20 Jan

Blind cricketers get help from SDF, JCA

first_imgThe West Indies’ visually impaired cricket team’s Jamaican players have received a sponsorship of just under $3 million to compete in the 2017 T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind in India at the end of the month.The Sports Development Foundation (SDF) has contributed $2.2 million of this, with another $750,000 coming from the Jamaica Cricket Association.Sports Minister Olivia Grange said that the team still needs all the support it can get, especially financially, and has urged corporate Jamaica to get on board to help to cover other expenses the team still has.”There is still a shortfall and I will continue to lobby on behalf our visually challenged cricketers. They deserve this opportunity to compete against the best players in the world. They have always represented their country and the region with distinction and I know they will do so again. I appeal to corporate Jamaica to get behind our visually impaired cricketers and help them to get to the World Cup,” the sports minister said.The donation was made to the team on behalf of the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association as the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind had requested that each player gets funding from the respective territories. This meant a higher figure was needed for the Jamaicans as eight of them make up the 11-member squad.Minister Grange and SDF general manager Denzil Wilks both assured the team that the donation would not affect funds to be given to the Jamaicans at a later date as they look to defend their regional title.SENSE OF OPTIMISMThe team had faced the threat of withdrawing from the competition because of a lack of funds, but as they now look towards their opening game against the hosts on January 31, squad member Jason Ricketts said that there is a renewed sense of optimism in the camp.”We’re confident,” he says. “I’m not gonna say that we’re gonna win (the entire competition), but we’re in a better position now and actually feeling better than a week ago.”His teammate Mark Sweeney said that the donation has him motivated even more to make the region proud.”I must say that I am feeling a sense of relief,” Sweeney said. “I really want to go and represent my country and the region. We’re going out there to give it our best, nothing but the best.”Ricketts said that the uncertainty over participation has affected the team’s training, but they will make the most of the remaining time.”It’s (preparations) not as smooth as we’d want it to be, but we just have to work with the limited time and resources that we have and try and make it work when we get down to India.”The 2017 T20 World Cup for the Blind will run from January 28 to February 12.last_img read more

12 Jan

LBI youth dies days after sustaining injuries in Police lockups

first_img– mother blames Police for death of sonA 68-year-old woman is calling for justice after her son, Kallicharran Sawak, 39, of Lot 3 La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara died on Monday afternoon at the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted.He was reportedly found in an unconscious state in the Sparendaam Police Station lockups on January 21, hours after he was arrested for disorderlyDead: Kallicharran Sawackbehaviour.A distraught and tearful mother, Ramdai Sawak, told this newspaper that she is hoping that a thorough investigation into her son’s death can be conducted.She explained that her son was intoxicated on Thursday evening when he started to misbehave and even broke a window in her home when she became scared and called the police.Sawak said that Police from Beterverwagting arrived at her home shortly after she called and took him over to the Sparendam Police Station where he was placed in a cell with others.The woman said that her daughter took food for him at the station on Sunday and she was not allowed to see him. The mother said that her daughter was told to leave the food because it was too early and they would give him the food.It was the following Monday that they showed up at the Court where the now dead man was expected to be. When she did not notice her son, Sawak said she enquired from a Magistrate who directed her to a police officer.It was here she was told that her son was hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital in a critical condition.Still shocked, the old woman said she rushed down to the hospital where she sawSparendaam Police Stationher son in a miserable state.“We go to the Hospital and he bleeding from his eye and his head and not talking and he eye closed,” she recalled.Sawak said she was shocked to see her son, who was a welder, in that state and tried to find out what happened from the Police at the Beterverwagting Station. She said she was told, “He de behaving bad and they put he in a lock-up by heself and he de butting he head”.The mother is contending that her son is not mad and would never have done such a thing. She is, therefore, calling for an impartial investigation to be done.She said, “I don’t think he would hit he head like that but God knows. Only God knows because when he go to the hospital he couldn’t ah talk or open his eye”. The family has since sought legal advice sought from Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall.Speaking with Guyana Times recently, Nandlall said that the Guyana Police Force has to give an account in relation to the injuries. According to Nandlall, the Police Complaints Authority will be briefed on this issue as he made calls for an independent probe into the situation.“Depending on how the matter unfolds, depending on what the findings are, we do not rule out the possibility of challenging the actions of the Police in the High Court or their omission to act in the circumstances to seek compensation for the injuries sustained,” the Attorney informed.last_img read more

