Guyana’s Lake, Bahamas’ Woods in Contender battle

first_imgRevlon Lake from Guyana and Anthony Woods from The Bahamas clash tonight in the fourth week of the preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series for welterweights at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, beginning at 9 p.m.Lake, who is 37 years old, has a record of eight wins, 13 losses and two draws and has fought in the series before. On March 19, 2014, he went up against Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings, who eventually went on to win the title. Lake was knocked out in the fourth round. He did show some resilience during the encounter, but eventually succumbed to the superior punching power of Mullings.Woods, who is 31, hail from Nassau but is representing the USA team in the series. He will be making his Jamaican debut. He also has a negative wins versus losses record, with eight victories and 19 losses. What is clear, however, is that both men will take a lot of experience into the ring tonight and this could lead to a very keen encounter.Lake has been boxing as a professional since 2005 and has fought for several Caribbean titles. In 2009, he challenged Miguel Antoine for the CABOFE super lightweight title but lost; and suffered a similar fate when he challenged Kevin Placide for the CABOFE super welterweight title in 2010.continuing carrerAnother bid for a title in 2014 against Prince Lee Isidore also went up in flames, but these setbacks have not dissuaded him from continuing his career.He last fought on February 27 and scored a victory on points against Miguel Antoine in Guyana.Tonight he will make a bold effort to move into the quarter-finals and earn himself a shot at the Contender 2016 title, by getting past his first hurdle. It will not be an easy task, however, as Woods has also been around for some time and has his eyes firmly set on the main prize of $2 million.Woods has also been in the professional ranks since 2005 and he too has had some interesting encounters along the way, campaigning in Florida, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas. He has been inactive for a few years, but his connections have stated that since being selected for the USA team, he has been training hard and is in great condition.Neither boxer is known for punching power, so boxing skills will determine the winner. It is a fight that can go either way and has all the earmarks of a close encounter.The action will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica.last_img read more

Fiji friendly up for Azkals

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Michael Falkesgaard, the 26-year-old Filipino-Danish goalkeeper, who traces his roots in Roxas City, makes his debut for the Azkals, while striker Javier Patino remains doubtful following a long injury layoff. But other foreign-based players like Iain Ramsay, Pika Minegishi and Misagh Bahadoran are all available for selection.“Any game is better than a training session so having Fiji here is good for us,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley, who started training camp last Saturday in preparation for the two matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Most important is seeing players have fun,” said Dooley.The Fijians are ranked 168th with their last two friendly matches resulting in a 0-2 loss to Estonia and a goalless draw against Indonesia. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE — Philippine Azkals Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines steps up its buildup for the biggest match in recent years as it collides with Fiji for the first time in an international friendly on Thursday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The clash comes just five days before the Azkals meet Tajikistan in their final AFC Asian Cup qualifier, where the Filipinos need a draw to punch their ticket for the continental showpiece event in the United Arab Emirates early next year.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lower teams jockey for position View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

