NGO to pay full CSEC fees for 74 Berbice students

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgThe MMP Foundation For Excellence has committed itself to pay for 74 students in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) to write their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams in June 2019.Students of Canje Secondary School posed with teachers and the founder of MMP Foundation For Excellence, Mohabir Mookoorchand Persaud on MondayThe students who were selected through their respective schools received commitment certificates at the Foundation’s second annual prize-giving ceremony at its headquarters, Clifton Settlement, Corentyne, Berbice on Monday.Founder of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mohabir Mookoorchand Persaud told Guyana Times that the children were selected by the schools from a list of persons living under difficult circumstances. Many of these students, he noted, have touching stories.“Many of them came from single parents. We have stories where some persons are surviving off of a pension… living with a grandparent.”An emotional Persaud said because of the extremities of the various cases he has put together a team which was tasked with going through the applications before the 74 students were selected.Initially, all of the secondary schools in Region Six were contacted to provide possible candidates for the gift certificates.He said in excess of $2 million would be made available to pay the examination fees regardless of the number of subjects each student intended to write.The MMP Foundation For Excellence was established two years ago with the main aim of assisting those who were willing to do well at their studies, but could not do so owing to financial constraints.The Foundation has been instrumental in shaping the lives of children from day one of its existence. In the first year, the Foundation paid for 15 children to write CSEC.The Foundation’s first beneficiary, Mahendra Phagwah, secured 13 subjects and is now employed at Metro Office and Computer Supplies and is also a young entrepreneur.Addressing the children, teachers, and some of their parents, Persaud said 2017 could have been considered a success. This year, 40 children were assisted with full tuition from MMP Foundation For Excellence.“We are pleased to announce that some of the Region’s top performers came through the MMP Foundation. After that excellent performance, I have decided to award a full tertiary scholarship to the top student of Region Six, Darshanie Jagubir. She will receive four-year tuition along with a $60,000 voucher annually. She is presently pursuing a degree in biology at the University of Guyana, Tain Campus,” Persaud noted.MMP Foundation was established to ensure that children with the zest and determination are given the necessary support and push to do their best. Meanwhile, apart from paying for students to write their exams, the Foundation continues to distribute stationery supplies to children.“This year, it has distributed 30 hampers consisting of bags and school materials worth over $800,000. In addition, the Internet and travelling expenses will be paid to another 20 children for the next year.”Speaking at the ceremony, former Regional Education Officer (REO) Shafian Bhajan said it was a historic event.She explained that in the past in Region Six many students have not been able to realise their true potential owing to difficult circumstances. “Education is a ticket out of poverty,” Bhajan said.She noted that in Guyana much of the money from Government does not reach those who need it most to have a positive impact.“What the MMP Foundation has been doing is to do it on a personal level so that it goes directly to those who need it the most.” Bhajan also noted that statistics have shown that many students still experience difficulty attending school and as such, she challenged others to join the effort to help children shape their future.Meanwhile, awards were also given to the MMP graduating class of 2017-2018. The students were also rewarded with $4000 for each Grade One they obtained. The Region’s top student, Jagubir, gained 16 subjects, including 15 Grade Ones. The schools that benefitted from the initiative are Canje Secondary, the Berbice High School, New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary, JC Chandisingh Secondary, Port Mourant Secondary, Corentyne Comprehensive, Winifred Gaskin Secondary, Berbice Educational Institute, Skeldon High School, Line Path Secondary and Tagore Memorial High.last_img read more


