)last_img read more

Ex-49ers safety Eric Reid interviews with the Bengals — it does not go well

first_imgDuring his meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, former 49ers safety Eric Reid was confronted by a familiar and inevitable question.According to Pro Football Talk, Bengals team owner Mike Brown grilled Reid “almost exclusively” about his kneel-down protests during the 2016 season and asked Reid for assurances that he would not participate in the protests should he join the Bengals. Furthermore, Brown told Reid he intends to see that none of his players protest during the anthem in …last_img read more

Echoes of Historic Supernovae Observed

first_img 1Armin Rest et al., “Light echoes from ancient supernovae in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” Nature 438, 1132-1134 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04365. It’s interesting that there are no supernova remnants claimed to be tens or hundreds of thousands of years old or older.  One of the most distended SNR’s in our galaxy, the Veil Nebula, is believed to be only 5,000 years old (see 02/16/2001).  Even so, all things being equal, the light from such an event would be expected to take some 160,000 years to arrive at earth.  Why are there no older remnants reported?  Is the same true for novae?  Here is a good research project for someone who likes to catalog things and think about their implications.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astronomers using telescopes at the Cerro-Tololo observatory in Chile were able to detect the faint light echoes of supernovae (see EurekAlert, and original paper in Nature1).  They found three light echoes for six of the smallest previously-catalogued supernova remnants (SNR) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small irregular galaxy visible from the southern hemisphere.  Assuming the shock wave moves out less than 10,000 km/sec, and calibrating against the echoes from the known 18-year old remnant of SN1987A, they estimated the ages of two of them at 410 and 610 years.  They believe surveys could uncover many more, now that they know what to look for.  The light echoes provide a method for fixing the ages of supernova remnants. last_img read more

Tourism, manufacturing incentives

first_img4 July 2008South Africa’s Department of Trade and industry (DTI) has launched the Enterprise Investment Programme, offering investment support – in the form of financial grants – to small and medium manufacturing and tourism companies based outside the country’s major metropolitan areas.“We will be making these sectors more attractive to people to invest in,” Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said at the programme’s launch in Pretoria this week.“The idea is to attract investment into [geographical] areas outside of the developed metropolitan municipalities in order to spread development and labour absorption.”Deputy director-general of the DTI’s Enterprise Organisation, Tumelo Chipfupa, said the new programme would run for the next six years, replacing the Small Medium Enterprise Development Programme which was offered between 2001 and August 2006.The Enterprise Investment Programme is made up of the Manufacturing Investment Programme and the Tourism Support Programme.“An investment grant of 15 to 30% of qualifying investment costs will be provided covering the plant, machinery, equipment, commercial vehicles, land and buildings,” said Chipfupa, adding that the maximum investment per project was increased from R100-million to R200-million.Qualifying criteriaChipfupa explained that there were various qualifying criteria which a company would have to match before a grant was given.These include their black economic empowerment (BEE) status, whether the company will be located in a high unemployment area, how labour absorbent the company is as well as whether they are in the clothing and textiles industry.For the Tourism Support Programme, the objective, he said, was to stimulate job creation outside of traditional destination clusters, as well as increase BEE participation in the tourism sector.To be eligible for the support programme, companies need to employ a minimum of eight people and must score at least a level four on their BEE contribution.Diversifying manufacturingDTI director-general Tshediso Matona said at the launch that the department was serious about the building of a strong, diverse and flourishing manufacturing sector in South Africa.“We take this work seriously in the department as it is part of our core mandate of industrial development. We did a review of what the DTI has done and could do to support industry,” he said, adding that increasing industrial development was one of the country’s priorities.The department has also urged private sector financial institutions to work together with the government on the sector incentive schemes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa improves global competitiveness

first_imgIn terms of the soundness of itsbanking system, South Africa rankssecond in the world. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • SA best for regulation of exchanges • SA’s competitiveness up • Brand Africa – for Africa by Africa • Brand leadership award for SA • Top marks for SA auditingSource: Southafrica.infoSouth Africa improved its ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, climbing four places to 50th out of 142 countries surveyed, while claiming top spot for regulation of exchanges and second place for soundness of banks.Published on 7 September 2011, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since evolved into the prime authority on relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations.Respondent numbers have grown over the years, with the 2011-12 report covering 142 countries and some 14 000 respondents.Gains in key areasSouth Africa’s overall ranking, after slipping nine places last year – from 45 to 54 – recovered to 50 in 2011-12, thanks mainly to impressive gains in accountability of private institutions, strength of investor protection and technological readiness.The country was ranked:1st for regulation of securities exchange.1st for strength of auditing and reporting standards.2nd for soundness of banks.2nd for efficacy of corporate boards.3rd for protection of minority shareholders’ interests.3rd for availability of financial services.4th for financing through the local equities market.7th for effectiveness of anti-monopoly policy.8th for legal rights.“Since these factors are categorised by the World Economic Forum as sustainability issues, their superior ratings are indicative of a highly positive long-term outlook for the South African economy,” Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said in a statement.“These combined attributes make South Africa the most competitive economy in the region.”2nd in Africa; 2nd among BRICSSouth Africa’s 50th overall ranking is sub-Saharan Africa’s highest, and Africa’s second-highest after Tunisia, which dropped from 34th place in 2010-11 to 40th place in 2011-12 owing to the political upheaval in the country.Among its fellow BRICS nations, South Africa is ranked second only to China (in 26th place), ahead of Brazil (53rd), India (56th) and Russia (66th).Matola said the narrative of the WEF report clearly indicated trust in South Africa, at a time when trust was returning only slowly in many parts of the world.“We could have fared considerably better had we not lost further ground in the categories in which we scored poorly last year – labour policies, health and education.“We need to improve our rankings in these criteria if we are to continuously move up the rankings.”60% market data, 40% perceptionsMatola said the results were “an indication that the reality and perception of competitiveness in South Africa is improving at a pace ahead of that of many other countries.“The World Economic Forum derives about 60% of its score values from actual market data and 40% from perception. That South Africa has scored well on both counts is both highly gratifying and encouraging.“Of importance, too, is our third ranking for protection of minority shareholders’ interests,” Matola added. “South Africa’s strong performance in the financial market and corporate governance dimensions is an indication that the country is deemed a safe destination for business and investment.“This is a positioning the country will have to work hard to maintain amidst florid debates about open market policies.”Ewald Müller, a senior executive at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, said the standings would further enhance the country’s competitiveness in attracting foreign direct investment.“Given a clear account based on international standards, backed by strong regulation and robust corporate governance allows investors open and easy access to assessing the risks and rewards associated with corporate South Africa,” Müller said in a statement.last_img read more