PM for historic track opening at Calabar High

first_imgCALABAR HIGH School will create sporting history in Jamaica this month as the defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) boys’ track and field champions will become the first high school in the country to have its own synthetic track.The six-lane 400-metre track will be officially opened on Friday, January 22, a day before the school hosts the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classics.”Everything is near completion and we will be having the opening of the Calabar Sport Complex on Friday, January 22, and the Prime Minister, the Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, will do the official opening ceremony,” said Albert Corcho, the all-boy institution’s principal.He added: “The meet, which will be named the McKenley/Wint Classics, is in honour of two past students who have contributed significantly to track and field at both Calabar and the country, and because of their contributions we are honouring them.”Corcho stated that the new track will lift Calabar High’s sporting profile and attract more students to the institution.”This new sporting complex will definitely be a big advantage for Calabar, and already, I have been getting calls from overseas as people want to join this programme. It has also cut down on time and costing as the boys will not have to travel outside of the school to attend training as, usually, they do so after December.”The principal noted that use of the facility will be extended to other track athletes outside the school community.”Although the track will be at Calabar, this will not be for Calabar, only as we are thinking about the development of track and field in the country and people outside will be welcome here,” he said.The McKenley/Wint Classics will be one of seven development meets on the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association calendar and it will be held on January 23. Events to be contested are the 100m, 400m and 1500m, along with sprint and intermediate hurdles. There will also be field events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin.last_img read more

No decision yet on help for consumers – Patterson

first_imgHike in fuel pricesGovernment, in defending itself against criticism of inaction regarding the rising gas prices, has indicated that providing subventions to cushion international hikes is an option on the table.Prices at the pumps have caused a chain reaction, with minibus operators mounting protestsAt Friday’s post-Cabinet briefing, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson affirmed that Government has been engaging minibus operators. According to Patterson, the minibus association has been asked to document their grievances.Patterson noted that pending the receipt of this feedback, no official policy decision has been made. But when pressed on exactly what the Government is doing to address the matter, Patterson noted that subventions are being considered.“That is all part of the whole menu of measures which we’re considering, if gas prices will be moved. We want to look at it holistically and that is what we’re doing at the moment, engaging (the operators),” Patterson related.Gas station prices for fuel had increased rapidly from $215 per litre to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre. Since the hike, there have been widespread protests and fears of public transportation strikes.There have been cases of minibus operators burning tires along the East Coast railway embankment. The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) has been among those calling for Government to act swiftly to protect consumers.Tax measuresThe parliamentary Opposition has actually outlined ways in which the Government can make a meaningful intervention into the issue. At a press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had claimed there is fiscal space to make the adjustment with the tax regime to allow a reduction of gas prices for local consumers.Jagdeo had related that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, there was a system used in cases like these, where the taxes can be adjusted based on the movement up or down on the gas price, so that the benefits would be passed onto the people.Given the mounting criticisms and the need for serious attention to be paid to the issue, the PPP/C General Secretary had said that, “The Government through public pressure must adjust the rate at the pump. They have a lot of room. They have the fiscal space as well as the tax play to make that adjustment.”The former Guyanese Head of State had recalled that when the prices for crude oil stood at about US$75 per barrel, lower that the US$120 high before the rapid tumble a few years ago to about US$28.“We had argued that with the rapid tumble, the benefits should have been passed onto the Guyanese public, who would have seen lower prices at the pump and in their electricity bill. They never did that. And what happened was that they raked in billions in revenue; they collected over $25 billion at GPL alone.”He had told the media that with the crude prices at about US$75 a barrel and not US$120, there was definitely room to make significant adjustments to the price of fuel at the pump.Another point raised by Jagdeo was the fact that under the PPP/C Government, the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) was used as a regulatory agency whereby the price at the State-owned entity set precedence for other companies to follow.However, the fact that prices were high even at Guyoil stations meant private companies did not have to lower their prices in order to maintain their competitiveness.last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers drop 7-3 decision to Peace River

first_imgPeace River took a 4-2 lead into the second period and had the advantage in the shot department as well at 16-11.The Flyers were able to close the gap to one in the early stages of the second period. Kolton Leslie scored just 51 seconds into the frame, however that was as close as Fort St. John would get. The Sabres would add two in the period before rounding out the scoring with a single marker in the third.Scoring for Fort St. John was Austin Crossley, Teagan McMullen, and Kolton Leslie. Helping out with the assists were Thomas Pope, and Jacob Lang.- Advertisement -Craig Grimes was in goal for the Flyers. He faced a lot of pucks in the game as 39 shots were fired in his direction.Next for the Knights of Columbus Flyers is a game Saturday night as the team travels to take on the Slave Lake Thunder.last_img read more