Antilles 3×3 Basketball gets underway

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgThe Cliff Anderson Sports Hall was yesterday filled with adrenaline as Under 18 basketball players from 9 Caribbean countries gathered to prove that they are the best at 3 on 3.The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) and International Basketball Foundation organized event got off to a grand start, as members of several international bodies were present at the occasion.Project Associate of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), Theren Bullock used his speech to focus on the capacity building seminar that was incorporated into the event.“We hope that within the youth leadership workshop that you really take the time to think about everything that you’re learning, all the skills that are being taught to you and the tools that you’re able to use so that you can go back within your communities to lead,” the project associate noted.Also addressing the gathering was FIBA’s Governance commission member Patrick Haynes who highlighted the importance of 3 on 3 basketball, disclosing that the format will be one of six addition in the 2020 world cup.“In the 2020 Olympics, Basketball will have six additional medals, with the 3 on 3 basketball being added to this category. And 3 on 3 basketball is my passion,” he disclosed.The Caribbean Basketball Confederation member also went on to sing praises for those parties who are continually involved in the hosting of the tournament.“I must congratulate the GABF, the IBF, the change foundation and the staff for working tirelessly to create this platform for the Caribbean region,” Haynes said.On a different note, President of the GABF Nigel Hinds, had nothing but words of encouragement for the 9 participating countries as they prepared to head into competition.“So I ask you to be competitive, play hard, represent your flag, your country and yourself as best as you could. But the whole purpose of the endeavor is to learn and benefit and develop from the process,” Hinds stated.The competition began subsequently after and will continue today from 2pm with the knockout and final games being played. Guyana’s female team comprising of Annalisa Barclay, Saffiya Greene, Lydia Roberts and Roschelle Campbell will battle out of Group A with Barbados, St Lucia and Aruba. Group B of the female category will feature Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda and Martinique.Meanwhile, he Male Group A consist of Barbados, St Lucia, Guadeloupe and Aruba. Akeem Crandon, Andrew Johnson, Nigel Bowen and Shamar France of Guyana will play in Group B against Martinique, French Guiana and Dominica.last_img read more


Orange Line popularity could spread

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The continuing appeal of the Orange Line has spurred MTA efforts to extend the 14-mile busway and connect residents living outside the San Fernando Valley with the hugely popular “subway on wheels.” A $6 million study is being conducted on a plan to extend the line — which now runs between Woodland Hills and North Hollywood — northward to the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Chatsworth. Transportation officials hope the connection will entice commuters from Santa Clarita or Ventura County to park their cars and climb aboard. Analysts also will study whether the busway can be extended north along Canoga Avenue to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station and whether there’s land near the freeway for a Park and Ride lot. If approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, construction could start by 2009 and be completed in three years. Except for an occasional dip — during summer vacation and the winter holidays — the busway has averaged more than 20,000 daily boardings since shortly after it debuted Nov. 1, 2005. To meet the demand, the MTA plans to experiment this summer with 65-foot-long buses. Each could hold 14 more passengers than are held by one of the 60-foot-long buses now in use. The transit agency could eventually use 80-foot-long buses, boosting the capacity to that of rail lines. For information about the Orange Line, call (213) 922-6235 or see www.mta.net.last_img read more


