first_imgDear Editor,In a Stabroek News article carried on October 6, 2019 under the heading “‘Give us a chance’ Granger in re-election appeal to Linden voters”. It was reported that President Granger said, “From the time we were born, we were born to lead and we are leading the country to greater independence now in 2019”.I need the President to explain to me who is the “we” he is referring to? Is it the PNC? If this is so, then it therefore means that his government has no need for the AFC, the WPA and the other parties that make up the coalition.Or is the “we” he is referring to Afro-Guyanese? What does this, therefore, mean to the members of the coalition that are of other races?What is most troubling about his statement is that his inference is that only this “we” he referred to is capable of providing leadership in this country and that those outside of this “we” can’t contribute anything towards the development of Guyana. It is this kind of divisive thinking that has the country in the current sad state it is in. It is therefore incumbent upon Mr Granger to clarify who is the “we” that he is referring to.Sincerely,Todd A Morganlast_img read more

first_imgTesting of the second generating unit of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg is set to begin today, Wednesday, February 1, a press release said yesterday. The completion of the second turbine, which has the capacity of 22 megawatts, will increase the installed capacity of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant to 44 megawatts, and the overall capacity of 82 megawatts. In preparation to place the second turbine online, there will be outages which will occur during the synchronization process of Unit 2, the release warned. The process will begin with the unit preparation of ‘emergence stop’ followed by ‘load rejection’ test at various intervals of 5.5, 11, 16.5 and 19MW.According to the release, the 5.5MW intervals of both tests are expected to be carried out without experiencing an outage on the grid, while the 11, 16.5 and 19MW (red coded) are expected to have an outage on the grid.On December 15, the first generating unit was commissioned by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Other dignitaries at the program were the Foreign Affairs Minister of Norway, the Commissioner for Africa of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs of the U.S. Government.When the project is completed, Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant will have a total capacity of 88 MW (four generating units of 22 MW each).The completion of the second generating unit will not only increase the LEC generating capacity, but will increase the corporation’s customer base. This will also pave the way for the reduction in tariff as was promised by President Sirleaf during her recent State of the Nation address. During the testing exercise, customers may experience interruptions in power supply. The testing will continue up to Monday, February 6. The management of the LEC apologizes for any inconvenience as a result of this exercise and asks for the support of the Liberian people leading to the full completion of this project, the release said.Customers are advised to make the necessary preparations in relation to these power interruptions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgReports of typhoidThe Guyana Water Inc (GWI) after visiting the residents of Tapakuma, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to assist with the disinfection of the well, distributed brochures on how to disinfect water by boiling and the recommended dosage of liquid bleach to add to water for household use.Workers cleaning iron from incrusted lineThis came in light after reports from the Tapakuma Community Health Centre, which stated that there were a number of persons from the community who have displayed symptoms of typhoid, with the majority testing positive for the disease.The GWI team interconnected the line from the well to the outlet line from the overhead tanks, which helped with increasing pressure to flush out the lines and ultimately improve the water quality.“We have found that the distribution network is made up of inappropriately sized pipelines that were run improperly more than four years ago with no flush-out points,” the GWI said in a statement.Furthermore, there were high levels of iron which compounded the situation, causing encrustation and a reduction in the diameter of the pipes. This also resulted in persons at the end of the network receiving a low level of service.Connected to the well were eight tanks, four each on two trestles. GWI Region Two workers only managed to clean one set of tanks, owing to their inability to access the other trestle. The photovoltaic system that powers the system was also incorrectly installed, standing in the way of the tanks.GWI assured residents of Tapakuma that the entity would monitor the water supply system there so that they could continue to enjoy improved water quality and access.The Toshao was advised to ensure the tanks were cleaned every two to three months to maintain the improved water quality they were now receiving.The residents usually harvest rain water and dig their own ponds owing to their reluctance to use water supplied by the shallow community well.The well, which was drilled by the Regional Administration, is supported by aged infrastructure and produces water with high iron content.last_img read more

