England’s Six Nations prep underway

first_imgEddie Jones’s men were hit with a handful of injuries after last weekend’s Premiership rounds, but plenty of hopefuls will still have a chance to impress before the January 18 announcement of the Six Nations squad.Charlie Ewels (hamstring), Piers Francis (concussion), Jonathan Joseph (dead leg), Jack Nowell (ankle) and Harry Williams (concussion) were all absent from the camp, while lock Courtney Lawes was already ruled out for personal reasons.Giant London Irish wing Joe Cokanasiga and Bath’s Henry Thomas have been called up as injury replacements.England stars Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola have been included in the squad, after lengthy injuries, in a boost to England’s Six Nations hopes.Jones said this two-day camp, in Brighton, was critical.”This camp in Brighton is important for us to set the tone as a squad ahead of the Six Nations,” he said.”We will need to improve if we are to hunt down our opponents and beat them.”This tournament will be exciting and challenging, as we know we will play against some very strong teams.“Brighton will provide a great base to begin our preparations with players coming away with a clear plan for our opening match of the campaign against Italy.”England has won the past two Six Nations title, losing just one match in the process, to Ireland in 2017.England opens its Six Nations campaign on Sunday February 4 against Italy.last_img read more

Anna Regina Multilateral excels at CSEC examinations

first_img– aspiring civil engineer tops county, Pomeroon girl shinesBy: Indrawattie NatramThe Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School (ARMS) in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has excelled at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, making it to the leading secondary school within the region.Copping top spot for the school and the region, with 15 Grade One’s, is Keval Lall, 17, of Anna Regina Village. Lall was elated throughout his interview with Guyana Times and related that he is aspiring to become a civil engineer.Keval LallBibi Aseeya MohamedAteisha BrandtLall, who is the son of the owner of the popular “Lall’s General Store” in Region Two, said that he could not have done it without the overwhelming support of his mother, uncles and siblings. He accredited his success to extra studies and lessons he took leading up to examinations.Lall is the third child of his parents and described his siblings as his role model. He intends to further his career at Nations University. His advice to those sitting CSEC next year is to study, listen and understand what is going on within the classroom. He also used the opportunity to extend gratitude towards his teachers at ARMS.Lall’s mother Nalene Lall attested that her son was always a well-grounded child and said she is proud of his successes. She explained that she knew he would have done well at examinations but didn’t expect him to top the county. The mother thanked the teachers for their contributions towards her son’s success.Pomeroon girl shinesAteisha Brandt, 17, of Friendship, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two, has defined the true meaning of determination, sacrifice and courage when she received her CSEC results. Brandt attained 14 Grade Ones and 2 Grade Two’s, gaining the second position in the Region. She wrote 17 subjects at one sitting.She explained that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is yet to release the grade for Office Administration, the only grade that she has outstanding.Brandt who hails from the Pomeroon River travels daily to Anna Regina to attain a secondary education. She said although it was a tedious and expensive process, she is glad she did well.During an interview with this publication, Ateisha attested that it was the blessings of the Almighty that stood beside her throughout her five years of studies at secondary school.Explaining her challenges, she related that her study time was limited, since most of her time was taken up in travelling.“I usually start travels from 7:30 in the morning and rush for school, my nights were long, trying to finish my studies and assignments; unlike those who live on the Coast I had to hustle” Brandt related.When asked why she did not utilise the school’s dormitory, the ardent Brandt said that she wanted to study in a more focused and conducive environment, close to her parents. She stressed that the dormitory would not afford her the opportunity to do the things she wanted to do.She further related that she also needed resources such as books, internet and other necessities and the dormitory was not providing such.Brandt said she is aspiring to become a physiologist, but explained that for her to pursue an education at a tertiary institution would be very expensive for her parents. She is therefore hoping that she would acquire a scholarship soon since she would love to continue her studies.“I really hope my wishes could be granted in attaining a scholarship, attaining a proper education from Pomeroon is a huge barrier that requires determination and a lot of money, I really need a scholarship” Brandt related.Brandt was the top student for the National Grade Six examinations in Region Two. She credits her success to the support of her parents and teachers.When asked what was the most challenging of her studies, Brandt said it was getting to school, in addition to not having adequate internet access. She however said distance in attaining an education was not a barrier for her as she was determined to make the necessary sacrifices.Her favourite quote is, “achieving success does not require great might but a determined mind makes you achieve” the science stream student related. She advises students to continue to study nightly and to believe in God for their every success.“I always tell myself I would stand to the end until I achieve my secondary education, I never give up, I prioritise my needs and wants and I made it happen, I am proud and I know my parents are too” the aspiring physiologist said.Brandt is the 3rd of four children. Her favourite subject is physics and her desire is to continue to study so that she can eventually assist persons living in the Pomeroon areas.Her parents Samantha and Mark Brandt also extended congratulations to their daughter for completing her Secondary education.Meanwhile, copping the third position was Bibi Aseeya Mohamed who attained 12 Grade Ones. Guyana Times visited the home of Mohamed but was informed she is in Costa Rica on a scholarship.Her parents extended best wishes to her and said that their daughter wrote 20 subjects at the examinations and that Aseeya is aspiring to be a lawyer. In 2014 her sister, Areefa Mohamed topped ARMS as the best student.Headmaster of ARMS Lalljeet Rooplall extended congratulations to all those students from the school who excelled at the examinations. He also thanked the teachers for their dedication and extended efforts.Rooplall said that ARMS over the years have done well at the CSEC examinations with students topping the country. He said hopefully next year the school will make it in the top 10 for the country.last_img read more

