The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, set for Sunday, February 21, is ready to raise $50 million to contribute to three worthy causes. Sagicor Group raised a record $26 million in 2015 and the aim for the 18th staging this year is to double the target of $25 million set last year. This year’s beneficiaries are Children with Cancer across the island, as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit in St Elizabeth. President and CEO of the Sagicor Group, Richard Byles, challenged Jamaicans to donate and pledge funds towards Sigma Run 2016. “Over the years, we have raised $166 million mainly for children and institutions,” Byles disclosed at the media launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Last year, we raised the most money in one year of $26 million. This year, we hope to raise $50 million. We have some special contribution cards in order to reach the target,” Byles added. “This year, we are focusing on cancer. We could not want a more worthy cause,” he disclosed. DONATION TO HELP CHILDREN “We plan to give most of the funds to the Jamaica Cancer Society. We also want to help the children with cancer and the Black River Hospital,” Byles said. This year’s patrons for the event are track and field stars Asafa Powell and Novlene Williams-Mills and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills, a relay gold medallist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, said she could not turn down the opportunity offered by Sagicor. “It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of this year’s Sigma Run. I’m a proud breast cancer survivor going back to 2012 when cancer became a part of my life,” an emotional Williams-Mills stated. “I know what it is for a family with a breast cancer survivor. It is a burden. I have to look in the mirror and see the many scars on my body. It is hard to deal with this thing called cancer, it will rip you apart,” she said. “Cancer has been a part of my family, as my sister died from ovarian cancer and my mother is also a cancer survivor. I ask for support for other survivors as they need help,” Williams-Mills added. Sheryl Lee Ralph revealed that cancer took away her father. “In 2013, prostate cancer took my dad, he fought every minute of the disease. I’m very happy to be partnering with Sagicor to help educate others about the disease. Health really matters,” the actress said.
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The Mayor and City Council will be moving to prosecute non-compliant taxpayers as it strives to recover theCity Hallmore than $2 billion it is owed.In a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green said that indeed the Town Clerk, Royston King would be taking legal action against the defaulters.It was revealed earlier this year that over 400 businesses have been delinquent in their tax payment to City Hall.Last week, the Council had disclosed that it was owed more than $2 billion in property taxes. M&CC Public Relations Officer Debra Lewis explained that this sum has accumulated over long periods of time since persons have blatantly disregarded the law.On Tuesday, the Mayor said that adequate measures were put in place to foster a smooth system that was encouraging to these individuals to come forward and pay their taxes. She added that fewer than a hundred of those who owed monies came forward to settle their accounts. Additionally, the Mayor said that the “amnesty programme” which involves the waiver of interest on amounts owed was still in effect and urged persons to utilise this option during this period.Companies and businesses must apply to the Council for a 50 per cent to 75 per cent amnesty on tax interest.In a statement last week, PRO Lewis had signalled that the Council intended to pursue all legal options available to the municipality through the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01. This, she said, would include “parate execution”, which is a debt recovery process under the law.This procedure is special to banks as it allows the resale of property mortgaged to the bank. The mortgage is organised without going through court proceedings and the institution itself is given the power to hold an auction for the sale of the property by the appointed auctioneer.
Team Liberia put in a strong performance and was praised for the team’s industrious display despite as the 4-1 defeat to Indonesia in their first game at the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Brazil.The West African side had the better of the first half but failed to take their chances and went in to the break level at 1-1 after a fantastic strike by Daniel Nimleh Bowdior.Indonesia captain Sularja opened the scoring five minutes in to the game when his header crept in at the far-post. He later doubled his goal tally when he tapped in following some good movement down the left side of the Indonesia midfield.Midfielders Malik and Jordan made sure the points were wrapped up with long-range strikes midway through the second half, both of which took wicked deflections on their way past Liberia goalkeeper Soko Gurley.However Liberia responded well, forcing the Indonesia goalkeeper to make some very good saves. The team made their coach’s and country proud showing real commitment throughout the game and embraced what the Street Child World Cup is all about, fair play, passion and hard work.Team Liberia Coach and Street Child of Liberia volunteer Sam Burnette afterwards commented: “I am extremely proud of how the boys performed against Indonesia. They are a solid side and have been tipped as contenders to win the SCWC tournament, so for us to give them such a good game is very pleasing.