Campion, Immaculate too strong for rivals

first_imgCampion College and Immaculate Conception High showed that they were a class ahead of the rest as they comfortably retained their respective titles at the Mayberry Investments High Schools Swim Meet on Friday at the National Aquatics Centre, Independence Park, National Stadium complex.Campion retained the boys’ title with 419 points, finishing well ahead of Wolmer’s Boys’ (366), Jamaica College (282), Hillel Academy (166), and Calabar High (91).Immaculate blew away their opponents in the girls’ category with a whopping 634 points. Campion College (354) were second, followed by St Andrew High (282.50), Wolmer’s Girls’ (137) and Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) 57.There was also a two-team tertiary competition, which saw the University of the West Indies (316 points) reign over Caribbean Maritime Institute (121).The high-point trophy winners with the best individual scores were:Boys 12 and Under:- Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys’, 41 points, while recent Carifta Swim Championships record breaker Emily MacDonald led the girls’ age group for Campion College with 45 points.In the age 13-14 category, Jordane Payne of Wolmer’s Boys’ scored 43, while Immaculate’s Karci Gibson had 31.Chay Stewart of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Anjuii Barrett of Campion (girls) topped the 15-16 age group with scores of 43 and 41 points, respectively.The 17 and over boys went to Jamaica College’s Yonatan Goren, courtesy of 37 points, and Gabrielle Hopkins of Immaculate won the female award with 32.SEVEN INDIVIDUAL RECORDSSeven individual records were broken at the meet, including a double by MacDonald in the girls 12′ and under 100 and 200m freestyle events.Dominic Mullings set new marks in the boys’ 12 and under 100 and 200m freestyle, while Kyle Sinclair also broke the 50 and 100m freestyle records.The other record fell to Britney Williams in the girls 13-14 200m freestyle, while two relay records were also broken – by Wolmer’s Boys’ in the 15-16 200m freestyle and the UWI women in the 17 and over 200m freestyle.last_img read more

Total lack of empathy for the plight of staff

first_imgDear Editor,Considering the tragic circumstances currently affecting GGMC workers, you would expect prudent and progressive- minded leaders of other agencies to take the necessary precautions to ensure their organisations are not hit by similarly deadly scandals. Unfortunately, many leaders within our society, including some at the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS), do not view the human resource under their charge as a valuable asset to invest in and care for.Nearly one year ago, a very senior member of the Permanent Secretary’s Office was engaged, in the presence of a senior representative from the Personnel Division of MoPS, about various issues plaguing workers. Foremost on the agenda were the variety of health risks, some of which were life threatening, each category of workers was exposed to in the execution of their duties. It was suggested that each worker be paid a risk allowance, and environmental defects to the workspace be remedied.This was countered with a very insensitive remark by the member of PS’s office. She stated she cannot force anyone to stay and work in such an environment; that workers know the risks, and if they cannot put up with them, they should leave. On the surface, this assertion may seem harsh but fair. Further consideration, however, reveals the cancer that affects the entire Public Service of Guyana. This flippant response to the concerns of workers by someone who can be considered their ‘boss’ shows a total lack of empathy for the plight of staff; that she is willing to take advantage of the economic situation of Guyana, she knows job opportunities in the land are few and workers are willing to put up with less-than- ideal situations to feed their families; she is someone who does not view her fellow human beings as the most important resource of a country.With persons like this in positions of power, is it a surprise that Guyana has one of the highest rates of migration of tertiary-educated individuals? Our nation will not develop with such attitudes! People will go where they feel valued!There was some good news, however! The ‘boss’, the senior member of the Permanent Secretary’s Office, stated bids were requested to correct building defects which contribute to health risks. While this was good news at the time, nearly one year has elapsed and nothing much has been done to tangibly improve the working environment! While it is understood that within the ‘government system’ some things take time, workers’ health should not be taken for granted. It seems as if this situation will not be treated urgently unless someone dies.Throughout the meeting, not once did the representative from the Personnel Division utter a word in support of staff! The Personnel Department is not a tool to be used by the PS’s office or just to keep records intact. It should stand in solidarity with staff members when they are not being treated fairly within the work environment!The human resource is indispensable to the operation of the MoPS. Respect their health. Value their contributions.Regards,At-risk Stafflast_img read more

