Work on KC track to begin on Monday

first_img GRATEFUL FOR TRACK Kingston College is following in the path of history by breaking ground for its new synthetic running track at the Melbourne campus on Elletson Road yesterday. They will become the second local high school to do so in one year following in the footstep of Calabar High, which opened its track last January. The new track is being facilitated by Bachelor’s family-headed RuJohn Foundation, which has contributed 75 per cent of the US$400,000 estimated cost of construction. Yesterday’s ceremony was well attended by past and current students, as well as political representatives. Work on the track will begin on Monday and is expected to be completed in late February. Byron Bachelor handed over the initial contribution to Byron Ingleton of Pavecom, the company responsible to start the early work on the project. The track will have a full 100m straight, but will measure 350m in complete length, along with international standard curves. This is not the first contribution from the Bachelors, who a year ago helped in building one of two new basketball courts for the North Street-based institution and Byron, along with wife Ingrid and daughter Christine, were all present yesterday. Byron, who represented Kingston College at the Boys Athletics Championships as a part of the successful medley relay team in 1979, where he ran in the preliminary round spoke about his love for Kingston College and giving back. “While at Kingston College, I was encouraged by George Thompson, then coach, that once you give, you will receive and it is not only when you are wealthy you are to give, as whatever you can give early in your life, it will add up big time after a while; and because of my love for the institution I had no problem to give back,” said Byron, who stated that his daughter, Christina played a great part as she had a secret meeting with Principal Dave Myrie, making it known that she wanted to help. The young Bachelor was very ecstatic about her family’s contribution. “I think this is a great project, and it gives us an opportunity from the RuJohn Foundation to touch a lot of lives. I think there is so much talent in Jamaica in track and field and this gives the kids the proper tools to be able to excel to their full potential,” she said. Myrie was thankful in his address. “I must thank RuJohn Foundation for its major role here, along with all others who have contributed. Special thanks to the Florida Old Boys Chapter, led by Audley Hewitt and all the other Old boys locally and overseas. This will definitely go a far way with the preparation of the track team, as this will guarantee less injuries and definitely will result in optimum performance.” he said Also present yesterday were JAAA president Dr Warren Blake; Juliet Campbell representing Puma; Denzil Wilks – chairman of the Sports Development Foundation; and Michael Vaccianna, board chairman of Kingston College.last_img read more

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Disabled Females Educate Members on Ebola’s Danger

first_imgThe leadership of the Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) with offices in Slipway, Monrovia, has embarked on awareness and or education for her members on the effect of Ebola virus disease (EVD) across the country.ADFI is not doing the education alone, but in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Gender and Development, Women none-governmental organization Secretariat by creating awareness on Ebola with focus on persons with various forms of disabilities, especially the women.The Association teaching program is spear-headed by its education focal person, Ms. Nancy Tewah Saa. During the exercise, she is to among other things, teach disabled females with simple versions of messages such like, “The Ebola virus knows no one, prevent yourself and your family. Remember the most vulnerable people in our drive to stop Ebola and kick it out.”Other messages include, “Prevent yourself and family members; help to prevent Ebola from persons living with disabilities, because the disabled community is the most vulnerable group in the dreadful epidemic.”Nancy will then break down those messages, signs and or symptoms of Ebola to say, for example, “Des Ebola na wan tu know, so be careful before a do you wok, etc.”“She will also teach the disable women how to measure the chlorine or Clorox (drop) into a particular bucket of water before it becomes usable for the household. This prevention is necessary to avoid overdose of any quantity of anti Ebola materials specifically the liquid type,” ADFI National Executive Director, Meima Hoff, has said.Ms. Hoff is herself visually impaired. She says in their organization drive to work with the females disabled colleagues in the field, they will give out anti-Ebola detergents, antiseptic Clorox, powder soaps as well as variety of food items valued at US$2, 500.The entire education or awareness campaign, according to her, is being sponsored by Funds Global Human Rights (FGHR) for which the ADFI remained grateful.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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UN Campaigns for More Support

