Skeldon’s Heritage & Recreation Park

first_imgDear Editor,While the media is abuzz with the pros and cons of the future of the sugar industry and the fate of its thousands of employees, it is heart-warming to see the development of the Skeldon Estate Heritage & Recreation Park, which is a brainchild of the current estate manager, with support from her principals.This park essentially represents a profit centre, with employment opportunities for many otherwise unemployed staff, converting the liability of the unused Senior Staff Compound with all the sunken costs by renting the many empty Senior Staff Houses, and opening up to the public, at affordable fees, the use of the staff club, swimming pool, children’s playground, tennis court etc spread across the extensive lawns, with beautiful trees and flowers, which must be maintained lest what is now a pristine compound turns into an ugly forest.This initiative is not only financially sound, but it represents the breaking down of an age-old, anachronistic barrier between the privileged classes and rank & file citizens in the community and the country at large, as well as overseas-based Guyanese who return to their homeland for vacations. The body language and expressions of joy on the faces of the men, women and children of the local community and others as far away as Georgetown, as they use the erstwhile ‘forbidden’ facilities, speak volumes for this socio-anthropological breakthrough. (I often recall and recoil at the personal inferiority complex which overshadowed my boyhood days at Blairmont Estate, when the invisible barrier along the public road which runs through the Senior Staff Compound was so strong that I suffered mortal fear when I had to scamper on the lawns to retrieve my bumper ball; lest Mr Edoo, the compound foreman, apprehend me with a good thrashing with his ‘koodari’ (walking stick)!As far as I am aware, the initiative includes use of the Skeldon Heritage House (known as the Big House), conducted tours via empty cane punts through the cane cultivation, as well as walks through the old and new sugar factory, rental of the Training Building for occasional meetings and longer-term residential training activities, conventions etc.Bravo, SkeldonManagement!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgcrime, drugs set WHITTIER – The Unification of Disabled Latin Americans (UDLA) is inviting residents to participate in a peaceful march against crime and drugs in Whittier. The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Workman Mill and Don Julian roads, and will end at North Whittier Andrews Elementary School, 1010 Caraway Drive. Every child who participates will receive a free goodie bag. Sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol and Supervisor Gloria Molina will be in attendance. To make donations of items for goodie bags or money for the UDLA, call (213) 388-8352. The Senior Wheels USA program is making power wheelchairs available to senior citizens and the permanently disabled for free, if they qualify. The wheelchairs will be given to those who can no longer walk safely and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair and who meet any additional guidelines of the program. For more information, call (800) 246-6010. March against Join and compete in Aquatic Club SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Aquatic Club provides training and competition for youths ages 5 to 18 in competitive swimming. Tryouts are required and can be arranged by contacting the team coach at the Aquatic Center, 10145 Pioneer Blvd. The tryout consists of a 50-yard crawl stroke and a 50-yard backstroke swim. Admission to the club is based upon stroke analysis. Parental involvement in highly encouraged. Fees for residents is $50 and $90 for non-residents. Fall hours for the Aquatic Center is 4 to 6 p.m. for seniors and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for juniors. For more information, call (562) 868-7665. Make exercise a 30-minute habit SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join the city’s Club 30, a wellness program designed to help you and your family meet daily exercise requirements. Health experts agree that at least 30 minutes of exercise a day is the key to optimum health. By joining Club 30, you pledge yourself to a goal of at least 30 minutes a day of exercise. Enrollment also enters you in a drawing for a chance to win a free class of your choice. You will also receive health and wellness tips, invitations to city exercise outings and a special monthly health and wellness drawing. In addition to the classes, consider exercises at home and work including walking in your neighborhood and replacing a coffee break with a 10-minute walk. The Activity Center, 11155 Charleseworth Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For class fees and other information, call (562) 948-1986. Databases available to the public SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, has databases available to the public from their home or office computers. The databases include the Auto Repair Research Center, Testing and Education Resource Center and the Health and Wellness Resource Center and newspapers and magazine articles. The library offers students specific databases, such as the Encyclopedia Americana, for their homework needs. For business residents, the library offers ReferenceUSA. All of the facility’s online databases are available to those with a valid Santa Fe Springs Library card. For information call (562) 868-7738 or log on to the Web at www.santafesprings.org/library. New Cerritos session opens today CERRITOS – Cerritos College’s second nine-week session begins today. Students may access a schedule of classes, complete an application and register online for a variety of classes by visiting www.cerritos.edu/admissions All eligible returning students have an option to either register online through MyCerritos or by using the automated Falcon phone registration system at (562) 865-3276. – From staff reports160Want 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

