Kwakwani residents receive food supplies from CDC

first_img– as floodwaters slowly recedeAs the floodwaters in Kwakwani (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) continue to slowly recede, Region 10 Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, a resident of the area, received for the community food hampers from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Wednesday, for the first time since the severe flood struck the community.Acting CDC Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, handed over the hampers to Adolph for distribution to the residents.In some areas, the floodwaters — which had reached heights of approximately nine feet — have now begun to recede slowly. Over 300 households remain affected by the disastrous situation, and although the residents have adopted adaptive measures, most homes are completely flooded, resulting in occupants beingA representative from the CDC sending off the hampers to the Kwakwani residentsforced to move to higher ground.On Sunday morning, some of the residents also received supplies of cleaning agents, utensils, and medical supplies from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC). The cleaning agents included soap powder, bleach, bar soap, long boots and other cleaning agents. The Opposition Peoples Progressive Party also went into the area on Sunday and distributed cleaning agents.Region 10 Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph has said residents would like to place on record their appreciation to all donors for the efforts expended in promptly responding to their calls for help.Adolph highlighted that one of the challenges facing the residents in the present situation is transportation. He said high fees are being charged, especially by canoe operators plying the flooded routes, to transport residents living on the outskirts of Kwakwani to the central location for shopping and other business-related purposes.Adolph is calling on the relevant officials to consider raising the level of the main access road, so that in the future, when flooding occurs, transportation would not be affected.Residents have even called for Government to consider commencing irrigation works in the area as soon as the water recedes, so as to prevent the situation from recurring.The flooding in Kwakwani started in April, and intensified over the months owing to the heavy rainfall coupled with the overtopping of the Berbice River. Persons living on Lamp Island and the Waterfront are the most severely affected.The water had risen to as high as eight feet in some areas, but is currently receding slowly. Residents are currently forced to utilise boats as the main mode of transportation, since the roads are inundated.last_img read more

Education Ministry commissions $12M ICT labs

first_imgPupils of Eccles Primary on the East Bank of Demerara are now learning Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills, with the commissioning of the new lab handed over by the Education Ministry on Monday morning.Education Minister Nicolette Henry cuts the ribbon with a pupil of Eccles Primary to declare open the new labThe newly-erected facility, along with equipment which will benefit more than 200 pupils, is said to be worth some $6.5 million according to the System Development Coordinator, Geodfrey Munroe.Education Minister Nicolette Henry pointed to the need for such facilities in each school and announced plans for more ICT labs in other primary schools.She said, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to do that (commission the ICT lab, because) I know that ICT is very important for the delivery of education at this current time.”The Minister told the pupils who attended the brief commissioning ceremony that the lab would serve to benefit both themselves and the teachers there. Henry stated, “If you use the computers that we are putting in the lab, it will help you with both literacy and numeracy. The reason why we are putting these computers is to bridge the gap in access to quality education … we also want to ensure that all our students are digitally literate…we also want to ensure that our teachers, our educators have access to resources that are available online”.Also benefiting from a new ICT lab was the Tucville Primary in Georgetown. There, 432 pupils will utilise the $6.5 million facility.Last year, some 95 primary schools benefited from ICT labs, and three more are expected to be commissioned.Minister Henry noted her commitment to continue this drive until all primary schools across Guyana have ICT labs.last_img read more