Health Workers Differ with NHWAL Leadership on Dahn’s Confirmation

first_imgThe presidents of two professional health groups, the Pharmaceutical Association of Liberia (PAL) and the Liberian Nursing Association (LNA), have distanced themselves from a recent petition by the leadership of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to the Liberian Senate to reject the nomination of Dr. Bernice Dahn as Health Minister.NHWAL president, Mr. Joseph Tamba and Secretary General, Mr. George Poe Williams, wrote a three-page letter to the Liberian Senate on April 20 outlining alleged misdeeds of the Minister of Health-designate. The health workers’ leaders asked the Senators not to confirm Dr. Dahn as Liberia’s next Minister of Health.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently nominated Dr. Dahn to replace outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, who is set to go into retirement if and when the next Health Minister is confirmed.The two NHWAL leaders accused Dr. Dahn, who is presently Deputy Health Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, “of constantly discouraging partners who wish to increase incentives for health workers.”They “strongly believe that if government’s agenda is for an improved healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly Dr. Dahn, who led the sector for 10 years, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health.”However, leaders of two professional health groups, PAL and LNA, have said even though their individual groups are not members of NHWAL, they want to differ with its leaders’ plea for the Senate to reject the Health Minister-designate.Pharmacist David Sumo, president of PAL and Mrs. Gloria Stevens, president of LNA, in separate exclusive interviews with this newspaper, said that Dr. Dahn should be given the chance to lead as the Minister-proper.  They said Dr. Dahn, who has spent nearly 10 years at the Health Ministry, is very knowledgeable about the management and functions of the Ministry so she should be allowed to help solve the problems, including some of those the health workers have raised.They praised her for her competence, qualification and endurance to ably and effectively serve as the Minister of Health.They maintain that they are not in support of Tamba and Williams’ call for the Senate to reject Dr. Dahn, who they think has “some good things on her agenda for the whole health sector, including the health workers.”Mr. Sumo and Mrs. Stevens, both said they trusted in the wisdom of the Senators, who will determine whether Dr. Dahn has the requisite qualifications for the post.In her first public pronouncement three days after the President nominated her, Dr. Dahn told an audience packed with international health partners that she would do all in her power to absorb on the GOL payroll all the health workers who are not on it. She received a standing ovation from the audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana launches Sexual Offences Court