first_imgUnited Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is in the vanguard of campaigning and adequately engaging world leaders, on behalf of countries affected by the Ebola virus for more resources and support that will help bring an end to the scourge.Disclosing this last week, United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous stated that “Currently, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki- moon, has taken advantage of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly to engage different levels of world leaders and is committed to doing all he can to stop the epidemic.”The UN is also affected by the outbreak due to the presence of UN peacekeepers on mission here,” Mr. Ladsous noted. Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs Ministry’s office last week, Mr. Ladsous said he was in the country to discuss with stakeholders as to how the UN could help in the situation. “I am here to sit with you and the Government on how we can more effectively help the situation,” Mr. Ladsous told President Sirleaf.On behalf of SG Ban, Mr. Ladsous conveyed what he termed as deep feelings of the UN about the current Ebola epidemic in Liberia and other countries in the sub-region, adding that his visit is also intended to express the solidarity of the Secretary-General and to assure President Sirleaf of the UN system’s commitment to help mitigate the risk placed on the hard won gains made in Liberia so far.He reiterated that there is a general agreement that the outbreak is a threat to peace and security in the sub-region and therefore noted that the current mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia may not change because this is not the appropriate time. He assured President Sirleaf that the UN remains on the side of Liberia in the wake of the Ebola epidemic and is prepared to support ongoing international efforts led by WHO and others to contain the virus.He reiterated that the Organization has taken the initiative to mobilize the entire UN system and beyond, effectively to respond to the outbreak with the aim of containing its further spread in the sub-region. President Sirleaf thanked Mr. Ladsous for his visit and recounted previous visits including that of the UN Systems Coordinator on Ebola, David Nabarro and others to help respond to the outbreak. The Liberian leader described the Ebola virus disease as an unknown enemy to the Liberian setting, making it critical to the respond efforts.“Our collective response is yet to catch up with the acceleration rate of the virus thus far, but concrete efforts in strategic partnership with the international community and international responders are now in place to mitigate the situation,” President Sirleaf pointed out. President Sirleaf briefed Mr. Ladsous about several initial measures taken by the Government including the closure of schools, entertainment centers, video club, etc. and noted that cultural and traditional practices also remain at the heart of efforts to break the transmission of the disease.She, however, expressed hope that the end will come soon as there are so many success stories associated with the release of more survivors from the treatment centers across the country. “Our regular healthcare system was hard hit by the outbreak and needs support and attention to be able to respond to the growing number of non-Ebola cases that are also adding to the death rate in the country. We are working with our partners to fully restore regular healthcare, and the UN’s involvement is encouraged,” President Sirleaf urged.She further pointed out that the Ebola outbreak is having serious consequences on the country’s economy. She gave assurance that the government is working with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and others to mitigate the situation now and the post-Ebola period. She informed Mr. Ladsous that the security situation in the country so far remains calm. She pointed out that the desire of training more personnel in the security sector, particularly the police, was on course but now restrained by the Ebola outbreak.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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Prep games to watch

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Boys basketball: Mater Dei vs. Compton at Dominguez High, 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s other I-AA semifinal pits the Monarchs’ Taylor King, a McDonald’s All-American who’s going to Duke, against the Tarbabes’ Demar Derozan, who’s averaging 22 points a game. Girls basketball: Poly vs. Bishop Amat at Damien High, 7 p.m. The Jackrabbits won’t have to face rival Lynwood in the semifinal matchup. But the Lancers are a worthy opponent with 6-foot-3 Candice Brown, one of the top players in the country. Boys soccer: Loyola vs. Wilson at Long Beach City College, 3 p.m. The top-seeded Bruins are just one victory from reaching the Division I final Saturday. Girls soccer: La Habra vs. Mayfair at Bellflower High, 3:15 p.m. The Monsoons, seeded second in Division III, can defend their 2006 co-championship with a triumph. Girls soccer: North Torrance at Valley Christian, 3 p.m. This Division V semifinal will be a homecoming of sorts for Saxons coach Dave Christensen, who coach the Valley Christian boys last year. center_img TODAY Boys basketball: Dominguez vs. Artesia at Gahr High, 7:30 p.m. Two of the best programs in Southern California will square off tonight with the trip to the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA finals on the line. last_img read more

