first_imgOCHO RIOS, St Ann: Gran BahIa Principe were the big winners at the presentation ceremony for the Sandals St Ann/S. Mary Business House (BH) Football competition, held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on Thursday. Team manager Stacy Benjamin and coach Marcus Johnson received the Sandals Resorts International Trophy from Brian Roper, general manager of Beaches Ocho Rios, to thunderous applause from the large audience of members of the local football fraternity present at the event. “We were tired of silver … being runners up the past few years and last season it was winning the trophy or bust for us,” said an ecstatic Johnson. “This team has been a joy to coach and we look forward to further success come next season.” Roper, in delivering the sponsors address, stressed his company’s commitment to providing opportunities for the youth and unemployed in the community. “This competition has allowed many young unemployed footballers to gain employment at the hotels and other business enterprises who are a part of the event and that speaks volumes to how serious we take our role as good corporate citizens,” he noted. “We have been sponsors for 24 years and will continue to show the community that we care, not just in football by our charity actions through the Sandals Foundation,” the general manager noted. Guest speaker, Michael Belnavis, the mayor of St Ann’s Bay, also lauded Sandals for their continued sponsorship of the event and praised their role as civic leaders providing opportunities for young people. The mayor disclosed that the St Ann Parish Council was currently in talks with Sandals as a group to assist with the upgrading of the Buckfield Community Centre. Mayor Belnavis also pointed out that his organisation was looking at creating more partnerships with business organisations to assist in the development of sports as well as the local community.last_img read more

first_imgThe Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa.In a statement to the media on this occasion, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) said that the Ebola fighting program, initiated by the Saudi King and implemented by IDB, is designed for four areas.The first area, the statement said, is to provide schools with thermal sensors and medical examination equipment designed to diagnose the disease, thereby facilitating its treatment and preventing its spread. The equipment, it said, “will allow governments to open schools for the current academic year. Pupils will be examined at entry to ensure they have not contracted the disease, thus reassuring parents about the safety of their children at school.”The second area of the grant is to provide thermal sensors and medical examination equipment at airports, railway stations and bus stations to diagnose the disease and ensure early treatment.The third is to establish a specialized treatment centre in each of the three endemic countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, designed to serve suspected cases in schools, hospitals and public transport, and wherever contamination is likely to occur in crowded conditions. Suspected cases will be received in these centers for further medical tests before they are referred for specialized treatment if necessary.The statement said the forth is to establish a specialized treatment centre in Mali where Ebola appears to have broken out but is not widespread. The centre will help the country’s health authorities cope with potential epidemics in the future.The IDB President emphasized that the kind donation made by the Saudi King will further boost the Islamic world efforts in supporting the international fight against Ebola.“The equipment financed by this donation,” he added, “will speed up the opening of schools in the countries concerned, reinforce the institutional and health infrastructure to fight the current epidemic and any potential epidemics in the future, Allah forbids, thus saving thousands of lives and ensuring the safety of those at risk of contamination.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCitizens of Buu-Yao in Nimba County have petitioned Louise W. McMillian, former assistant culture minister, to contest the legislative position for district #5 in the 2017 polls.In their petition statement, Buu-Yao citizens said Min. McMillian’s hard work and willingness to come to the aid of people from the district clearly make her the right person for the job.The petition statement added that through her effort and influence, several citizens of the district have been able to get higher education in different disciplines, adding:“We are indeed overwhelmed by your contributions to our district, and are therefore urging you to accept our petition to run as Representative. In addition, we all are appealing to you to continue the good work which cuts across irrespective of religious, tribal and political divide, but all in the interest of developing the district.“Moreover, we believe that when you are elected, you will work a lot to bring about development and opportunity for citizens within this district. You know our problems than any other person. You have been with us for a longtime, and understand our problems. You know the challenges we are faced with every day and we believe you are capable of solving them. We petition you to contest for this election.”In response to their petition, Min. McMillian reminded citizens of the district that if they want to see their district having good schools, roads, bridges, and market places, it would require the collective effort of everyone in the district.“Buu-Yao needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents and our ambition to making our district better and stronger. This is called team work, and this is what I am bringing to Buu-Yao when I win.“And so, it is with the will power and boundless confidence in the great people of Buu-Yao that I accept your petition to be your voice and partner in progress and development for our community.