10 Jan

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and Watson Lake

first_imgPlease continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and Watson Lake.The watch says the area could see severe thunderstorms develop Thursday. See the full warning below.10:59 AM PDT Thursday 18 July 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:- Advertisement -Fort NelsonConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing heavy rain.Hail and strong wind gusts are also possible. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Advertisementlast_img read more

6 Jan

Kits for Africa to launch in Italy with Torino FC

first_imgThe Italy launch comes a week after Everton FC swapped their shirt in last Sunday’s match against West Ham United in support of the Kits for Africa project.Everton FC center-back Kurt Happy Zouma in action in a past EPL action. During the match, Everton players wore the Kits for Africa logo on the front of their blue shirts instead of the usual SportPesa logo to rally more fans to support the project.On Friday September 21, Torino players wore Kits for Africa T-shirts during warm up before their training for Sunday’s game.“We are grateful to our partners who have thrown their full weight behind this noble cause,” said SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer Kelvin Twissa.This weekend, 20 football teams from Machakos and 10 from Athi River will be issued with some of the items donated under Kits for Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Italy launch comes a week after Everton FC swapped their shirt in last Sunday’s match against West Ham United in support of the Kits for Africa project.MILAN, Italy, Sep 22 – Grassroot football teams in Kenya are set to receive increased support for kits as SportPesa partner Torino FC prepares to launch Kits for Africa project in Italy at their game against Napoli slated for Sunday at their Stadio Olimpico backyard.Kits for Africa is an initiative of SportPesa and its partners Hull City, Everton and Southampton that entails collecting kits donated by fans, players and members of the public during home games of the participating teams.last_img read more

26 Dec

DONEGAL SCHOOLS WILL BE HIT BY SNA CUTS IN SEPTEMBER – McCONALOGUE

first_imgSchools across Donegal will still be hit with special needs cuts from September after Fine Gael and Labour defeated a Dáil motion, tabled by Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue, calling for the cap on Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to be lifted.It means that despite the government’s u-turn on cuts to resource teaching hours, a 10% reduction in SNA supports will still go ahead in September, he says.Hundreds of children with disabilities across Donegal will be affected. Deputy McConalogue, who is Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, explained, “It is deeply disappointing that local government representatives here Donegal are standing by this reduction in SNA supports in our local schools.“The Fianna Fáil Dáil motion called on the government to lift the cap on SNAs immediately so that no child with disabilities has to suffer a reduction in support next school term. Fine Gael and Labour refused to accept this and are proceeding with an effective 10% reduction in SNAs from September.“The government made an inexcusable mistake by signing off on a 12% cut in resource teaching hours. It has now been forced into a u-turn on this mistake, which of course comes as a big relief to parents and teachers. However, this was only a partial u-turn. The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn is still persisting with undermining Special Needs Assistant supports. It’s estimated that 22,000 children with disabilities will be directly affected, including hundreds of children in Co Donegal.”Deputy McConalogue has called on the government to protect frontline education services in the upcoming Budget. “Now the Minister is talking about an increase in mainstream class sizes to cover up his mistakes on special needs cuts. But he cannot fix one mistake with another. The government faces choices in the upcoming Budget – it can do the right thing and chose to protect frontline education. Undermining our education system by increasing class sizes, reducing special needs supports and forcing the closures of small local schools is not the answer to this country’s economic difficulties. Such cuts are extremely short-sighted and will be far more damaging in the long run,” the Donegal Deputy said.DONEGAL SCHOOLS WILL BE HIT BY SNA CUTS IN SEPTEMBER – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 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:Charlie McConalogueSNAslast_img read more

