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WOW being extended to hinterland communities

first_imgIndigenous women will be given another opportunity to upgrade their economic standing with the introduction of the Women Of Worth (WOW) microcredit initiative to the hinterland regions.This programme has since been beneficial to coastlanders; however, it is the Ministry’s intention to ensure that women in the outlying areas have the opportunity to access loans to expand income generating projects.During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence explained that aMinister Volda Lawrencenumber of single parent women and women’s groups in the hinterland have already submitted proposals and the Ministry is in the process of reviewing them.“… What has happened is that we have had several beneficiaries, but they are from the coastland, so we are going to move the staff into the outlying areas so that they can reach other women in those areas so that we can spread it around… they have already been to Region Nine and there are four women there who qualified for the loan and what we have to now look at are those women who applied through groups,” Minister Lawrence pointed out.This process will officially begin in September.Minister Lawrence said the loan officers will be going into the hinterland communities to engage the women on the project and work with them to ensure they are viable.The WOW Programme, which started under the previous Administration, empowers single parent women to take advantage of the economic opportunities around them, and so increase their participation in society.The sum of $40 million was allocated to the Ministry to fund this initiative, which allows the women to access loans to expand business projects.Additionally, hinterland residents who are not single parents will also have access to loans through the People Of Worth Entrepreneurial Resources Project (POWER), which is currently being rolled out.last_img read more

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Last day to voice opinion on MMA in Fort St. John

first_imgMMA is a full combat sport that combines many different martial arts, including muay thai, kickboxing, jui-jitsu, boxing and wrestling. Fighters both strike and grapple standing up and on the ground, in an octagon shaped cage. There is already a full MMA training gym in Fort St. John, but currently the city is not sanctioned to hold events.The City is looking for feedback on whether you would or would not support the creation of the Athletic Commission to bring professional fighting events to Fort St. John. It is also looking for volunteers to sit on the Commission if it is created. Provincial guidelines state there must be at least three people on the council.- Advertisement – Dawson Creek used an Athletic Commission from Prince George to bring MMA events into the city earlier this year. Those interested in expressing their opinion can write to feedbackforMMA@fortstjohn.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Clinton show stops in L.B.