“Although developing and building the human capacity of our district is a long journey, it is achievable when we all stick together. Let me say this, when I win, my focus is to promote legislation that will better your lives and the lives of your children,” she said, adding: “Too many wrong laws have been passed, which are killing the country; during my time in office, I will make sure to repeal some of these laws.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Louise W. McMillian, former assistant culture minister – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img…food handlers receive more trainingThe Port Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry, in its drive to safeguard the health of travellers utilising the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), has again called for good culinary hygiene to be practised during meal preparation.It has been seven years since this unit launched its campaign to ensure that meals at the airport are of international standard, and the unit is hoping to continue in this vein, since food safety concerns have been downsized over the years.Speaking during a recent Food Handlers Workshop at the CJIA, Port Health Officer (PHO) Bonita Mc Donald noted that the strongest line of defence against food-borne diseases is the health officers, who are stationed at the various ports of entry (PoE).“We perform a vitally important service to the consuming public, but the results of safety lie with the food handlers and suppliers,” she said.According to Mc Donald, food safety consciousness is aligned to personal hygiene, hence it is vital to practise tidiness at all times.The workshop participants were reminded that the human body and clothing can be major carriers of micro-organisms, thus food handlers must, at all times, maintain good hygiene and wear freshly-laundered outfits. Additionally, they must be free from all contagious diseases.“If we don’t do basic things, like brushing our teeth, showering, and being tidy, we will contaminate the food, then the customer will have a contaminated product. We want you to be selling a safe product to the customers, in this case to our departing and arriving travellers”, she said.She also said that wearing jewellery while handling food “is strictly prohibited” under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and those of the International Health Regulations (IHR).According to the FDA, food handlers must remove all unsecured jewellery and other objects that might fall into foods. They must also remove hand jewellery that cannot be adequately sanitised during periods in which food is being manipulated by hand.“Jewellery is a carrier of germs. That is why the law forbids food handlers from wearing any form, especially wedding bands”, the PHO explained.Under international rules, food safety guidelines also require handlers to avoid handling money while handling food. Chewing gum; smoking; eating and spitting in restricted areas; coughing or sneezing over food, are also forbidden while operating in a food establishment.During the workshop, the food handlers were admonished to wash their hands after using the washroom; touching parts of their bodies; sneezing, coughing, or using a tissue; smoking, chewing tobacco or gum. They are also required to wash their hands thoroughly after taking out the garbage, handling dirty dishes, and after handling raw foods.Globally, 80 per cent of deaths are blamed on unsafe food and food-borne diseases. While these remain significant public health problems, they also impede socio-economic growth and development by putting a severe strain on national economies, tourism and health-care systems.According to PAHO/WHO statistics, diarrhoea is the most common disease linked to food in the Americas, but Noro-virus, Campylobacter, E coli and non-typhoid salmonella are the most important food-safety concerns in the area.Guyana has, so far, evaded any outbreak of disease through the annual compulsory training and certification of food handlers vending at the CJIA.last_img read more

first_img…sets up new unitAs Guyana prepares for first oil early next year, local telecommunications giant GTT has readied itself to tap into the nascent oil and gas industry by providing critical data transmission services to leading companies in the sector using its multimillion-dollar sub-sea fibre optic cables.GTT CEO Justin Nedd display a piece of the fibre-optic cable at the ‘lunchtime lecture’ on TuesdayGTT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd noted that companies in various sectors locally were getting ready to benefit from the vast fortunes expected to be generated from the petroleum industry and GTT was no different.In fact, he disclosed that GTT has already started providing key services to oil companies – including US oil giant ExxonMobil – which do not just include Internet connectivity.“It’s not only Internet, they need connectivity. So what the cable does is not only Internet but it could (be used to) pass data. Data and internet is not the same thing,” he explained during a lunchtime lecture on Tuesday at the Moray House on Camp Street. The event, hosted by the Guyana Press Association (GPA), sought to highlight and discuss how GTT’s submarine fibre-optic cables support the oil and gas industry.According to Nedd, oil companies usually collect extensive data from the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs), which – using the cables – can then be transported to a secure location or locations such as their office right here in Guyana or in Trinidad or in the US.GTT submarine cable (in red) offshore Guyana“The cables transport that data and it’s not necessarily over the Internet for, of course, privacy concerns because the Internet is a public network. The cable can also be used as a private network, and we have several customers that use the cables as a private transport network, separate from the Internet,” he posited.While he did not say how much the company has earned thus far from providing services to the budding oil and gas sector using its US$50 million fibre-optic cables, Nedd noted that in addition to providing a vehicle to transmit sensitive data, these submarine cables could also play a critical role with respect to unmanned rigs and pointed to the North Sea, where it was a prevalent practice.