Karma Primary wins BSP school cricket competition

first_imgKama Primary School in the Eastern highlands dominated the term 2 BSP School Kriket competition winning the U13 and U15 girls and U15 boy’s titles this week.Three schools took part in the one day softball, interschool cricket competition.The U13 boy’s grand final was won by Okiufa primaryEastern Highlands Regional Cricket Manager, Joseph Pokop said he was pleased with the huge turnout of students from the three primary schools and is determined to increase the level of participation for term three.“For some time, Eastern Highlands did not have a Regional Cricket Manager, and since being employed this year, I have seen many students show interest.“Therefore, I am determined to build more interest for participation of schools and their students,” said Pokop.Through competitions like BSP School Kriket, Cricket PNG is aiming to reach a target of 150,000 participants for the third consecutive year across PNG.last_img read more

Rock Crusher, 36, Wants Trade Mechanized

first_imgAbraham Jarque, 36, who lives in the Zinnah Hill Community, where he ekes a living from rock-crushing, has appealed to government to create job opportunities for many other young people by introducing mechanized rock-crushing.Mr. Jarque has been in the rock crushing business for the past 10 years. He told the Daily Observer yesterday at his rock-crushing site on the GSA Road that if government should bring in rock-crushing machines, many of the youth, who he said are loitering for no reason, would at least gain employment. According to him, crushing rocks is a difficult work, which he thinks should be done by rock-crushing machines instead of doing so with human hands.With that belief, Mr. Jarque has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to encourage investors who would venture into rock-crushing through which many hard-working Liberians will find work. Mr. Jarque added that crushing rocks was not part of his plans while growing up as a youth, “but since I now find myself doing the trade, all I ask is for the government to introduce mechanized rock-crushing to attract other lazy and unwilling youth to work the trade.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patients forced to share beds in maternity ward

first_imgSectoral Committee finds…paediatric unit lacks sufficient ventilationA visit by a parliamentary delegation to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) has revealed less than ideal conditions for new mothers, at both the maternity and paediatric wards.Back in May, a visit and review of the hospital by the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services found that the Maternity Ward sees and treats more patients than beds can accommodate. As a result, new mothers continue to have to double up in the beds in order to accommodate each other.The new Maternity WardThe Committee, which was led by Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud, was debriefed by department head Denise Marks, who reported that there are 23 beds in the pre-natal unit; nine beds with four monitors in the labour room and six beds with six monitors in the delivery room. All of this is overseen by a staff complement of 51 midwives.This was juxtaposed with the fact that the ward not only caters for pregnant mothers from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), but also from regional hospitals around the country. The Committee related that Marks informed them of the need for the hospital to have a ward catering to Region Four mothers only.“In response to an inquiry on whether the staff complement was adequate, Ms Marks stated that there was a need for more midwives. She suggested a total of 102 was adequate. In addressing constraints faced by the department, she stated that there was a need for the Maternity Ward to have its own Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, ultrasound machine and about 15 monitors in total,” the committee recorded.In its recommendations for the maternity unit, the Committee advised that the ward should have no less that 102 midwives. It also urged that the ward be outfitted with an ECG machine, 15 monitors and an ultrasound machine.The Maternity Ward is not the only department experiencing issues with overcrowding. On the same visit to the GPHC, the parliamentary team found that the Accident and Emergency Unit (A&E) of the hospital was also grappling with cramped space. It also had issues with shortages of staff and drugs, along with the poor maintenance of equipment.According to a report from that visit, Head of A&E, Dr Zulficar Bux revealed that the Unit has 18 beds and a staff of 16 doctors assisted by nurses. These beds, the reports noted, are expected to cater for 60 to 100 patients.The doctor had also revealed that these 16 doctors see between 100 to 200 patients per day, including referrals. There have been cases, the report revealed, where elective surgeries we’re cancelled due to overcrowding.Paediatric WardThe Paediatric Ward, where the new born babies are kept, monitored and given post-natal care, was also highlighted in the report. While they observed that the ward was clean and child friendly, the Committee was informed that it lacked fundamental equipment like air conditioning units and sufficient fans.Dr Seepersaud, head of the unit, informed the parliamentary delegation that this causes the ward to be humid, which is detrimental to both staff and patients. The Committee was also informed of other issues including malfunctioning equipment, prolonged repair time and shortages of medication and equipment.Even though the ward is the only one in the hospital that performs Paediatric Cardiology, it was noted that it has been operating without its full complement of staff, especially those who work as specialists.“(Seepersaud) stated that there is need for nurses to be specialised in nursing care, specifically related to paediatric care. However, she noted that there is a baby care foundation programme that aids the department in achieving its mandate.”The parliamentary committee recommended a number of changes to the Paediatric Unit. These include the installation of air conditioning units in the ward and for technicians to be trained and in place to maintain the equipment.It noted the importance of clear policies to be developed for the department, as well as for the nurses to be trained in paediatric care. The committee also recommended that a cardiac unit be established for children cardiology.“The quality of equipment, machinery and instruments should be taken into consideration when making purchases for the department,” the Committee also urged. “The issues of drug and staff shortages and other medical supplies should be addressed urgently.”Earlier this year, the new Maternity Ward was opened to the public. In consideration of instances when two mothers were made to share one bed, the multimillion-dollar unit was supposed to help alleviate this issue.last_img read more