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Pogba, Zlatan return to training ahead of Sevilla clash

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba took part in training ahead of Manchester United’s game against SevillaLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 -Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have returned to Manchester United training ahead of their trip to Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.They were joined by Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia – who were also absent for United’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Huddersfield on Saturday. United boss Jose Mourinho had previously cast doubt over whether Pogba would be available for the trip to Spain after he missed Saturday’s game with illness.Ibrahimovic has not featured for United since coming off at half-time during their 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day due to injury.Eric Bailly, who made his return to first-team action against Huddersfield from the bench, was present at Carrington and could feature in Spain despite not having started since the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in November at Stamford Bridge.Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones are expected to miss Wednesday’s fixture through injury.United will get their first taste of the Champions League knockout phases since 2014, when they were defeated by Bayern Munich over two legs in the round of 16 under David Moyes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS – ST.MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES

first_imgBingo continues in the hall at 8.30pm on Tuesdays. Lotto results 5 people Match 2 counties AM,DN,WD,WX D.Young ,J.Young, L.O.Keefe PJ.Bonar Convoy ,JP.Coyle Fanad Next week’s JP €3350Training for Senior Ladies Wed from 7 -8.15 Fri from 7.30 and Sun at 12.30pm. New Players are always welcome.Junior team were beaten away to Red Hughs 0-9 to 0-5 with some great points from Gabrielle Gallagher but it wasn’t to be with too many wides on the day. Best wishes to all our girls and boys starting exams this week.Gaelic for mothers and others takes place on Wed at 8.30pm new players always welcome Well done to all who took part in the fundraiser at Finn Park .Training for Underage continues on Fri evening from 6-7pm.  New players welcome.U 8 were away to St eunans for a blitz well done to all who took part. Next Blitz is at home on June 15th. U10 are away this Sat 8th to Newtown. Details will be given out at training Friday evening.U14 Girls Training Sat Morning at 10am. New players are welcome come along. This is a great way to keep fit and meet new friends.Your Games will over the next week.Reserves won 3-11 to Milford 1-6Seniors were Beaten 0-7 to Milford 1-16GAA NEWS – ST.MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 2nd, 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:CLUB NOTESconvoySt Marylast_img read more

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GAELTACHT WHACKED AS GRANTS TO TRAINEE TEACHERS AXED

first_imgTHE DONEGAL Gaeltacht could lose out again as the Government plans to abolish grants for trainee teachers attending Irish language courses.Dozens of trainee teachers have placements in west Donegal each year, bringing valuable income to the area.Conradh na Gaeilge and Guth na Gaeltachta have slammed the decision of the Department of Education to scrap grants awarded to those attending Irish-language immersion courses in the Gaeltacht. The three-week courses in the Gaeltacht summer colleges are paid for on behalf of the student teachers that attend them to improve their Irish-language skills as an essential part of their education degree.Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, said that the proposed cuts will hit the future teaching of Irish in schools.He fumed: “With schools throughout the country already struggling with serious problems in the teaching of Irish, the Government took a huge step forward in addressing these issues in The 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 by recommending that student teachers should follow a defined programme of language teaching in the Gaeltacht, and indeed that the tuition time and attendance of student teachers who attend such Gaeltacht courses should be increased.”The Teaching Council says the courses should be followed. Mr de Spáinn said: “These recommendations to foster better language awareness and Irish-language skills in our teachers were a huge step forward, but the Department of Education and Skills will take two steps backwards again if they abolish the grant for students attending Gaeltacht courses.”Éamonn Mac Niallas from Guth na Gaeltachta and said that if the Government is looking to save money by abolishing the grants for Gaeltacht courses, the result will be the complete opposite.“The longterm effects of this short-sighted decision will cost the State even more money to put right when future teachers no longer have the standard of Irish to teach the language in our schools,” he said.“Under present circumstances, it is hard to see how trainee teachers will have the means to pay for Gaeltacht courses themselves. Furthermore, these courses contribute greatly to the Gaeltacht economies through the added business for local shops and the employment of Mná Tí, teachers and other workers in the Irish colleges.”Mr Mac Niallas said that it was “particularly disappointing” to see a “total lack of co-ordination” between the various divisions of Government when it comes to the promotion of the Irish language. He added: “This short-sighted cost-cutting measure by the Department of Education and Skills is simultaneously undermining all the good work that they are doing. We thought the Strategy would provide clear direction for the various different State departments and their working partners, but it is obviously not functioning as such at present.”GAELTACHT WHACKED AS GRANTS TO TRAINEE TEACHERS AXED was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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 Gaeltachtteacher traininglast_img read more

