Teachers vital to development of athletes –Min. Norton

first_imgMinister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, on Sunday morning reminded teachers from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) of the major role they play in the development of athletes.“It is so important, because we have had athletes where scholarships were offered to these athletes and they could not take it up because they were not academically qualified. So with the emphasis being placed on literacy and education in general, I think that would help our athletes to advance in life and make full use of theirMinister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, setting a brisk pace in the Literacy Awareness walk.potential”, the minister stated.The call was made at the culmination of an awareness walk held by the CPCE English and Spanish majors to raise awareness on the importance of literacy. Held under the theme “Promoting literacy through quality education”, the walk began at the National Park on Thomas Lands at 6:30 am and culminated at CPCE, Turkeyen.Minister Norton noted that while private athletic clubs promote sports in and around the country, it would be more impactful if Physical Education is taught in all schools across the country. He added, “We are hoping that we can work along with the teachers and the teachers can walk along with us, so that we can promote sports and athletics in particular at a higher level.”CPCE English Major Eion Adams described literacy as the road on which everyone can realise his or her full potential. He called on his colleagues to, “Let us continue to build our children holistically. Let us use literacy to develop the skills of our students, so in return they can contribute meaningfully to society. They are the children of our future, let us teach them well and let them lead the way, and let us give them a sense of pride.”First Lady Sandra Granger, at a recent literacy conference, reminded, “Our children must be given the tools and the opportunity to expand their minds and their horizons regardless of where they may live in Guyana, or their social or economic background… The starting point of education – learning to speak, to understand, and to respond to data in all its shapes and forms — and the development in each child (of) the capacity to express her or his thoughts and feelings begin with literacy, which for the purpose of this exercise encompasses literacy and numeracy.”Early rain showers did not deter the participants, among whom were the 15 semi-finalists of the Miss Guyana World competition.last_img read more

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From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Birthday cake for Lionel Messi © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Messi’s 31st His 31st birthday Sunday falls smack bang in the middle of a complex overseas work assignment for his country, but the little town of Bronnitsy is doing its best to make Lionel Messi feel at home.Argentina’s World Cup base camp, 50 kilometres from Moscow, has organised a party — ‘Bronnitsy celebrates Lionel Messi’, a sign near Argentina’s home from home announces proudly.A celebratory concert starting on the lakeside beach opposite will mark Messi’s birthday, with a birthday cake presentation later, says the flyer.Tips from the topDidier Drogba – influential figure in Romelu Lukaku’s career © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Christian PetersenRomelu Lukaku is lighting up the World Cup finals with four goals for Belgium and Didier Drogba for one could not be happier.The retired Chelsea legend is an influential presence in the life of the Manchester United striker.Their story began though before their paths crossed at Stamford Bridge.“I spoke to him when he was very young,” Drogba told the BBC. “I was on the telephone to Vincent Kompany and he said to me ‘Listen, I’m with this kid and he really wants to speak to you’.A couple of years later, he signed for Chelsea. At Chelsea I was on the massage table and he came up to me. ‘You’re my hero.When you were playing for Marseille, I looked up to you so much. I could tell you what shoes you were wearing for no matter what game and at what time you scored. I remember all that, he told me, because I was nine years old at the time… and I was 34!“He’s someone that wants to learn and I’m really happy to give him advice, and I think he’s taking advice from everyone.He’s also learning from Thierry Henry and I think when you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best.”Russian revivalRussia forward Fedor Smolov enjoying the World Cup hosts’ change of fortune © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANARussians are falling over themselves praising their national team after their two big opening match wins. But just a few weeks ago, almost no one was willing to give the 2018 World Cup hosts a chance.Riding a historic seven-match winless streak, Russian players were getting grilled in the press.“I stopped reading the sports articles after we drew with Turkey 1-1 on June 5,” said forward Fedor Smolov. “I just accepted the fact that we were the worst people in Russia.”China thumbs-upBelgium’s China-based Axel Witsel © AFPBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has issued a vote of confidence in the Chinese Super League after starting two players from the competition in the side that handed a 5-2 thrashing to Tunisia in Moscow.At one time, a lucrative Chinese move would have been considered the end of a player’s international career but Martinez said that is no longer the case.“It was a worry, whether their level would suffer by going to China,” he said after starting midfielders Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian) and Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang).“But as you saw, the players have developed a stronger mentality (in China) because they become big players in big projects. I don’t think there’s anything negative about anyone going to Chinese football.”Hands-off UzohoHands off our goalkeeper Francis Uzoho Nigeria tell clubs © AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURINigerian officials have reportedly issued a hands-off to clubs sniffing around their young keeper Francis Uzoho after an impressive display to keep a clean sheet in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 win over Iceland.At just 19, Uzoho is one of the youngest players at the tournament and Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reports an English Premier League side have sent scouts to monitor him.But Nigeria have told them to back off, wanting Uzoho, who is signed to Spain’s Deportivo La Coruna, to focus on his World Cup campaign.“We need total concentration to succeed in this competition,” a source close to the team told the newspaper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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James Morrison signs new two-year West Brom deal