‘Operation WASH Ebola Away’ Goes to Margibi County

first_imgAs the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector “Operation WASH Ebola Away” continues, the sector and partners have extended the program to Margibi County, a county hard hit by the outbreak.The ‘Operation WASH Ebola Away’ was launched in Kakata, capital of the county, with the distribution of 8,000 hygiene kits for the use of communities affected by the virus.The kit comprises two jerry cans, 12 pieces of soap, Clorox, rubber bucket with faucet, 3 bottles of water guard, 2 pairs of gloves and rubber cup.Launching the operation on behalf of the WASH sector, Deputy Public Works Minister for Administration, Jackson Paye, said the sector was gratified to extend the program to Margibi County.Deputy Minister Paye told Margibians that the launch of the operation is in conjunction with the National Task Force on Ebola.He said the sector in its strategy has decided to use a community-based approach to combat the Ebola virus.He noted that the WASH sector has been in the vanguard addressing the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene and at this crucial period of the country’s history, it is necessary for the sector to assist in the fight against Ebola.Providing an overview of the strategy, the head of the National WASH Promotion Committee, Abdul Koroma, said the approach by WASH is to reach hygiene practices to communities.Koroma noted that it is through the sector’s strategy that the idea of a Community Care Center came about.Making remarks, Margibi County Superintendent John Buway thanked the WASH for remembering the people of the county.Superintendent Buway, asserted that the fight around the disease is all about good hygiene practice and as such the role of the WASH sector cannot be overemphasized.He assured the sector that the kits provided by the Government of Liberia and partners will be used by citizens in the fight against Ebola.The Margibi County Superintendent said with the provision of the kits, it is an indication that the county is not alone in the fight against Ebola.He called residents of the county to ensure that the kits are used for the intended purpose.Commending Government and partners, an Ebola survivor Wonnor Dunnor, expressed his appreciation to Government of Liberia for the gesture.Dunor called on others to emulate the good example of sector by joining the fight against the virus.He said as a member of the Ebola survival group, he will ensure that community members get the facts about Ebola virus.“Operation WASH Ebola Away” is expected to be launched in the 15 counties by the WASH sector in order to break the transmission of the Ebola virus.The operation is been heavily supported by Global Communities, an American based charity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Center for Peace Education Adds to Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Center for Peace Education (CPE), with support from its US-based church, has distributed several medical supplies and anti Ebola materials to two clinics and communities in Brewerville City, Montserrado County.The items distributed included chlorides, soap, rice, gloves and various types of medical supplies for the fight to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD.)The funding which was used to purchase items distributed was provided to the organization by the United States-based Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC).The items were presented to the leadership of the markets and other places in the Brewerville City. They included the Moulton Corner, RCH Marshall Public Clinic, Banjor Public Clinic and the Red Hill Field.At the presentation ceremony last Friday, the director for Research and Training, John T. Cooper, said their role is to teach peace as a way of resolving conflict in Liberia, but they could not achieve their objective at the moment due to the Ebola crisis.He said that as a non-governmental organization, PCE will not sit by and see people die from the EVD, and other curable diseases without assisting, “this is why we decided to make this intervention,” said Mr. Cooper.At one of the distribution sites, Mr. Cooper paid tribute to health workers who are in the frontline of the Ebola fight and want to see that their fellow men survive.He said that the Friday’s distribution was the continuation of the entity’s campaign launched on August 26, this year. During the heat of the Ebola crisis in Montserrado County, he said, peer mediators, teachers and officials of the organization were in the field educating people on the preventive measures, and at the same time, distributing hand washing buckets, soap and chlorides to those who benefited from the education. Beneficiaries of the entity’s donations thanked the organization for the items and prayed that God will give the leadership the ability and strength to continue providing for the needs of the communities.Earlier, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center, Mainlehwon E. Vonhn, expressed gratitude to the Alfred Street Baptist Church—his home church in the US for coming to their aid with financial and spiritual resources which the people of Liberia needed the most.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stakeholders sign consensus agreement

first_imgMarudi mining disputeThe tensions associated with the Marudi mining dispute are likely to ease as stakeholders approved and signed an agreement that will chart the course forward for mining in the Marudi Mountains in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).The Natural Resources Ministry on Monday announced the conclusion of the mediation process which was held on April 23 to 24 and was aimed at “resolving the conflict that had escalated between large- scale mining company Romanex, miners, and several communities in South Rupununi, Region Nine”.Romanex Company Representative Marshall Mintz expressed gratitude to Major General (Retired) Joe Singh, noting that the situation would have been “chaotic” had it not been mediated. The Ministry stated that it was “very pleased with the outcome of this historic process”, noting that it was “the first of its kind in Guyana”.The Ministry noted that representatives from the Rupununi Miners Association; Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO); the Romanex Mining Company, and leaders from the neighbouring Amerindian communities of Aishalton, Awariwaunau, Karaudanawa, Achiwuib, Maruranau, and Shea played an integral part in their flexibility in crafting a workable agreement.Also present at the mediation were representatives from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who formed the technical team.The Ministry had disclosed on Thursday that key focus would have been placed on “crafting workable solutions for parties in resolving mining, environmental and social issues.”The decision to undergo mediation followed a meeting Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had with stakeholders at Aishalton Village last month. At this meeting, concerns had been raised over illegal mining, and environmental and social issues. After the discussions, the Minister noted the seriousness of the problems and expressed that a mediated solution was “the best means” of resolving the prevailing issues.After the parties agreed to the said approach the Ministry appointed Major General (Retired) Joe Singh as mediator. It was also explained that the supporting team would have included Technical Officers from the Ministry along with representatives from the GGMC, the EPA, and the GWMO.It was in November last year that the miners of Marudi Mountain staged a protest highlighting the threat of being evicted by the miningMining in the Marudi Mountains (File photo)company Romanex Guyana. It was reported that over 300 miners had been calling on the Government to have their operations regularised so that their livelihood would not be affected.last_img read more

