All eyes on Calabar’s Taylor

first_imgATHLETES from the Corporate Area will be hoping to cement their spots for the finals of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship later this month, when they compete in the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet at the Usain Bolt/UWI Stadium today, starting at 10 a.m.There will be seven Grand Prix finals. These are the boys’ Class Two discus, boys’ classes One and Two long jump, girls’ classes One and Two high jump, and the boys’ and girls’ Open 4×400 metres. The other Grand Prix events are Class One boys’ discus final, classes One and Two boys’ high jump finals, boys’ 800 metres, girls’ discus, girls’ long jump, girls’ 800 metres, girls’ discus, along with the 200 and 400 metres.Today’s meet will be the penultimate one for athletes in the Corporate Area to book their individual spots for the grand final, which will culminate next Saturday with the G.C. Foster Classics.They will get their final opportunity on Saturday at the Digicel Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium.Beside seeking top spot in the Grand Prix events, athletes will be hoping to help their schools gain valuable points, as the top teams overall in the male and female categories will walk away with a cash prize of $250,000, and the top two individuals will carry points towards the finals.BATTLE ROYALThe top-three boys’ teams at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships – defending champions Calabar High, Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC) – are expected to have another battle royal, while it should also be close among the females, as Corporate Area champions for the past eight years, Wolmer’s Girls, will be severely tested by the likes of a vastly improved Excelsior High, Camperdown High, St Andrew High, Immaculate Conception High, and Convent of Mercy Academy ‘Alpha’, which have all been in terrific form this season.Again, all eyes will be on Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, who is the leader in the boys’ Under-18 400 metres Grand Prix event. Taylor, despite just going through the motions last Saturday at the Youngster Goldsmith Meet, was still able to clock 47.18 seconds. His teammate, Brandon Heath, who was second overall with 49.66 seconds, will be hoping to maintain that position. Jamaica College’s Romario Mickel and Excelsior High’s Mikel Clarke will also be looking to make an impact.Calabar are also ahead in the Grand Prix Class Two 100 metres, where the outstanding Dejour Russell is the leader in the Under-18 category after winning the event last Saturday in 10.89 seconds. His teammate, Tyreke Wilson, was also under 11 seconds on the day, after finishing second in 10.97. Wolmer’s Boys’ Malik Shepard, who was third in 11.05, and his teammate, Xavier Nairne, who was fourth in 11.07, are also seeking spots among the top two.KC’S JHEVAUGHN MATHERSONKingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson, who won his heat in 10.69 seconds in Class One, will be hoping for a faster time today to move ahead of Calabar High’s Xavier Angus, who was first overall with 10.66.Among the females, Alpha’s Kiara Grant was the fastest Class Three athlete in the 100 metres among Corporate Area athletes last Saturday, winning in 11.74 seconds to lead the Under-17 section. Wolmer’s Girls’ Kellian Kelly is second overall, after finishing fourth overall in Class Two in 12.05 seconds.last_img read more