“Of course it is disappointing to lose any football match, but I know that if we continue in this manner we will pick up points very soon. We are enjoying our time in Brazil, learning a lot and looking forward to playing our next game against South Africa.”Latest Results Indonesia 4-1 USA Pakistan South Africa Tanzania 2-0 Argentina Liberia 1-0 3-0 3-0 Philippines 13-0 Egypt Mauritius India Nicaragua Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Thousands gather to hear Alexander Cummings at the Harper Sports Stadium-During visits to Maryland, Grand KruLeaders in the southeastern counties of Maryland and Grand Kru say Alexander B. Cummings is their choice for president. Elders, chiefs, women, and youth groups in seven town hall meetings in Grand Kru County gave Cummings their endorsements after similar meetings in Maryland County following the party’s campaign program held on Saturday, August 6, at the Harper Sports Stadium.Hundreds of ANC partisans and sympathizers led by standard bearer Cummings, his wife, Teresa, vice standard bearer Jeremiah Sulunteh and his daughters Geraldine and Tracy, marched through the principal streets of the city.Many described the atmosphere as the “restoration of a political rally of the 1950s and 1960s, with a son of the soil walking around Harper campaigning for his kinsmen to vote him to the highest seat.” Some in the crowd said they joined the parade to express their support for the ANC, because the last time they saw a parade in which a presidential candidate walked for five hours, instead of being driven in the usual convoy, was back in the 1980s.“We the leaders of this county are grateful to God for this time. When President Tubman died we lost the chance to rule this country, but today God has given us a son, we have received him and are going to vote for him, a paramount chief said, adding, “he is going to be successful in Jesus’ name.” Another said, “We the owners of this land want to tell you, he is our candidate.”Standard Bearer Cummings and his VSB Sulunteh respond to the crowd in HarperSulunteh told the crowds that Liberians must take a political break from the past and vote for change. “This is the new narrative, take a political stamp and vote for change. Vote to leave behind the political excess baggage of nepotism, corruption…let’s rally for that change,” he said, adding that “The real change hails from Maryland.”Standard Bearer Cummings, said the journey of changing the country had now begun and reiterated his vow to create jobs, grow the economy focusing on agriculture, electricity, and water. He said his government will also use sports, music, and culture to transform the lives of Liberians.“Liberia first,” Mr. Cummings said. “We will find the money, find the resources, meet other governments to build our economy and change lives. We will reconstruct our wealth, pay members of the Legislature less and pay teachers, health workers, the police, soldiers and other civil servants better. “We will be the last to eat, meaning to take pay; the civil servants will take pay before us,” declared Cummings.“We will go after corrupt people, we will put them in jail and seize their properties. We will ensure that Liberians have a fair share – they will all take their share from the bowl of rice (the economy). As a son of Maryland – the Southeast, we will do it and stop the marginalization. We will build the roads and the schools…so vote for the ANC and all Legislative candidates,” said the ANC leader.Town Hall MeetingsThe bad roads and lack of schools and scholarships for their children were overwhelmingly stressed by elders of Grand Kru County. The administrator of the Grand Kru School System expressed appreciation to Cummings for his financial aid to students from academic 2015 through 2017. “We appreciate your support to the tutorial classes and to the WAEC examinations from which 73 students of both Barclayville Central High and P.G. Wollor High Schools benefited,” he said.“Mr. Cummings did not only organize tutorial classes for WAEC candidates, but also provided funding to compensate teachers for conducting the tutorials. He also provided refreshment for students, stationery for schools, and above all reimbursed the WAEC fees of all 73 students.”Cummings team also visited Gengbetee and Buah towns, Barclayville, Suehn, Gblebo, Duogbo and Banweh towns in Grand Kru where elders and others spoke about the lack of education and bad roads. In his town hall meetings in Mayland County, including Wlowein Town, Besekein, Gblolobo and Pleebo, the people expressed similar concerns about the lack of education and poor road conditions.The ANC standard bearer thanked the people for their support and urged them to believe in themselves, in their towns and counties and vote for different leaders to change their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Forty-eight-year-old Jegede Hodge of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara was on Thursday sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment for four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 16 years old. He was found guilty of the offences by a jury in November but the sentencing was deferred to Thursday.Convicted rapist Jegede HodgeThe man was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child between May 1 and 31, 2014. The child was 13 at the time. However, in 2015, he committed the act twice between January 21 and December 31. She was 14 at the time.As the child turned 16, he again raped her between September 1 and 30, 2017. For the first charge, Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall sentenced Hodge to 18 years’ imprisonment and another 20 years for the second.She further imposed a 22-year sentence for the third charge and 25 for the last. The sentences will run concurrently, hence, he will only serve 25 years. During his address to the court, he begged for forgiveness.The victim, in a statement to the court, said she is still traumatised by the incidents and at times thought about ending her life. She also stated that she was disappointed that her mother did not believe her when she confided in her.The young lady noted that the convicted rapist collected her from school and took her to various locations where he would commit the act. The statement also revealed that the victim had pleaded with the man to use a condom to prevent her from getting pregnant. The State was represented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohamed and Nafeeza Baig, while Ravindra Mohabir represented the accused.