25 Dec

Election question: Tie goes to whom?

first_imgA tie for a seat on the school board of the Los Nietos School District has sent other area education officials scrambling to check their own policies regarding how to handle a dead heat.The state’s education code requires all public school districts to have a policy in place for settling election ties. The code says the policy should spell out whether a tie will be decided “by lot,” such as a coin toss or by drawing straws, or by holding a special run-off election.As it turns out, two Whittier-area districts have no policy at all for settling ties, while two others have policies that can change with each new election. But that won’t be for long, say officials at districts with no set policies, who now are taking a cue from Los Nietos’ school board tie.“We’ll definitely have to do something now,” said Pauline Deal, a board member for Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, which has no tie-breaker policy.“I’m sure this (the Los Nietos race) will make everyone look at it,” she added.In the Los Nietos board election last month, incumbent Gloria Duran and challenger Diana Villalba ended up tied with 903 votes apiece. The Los Nietos district’s policy requires the dead heat be settled by lot. Officials are now deciding on what method – whether a coin flip or some other means – will be used to decide the race. No date for the contest of chance had been decided as of Monday.Like Norwalk-La Mirada, the East Whittier City School District also has no set policy on deciding tied races.Meanwhile, the El Rancho Unified and the South Whittier school districts have policies that state that, before each election, board members must set a policy for breaking ties.However, officials at both districts say that, having never been faced with a dead heat in a school board election, they have never had to make that decision.“We just didn’t do it. We certainly will now,” said Norbert Genis, El Rancho’s superintendent. “Talk about a potential nightmare. What are the odds of that happening?”Jeff Baird, president of the Whittier Union High School District school board, believes a coin flip is as fair a way as any for deciding a tied election.“There has to be a way to have some finality,” Baird said. “The people have spoken with equal force in support of each.”Besides, special elections are expensive, said Whittier City district board member John Peel, adding that holding one could cost his district about $140,000. But Deal of the Norwalk-La Mirada district said she favors holding a runoff.“To decide somebody’s election on the toss of the coin would be pretty tough,” she said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

24 Dec

SISTER’S PROUD PICTURE TRIBUTE TO RORY KAVANAGH

first_imgRory with SamRORY KAVANAGH’S decision to leave the Donegal County Senior Football set-up as been the talk of the national and local media in the past 48 hours.But for the Kavanagh family it is much more than that.It is the end of an era for the St Eunan’s man – and a very proud one at that. Rory’s sister Alma posted these pictures from some of the special moments for her, Rory and their family over the past few years.What a journey….. SISTER’S PROUD PICTURE TRIBUTE TO RORY KAVANAGH was last modified: January 16th, 2015 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:alma kavanaghdonegalRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more