Global Fund demands reimbursement from Govt – Minister Norton

first_imgMultimillion-dollar fraud…culpable individuals to be sanctionedBy: Devina SamarooGovernment is under pressure to find some G$15 million to recompense the Global Fund InternationalPublic Health Minister, Dr George NortonOrganisation, after an investigation into its local malaria programme unearthed massive corruption.Public Health Minister Dr George Norton during an interview with the media on Sunday said the international organisation has demanded that the Government of Guyana repay the amount that was found to be swindled under the programme.Reports indicate that these irregularities affected expenditures totalling US$72,973.“It is quite a large sum of US dollars and it is aimed directly against the government,” Norton remarked, noting that sanctions are very well underway for culpable persons.However, Dr Norton said government will be launching its own investigation into the fraud findings before any further action is taken.Following complaints of incessant irregularities in the Global Fund malaria grant in Guyana, the organisation commenced an investigation into the matter, covering the period January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.According to the investigation findings, there were complaints of fabricated data in relation to the distribution of bed nets, malaria surveillance activities and associated fraudulent expenditures, including ‘per diems’ and fuel for programmatic work that allegedly did not take place.The irregularities were facilitated by the inadequate management of the Global Fund malaria programme by the Vector Control Services (VCS) of the Public Health Ministry, which included poor record-keeping and a failure to respond to Global Fund Secretariat Management Actions.During the period under investigation, Dr Reyaud Rahman was Director of VCS. He resigned in December 2015.Dr Norton said it “speaks volumes” that Dr Rahman along with four senior officers resigned from their positions upon completion of the investigation.The minister had previously indicated that with an allegation of corruption and fraud of such magnitude being levied against the government, an investigation will have to be launched to confirm the validity of the information and determine the best course of action to be taken in addressing this messy situation.He had also expressed concerns that this situation might blacklist Guyana from receiving funding in the future.“At this point in time, paying any debt of that nature would certainly not be in the best interest of the economy of the country. We cannot afford to do that. It is unfortunate that this had to happen, we are definitely in need of such funding and we are just hoping that this will not affect us in the future to access such funding,” he expressed.Meanwhile, the report said the investigation found evidence that VCS employees inflated the number of long-lasting insecticide impregnated mosquito nets reported as distributed and had fabricated underlying bed net distribution documents to support the inflated figures.Additionally, the report said VCS employees also fabricated documentation for another surveillance activity relating to the operation of malaria committees.The report further stated that two VCS malaria supervisors responsible for distributing bed nets in the regions confessed that they had inflated bed net distribution figures in the Semester Reports and that they had fabricated underlying documentation to support the figures.The two individuals claimed that an administrative employee had instructed them to inflate the figures.However, when interviewed, the VCS administrative employee denied passing instructions for the figures to be inflated.The report also stated that the former VCS Director claimed he never gave instructions to inflate the figures or fabricate the documents.The report noted that there was an analysis of over 46,000 individual names and signatures on the bed net distribution activity sheets to assess if the activity sheets contained indicators that bed nets had not been distributed to beneficiaries, and upon completion of this exercise, it found that it could not obtain reasonable assurance that 20,981 bed nets, representing 45.2 per cent of the total reviewed, had been delivered to beneficiaries, on the basis of anomalies found in the bed net distribution activity sheets.This figure did not include bed nets where it appeared that a single individual, such as a community health worker, mining camp leader or a family member, had signed legitimately on behalf of a group of individuals.The investigation also found that the average incidence of signature anomalies across the regions and periods under review was similar; indicating that the fabrication of underlying bed net distribution documentation was systematic.last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Kings, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis from Seattle when the Warriors take on the Sacramento Kings Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Key Arena as Kevin Durant returns to where his NBA career began.All eyes in Seattle will be on Durant, who spent his rookie season with the Sonics before the franchise left for Oklahoma City. The Warriors’ star should get some good run but he’ll do so without two of his All-Star teammates — both Stephen Curry (personal reasons) and Draymond Green (knee soreness) will …last_img read more

16 December: a day to learn from the past

first_imgSouth Africa’s public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and recognition of the country’s rich cultural history.To acknowledge the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions, the day was renamed the Day of Reconciliation. (Image: GCIS)Brand South Africa reporterIn South Africa, 16 December is a day of great significance because of two important historical events that took place on that date.In apartheid South Africa, 16 December was known as Day of the Vow. On 16 December 1838, when the Voortrekkers were preparing for their battle against the Zulus – known as the Battle of Blood River – they took a vow before God that they would build a church should they be granted victory. They promised that they, and their descendants, would observe the day as a day of thanksgiving.Then, on 16 December 1961, the African National Congress formed Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).CommemorationBefore its formation, the ANC had largely approached the fight against apartheid through passive resistance, but after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, where peaceful protestors were indiscriminately shot by police, passive resistance was no longer seen as an effective approach in bringing apartheid to an end.MK mostly performed acts of sabotage, but its effectiveness was hampered by organisational problems and the arrest of its leaders in 1963. Despite this, its formation has been commemorated every year since 1961.With the advent of democracy in South Africa, 16 December has retained its status as a public holiday.SignificanceSouth Africa’s first non-racial and democratic government was tasked with promoting reconciliation and national unity.To acknowledge the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions, the day was renamed the Day of Reconciliation.It was celebrated as a public holiday for the time on 16 December 1995.Reviewed June 2017 Source: South African government Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa partners with the Sunday Times Generation Next to urge the youth to contribute towards building a positive Nation Brand

