Primary school “improper encounter”An investigation conducted by the Education Ministry (MoE) has confirmed that nine students of a West Coast Berbice primary school were indeed subjected to improper conduct and advances by a deportee.The MoE said on Monday that the man had indeed improperly conducted himself and had made advances to the students, but the incident did not occur in the school’s compound, but rather at another location.While stating that the children were confronted with an improper encounter, the MoE clarified that they were not sexually assaulted.The investigation and the vigilance of the teachers of the school have resulted in the man being arrested and taken into custody by the Police.Since the incident at the institution, the Regional Education Officer and a team of Education officials have visited the school and given support to the teachers, encouraging them to continue being attentive and to engage the children and parents.The MoE, through the Chief Schools Welfare Officer and the Senior Guidance and Counselling Officer, will be facilitating counselling for both parents and pupils.Guyana Times had reported, two Saturdays ago, that seven female and two male students of the primary school were victims of inappropriate advances made by a deportee — an incident which was reported to the school’s administration. The man was accused of being a constant visitor to the school and of luring the students with food purchased from a nearby vendor. Parents had reported that that was not the first time that their children were faced with this issue.Meanwhile, another instance was addressed, whereby information was circulating about a teacher and his student who disappeared after a video was leaked. The Ministry noted that the matter was investigated, and no inappropriate relationship was discovered existing between the teacher and now former student.
Following a strong start to this year’s tournament, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will have their first overseas match when they lock horns with table-leaders Jamaica Tallawahs in Fort Lauderhill, Florida in Match 11, which bowls off at 20:00h today, Saturday, August 18.Shimron HetmyerGuyana looked a well-oiled machine, sporting a new-look side with new captain and coaches. The former finalists won two of their three opening home games at Providence, beating St Kitts Patriots and St Lucia Stars in back-to-back games before losing a good game to the Barbados Tridents.Imran TahirWith a few days off since their last match before leaving Guyana, the Warriors will be looking to resume their winning ways come Saturday, but would need to reignite the fire that burned a few matches ago if they are to upset the Tallawahs.While none of the Warriors has fully fired, they have been exceptional at setting good totals as well as chasing big targets. Openers Chadwick Walton and New Zealander Luke Ronchi have not yet fired on all cylinders, but have managed to play a few good shots and get starts; and with Walton’s knowledge of playing against his country’s franchise and some teammates, each opener would need to get a good score under their belts.Guyana’s middle-order has been flourishing, with skipper Shoaib Malik getting his feet going with a few good scores, while West Indies player Shimron Hetmyer will most certainly be the player to watch. The Test left-hander is in tremendous form dating back to the ODIs versus Bangladesh prior to the start of CPL.Andre RussellHis fiery match-winning 79 not out in the opening game trumped Chris Gayle’s brutal knock, while he followed up with some brisk knocks of 21 and 22. Hetmyer will be one of the key players to whom the Warriors will look to provide some fireworks.One major concern for Malik is the form of Jason Mohammed, who has been enduring a tough time with the bat. He managed 16 in the first game before seeing the team home, and 20 not out in game 2; but he fell for a duck in the final match. A good all-rounder and a clean striker, a change of venue could bring out the best in the Trinidadian right-hander.Another promising star for the Warriors seems to be all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, who played a mature knock of 48 in a losing cause versus the Tridents, but could likely continue his form and show fans that his whirlwind 134 not out in the Canada T20 tournament was no fluke.Few worries bother Guyana in the bowling department, as their bowlers have been operating in a pack-like manner, systematically dissecting the opposition’s batting order to restrict or run over teams.Adam ZampaLeading wicket-taker, South African googly-specialist Imran Tahir, could be a handful in the North American conditions; so, too, might be Aussie off-spinner Chris Green, while frontline seamers Sohail Tanvir and Rayad Emrit will want to follow up their good economy returns with more victims.Jamaica, on the other hand, have been playing purely aggressive cricket, with centurion Andre Russell, among the runs and second on the wicket-takers’ list, leading the franchise for the first time in a positive manner. The Tallawahs, much like Guyana, have a balanced team, and their bowling department have been on a roll thus far.Bustling fast-bowler Oshane Thomas and experienced left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie have been among the wickets, and feature in the current top 10 leading wicket-takers with four wickets apiece. Another leading wicket-taker is Australian leggy Adam Zampa, who has been in ripping form with 6 wickets, and could fancy himself against his old franchise.With veteran Samuel Badree; Guyanese Steven Jacobs, who could also play a role against his old franchise; and classy Imad Wasim, a key player with bat or ball, in the side, the Tallawahs will be up against a potent spin attack.Tallawahs’ batting will revolve around the dynamic Glenn Phillips, who has scores of 58 and 41 under his belt. International star Ross Taylor smoked a classy 51 not out in the last match after finding some form; while Rovman Powell and Russell will provide power-hitting options in the middle.This match will be important for Jamaica, who will utilise Florida for their home games, while Guyana will need to rebound from their loss last week and move up from their third place spot come Saturday night.The Warriors also enter the match with some psychological advantage, beating the Tallawahs twice last season. (Clifton Ross)
