Jamaica's men's and women's rugby teams were fully convinced of achieving Pan American and Olympic Games qualification before their departure yesterday for the Pan American Games qualifiers in Barbados this weekend. Local members of both teams took pride of place and utilised the opportunity to showcase their optimism, during a send-off at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), the island's parent body for sports. "I'm confident that we'll be able to qualify for next year's Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru and Hong Kong Sevens. We've put in all the work and we are going down there not only to compete, but to perform to the best of our ability," said Sasha-Gay Green, captain of the national women's team, the Lady Crocs. "Our main rivals will be the Trinidadians and the Mexicans and we're confident we can beat them," added Green. "We've beaten Trinidad before and Mexico, right now they're the main ones and we're going to snap them." Oshane Edie, captain of the men's team, said he was confident but expressed a bit of caution. "We're the defending champions, but we're not banking on that. We've made our preparations and analysed the teams that we're going up against." Looking at the competition, Edie added: "Bermuda are coming strong and we're looking at them because they've made some additions to their team as well. We encountered Trinidad and Guyana in Colombia and we understand what they're going to bring to the table. We've trained for that, we're going out there on our toes and we're expecting to play our game." In Colombia, both finished as top Caribbean teams at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, with the Reggae Crocs securing the bronze medal. The Jamaicans will launch their quest on Saturday in group play, which funnels the top teams into bigger play-off spots and ultimately Sunday's finals. The top two will advance to the Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru, which also presents opportunity for Olympic competition. "This will be a test, every new beginning is a test of your mettle, gumption, focus, team spirit," JOA president Christopher Samuda noted of the challenge in Barbados, which the JOA assisted with sponsorship valued at $1 million.
This week Guyana starts the celebration of Amerindian Heritage, recognising and acknowledging the importance of our Amerindian sisters and brothers in the economic, social and cultural development of Guyana. For this year’s celebration, the emergence of Amerindian children among the top CXC performers in our country must be celebrated. Hinterland secondary schools are increasingly competitive with coastland secondary school and this must be noted. As we celebrate Amerindian Heritage Month 2019, we must take meaningful time to celebrate the performances of these children and schools in CXC 2019.In his written address, read by the then Minister of Agriculture, Brindley Benn, at the inauguration of the University of Guyana in 1963, Cheddi Jagan spoke of his dream that quality secondary school education would come to every Guyanese child, everywhere they live. Today, because of his dream and the PPP’s education access programs, every Amerindian child has access to secondary education. In 2019, an Amerindian child attending the Anna Regina Secondary School in Region 2 was the top CXC performer for Guyana and possibly for Caricom and several Amerindian children attending schools in the hinterland were among the top 100 CXC performers in the country. These children are manifestations of Cheddi’s dream come through.As we celebrate Amerindian Heritage Month 2019, elections, due since before March 21st, are expected anytime now. APNU/AFC is busy politicking, using the vast resources of the State to brazenly campaign and transforming Amerindian Heritage Month into APNU/AFC’s election campaign in the hinterland and among the Amerindian people. For four and a half years, APNU/AFC totally ignored the hinterland and Amerindians, forgetting all the lofty promises they made before the 2015 elections. But, suddenly, facing an election and confronted with an absolute loss of confidence, particularly in the hinterland, APNU/AFC is insulting Amerindians and hinterland communities with hand-outs, gifts and more empty promises, in a vulgar effort to buy votes.The Amerindian people in their villages and the hinterland communities have been stifled in the last four and a half years, development callously sabotaged by APNU/AFC. Now that they desperately need the votes of Amerindians, APNU/AFC is spending much time and handing out enormous resources begging for votes. They think they could buy votes in the hinterland by giving away things, not thinking for one moment that people know what they are doing. Brazen hand-outs and vulgar promises will not and could not erase the neglect of the past four and a half years.In 1976, there was an Amerindian Act that promised land titles for Amerindian Communities; that legal obligation was ignored by the PNC Government and not a single Amerindian village or community received its land title. In