first_img…plans to take model to Berbice, EssequiboAfter years of extensive discussion and planning among stakeholders, the Supreme Court of Judicature (High Court) on Monday launched the Sexual Offences Court with hopes to take this same model to the other two counties – Berbice and Essequibo – in an effort to reduce the increased incidence of such cases.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards addressing the launch of the Sexual Offences Court on MondayIn declaring the court open, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards said that the specialist court was properly staffed and would see the rotation of criminal judges. The Chancellor also noted that the courtroom was properly equipped and would include a victim support unit.“We have a panel of eminent judges and witnesses, a special room to testify and a panel of support staff and an energetic chief justice… there will be no shortage of personnel to do the work. We wish to take this model to Berbice and Essequibo, where we have Supreme Courts,” she announced.Justice Cummings-Edwards told a gathering of members of the local Bar Association, several prominent lawyers and other guests that training for personnel working for this specific court would also be provided. She said that two categories of persons from Trinidad were willing to provide the necessary training.“They are willing to come on board to train – one is a sexual abuse specialist (children), a psychologist and as well as criminal law judge involved with sexual offence matters that helped to shape our guidelines and legislation,” the acting Chancellor explained, noting that this would be extended to the other courts.While reminding people that the Sexual Offences Court will be victim-centred, she said this did not mean that the constitutional rights of the accused person would be disregarded. She stated that the presumption of innocence and equal protection would be remembered in these matters.Justice Cummings-Edwards drew reference to statistics which have shown that sexual offences have been on the rise, both regionally and locally. “And we know that sexual offences do have a far-reaching impact on the victims whether they be adults or children, vulnerable groups…”She continued, “When we look at statistics, more than 50 per cent of the cases for the Demerara Assizes over the last two sessions showed us that sexual offences comprised half of the list. So if half of the list comprised sexual offences, it meant that the other indictable offences like robbery and rape took second place…that is something we have to address.”The acting Chancellor reminded that sexual offences affect victims emotionally, psychologically, and physically and those effects could be long term, short term, and it could also affect the development of the victims. And these victims require specialist treatment on the part of everyone concerned, be it the Police, investigators, medical practitioners, NGOs, prosecution, the court.She emphasised that the entire process from investigation to the final adjudication and the entire criminal justice system as a whole must be careful how they approach this work. She believes if caution is not taken, secondary trauma or secondary victimisation could be inflicted on victims and witnesses of sexual offences and this is something that should be avoided.Meanwhile, acting Chief Justice Roxane George noted that the judiciary was cognisant of the concerns that have been expressed as regards the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act, but said that the judicial system has responded and has been working assiduously to make the opening a reality.“This new court … represents the Chancellor and the judiciary to be responsive to the concerns that arise in our society about the conduct of trials in sexual offences’ cases, which we know must be dealt with sensitivity while respecting both the human rights of victims and survivors or accused,” she said.The Sexual Offences Court was birthed out of the Sexual Offences Act 2010, which was spearheaded by former Human Services and Education Minister Priya Manickchand. The former Minister had led what was then called the ‘Stamp it Out’ Campaign in 2010 which saw widespread consultations around the country, as regards sexual offences and other major human rights issues facing Guyana.last_img read more

Hair Bin Summer Cruiser – July 3rd – 5th

first_imgAfter celebrating Canada Day on Wednesday, Fort St John took it a bit easy this weekend but there was still lots to see and do all weekend long! The weather was great, for the most part, and some people even ended up with tickets to the Airshow. Also congratulations to Grace and Doreen who scored Journey tickets for July 16th!Charlie Lake was a busy place on Saturday as the Git Along Horse Club hosted their Gymkhana Saturday event full of games, events, and lots of fun! The Charlie Lake Fire Department also held their Car Wash, Barbecue and Show and Shine to support local firefighters in Charlie Lake, as well as Firefighters for Families. From there, I went all the way to Taylor where the BC Peace Country River Rats held their annual family event, the Poker Rally. They had over 80 boats sign up for the event. There was also a pirate theme for the kids with games and activities! The Farmer’s Market also happened at the NP Curling Club with lots of different local crafts, foods and more! The FSJ Killbillies Roller Derby team was also having an impromptu scrimmage at the NP Arena to introduce their new girls to the sport and prepare for their upcoming bout in Quesnel.Sunday was a quiet day with beautiful weather! A perfect day to head outside and enjoy summer! The Blizzard Bike Club held a 50 – 60km Sunday Road Race. The end came down to a sprint finish, with Ben Dawson capturing the win followed closely by Kevin Shaw and Tate Haugen. There were also lots of people at the Surerus Fields, playing tennis, practicing baseball, soccer, and playing on the playground! Lakepoint Golf and Country Club also had a perfect day to host their Men’s and Ladies’s Inter-club tournament with members from 6 local region golf courses. Lastly, I stopped by the SPCA, where they were hosting their Meet and Greet for new volunteers, as well as grooming some pets and sorting bottles.- Advertisement -Next weekend is looking to be even busier in Fort St John and area! Keep tuned to the Moose and Energetic City to be aware of upcoming events! I’ll be out again next weekend in the Hair Bin Summer Cruiser letting you know what’s happening in the Peace.If you have an event you would like me to attend, please let me know!Email me at: cruiser@moosefm.caAdvertisement See you next weekend!Kristenlast_img read more

