Edwin Allen celebrates, plans for more success

first_imgVuvuzelas blared through the town of Frankfield in Clarendon yesterday morning as students and well-wishers descended on the Edwin Allen High School to join in to celebrate with the school for successfully retaining their fourth Girls’ Champs title in five years.The school has registered a convincing win at the just concluded Boys and Girls’ Championships on Saturday at the National Stadium. At the end of the championships, Edwin Allen finished atop the point standings with 329.5 points, a clear 66.5 points ahead of their closest rivals, Hydel High.Members of the academic, ancillary staff and the board of management, as well as students and sponsors, gathered in the quadrangle to salute their athletes for a job well done.SCHOOLFAMILYELATEDPrincipal Dr Everton Walters said he, and by extension the entire school family, is happy and elated that they have retained their title and plans to keep it that way for a while to come.Head coach Michael Dyke notes that although he will be losing a few of his Class One athletes, he already has plans to replace them.”We had a very strong set of Class One this year and although some will be leaving us, we will be putting a plan together to replace those athletes,” he said.Coach Dyke made it known that he will be working with the school to ensure they retain the Girls’ Champs title for years to come.Edwin Allen’s top athlete, Kevona Davis, won three gold medals at this year’s meet. Davis won gold in the girl’s Class Three 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m.”It was hard, but I tried my best and it paid off,” said Davis.The grade-nine science student said she has been competing since basic school because of her love for athletics and track and field in particular.Davis said she looks forward to continue competing for her school as she harbours hopes of becoming a professional athlete in the future.After the celebrations on the school grounds yesterday morning, the athletes paraded through the town of Frankfield and through to Chapelton, as they shared their victory with the communities who have been supporting them over the years.last_img read more

Lack of furniture, leaking roofs exposed at Linden schools

first_imgA recent visit by regional officials to numerous schools in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has unearthed several pertinent issues which need to be resolved. The group of officials consisting Regional Chairman Renis Morian; Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph; Regional Education Officer Marcia Paddy-Andrews; Councillor, Dr Gregory Harris; and Regional Education Committee Chairman Denise Belgrave, visited St Aidan’s and Christiansburg Primary and Harmony Secondary schools where the issues were highlighted.The wood which was placed to secure a classroom wall at the Christiansburg Primary SchoolAt Harmony Secondary, located at Wismar, Linden, the officials were met with issues ranging from the lack of basic furniture, leaking roofs and electrical issues (exposed electrical wires). There were also classrooms without electricity supply. It was also noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) would be reviewing contracts at the school due to several issues with contractors.Other issues which were brought to the fore during the visit were the need for desks and benches. It was also noted that the school’s Home Economics laboratory is in dire need of sewing machines, since the sewing machines have malfunctioned. There were also gas cylinders which need to be refilled.Over at the Christiansburg Primary and St Aidan’s Primary School, which are housed together in the same building, different issues were highlighted. At St Aidan’s Primary, a cleaner complained about the situation regarding improper drainage system of the washrooms.“I could get infection at any time in that building. It’s not healthy,” the cleaner pointed out to officials. Furthermore, a teacher attached to the Christiansburg Primary school highlighted that the wall in her classroom is shaking and is presently being supported by a piece of wood which had been strategically placed by handymen. The teacher further voiced her opinion regarding the presence of dilapidated furniture in the classroom as well as dysfunctional door and cupboard locks. She noted that as a result of this issue, her classroom was ransacked. During the visit, the Regional Chairman further sought to provide encouragement to students to work hard and stay in school. The RDC also pledged to provide first aid kits to the schools and presented several school bags to students during the visit. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