the Bharat Jagdeo-led PPP Government of 2001-2006, the new Amerindian Act strengthened the provisions for Amerindian Land Rights and Titling of the Amerindian lands. Significant progress was made in land-titling and dozens of Amerindian Communities received their land titles. But just when land-titling had gathered speed, APNU/AFC stopped any further progress in 2015. During the 2015 elections campaign, they promised to accelerate land-titling. But since 2015, the exercise has come to a screeching halt. Not a single Amerindian village has had its land title issued. It is a betrayal, a broken promise. Now, APNU/AFC is promising again that land-titling will become a priority in 2020 and onwards. Sydney Allicock, Dawn Hastings and Garrido-Lowe have stood shamelessly silent as APNU/AFC stifled land-titling started under the PPP.In four and a half years, little or no improvement has been made in the various airstrips in the hinterland. APNU/AFC had promised they would transform air transportation for the hinterland communities, using air transportation to catalyse economic and social development for the Amerindian and Hinterland communities. This is another broken promise, another betrayal. But it is a betrayal that should not shock anyone because it is APNU/AFC in 2013 and 2014, as the then Opposition, which voted against budgetary allocations for improvement of hinterland airstrips. Earlier this year, they decided they would add VAT to air travels to and from the hinterland communities, making it costlier. After introducing this regressive measure, the PPP/C and others objected and protested. With elections approaching, APNU/AFC buckled and remove the VAT, claiming credit for removing the VAT they introduced.These are just two examples of the assault on Amerindian and hinterland communities. There are dozens of other measures that specifically make life harder for Amerindians and others who live in the hinterland. The dismissal of more than 2,000 community officers, the suffocation of the Amerindian Development Fund, the removal of the $10,000 per child grant, the downgrading of the hot meal program for school children, the termination of the ONE LAPTOP PER FAMILY and the solar panel programmes, the non-investment in hinterland roads, the poor supply of medicines and medical supplies, the virtual halting of the medical doctor assignments to hinterland hospitals, the restrictions on sub-surface mining rights, etc., are major impediments to the social and economic development of hinterland communities and, in particular, Amerindian communities. The Amerindian people will not be fooled by the charlatans that bring gifts and empty promises today.
Dear Editor,I write to dismiss Clement Rohee’s proposition in his letter of June 20, that “Vincent Alexander was parachuted into the Ministry of Education, unbeknownst to the WPA, to understudy Minister Roopnaraine.”Having been relieved of the position of General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party and consequentially of the press coverage now enjoyed by Jagdeo, Rohee has taken to letter writing and pontificating on the inner workings of political parties, other than his own. It is however quite apparent that his postulations are sometimes unfounded, presumptuous and even mischievous, as will be made obvious from what I have to say.Alexander’s sojourn at the Education Ministry was at the direct and personal request of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. Hence, I was appointed as Technical Facilitator, a pre-existing position to the Minister. As a consequence of his removal and as a matter of ethics, protocol and best practices, his removal, in my judgement, automatically brings my sojourn to an end, and so shall it be. I was not parachuted into the Ministry by some other force nor was I under studying Dr Roopnaraine. This, however, has no bearing on unrelated appointments that I hold in the education or other sectors; that is Chairman of the National Accreditation Council.May I take this opportunity to remind Rohee and the public that as of 2007, I have not been a member of any political party nor an aspirant to office in any political party.May I take this opportunity to renew my invitation to Rohee, now that he is no longer General Secretary of the PPP, to have non-partisan discourse on matters of national interest.Yours truly,Vincent Alexander