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – Six-year-old Samuel Pacheco had hoped to run a 100-meter race when sniffles stopped him dead in his tracks. The culprit: a nose full of pollen and a bad case of allergies. “The pines are pollinating, big time,” said his father, Oscar Pacheco, 51, of Granada Hills, during a Wednesday visit to an allergist. “The last couple of weeks, my son has had a runny nose, coughing. He’s irritated a lot.” With Los Angeles in its driest weather season ever, allergists say a record lack of rain has heightened spring pollen – and hay fever – across the region. That’s because the dry spell has simply failed to wash away the storm of pollen that causes the sneezing, runny noses, red eyes and itching induced by allergies. “We’ve been busy,” Dr. Joseph Shapiro said as he treated Samuel at his Allergy and Asthma Institute of the Valley in Studio City. “This area of the Valley and throughout Los Angeles, the tree pollen has been especially high. We anticipate that this summer, the grasses and the weeds will be bad.” Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, affects up to one out of five residents who suffer through the irritating rite of spring. In the San Fernando Valley, the first barrage of pollen begins in January from ash and walnut trees. With the onset of spring, the knockout blow comes from olive, oak, eucalyptus and other trees. High concentrations of mostly sycamore, mulberry and pine were reported in Orange, the closest National Allergy Bureau pollen station. An onslaught of grass pollen will likely aggravate noses through fall, joined by allergy-inducing weeds. “The last couple of weeks I’ve had a spike of people with allergy symptoms. It seems to be full force,” said Dr. Marc Riedl, an assistant professor of immunology and allergy at UCLA Medical Center. “The ideal conditions for pollen are dry, windy conditions, and we’ve certainly had that.” Riedl said even the outdoor dry-weather molds that cause allergies are thriving. And patients from the Midwest, where ragweed thrives, complain allergies are worse in Southern California, possibly exacerbated by the poor air quality, he said. And drought. L.A. has seen just 2.47 inches of rain – 18 percent of normal – since July and is on course for the driest season on record. The last significant drizzle was Feb. 22, when a mere 0.38 of an inch fell downtown. For months, a series of offshore Santa Anas has blown pollen into L.A. basins from the high desert, foothills and the Angeles National Forest. Even weather forecasters are reaching for their Kleenex. “It’s a killer because there’s no rain to wash the pollen out of the air,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist for the Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ” … I am suffering. I’ve definitely got the itchy eyes and the big sneeze.” As the pollens let fly, prescription and over-the-counter nasal sprays and antihistamines such as Claritin also have flown off the shelves. Allergies are the sixth-leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, affecting between 40 and 50 million residents, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. And about 14.1 million doctor visits a year are attributable to hay fever. “We’re getting people in, two to three patients a day,” said Dr. Alireza Alibanaei, a pharmacist at Basso Pharmacy in Woodland Hills. “They’re congested. They can’t breathe right.” While long-term sufferers often opt for years of allergy shots, new treatments could be in the works. Amino immunotherapy, which requires only a half-dozen allergy shots, could be approved for use in the next five years, Riedl said. In addition, studies show that sublingual immunotherapy, widely used in Europe, might also be affective, he said. Allergens, placed under the tongue, cause fewer allergic reactions. Seasonal allergies, once taken lightly, have been blamed for poor sleep, poor concentration and a risk factor for asthma, especially in children. “People miss work. They miss school. It does interfere with the ability to sleep, to concentrate. And it affects fatigue,” Riedl said. “For some people it’s a nuisance, for others it’s a major medical condition that disrupts their lives.” At Shapiro’s clinic, patients complained of itchy eyes, sneezing and postnasal drip. Samuel Pacheco, who has been wheezing and scratching after a rain of pine and eucalyptus pollen in his yard, had to cancel a track meet Saturday. “The allergies are definitely kicking in,” Shapiro, an affiliate of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, explained. “The pollens are making his condition worse.” Allergies also are complicating life for Cynthia Phillips, 37, of Burbank. “If I don’t take allergy medicine, I can’t go to sleep,” she said after a separate exam by Shapiro. “My whole life has been Kleenex. “My dogs have (allergies), too.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want 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