80-yr-old woman, daughter beaten by bandits

first_img– during robbery at Grove, EBDA 54-year-old woman and her 80-year-old mother are now traumatised after they were subjected to a brutal beating in their Grove, East Bank Demerara home on Tuesday morning at the hands of three young men pretending to be customers.The woman, Sherry Narine, was audibly distressed during a telephone interview with this media house on Wednesday. Narine sells shopping bags in the Stabroek Market for a living, and when she is at home, she would vend small quantities of rice, sugar, drinks and other grocery items.Based on information gathered, the incident occurred at around 09:00h on the day in question. Narine said that three young men called at her gate to purchase a drink. She recalled that since she had no shop in front of her home, she went into her house to bring out the item. However, the three men reportedly followed her in.It was then that one of the perpetrators grabbed her mother, and the other two approached her from behind and reportedly bashed her head with a heavy object.The trio then proceeded to beat the mother and daughter, while threatening to shoot them. Narine tearfully related that her head started to bleed profusely from the beatings, which she said continued until the men demanded that she hand over all her valuables.The three bandits reportedly fled the scene with $100,000 in cash and two gold rings. The woman who was more concerned about her mother than herself, immediately rushed the 80-year-old to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they were both treated. She then reported the incident to the Diamond-Grove Police Station.She ruefully noted that since moving into Grove back in 2002, she has been robbed over six times and on all occasions, she never received justice.Narine explained that she has given up on the media and Police, since “no one seems to care.”“I am afraid. I’m alone here. Nobody helps me. I took a few of my cries to other media houses and nothing. The Police don’t care. They ignore me,” she said.When the Diamond-Grove Police Station was contacted, no information was granted. However, Narine said that on Wednesday, she received a call from the Grove Police informing her that they apprehended a suspect based on the description that she provided of their attackers.Narine said the officer informed her that the apprehended attacker is expected to appear at the Providence Magistrate’s Court today for the crime committed, as investigations continue. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

Bolden spurns USC for Ariz. St.

first_imgTo hear Omar Bolden tell it, the recruiting process with USC was one full of disappointment and frustration. It was like asking a girl to the dance, only to have her string him along until he finally got tired and moved on to someone else. From the beginning, Bolden wanted to go to USC. If the Trojans would have made a scholarship offer, Bolden would have accepted it. But USC told Bolden it would make an offer only if he worked hard in the classroom and improved his grades. So Bolden went to work, devoted himself to academics throughout Colony’s CIF championship run and raised his GPA to a 3.0. Bolden figured USC certainly would make a scholarship offer at that point. But the Trojans kept stringing him along, and told him they wanted to see the results of a couple more of his classes. “I was doing what I had to do, and the schools didn’t come through with what they said they were going to,” Bolden said. “I was waiting on SC forever. That’s where I wanted to go. The whole thing hurt Bolden, who earned CIF football player of the year honors at Colony. Now he wants to hurt USC. That was a big factor in Bolden’s college commitment to Arizona State, which he made public Wednesday when he signed a national letter of intent. center_img “It was getting ridiculous. It got to the point where I wanted to hurt them.” To Bolden, USC’s words were sounding hollow. When they would call and text-message him, they would speak of an impending offer – but it never came. Finally, he called the coaches and told them he was canceling his official visit to the school. Only then did the Trojans scramble to come up with a scholarship offer. They made their pitch and Bolden took a visit to the school, but his mind already was made up. Of all his visits, Bolden was most impressed by Arizona State. He loved the facilities (especially the weight room) and was thrilled with the food. Playing for new coach Dennis Erickson was an attractive proposition, and Bolden knew he’d see more playing time at ASU than at USC – although he was careful to emphasize that he’s not afraid of competition. “Let me put it to you this way – (the Sun Devils’) backup corner is their starting receiver,” Bolden said. “And that’s not because they’re short on corners, that’s just their next-best player.” Bolden knew his 4.3 speed and athleticism would make him a standout at ASU, whereas he might have to be a bit more patient at USC. But what about those who would say playing for the Trojans was a no-brainer? After all, USC did eventually come up with an offer. “That’s people on the outside looking in,” he said. 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