Ramjattan admits delay a “major embarrassment”

first_imgBrickdam Lock-ups’ repairsPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said he considers the prolonged delay in effecting remedial works on the Brickdam Police Station lock-ups as a personal embarrassment.“That has been a major embarrassment for me, because the monies were there and construction works (were done, but) the design of it is a problem,” Ramjattan told reporters when asked for an update on the project.Remedial workers to the Brickdam Station continue to be delayedThe minister explained that the contractor retained to complete the works was working on another building at the Force’s Eve Leary Headquarters, and afterwards he would have moved on to doing the work on the lock-ups.“But I think they were supposed to finish (the other building) by now,” he explained.The condition of the Brickdam lock-ups has come in for much scrutiny and criticism over the years. This has resulted in that detention facility undergoing a major overhaul back in 2009, when some $14.4 million were expended to rehabilitate the once odious and unsightly facility that was once referred to as a ‘dungeon horrible’ by a Commission of Inquiry several years prior. However, because of the design flaws of those renovations, more money had to be pumped into the project to correct the flaws.Ramjattan had previously explained that as with any prison system, construction has to be of a specific design, especially as it relates to air circulation. However, the contractor had indicated that with the monies allocated for the initial project, he could have done works only in accordance with the flawed design.“You have to have a perfect design that will aerate if you’re not going to make it air conditioned, and there were some problems with that initial design… It was done to specifications, but (whether or not) it was done to specifications, we can’t put prisoners in there, we gonna kill them. So now we have to have remedial works,” he remarked.Monies were allocation in the 2016 budget to carry out the remedial works on the facility, but there were some issues regarding the tendering process which further detained the process.The National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) had found that the three contractors who had tendered for the project were non-responsive. As such, the flawed tenders had been sent back to the evaluation committee, which then returned them to the respective bidders with indications of where they were “non-responsive”. However, only one of the three bidders re-tendered, and was awarded the contract months later.In the meantime, top officials of the Police Force had called the facility a “travesty” to law enforcement efforts in ‘A’ Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara), saying it was affecting the work of the Police in that Division.“The burden of shifting serious-crime suspects to other lock-ups on a daily basis is one we have been bearing with tremendous patience over the years. I wish to take this opportunity to urge the officials concerned to spare no effort to realise this much-needed facility in the capital city of Georgetown,” one top official had implored.The scope of works of phase one of the initial contract entailed fumigating the lockups environment; demolishing of, and alteration to, metal doors; rehabilitation of the existing steel grills and door framings; rehabilitation of the enquiries area; and redoing of defective concrete works, which were followed by a process of plastering.There was also the demolition of exiting plumbing works and restoration of plumbing to each of the 15 cells that were rehabilitated, as well as constructing a concrete reservoir and concrete trestle which supports six new water tanks, and tiling of the floors and walls of the lockups.The latter phase included the installation of 15 penal-style toilets, one for each cell, done at a cost of US$700 each. There was also fabrication and installation of 42 metal bunks; rehabilitation of the holding area grill, and construction of seating accommodation. It also entailed the tiling and painting of the enquiries staff area, including toilet and bath; and painting of the general facility.last_img read more

Liverpool bombshell! ‘Philippe Coutinho ready to quit Reds if Barcelona come calling’

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is keen on a move to Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.talkSPORT told you on Monday about the Spanish giant’s interest in the Brazilian, who made the Premier League Team of the Year last season.Barca are reportedly ready to shell out £22m for the 23-year-old as they look to strengthen their squad in January when their transfer ban is lifted.And, according to Sport, Coutinho is keen on a move to the Nou Camp if Luis Enrique’s side come calling.Liverpool are currently on the hunt for a new manager after Brendan Rodgers was sacked on Monday.However, it is said that the club’s hierarchy have no desire to sell Coutinho.last_img read more