first_img West Brom midfielder James Morrison 1 West Brom midfielder James Morrison has signed a new two-year contract with the Premier League club.The 30-year-old, who joined the Baggies from Middlesbrough in 2007, is now tied to the Hawthorns until 2018.West Brom also have an option to extend the deal by a further year.Morrison, who missed the second half of last season through injury, told the club website: “I had a good sit down and think about it – did I need a new challenge? What more could I do with the club?“I spoke with my family, the chairman [Jeremy Peace], [director] Richard Garlick and they told me their vision about where we go from here and I also thought about the end of last season. I didn’t like the way I went out – walking around the pitch and then out the door.“I had worked too hard for it to finish like that. Now I hope that we can push the club on again, because we all have to accept that since finishing eighth we haven’t done as well as we wanted to.”Head coach Tony Pulis said: “It was inevitable that James would consider his options at the end of his contract, but we’re delighted that he has decided to sign back up with Albion.”last_img read more

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Hospital suit dismissed

first_imgPALMDALE – For the second time, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the city of Palmdale against Antelope Valley Hospital in connection with the battle over what kind of hospital should be built in Palmdale and who should build it. The lawsuit, which alleged that the hospital violated state law by not doing an environmental study of the site on which a competing hospital is being built, appeared motivated by economic reasons rather than by concern for the environment, the judge concluded. “The contentions made by the city of Palmdale in this lawsuit are so disingenuous as to strongly suggest that it is not remotely connected with any concern on the part of the city about the environmental impact of constructing a hospital upon the site in question,” Los Angeles Superior Court David Yaffe wrote. “The court strongly suspects that this lawsuit is being maintained for economic, not environmental reasons, and that the city is using CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) to protect interests that the statute was not enacted to protect,” Yaffe wrote. Hospital officials said they do not oppose the new hospital as long as UHS has agreements in place to provide service to patients covered under the state Medi-Cal program for low-income people. Mayor Jim Ledford disagreed with the judge’s conclusions. “I think we believe that there is merit. We will evaluate the merits of the decision and evaluate whether we appeal,” Ledford said. Deputy City Attorney Noel Doran cited a June 2005 press release in which hospital officials announced they were offering $9.3 million for the land and would “commence immediate construction” of a new hospital. Doran said he understands the judge’s ruling. The hospital stated there was no project so they don’t have to comply with CEQA, “which is technically correct.” “But for months they have been telling citizens that they would build a hospital immediately. In moving papers they called it a nonexistent project,” Doran said. “They either lied to the citizens of Palmdale that they were going to immediately build a hospital, which is what I think they did, or they have a project, didn’t comply with CEQA and are claiming they don’t have a project.” Yaffe in his May 10 ruling said the city’s lawsuit does not contain sufficient facts to support allegations that the hospital failed to comply with state environmental law. The city’s lawsuit “does not allege any facts showing that (the hospital) has commenced, intends to commence, or contends that it may commence eminent domain proceedings to obtain (the city) land without complying with CEQA,” Yaffe said. “It clearly appears that (the hospital) has not acquired the site, nor has it commenced eminent domain proceedings to acquire the site from (the city) without (the city’s) consent,” Yaffe wrote. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The legal battle centers on what city officials view as an attempt by the hospital district to block Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services from building a $100 million hospital complex at 38400 Tierra Subida. Palmdale has filed four lawsuits against the hospital. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs earlier this year threw out one alleging that hospital officials violated the state’s open-meeting law in making an offer for the hospital land. Two more are pending, one alleging more open-meeting violations and another alleging that the hospital district is in default of a development agreement in the operations of its east-side Palmdale clinic. Hospital district officials have said they fear that the new private hospital will draw off patients with insurance, leaving Antelope Valley Hospital caring for a higher percentage of patients unable to pay for their treatment. “I think it’s obviously a positive ruling for the hospital. We felt that we didn’t violate anything,” hospital CEO Les Wong said of the court ruling. “We are happy that the judge ruled based on what we felt.” last_img read more