Bush raises specter of Iran power grab

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgThe administration is expected to soon blacklist a unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, subjecting part of the vast military operation to financial sanctions. The move would be in response to Iranian action in Iraq and elsewhere. An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because Rice has not yet announced the move against Iran’s Quds Force unit, said it is now unlikely that the United States will move against the entire Revolutionary Guard. The organization has military, business and other interests and is a powerful force in Iranian society. Petraeus mentioned the smaller Quds Force several times in his congressional testimony this week. It is clear that Iran’s “Quds Force seeks to turn these Shia militia extremists into a Hezbollah-like force to serve its interests and fight a proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq,” Petraeus told senators Tuesday. Administration officials acknowledged last month they were considering a plan to target the entire Revolutionary Guards force as a “specially designated global terrorist” organization. The designation was created in 2001 as part of larger post-Sept. 11 measures to cut off funding for extremists. The designation would allow U.S. financial regulators to move against the Revolutionary Guards and businesses that have dealings with the group. The State Department and Treasury Department are also working to enforce existing sanctions on Iran or expand and toughen the measures. At the same time, the United States has tried to flatter Iran and please allies by holding the first formal two-nation talks in nearly 30 years. The talks have been limited to the situation in Iraq, where the U.S. accuses Iran of funding, supplying and supporting insurgents who attack U.S. forces and undermine the Iraqi government. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador, told Congress on Monday that the Iranians seemed less interested in reducing violence in Iraq and more interested in being seen as players there on a par with the United States. There has long been a division within the administration about the best course to take on Iran, with some of Bush’s most hawkish advisers opposing Rice’s efforts to draw Iran to the bargaining table over its nuclear program. Some of her advisers suspect news leaks about the Revolutionary Guards designation were a deliberate attempt to push her toward a harder line. The U.S. cut diplomatic relations with Iran shortly after the 1979 storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Although both nations have made public and private attempts to improve relations, the Bush administration labeled Iran part of an “axis of evil,” and Iranian leaders still refer to the United States as the Great Satan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected the U.S. officials’ criticism of his country. In an interview on state television Wednesday, Ahmadinejad said that criticism by Petraeus and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, was mainly for domestic consumption. “Iran has no need to interfere in Iraq. The Iraqi government and nation are close friends of Iran,” he said, adding that the Americans won’t accept that they have failed in Iraq. “If you bring 10 times more forces you still cannot succeed there. Victory awaits no one in Iraq.” Ahmadinejad said a U.S. pullout would stabilize the region. “If the U.S. leaves the region, there will be more friendship and Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia would fill the power vacuum,” Ahmadinejad said. “We are ready to help providing security – we are natural allies.” Despite persistent rumors of preparations for a U.S. military strike, the administration insists it wants a diplomatic solution to its long list of complaints about Iran’s alleged support for terrorism and its nuclear program. WASHINGTON – The Bush administration said Wednesday that retreat in Iraq would cede power in the country to Iran, the U.S.-labeled “axis of evil” nation that has become the boogeyman of the Middle East. The troubled U.S. relationship with its chief Middle East adversary hung over this week’s watershed recommendations from President George W. Bush’s top military commander in the Iraq war and the assessments of his top diplomat in the country. Gen. David Petraeus warned Congress that the United States is already fighting a “proxy war” with Iran, and the U.S. ambassador in Iraq said his potentially groundbreaking diplomatic overture to Iran has gone nowhere. Bush is expected to point to the potential threat from Iran in his address tonight to the nation about his plans for an unpopular war now in its fifth year. “Iran is a very troublesome neighbor,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on NBC’s “Today” show, adding that Iran’s president has said that if the United States exits Iraq, “Iran is prepared to fill the vacuum.” last_img read more


GAA NEWS: KILCAR RESERVES EARN GOOD AWAY VICTORY AGAINST GAOTH DOBHAIR

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgKilcar GAA NotesAll Ireland FinalsWe would like to wish the best of luck to the Donegal Minor and Senior teams in Sundays All Ireland Finals and a special mention to Patrick, Ryan, Stephen, Conor and Andrew who are representing the club and safe journey to all who are traveling to the matches. Also it’s great to see all the flags, bunting, banners etc in all corners of the parish great colour throughout, well done to all!!Due to a shortage in tickets received for the All-Ireland final we do not have a sufficient amount to meet the demand. Paid up adult members will receive priority.Those receiving tickets will be contacted next week and collection will be at the end of next week.RTE News will be filming in Towney next Wednesday at 1pm in the build up to the All-Ireland Final all welcome to come along with your colours etc. Our Reserves had a good win away to Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday the final score was 3-11 to 1-10.Ocean FM All Ireland TourAs part of the build up to this year’s Minor and Senior All Ireland finals Ocean FM are broadcasting from Aislann Cill Chartha on Thursday 18th September from 7-10pm, all welcome.UnderageOur Under 8’s travelled to Ardara on last Saturday for Finals day a big thank you to the Ardara club for a well run competition while our Under 16’s lost out to our neighbours Killybegs in the league semi-final final score Cill Chartha 1-07 Na Cealla Beaga 3-07. Club AppWe have now over 120 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lotto There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €7,000 this week’s numbers were 9, 10, 23 and 28 winners were: €50 Frankie McDevitt (Kilbeg) €30 Martin Carr (Main Street) and €20 Trina McShane(Keenaghan). Lotto Plus numbers 1, 8, 14 and 26 there was no winner.BingoClub Bingo winners €80 Eileen Gallagher, Patricia Cuningham, €70 Tom Campbell, Fidelma Bourke, Joan McGuinness, Bernard Shovlin, Annie Deane, Marie Gallagher, Rosealeen Boyle and Rose McBrearty.The Jackpot on Sunday week is €2,800 on 45 numbers.We need more volunteers to help out at the Club Bingo please contact Brendan Byrne for info at 087-6985566 if you can help out if we get enough volunteers then a rota set up so you won’t have to be there every week.NO Bingo this Sunday due to the All-Ireland Final.GAA NEWS: KILCAR RESERVES EARN GOOD AWAY VICTORY AGAINST GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 16th, 2014 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more