President touts open-door-policy to unions

first_imgLabour Day 2018With a message that Government will not shut its door to unions representing the workers, President David Granger and his entourage spent Labour Day visiting a number of unions based in Georgetown.President David Granger along with several Ministers, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon, greeted by Guyana Teachers Union membersGranger was received with open arms by union members when he arrived at the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Woolford Avenue. At the GTU, the President insisted that his Administration has an open-door approach to union issues.“Earlier this year, I met with [Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union] GAWU. The important thing is the future of Guyana is in the hands of the workers and also the Government. We have to work together. This is my message to all workers.”“This Government is a listening Government; this Government is learning, and this Government is caring,” Granger informed media operatives. “No union leader can say the doors to the President are closed.”The President went on to visit the Guyana Local Government Officers Union (GLGOU) at Upper Woolford Avenue. There, he had lunch and interacted with union members.The Guyana Public Service Union, the Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union and the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union were also featured on the President’s schedule.On Tuesday, thousands braved threatening rain to march across the city and while there was a show of unity on Tuesday, Government has not had the best of relations with the unions over the past few months.With the dismissal of sugar workers, GAWU at one point was mulling taking the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to court over its decision to pay thousands of dismissed and retrenched sugar workers part, and not all, of their severance purportedly this month end.In addition, Government relations with the GTU deteriorated to such a point that there was a walk out from a meeting between union officials and the Government. The issues of concern to the Union had included the stagnated negotiations between the GTU and the Education Ministry for increased teachers’ remuneration and outstanding payments among other matters.Additionally, the Union had expressed concern about a memorandum that could see teachers having to work during their designated lunch period. The Union had accused Government of side-lining and disrespecting it, resulting in the Union threatening a countrywide strike if the Government failed to take decisive action to address the concerns of the representative body.That strike was aborted after conciliatory measures from Government. A task force was also set up to examine outstanding problems, with a view to their timely resolution and to propose a new, multi-year agreement between the Government and the GTU.last_img read more

Spring and Summer Weather Prediction

first_imgThat’s right in line with the latest seven day local area forecast, which calls for high temperatures to rise above the seasonal norm of 15 degrees by Tuesday.There’s also no precipitation predicted for the next week, and at the moment we’ve only had slightly more than one millimeter, in a month in which we receive on average about 40. The March/April precipitation total in the Fort St. John area was slightly more than average, with 44 millimeters recorded this year, as opposed to a two month norm, of 40.2 millimeters. The mean temperature in the region was also slightly higher than average in both months, at about 5 and half degrees in April, and minus one the previous month.- Advertisement -That compares to norms of plus four last month, and minus 4 in March.However, there’s concern these trends are about to change, and speaking to CHNL in Kamloops, climatologist David Phillips has predicted warm and dry late spring and summer weather for much of the province…[asset|aid=2866|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c63095ac76b77e18a6d532e5f3e54799-David Phillips_1_Pub.mp3] He notes the predicted June gloom has already hit parts of southern BC, and most of the province will begin warming by the middle of this month.Advertisementlast_img read more