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Liverpool 0-0 Southampton: Reds stars rated and slated after frustrating display

first_img Centre-back: Joel Matip – 6/10 – The Cameroonian didn’t seem his usual self at the back and was sloppier in possession than normal too, but did make a couple of important challenges. Central midfield: Lucas – 5/10 – Did his defensive duties well, but the Brazilian struggled to get into the game when the Reds transitioned into attack. Substitute: Marko Grujic – N/A – The Serbian youngster wasn’t on the pitch long enough to register a score. 14 Liverpool’s Champions League qualification bid was dealt a small blow as they failed to beat Southampton at Anfield.A 0-0 stalemate saw James Milner’s penalty saved by Fraser Forster in a frustrating all-round display.Jurgen Klopp looked infuriated on the touchline as his men failed to break down their stubborn opponents, but how did we rate his players?Click the right arrow above to see how we thought Liverpool’s stars played against Southampton… 14 14 14 Left-back: James Milner – 4/10 – Showed his understanding with Emre Can along the left flank but, like Clyne, is unable to make things happen in the final third. He missed the Reds’ vital penalty too. 14 Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet – 6/10 – Click the right arrow above to see how we rated Liverpool’s stars… – The Belgian dealt with everything which came his way fairly well, but in a moment of madness handled outside the box which could have cost his team. Luckily his error wasn’t spotted by the officials. Centre-back: Dejan Lovren – 6/10 – Unlike his defensive partner, the Croatian was safe with the ball and dealt with any opponents with aplomb. He was booked towards the end of the game for handball, which stopped a Southampton attack. 14 14 14 Substitute: Adam Lallana – 4/10 – Was unable to get in the game and make a difference, which was a little disappointing for the neutral as well as Liverpool fans. Central midfield: Emre Can – 6/10 – Continued his recent improvements and showed a good understanding with Lovren and Milner. The German needs to be more effective getting the ball to his attacking team-mates, though. 14 Left forward: Philippe Coutinho – 5/10 – Coutinho lacked the kind of creativity needed to unlock a stubborn Southampton defence, seemed a shadow of his usual self at Anfield. Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne – 5/10 – It was a very average display from the England international against his former club. Struggled to offer much in the attacking third and was nothing more than solid while defending. 14 14 Substitute: Daniel Sturridge – 5/10 – The striker offered more than Divock Origi in his 21 minutes on the pitch, but that wasn’t too hard. Central midfield: Georginio Wijnaldum – 4/10 – The Dutchman went missing during the first period and barely did better after the break. He was lucky to remain on the pitch until the 87th minute. 14 Centre forward: Divock Origi – 4/10 – The Belgian looked clumsy while leading the line to start with and barely saw anything of the ball before he was substituted for Daniel Sturridge. 14 14 Right forward: Roberto Firmino – 4/10 – Firmino failed to show up when his team needed him, drifting in and out of the match and lacking any threat in front of goal. He seems wasted out wide, especially while Origi was also underperforming. last_img read more

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THE DONEGAL MAN HALF A MILLION EURO RICHER…THANKS TO HIS POKER FACE!