Lee Named MVC Golfer Of The Week

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgDrake University golfer Haeri Lee was named MVC Women’s Golfer of the Week Wednesday after earning medalist honors in Drake’s win at the UNI Women’s Invitational. The freshman battled difficult conditions to post consecutive rounds of 75 to finish at the top of the 32 golfer field.Lee finished with a 36-hole score of 150 (75-75) to outpace fellow freshman Kristen Giles by three strokes. The first-place finish is Lee’s sixth consecutive top-20 finish, and her third top-10 finish this season. Lee is averaging 76.3 strokes per round, which is a team-best for the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs will travel to Raymore, Mo. for the Kansas City Intercollegiate hosted by UMKC, April 8-9. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Imelda May to sing Amhrán na bhFiann at McGregor vs. Mayweather fight

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgAhead of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather clash tonight, Imelda May is set to belt out Amhrán na bhFiann.It has been confirmed for some time that Demi Lovato will sing The Star-Spangled Banner but uncertainty remained over who would sing the Irish National Anthem until last night.Imelda May tweeted the good news last night and seems absolutely over the moon at being given the opportunity. Here’s the news! I’ve been asked to perform the National Anthem ahead of the #mayweathermcgregor fight in VEGAS!Let’s go McGregor!! 🏆👊🏻— Imelda May (@ImeldaOfficial) August 26, 2017Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, originally tried to get Bono on board, but he couldn’t make it as he is attending a wedding this weekend.Despite Imelda’s good news, some fans have been left disappointed as she had to cancel performing at a small music festival, Down on the Close, in Warwickshire. A spokesperson for the festival says that they understand why Imelda canceled, but have been left stuck due to the short notice of her cancellation.Speaking last night, Imelda says; “I am very sorry to announce that I’m unable to perform at the Down On The Close Festival in Rugby tomorrow. I was really looking forward to it, and hate to cancel on you all so last minute but I have just been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity that I can’t turn down.” Following the weigh in, McGregor said he will raise the tri-colour with pride.“Tomorrow we go to war.”Imelda May to sing Amhrán na bhFiann at McGregor vs. Mayweather fight was last modified: August 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:conor mc gregerFloyd MayweatherImelda Maynational anthemlast_img read more


Drumkeen hosts touching Easter Commemoration

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgA great crowd gathered in the village of Drumkeen for their Easter Commemoration.Splitting sunshine met those who gathered at the Hunger Striker’s Monument in the village.A number of locals played their part in the commemoration. The flag was lowered By Ciaran Coyle while the 1916 Proclamation was read by David Doherty.Councillor Liám Doherty read out the Roll of Honour and the wreath was then laid by Packie Harkin.The ceremony was finished off beautifully by Aoise Gildea who played Amhrán na bhFiann on the tin whistle.Drumkeen hosts touching Easter Commemoration was last modified: April 3rd, 2018 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:DrumkeenEaster CommemorationVILLAGElast_img read more