first_imgThe man who might one day become First Husband, Bill Clinton, had just finished giving a speech at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach fundraising affair late Tuesday afternoon, and he had spoken about Iraq, Social Security, medical insurance, greenhouse gases, Vladimir Putin, and various other serious matters of the planet. And, as the 42nd president of the United States was making his way out of the 14th floor dining room of the law firm sponsor of the event, Keesal, Young & Logan, at the Union Bank Building, he stopped and posed for pictures with gathered guests. I shook it and immediately told Clinton, “I’m just a sportswriter.” The man who only moments earlier had been discussing the dangers of global warming and the need to help the impoverished and sick around the world suddenly turned to a slightly less important subject without any hesitation. “Who do you think is going to win the Final Four?” he asked. “Florida,” I replied. “Who do you think is going to win?” “I kind of like North Carolina, although the Tar Heels haven’t done well in recent weeks,” he responded. “I also think Kansas is a serious threat. And you have to give Ohio State and Wisconsin a chance. And I’m sure Florida could still put it all together.” “How do you know so much about college basketball?” I wondered. “Oh, I watch the games all the time late at night when I finish up writing on my latest book,” he said. “I love the sport. Eddie Sutton (one-time Arkansas coach) long has been a close buddy of mine.” We spoke a few more moments about hoops before Bill Clinton moved over to warmly embrace Foster, Batts, Shannon and the City Council representatives. There were more than 200 people, most of whom paid $1,000 for a ticket, who showed up for a function that in the past has attracted such personages as Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, Gerald Ford, Bill Bradley, Robert Kennedy Jr. and General Tommy Franks. Self-deprecating Bill Clinton was present for about two and a half hours – he took individual pictures with 50 selected people beforehand for an hour and then spoke for about 45 minutes – but he was well-indemnified for his appearance, as he received $150,000 plus expenses. He displayed his famous rhetorical skills, blending self-deprecating humor with interesting observations. “I told Hillary this morning I was going to a Boys & Girls Club function, and she said to me, `I did that for you for 20 years,”‘ he said, amid laughter. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, of course, is a Democratic presidential candidate. Bill Clinton had kind remembrances of Long Beach. “I’ll always have a warm spot in my heart for Long Beach,” he said. “I remember coming here in 1996, when this became the first city in America to adopt school uniforms. When I went back to Washington, D.C., the writers all made fun of the idea. Well, now 20 percent of the schools in the country have their students wearing uniforms, and statistics have shown that there is less violence and less dropouts in these schools.” He also took notice of the resurgence of Long Beach since the Navy base was closed, which came under his watch. “I know it was a tough transition at the start, but I think Long Beach now is stronger than ever with all the shipping going on,” he said. He spoke about the differences between headlines and “trendlines.” “Those are headlines when you talk about the death of Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears cutting her hair,” he said. “But trendlines are when you talk about things that matter like health care and energy and getting people to work together from different communities.” He spoke about what we all face in the 21st century, and explained how globalization can be unequal, unstable and unsustainable, but how its pitfalls can be rectified by smart diplomacy, increased education and philanthropic gestures. He spoke about how America’s popularity soared when it gave aid to Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, after it was ravaged by the tsunami a few years ago. “Our ratings went up to 65 percent and Osama Bin Laden’s went down to 28 percent,” he said. He took a few light jabs at President George W. Bush, saying that the economy the past five years has been a boon to the corporations and to people like himself in the upper wage brackets. “But there are a lot of people in this country struggling to make it, and something has to be done about this inequality,” he said. The crowd stood and cheered when he concluded, and it was a crowd overflowing with movers and shakers of the community. L.B. representatives Naturally, Beverly O’Neill, who worked with Clinton on several projects when she was mayor, was present, and proudly showed me afterward the photos she took with Clinton. I also spotted, among others, Jim Hankla, Jim Gray, Bob Murphy, Greg Bombard, Larry Jackson, F. King Alexander, Carl Kemp, Michael Levy, Rocky Suares, John Fielder, Tom McGee and the former mayor of Los Angeles, James Hahn. Iconoclastic Pine Avenue restaurant pioneer John Morris also was there, and held the distinction of being the only male in the room who didn’t wear a coat and tie. His sartorial statement was a gray Tommy Bahama shirt. The Long Beach Boys & Girls Club president, Scott Dionne, did a terrific job as emcee, and he, the local director of the clubs, Don Rodriguez, and Nancy Gaines presented Clinton afterward with a Tiffany golf putter with his name engraved on it. “Everything turned out great,” said Don Rodriguez. “We raised a lot of money for a great cause, and Bill Clinton showed he still can entertain a crowd.” He also showed me he has a vast knowledge of college basketball. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img And, as he neared the elevators, a group consisting of the Long Beach mayor, Bob Foster, the chief of police, Anthony Batts, the city attorney, Bob Shannon, and City Council members Bonnie Lowenthal, Suja Lowenthal, Gary DeLong, Patrick O’Donnell, Gerrie Schipske, Tonia Reyes Uranga, Rae Gabelich and Val Lerch waited anxiously to shake hands with Clinton and have a photograph taken with him. “These are our city leaders,” said Skip Keesal, whereupon William Jefferson Clinton, gray hair perfectly coiffed, stylishly attired in a dark blue suit, blue shirt, pink tie, that trademark impish smile fixed to a tanned face leaner than his White House days, walked directly toward me with his right hand extended as I stood near Foster observing the scene. last_img
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Runoff elections will cost LAUSD, LACCD $8 million