19 Dec

The Evolution of Creationism and Other Intangibles

first_imgIf you are a creationist, you can’t help yourself, because evolution made you that way.  It might have also made you moral and religious, especially if you are a woman.  These and other evolutionary stories are making the rounds.Evo-creationism:  New Scientist says humans may be primed to believe in creation.  Studies show that humans tend to see purpose in things.  That can only mean they evolved that tendency, said some psychologists at Boston University.  A good education can help cure them of this and show them that the world is really without purpose or design.Evo-religion:  Robert Roy Britt speculated on Live Science why more women tend to be religious than men.  Maybe evolution made males more apt to look for short-term thrills than long-term satisfaction (like heaven).  Britt did not overtly use evolution to explain this tendency, but quoted Rodney Stark, of all people, who appealed to biochemistry: “Studies of biochemistry imply that both male irreligiousness and male lawlessness are rooted in the fact that far more males than females have an underdeveloped ability to inhibit their impulses, especially those involving immediate gratification and thrills.”  Britt remarked, “Stark may have purposely overstated the case, but you get the point.”  The point seems to be that religiousness is a function of biochemistry, which is a function of biology (see 10/26/2008).Evo-morality:  Jonathan Haidt and two of his friends are evolutionizing morality again (cf. 05/17/2007).  They published another Perspective article in Science,1 entitled, “From oral to moral.”  Their idea, reporting on a paper by Chapman in the issue,2 is that morality evolved from the disgust response.  We find certain smells and sights disgusting, and transfer those responses to behaviors.  This is a little more specific than the theory of three UCSB profs reported here in 03/04/2003.  Chapman, Haidt et al suggest that responses to “violations of divinity”, such as righteous anger at profanity or blasphemy, began in the mouth, when the human animal learned unpleasant sensations during nausea, gagging, and loss of appetite.  One can only wonder how they would explain another scientist finding this thesis disgusting.Each theory has anomalies.  A surprising anomaly appeared in Science Careers, a publication of the AAAS.  Imre Mikl�s Szil�gyi, one of the best upcoming young scientists in Hungary, is “far ahead of the average student or young researcher of his age in motivation and systematic work,” but he is a creationist.  Maybe he had a particularly beneficial mutation.  Whatever it was, he claimed it helped him become a scientist.  “My belief is very important for my career,” he said, “because this is the first thing that gives me my motivations so that I could work hard and I could achieve the best I can.”1.  Rozin, Haidt and Fincher, “From Oral to Moral,” Science, 27 February 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5918, pp. 1179-1180, DOI: 10.1126/science.1170492.2.  Chapman, Kim, Susskind and Anderson, “In Bad Taste: Evidence for the Oral Origins of Moral Disgust,” Science, 27 February 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5918, pp. 1222-1226, DOI: 10.1126/science.1165565.Szilagyi, who takes the Bible literally, according to the article, feels that the “the debate over evolution, design, creation, supernatural intelligence, etc., is not a scientific question in the first place but the collision of worldviews, the confrontation of materialism and idealism.”  Evolutionists love collisions (05/13/2004, 01/26/2007).  Maybe this smashup will bring good ideas to life, like academic freedom for critics of Darwinism, and the extinction of others, like self-refuting fallacies (02/09/2009, 12/23/2008, 10/26/2008).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

18 Dec

Gas power to assist SA, Mozambique

first_img8 June 2012Plans for a gas-fired power plant to supply electricity to South Africa and Mozambique for two years have been unveiled by UK-based power specialist Aggreko and South African investment company Shanduka.“This is thought to be the first project by a private company to supply an interim cross-border power solution to two utilities in southern Africa, and underlines the potential benefits that can accrue to countries sharing resources,” the two companies said in a statement this week.The 107-megawatt plant in Ressano Garcia on the border of the two countries was approved by South African energy regulator Nersa and the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprises.It will be fuelled by gas from Sasol’s Temane gas field and will service Eskom and its Mozambican counterpart, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).It will be located in Ressano Garcia as it is in close proximity to the existing Sasol gas pipeline, which runs from northern Mozambique through to South Africa, as well as a 275 kV transmission corridor.In addition, Aggreko will install containerised power generation units, which will be shipped in from Dumbarton in Scotland, and build gas interconnections, a substation, and a 1.5 km 275 kV transmission line to the main network. This infrastructure will remain intact once the installation is dismantled.Power purchase agreements have been signed by both utilities and Eskom will utilise 92 megawatts of the available capacity, while EDM will use 15. The joint venture is expected to bring in revenues of about US$250-million over its operational period, which should begin in October and carry on until July 2014.Eskom is planning to use the power to bolster its base-load capacity ahead of the introduction of new generation capacity from the Medupi coal-fired power station, which is scheduled to begin operating towards the end of 2013. EDM has contracted with the facility to meet its daily peak demand.The project is expected to complement other alternative energy initiatives South Africa is embarking on, including a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 MW wind power project in Sere, outside Cape Town.Eskom is also currently building two major coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. But until the completion of the stations, South Africa’s high energy demands are expected to continue to threaten the country’s supply.It is hoped that with the agreement this week, both South Africa and Mozambique will get much-needed additional power, with the project also underlining the importance of the two countries as energy hubs for the entire southern African region.According to Aggreko’s chief executive, Rupert Soames, the contract was not only important for South Africa and Mozambique but for southern Africa as a whole.“We also hope this project will be an example for other countries seeking to optimise their resources and manage the supply of regional power.”The companies envisage employment and training of about 100 locals with the procurement process tailored to benefit South African companies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