ELECTION 2007 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mayor Waronek has: Protected Lomita by voting against reckless high-density developments. Promoted the forming of a General Planning Advisory Committee that developed guidelines and values, preventing misuse of our land and infrastructure. Brought back community pride with Founder’s Day, tree-lighting ceremonies and the best fireworks show in the South Bay. Understood the needs of our community by listening. Making himself available to all, he is able to better represent us, because he knows us. Waronek for council As a resident of Lomita, I feel a sense of community pride. We have a distinct advantage over our neighboring cities due to the scale in which we live. The people here are real, passionate and care about their city, but most of all they are friendly. This has been true up until the last couple of months. Something awful has spread through our community, something that we the people of Lomita are not used to. That something is dirty campaigning! It is shameful to see such a display of deceit. And to make things worse, your paper has given credence and looks to sensationalize a couple of misguided people who have been led astray by personal agenda. We are passionate, caring and friendly, but we are also very smart. We are able to discern the difference between candidates who are civil servants dedicated to protecting and providing a better quality of life, and politicians whose campaign platforms have been centered on spreading malicious lies and unfounded attacks to the end of their own gain. Truth matters to us. That is also why we are not swayed by political wrangling and inaccurate one-sided stories that you feel make good print. The truth of the matter is, Mark Waronek has been a true servant of the people. The facts speak for themselves: Been visionary. He is highly motivated and wants to promote Lomita and establish goals for the future and has restored strong, respectful leadership to the council. So, print what you will, give forum to the disingenuous, it matters not to us. We know that Mark Waronek is a great asset, a proven friend of Lomita, and on Tuesday our opinion is the only one that will matter. – JOE CINQUINA Lomita As a concerned citizen in Lomita, I have attended almost every City Council and Planning Commission meeting for a number of years. Over this same period, I have spoken about economic development and land use before these Lomita city meetings more often than any other citizen in town. I had the good fortune of meeting Mark Waronek when he was a Lomita planning commissioner. Since then, I have continued to interact with Waronek in his positions as a City Council member and mayor. In all the occasions I have testified before the Planning Commission and City Council, Waronek has always treated me with respect and listened attentively to my views. Even when a speakers’ views are different than his, they will be treated in a respectful manner by Mayor Waronek. Waronek has a proactive approach to his work with the City Council. Under his watch, much has been done to improve the quality of life in Lomita. He voted for additional sheriff’s deputies and other resources to keep Lomita safe. Our streets are now being repaired and plans are in place to handle the improvements needed for our aging infrastructure. During this same time Waronek has been instrumental in obtaining funds owed Lomita by Caltrans and also a grant for the expansion of our Railroad Museum. We now honor Lomita’s best teachers annually with the Golden Apple Awards, a program Waronek started. He also brought “Shakespeare by the Sea” to Lomita. These are just a few examples of how his hard work and dedication have helped our schools, library, park and all the citizens of our city in countless ways. Waronek is a hard-working family man who brings out the best in our city. It is the personal efforts of good people like him that help Lomita remain the “friendly city.” Your vote for Mark Waronek for City Council will ensure that our citizens are treated with respect and that our city will continue to improve. – GEORGE KIVETT Lomita Choices for Torrance There is an important election Tuesday in Torrance. The Torrance school board is the only issue on the Torrance ballot this year. As a parent and homeowner in Torrance, I am extremely concerned that people will not go out and vote. I urge our voters to do their homework, find out about the candidates and then vote. There is a direct correlation between the value of your home and the quality of our Torrance school system. I am voting for Terry Ragins. She has dedicated endless hours of her time to ensuring our children get the best possible education. As a PTA president, she displayed leadership and the ability to incorporate the suggestions of others when making difficult decisions. As a member of the school board, she sought fiscal responsibility from the district staff and has worked tirelessly to provide improved school facilities. I have worked as a volunteer with Ragins over the years. She is a dedicated public official with a big heart. Our school district currently faces challenges on a few different fronts. It will suit the residents of Torrance well to have Ragins’ steady hands on the wheel as we all work together and provide our students with the best educational experience possible and give our great teachers the tools they need to assist our children achieve. This is an important election. Please vote. – ADELE KAPLAN Torrance I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse Terry Ragins for re-election to the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education. I speak as a longtime Torrance resident who has been very actively involved in the education of my three daughters in Torrance elementary, middle and high schools. I have been actively involved in PTA at Adams Elementary and Torrance High School, and I am currently the president of the J.H. Hull PTSA. As such, I have had the pleasure of working directly with Ragins over the last several years. Her dedication to the students of Torrance is outstanding, as is her competency and knowledge of the complex issues facing our schools. Ragins’ opponent, Rick Marshall, by contrast, is directly responsible for the recent closure and relocation of J.H. Hull Middle School due to his ceaseless opposition to past bond measures and his frivolous lawsuit against the district. His lack of support for our schools is further shown by his earlier support of school vouchers, which divert money away from public schools, and his keeping his own children out of Torrance public schools. Ragins has done a great job for our students and our schools. She has also worked to improve the fiscal stability of our district and to improve school facilities. As such, she is clearly the best choice for