Only bad news if Govt unprepared – Edghill

first_imgUpgrade to “Upper Middle Income” economy… says Sharma’s statement is ludicrous, demonstrates lack of vision Guyana’s graduation to an upper middle income country can only be regarded as “bad news” if the Government is unprepared to deal with the consequences, former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill stated.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan EdghillA recently released World Bank Classification Report revealed that the Guyana’s economy jumped from being lower middle income to upper middle income from the period July 2015 to July 2016; bringing the country up to par with China, Brazil, Jamaica and Venezuela, which recently fell from being a high income country.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma had indicated that this development brings great news for the Government but will spell doom for the ordinary citizen.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma“It is good because it shows that the Government has gained the confidence of the World Bank and indirectly, the international community… but bad news for the contractors because definitely the World Bank will say we do not qualify for certain categories of loans and other international bodies will follow suit,” he explained.But Edghill contended that the Minister’s statement is ludicrous and only demonstrates the lack of vision as well as the absence of a coherent policy for the development of the nation.In an invited comment on Saturday, the former Minister told <<>> that such great news can only be considered bad for the people if there is no plan in place to ensure the entire country can be shifted in a direction that matches the improved ranking.“It would be bad news for the people if the Government is unprepared to relate to the people that the economy has been improving and they are unwilling to pay increased salaries and benefits to the people to allow the citizens to live at that level. So if Minister Sharma is looking in the crystal ball and is saying that Government is unprepared to lift the living standard of the people to accommodate the new classification then it will be bad news for the people. But if the Government is prepared to understand and prepared to act in terms of providing what is needed for the living standards of the people to go up, there’s no bad news, this is good news,” Edghill explained.He pointed out that since Guyana has moved up in its rankings, chances are the country will not benefit from significant concessions like before.He explained that, as a result, Government will have to act proactively to ensure the burden does not fall on the population.“If we don’t raise the minimum wage and pass on benefits, you will be putting more people in the poverty line… So I think Minister Sharma is basically saying that he is happy that internationally we are being recognised but Guyanese people can expect punishment because the Government is not prepared to act in keeping with that developing rating. So maybe he is talking about something that he is privy to or aware of,” he stated.Every year, the World Bank assesses its 189 member countries along with 28 other economies with populations of more than 30,000.These countries are classified so that data users can aggregate, and group statistical data of interest, and for the presentation of key statistics. Its main classifications provided are by geographic region, by income group, and by the operational lending categories of the World Bank Group.Economies are divided into four income groupings: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high and their income is measured using gross national income (GNI) per capita, in US dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method.Lower middle income economies are countries with a GNI per capita of between US$1026 and US$4035, upper middle income economies are the ones with between US$4036 and US$12,475, while high income economies are the ones with a GNI per capita of US$12,476 or more.The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Guyana expanded by three per cent in 2015 from the previous year. The GDP Annual Growth Rate in the country averaged at 2.09 per cent from 1961 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 11.36 per cent in 1964 and a record low of -13.19 percent in 1982. The country’s basic minimum wage is $50,000 or $600,000 per annum.last_img read more