Chelsea transfer latest: Blues enter race to sign Juventus misfit striker

first_imgChelsea have joined West Ham and Everton in the race for Juventus striker Simone Zaza.The 24-year-old is currently part of Antonio Conte’s Italy squad at Euro 2016 and has made one substitute appearance so far.And now Conte has been linked with a move for him once he takes the reigns at Stamford Bridge following this summer’s tournament.New Everton manager Ronald Koeman is said to be a big fan of the striker while West Ham also hold a long-standing interest in him.But the Gazzetta dell Sport claim Chelsea could be about to blow their Premier League rivals out of the water with a summer offer.However, they will face competition from both Roma and Borussia Dortmund who are also interested in £23m-rated Zaza, who scored five goals in 19 Serie A appearances last term. Antonio Conte is reportedly keen on bringing Simone Zaza with him to Stamford Bridge 1last_img read more

Chelsea to reward academy ace with £100k-a-week deal after amazing start

first_imgTammy Abraham is set to double his money at Chelsea, with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy reportedly ready to reward him with a new deal.The England Under-21 international scored his first ever Premier League goals for the Blues in a 3-2 win over Norwich City on Saturday. 2 Tammy Abraham is set to sign a new deal at Chelsea worth £100,000-a-week The report claims Abraham currently earns £50,000-a-week and has two years remaining on the deal he signed before joining Swansea City on loan in 2017.Chelsea are likely to add two more years to the striker’s current deal and take his earnings up to £100,000-a-week including bonuses.However, it is understood there is no rush in negotiations, given the fact Abraham is relishing the opportunity to lead the line for his boyhood club – fulfilling a lifelong dream in the process. AFP or licensors Manager Frank Lampard is a firm believer in the striker’s abilities, publicly backing the youngster after he missed a crucial penalty in the UEFA Super Cup shoot-out.And behind the scenes, he has clamoured for Abraham to be rewarded with a new deal in the same way he did for Mason Mount.According to the Telegraph, the 21-year-old is currently the lowest earner in the Chelsea squad after Mount and and Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed new contracts in the summer.Former Derby County star Mount signed a new deal worth £77,000-a-week, while Loftus-Cheek committed his future in west London by agreeing a deal worth £150,000-a-week. 2 Getty Images – Getty Frank Lampard highly rates the forward and started him against Manchester United and Norwich City last_img read more

‘Urgent need’ for extra opening hours at Twin Towns Library

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Patrick Mc Gowan has called for Stranorlar Library to be open six days per week and for additional staff to be brought in.The Twin Towns library was relocated to The Base in Stranorlar in 2016 and is open to the public from Monday-Friday at various times.The Fianna Fail Councillor welcomed the fact the Stranorlar library has now been moved to a brand new state of the art premises and has called for the extension of opening hours/days and for additional staff to be brought in. “I am very thankful to council management for that but because of the success there is now an urgent need to open the library to six days a week as Saturday is an important day for families and people who would otherwise be working,” McGowan said.“Ballybofey- Stranorlar and environs is arguably the second largest urban centre in the county and must have similar service levels as to other large towns across the country,” he said.“The library has had to close twice since it moved to new premises since September and this is just not right on customers or staff,” he said.The motion was raised at yesterday’s Stranorlar Municipal District Council Meeting. The council commented to say that there is no current provision in the 2017 budget to cover the cost of extending the service at Stranorlar. The matter will be kept under review to ensure that an efficient and convenient service is available.Cllr McGowan said that he will be working hard with management to see how existing resources can be better utilized as well as seeking additional funds. ‘Urgent need’ for extra opening hours at Twin Towns Library was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:councillor patrick mcgowanlibraryStranorlartwin townslast_img read more