Debate continues on Site-C construction model

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Building Trades Council and BC Hydro are still feuding over the Site C work force construction model, following a Freedom of Information Request by the Council to obtain the amounts spent by Hydro on Job Fairs, over the last two years.Executive Director Tom Sigurdson still objects to Hydro’s decision to abandon the model put in place in the early sixties by former Premier WAC Bennett.- Advertisement -Hydro counters that the job fairs held as far north as Fort Nelson, right across the Peace, and as far south as Quesnel, spread awareness of the work opportunities across the entire region hard hit by the economic downturn in other sections of the economy. It also continues to argue, that as a Crown Corporation owned by the people of British Columbia, it’s responsible for providing job opportunities for union and non-union workers across the province.So while Mr. Sigurdson is still hoping Hydro will change construction model course, with the project work already in its second year, changing to what would arguably be a more unionized friendly model doesn’t sound like it’s in Hydro plans.last_img read more

Zidane says Real would not honour Barcelona title win

first_img“We’re not going to do the guard” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico, who are also Barcelona’s closest pursuers.“It’s my decision and that’s it,” said Zidane. “I don’t understand the point of the guard, so we aren’t going to do it. Anyway, we are a long way from the end of the season.”Zidane insisted the decision had nothing to do with Barcelona’s refusal to form a guard of honour at the Clasico in Madrid in December just after Real had won the Club World Cup.Even so, he acknowledged that Barca had “broken tradition”.Zidane also insisted Gareth Bale was still “an important player”, even though the Welsh winger is playing less and remained on the bench in the Champions League victory at Juventus on Tuesday.“These are decisions,” Zidane told the media. “You say he’s playing less or in less important games, but for me that’s not the case.”Rumours have linked Bale to a host of other clubs, notably Manchester United.“However we finish the season, my feeling is Gareth is going to stay,” said Zidane.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane claims he wants Gareth Bale to stay at Real, and he has no interest in honouring Barca © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 7 – Real Madrid will not give Barcelona a guard of honour if the Catalans have clinched the Spanish title before next month’s Clasico, Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.Barcelona lead La Liga by nine points with eight matches left and entertain Real in the penultimate round of the season. In Spain it has become traditional for opponents to form a guard of honour for the champions.last_img read more

Boost for Tottenham! AC Milan pull out of race for Ligue 1 star

first_img1 Tottenham have been given a boost in their pursuit of Giannelli Imbula after AC Milan pulled out of the running for his signature.The midfielder is expected to leave Marseille this summer after impressing for the French side in Ligue 1 last season.Tottenham are keen on the 22-year-old as are Italian club Inter Milan, while teams in Germany have made tentative enquiries.And those interested sides, according to Sky Italia, have been given a boost in their pursuit of Imbula after AC Milan dropped out of the race for the Frenchman.The Serie A side had been working on a deal for the Marseille man but they have now scrapped any potential transfer.AC Milan director Adriano Galliani has reportedly informed the French club that they do not want to be caught up in a bidding war with Inter and Tottenham. Giannelli Imbula in action for Marseille last_img read more

Scrutiny for parks district

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We believe that you cannot use benefit assessment financing for the purpose of funding an open space project,” said Jon Coupal, president of the taxpayer advocacy group. Coupal was the principal drafter of Proposition 218, a measure approved by voters in 1996 that paved the way for the balloting process under way in Santa Clarita. Now his association is providing the lawyers for the property owners who are suing the Santa Clara Open Space Authority, south of San Francisco. Hernandez said the city examined the Santa Clara case and found key differences between what that city did and what Santa Clarita is attempting to do. The law requires municipalities to separate special benefits from general ones, and they can only assess properties for the special benefits they would receive. The city has done that, Hernandez said. “Our methodology here is very different and, we believe, more precise than that used in Santa Clara County,” Hernandez said. “I think it is very important that the residents of Santa Clarita know that we are aware of the Santa Clara County (case) and that we took specific proactive steps to make sure we addressed the legal issues in dispute up there, so that even if they are found to be in error that will not affect our proposed Open Space and Parkland District.” SANTA CLARITA – A lawsuit challenging a parks assessment district such as the one property owners are voting on in Santa Clarita will be heard by the state Supreme Court. The question is whether it is legal under California law for cities to collect assessments – approved by a simple majority vote of property owners – to buy open space. Santa Clarita treasurer Darren Hernandez said Thursday that the outcome of the case would not affect Santa Clarita’s effort to form an open space and parkland preservation district. Mail-in ballots were sent to property owners earlier this month, with a deadline of Nov. 22. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association supports the lawsuit, saying such assessments do not specifically benefit each voter. In the case of an open space district, special assessment should require approval of two-thirds of registered voters, opponents say. Hernandez said the Northern California district assessed more than 300,000 parcels, while Santa Clarita has assessed 48,471 parcels. As of Wednesday, about 12,000 ballots had been returned to the city. Ballots were mailed to each parcel separately, and property owners who own more than one parcel may have chosen to return multiple ballots in one envelope. Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Jarvis association, said the group is not taking a stand on Santa Clarita’s proposed parks open space district. The issue is the city’s funding mechanism. “They should not be using the assessment district law for a general benefit to the community,” he said. “It is a decision that should be made by two-thirds of voters.” Vosburgh said a win in the Supreme Court would determine what happens around the state. Up to this point, the lower courts have supported the assessment districts, he said. “An assessment is a very special type of situation,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope when you start giving cities and counties options on mechanisms they’re going to use to raise taxes.” The association believes special assessments must finance services of direct benefit to those who vote. Buying open space would benefit the community as a whole, like a police department. “If you allow this, you’re saying city officials can look at a menu and decide what is the easiest system to extract more money from taxpayers,” he said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 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