Carvil Duncan freed of $27.7M fraud charge

first_imgTrade unionist and former member of the Board of Directors of Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated, Carvil Duncan was on Thursday freed of another charge of conspiracy to defraud the company after a lengthy trial in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Duncan was facing a charge, which stated that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he conspired with then Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of GPL, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal $27,757,547, property of the power company.He was represented by Attorneys-at-Law Glenn Hanoman and Everton Singh-Lammy.The ruling was handed down by Magistrate Leron Daly, who stated that the prosecution’s evidence was insufficient to substantiate the charge.According to reports, Duncan was accused of allegedly transferring close to $28Accused: Carvil Duncanmillion of the company’s funds into his personal bank account.The revelation was made by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, in 2015, who had claimed that the transactions came to light as a result of a fiscal audit of the PetroCaribe fund.The Minister had claimed that in May and June of 2015, acting with Duncan, Deonarine would have transferred $27.8 million to his own account which was supposed to be retroactive payments for salary increases.However, he claimed that the Board of Directors for GPL did not approve the salary increase for Deonarine, who would have approached the Board several times for his salary to be increased to the same as another Deputy CEO of GPL.Patterson revealed that Deonarine has been asked to proceed on administrative leave pending a full investigation.Duncan, he had claimed, approved payment of $948,000 to his own account – this was also for retroactive salary payments.In 2015, Patterson explained that Duncan would have been approached for an explanation into the expenditure, but could not provide a transparent one.Meanwhile, after the charges were instituted, Duncan was threatened with removal from several constitutional posts he held at the time. He challenged the decision by Government to establish a tribunal to determine if he was fit to continue serving in his constitutional offices in light of several charges he was facing at the time.However, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had contended that he had dispatched a letter to Duncan’s office informing him of the executive’s decision to establish the tribunal.Nagamootoo had also disclosed that the letter, as required by the Constitution of Guyana, invited Duncan to show cause why the tribunal should not be set up. Duncan subsequently testified that he never received the correspondence.Justice Holder, in October 2016, suspended the work of the presidential tribunal following an injunction, which was filed by Attorney Anil Nandlall.Nandlall had argued that the tribunal was an unlawful and unconstitutional course of action, since Duncan at the time was not found guilty of the charges. However, President David Granger had suspended Duncan from several constitutional posts, which included being a member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.last_img read more

New act ensures logging contractors get paid

first_imgBy staff Contractors will also be able to register liens under the Personal Property Security Act to ensure they receive their payment.A statement issued by the Province on Thursday, indicates the fund will be administered arm’s length from government.The act is expected to come in force through regulation. B.C.’s forestry minister says the outdated Woodwork Lien Act will be replaced with new regulations.- Advertisement -Pat Bell made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.The new Forestry Service Providers Protection Act aims to protect forestry contractors, by establishing a “Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund” that will enable contractors to apply for money if they don’t get paid.Bell used the example of the MacKenzie Pope & Talbot mill. He says when the mill closed in 2007 some logging contractors didn’t receive payment for their services.Contributions to the fund will be collected through levies and other means.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool confirm Mane injury blow

first_imgMane was assessed by the Reds’ medical staff upon his return to Merseyside, and the club confirmed on Tuesday that he is set for a spell on the sidelines.The Senegal international has made an impressive start to the new season, scoring three goals in five Premier League outings for Jurgen Klopp’s side.He was forced to miss three games last month due to suspension, after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association over the red card he received in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, having caught Ederson with a raised boot.Klopp must now do without Mane once more as he prepares his players for the visit of high-flying Manchester United on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring Senegal’s first goal from the penalty spot against Tunisia in an African Cup of Nations match in Franceville, Gabon, on january 15, 2017. PHOTO/AFPMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 11 – Liverpool have announced that Sadio Mane could be ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury he sustained while playing for Senegal.The 25-year-old winger was substituted in the 89th minute of his country’s 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Praia.last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A special section on the Amgen Tour of California biking race contained an incorrect reference on the cover to when the event will reach Thousand Oaks. Cyclists are expected to arrive about 1 p.m. Saturday at Rancho Conejo Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. The race will end Sunday in Redondo Beach.last_img read more

Panelists: Childhood obesity is everyone’s problem

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy found 34 percent of students in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades in the 57th Assembly district – which includes Baldwin Park, West Covina and Covina – are overweight. The same study found that 41percent of boys in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades were overweight, and 27.7 percent of girls in those same grades were also overweight. More schools should be near neighborhoods so children can walk to school, he said. Getting children out of the house and playing is also essential. But other creative things communities could do is promote farmer’s markets and make cities more pedestrian friendly. Although some cities may not seem like safe places to do a lot of walking, the presence of the people can make that change, Kaufman said. WEST COVINA – It’ll take more than eating right and exercise to curb childhood obesity, a panel of experts said Monday. It’ll take schools, parents, communities and the government, they said at the “It Takes A Village to Raise Healthy Children” summit held at Citrus Valley Health Partners, Queen of the Valley campus. Medical experts and other advocates were on hand to discuss the epidemic, and said different entities partnering can make for healthier children. “We need to make the healthy choices the easy choices,” said Dr. Neal Kaufman, co-director for the Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. “When you have a community where there’s lots of people walking in the streets … people \ a sense of safety,” Kaufman said. Many of the attendees said they found Monday’s conference informative, and were excited to take what they learned back to their employers. Jane Colbert is head school nurse for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She said she has seen a sharp increase over the last few years in students with diabetes. “We’re trying to find some strategies we could implement in our school district. This is a difficult problem,” Colbert said. Sharon Chow, also a nurse in HLPUSD, said the conference informed her about what is happening at the state and county levels to fight obesity, and thought that same spirit could benefit the public she serves. “We need to collaborate within out district with the community,” she said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCONVOY GAA NEWS:Club Lotto results Counties drawn LM KK MH LH, 2 people matched 3, Yvonne Gallagher Convoy, Paul Martin Lifford. Jackpot next week €2200. Ladies training wed @7 Fri @7 G4M+O training at 8.15 on WedU 16 + U 13 girls training on Monday 7-8pm €2 and gumshieldsU 16 girls have a game on Tues evening at home details at trainingU 13 girls games will be starting g by end of month can everyone attend trainingU 13 boys training Thurs 6.15 for 6.30 start. Hard Luck to the U 14 boys who were beaten by a Strong St Eunans side on FridaySeniors and reserves had no Games at the weekendMinor boys beaten away to Cloughaneely in Championship on Monday.Best wishes to Ciara Gallagher and the Donegal Ladies who are in action this weekendSympathy extended to the family and friends of the late Vincent Mc Gill R.I.PGAA NEWS: CONVOY WISH LADIES STAR CIARA GALLAGHER ALL THE BEST AHEAD OF ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: August 18th, 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:Sportlast_img read more