Four arts and culture projects across Donegal receive €450,000 grant windfall

first_imgDonegal arts and culture projects will today receive the biggest grant allocation for more than a decade.Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed the announcement from Government colleague and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys that FOUR projects in the county are to share in €450,000 worth of grants her Department.The Minister will make the announcement later this morning as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018. A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios and creative and performance spaces.The green light has been given to four projects locally which include:· €215, 753 approved for Lifford project· €164,785 approved for the Abbey, Ballyshannon · €46,420 approved for An Grianan, Letterkenny· €27,962 for the County Museum.In Donegal approval of grant funding has been given to LATCH, Lifford, which runs the Old Courthouse project with a grant of €215,753 for a new lift and atrium stairwell.The Abbey Arts and Cultural Centre in Ballyshannon has been given €164,785 for a series of works. These include monies to refurbish and upgrade the main threatre, theatres 2 and 3, reception area, the shop and kithchen areas and the green room; upgrade lighting, sound equipment, insulation, provide safe access over the stage and main auditorium, and purchase IT and projection equipment.An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny is getting €46,420 for refurbishment and upgrade facilities to front of house and the auditorium. And Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny has been awarded €27,962 to develop a multi-functional space, new furnishings and a technology update.Speaking today Minister McHugh said: “This will come as a very welcome announcement to artists and audiences who use all four facilities in County Donegal.“This €9 million announcement being made by Minister Humphreys is the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade.“Investing in infrastructure, like theatres and performance spaces, is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, which in turn underpins social cohesion and supports economic growth. I am confident that this funding injection for The Abbey, LATCH in Lifford, An Grianán in Letterkenny and the County Museuym will help to grow local audiences and attract further people into Donegal. “Creative Ireland, the Government’s ambitious new 5 year strategy, aims to place culture and creativity at the heart of every community nationwide. A vibrant cultural sector is essential to society and investment in local arts and cultural centres helps to facilitate access to and participation in the arts in communities nationwide.“I wish to pay tribute to all those involved in the arts in Donegal. Over 85% of the funding is being provided to projects outside of Dublin. Putting arts and culture at the centre of rural life is a key element of the recently launched Action Plan for Rural Development.“I would like to commend Minister Humphreys for prioritising investment in our regional arts and cultural facilities, and I look forward to work getting underway on projects in Donegal without delay.”Cllr. Barry O’Neill – Deputy Chairperson of Donegal County Council has also welcomed the countywide funding for the cultural facilities but in particular for his hometown of Ballyshannon with the Abbey Arts Centre being granted €164,000 from Government.Cllr. O’Neill said: “It’s fantastic news for the Abbey Arts Centre, for Ballyshannon but also for South Donegal as the facility was eight years ago designated as the Arts Centre for South Donegal.“I must pay tribute to the Board of Management at the Abbey Arts Centre and its dedicated Manager for their continued commitment to the key arts facility in South Donegal.”Cllr. O’Neill added: “The Abbey Arts Centre was owned by Ballyshannon Town Council and its former members for many years made many sacrifices to keep the doors open and indeed invested funding from its Town Commissioner resources. It is home to a vibrant arts scene in drama, music, dance and art with Theatres dedicated to the Late Rory Gallagher, the Late Patsy Croal and dedications alsoto the Late Margaret McGinley and home of the Helen Allingham Gallery.“This funding will be of immense benefit to a full refurbishment of the Abbey Arts Centre and will bring it on par with the best arts facilities in the Country when complete.”In Letterkenny Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh said: “As a director of the An Grianán theatre management company, I have been working along with Minister McHugh to impress on Minister Humphreys the importance of this capital funding application to the continued success and future development of the theatre in Letterkenny.“And I am absolutely delighted that the Minister has awarded this grant, that will help to ensure that An Grianán remains to the fore, in the provision and development of arts, drama and music in the county and North West.”Cllr.Kavanagh said the grant to the county museum was very welcome.“This is the biggest funding grant in a decade to the arts and proof that this Government is fully committed to supporting history and culture in County Donegal.”Cllr Martin Harley welcomed the funding allocated to the Old Courthouse in Lifford.He said: “This is a massive funding boost to the work of LATCH in Lifford where the Old Courthouse has been turned into one of Donegal’s Top Visitor Attractions.“I am very grateful to Ministers McHugh and Humphreys for this fantastic news.”Four arts and culture projects across Donegal receive €450,000 grant windfall was last modified: February 12th, 2017 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:ArtsCulturedonegalgrantsMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Single-dose HIV drug welcomed