Suns’ Nash sits out game against Blazers

first_imgTwo-time league MVP Steve Nash missed the Phoenix Suns’ game at Portland on Tuesday night because of inflammation in his right shoulder. The All-Star point guard didn’t play in the second half of the Suns’ 113-108 victory in Denver on Monday night. Nash said he first felt soreness in the shoulder when he got out of bed Thursday, and it has worsened since. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pierce sent home: Boston forward Paul Pierce, who has missed 22 games, was sent home from Detroit because of swelling in his left elbow and a low-grade fever. Also: Milwaukee center Dan Gadzuric (UCLA) will miss six weeks with a dislocated left shoulder suffered Saturday night. … The Chicago Bulls will likely be without Andres Nocioni until after the All-Star break because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Also, The Bulls fined forward Tyrus Thomas $10,000, one day after the rookie said he only was interested in the money for the NBA’s slam dunk contest. center_img defending Iverson hopes to play Wednesday: Denver’s Allen Iverson made it through practice on his sore ankle and is optimistic he’ll be ready to play New Orleans today. Iverson has missed four straight games after injuring the ankle against Charlotte on Jan. 29. Center Marcus Camby, however, is still listed as doubtful with a strained left groin. Carmelo Anthony (left wrist sprain) and Steve Blake (stitches in his lip and a hyperextended elbow) both received treatment and are expected to play today. last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img“Ms. Morales is one of many great teachers in our classrooms,” he added. Registration open for disaster classes WHITTIER – Residents interested in taking classes to participate in ALERT, the city’s disaster preparedness program for households and neighborhoods, must RSVP before Wednesday by calling (562) 464-3390. The ALERT program consists of three classes that will take place Wednesdays beginning April 11 at Parnell Park Community/Senior Center, 15390 Lambert Road. The program focuses on home and neighborhood preparedness, fire prevention and safety, utilities management, damage assessment, and neighborhood self-reliance and security. Class participants will receive information booklets, checklists and training necessary to cope with adverse situations. The classes are free. For more information, call the city’s disaster preparedness program at (562) 464-3390. Church to hold Easter presentation SANTA FE SPRINGS – Florence Avenue Foursquare Church, 11457 E. Florence Ave., will hold Easter presentations at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (562) 868-2234. Grief counseling given at hospital LA MIRADA – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will offer a grief support program for families with youths, aged 5 to 17, who have a loved one faced with a life- threatening illness or death. The program will from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning April 17 at 15060 Imperial Highway, La Mirada. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (562) 947-3668 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Symphony guild moves meeting day LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Symphony Guild will hold its April meeting 7:30p.m. April 10, rather than the usual first Tuesday of the month. The purpose of the guild is to help the symphony with fundraising, youth concerts and hosting receptions. The meeting will be held at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 13518 Biola Ave., La Mirada. For more information, call (714) 521-3749. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering indoor tennis lessons from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays at Adventure County Park, 10130 S. Gunn Ave. The lessons are open to children ages 6 to 12 of any experience level. Fees are $48 for eight consecutive lessons. For more information, call Dingo Mercado at (562)698-7645. Teacher recognized for certification WHITTIER – La Serna High teacher Elizabeth Martinez Morales has been recognized by board members at the Whittier Union High School District for becoming a National Board for Professional Standards certified teacher. Morales, who teaches Algebra 1 and geometry, underwent a lengthy and rigorous process to earn the certification. Candidates must submit examples of student work, as well as work with family and community to serve the needs of all students. Board President Leighton Anderson said, “We value our excellent educators and appreciate their striving to grow as teachers and meet their professional and personal goals.” last_img read more

Ex-Palace star tells talkSPORT: I think Allardyce left for one of these reasons

first_imgPeter Taylor has reacted to Sam Allardyce’s departure from Crystal Palace, with the 62-year-old reportedly stepping down as manager.The news broke on Tuesday afternoon that Allardyce had decided to leave Selhurst Park following the end of the season, despite securing the Eagles’ survival in the Premier League.The south London club have, as of yet, refused to confirm the rumours, but talkSPORT spoke to former Palace player and manager Peter Taylor to hear his take on the news.Speaking to Kick Off with Matt Smith, Taylor admitted he was disappointed for the Eagles as he could imagine Allardyce leading them successfully next season.Taylor, who played over 100 times for Palace in the 1970s, said: “I’m disappointed for Crystal Palace because I think the way Sam and the team finished the season, I could have really said to myself ‘knowing Sam, he would have built another good squad and they would have had a very good season.”“So I’m really disappointed that is not going to happen now.”Asked whether he knew why Allardyce would want to leave Selhurst Park despite the seemingly upward trajectory of the south London outfit, Taylor did not have an answer.However, he suggested there were three potential reasons.“I think there are three things,” Taylor added.“If there were certain things where Sam thought his hands were tied, he can’t then produce what he wants. He probably wasn’t saying ‘I want to produce a team to win the Premier League’, but I’m sure he wanted to produce something to make sure they didn’t have the scares of this year.“It’s that, or a case of ‘I’m not going to work anymore’, or ‘I’ve got something else to go to’.“That’s where I’m so surprise, because I honestly thought he was going to be staying there. Maybe in a few days something else might open up.”last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Pochettino set to sell four stars in January

