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

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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

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

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

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