first_img30 November 2012 South African organisations involving in combating HIV/Aids have welcomed the announcement of a tender award for a single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drug for the government’s HIV treatment campaign. Announcing the R5.9-billion tender award in Pretoria on Thursday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the majority of South Africans on state-sponsored ARV treatment for HIV would, from April 2013, need only one tablet instead of the current three per day. Motsoaledi added that South Africa had managed to reduce the cost of the tender – for a single dose of the triple combination of tenofovir, entricitabine and efavirenz – by 38%, a massive saving of R2.2-billion. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomed the announcement on Friday, saying it would be the first time that “first-line fixed-dose combination ARVs and third-line antiretroviral medicines will be procured for use in the public sector”.Multiple benefits It said clinical studies had shown that fixed-dose combination drugs (FDCs) improved patients’ treatment adherence, which would improve treatment outcomes and reduce onward transmission of HIV. FDCs would also make prescribing, dispensing and monitoring treatment easier for nurses and pharmacists, while simplifying procurement and supply chain management. “This is particularly important given the ongoing challenges with medicines supply, leading to shortages and stock-outs of ARVs and other critical medicines,” the TAC said.Third-line ARVs also to be procured The TAC further welcomed the fact that, for the first time, some third-line ARVs would be procured for use in the public sector. It said the provision of these medicines would offer hope for some patients who previously had no other treatment options. The TAC said it would help the government by embarking on a nationwide education and awareness campaign on the introduction of first-line fixed-dose combination antiretrovirals. “We will also conduct workshops on the new third-line treatment and where is it available in the public sector.” Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also welcomed the announcement, saying the inclusion of FDCs was “good news for the 1.7-million people currently on ARVs in South Africa, because they now finally have access to simpler and improved treatment options. “Rolling out drugs in FDC formulations will have significantly positive implications to help keep patients adherent to their life-long treatment,” Dr Gilles Van Cutsem, the MSF’s medical coordinator in South Africa, said in a statement on Friday. According to the MSF, the fixed-dose antiretrovirals would not only benefit patients but also relieve the burden on the South African health system by simplifying the ordering and monitoring of ARV stocks. With fewer pills to pack, transport and dispense cost reductions were also possible. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Facebook Tweaks New Homepages in Response to User Complaints

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#web About 1.2 million users have now voiced their disapproval of the new homepage through this unofficial poll (only 80,000 left positive feedback). This also means, however, that an overwhelming number of Facebook’s over 175 million users didn’t register any opinion yet. Will These Tweaks Help?If Facebook were indeed a democracy, one million votes would barely register, and Facebook’s users have always had a propensity for complaining about any change to their beloved service. Still, it would be hard for Facebook to just simply ignore a million irate users, though it seems like Facebook is not ready to completely backpedal and bring back the original design – instead, it is actually adding more functionality to the updated homepages. Cox’s post on the Facebook blog also doesn’t address some of the main issues users had with the new design. In reading through most of the earlier feedback, we didn’t see anybody who was looking for auto updates of the feed or minor tweaks to the interface – instead, most users simply wanted the old layout back.What Should Facebook Do?Facebook obviously has no interest in upsetting its users, but we will have to wait and see if the tweaks that Cox announced yesterday will be enough to appease those users who passionately dislike the new design. The current feedback is not exactly encouraging in this respect As we reported last week, Facebook’s users clearly disliked the latest updates to their homepages, and now, Facebook is giving in to pressure from its most vocal users. According to Facebook, its users were especially unhappy with the lack of filtering mechanisms for the news stream on their homepages, and yesterday, Facebook’s Chris Cox announced that the company plans to tweak the current design in order to give users greater control over what updates appear in the news stream.Better FiltersBesides reducing the application content in the stream, Facebook will also introduce automatic updates of the feed, so that users won’t have to reload the page. Given how much Facebook pushed the idea that the stream was ‘real-time,’ we always wondered why this feature wasn’t part of the original design.Facebook also plans to introduce features that will filter out wall posts and other content that is directed to specific users, in order to make way for more content that was explicitly meant to be shared with others. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification frederic lardinois Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Jump in Indian Student Enrollment Supports U.S. Graduate Schools

first_imgMore foreign students are enrolling in U.S. graduate schools, with an influx of Indians making up for a slowing flow of students from China Related Itemslast_img

Mamata jumps on KKR bangwagon, plans grand celebration at Eden

first_imgMamata Banerjee on Monday announced plans for an elaborate state function to celebrate the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumph. The West Bengal chief minister also said that the entire team would be felicitated by her government during a special ceremony.”Celebrations will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from 11 am,” Mamata declared. “The players will travel in an open trailer truck from Hazra to Writers’ Building. The team will then proceed to the Eden Gardens for a special programme.”The Trinamool Congress supremo added that the victorious players would be felicitated by the state government as well as her own party during the function at the Eden Gardens. The good news for fans is that it is an open celebration and there are no tickets to attend the ceremony.”There will be no tickets for the function,” Mamata said. “Kolkata police will announce further details, but anybody and everybody can enter the stadium.”There will be a cultural programme at Eden for one hour. Three Bengali bands will play during the ceremony and there will be songs like chak de.”Earlier, Mamata expressed joy over Kolkata’s victory in the final against Chennai. “I’m happy over the victory of KKR. All the teams played well. In a game, there is victory and defeat. I congratulate KKR team specially for winning the title,” she said.last_img read more