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Wilson believes Jamaican athletes will shine in Rio

first_imgMaurice Wilson, Jamaica’s head track and field coach to the 2012 Olympic Games and the World Championships in 2011 and 2015, is optimistic about the nation’s prospects for this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro. Wilson is, however, also cautious and is looking forward to the National Senior Championships, before he starts counting medals. Speaking after a recent training session at the GC Foster College for Physical Education where he lectures and coaches, he said: “I am expecting us to do very well, but at this point in time we want to be very cautious, watch what will happen at the National Championships and take it from there. “I’m feeling much better than I felt last year,” he said in reference to Jamaica’s 12-medal haul at the 15th IAAF World Championships. “I would still want to be a little bit cautious,” he nevertheless advised. “A lot of our perennial medal dependants are persons who have been going from 2008,” he observed. “We need to take that into consideration, that’s eight years later. “But I still believe because of how resolute we are, how proud we are as a nation and as a people, that if you’re going to think about top performances, you have to think Jamaica first,” he concluded. Jamaica’s best Olympic performances have come in 2008, when the nation’s athletes took home six gold, three silver and two bronze medals and in 2012, when they collected four gold, four silver and four bronze medals. At the World Championships, Jamaica have twice come home with seven gold medals. That was first achieved in 2009, when the overall medal haul was 13 and last year, when the full collection was 12.last_img read more

Weah to Launch 5-Yr National Pro-Poor Agenda in Nimba

first_imgPresident George Weah: “We’ve also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector.”-Seeks to reduce absolute poverty by 23 percent across 5 out of 6 regionsPresident George M. Weah will on Saturday, October 27, officially launch the five-year national development plan of the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) in Ganta, Nimba County.The launch is expected to bring together government officials, international partners, civil society organizations and County Superintendents, among others. The document will also seek to raise Liberians out of poverty and reduce the vast inequality and disparity gap under the CDC-led administration.According to MFDP, the objective of the PAPD will allow the government to build more and trusted institutions that will lead to a stable, resilient and inclusive nation embracing its triple heritage and anchor on its African identity.It will also provide greater income security to an additional one million people, and reduce absolute poverty by 23 percent across 5 out of 6 regions through sustained, and inclusive economic growth driven by scaled-up investments in agriculture, infrastructure, human resource development, and in social protection.During the six-year period, the PAPD project will place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of all development interventions that will lift impoverished Liberians out of poverty without severely affecting the wealthy, and reduce waste in government as well as repurposing the savings to improve the lives of ordinary people.The development plan outlines four pillars, which includes Power to the People: Empowering Liberians with the tools to gain control of their lives thru more equitable provision of opportunities in education, health, youth development and social protection thereby leaving no one behind; Economy and Jobs: A stable microeconomic environment enabling private sector-led economic growth, greater competitiveness and diversification of the economy.The others are sustaining the peace: promoting a more peaceful and united society that enables economic transformation and sustainable development and governance and transparency: promoting an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.The PAPD document which was crafted by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), will be held under the theme, “Unveiling of an Integrated Five Years Medium-Term National Development Plan towards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Development.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits stab Enmore man to face during robbery

first_imgTwo bandits were on Sunday evening apprehended and handed over to Police, after stabbing a man to his face and subsequently relieving him of his valuables at the Berbice bus park in Georgetown.Based on information received, the robbery occurred about 22:45h. Guyana Times was told that the men stabbed the 32-year-old victim to his face with an ice-pick and carted off his valuables.However, public-spirited citizens and personnel of a security service in the area pursued the two suspects, and they were nabbed and handed over to the Police. However, the items were not recovered.The victim, who resides in Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated.Police have since confirmed that the men of Middle Road, La Penitence, and Hadfield Street, Lodge were being interrogated in relation to several other robberies.last_img read more

Health clinics and pharmacies begin offering influenza vaccine

first_imgWith the winter comes the sickness, and Northern Health is urging people to get vaccinated for the influenza virus – commonly known as the ‘flu.’Starting this week, public health clinics have started offering vaccines for the flu.Residents of Fort St. John can come to a pharmacy (Such as the Safeway, Loblaws, or Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies) within their hours of operation to get the vaccine.- Advertisement -The Pharmacy & Wellness Centre has a pharmacist available Monday to Friday to give out vaccines, as well.The Senior’s Hall is also devoting an entire day to vaccine administrations, on November 17th from 11 AM to 6:30 PM.After that, the Fort St. John Public Health Unit will be administrating them on December 1st, from 10 AM to 4 PM.Advertisement Flu shots are also free where applicable if you are eligible. To determine eligibility, you can take a look at Northern Health’s flu resources here.Past getting the influenza vaccine, Northern Health urges people to wash their hands to provide a good defense against contracting and spreading the virus.They add that if you do find yourself sick with the flu, you can help protect others from getting ill by observing safe cough etiquette, staying home and resting, drinking plenty of fluids and managing your symptoms.last_img read more