first_imgMadeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.The father of missing girl Madeleine McCann has said he and his wife are pleased with the progress being made in Scotland Yard’s review of the search for her.Gerry McCann told Sky News today thathe and his wife Kate were “very pleased with the work of the Metropolitan Police both during the review process and now that they have moved into an investigatory phrase.”Gerry – whose family are from Donegal and who still visits here regularly – went on: “I think that is all that any parent would want when their child is missing. “They’ve uncovered new evidence and we hope that the appeals that go out next week will lead to further new evidence that helps fill in pieces of the jigsaw and moves at least a step closer to finding Madeleine and those responsible.”The disappearance of Madeleine will be the subject of a Crimewatch appeal on BBC1 next Monday.Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said it is hoped it will produce new witnesses, but a conclusion to the case “is not imminent”.Mr McCann said he and his wife were disturbed by some press reports in recent days on his daughter’s case which were published without any regard for Madeleine’s safety. The McCanns visited Donegal just weeks before Madeleine disappeared in Portugal in May 2007. MADELEINE INVESTIGATION MAKING PROGRESS, SAYS DAD GERRY was last modified: October 7th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgPERSONAL trainer and fitness instructor Emmet Rushe joins Donegal Daily today for a new series of articles aimed at helping you to get fit and healthy in 2014. Here is his first piece.By Emmet Rushe: January is upon us again, and with it comes a wave of fitness and weight loss as people set out on their New Year’s resolutions.The media is awash with advertisements for gyms, clubs, bootcamps and fitness classes. We are bombarded with weight loss products: pills, powders, diets, shakes and drinks… each one telling us why their way is the best way to start the New Year.With all of these options available to us, why is it that New Year’s resolutions never seem to last.Why do the majority of people, who start out with the best of intentions and with steely determination never seem to get past the first few weeks?They seem to have everything that they need on their doorstep, so what’s missing? What is holding them back from success? Anyone? Anyone? The answer has nothing to do with calories, cardio, weights or diets.The answer is simple…….. Planning your goal.How many of you have just rolled your eyes, or laughed, or think that I am talking out of my posterior? Now, how many of you are still 100% committed to your New Year’s resolution?Goal-setting has been the not-so-secret “secret” that the most successful people in the world have been using for years.When was the last time you wrote down what you wanted to achieve? I know that the majority of you are reading this and saying that you know what you want to achieve, but it isn’t as simple as just knowing what you want. If you truly want to achieve your goals, you need to set out a plan.The plan isn’t just a tool to confirm what you want, it will help reaffirm what you want. Goal setting provides stimulation and motivation.Once you know what your goal is, write it down and then put it up in places around your house where you will see it; on the fridge, in the bathroom, beside your bed, in your wallet or purse. You are basically programming yourself into doing what you want.The subconscious mind controls automatic behaviour habits. It does not think or reason. It works like a computer that can be programmed. If it gets bombarded with negative suggestions throughout the day, the outcome of your goals when things get tough will more than likely be failure. When you write down your goals and you are constantly being faced with them, reading them and accepting them as real, your subconscious will programme itself to do the same. When things get tough with training or with your diet, you will come up with a solution without even thinking about it. This can be the difference between hitting the snooze button or getting up and doing an early morning training session. It can be the difference between making a good breakfast that will set you up mentally and physically for the day, or rushing out the door at the last minute and grabbing whatever you can get your hands on.If you are truly committed to what you want for the New Year, go and grab a pen and paper and write down the main goal that you want to achieve. Write it in the present tense, as if you already have it. Keep it with you and read it every chance you get.Do this and your goals will last far beyond January.#TrainSmartFor more see:* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: MAKING YOUR GOALS FOR 2014 was last modified: January 13th, 2014 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:columnemmet rushefitnesshealthletterkennylast_img read more