“The data comes in, and once every few months, they send someone out there just to do some spot checks. But the fibre really allows less manpower on the rigs, which really helps to improve safety and productivity and drive down cost,” he noted.The CEO went on to say that he foresaw an increase in demand for data from the petroleum sector, but noted that while there might be need in the future for large investments to facilitate this, GTT has already spent millions in having the infrastructure in place to support such extensive capacity. In fact, he disclosed that GTT currently only utilised just over 50 per cent of its network capacity.Not protectedHowever, even with these cables under water, the CEO of the telecommunications giant stressed that they were not protected from damage and while drilling was the biggest risk of damage to these cables, he noted that the likelihood of this happening was low.Nedd explained that for example in the Stabroek Block, every time Exxon went to drill a new well, it would write GTT to get a ‘no objection’ before drilling at a specific location.“They provide the exact coordinates and once that ‘no objection’ is issued, then they go ahead. So ships in the area (provide no) risks,” he explained.Nevertheless, the GTT boss posited that the local telecommunications giant in preparing to service the new sector, has invested big money in training its staff and has since established an oil and gas unit.“The oil and gas will change everything. In fact, I can tell you we have an oil and gas unit that deals with the folks onshore… We spend hundreds of thousands of US dollars per year in training,” Nedd stated.last_img read more

first_imgThe peace and tranquility of the wee hours of last Saturday in the community of South Success Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara were completely shattered when Julian “Troy” Sergeant, a 36-year-old labourer, suddenly awoke from slumber and inexplicably began to strangle four-year-old Nathania Browne.Julian Sergeant and Tiffany Mc BethSergeant shares a common-law relationship with 19-year-old Tiffany Mc Beth, and the two have been together for the past two years.Preliminary investigations revealed that a few days ago, Mc Beth’s mother, 64-year-old Lorraine Mc Beth, visited her daughter Tiffany and brought along her 4-year-old granddaughter, Nathania Browne.Mc Beth and her mother reportedly made several frantic attempts to prevent Sergeant from further injuring the child, but he allegedly attacked the two women with a kitchen knife, inflicting injuries on them.The ruckus disturbed neighbours, who summoned the Police, but Sergeant fled the scene before they arrived. Howbeit, he was nabbed by Police moments later.The two women and the child were taken to hospital, and were admitted and treated, but were subsequently discharged.As investigations continue, the Police are yet to determine what may have caused Sergeant to behave in such a manner. Up to late Sunday evening, the man did not give a reason for his actions.He is due to appear in court sometime today to answer to the charges that were instituted against him.Family members are left seeking to find a motive for Sergeant’s actions.last_img read more


first_imgWhat kept UCLA from joining the elite ranks was the size of the class. The Bruins lost only eight scholarship seniors and two other players to medical issues, so they signed just 10 players, matching the lowest number in the nation and the least for a team from a BCS conference. “This class is going to (have) the quality playmakers that are going to be differences in our program in the future,” Dorrell said. “This class has been our best class so far, since I’ve been here. It’s about quality.” The group is led by Crenshaw High School defensive tackle Brian Price and tailback Raymond Carter, both of whom should play significant roles in the upcoming season. UCLA’s class was ranked 38th by, but the average of 3.60 stars per player ranked eighth nationally, despite the unexpected defection of Loyola safety Chris Conte. “I’m a little bit confused with how they do the rankings,” Dorrell said. “It’s hard for us to be a highly-ranked recruiting class because our numbers were so small. But if you go by terms of quality that is in the class, I would say it’s probably Top 10, or inside the Top 10.” Rick Kimbrel, who runs on the network, said several factors determine the rankings. “It is the quality of the player and depth of the class,” Kimbrel said. “I guess you could say, the more, the merrier.” The loss of Conte was big. He originally gave an oral commitment to California but changed his mind last month and switched to UCLA. Dorrell said he and his staff learned Wednesday that Conte changed his mind again and signed with Cal. “It was a very hard choice for him and a hard decision,” said Conte’s mom, Anne. “He maturely looked at a lot of things, not just football. I think there were a lot of intangible things he considered. He struggled and struggled and struggled with it. It’s been a pretty emotional day for him.” Conte did not return a message left on his cell phone. “Those things happens,” Dorrell said. “It’s common. It happens a lot. We got exactly the number we were targeting to get. We’re in pretty good shape the way things ended up.” It was previously reported safety Robert Kibble (multiple sclerosis) would take a medical scholarship and end his football career, and Dorrell said offensive lineman Chris Johnson (shoulder) is doing the same thing. The signees who may make an immediate impact include Price, Carter, defensive back Courtney Viney (Edison of Fresno), linebacker Steve Sloan (Archbishop Mitty of San Jose) and linebacker/defensive end Akeem Ayers (Verbum Dei), safety Glenn Love (Hamilton of Chandler, Ariz.) and tight end Nate Chandler (Mira Mesa of San Diego) (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s recruiting class barely registers on the national radar, but that did not dampen the spirits of Bruins football coach Karl Dorrell. Not when, top to bottom, he signed arguably his best of five classes on Wednesday’s national letter of intent day. last_img read more