continuing this work and expanding the gains of the last several years. If you care about the future of our children and our city, please vote on Tuesday to re-elect Terry Ragins. – NICKI GERDES Torrance I disagree with your recommendations for the Torrance school board (Our Views, Oct. 28). The two main issues in the 2005 school board election were one, a school bond and, two, what to do about Hull Middle School. Two years later we have the same issues. In the interim, the state restored the funding it cut and the school board found plenty to spend it on, just not Hull Middle School or maintenance of the other schools. In 2006 and 2007 we saw: A 6.5 percent increase for teachers, management, supervisors and classified employees – 170 or more employees reclassified up in salary, costing approximately $500,000. Approval of several new positions such as public information officer starting at $5,708 per month. The Personnel Commission budget expanded to $406,000 for 2007-2008. The Personnel Commission director’s salary increased 11 percent to $99,000 in 2007-2008. An estimated accrued but unfunded workers’ comp liability of $6.5 million remains. We need board members who don’t go on spending sprees while letting our schools go down the drain. We need board members who don’t rely on school bonds to fix the schools, but set aside some of the budget they already have for this purpose. We need less “experience” and more accountability. That is why I support Irmi Lake and Rick Marshall for school board. They will question, investigate and decide matters based on what is best for the students, not the ever-growing bureaucracy. Join me in voting for them. – RACHELLE TOTI Torrance I am writing to urge residents in Torrance to vote for Torrance school board member Terry Ragins and former Torrance City Councilman Don Lee on Tuesday. Both will continue the tradition of keeping the Torrance Unified School District among the best in California. Ragins’ performance on the school board has been excellent. Approximately four years ago, TUSD was in dire financial straits and on the verge of bankruptcy. Now, with the help of Ragins’ leadership, TUSD has regained a positive financial status and its general fund reserve has been restored. Standardized test scores are excellent and have improved each of the last four years. TUSD now ranks in the top 20 percent of all school districts statewide. As a former Torrance councilman, Lee has shown leadership, accountability and vision in helping to steer Torrance during his time on the council. He consistently fought for and voted for balanced budgets while on the City Council. After leaving the council, Lee continued to engage in community service and did a fantastic job as a former president of the Torrance Chamber of Commerce. Both Ragins and Lee have the experience and proven record to lead the TUSD. Torrance schools will be in good hands with Terry Ragins and Don Lee at the helm. – TED W. LIEU Assemblyman, 53rd District Torrance I urge all Torrance voters who are concerned about the school district to vote for Terry Ragins on Tuesday. Ragins has dedicated endless hours of her time and worked tirelessly to ensure that our children get the best possible education. Our school district currently faces challenges on a few different fronts. She worked with me during the June 2006 school bond effort and showed enthusiasm and passion for the work necessary to provide our students with improved school facilities. As a member of the TUSD school board the past four years, she has sought fiscal responsibility from the district staff and has provided leadership to help make the difficult decisions necessary to get us through a true financial crisis. Her knowledge of education and governance issues shows that she is prepared to deal with whatever future challenges come along. Residents of Torrance are well-served by Ragins. Her steady hands on the wheel will guide us as we our work together to provide our students with the best educational experience possible and to give our great teachers the tools they need to help our children learn and achieve. Vote to re-elect Terry Ragins on Tuesday. – BETH WILSON Torrance Editor’s note: Beth Wilson is a former Torrance school board member. De la Rosa for PV board Please join me in voting for Dora de la Rosa on Tuesday for Palos Verdes Peninsula school board. De la Rosa is responsible for bringing into our school district millions of dollars. As chairwoman of the Measure K campaign, she brought in $72million including state matching funds. Measure P, again under her chairmanship, brought in $15 million in local funds. As a member of the board, she advocated finishing the projects needed for our schools and students and voted to place Measures R and S on the ballot. Indeed, her active encouragement of support for passage of these critical measures resulted in state matching funds again coming into our district. This past spring, recognizing the need for further financial support for programs and the need to attract and retain highly qualified teachers, she again supported a local measure that renewed our parcel tax. In addition, as a Peninsula Education Foundation trustee, de la Rosa served for two years during which more than $2 million was raised. Her efforts and ability to oversee the influx of millions of dollars and now to have been instrumental in oversight and sound decision-making in the expenditure of those monies have truly earned her my vote. I consider this community fortunate to have someone of de la Rosa’s ability, foresight and business sense willing to volunteer for a position as a member of the board for four more years. Vote for Dora de la Rosa on Tuesday. – SUE TOZAKI Rancho Palos Verdes Tucker for HB council Every two years the same people who delight in lowering the debate in Hermosa Beach elections use the same tiresome tactic of mudslinging against anyone who is not their chosen candidate. They insult the intelligence of the voters with their baseless attacks that use hate mail that contains fuzzy photos and strategic fictions. This time the target of their political snipe hunt is Councilman Peter Tucker. We urge you to consider the credibility-challenged source of the attack ads, follow the facts and vote with your eyes wide open. Tucker is a good man. He has served the city as a volunteer for more than 20 years. Every good cause, from toy drives to community pancake breakfasts to beach cleanups to education foundation fundraisers to Little League baseball, has Tucker’s active participation. He has served admirably for the last four years as our councilman and mayor as a voice for fiscal responsibility and as a leader for positive change. Pete Tucker deserves to be re-elected on Tuesday. – EMMIE SCHILLHAHN Hermosa Beach160Want 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