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next through its Play Your Part programme to host this year’s youth marketing conference. (Image: Sunday Times Generation Next, Facebook)Johannesburg, Monday, 8 May 2017 – Ahead of youth month, Brand South Africa has partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next through its Play Your Part programme to host this year’s youth marketing conference. The conference looks at youth brand preference and consumer behavior and explores how the youth can drive growth in local brands.This partnership is in line with Brand South Africa’s domestic objective of promoting and championing programmes that enhance the Nation Brand and equip South Africans to brand themselves as proud and patriotic citizens. The conference will see a variety of South African brands market themselves to the youth between the ages of eight and 23 years.According to the Sunday Times Generation Next, the youth account for an average of more than R120-billion of South Africa’s yearly expenditure, making this demographic of great significance to local business and marketers.Play Your Part as a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aligns itself to the youth conference to emphasize these objectives as well as teach young people about brand purchases, the many opportunities that South Africa has to offer and encourages support to local brands.Join Play Your Part and the Sunday Times Generation Next on 11 May 2017 at the Pavilion in Sandton for opportunities to interact and share views with the country’s leading advertising, marketing and branding experts on local and imported brands and witness successful brands voted for by the youth.Engage with the Play Your Part Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube and #GenNext2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Energy-Efficient Stocking Stuffers and More

first_img4. Electroluminescent night lightWhen I covered these little devices before there was just one company making them: LimeLite Technologies. Today there are at least several others. These plug-in night lights use only trickle of electricity (about 2¢ worth per year, according to LimeLite), but provide a soft glow at night (a photosensor turns it off in the daytime). The cost is about $5, though you may find them sold in two packs for not much more. Lots of companies buy them in bulk, printed with their logos and give them away as premiums. 7. Smart phone app that encourages you to walk moreI don’t have one of these apps, but I have some friends who use them religiously, and the devices have changed their lives by encouraging them to walk more. I guess for some people that competitive drive — how many miles did I walk this week? — makes a huge difference. And if that what makes the difference, go for it.These apps use GPS features of smart phones to measure how far you’ve walked, run, or bicycled, including elevation gain, etc., as long as you have the phone on your belt or in your pocket. Among the leading apps for iPhone are MapMyWalk, Pedometer PRO, Walkmeter, and RunKeeper. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of other similar apps for iPhone and Android phones. Most cost a few dollars or are free — though I suspect the free ones remind you about upgrades with annoying frequency. 3. Smart power stripAlong with measuring the phantom electric loads from televisions and stereo equipment, you can do something about it by installing a smart power strip that turns off selected circuits either when an occupancy sensor senses that no one is present or after a period of inactivity, as indicated by lower current draw (say from a DVD player). There are a number of these devices on the market. I just bought a TrickleStar power strip at a sale price of $25. There’s also the SmartStrip LCG3, the Take Charge Power Saver Smart Strip, the Belkin Conserve Socket, and the WattStopper Isolé Power Strip with Personal Sensor, to mention a few. These products also include surge protection. 9. Cargo bikeCargo bikes are cool. I love the idea of being able to use a bike to haul groceries, pick up kids at school, even help your friends move. There has been a veritable explosion of interest in cargo bikes, with more than a dozen manufacturers now offering them in the U.S. As with a lot of cool stuff, the modern incarnation of this trend came here Europe — especially Holland and Denmark. But a sizeable player remains Worksman Cycles in Queens, New York — the oldest continually operating bicycle manufacturer in the country (founded in 1898, during the first utility bike boom).Brattleboro’s Specialized Sports recently started carrying Yuba cargo bikes, and a recent transplant to town, Dave Cohen, helped to launch the cargo bike revolution in Berkeley in the early 1990s, when he started the worker cooperative Ped-Ex (later to change its name to Pedal Express when threatened with a lawsuit from another delivery company with a similar-sounding name that must have been worried about losing business to the bikes.) A lot of carbo bikes, including Yuba products, are available with battery-powered electric booster motors. 1. LED light bulbEvery time I turn around, it seems, I see another LED light bulb. Among the screw-in replacement lamps, there are many good products — but also some that aren’t so good. Look for products from a reputable manufacturer (a company that’s been around for a while), and select a product that carries an Energy Star label. The most common problem with LED lamps is failure due to poor heat management; I’ve had products fail after less than a year.My latest LED lamp purchase — a Philips EnduraLED 12.5-watt lamp that replaces a 60-watt incandescent light bulb — seems like a real winner. It sells for about $25, but you will sometimes find them on sale for less. 6. Programmable thermostatFor people with standard gas- or oil-fired forced-air or hydronic heat, a properly operated programmable thermostat can save hundreds of dollars of energy per year. The key here is “properly operated.” Studies have shown that most programmable thermostats don’t save energy because the homeowners don’t know how to use them. Take the time to figure it out, and program it properly. A few minutes of set-up could buy several elegant dinners per year. Typical costs are $50 to $100. 5. Low-flow showerheadI know, it sounds boring, but a pleasing shower that saves water means money in the pocket. Expect to spend about $25 for a really good 1.5 gallon-per-minute showerhead. I’ve used a Delta H2Okinetic model for five or six years in our rural home with low (and fluctuating) water pressure. It delivers just 1.5 gpm at 60 psi — I measured about 1.4 gpm at our house, and we love it. Delta reengineered the showerhead to produce large drops (that retain heat) and deliver them at high pressure.center_img I’m not a big shopper. I don’t even particularly like getting presents. Our society is just too much about consumption. Nonetheless, as I’ve done on occasion in the past, I’m providing below some Christmas shopping ideas. 8. Public transit passesAs an easy gift to employees that helps the planet, not much beats transit passes — as long as there’s a public transit option where the passes can be used. When I’ve lived in a place where I could use public transit regularly, I loved the chance to read the paper (today it would probably be an iPad), avoid traffic congestion, and skip the parking hassle. 2. Kill-a-Watt meterThis has been on my Christmas list before. It’s a gadget that lets you measure the electrical consumption of plug-in appliances, equipment, and other devices. It can help us sleuth out hidden stand-by (phantom or vampire) losses — the power draw from a television that’s turned off or a WiFi router that’s on 24-7.I have several Kill-a-Watt meters and regularly lend them to friends. The cost is about $20. Note that it doesn’t work for hard-wired appliances like most dishwashers or 220-volt products. 10. Donate to a good cause in the name of friends and familyThe final gift idea is not a product at all, but rather donating to a cause that will give you and the recipients of your generosity a sense of satisfaction. There are thousands of good causes related to energy and the environment — from national organizations like the Rocky Mountain Institute, to regional groups like the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, to local initiatives like Windham and Windsor Housing Trust and Co-op Power of Southern Vermont. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Ceres targets payback vs Home United at Panaad