Swansea ready bid for Sampdoria forward

first_imgSwansea City are readying a bid for Sampdoria forward Stefano Okaka.The 25-year-old had a brief spell with Fulham back in 2010 and is apparently eyeing a return to the Premier League.According to Sport Italia, Swans boss Garry Monk is a long-term admirer of the Italian and is keen on bringing him to south Wales to provide competition for Bafetimbi Gomes next season.However, Swansea are likely to face competition from French side Saint-Etienne for the forward. Stefano Okaka in action for Sampdoria 1last_img read more


first_imgA woman who had no insurance certificate for her vehicle has been disqualified from driving for TWO years.Kathleen Harte, 57, with an address at Mullindrait, Stranorlar appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday morning. She had been convicted for having no insurance at a previous court sitting – and was warned then that if she appeared in front of the court again she would be given a mandatory two-year disqualification.Garda pulled her vehicle over on the 2nd of January of this year at Veagh, Newtoncunningham.They observed she had no insurance on the vehicle and issued her with a summons to appear before court.Judge Paul Kelly in light of the previous case handed down a mandatory two-year disqualification and also fined Mrs Harte €200 for having no insurance and gave her six months to pay.WOMAN DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR TWO YEARS FOR HAVING NO INSURANCE was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsDisqualificationdrivingKathleen HartenewsTwo year banlast_img read more


first_imgThe travelling party for the 2012 GAA GPA All-Stars Football Tour sponsored by Opel, which departs for New York on Wednesday next, 14th November has been confirmed.The touring party consists of players from the 2011 and 2012 All-Star teams who will play in the tour’s exhibition game under the guidance of team managers Pat Gilroy (2011) and Jim McGuinness (2012).The game takes place at Gaelic Park, The Bronx, New York on Saturday next, November 17th at 6pm local time. Maurice Deegan (Laois) will officiate as referee for this game and it will be preceded by a game between the FDNY versus the NYPD at 4pm. Three players were selected on both the 2010 and 2011 All-Stars teams and with some players unable to travel and others injured, 12 players have been added as replacements. The touring party is as follows:Double All Stars – (2011 & 2012): Karl Lacey (Donegal), Neil McGee (Donegal) and Paul Flynn (Dublin).2011 Travelling All Stars: Paul Flynn (Dublin), Marc Ó Sé (Kerry), Bryan Sheehan (Kerry), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Alan Brogan (Dublin), Kevin Cassidy (Donegal), Andy Moran (Mayo), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Kevin Nolan (Dublin), Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin), Darran O’ Sullivan (Kerry), Neil McGee (Donegal), Michael Foley (Kildare).2012 Travelling All Stars: Alan Dillon (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Colm O’ Neill (Cork), Neil Gallagher (Donegal), Mark McHugh (Donegal), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Paul Durcan (Donegal), Keith Higgins (Mayo) Replacements: Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Ben Brosnan (Wexford), Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry), Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Anthony Thompson (Donegal), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), Joe McMahon (Tyrone), Kevin McManamon (Dublin), Donnacha O’Connor (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork).The touring party arrives back in Ireland Tuesday, November 20th.WHAT A TEAM! DONEGAL PLAYERS TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE IN ALL STARS LINE-UP FOR NEW YORK was last modified: November 12th, 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:WHAT A TEAM! DONEGAL PLAYERS TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE IN ALL STARS LINE-UP FOR NEW YORKlast_img read more

Holiday Calendar

first_img Christmas in Other Lands story time, 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Sixth annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Drive-Through Living Nativity will feature hundreds of costumed actors performing scenes from the birth of Christ, 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Animal Christmas story time, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Christmas Eve service will feature the children’s musical “Once Upon a Night” at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; the adult and youth choirs, bells, dance and candlelight at 9 p.m.; and adult choirs, communion and candlelight at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Party Havdalah, 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Bring a picnic lunch. Call (661) 255-6410. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail Family Christmas service, 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Family Festival will feature children’s crafts, live music, entertainment, hot latkes and a raffle, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Sponsored by Chabad of SCV. Call (661) 254-3434. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Living Proof will present a contemporary Christmas concert under the direction of Steve Lively, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Admission is free. Call (661) 296-8737. Shabbat Sounds Friday night service and Hanukkah party, 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Santa Clarita Ballet will present the “Nutcracker Ballet,” 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $22-28 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. Call (661) 251-6844. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22 and 6:30 Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Puppet show, “Polly Polar Bear and The Prince of the Sea,” will be presented by Swazzle puppeteers, 3:30 p.m. today at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Holiday stories and craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local young people, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. last_img read more