first_imgA May15 runoff election for two seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District board and one seat on the Los Angeles Community College District board will cost the two districts $8million total. The districts have to reimburse the city for the election. For retired sheriff’s Deputy Roy Burns, who forced LACCD board member Georgia Mercer into a runoff, the cost of the election has raised personal questions. Burns, of Reseda, was one of four Republican challengers who ran against what they called the board’s mishandling of bond measures voters passed in 2001 and 2003. Mercer said she is more frustrated about the cost of heading into another election than she is about the three challengers who want her seat. “This election process has really been frustrating for me because I have a lot of experience and I really care,” Mercer said Wednesday. “I just happened to be the unlucky one that got a number of challengers who qualified to be on the ballot, who have never been to a board meeting. But that’s a democracy.” Also facing off on the May ballot are school board member Jon Lauritzen and challenger Tamar Galatzan, who had Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s political and financial backing for the District3 seat. And Richard Vladovic, who won 46percent of the vote in District7, and will face a runoff with Neal Kleiner, who received 32percent. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The $2 billion in bond money is for construction and upgrading costs at the nine college campuses. But critics said board members have wasted time and money. Board members argue that high construction costs and bureaucratic red tape at the state level are to blame for any delays. “One of my goals is to save taxpayers money,” Burns said Wednesday. “I do believe there’s some changes necessary on that board, but I have to evaluate if (the upcoming election) is counterproductive to my goals.” Incumbent Mercer received 46percent of the vote and Burns garnered 32percent, while Mercer’s other challengers, Mike Rives and Tarzana engineer Hanna Hajjar, received 11percent and 10percent, respectively. Three other incumbents, Mona Field, Warren Furutani and Sylvia Scott-Hayes, each secured solid wins, capturing at least 65percent of the votes cast in their respective districts. Each was elected in 1999. last_img read more

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Teams will FEAR Manchester United again this season, says Dwight Yorke

first_imgDwight Yorke says Jose Mourinho has brought the fear factor back to Manchester United.United have failed to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 and have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in their past three seasons.But Yorke believes they are well set to be a dominant force again under Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in May.The Portuguese has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly to his squad since his appointment, while a world record deal for Paul Pogba is imminent, and Yorke believes the squad now has the character and ability to enjoy huge success.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former United favourite said: “After three years without winning the Premier League, the manager has come in and recognised where they needed to strengthen.“Teams have turned up in the last few seasons and thought they can overturn United. I don’t think that will be the case now.“We have got presence and character within the dressing room now and we have got big personality.“It is something United always had within their ranks but it seemed to go away for the last couple of seasons. This year, teams will look and fear Man United.”Yorke is excited by the impending arrival of Pogba at United.The midfielder, who left Old Trafford for just £800,000 in 2012, is returning to the club in a record £100m deal.The transfer fee has raised eyebrows around the world, but Yorke believes it is a great signing for United and a huge statement of intent.“What he is bringing to the team is what we have been lacking – that firepower in midfield and that presence that has so been part of United’s make up for a number of years,” he said.“We have got someone with a bit of aggressiveness, who can score goals and can be a real threat. He is in the [Patrick] Vieira mould.  “He understands the United way as well. He has gone away from the club and is coming back a better player.“What United are doing is sending out a clear message in terms of the status of the club, where we are and who we are, and what we represent around the world.“That is for everybody to look up to, including the big boys in Madrid. They have been the big spenders over the years in terms of breaking the record and United have eclipsed that. That is wonderful to see.”last_img read more