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A stereotype of Angelenos that’s all too accurate

first_imgI just received my special-election ballot package in the mail. I am an absentee voter. Why? Is it because my rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle doesn’t permit any kind of commitment? Do I have an unexplainable aversion to places where “I voted” stickers are handed out? Did I choose to have a voting experience comparable to Netflix? Actually, none of the above. The answer is that I live in a precinct where there are fewer than 250 registered voters. When I first was informed of this, I was stunned. I live in the sixth largest urban area in the world. Right smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. I was going to say “heart of Los Angeles” but let’s not be silly – what heart? Anyway, to be specific, I live in Echo Park/Silverlake. Big city, with lots of different people, who speak lots of different languages – with too few stereotypes to go around. When people think of L.A., they think gangbanger or buxom blonde. Here’s another one: politically apathetic. Someone once said to me that people in L.A. don’t even know the name of the mayor. I’ve done some research: The mayor is Giuliani or something. Whoever it is – he’s six degrees from Kevin Bacon. Isn’t everyone? Since I’m not a gangbanger and have never been referred to as “buxom,” it takes little for me to seem different. I’m not politically apathetic. I know who the mayor is. Not only am I registered to vote – I know the name of my congressional representative. I’ve even e-mailed him. Mainly because when you live in Los Angeles, you can never have enough important people ignoring you. The sanctity of democracy has been touted in the War on Terror. Our leaders in Washington speak of it as a blanket cure-all for political strife. We are spreading democracy, meaning, we are pre-emptively attacking sovereign nations so that their citizens will/can vote. Where are our purple fingers in Los Angeles? My figurative inked finger has wagged at those who aren’t registered. “Shame on you. Vote or die! Blahahaha!” My nagging, as with most, has yet to make one person decide to go to the polls. Most politicians will give lip service to this: Everyone who is eligible should vote. You should vote. You should vote for someone who tells you what you should do. You should buy plastic sheeting and duct tape. You shouldn’t smoke, overeat or get an abortion. You should obey the law and love God and country. The catch-22 of living in a (still) free country is that you can choose not to participate in the democratic process and not listen to any of our politicians about how to live your life. Candidly, the 2004 Get Out The Vote Campaign became as preachy as the Drug Free America PSAs. The mind-numbing commercials brought my Tivo and me closer than ever. I stopped my nagging and began re-thinking this issue. Why is it important to get people out to vote? Why is mob rule made to sound so appealing? When Gray Davis was recalled, the voter lines looked like a premiere. People lined up around the block and waited for hours to participate in the event. Huge voter turn out and what happened? Our governor is a movie star. How embarrassing. California – its ballot meets box office! Let’s put it this way, if Harriet Miers were a movie star, no one would utter the word “unqualified.” Instead we would all enjoy making puns with the titles of her movies as she got sworn in. So don’t vote. You won’t die, regardless of what Puffy told you. You have the right as an American to not participate. You have a stereotype as an Angeleno to live up to. You don’t have to vote. What it means for the process is that instead of mass hysteria, we’ll have fractional hysteria. And the great thing about fractional hysteria is the comfort of blaming low voter turnout. Don’t ruin that. Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