WATER TAXES CAMPAIGNERS VOW TO HALT METER MEN

first_imgANTI-water taxes campaigners say they will launch a series of ‘rolling pickets’ across Donegal as contractors began installing meters in several towns.GMC Sierra – the Irish Water sub-contractor – has sent teams of men into Stranorlar, Lifford, Ballybofey and Donegal Town to instal meters outside homes.There was a brief protest in Donegal Town, with Gardai on standby. But there has been no serious trouble so far.However Donegal Daily has been contacted by groups in Gaoth Dobhair and Inishowen who say they will stop meter installations in their areas.The arrival of water meter contractors in the county has provoked a bitter debate online.“I can’t believe people in Ballybofey are sitting watching this. Unbelievable,” wrote one Buncrana resident on social media. A resident in Donegal Town wrote: “We stopped them. They’ll be back, and we’ll stop them again. We need to stand up to Enda Kenny now.”However others – although much fewer in number – said there was nothing anyone can do about it.“Get over it,” wrote one resident.“They’re here to stay.”The residents groups in Inishowen and Gaoth Dobhair say they are prepared to travel to other parts of the county to stop water meters being put in. WATER TAXES CAMPAIGNERS VOW TO HALT METER MEN was last modified: October 3rd, 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:GMC SierraIrish Waterprotestswater meterlast_img read more

Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’

first_img19 August 2009South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has discouraged the overuse of testing and the use of the drug Tamiflu by people with symptoms of H1N1 influenza, known as swine flu.NICD deputy director Dr Lucille Bloomberg says most confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza are mild cases that do not call for laboratory testing or the intake of Tamiflu. This is only called for, she said, in severe cases, as well as among people in the high-risk group.“This pandemic is regarded as moderate, not severe, and not everyone with H1N1 influenza needs the laboratory tests,” Bloomberg told BuaNews this week. “We can diagnose people without testing and treat them accordingly.”“The majority of people have mild cases of H1N1 and don’t need any treatment but a rest at home. Don’t do any exercise, and take sufficient amount of fluids,” Bloomberg said, warning that excessive use of Tamiflu could encourage resistance.People with mild cases could expect to recover after about seven days, she added.Swine flu hotlineSouth Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu. The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)  The e-mail address is: H1N1@health.gov.za The hotline is operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health.As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six.What is swine flu?According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork.Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu.It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction.Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing.Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor.“The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.”However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms.Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately.Risk factorsThe World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu.“Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement.According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Play Your Part – Road Safety Awareness campaign ahead of the Easter season

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 27 March 2018 – Brand South Africa through the Play Your Part programme is collaborating with various stakeholders provincially and nationally, to deliver the road safety awareness campaign on the 28th March in Mpumalanga ahead of the Easter season. The stakeholders include Sasol, Govan Mbeki Local Municipality and the Black Management Forum.Brand South Africa understands the impact of negative road safety statistics on the Nation Brand and therefore, the objective of this collaboration is to encourage citizens to play their part and exercise positive road safety habits in order to positively project the image of the Nation Brand.This collaboration is in line with Brand South Africa’s the Play Your Part programme to interact with road users and promote road safety ahead of Easter, when many will be on the roads to various destinations in the country.“We have been pushing the road safety message with various stakeholders throughout the country as it is imperative that citizens are constantly reminded of their role in protecting one another on the roads especially during these busy times. Our key message through the Play Your Part programme is “PLAY YOUR PART AND BE SAFE”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.Guidelines on how citizens can further Play Their Part on the roads are:Play Your Part- Rest after two hours of drivingPlay Your Part – wear a safety belt, even if you’re not the driverPlay Your Part – Drive within the speed limitPlay Your Part – have a valid driver’s licence and a valid car licence.Play Your Part – don’t drink and driveProgramme:Easter Road Safety Campaign: Govan MbekiTuesday, 28 March 201807:30 – 13:00 Activation One07:00            All Teams arrives at Lifa Lethu Primary School for briefing and set up07:30            Opening and Welcoming by School Management07:45            Address by Brand South Africa08:00            Address by Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison09:00            Industrial theatre and engagement10:00            Vote of Thanks Brand South Africa Activation Two11:00            All Teams arrives at SASOL N17 Bethal for briefing and set up11:30            Traffic inspections, activations and interaction with motorists by Officials12:00            Media interviews by each team lead and principals from ALL parties12:45            Vote of thanks by Brand South Africa13:00            Debriefing meeting with all stakeholders13:15            Closure13:30            Activation ends and teams departlast_img read more