Harvey said that the public engagement on the fees and charges will be wrapping up this fall, with staff taking that feedback into account when presenting the bylaw update to Council next spring.The public engagement campaign can be found here: https://letstalk.fortstjohn.ca/engage/community-services-fees-charges/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is asking for feedback from residents on updating the bylaw that designates the price of fees and charges collected for the use of City facilities, including the Pomeroy Sport Centre, North Peace Leisure Pool, and Surerus and Kin Park sports fields.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the City typically updates the Community Services Fees and Charges bylaw every five years, with the current bylaw having been adopted on March 10, 2014.He said that the current schedule of fees and charges for activities such as ice and meeting room rentals will expire at the end of next August, and the City wants to get residents’ thoughts on the current fee schedule, and any ideas from residents on what to include in the next bylaw update.- Advertisement -Harvey explained that the City uses a benefit-based approach to its fee schedule, with programs that have a larger benefit to the community as a whole getting a larger subsidy.“Potentially, a private birthday party or a private company function would pay more for that service because it doesn’t benefit a wide population.”The City has included a survey on its Let’s Talk public engagement website, along with the fee schedules from Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie so that residents can compare charges with neighbouring municipalities.Advertisement
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Donegal’s small businesses will get a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on their business success by entering the 2017 Donegal Enterprise Awards in one of three separate categories.The awards, now in their 21st year, are the highlight of the business calendar in Donegal and this year’s winners will be announced on March 25th 2017 at a gala dinner.The competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards. Previous entrants to the competition have praised the benefits of the awards process for helping them renew and refresh focus on their business.They have also insisted that the opportunities for networking and learning from other businesses in the county, was tremendously beneficial to them as they moved their enterprise on to the next stage.This year’s competition will see awards presented in the following categories:*Overall Winner*Best Established Business*Best Start Up Business (18 months or less)*Innovation Award “The innovation award really is a broad category. It is not just about research and development but rather an award for a business who can demonstrate innovative ideas across their organisation. For example a business using innovative marketing strategies or one using innovative time saving techniques, would fit nicely into the category. It really is one that any business can use to show off one or even many strengths,” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, said.Shortlisted businesses must be available to present themselves to the judging panel at a time to be agreed on 20 March 2017, but any business interested in making an application will be helped through the process with a special workshop on February 27 to allay any fears and answer questions about the application process.The application form, guidelines for the judging criteria, marking system and competition guidelines are all available to download from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office website:https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/News/Apply-Now-to-the-Donegal-Business-Awards-2017.htmlDonegal Business Awards – A chance to shine a light on success! was last modified: January 10th, 2017 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)
11 11 11 11 9. Bernardo Silva (right attack) – Last month The Times claimed Chelsea had opened talks with Monaco over the summer transfer of Silva. The 22-year-old has impressed in France for the past couple of seasons, and has caught Conte's eye. Hes been at his most effective from the right of midfield, but could be given even more freedom to attack at Stamford Bridge. It would be unsurprising if his arrival saw Willian, who has fallen out of favour under Conte, leave the Blues. Antonio Conte is expected to be busy in the summer transfer window.The Chelsea manager may be fearful of a post-title collapse from his players and will be eager to strengthen his squad in preparation for next season.Latest rumours claim the Blues have targeted centre back Leonardo Bonucci, midfielder Bernardo Silva and centre forward Alvaro Morata.But where could the trio fit in to Chelsea’s current 3-4-3 system?Scroll through the gallery above to check out a possible Blues XI with Bonucci, Silva and Morata.ALSO SEE: DIEGO COSTA OFFERED £38M-A-YEAR DEAL TO MOVE TO CHINA 11 4. Leonardo Bonucci (centre back) – Bonucci was heavily linked with a transfer to Chelsea last summer, and it seems Conte will try his luck again at the end of this season after the defender's public fallout with Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. While the Blues' back three has been exceptional since its introduction, the concern is how vulnerable they could be if Azpilicueta, Luiz or Cahill suffered an injury. If Bonucci is to come in, John Terrys time at Stamford Bridge is surely over. 11 11 11 3. David Luiz (centre back) – Very few expected Luiz to settle so well in his second spell with Chelsea. His composure and quality in a back three has been outstanding. No longer do we watch in fear at what could happen when the Brazilian is on the ball. 7. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) – Another player who has returned to his best after a disappointing last season. Matic has been excellent alongside Kante, developing an enviable understanding with the Frenchman. 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre back) – Conte recently said that Azpilicueta has been 'incredible' in his new role and described the Spaniard as 'one of the best in the world'. There are few defenders as versatile as the 27-year-old. Often an unsung hero in the Chelsea team. 6. N'Golo Kante (centre midfield) – Kante has already become irreplaceable to Chelsea. At times, just watching the France international in midfield is tiring. His energy combined with his ability to steal the ball off opponents' toes is remarkable. It's difficult to argue against his deserving of the Player of the Year award, if Chelsea go on to claim the Premier League title. 11 8. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) – Alonso has exceeded expectations at Stamford Bridge. It was clear a left-footed player was needed in the team and the Spaniard has provided that missing balance. Doing his job defensively and contributing four goals and two assists, he's quickly been guaranteed a starting spot for the Blues. 11. Eden Hazard (left attack) – Hazard is nearing his best for Chelsea. The Belgium international has played a key role in his side's position at the top of the table, scoring 10 goals in the league. Conte won't be entirely satisfied though, wanting more from his star player away from home. But the good news is that he seems committed to life at Stamford Bridge. 11 1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – check out the full possible Chelsea line up by clicking the arrow above, right – After a season to forget, Courtois has reaffirmed his status as one of the world's finest goalkeepers. The Belgian is the favourite for the Premier League's Golden Glove, having kept 13 clean sheets this season. 10. Alvaro Morata (centre forward) – If reports are to be believed and Diego Costa decides to move to China in the summer, Morata is the man wanted to fill his boots. The Spaniard has 12 goals in all competitions for Real this season, but might be growing frustrated at largely being restricted to a super-sub role. Conte could guarantee him playing time. 11 5. Victor Moses (right wing-back) – Moses has been a revelation under Conte, fitting the wing-back role perfectly. His tireless running up and down the right flank has become crucial to Chelsea's success on the pitch.
“The area will be able to offer more – more activity, more energy,” she said. Adel believes the neighborhood will complement downtown Burbank’s shopping centers. “Burbank has become fast-paced,” she said. “They want to keep a strip that’s real quaint – try to get it a little bit more upscale, but fun and slow-paced. A place you can relax and have lunch and do some shopping if you’re not in the mood to go to the malls.” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesStill, some believe the neighborhood could use a boost. “It’s way under-marketed here,” said Laree Adel, who owns property and an antique store in the 3400 block of Mangolia Boulevard. “(The landlords) are trying to make it shopper-friendly, but we’re not doing it on our own. We actually have to pay somebody to come in and kick us.” Opponents were leery of more assessments – up to 12 cents per square foot. But Sam Asheghian of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association believes they will be swayed by the results. “A few shops are against it,” said Asheghian, who owns a local auto repair shop. “They think the city should pay for everything. But these people, they will be happy later on.” The new district will be governed by an 11-member panel of property and business owners, residents and city officials, who will oversee the Management District Plan. It calls for creating at least 150 new parking spaces, more frequent litter removal, business promotions and advocacy. Gail Stewart, downtown manager for the city’s community development department, said the new district will help market Magnolia Boulevard as a commercial destination. BURBANK – Magnolia Park property owners and the City Council have approved forming a special district to collect about $250,000 a year in taxes to improve parking and recruit business for the neighborhood. Near 55 percent of the landowners voted in favor of the assessment, which will be levied for five years on commercial properties along Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way between Buena Vista and the city limits. The City Council confirmed the result late Tuesday and voted 3-0 to form the district. Councilman David Gordon, who owns property in the area, abstained from voting, and Councilman Jef Vander Borght was absent. The tree-lined stretch of mom-and-pop stores and restaurants linking downtown with North Hollywood is in the midst of a revival. City officials and business owners have pointed to the opening last year of the popular Cuban bakery Porto’s in the area.