first_imgThe City manager was in no mood to analyse the table and insisted he is interested only in his own team’s performances.“We cannot play the games against Liverpool, we cannot do anything about them,” said Guardiola.“All we can do is win our games and be there. We’ve spoken to our players about it and the fact we cannot control what they can do. All we can do is be there and maybe one day they fail. But if they don’t lose, then they’ll be champions.“We’ve done incredible numbers after last season, but one team has done better than us so far. All we can do is be there until the end and the results will dictate who will win.”Two weeks into 2019, City have scored a remarkable 21 goals in four home games this year and have hit 99 in all competitions already in the current campaign.Jesus had scored just three times in his 16 league games coming into the new year but his two-goal performance against Nuno Espirito Santo’s team continued his rich vein of recent form.He scored once in the seven-goal FA Cup win over Rotherham and hit four in last week’s 9-0 League Cup humiliation of Burton, and now has seven goals in his past three outings, although City’s task was made easier by a straight red card shown to Boly in the 19th minute.Jesus’s opener came in the 10th minute after a magnificent 40-yard pass from defender Aymeric Laporte exposed the Wolves defence and sent Leroy Sane sprinting down the left.The German’s low cross was judged to perfection, as was Jesus’s run, as he slid in and steered the ball into an open goal.Boly’s rash challenge, an out-of control, one-footed lunge at Bernardo Silva, may not have been malicious but was deserving of a red soon after.“It was quite a bad tackle but I’m fine,” said Bernardo. “Yes, he did apologise at the end of the game. These things happen.”— ‘Magician’s ball’ —With Wolves down to 10 men, Jesus’s second of the evening, from a 39th-minute penalty, made it hard to see Wolves forcing their way back.Again, referee Craig Pawson appeared to have made the right decision as Raheem Sterling played a one-two only to be brought down by Ryan Bennett’s clumsy challenge. Jesus took a stuttering run-up for his spot kick, but there was nothing hesitant in his confident finish into the bottom right corner.Gabriel Jesus scored twice against Wolves to continue a rich vein of form and send a message to his manager © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYKevin De Bruyne, surprisingly left on the bench after his angry reaction to being substituted in last week’s thrashing of Burton, was brought on just after the hour.And, in a lively performance, it was his cross, following a 78th-minute short corner that was deflected into his own goal by Conor Coady.“I don’t have a magician’s ball to discover when I’m going to lose points,” said Guardiola.“But I said to the players, ‘don’t look at the calendar for the Liverpool games — forget about it,’ because normally when this happens, in my experience, you lose your games, and after that it’s over.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Willy Boly foul on Bernardo Silva left Wolves with 10 men after 19 minutes © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 15 – Pep Guardiola said his Manchester City team will be poised to pounce if Premier League leaders Liverpool falter, following a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday that left City four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side.Two first-half goals from Gabriel Jesus, either side of a straight red card for Wolves’ French defender Willy Boly, allowed City to demonstrate that they had banished their shaky December form.last_img read more

first_imgBy Todd Pitman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAKAR, Senegal – Renewed fighting Saturday inside a national park in Congo that is home to endangered mountain gorillas forced rangers to flee for the second time in less than a week, conservationists said. The clashes between fighters loyal to warlord Laurent Nkunda and government soldiers took place in Virunga National Park, where some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas live on the slopes of a volcanic mountain range that straddles Congo’s border with Rwanda and Uganda, the international conservation group WildlifeDirect said. Only about 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world, an estimated 380 of them in the Virunga range. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting across North Kivu province, where the park is located, and tens of thousands more have fled into neighboring Uganda. About 300 people – rangers and their families – fled the park itself Monday after skirmishes first broke out there. Wildlife groups said huge swaths of the park, including several of the rangers’ patrol posts, had been occupied by Nkunda’s insurgents and looted. Concerned about the fate of the gorillas, a few rangers returned Friday. In the brief time there they found only one five-member group outside of the park and “vulnerable to crossfire,” WildlifeDirect said. The rangers reported hearing shelling and gunfire on Friday and Saturday, and fled before they were able to check on gorillas. Though they typically stay high on the mountain slopes, the gorillas can roam freely and the park is not fenced off. “We thought the situation was calming a couple of days ago, but once again the mountain gorillas are in peril and the rangers cannot do their job,” the director of WildlifeDirect, Dr. Emmanuel de Merode, said. Conservation is “consistently challenging, and we can only hope the mountain gorillas survive this most recent saga.” last_img read more