State stem cell agency may get OK

first_imgProposition 71 came as a reaction to the administration’s decision to cap federal funding for stem cell research at about $25 million annually, and impose strict research guidelines that scientists say limit advances. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A three-judge appellate court panel appeared skeptical that California’s $3 billion stem cell agency was unconstitutional or that its managers had any conflicts of interest, as lawyers backed by anti-abortion groups and tax advocates argued Wednesday. A lower court judge last year ruled in favor of the stem cell agency, which was created when Proposition 71 was passed by 59 percent of the electorate in 2004. David Llewellyn, a lawyer representing the California Family Bioethics Council, argued Wednesday that the stem cell agency is rife with conflicts of interest. He argued that the officials from three university systems who sit on the board overseeing the agency could benefit because their various schools are applying for millions in research funds from the agency. “First of all,” a skeptical Justice Stuart Pollak said in response, “Proposition 71 does not permit members to vote on grants to their own institutions.” As written, Proposition 71 dictates that those officials must recuse themselves when the board is considering an application from their schools. Pollak and the other judges also appeared skeptical of Llewellyn’s claim that Proposition 71 violated the state’s “single subject” law when putting initiatives on the ballot. Llewellyn argued that the proposition allows for more than just stem cell funding. Pollak said that general language appeared to be put in there to ensure that all stem cell research funding wouldn’t be hindered if it overlapped with other kinds of medical research. Pollak and Justice Joanne Parelli also appeared unmoved by the argument that the stem cell agency isn’t under the “exclusive control and management” of the state. last_img read more

Tax revenue boosts Whittier’s coffers

first_imgWHITTIER – Increased sales tax revenue from the renovated Whittwood Town Center shopping mall has helped Whittier realize a $2.3 million financial boon so far this year. But city staffers are advising City Council members not to go on a spending spree with the extra money, saying much of it might be needed later for salary increases for city workers. More than one-quarter of the revenue increase, which is projected in a revised city budget, came from new sales taxes that generated an additional $671,000 for the city. Much of that windfall came from the Whittwood center. “It’s always good that growth is coming to the city,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. Increased energy costs should provide the city an additional $100,000 in utility users taxes, while another $500,000 came from park development fees, officials said. Another $455,000 resulted after city officials underestimated how much the state owes Whittier as a result of a complicated exchange of sales tax for property tax money, Controller Rod Hill said. Officials also under-estimated the amount the city will receive in motor vehicle license fees from the state – by $215,000. Henderson said the council needs to be conservative in its use of the funds, particularly because the city is still looking for ways to finance a new police headquarters and is considering asking voters to pick up the construction tab in the form of a bond. “When you’re trying to put something together for a police facility, I would like to see us be pretty conservative,” Henderson said. Still, the extra money will likely save Whittier from having to make cuts to programs and staff or make other reductions, as it has had to do in the past, Henderson said. The only additional expenditure he would like to see would be to open Whittier’s libraries on Sundays, which Henderson estimated would cost the city about $25,000. City Manager Steve Helvey said council members should be prudent about spending the money, most of which is of a one-time nature. Some of the money may have to be used to pay city employees cost-of-living increases, he said. Just a 1-percent salary increase would cost the city about $300,000 a year, said Hill. “We’re in a good position this year,” Helvey said. “It allows for some one-time redevelopment money you can use for capital improvements. But I don’t think we will be flush in the future, unless we get lucky and continue to do good things.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, December 18