Board members hope the audit will help answer their questions regarding construction spending. “I hope to find out how much (Livingston) spent, how he applied the resources, and which funds he took it from,” board member Dennis King said in an interview last week. “The first part of the audit is to get a firmer handle on what costs were and where the money came from and the second part is to see what else comes up,” King said. While King said he lost confidence in Livingston’s abilities, he stressed there is no evidence of wrongdoing by the former administrator. “At this point there are no specific allegations of anybody.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254 ——— IF YOU GO The board of the William S. Hart Union High School District will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the district administrative center, 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsLivingston could not be reached for comment. Colbi Technologies Inc. conducted the audit, which will be presented at tonight’s board meeting. The board agreed in July to spend up to $30,000 on the review. Under the separation agreement, Livingston must provide consultant services to the district for 1
1/ 2 years at no cost except for gas and mileage, to advise on construction projects started during his tenure at the district. Project costs at Canyon and Saugus high schools, and Arroyo Seco Junior High have run a total of almost $43 million over budget, some of that attributed to unforeseen conditions such as rising material costs and geological problems. Livingston’s employment agreement was automatically renewed Jan. 1. The decision came later to oust him, requiring the buyout. SANTA CLARITA – The Hart high school district has withheld payments of a $234,253 settlement to its former finance chief pending the results of an audit of skyrocketing construction costs. The audit was ordered shortly after the ouster of Rory Livingston, the district’s former assistant superintendent of business, who oversaw construction and renovation of district campuses. Costs exceeded budgets by some $43 million. The board of the William S. Hart Union High School District bought out the remainder of Livingston’s contract, according to a settlement and separation agreement. The settlement was supposed to be paid in 18 monthly installments of $13,014, but district officials said no payments will be made until the audit is examined. “No one is blaming Mr. Livingston for what’s happened, but we thought it best to have a set of independent eyes look at our practices and tell us what we did well and what we did not so well,” Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said Tuesday.
NAOMH COLMCILLE staged a big second-half come back to overcome Gaeil Fhánada in Group B of the Donegal Intermediate Championship.Gaeil Fhánada 1-5 Naomh Colmcille 2-10Michael Sweeney’s goal in the 22nd minute helped Gaeil Fhánada to a 1-3 to 0-5 half-time lead. Mark McAteer, Shaun Kerr and Bernard McGettigan also hit points for the hosts.With Daniel Clarke (pictured) on form, Naomh Colmcille stayed in touch.Brian McVeigh put Gaeil Fhánada two up four minutes into the second half, but when Naomh Colmcille hit two goals in a minute the tide had turned.Clarke riffled home on 37 minutes to put Naomh Colmcille in front and young PJ McBrearty bagged a second just a minute later to put five between them. Clarke, McBrearty, William Lynch and Matthew Crossan added points as Naomh Colmcille claimed a priceless away win.Gaeil Fhánada: Eoin Mc Gonigle; Frank Sweeney, Paddy Heraghty, Seamus Coyle; Matthew Gallagher, James Gallagher, Fergus Friel; Michael Sweeney (1-1), Oisín Shiels; Shaun Kerr (0-1), Mark Friel, Conor McGonigle; Mark McAteer (0-1), Bernard McGettigan (0-1)., Eoghan Carr. Subs: Brian McVeigh (0-1) for M.Gallagher, Niall Carr for F.Friel, Darren McElwaine for McGonigleNaomh Colmcille: John Roulstone; Jason Fitzpatrick, Alex Devenney, Mark Friel; Paul Friel, Ciarán Devine, Eddie Gillespie; Michael Lynch, Daniel Clarke (1-3); PJ Mc Brearty (1-1), Keenan Diver (0-1), Oran Hilley; Matthew Crossan (0-1), Willie Gillespie (0-3), William Lynch (0:01). Sub: Michael Friel for DevenneySecond-half surge sees Naomh Colmcille win at Fanad was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Daniel ClarkeGaeil FhanadaMichael SweeneyNaomh ColmcillePJ McBreartyWilliam Lynch