first_imgThe Busmen conceded a late goal to Singapore international Harris Harun and yielded to S-League side Home United, 1-2, in the first leg of the zonal finals at Jalan Besar Stadium Wednesday night.Croatian striker Stipe Plazibat scored from the spot in the 11th minute after a controversial foul inside the box called on Ceres defender Carlie de Murga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Busmen were also on the wrong end of a couple of disallowed goals with the first one coming in the 28th minute when Kevin Ingreso beat Hassan Sunny with a superb free kick. But De Murga, who was in an offside position when the ball was delivered into the area, made a play on the ball, prompting the referee to raise his flag.Another disallowed goal came four minutes later, this time with Fernando Rodriguez bundling home a cross from Iain Ramsay. But the flag was up once again with officials insisting Ramsay was marginally offside when the ball from Stephan Schrock was released to him. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PH chessers place third in Asian Schools meet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Busmen shrugged off the two calls at the stroke of halftime when Martin Steuble grabbed a vital away goal after his long-range strike beat Sunny.Still, the Singaporeans grabbed a slender lead heading into the second leg after Harris headed home at the far post with six minutes remaining.“It’s frustrating not to come away with the win, but we’re confident knowing that we will be playing at home next week and will have our fans behind us,” said midfielder Iain Ramsay.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic said his side played below expectations in the opening leg. “It was our worst game in the last six months,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Philippines Football League side Ceres-Negros has relied on results at home for majority of its campaign in the AFC Cup.It won’t be any different in the Asean zonal finals, where the Busmen will try to turn their fortunes around at Panaad Stadium, which they hope will transform into a fortress on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Walter Gardiner new CEO of NIB

first_img Bahamas NIB Manager remanded, charged with extortion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ceo, colin heartwell, NIB, Walter Gardiner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2015 – Walter Gardiner has officially been appointed as the CEO of the National Insurance Board in TCI; taking on the post after Colin Heartwell resigned this past April.In a recent Cabinet meeting, Gardiner was approved as CEO of the National Insurance Board.Gardiner formerly held the post of Deputy Directory of Operations, where he worked on the PR front. The new CEO says he believes that “the National Insurance Scheme legislation today is undoubtedly the best piece of social protection legislation ever implemented in the TCI.”According to Gardiner, over 1,400 people are a part of the long-term payouts, in the pensioner’s category – they get around $9 million of the monies distributed per year. Overall NIB is reported to pay out $12 million annually, with some $200 million in reserves and collections from the workers in the country announced at $25 million dollars per annum. Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Recommended for you CEO goes on Maternity Leave; now Shorrell Dames is reportinglast_img read more