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DONEGAL LADIES MISS OUT ON PROMOTION AFTER FINAL DEFEAT TO ARMAGH

first_imgGeraldine McLaughlin gets hauled back during the clash todayArmagh 4-18 Donegal 4-6IT hardly seems fair to finish at the top of a league, only to lose out promotion because of the play-off format.But Donegal Senior Ladies will stay in Division 2 next year after losing out by 12 points to Armagh at Parnell Park this afternoon. The Orchard County’s Aimee Mackin hit 2-5 from play in a repeat of the 2005 decider and will play in Division 1 next year.Armagh were rocked after just 40 seconds when Yvonne McMonagle, who collected a treble, netted for Donegal.Mackin responded in kind after eight minutes before Fionnuala McKenna, who also raised two green flags, struck in the 17th minute.Geraldine McLaughlin scored Donegal’s second goal four minutes before half-time but Armagh pounced with a decisive blow with just 17 seconds remaining on the clock, as Mackin showed a blistering turn of pace to evade the Donegal cover before lashing home her second goal. That gave Armagh a 3-10 to 2-03 half-time lead but Donegal came out fighting and McMonagle hit a 38th minute goal and when McLaughlin popped over a free, the deficit was down to six points, with Donegal trailing by 3-06 to 3-12.McMonagle did pull another goal back for Donegal with eight minutes remaining but Armagh had surged ahead at that stage.Scorers for Armagh: A Mackin 2-5, F McKenna 2-2, K Mallon 0-6 (3f), L McConville 0-2, A McCoy, C Malone & C O’Hanlon 0-1 each.Scorers for Donegal: Y McMonagle 3-0, G McLaughlin 1-2 (0-1f), A McDonnnell, N Hegarty, S McGroddy & A Barrett 0-1 each.ARMAGH: K Daly; M Tennyson, C Morgan, S Marley; S Reel, N Henderson, N Marley; C Malone, C O’Hanlon; A McCoy, K Mallon, L Kenny; L M McConville, F McKenna, A Mackin. Subs: S McCoy for S Marley (44), M McAlinden for McKenna (50), M McGuinness for N Marley (50), T McCoy for McConville (60), S Grey for McCoy (60).DONEGAL: L Gallagher; D Foley, E Gallagher, Nicole McLaughlin; A McDonnell, C Hegarty, Niamh McLaughlin; K Herron, R Curran; E Ward, N Hegarty, S McGroddy; A Barrett, Y McMonagle, G McLauglin.Subs: R Boyle for Curran (15), K Keeney for Nicole McLaughlin (h.t.), T Doherty for Ward (h.t.), E McCrory for Barrett (41).Referee: G Carmody (Mayo) DONEGAL LADIES MISS OUT ON PROMOTION AFTER FINAL DEFEAT TO ARMAGH was last modified: May 9th, 2015 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:armaghDivision 2 finaldonegalSenior Ladieslast_img read more

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€1m childcare centre closes in Gortahork

first_imgA state-of-the-art creche in Gortahork is due to close this morning for the last time.An Scoil Bheag opened its doors just ten years ago following a €1m grant from the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme. An Scoil Bheag provided affordable childcare for adults completing Donegal ETB courses in the area.Donegal ETB has cited a lack of demand as the reason for the closure. Recent legislation such as the Affordable Childcare Scheme has led to a reduction in demand for Donegal ETB creche places. Donegal ETB have said that “no final decision” has been made on three other Donegal ETB creches in the county; Buncrana, Milford and Letterkenny.In a statement to Donegal Daily, Donegal ETB said: “Donegal ETB is currently reviewing the crèche provision attached to its Further Education and Training service.“Recent legislative changes have resulted in increased numbers of crèche places being made available more widely across the county, leading to a reduction in demand for ETB crèche places.“Regretfully, the crèche attached to the Gort a’ Choirce ETB Further Education and Training Centre will close on 17 November 2017 but no final decision has been reached as yet regarding the future of the crèches in Buncrana, Milford and Letterkenny.” €1m childcare centre closes in Gortahork was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:an scoil bheaggortahorklast_img read more

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