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Grand-iose failure

first_imgOn the edge of downtown, the half-finished buildings of Belmont Learning Center stand as a monument of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s most expensive failure. Just a few blocks away on Grand Avenue, however, the district is in the process of building on the site of its former headquarters what could well be its worst oversight failure. Or, rather it seems, not building it. What was supposed to be a new performing-arts high school on the edge of the Grand-iose Avenue beginning last year is still essentially an empty, graded lot. And three years of delays and other problems have pushed the school’s ultimate price tag up to $208 million. If the delays continue, who knows what it might end up costing. Considering just the ballooning construction costs, this school is set to be even more expensive than Belmont, not counting the land and remediation costs that put Belmont in a class by itself. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant It almost didn’t happen that way. The original plan was to build a high school on that site for $54 million to relieve overcrowding for a long-underserved area. But then, billionaire Eli Broad got involved. Broad dreamed up the idea of an architecturally significant, modern building that would complement the massive retooling he is engineering at public expense on the continuation of Grand Avenue to the south. And when Broad gets a dream, the superintendent of schools, the mayor and the others who see him as their personal benefactor stand up and salute. No questions asked. To nudge school officials to hire the Austrian architect of his choice, Broad pledged a million or two, mostly to get the kind of tower he wanted gleaming down on his Grand Avenue redevelopment. How the bill to the public then quadrupled is a scandal of epic proportions. The taxpayers have been robbed, as have the children elsewhere in the city who won’t get the new schools or improvements they were promised. So where were the school administrators during all this? Where was the school board? Where was the citizens bond oversight committee? “Nobody is happy that it’s costing millions more than the last estimate, but I don’t see any other way to go,” said defender Scott Folsom, vice chairman of the citizens bond oversight committee that reviews the LAUSD’s construction spending. Apparently, even those charged with fiduciary responsibility of the LAUSD’s $15 billion in construction bonds are indifferent to the public interest. The Belmont fiasco was bad. But the hope was it would be the only badly bungled new high school. It’s disheartening to think it might have only been the beginning.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

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Injunction puts exit exam on hold

first_imgIn Los Angeles, Superintendent Roy Romer issued a statement urging high school seniors to continue with their studies and coursework toward graduation. “I remain committed to ensuring that all students have the support they need to earn their diploma,” he said. “The district has offered targeted intervention and remediation programs to help prepare students to take the exit exam throughout the year. “We look forward to the state and the courts resolving this issue as quickly as possible, and we remain committed to supporting our students as they hurdle this important accountability measure.” Nearly 25,000 of the district’s 30,000 high school seniors have already passed the exam. The results for students who took the test in March are expected in early June. This year’s graduating class is the first one required to pass the exam to earn a diploma. “We have been fighting for months to get to this moment,” the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, Arturo Gonzalez, said during a news conference in San Francisco after the judge issued the ruling. One of the plaintiffs, 18-year-old Mayra Ibanez, said she cried when she heard about the judge’s decision. She and four other plaintiffs attend Richmond High School in Richmond, a working-class city in the eastern San Francisco Bay area. The case was heard in Oakland after it was moved to Freedman’s court because of his previous experience trying a lawsuit involving equal access to education in California. The ruling was a blow to O’Connell, who drafted the legislation requiring the statewide test as a state senator in 1999 and has been one of its strongest proponents. California’s exam tests 10th-grade English, ninth-grade math and level-one algebra. Students need to answer 60 percent of the questions correctly to pass each section. Friday’s ruling came in one of three lawsuits filed against the exam. Earlier this year, in a separate lawsuit, special education students won a one-year reprieve on the requirement. Next week Freedman is scheduled to hear arguments in a third suit, which claims state officials failed to consider alternatives to the test, as the law required. Daily News Staff Writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“There are students who are within days of graduation. They are left with uncertainty over whether they will be granted a diploma,” O’Connell said in a teleconference. “How are these students and these schools to plan for their futures?” Freedman denied the state’s request to stay the decision pending an appeal. The judge rejected the state’s argument that the decision should apply only to the plaintiffs. He said all seniors who have otherwise met the requirements for graduation but have failed the exit exam are affected. “Prospective harm to a student who is otherwise fully qualified to graduate is sufficiently clear. Remaining for a fifth or subsequent year in an already stressed district or attending community college when the student might otherwise be accepted to a four-year institution all demonstrate significant risk of harm,” Freedman wrote. The ruling affects 47,000 seniors, about 11 percent of the Class of 2006, who have yet to pass both the English and math sections of the exam. State officials do not know how many of those students have met the other requirements to graduate. SACRAMENTO – An Alameda County judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction suspending California’s high school exit exam for the Class of 2006, potentially allowing thousands of students – including roughly 5,000 in the LAUSD – who have failed the test to graduate. Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman issued the preliminary injunction after being persuaded by the 10 students who claimed the exit exam discriminates against the poor and those who are learning English. “There is evidence in the record that shows that students in economically challenged communities have not had an equal opportunity to learn the materials tested on the (California High School Exit Examination),” Freedman wrote. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said the ruling creates “chaos” for more than 1,100 high schools that are completing graduation preparations. He pledged to appeal immediately. last_img read more