Black legacy celebrated in Littlerock

first_imgThe Lancaster Library will host a program celebrating Black History Month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The library is at 601 W. Lancaster Blvd. The program, “Let Your Dreams Take Flight: African-Americans in Aerospace,” will feature three guest speakers: Dr. John Ward, Omega Aviation Workshop-Omega Psi Phi Inc.; U.S. Air Force Maj. Lee Owens, deputy chief of standardization and evaluations at Edwards Air Force Base; and Mark Dickerson, retired Air Force colonel and subsonics project manager at NASA. Guests include Winners Circle Christian Center pastor Marc Henderson, Hearns and emcee Darren Parker, president of the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force. Entertainment will be provided by the Lancaster High School Jazz Ensemble and two choirs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LITTLEROCK – Keppel Union School District students have created about 2,000 pieces of art for the Friends of Jackie Robinson Park’s Black History Month art contest. Their work will be on display in the park’s gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the 25th annual Black History Month program. The park is at 8733 E. Ave. R. The free program will feature a soul food reception, music, dance, historical skits and a photography exhibit on the history of African-Americans by artist Albert Ewing. The exhibit also will feature prominent African-Americans in the Antelope Valley, including Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns and Daisy Gibson, after whom a Keppel district school is named. last_img read more

Dumping rampant in forest

first_imgThe Forest Service finds abandoned pets about every month – sometimes they have died of starvation. “Most of the time they’re old, and I think they just put them out here to fend for themselves,” Alarid said. “But that’s cruel, man.” One year, a group of store mannequins was left in the forest. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angeles’ proximity to major urban areas makes it different from other national forests, which usually are more isolated. That has resulted in a hefty load of dumped items making their way to the Angeles – up to 300 tons a year, Florea said. Abandoned vehicles make up a large part of the junk. Last year, 44 vehicles were left in the Angeles. Food wrappers are light in weight, but take up a lot of volume. Volunteers and Forest Service workers clean up the trash, and report some of the more disturbing finds. Abandoned pets, such as a dog or a cat tied to a post with a bowl of food, are usually handed over to animal-welfare agencies. Sometimes a Forest Service worker will adopt the animal. Mike Alarid, a superintendent with a Forest Service “hot shot” firefighting crew, has adopted two cats and a dog abandoned in the Angeles National Forest. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – To the disappointment of park rangers, illegal dumping has become a favorite pastime in the Angeles National Forest. The vast wilderness that stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to the Antelope Valley and borders Santa Clarita on three sides has become a dumping ground for more than just beer bottles and old mattresses. A live boa constrictor, a dead cow on a couch and home appliances shot up for target practice are just some of the things left in recent years. “The things that could be sold at a garage sale or a swap meet, we usually don’t see,” said Stanton Florea, spokesman for the Forest Service. “The things we see dumped in the forest, it would take money to dispose of.” last_img read more

Zimmer supports passing of Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act in House

first_imgPrince George-Peace River MP, and Co-Chair of the All-Party Outdoor caucus Bob Zimmer welcomed the passing of Bill C-42 on Friday, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act through a third reading in the House of Commons.The Bill was introduced in the House in October of last year which was geared towards enhancing safe and sensible firearms policies. Specifically the Bill calls for safety training for potential first time owners, a streamlined licensing system, and no longer being required to carry a separate document to transport firearms to activities such as target practice or a shooting range competition.In a release Zimmer is quoted as saying, “Our government remains committed to supporting law-abiding firearms owners, while also protecting the safety of Canadians. With the passage of Bill C-42 in the House we are one step closer to bringing common sense to our firearms licensing regime.”- Advertisement -Zimmer continued by saying, “These amendments continue our balanced approach to firearms, one that is helping us protect the safety of Canadians, while at the same time reducing the administrative burden for law abiding hunters, farmers, or sport shooters.The bill will now move to the Senate as part of the legislative process.last_img read more