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is set to sign £47m-rated defender Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, but not until next summer. (Daily Star)Ashley Cole will not be leaving Serie A club Roma in the January transfer window as his agent slammed suggestions the former England defender has been lined up to join Crystal Palace. (Daily Express)James Milner’s Manchester City future could be in jeopardy with talks over a new contract for the midfielder currently at an impasse. (Daily Telegraph)Eden Hazard is poised to give Chelsea the best possible Christmas present by agreeing the final details of a new five-year contract. (Daily Telegraph)Harry Redknapp has told QPR chairman Tony Fernandes he wants to sign Jermain Defoe of MLS side Toronto, who has played for him at West Ham, Spurs and Portsmouth, and Stoke’s Peter Crouch. (Daily Mirror)Bolton boss Neil Lennon is considering a loan move for Rangers ace David Templeton in next month’s transfer window. (Daily Record)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Former Man City striker set for Mexico moveQPR outcast could be set for Italian jobFiorentina keen to take Liverpool forward back to Serie AArsenal to sign Lyon starlet? No chance, warns French club’s president!Mancini eyeing raid on former club Manchester City for defenderArsenal transfer report: Gunners target January swoop for Celtic starVidic set for Inter Milan exit after falling out of favour under new boss ManciniWesley Sneijder to Southampton could be on the cards, claims Dutch football expertBlow for Liverpool and Newcastle! Striker pens new deal at MarseilleExclusive – Gerrard must ‘enjoy his football again’, claims former Reds starExclusive – Mourinho reveals he was ‘inches away’ from signing Arsenal legend HenryExclusive – Barnes tells Sterling: Don’t even think about leaving Liverpoollast_img read more

VACANCIES: TOY COMPANY ARKLU LOOKING TO EXPAND

first_imgArklu the company behind the Lottie brand of dolls, which are based in Colab LYIT on Port Road Letterkenny are seeking to hire experienced staff members to add to its current team.Having started their business in London, the owners of Arklu moved their business to Letterkenny with the aim of creating some highly skilled jobs in the North West.Its brand of dolls Lottie are now on sale in over 30 countries and have been the recipient of 28 international toy awards. Following a phenomenal year which seen Lottie become the first doll to make it to the international space station Arklu are looking to continue their growth in 2016 having recently taken on the distribution of their own products in the UK and Ireland. The Donegal Lottie!The new announcement will see them exceed their initial target of 10 jobs within 5 years after just 2 years in Ireland, a further 3 jobs are due to be announced later in 2016.Finance ManagerArklu are seeking a qualified accountant for the role of Finance Manager to assist in business planning and reporting. The candidate must have at least 4 years post qualification experience.Product Development Manager The product development manager will be responsible for the project management of all new products, from design, pricing, packaging, testing to manufacture. Experience in creative industry is essential.Operations ManagerOperations manager will be responsible for all inventory management, customer services, website integration, website planning and upgrades from an operations perspective, management of all logistical processes.Customer ServiceArklu are seeking a number of people willing to work from home for 2 hours per day from January to October increasing to 8 hours per day in November/December. For full job descriptions please email careers@arklu.com together with your CV.VACANCIES: TOY COMPANY ARKLU LOOKING TO EXPAND was last modified: January 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NOTES: URRIS

first_imgGAA Bingo Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 3/11/2011 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,420.00 numbers drawn were 11,17,18,24 the €15 consolation prizes went to Madge Grant Tornabratley, Catherine Kelly Dunaff, Paddy Doherty Carricks Bar Gleneely, Kerry Doherty Brookview Churchbrae Fahan, John J Friel Dunaff.Club Meeting on Tuesday 8th November at 8pm in Straid. Presentation Nights – The Senior Presentation Night will take place in the Strand Hotel on Saturday 26th November at 9pm.The Youth Presentation Night will take place in the Ballyliffen Hotel on Friday 18th November at 6.30pm, further details will be available in the next week.2011 A.G.M of Urris GAA Club will take place on Sunday 4th December at 6pm in the Day Centre Cleagh. Motions for the A.G.M must be delivered in writing to David Hession on or before the 20th November for consideration by the meeting.Results: Well done to the Seniors who won their last game of the season on Saturday at home to Aodh Ruadh (Ballyshannon) Urris 3-12 Aodh Ruadh 0-11.New Club Website is up and running at www.urris.gaa.ie so check it out for all the clubs up to date news. Club Merchandise – the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan on 0879029672.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more