A sure sign that Christmas is only around the corner, McElhinney’s today revealed their magical fairy forest themed Christmas display which includes snowy owls, curious kids, and mischievous fairies.Over the years, McElhinney’s have built up a reputation of having extraordinary displays which emit a great sense of magic at this time of year. The window was revealed following a special visit from a very important man from the North Pole, live music, refreshments and sweets for the kids.McElhinney’s have now commenced their Sunday Christmas opening hours from 1:30pm to 6pm. Image credit: Nigel McKelveyMcElhinney’s winter wonderland window unveiled! was last modified: November 20th, 2016 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:christmas windowfairiesForestMCELHINNEYSSANTA
Making sure that the building work is on course for the grand opening on Saturday November 30 are venue manager Cathal Doyle (right) and Brendan McCusker (left), Group Manager for 1 OAK Leisure Limited which owns Rubys and TIME Bar + Venue in Cookstown.WORK is nearing completion on a new bar and nightclub venue in Strabane that is set to create up to 60 new jobs and attract more visitors to the region. In a £1.5 million investment project, business man Patrick Scullion has acquired what was formerly known as Katy Daly’s in Railway Street and is currently in the process of creating a new 20,000sqft ‘super venue’ for Strabane and its neighbouring areas.The opening of Rubys Bar + Nightclub will create up to 60 new full time and part time jobs which is welcome news for the area following a recent report commissioned by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) which identified Strabane as one of the council areas which will be hardest hit by the government’s proposed welfare reform. Rubys Nightclub, which officially open its doors on Saturday November 30, will contain two floors with a different music offering on each level and an extensive luxurious beer garden.The Parisian-themed Rubys Bar will open seven days per week from Saturday December 14 and will act as a live music venue that can accommodate up to 500 people for concerts and shows, or a function area that can cater for approximately 100 people for food and beverages. In total, the new super venue will host no fewer than NINE separate bars as well as the beer garden.New owner Patrick Scullion, who comes from a construction background, made a huge impact on the Northern Ireland social scene last year when he opened TIME BAR + VENUE in Cookstown which has fast become one of the province’s most popular nightclubs, attracting customers from all over the province. Mr Scullion hopes that Rubys will replicate the success of its sister venue.“In its heyday, Katy Daly’s was a thriving entertainment complex and one of the top destination venues in the north west of the province,” said Mr Scullion. “We hope to resurrect that business with a new state of the art super venue which will immediately create up to 60 full and part time jobs with the majority of staff coming from the Strabane area. Rubys Bar and Nightclub will operate on the same business model which has seen TIME in Cookstown surpass all of our expectations but with the added benefit of a function room which can cater for private functions or act as a live music venue for local and national bands.”The combined capacity for the new venue entertainment complex will top 1500 people and Mr Scullion hopes to attract customers from all over the North including neighbouring Donegal.“I’m a firm believer that if the product is good enough, then people will come and without doubt, what Rubys has to offer will rival anything else in the province and will give the people of Strabane a venue that they are truly proud to be associated with,” concluded Mr Scullion.Rubys Nightclub will operate a strictly over 18 policy on Friday nights and over 21’s on Saturday nights. A state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system and high-tech lighting system with LED backdrop screens will give top DJs from Ireland and abroad the perfect platform to showcase their talents.According to Patrick Scullion, a host of top national and international DJs have already been lined up for 2014, details of which will be released before the end of the year. Weekly live music will be a feature of Rubys Bar with some of Ireland’s top bands already being pencilled in over the next 12months.Sister venue TIME has also developed an excellent reputation for its food offering which is something Rubys will aim to match with a Gastro Food restaurant opening in late January.BUSINESSMAN SPEAKS OF DELIGHT AT CREATING 60 NEW JOBS IN STRABANE was last modified: November 13th, 2013 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:rubys nightclubSTRABANE JOBS
Donegal County Council is to send out its fleet of gritters early on Saturday morning as temperatures are set to plunge overnight.Indeed Met Eireann has warned that snow could hit many parts of Donegal tomorrow morning.Gritters will be sent out on a number of primary routes by the council from 5am onwards. The situation will be continually assessed as the weather warning continues.Met Eireann says temperatures for Donegal will dip to zero degrees with snow forecast from 3am onwards.The following routes are those to be gritted with all motorists being asked to exercise caution in the morning.06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1 Council sends out gritters as Met Eireann forecast snow overnight was last modified: March 19th, 2019 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:councildonegalgritterssnow