West Ham ask for Kane in shock Tottenham transfer twist, plus more gossip

first_img1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United have sent scouts to watch defender Reece Oxford in West Ham United’s under-21 side. Manchester City and Arsenal are also keen on the 17-year-old. (The Sun)Tottenham Hotspur have been warned off midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, 26, with West Ham asking for 22-year-old England striker Harry Kane in exchange.(Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are set to offer £6m for Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, 24. (Evening Standard)Arsenal are interested in 21-year-old AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen, who scored in the Netherlands’ 2-1 win against England in March. (Daily Mail)The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has played down the chances of the 23-year-old following former Juve manager Antonio Conte to Chelsea. (Evening Standard)Chelsea are also keen on Ben Arfa, who has rebuilt his career with French side Nice. (The Sun)Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to return to Swansea – the team he managed from 2010-12 – in the summer in a deal worth £90,000 a week. (Daily Star)Greek side Panathinaikos are lining up a summer move for Arsenal’s 32-year-old midfielder Mathieu Flamini. (Daily Express)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…???Exclusives:Jose Mourinho guarantees trophies but I don’t think he’ll wait until 2017 to take charge of Manchester United – Joe Cole on talkSPORT‘Newcastle need more Geordies!’ – Former Magpies star David Ginola urges Tyneside club to rediscover its ‘roots and tradition’Harry Kane ‘deserves’ new bumper Tottenham contract, Les Ferdinand tells talkSPORTJerzy Dudek EXCLUSIVE – Having ‘passionate and enthusiastic’ Jurgen Klopp as manager is a big advantage for LiverpoolTransfer Rumours:Everton ready second bid for Bolton defender Rob Holding after seeing initial £10m offer rejected – talkSPORT sourcesFormer Newcastle flop Hatem Ben Arfa wanted by Barcelona – reportsLiverpool and Manchester City step up pursuit of Rennes winger Ousmane DembeleTottenham and West Ham boost! Barcelona have bid knocked back for Lyon striker Alexandre LacazetteArsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta could link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester CityRoma enter race to sign Arsenal and Liverpool defensive target Raphael GuerreiroArsenal transfer latest: Top midfield target William Carvalho also wanted by ValenciaEverton FC transfer report: Toffees consider move for Club Brugge and Belgium starlet Bjorn EngelsTottenham and West Ham eyeing £8m summer deal for Toulouse striker Wissam Ben YedderSwansea City transfer news: On-loan striker Eder hopes to make Lille move permanent Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA IN ALL-IRELAND CONTENTION AFTER WINNING COUNTY GAELTACHT QUIZ

first_imgNa Rossa GAA News: Congratulations to Pat Boyle, Des McGettigan, Conal McGettigan & Aisling McGettigan as they won the County Gaeltacht quiz “Trath Na Gceist” which took place during the May Bank Holiday weekend in Ardara. Team Na Rossa will now compete for the All Ireland title which will take place in Ardara the Bank holiday weekend in June. Good luck from all at the club.Well done also to Abbey Bonner on becoming the 2015 Dungloe Mary. She now goes forward to the finals of the Mary from Dungloe which takes place August Bank holiday weekend.The club extends its best wishes to Declan & Sean and the Donegal minor squad as they prepare to take on Tyrone in the Ulster minor championship this Sunday afternoon in Ballybofey.Throw in is at 2.15pm. Also to Rory and the Donegal senior team. Throw in at 4pm. Good luck from all at the club.Tickets can be collected for the Donegal v Tyrone match this Thursday evening in McCreadys bar from between 7 & 9pm.The lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. The jackpot of €9000 was not won. Numbers drawn were 6,16,21 & 24 . Two lucky dip winners receive €50 Daniel M Melly, Dooey & Mary Ann McCready, Toome.GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA IN ALL-IRELAND CONTENTION AFTER WINNING COUNTY GAELTACHT QUIZ was last modified: May 12th, 2015 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:GAANa RossaNoticesSportlast_img read more