first_imgDERMOT Blain has always had a poker face – and he can certainly play the card game too.For the man from Bruckless has now pocketed a cool half million euro after his latest trip to the world’s biggest poker table.Last week he finished in fifth place at the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship in Cannes, France, and left with €275,000 in prize money. Add that to the more than €300,000 he won in China last year, and poker suddenly seems fun!In fact American poker player Elio Fox won the Cannes event – and flew back to New York with €1.4M in his pocket!“There was a lot of pressure there and it was live on the television cameras as ESPN covered it to a worldwide audience,” said Dermot.“But it’s one of the biggest evens in poker and the big interest was certainly understandable. The standard of player, particularly in the final, was excellent. Ususally when you have 10 players like that there’s one or two weaker ones but that was not the case in Cannes.” The former pupil of St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs added: “I have a business degree and I suppose a few eyebrows were raised when I intitially opted to turn professional but it’s grand now.“Cannes was incredible.”If you’re a poker player, you can get a gist of how it all unfolded, card by card, here:http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2011-world-series-of-poker-europe/event-7-wsope-main-event-championship/THE DONEGAL MAN HALF A MILLION EURO RICHER…THANKS TO HIS POKER FACE! was last modified: October 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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MARY FROM DUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH BROCHURE

first_imgThe Mary From Dungloe International Festival committee, have announced the 2014 Mary From Dungloe Festival brochure will be launched on Monday, June 2nd in the Stepping Stone Bar, Main Street, Dungloe at 7.30p.m. The new young committee of local people have worked extremely hard in putting together an exciting and varied programme for the 47th Mary From Dungloe International Festival.The 47th Mary From Dungloe annual selections of the Dungloe and Donegal Mary, takes place this Friday, May 30th at 9 p.m in The Steppings Stone Bar, Dungloe. Live Music from The Muttley Crew. MARY FROM DUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH BROCHURE was last modified: May 30th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesMary from Dungloe International Festivalnewslast_img read more

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GARDAÍ TRAFFIC CORPS IN CLAMPDOWN AS ‘CAR CRUISE’ CRAZE HITS DONEGAL

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ are out in force after a ‘car cruise’ craze arrived in Donegal for the first time.Hundreds of young car enthusiasts arrived in Letterkenny around 7pm for a “Car Cruise” and have been circling the town and surrounding areas since.Dozens of the vehicles have come from the North, with car cruise supporters from Tyrone and Armagh in Donegal. Gardaí have set up a number of checkpoints to check tax, NCT and insurance – with an emphasis on modified vehicles which haven’t been properly covered by insurance.At least one vehicle has been seized.The ‘cruise’ began at 7pm at the Retail Park after it was organised on Facebook and advertised as “The First Southern Ireland Cruise”.There were long tailbacks in the town right through the evening and into the early hours.  GARDAÍ TRAFFIC CORPS IN CLAMPDOWN AS ‘CAR CRUISE’ CRAZE HITS DONEGAL was last modified: February 24th, 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:armaghCar CruiseGardailetterkennyOmaghTyronelast_img read more

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Education infrastructure build ‘on the go’

first_img12 April 2013 Work has started on the higher education infrastructure projects within the government’s infrastructure build programme, says Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. Speaking at a New Age breakfast briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday, Nzimande said these projects accounted for R12.6-billion out of the government’s planned infrastructure spend, and were expected to produce 65 742 jobs over the next three years. The government’s infrastructure programme includes 18 Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs), one of which, SIP 14, deals with the backlog in higher education infrastructure. This includes the building of two new universities in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces, for which preparatory work has started, as well as new Further Education and Training (FET) colleges and student accommodation and the refurbishment of existing universities. “SIP 14, on its own, is a R12.6-billion initiative – R2.5-billion for FET infrastructure, R8-billion for various university infrastructure projects, which includes R2-billion co-funding from the universities themselves, and R2.1-billion for the two new universities,” Nzimande said. Other SIPs under way include a project to unlock the country’s northern mineral belt, construction on a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor, a range of energy and water projects, as well as projects to improve basic service infrastructure in the 23 poorest districts in the country. Nzimande said the programme would create jobs in construction and related areas, as well as opportunities for skills development through learnerships, apprenticeships and internships. “The main contribution of the Department of Higher Education and Training towards the creation of jobs is primarily through the supply of the skills required to build the various sectors of the economy,” Nzimande said. “However, in executing this core function, it also contributes directly to the creation of jobs through the employment of academic and support staff. “The second opportunity presents itself in the creation of jobs through its post-school infrastructure expansion programme,” he said. “The third opportunity is providing a mechanism for skilling and training individuals within the built environment, artisan development and placement of students for work integrated learning across all 18 SIPs.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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