first_img REVEALED no dice 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football news ADVICE BEST OF RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Perhaps less surprisingly, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is also up for sale having failed, once again, to force his way into Pochettino’s plans, even when Heung-Min Son was away on international duty.The flop winger joined in a much-anticipated move from Marseille for £11million but has only shown glimpses of the skill, and pace, which saw Spurs spend almost a whole summer concluding a deal.In the end, he’s only managed nine Premier League appearances and he also had a dismal loan spell at Burnley last season too. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to sell four stars in January as he plots to freshen up his squad, according to The Sun.Having not made a single summer signing, the Argentine manager seems set to shake up him injury-hit group and is ready to offload players to supplement his spending. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Belgian superstar Mousa Dembele is the biggest name on the list as Spurs look to cash in on a player who is out of contract in 2019.The unique midfielder who has been key to Pochettino’s success can no longer handle the rigours of Premier League football despite his obvious talents, leaving the club with no choice but to move him on with clubs in Italy and China interested in his services.Kenyan star Victor Wanyama is also available with his form suffering due to a spate of injuries and is only being used in times of desperate need for the time being. Mousa Dembele speaks with Mauricio Pochettino. Victor Wanyama looked lost against Barcelona in the Champions League. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining MONEY REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ And last but not least, £18.5million forward Vincent Janssen will also be moved on once he returns to fitness following a foot problem.A tough first campaign in 2016/17 was followed by a loan spell with Fenerbahce, which was ended by injury.And Spurs are now set to offload the Dutch international for a big loss.last_img read more

DDTV: JEROME QUINN’S VIDEO PREVIEW OF COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS

first_imgVideo Preview – Donegal SFC Semi-finals from Jerome Quinn on Vimeo.Watch a preview of the 2011 Radio na Gaeltachta Donegal SFC Semi-finals, showing match action from three of the Quarter-finals – Kilcar beating Ardara, Glenswilly beating St Eunan’s, and St Michael’s beating Gaoth Dobhair. Glenfin will play St Michael’s while Glenswilly take on Kilcar.For more go to www.jeromequinnmedia.com.DDTV: JEROME QUINN’S VIDEO PREVIEW OF COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS was last modified: September 8th, 2011 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:kilcar glenswilly st michael’s glenfin jerome quinnlast_img read more

Munoz passes West Covina to 28-6 win

first_img West Covina cemented the win midway through the fourth quarter when Munoz found Tucker wide open down the middle for an 11-yard touchdown. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA — West Covina High School quarterback George Munoz completed only 6 of 17 passes Friday night against Nogales High, but the junior made the most of those completions as four went for touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 28-6 win over the Nobles in the San Antonio League opener for both teams. Munoz threw for 157 yards, with touchdown passes to four different receivers, as the unbeaten Bulldogs (6-0) bounced back from a 6-0 second-quarter deficit to score 28 unanswered points. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Nobles struck first, taking advantage of a roughing-the-kicker call against place-kicker Chris Guerrero, whose 40-yard field goal attempt had sailed wide right. The penalty gave Nogales the ball at the West Covina 12-yard line, and Eddie Ross scored on a burst up the middle on the next play. The Bulldogs didn’t trail for long, as Munoz hit Xavier Tucker with a 46-yard pass to the Nogales 6. Two plays later, Munoz rolled left and found Abel Sandoval open for a 4- yard touchdown. “They really outplayed us in the first half, so it was encouraging that we were able to get into halftime with a 7-6 lead,’ Maggiore said. West Covina opened a 14-6 lead midway through the third quarter as Munoz lofted a 26-yard scoring pass to Jon Mejia, who was able to out-leap his defender for the ball. The Bulldogs scored again on their next possession as tight end Jason Peterkin showed off some speed. The senior caught a 12-yard pass then broke free along the sideline, racing another 56 yards for the score. center_img Nogales (3-3) frustrated West Covina for much of the first half with its ball-control offense. The Bulldogs had run only six offensive plays with five minutes left in the first half. “They were able to move the ball on us,’ West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said of the Nobles’ rushing attack. “You have to give them credit, they’re much improved and I told our kids they were going to give us all we could handle.’ last_img read more