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Al-Zarqawi’s death applauded by lawmakers

first_img“With al-Zarqawi no longer obstructing the road to liberty in Iraq, I am confident we will be able to work with the Iraqi people to bring long-term peace and stability. Together with our allies and the Iraqi government, we can secure a free, democratic and prosperous future for Iraq.” – Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea “The killing of Abu Musab al Zarqawi by U.S. forces … is a much-needed piece of good news. Zarqawi was a bloodthirsty thug and an indiscriminate killer of innocent men, women and children. All Americans join in congratulating the American military and the Iraqi people for their success in tracking, finding and eliminating the most vicious terrorist in Iraq. “While Zarqawi’s death is likely to grab most of the headlines today, Prime Minister Al-Maliki’s announcement that he has filled the crucial vacancies in the Interior, Defense and National Security ministries may prove more important to Iraq’s future, which will be determined politically and not by force. The Iraqi government must demonstrate to its people that it has the power, legitimacy and vision to assume primary responsibility for securing and governing the country – a necessary precondition to ending the insurgency, warding off a full scale civil war and allowing successful reconstruction to begin. “In the last three years we have heard many claims of turning points and milestones, and we must be under no illusion that these events will quell the violence. They will not. But I do hope these twin developments – the elimination of the terrorist Zarqawi and the filling of these key security posts – will assist the new Iraqi government’s efforts to take over its own security and hasten the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.” – Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following are comments from local members of Congress on the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: “One more has been taken off of the terrorist lineup, but the big one still remains: bin Laden. We have yet to capture this mastermind behind the terrorism perpetrated on the world. This is one more for freedom and the people in Iraq can begin the road to recovery that will lead to the eventual phasing out of U.S. troops. “It’s not over, but I am hoping this is the beginning for those people to become the country they can be. Add the fact the \ cabinet is finally complete they can begin a process we have all been waiting for, the phasing out of our troops and bringing our men and women home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We need to have \ stand on their own with a little help from neighboring countries and the United States. The great news is the cabinet is now complete. With the nice reward offered, the next one we will be elated about the capture of, or demise, is bin Laden.” – Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs “For more than three years, American forces have fought bravely on the streets of Iraq to bring democracy to the Middle East. They have been challenged in this effort because of insurgents who would rather have Iraq become a breeding ground for violence and extremism. This valiant struggle has tested our commitment to the Iraqi people and our resilience in the war against tyranny and terror. “Today, the terrorist ideology has lost its foremost leader in Iraq, a man who brazenly murdered innocent citizens to advance his campaign of fear and violence. The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has moved us closer to establishing a stable and secure Iraq and is an important milestone on the march toward freedom. I am extremely proud of the work of our American troops in finding this criminal and bringing him to justice. last_img read more

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How Jose Mourinho could be on touchline for Chelsea vs Man United despite ban

first_img SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Mourinho has suffered defeat in both league matches at Stamford Bridge since being named Man United manager predicted latest Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Most read in Premier League Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense The FA has used experts to assess the footage, with Mourinho alleged to have said ‘fodas filhos de puta’, which, when translated into English, reads: ‘F**k off, sons of b*****s’.Mourinho’s language was said to be ‘insulting and/or abusive and/or improper’ in an FA statement, with the Portuguese having until 6pm on Friday, October 19 to respond to the charge.The punishment for Mourinho is expected to be either a fine or a touchline ban, according to The Times, with the latter result forcing him to miss United’s upcoming Premier League match, the visit to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. Mourinho is facing a fine or touchline ban for his actions huge blow It would mean Mourinho misses out on a return to the club he managed for two separate spells, and would further delay the Portuguese picking up his first win at Stamford Bridge having suffered defeat each time he’s visited west London with Man United.However, there is a way Mourinho could be handed a touchline ban yet still be pitchside for Saturday’s clash. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops changes TOP WORK If he waits to respond to the charge until the final minutes before Friday’s 6pm deadline, there will not be enough time for the FA commission to pass judgement on the case before the lunchtime kick-off the following day.This means no ban could be handed to Mourinho for Saturday’s game, and it would instead begin the following week. Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea could still be on the cards despite the Manchester United manager facing a touchline ban.Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association for swearing into a television camera in the wake of United’s remarkable comeback victory over Newcastle, played earlier this month in the final match before the international break. 2 revealed gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more