18 Dec

Play Your Part and register to vote!

first_imgIn 2014 South Africa will not only celebrate 20 years of freedom from apartheid, it will also hold the country’s fifth national democratic elections. Play Your Part by registering to vote in the upcoming elections – our democracy was hard-earned through decades of activism and sacrifice, and should not be allowed to go to waste. With the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announcing a second and final round of voter registration set for February, we bring you a complete guide to registering for the elections.When will the elections be held?The elections must take place some time in 2014, but the final date will only be known once the president has proclaimed it in the Government Gazette.Who may vote?To be eligible to vote, you must:Be a South African citizenBe at least 18 years oldHave a green bar-coded ID book, or an ID smartcard, or a temporary identity certificate. These are all issued by the Department of Home Affairs. Finally, you may only vote if you are registered on the voters’ roll.How do I register to vote?First, ensure you have the necessary identity document – a green bar-coded ID book, an ID smartcard, or a temporary identity certificate. If you don’t, you will need to apply for one at the Department of Home Affairs.With your identity document, you must then register in person – you can’t do it online, for example, or by email.You can then register in two ways:Any time before the president proclaims the date of the election, you can register at your local IEC municipal office – but you must first contact the office and make an appointment. The IEC has a list of municipal offices with all the contact details you need.On the weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014, you can register from 08h00 to 17h00 at the voting station for your voting district. Find your voting station using the map on the IEC website, or phone 0800 11 8000 on Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00.Do I have to register before every election?Unless you have moved into a new voting district, you only have to register once. If you have moved, you have to register for your new district. If you remain on the voters’ roll for your old voting district, you will only be able to vote at your old voting station.You may have to register again if your voting district changes.How do I check if I am correctly registered to vote?You can check if you are registered to vote, and for the right district, in a number of ways:Send an SMS with your ID number to 32810.Check your voter registration details online – this will also give you the address of your voting station.Phone the IEC’s call centre on 0800 11 8000 – this is toll-free if you phone from a landline.Check at your voting station during the registration weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014.Check at your local municipal electoral office during office hours.How old must I be to register?Even though you may only vote if you are 18 or older, you may register on the voters’ roll from the age of 16.Where do I register?Any time before the president proclaims the date of the election, you can register at your local IEC municipal office – but you must first contact the office and make an appointment. The IEC has a list of municipal offices with all the contact details you need.On the weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014, you can register from 08h00 to 17h00 at the voting station for your voting district. Find your voting station using the map on the IEC website.Note that you must apply for registration on or before the day the president proclaims the date of the election in the Government Gazette. The voters’ roll for the election closes at 17h00 on the day of the proclamation.What documents do I need to register?By law, you must apply in person, and bring with you a valid green bar-coded South African ID book, or a smartcard ID, or a temporary identity certificate if you don’t have an ID book or smartcard. If you don’t have any of these, apply for one at the Department of Home Affairs.Can I register if I’m currently living outside South Africa?Yes, all South Africans with a valid South African ID (see above) and a valid South African passport are allowed to register. Overseas registrations close on 7 February 2014. Find out more on the IEC website.How do I register from overseas?Go to your nearest South African embassy, high commission or diplomatic mission with your valid ID and passport. Note that you can’t register with only your passport – you must have your ID document as well. Both documents must be valid.Can I vote before I leave South Africa?If you will be overseas on election day and would like to vote in South Africa a few days beforehand, you can apply for a special vote at your municipal electoral office.What happens when I register?Go to your voting station, municipal electoral office or, if voting overseas, your diplomatic mission.Fill in the Application for Registration as a Voter formYour ID book will be scannedA bar-coded sticker will be pasted in your ID bookNote that completing the form and receiving a bar-coded sticker doesn’t mean that you’re registered, it only means that you’ve applied for registration. Your application must still be processed, which may take up to seven working days.last_img read more