first_imgKellie Willis, a software systems designer in Venice, said his coach told him he wasn’t a good listener. So he joined Toastmasters to improve his communication skills. Ron Rocca, a pharmaceutical manager in San Diego, said a life coach named Buddy confronted him about not being honest. “He called me on things several times,” Rocca said. “He said, `I don’t know why, but you’re still not being honest with yourself.’ I liked that.” In the last 15 years, coaching has grown into a $1.5 billion industry with at least 30,000 professional coaches worldwide. According to a 2006 survey by the International Coach Federation and PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than half of those coaches are located in the United States. Almost 70 percent of coaches are women working full-time and part-time, with salaries ranging from $26,000 to $83,000 per year. The majority of their clients are between 38 and 45 years old. The coaching business is unregulated, though groups like the International Coach Federation are trying to bolster its credibility through training and certification. Filling the void Coaches say the growth is mainly due to overworked managers stepping back from the role of talking to employees about job performance, advancement and satisfaction. The mentoring relationship that used to exist between the boss and his subordinate is being replaced by a relationship between the coach and the employee. Typically, coaches are sought out – either by an individual or a company – to address job performance or burnout. In 2004, Kellie Willis was working as a software systems designer at MGM studios’ Santa Monica offices when he started looking for a coach to help him figure out what he wanted to do in life. “The hours became longer. The projects had become less inspirational,” he said. Shortly after he started meeting with Nancy Weil Brown, a life coach in Chatsworth, he walked into work and gave his two-week notice. Willis started volunteering as president of the West L.A. Democratic Club to fulfill his passion for politics. “I’m putting more into stuff that is going to make a difference in the long run,” he said. Boardroom coaching Life coaches often come into an office to bolster morale of top talent, but then end up taking on more influential roles in corporate decision-making. Peggy Still had been executive director of the Fuller Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, for 20 years when a marketing consultant suggested she spend some time with a coach. She began working with Sward. “I’m one of those managers that is very hands-on, not just a supervisor,” Still said. “I was feeling burned out.” She said that Sward, the Pasadena coach, helped her refocus on the reasons she is still at the foundation. She also helped Still think about her side passion, a baking business. Still said she’s always been a baker, but when her husband developed diabetes she began experimenting with sugar-free desserts. In the end, she decided to stay with the foundation, but she is also putting more into the business. She said her experience with the coach was invaluable, and she hired Sward for other projects, such as evaluating job applicants. “I see this as a trend,” Still says of coaches becoming more influential in the corporate setting. “It’s replacing mentoring. Having someone from the outside makes the employee feel more comfortable.” Professional coaching can fall under just about any category. There are personal coaches, business coaches and life coaches. There are coaches who act as personal assistants, psychiatrists or career counselors; some are more like an outside conscience. Some provide after-hours beeper numbers – some don’t. Reaching goals But all work toward the main objective of helping clients reach specific goals. In many cases, those goals are related to new career directions. Coaches are increasingly being called upon to help workers who have been laid off find new jobs. Career consulting giant Right Management has 400 coaches it assigns to employees facing job loss due to a corporate restructuring. “A coach is assigned to them one-on-one to help them identify what they want to do,” said Pat Reilly, marketing vice president for Southern California. He said many people in the mortgage industry have lost jobs in recent months. In addition, Right Management has been helping entertainment, aerospace, auto and high-tech workers find new employment. “Nissan was headquartered in Torrance and they moved to Tennessee last year. They offered everybody in the Torrance facility the transfer, but 65 percent declined it and they received outplacement services.” Coaches from the International Coach Federation Los Angeles chapter are considering approaching school districts about offering coaching services, not to administrators, but directly to classroom instructors. “Everyone is stretched so thin,” Sward said. “(Employers) are looking for ways to reward people. And I see teachers as prime candidates for that.” She said workers in teaching, nursing and engineering would benefit from personal coaching because those fields are understaffed and burnout is on the rise. Work perks While coaches are being used more widely to counsel rank-and-file workers, they are still considered something of a perk, and not all businesses are willing to pay for them. Charles Idelson, a spokesman for the California Nurses Association, dismisses the idea of coaching for nurses as a gimmick. “The biggest problem with burnout from our perspective is not individuals getting tired of work,” he said. Rather, improving safety conditions at hospitals, preventing back injuries and ensuring adequate compensation would go a long way toward keeping nurses on the job. Plus, he said, recent graduates of nursing school already get mentoring through programs that pair them with experienced nurses. But coaches say having a mentor on the inside of the organization isn’t the same as talking to an outsider. “Mentoring is fantastic,” said Petra den Dulk, a Long Beach life coach, “but what coaches provide is independence, and they don’t have an agenda.” Barbara Correa can be reached at barbara.correa@dailynews.com or (818) 713-3662. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Having a personal life coach – a professional adviser who guides and motivates people to reach their goals – has long been a status symbol for movie stars and high-flying executives. But as corporations relentlessly downsize – leaving bosses too busy to mentor younger employees and creating pools of laid-off staff in need of urgent career advice – life coaches are stepping in to help everyday workers. “Coaching has been created because there is no `people’ time,” said Cynthia Sward, a personal coach in Pasadena. “When do you ever hear about management having a budget to take the staff out to lunch?” Life coaches sit down with clients and talk to them about their goals and how to get there, which can involve some psychoanalytic-like self-examination. last_img

first_imgMoney that may be counterfeit should always be reported to the RCMP.More information about identifying US money as counterfeit can be found here. The Fort St. John RCMP are asking all businesses to thoroughly check all US currency that they receive, as they have discovered counterfeit bills in the area.Three counterfeit US bills have been seized by Fort St. John RCMP.A $100 bill, with the serial number DB96003269A had been used at a store, where employees discovered it was counterfeit.- Advertisement -RCMP located the person and discovered they also were in possession of two counterfeit $10 bills, with the serial number JC9518278A.The person carrying the money was unaware that the bills were counterfeit, according to officials.An investigation into where the money may have come from, and if any other counterfeit money has been used in local stores, is on-going.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTHE next generation of Donegal’s Ladies footballers will take to the magnificent new pitch at the new Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny tomorrow (Saturday) for the All County Donegal Daily U12 blitz.Twenty two teams from all over Donegal will be taking part in the elite blitz which is being used to help identify potential players for a county development team.Registration is at 10am sharp. Rules for the U12 Donegal development blitzPlaying the game• Each team may have a panel of 11. Teams will not be allowed to register more than 11 players.• 9-a-side games. • Unlimited substitutions.• 15 minute games.Playing rulesThe official rules of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association will apply to all games however the following exceptions will apply:• The ball may be carried for four steps before bouncing or soloing—players are restricted to two touches i.e one solo, one bounce or two solos • A player who is fouled takes the free and when an opponent fouls the ball e.g over carrying it, the player nearest to the ball takes the free• The opponent nearest to where the ball crosses the sideline, takes the sideline kick from the hands• Opposing players to be at least 5m from the player taking the free kick, sideline kick or kick out. Free kicks should be no closer than 13m from opposing line. No penalty kicks.• There are no 45’s, any ball behind the end line is a wide ball and will be a goal kick Note for coaches/mentors:** Fair play and fun for all participants. Shouting abuse at player or officials will not be tolerated by the organising committee and offenders will be asked to leave the site!************RESPECT WILL BE THE ORDER OF THE DAY!****************Here are the fixtures for tomorrow’s games:DONEGAL LGFA: EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR DONEGAL DAILY U12 GIRLS ALL-COUNTY BLITZ was last modified: August 15th, 2014 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:Colaiste AilighDonegal LGFAletterkennyU12 Girls Blitzlast_img read more

first_imgThe video above highlights the transformation Arena 7 has undergone since it’s inception back in 2004, nobody realized back then just how popular the venue would become.Arena 7 is now undoubtedly the North West’s No.1 entertainment complex.To watch this brilliant video simply click play and enjoy. So how did an old run down Chip Factory turn into one of the top Entertainment Complexes in the Northwest?Quite simply, one man’s vision.Arena 7 opened its doors on August 2004 offering 10 bowling lanes, arcade machines, a kids adventure centre, a fast food outlet, a bar and five snooker tables.Twenty-nine staff started off on that journey with Arena 7 and now ten years later there are over sixty employed. Enda Nicholls first came up with the idea after a conversation he had with Seamus Mc Ateer of County Seat where he once worked.The need for a place for families to be entertained in Letterkenny was realised.The venue at Ballyraine was chosen and so the wheels were set in motion to what has become a fantastic addition to Letterkenny.Since that first day in 2004 the complex has grown steady with The Brunswick Room added in 2005 complete with Private Bar and a capacity for 140 people.Kelly’s Corner was the next to be added in 2007 to cater for the growing demand of private functions with a capacity of 60. The