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MAJELLA’S NEW HEARTACHE AS DAD SUFFERS BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has been dealt a new blow after her father Tom was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage.Daniel and Majella have rushed to be beside her father Tom’s bedside.Majella and husband Daniel have jetted to Tom’s side in hospital in Tenerife where he is in a critical condition.The heartache comes just weeks after Majella revealed she had breast cancer. However, Majella is battling her illness and raised more than €500,000 for the Irish Cancer Society after having her head shaved on the Late Late Show.An official announcement on Daniel’s website today cancelled a number of shows which the singer has planned in England in the coming days.Fans have been told they will be given more news on Tom’s condition as it is made known.A friend of the couple said they are heartbroken by the news but hoping that Tom may pull through. “Majella is devastated and herself and Daniel have jetted to Tenerife where they have a home.“They want to be beside Tom’s bedside and are asking everyone to pray that he makes a recovery.”  MAJELLA’S NEW HEARTACHE AS DAD SUFFERS BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE was last modified: October 14th, 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:dad Tomdaniel o’donnellhaemorrhageMajella O’DonnellTenerifelast_img read more

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DONEGAL SIMON COMMUNITY IN CASH APPEAL AS HOMELESS NUMBERS RISE

first_imgA CHARITY working with Donegal’s homeless has made an urgent appeal for help, saying their services are being required more and more in the county.As the national crisis over homeless families reached the top of Government, the local branch of the Simon Community was keen to stress this isn’t just an issue affecting people in the big cities.The group steps in to prevent dozens of families becoming homeless and is also supporting 42 individuals in Letterkenny alone. It also deals with a crisis situation once every three days.“The North West Simon Community in Donegal provides, ‘Supported Housing’ to 42 individuals in Letterkenny and provides, a ‘Tenancy Sustainment Service’ to families and individuals throughout Co Donegal,” said development officer Collette Ferguson.“Homelessness has a stigma attached to it and unfortunately, in today’s challenging environment, many individuals and families throughout Ireland are finding themselves in this frightful situation.“North West Simon Community works with people not only to address their immediate crisis but to try and have long term sustainable solutions for the individual and their family such as developing a routine, providing life-skills, accessing training and educational opportunities.” Said Collette: “Our mission is prevent people from becoming homeless and campaign for each person’s right to a home and appropriate services to support this.“More and more people in the North West are today turning to North West Simon Community for help and support. We prevent 100 people a year throughout the North West from becoming homeless.“We are not in receipt of government funding to sustain our services, therefore; we rely heavily on funding from donations and fundraising.“We’d be very grateful for any support we can get because right now we need it.”If you would like to make a difference in your local community, by organising a fundraising event such as, a Coffee Morning, Fundraising Walk or by making a donation, please contact Collette direct on: T: 074 9121613 M: 087 05524789 Riverfront House, Level 1Pearse Road, LetterkennyCo. Donegal E: donegalfundraising@northwestsimon.ieCharity No: 16939DONEGAL SIMON COMMUNITY IN CASH APPEAL AS HOMELESS NUMBERS RISE was last modified: May 21st, 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:donegalHOMELESSNESSletterkennySimon Communitylast_img read more