What Apple had in mind?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Purveyors of porn and entrepreneurs who spied a niche when Apple Computer Inc. unveiled its video-playing iPod are proving that sex even sells in tiny packages – especially when it is portable. One online social network of amateur pinup girls said it logged 500,000 downloads of the sexy “featurettes” – three- to five-minute video clips – in the first 24 hours targeting the new iPod-toting crowd. It’s a no-brainer: pornography to go. The naughtiness is already finding its way into video handhelds through business models tried-and-true – along with some new ones – as the adult entertainment industry works to untether video content. “It could be a huge percentage of our business,” says the company’s chief executive, Steven Hirsch. “People love watching adult movies and to be able to carry an adult movie in your pocket is a powerful tool.” Sin City, based in Chatsworth, already offers trailers of full-length adult films for the Sony PlayStation Portable, a handheld video game player. It now plans full-length adult films for the video iPod. Apple wasn’t first on the scene with a small digital device capable of playing good-quality video. Creative Technology and iRiver are among companies with pocket-size devices already on the market; they use Windows Mobile software to display video, audio and still images. In addition, one early entrant, Archos, has a Jukebox that can store and play a whopping 400 hours of video in the MPEG-4 standard. Yet the very marketing and deal-making finesse that helped Apple rise to dominate the portable music market make its new video-playing iPod a likely vessel for adult movies’ expansion to portable porn. The Apple’s iTunes online story already features several hot and heavy podcasts, audio downloads geared to portability. The company isn’t offering much in the way of sex on videos, though some of the music videos it sells for $1.99 each can tend toward titillation. Apple officials refused requests for interviews on whether they might offer adult content on iTunes for iPod owners. For many high-profile companies, sex remains a tough sell. Although wireless phone companies support devices that play video, they are reluctant to expose themselves to complaints from a large and valuable customer base. One company that knows firsthand is Digital Orchid, which manages the delivery of streaming video to cell phones for top brands, including MLB.com, NASCAR.com, ESPN and the National Hockey League. It also handles Hawaiian Tropic, the suntan oil company perhaps better known for its comely bikini models. That sort of content is about as racy as wireless carriers want to get, says Robert Betros, Digital Orchid’s co-founder and chief technology officer. “We won’t cross that line because the carriers won’t distribute it, and that’s a majority of the revenue opportunity for us,” Betros said. “Now they may change their tune, and in some places in Europe carriers are distributing this kind of content.” In the wireless industry, carrier-approved content exists within something referred to as a walled garden. In the United States, at least, that garden is generally safe for children. Once users stroll outside garden walls and inside a Web browser, however, all bets are off. A company called Xobile sells pornographic video clips for cell phones. No special operating system or other software is necessary: just a Web browser, which is commonplace now for phones with access to digital data networks. That it’s now easier than ever for minors to view X-rated content on portable devices concerns media watch groups that seek to protect children. The problem is that children are often quicker to grasp the technology than are their parents, says Jack Samad, a senior vice president with the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families. “The arena is wide open, unfiltered, unrestricted, for adult content,” Samad said. “Children are very aware of where it is and how to download it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Soon enough, skin flicks whose viewing has been largely restricted to the privacy of homes and theaters could be on view in the open public of parks and mass transit, for all ages to see. Porn is no doubt a big business on the Web. Two in five Internet users visited an adult site in August, according to tracking by comScore Media Metrix. The company said 3 percent of all Web traffic and 2 percent of all surfing time involved an adult site. The Internet accounted for $2.5 billion of the adult industry’s $14 billion in U.S. revenues last year, about the same as revenues from cable and satellite pay-per-view showings, according to Adult Video News, a trade magazine. Vivid Entertainment Group, a major adult video producer that already offers high-resolution still images, video clips and footage from “voyeur cams” through its Web site, now plans to shoot shorter films specifically for the iPod and other portables. last_img read more