snooker tables were replaced in 2007 with the arrival of the very popular Kids Go Karts and The snug bar arrived in 2011 and it has since doubled up as a Private Karaoke Bar when Arena 7 teamed up with London based Karaoke Specialists “Lucky Voice”.The best way to start off a night on the town too I might add!!!!!!The VIP Private Bowling Room was a welcome addition in 2012 offering three lanes of bowling complete with stylish seating, private music system, a pool table, air hockey table as well as waiter service for those enjoying a drink from the bar.Laser Quest was the next to follow in 2013 with the new multi level maze a great addition to the growing number of reasons to visit Arena 7. The game, using state of the art equipment is played by both adults and kids and is used by quite a lot of teams and businesses as a team building exercise with Declan Bonners successful Donegal Minor team recent visitors.Never one to stand still in 2014 Mr Nicholls renovated the restaurant and renamed it The Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant so his customers can enjoy great food in stylish and comfortable surroundings.Shay Given, Ken Doherty, Jimmy White, Paul Mc Ginley, Aidan Mc Geady, Brendan O Carroll, Danny and Amanda O Carroll as well as Keith Duffy and the Irish Boxing legend Jack Mc Laughlin have all been visitors to the complex in the past 10 years.However it is the support of the local people that has made the business the success that it is.Enda and Claire would like to thank each and every customer who have chosen Arena 7 over the past 10 years and look forward to the future with great anticipation.Arena 7 will celebrate the past 10 years on the 5th of September with food and music by Cod Stewart (a Rod Stewart Tribute Act) and that man DJ Scoop.Everyone is welcome with food served at 9pm and music after.Here’s to the next decade.DDTV: ARENA 7 CELEBRATE TEN INCREDIBLE YEARS IN BUSINESS was last modified: August 29th, 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:10 years2004Arena 7BusinessEntertainmenthome-page featuresnewslast_img read more

first_img Tags: Azam UPLPaul Nkatasam simbwaUganda CupURA FC Sam Simbwa will coach URA FC until the end of the seasonURA FC has appointed Sam Simbwa Bamweyana as their caretaker coach up to the end of the seaon.This comes two days after the resignation of Paul Nkata who decided to throw in the towel in the wake of rumours that he had lost control of the dressing room.Nkata submitted his resignation latter on Tuesday evening after his team was humiliated 7-2 in the league by KCCA FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Through a press release availed to the media via the club’s website on Thursday afternoon, URA confirmed the proceedings.“We confirm that URA FC head coach Paul Nkata resigned on Tuesday, 24-04-2017,” read the statement.Nkata had been in charge of URA since December“Nkata he been with us for a period of four months and the club welcomes his resignation.“In the wake of events, we have decided to appoint a caretaker coach until the end of the season.“URA FC board thanks Nkata for the time he gave to the club and would like to wish him well in his future endeavours.“The URA FC board seating on Thursday, 26-04-2018 has decided to appoint Sam Simbwa Bamweyana to guide the club until the end of the season.“We warmly welcome Simbwa as we believe he has all the experience and expertise to lead the club of champions up to the season’s close.URA has further stressed the club’s ambitions and highlighted that they will need their fans to support them more than ever.“Over the years, URA FC has endeavoured to build a winning team,” continued the statement.“Just like our tag line, “One Team One Dream,” this is the time that the team needs all the support necessary from our beloved fans and we pledge all that is required to keep this dream alive.Nkata had been in charge of URA for 13 competitive matches, 12 coming in the Azam Uganda Premier league and the other in a Uganda Cup game that the Tax Collectors lost 1-0 to fourth division side KJT at Namboole.In the league, Nkata has over seen three wins, two draws and seven defeats, leaving the Tax Collectors in 8th position on the table, six points away from relegation with only four games to go.Simbwa comes in only a few weeks after he resigned from his coaching role at Kenyan side Sofapaka.The “Mulangira” as he is commonly known has plenty of experience in the Ugandan game, coaching over five teams in five top flight including giants SC Villa, KCCA and Express.He won is last title in the Ugandan Premier league when he guided Express FC to the crown in 2013.With the internal atmosphere in the club not close to good, it remains to be seen whether Simbwa will be able to restore discipline and order at a club that is one of the best funded in the league.URA has won four league titles to date, last winning it in the 2010/11 season.Comments last_img read more

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.MESA, Ariz. — Expect A’s spring training games to get a little more star-studded in the next week.Matt Chapman, Khris Davis and Joakim Soria each participated in a simulated game over at the A’s minor league facility before Sunday’s 14-5 loss to the Royals.Davis, who has been dealing with a left calf strain, faced new A’s reliever Joakim Soria, who has been slowed down by a right hip injury. “He’s feeling …last_img read more