DEREK CELEBRATES BEING NAMED CHEF OF THE YEAR

first_imgProud Derek shows off his award to his childrenTHE chef of a top Co Donegal restaurant has been named Chef of the Year in the prestigious annual Georgina Campbell Awards 2015Chef of the Year went to Derek Creagh of Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend who only arrived there this year, having previously worked with Hestor Blumenthal and other luminaries in Britain.Mr Creagh is now overseeing both this restaurant and the newer Harry’s Shack at Portstewart in Co Derry. Georgina Campbell said he was “the complete opposite of the stereotypical ambition-crazed chef and enjoys dropping in to his Mum for a cuppa on the way home from making a few hundred more customers very happy”. DEREK CELEBRATES BEING NAMED CHEF OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 8th, 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:Chef of the YearGeorgina CampbellHarry’s Restaurantlast_img read more

BUSTER’S AMAZING CHARITY NIGHT RAISES OVER €50,000 FOR BUNCRANA PIER TRAGEDY AND PIETA HOUSE

first_imgDanny O’Carroll A.K.A. (Buster Brady) has raised a staggering €50,000 for the victims of the Buncrana Pier Tragedy and Pieta House after an incredible night at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.A star studded line-up attended the glitzy bash which was hosted by the charismatic Noel Cunningham and which went on until the wee small hours of this morning.Football stars Noel Hunt, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Foley and Peter Odemwingie were joined by former Ireland legends Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton. Former Irish rugby star Shane Byrne was in attendance, and most of the cast from Mrs Brown Boys were present.Eastenders star Adam Woodyatt who plays Ian Beale was present – as was daytime TV host Jeremy Kyle, who was joined by his sidekick Graham.Musicians Mundy and former X-Factor star Mary Byrne joined in the fun, on what truly was a magnificent night for two fabulous charities.A trip to stay in a five-star hotel in Manchester, with a trip to see a live Jeremy Kyle show and a tour of the Coronation Street fetched €10,000, with Kyle himself taking over the auction. There were fantastic prizes up for grabs, and everybody in attendance donated generously to fantastic causes.The largest applause of the night was for Louise James who lost her partner Sean, two sons, mother and sister in that tragic Buncrana accident.Louise thanked Danny O’Carroll for hosting this amazing event and made a presentation to him.Louise said: “I’ll keep it short, but I just want to thank all of you for coming, but especially to Danny who has been truly amazing in organising this event, I can’t thank you enough.”She then presented Danny with some glass crystal as a token of her appreciation. Founder of Pieta House, Joan Freeman also thanked Danny O’Carroll who she described as the nicest, cutest and loveliest person you could meet.She also relayed the importance the work Pieta House carry out, and revealed some shocking statistics.Freeman said: “I only met Danny yesterday, he’s the nicest, cutest person – and you’d swear butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.“But he’s an incredible person, and I was so happy to be a part of this amazing night. “Pieta House helps many people who are suicidal, who have attempted suicide and have self-harmed.“It costs €1,000 to help one person through the programme, and 6,000 people availed the services in the ten Pieta Houses last year, so that’s €7 million euro, so thank you so much for your generosity, it’s incredible.”Jeremy Kyle told Donegal Daily: “When Danny called me and asked me to be a part of this I was honoured. I had a fantastic time in Donegal – the people are so friendly and polite.”And he joked: “They were so nice there probably aren’t too many people here who would appear on my programme.”Danny O’Carroll thanked all those who took part as he stood beside Ireland legends Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton.“This was all about helping two great causes,” he said.“It was also about having fun doing it. I want to thank Donegal Daily. They have helped me push this from Day One and it was a privilege to be a part of all of this. I know I’m an honorary Donegal man – I love the place – once again they have shown what super people we all are.”Jeremy Kyle meets some fansBUSTER’S AMAZING CHARITY NIGHT RAISES OVER €50,000 FOR BUNCRANA PIER TRAGEDY AND PIETA HOUSE was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:charityDanny O’CarrolldonegalletterkennyMount Errigal HotelPIeta Houselast_img read more

PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT

first_imgFinn Valley’s Dempsey Mc Guigan has got his season underway with a pb 64.89 with the 6kg hammer over the weekend and is chasing the europeanjunior under 20  standard of 66m which is within his reach.Opportunities that lay ahead to achieve that are this weekend in South Of England championships, Bedford, the following Saturday where the English champs are held and then the following day in Tullamore the Irish nationals.Dempsey with his brother Fellan set new national records in the hammer event in their age group when winning in 2010 and with Dalton competing really well in the steeple this season they are an exceptional family combination. Also chasing a European standard right now is Noel Collins in the 1500m under 23 but he will be disappointed with his 3.47 odd over last weekend in Watford while in the States Holly Knight returned 35.41.72 for 10k in the Ncaa 10k final.Well done to Denver Kelly, Charles Mc Daid and Kieran Brady members of the Burnfoot boys relay team that won the Donegal Community Games in Milford.This weekend its European cup in Izmir with Patsy as team manager Tori in the pole vault and the team doctor club member Pauric Mitchell they will encounter serious heat not a problem we are used to in Ireland just now add in Mary Mc Loone and Darren Mc Brearty to heighten the Donegal connection over Saturday /Sunday.Also this wekend the Ulster 14,15,16,17 champs in Antrim with a under 9,10,11 competition in Donegal Town Wednesday night @ 6pm All youngsters in these age groups should make their way over . Lifford stage their annual 5k Friday night and then we look forward to June 24th and the Aghyaran 5k always an enjoyable ocassion . It all adds up to a busy schedule added to by the selection of John Kelly, Shaun Woods and Blaithnaid for the Ulster schools team for Tailteann Games and congrats and best wishes are extended to this trio and their coaches Niall Wilkinson ,Bernie Alcorn and John Kelly PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:patsy mcgonagle’s athletics reportlast_img read more

‘Canes stuff the Penguins

first_img The Penguins tied it with 1:24 left in regulation when Crosby fed a cross-ice pass to Palffy, who backhanded the puck past Ward to make it 2-2. It was Crosby’s lone point of the game, giving him a pair of assists in two NHL games. Flyers 5, Devils 2: Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal, and Simon Gagne scored twice, leading the host Flyers to victory over the Devils. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Thrashers 7, Capitals 3: Peter Bondra made a successful return to Washington, scoring the opening goal and adding two assists to send Atlanta on their way to a road victory. Flames 3, Blue Jackets 1 : Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow’s go-ahead goal early in the third period and the visiting Flames beat the Blue Jackets. Panthers 2, Lightning 0 : Roberto Luongo made 27 saves for his second straight shutout and Juraj Kolnik broke up a scoreless game with 2:27 left, leading the Panthers to a win over the visiting Lightning. Sabres 4, Bruins 1 : Ryan Miller made 35 saves to help lift the Sabres over the visiting Bruins. Blackhawks 6, Sharks 3 : Rookie Pavel Vorobiev had two goals and an assist, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves for his first win with the Blackhawks at home. Cam Ward stuffed Sidney Crosby in the shootout to complete a stellar outing in his first NHL start, and Cory Stillman’s goal in the tiebreaker was enough to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. With the Hurricanes ahead in the shootout after Stillman scored in the first round, Crosby was Pittsburgh’s last chance. The 18-year-old phenom skated in and shot low, but Ward was up to the task even after Mario Lemieux and Ziggy Palffy failed to beat him in the first two rounds. Ward immediately raised both arms after his clinching save and headed to the bench, where he received congratulations from his teammates. center_img 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