A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES!

first_imgIt may be a small Donegal school but it is going big places in national competitions.Cloughfin NS are going to see Google!Cloughfin N.S., situated in a rural setting between Ballindrait, Castlefinn and Raphoe, might be a small two teacher school but this has not impeded them from excelling in two national competitions.Pupils and staff were thrilled to hear that their school’s website has once again been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards for the Best School Website category. There are only seven primary schools from all over Ireland that have been shortlisted in this category. Pupils will attend the Awards Cermony in none other than Google’s European Headquarters in The Foundry at Google in Dublin on Tuesday the 29th of April.Principal Fiona Farry said “Pupils are so excited at the prospect of traveling to this spectacular venue. It will be an amazing experience for them. Our school website www.cloughfinns.com showcases the huge amount of hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff in our school. We are the only primary school in Co. Donegal to be shortlisted and are delighted to hear that a group of students from St. Eunan’s College (post primary school) in Letterkenny have also been shortlisted for their project in the Best web design category http://www.optimalf1.com/ ”The school’s website.But wait, there is more. 5th and 6th class pupils have also topped the polls in a National Maths Competition for the months of February and March and are currently in pole position overall as the end of the challenge approaches on May 16th. TD Joe Mc Hugh presented them with there Mathletes Cup for winning the National February Challenge. http://www.mathletes.ie is the brainchild of Junior Minister for Education Ciarán Cannon and Sean O Sullivan, Sos Ventures and former Dragon on Dragon’s Den (RTE) and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Mr. O Sullivan tweeted the following ” Sean OSullivan @sosventuresBiggest little underdog Primary School in #Ireland @MATHletes_ie Cloughfin NS in Lifford, Co. Donegal http://mathletes.ie/leaderboards-schools-march/ … #Superhuman ”Pupils master maths skills online using Khan Academy in school and at home. It is amazing to see how much time they spend learning maths at home and even during the school holidays! http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/khando-approach-rips-up-the-rule-book-on-learning-by-rote-30193088.htmlIf the students retain their overall lead on May 16th, they will be presented with their award and a grant to purchase technology for their school at the eXCITE Global Digital Learning Conference, in Dublin on May 31st. http://www.excited.ie/Great see the Donegal Flag flying high again at National Level!!Http:/www.cloughfinns.com or follow the school on Twitter @CloughfinNs A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES! was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLdonegalGooglelast_img read more

Naomi Watts joins U.N.’s AIDS fight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe program estimates that 40 million people now live with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and that 25 million people have died from AIDS. “I have seen that every one of us can make a difference – and I am anxious to join UNAIDS in this effort,” Watts, 37, said. Watts, whose screen credits also include roles in “Mulholland Dr.,” “The Ring” and “21 Grams,” joins a host of celebrities who have signed up to promote U.N. causes. Nicole Kidman is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and Angelina Jolie has traveled frequently to Africa for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. – Associated Press Naomi Watts has been named a special representative to the U.N. program for HIV/AIDS. The “King Kong” actress just returned from a trip to Zambia, where she saw hospitals, homes and schools where lives have been destroyed by AIDS. “Given these stark realities, I can no longer stand on the sidelines,” Watts told a news conference Monday. “I want to use this position as a way to spread the word, to tell people what I saw.” Her appointment came as UNAIDS unveiled a new campaign called, “4 for Everyone,” which seeks to give everyone the right to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support. 160Want 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