The Smart Meter’s Contentious Opponents

first_imgOne of the more spirited consumer movements in the energy-management realm has been the stop-smart-meters trend. In fact, there is a nonprofit group called Stop Smart Meters!Based in California, Stop Smart Meters! is one of more than 50 groups and individuals nationwide advocating against utility-installed, wirelessly connected “smart meters.” These citizens have been tirelessly calling into question the accuracy and safety of the devices, and have voiced concerns about their vulnerability to security breaches.Use of the meters, which are designed to allow utilities to monitor energy usage, manage power allocations, and pinpoint outages in real time, has been promoted by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the key features of the smart grid. As GBA noted in February of last year, however, some utility customers say their rates have increased dramatically since smart meters were installed in their homes.Others cite privacy concerns. “Do you value civil liberties and the right to privacy?” asks Stop Smart Meters! on one of its web pages. “When a ‘smart’ meter is installed, your utility has access to a treasure trove of information about you – when you wake up in the morning, when you go on vacation, what kinds of appliances you are using, etc. They will be able to sell this information to a series of corporations and the government.”Health risks?Other smart-meter resisters worry that the meters’ wireless transmissions can be hazardous to people with electromagnetic sensitivity and/or hacked to reveal details about utility customers’ habits and whereabouts.A recent story posted by, which serves British Columbia, noted that several thousand customers of the approximately 1.8 million served regional utility BC Hydro are resisting smart meter installation, and about 1,000 have called with concerns about exposure to wireless radiation.The story points out, however, that the smart meters used by BC Hydro send out their data in brief pulses a few times a day, with daily transmission exposure totaling just under a minute at power levels several times lower than that of a cell phone. Nonetheless, whatever the specific concerns of the resisters, BC Hydro has, for the time being, decided to deploy smart meters in areas where customers don’t object.Regulators proceed cautiouslyEven if the number of smart-meter objections is relatively small, customer resistance can seriously slow or delay meter rollouts. The Michigan Public Service Commission, for example, announced on January 12 that it is launching an investigation into the deployment of smart meters by regulated utilities, according to the Detroit Free Press.And on January 9 opponents of smart meters in central Maine appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland to overturn a Public Utility Commission’s decision not to investigate claims that the wireless meters pose health, safety and privacy risks, and are an invasion of privacy, according to a story posted by The Forecaster. The regional utility, Central Maine Power, is scheduled to complete the installation of 620,000 meters throughout the state in the first quarter of this year, the story noted.A hacker risk?In the long run, smart-meter security vulnerabilities may end up giving meter opponents a bit more traction than health concerns, a recent story suggested. The article focuses on the research results of Dario Carluccio and Stephan Brinkhaus, who signed up as customers of a German-based smart-meter firm, Discovergy, and were then able to tap into Discovergy meters’ unencrypted transmission data, which allowed them to tell whether homeowners were “home, away or even sleeping, but also what movie they were watching on TV.”The two men presented their findings on December 30 at the Chaos Computing Congress in Berlin, where Discovergy’s CEO, Nikolaus Starzacher, came on stage and vowed to resolve the security glitches “as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Determining Your Life’s Purpose

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The most important decision you will ever make is the decision as to what you will do with your life. Your one life. This is more difficult than it sounds.This decision requires that you navigate between two primary questions.What Are You Here For?First, you have to determine what your purpose is. Why are you here?What are you here to do?What contribution are you going to make?What is the mark that you are to make?There is no purpose that will satisfy you long-term if it doesn’t make some contribution to others. You are going to measure your life by the contribution you made to others and the gratitude you feel for those that were there for you.How Do You Want to Live?The second idea is as important. How do you want to spend your time?What does your ideal day look like?What lifestyle do you want for yourself?Who do you want to spend your time with?How do you design this life?There is more than one way to live your purpose. Your way need only be the right way for you. Others will choose their own path, and their path need not look like yours.Living IntentionallyMuch of the circumstances of your life are accidental. You don’t choose your parents. You don’t choose the place of your birth. You don’t choose who you fall in love with.But you have to be very intentional about what to do with your life. It’s likely that you haven’t spent enough time asking yourself these questions and working on the answers. Your answers may change from time to time because your intentions may change.If you don’t determine the purpose of your life and how you will live it, someone else will, and that is a recipe for unhappiness. Your primary job is to determine your life’s purpose and then get busy fulfilling it.last_img read more