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HSE flooding support helpline now closed

first_imgThe HSE helpline for people affected by the recent flooding in Inishowen has now ceased to operate. A HSE spokesperson has said that if the need arises the HSE Psychology Service can be contacted.The HSE has also provided an information leaflet ‘Coping with Flooding’ which has been distributed widely in the community. This leaflet outlines the common reactions people often experience after a traumatic event, such as flooding, and what can help.The experience of flooding in Inishowen has been very shocking and as a result people who are directly affected will feel distressed and emotional. It is normal to feel like this after such a shocking event.The support, both emotional and practical, that is provided by family, friends, neighbours and community in general can do a lot to alleviate the feelings of distress. However, for some it may feel overwhelming and the option of calling a helpline to talk to a professional could really help.The HSE Psychology Service can be contacted on Tel: 074 91 04641 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. To view the leaflet ‘Coping with Flooding’, you can follow this link:http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/environ/flooding.pdfHSE flooding support helpline now closed was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:FLOODINGhelplineHSEInishowensupportlast_img read more

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South Africa on centre stage in 2009

first_imgAnd the good news is that after a roller-coaster ride in most sporting codes, team South Africa is showing signs of peaking at the right time. Time magazine notes that after winning the Rugby World Cup last year, South Africa’s cricketers now stand atop the world ranking – “and for once, that old adage the ‘rainbow nation’ genuinely applies”. Of course, much will depend on Bafana Bafana and how they handle their preparations for both tournaments but, again, the signs are promising. Under new coach Joel Santana, the team has recorded four morale-boosting victories in a row. The time has now come for each and every South African to throw their weight behind the team which will play such an important role in determining the success of the 2010 World Cup. Sure, we have hosted other important sports events, but nothing awakes the extraordinary sentiment and emotion of the quadrennial showpiece of international football – or this key curtain-raiser. 8 January 2009 Closer to home, local newspaper The Times predicts that although this country will endure hard times in 2009, our gaze will be lifted to the World Cup: “We should not underestimate the effect this spectacle will have on our nation’s fortunes, lifting our mood and focusing world attention on our country’s infrastructure.” “In 2010, South Africa hosts the soccer World Cup,” Time goes on. “It won’t win, but the success of its cricketers as they put the once-invincible Australians to the sword will have done nothing but lift South Africa’s spirits as it prepares for the world’s biggest sporting event.” In just six months, some of the giants of international football, including Brazil and Italy, will compete in the Confederations Cup. With a US$17-million prize fund, it will be the biggest sporting event ever staged on the African continent. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 It’s safe to say that 2009 will be the most important year in this country’s sporting history. In terms of international television coverage, it will eclipse both the rugby and cricket world cups, and while it may pale in comparison to the 2010 Fifa World Cup that follows it, it will be the most serious test yet of South Africa’s abilities to host a mega sporting event. last_img read more

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UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol said Tuesday that the team will appeal the case of Ibrahim Ouattara, its most recent import who now faces ineligibility allegedly due to the rule on two-year residency.In a text message to the Inquirer, Perasol said that their management group is “bent on elevating this issue to the decision-making Board of Trustees (BOT)” of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Perasol pointed out that “the BMD decision is definitely recommendatory,” noting that it may have based its decision on the case involving Ben Mbala of the De La Salle University Green Archers.A transferee from Cebu, Mbala had to wait for two seasons after his transfer to Manila from Southwestern University before he could play at the UAAP.‘Overturned’ rulesLawyer Ags Uvero, chair of the NowhereToGoButUP Foundation which supports UP sports teams, said prior to Mbala’s case, the residency requirement for transferees “regardless of nationality” was only a year.“The BOT decision on the Mbala case in 2012 has been overturned by the latest rules,” he told Inquirer in a text message. “The recommendation of the Committee on Eligibility has no basis at all.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Uvero also said the yearlong residency rule does not make a distinction as to the nationality of the student-athlete.“Our position is that the latest rules as approved by the Board of Trustees in its meeting held on May 24, 2016, in Pico de Loro, Batangas, are very clear and specific with regard to the one-year residency requirement for transferees from non-UAAP universities,” he said. Along with Ouattara, Cameroonian Steve Akomo of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers also faces the same issue raised by the UAAP Board. Both allegedly do not meet the residency requirement to play for the UAAP Season 80.Cayetano LawFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Perasol said he believes that the Cayetano Law should be followed. Signed in 2015, Republic Act No. 10676, otherwise known as the Student-Athletes Protection Act, regulates the residency requirement in school leagues.An athletic association may impose a maximum yearlong residency for college student-athletes before they could participate in any competition, the law says. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Heat beat Knicks in Dwyane Wade’s final Madison Square Garden game