SA is Africa’s top nation brand

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgSouth Africa has been awarded the title of the most valuable nation brand on the continent, with its recent inclusion in the Bric economic bloc and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup contributing to strong positive perceptions – both locally and abroad.Anitha Soni, chairperson of the Brand SA of South Africa Brand South Africa, received the accolade from UK-based Brand Finance on behalf of the country at the launch of the Brand Finance African Nation Brand League in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 25 May 2011.“This honour underlines the progress the country has made,” Soni said.The rating by Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League takes into account the GDP revenue that a country generates.Egypt is the second most valuable nation brand in Africa, while Nigeria takes third place and is followed by Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya and Libya.Brand Finance pointed out that the sophistication of infrastructure is what makes Africa’s best three nation brands some of the world’s serious competitors.Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup helped South Africa set up some impressive facilities, from which it’s poised to benefit from in future.And the World Cup itself did wonders to enhance the country’s image. “The world saw us and saw what we can do,” said Soni.Joining the Bric economic bloc – previously comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – has come at the right time for the nation, which is bracing itself for further economic growth. With the inclusion of South Africa, the group is now referred to as Brics.“Brics is a powerful new platform for promoting economic growth throughout Africa. This is a further recognition of South Africa as an important emerging country in its own right,” Soni said.Brand South Africa is now aiming to make the country one of the top 20 most valuable nation brands in the world. South Africa is currently in 41st position.According to Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League, the top three most valuable nation brands at the moment are the US, Germany and China respectively. Brazil and India are also in the top 10.Enhanced reputation driving tourismThe positive perceptions of the country are also a driving force in the growth of the tourism sector. “South Africa has become one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world,” said Oliver Schmidt, managing director at Brand Finance.But it’s not just tourism that’s benefiting from the country’s glowing brand – the entire private sector is scoring too. As Brand Finance CEO and founder David Haigh said: “There’s no doubt that nation-branding contributes to the perception of South Africa’s products.”The top three most recognised corporate brands on the continent are South African. MTN is number one, while leading banks Absa and Standard Bank are second and third respectively.MTN is the 199th most valuable brand in the world and the only African brand to be included in Brand Finance’s top 500 rankings.The telecommunications group has seen major growth since being established in South Africa 17 years ago. It now operates in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and its services connect over 120-million people.“It’s big thanks to my colleagues,” said Christian de Faria, the group’s senior vice-president for commercial and innovation.Brand Finance tips Standard Bank, which now ranks 510th, to break into the world’s best 500 in the coming years. “Standard Bank is one of the contenders”, Schmidt said.Brands of locally made goods are finding their place onto international markets, said Soni. “South African brands take their place in the global arena. We’ve taken ourselves into the international arena at every level.”All but one of the most valuable corporate brands ranked in the top 10 are from the US. The exception is UK-based Vodafone.Gateway to AfricaSouth Africa has positioned itself as a gateway to the African continent for investors. The Brand South Africa’s aim is for South Africa to become a reflection of the continent.“Our role in Africa must contribute to the growth of the continent in entirety,” said Soni.In coming years “people will know that the African agenda is driven by Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder of the Brand Leadership Group.“If South Africa does well, the whole continent does well as well,” Ikalafeng added.Source: MediaclubSouthAfricalast_img read more


Evolution Ag Open House Feb. 10

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evolution Ag, the Case IH dealership that recently opened its new location south of Delaware on US 42 announced its’ annual Open House and Customer Appreciation event for Wednesday, February 10th. The dealership is located 8 miles south of Delaware on US 42 near the Conklin Dairy Farm north of the US 33 interchange.Doug Loudenslager, Principal and General Manager said that current and future customers are invited to the dealership on February 10 to enjoy lunch as well discounts on parts, filters fluids and specials on products throughout the store.Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and features “World Renowned” Stiverson pork tenderloin sandwiches and homemade pies from  Carlyle’s in Richwood. Loudenslager also said that Dr. Chris Winslow will be speaking at 1:30 on the Lake Erie Watershed and the research being conducted for management of toxic algae blooms in the basin.Product specialists from Case IH and the other companies that Evolution Ag represents will be in attendance to answer questions and review new product offerings. In addition, new Dodge Ram trucks will be on display along with available test drives.Case IH and Dodge are sister companies and part of the Fiat Industrial group. Evolution Ag is the authorized Case IH dealer for Central Ohio including Delaware, Union, Morrow,  Marion and Franklin counties. The company also sells and services the Kioti, Kubota, Grasshopper, Gravely, and Stihl lines of lawn mowers and landscaping equipment.last_img read more