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Dion Waiters scored 28 points, Wade added 16 and the Miami Heat beat the Knicks 100-92.“You love playing here. You hear about it,” said Wade, who stuck around after the final buzzer to take in the love from the crowd that serenade him with chants of ‘D-Wade! D-Wade!’ throughout the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“When I played in college, I got the opportunity to play here, the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. It was just immediately, that feel, and the feel was there. Getting an opportunity to play (here) in the NBA has been special.”Wade had 17 points in leading Marquette past Villanova in that game on Nov. 15, 2002. TIP-INS:Heat: Wade averaged 23.6 points in 44 regular season games at Madison Square Garden.Knicks: Mitchell Robinson started at center and finished with nine points and 14 rebounds. Prior to the game, Knicks coach David Fizdale said he wanted to get a better look at the second-round pick from the 2018 draft over the last two weeks of the regular season.THANKING WADEWade’s tribute video included a warm message from Fizdale, who won two NBA titles as a Miami assistant coach from 2008-16.The Knicks coach recalled a game Wade won while both teams on the court couldn’t get anything “right.”But Wade found a way to put the Heat over Chicago in double overtime.“He stole the ball at the end of the game and made a running halfcourt shot to end the game. It was literally a bloodbath. I’ll never forget that night,” Fizdale recalled. “We’re battling like crazy. And somehow he figured out how to get us a win.”UP NEXTHeat: Visit the Boston Celtics on Monday for the first game of a home-and-home series. View comments Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) moves the ball against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in New York. The Heat won 100-92. (AP Photo/Nicole Sweet)NEW YORK — Dwyane Wade felt something special about Madison Square Garden since first stepping on its floor during his sophomore season in college.The 13-time All-Star bid farewell to the arena Saturday night by planting a kiss on the New York Knicks logo at center court.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Emmanuel Mudiay scored 24 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight and 14 of 15.The Knicks led 61-55 at the half but managed to score just 31 points over the last two quarters, shooting just 12 for 36 from the field, including 5 for 21 in the last period.New York, which has lost eight straight games at home, seemed like it was going to spoil Wade’s last visit to one of his favorite arenas.But he followed Whiteside’s basket with two of his own before Whiteside made two free throws to make it 87-79 with 9:29 to go.The three-time NBA champion received a nice hand from the Garden crowd when he walked to the scorer’s table for the first time midway through the first quarter. Wade was then greeted with a standing ovation when he checked into the game with 4:37 left in the period.“As a player, this is your last time and just want to enjoy it,” Wade added. “I know the fans stayed around and that was so cool, man, to be able to have that. You expect it at home maybe your last time but on the road you don’t expect that.”New York honored Wade’s 15-year career with a video tribute with 2:47 remaining in the opening period after a Miami timeout.Wade then drove to the basket for his first points of the night.“One of the top-5, if not top-3 best shooting guards to ever play this game,” Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. said.“Super competitor. Even better person. You got to salute everything he’s done and accomplished in this league.” Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wade had back-to-back baskets in Miami’s 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter after the game was tied through three. He shot 6 for 16 and added seven rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.Miami coach Erik Spoelstra thought of the old Heat-Knicks rivalry and found the pro-Miami crowd like something of the Twilight Zone.“To hear all the cheers and all the ‘Let’s Go Heat,’ it all feels strange but that is the impact of a Hall of Fame player and I am glad he is on our side,” Spoelstra said.Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, while Kelly Olynyk chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Goran Dragic had 10 points and 10 assists.The Heat have won six of their last eight games and hold a half-game lead over Orlando for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Knicks: Conclude their six-game homestand when they host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UAAP volleyball: Lady Bulldogs eliminate Lady Falcons from Final 4 race Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

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