0Shares0000Ombek Red Devils were crowned the Nyanza Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions after beating favourites Awendo Academy 2-1 in an entertaining final played at the Gusii Stadium on 10th December 2017. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKISII, Kenya, Dec 10 – Ombek Red Devils from Homa Bay County were crowned the Nyanza Region Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions after stunning Awendo Academy 2-1 in a lively final played at the Gusii Stadium on Sunday.Awendo had taken an early lead in the 5th minute thanks to a Vincent Orongo clinical finish but Wycliffe Ochieng levelled matters in the 29th minute to ensure both sides head to the break tied to a 1-1 draw. Ombek, who edged out Manyatta 1-0 in the semis found the winner in the 70th minute through Rodgers Odhiambo.It was a good start for Awendo who eliminated Nyamira Super Eagles 2-0 in the semis, as they had three shots on target in the first half with the Red Devils keeper Byron Ochieng who won the golden gloves saving two.Crispin Opondo had the first effort three minutes after kick-off with a long range cracker, forcing Byron Ochieng to punch the ball before quickly saving the impulse.Two minutes later Orongo broke the deadlock when he picked a through pass from the midfield to beat defender Alex Abok before placing the ball on the far left side of the post.Awendo Academy had taken an early lead through Vincent Orongo. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONAwendo should have doubled the lead when Dickens Ojwang picked up Joshua Nyantine, but the striker fluffed the opportunity, blazing over with only the keeper to beat.On the other end, Red Devils utilized their first chance when Wycliffe Ochieng was set up by Lameck Ngala to finish off well past an onrushing Awendo keeper Brian Opondo to equalise in the 29th minute and bring Red Devils back into the game.The goal motivated the Red Devils who returned a re-enegized side with Ben Ogot doing his best but it met a strong defence of Awendo Academy.However, Awendo soaked in the pressure to find themselves trailing in the 70th minute when Rodgers Odhiambo utilized on a defensive lapse to shoot home from the edge of the box in a goal that they defended well to win the Boys title.They join Kapenguria Heroes from Rift Valley and Mwingi Juniors Academy to the national finals slated for March 2018 in Nairobi.The national winner will pocket Sh1mn and earn a trip to London where they will meet the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom ambassador, Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama at the his White Hart Lane base.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Defeat leaves Arsenal in sixth place, five points off the top four ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City later on Sunday, and without a win in five games in all competitions while Bournemouth moved four points clear of the bottom three.And while Wenger wrestles with problems on the field, the off-the-pitch saga involving Sanchez is adding to his concerns, with the manager admitting that continuing uncertainty surrounding the striker’s future, was the reason he was omitted.“He’s being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home,” the manager said.Sanchez, who is in the final year of his contract, has been a long-term target for Manchester City and was expected to move to the Etihad Stadium in a £60 million ($82 million, 67 million euros) transfer on the final day of the last transfer window had Arsenal completed a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.City remained favourites to sign the Chile international this month until Manchester United expressed their interest last week.The Old Trafford club’s willingness to meet Arsenal’s £35 million valuation of Sanchez, who can leave as a free agent at the end of the campaign, together with the possibility of offering one-time Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of any deal, have increased the chance of the forward joining Jose Mourinho’s squad.But while Wenger confirmed he expected the situation to be resolved soon, he said he did not know what the final outcome would be.– Sanchez future –Asked if he expected Sanchez’s future to be determined imminently, he said: “Yes. Don’t read too much in it because even I don’t know which way it will go.”Mesut Ozil was also missing for the Gunners after being ruled out with a swollen knee but Jack Wilshere started despite having limped out of the midweek League Cup draw at Chelsea with an ankle injury.Wilshere was anxious to make a good impression on his return to the club where he spent last season on loan while Arsenal were keen to register their first victory since the turn of the year.Arsenal came close after eight minutes as wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles struck the bar with a curling shot. In the 35th minute, Danny Welbeck’s shot was saved by keeper Asmir Begovic but if the Arsenal striker had gone to ground under the challenge of Simon Francis, he may well have won a penalty.There was a much clearer claim for a spot-kick moments later in the Arsenal area when Alex Iwobi handled Ibe’s free-kick but referee Kevin Friend decided the contact was unintentional.Arsenal broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart. Iwobi slotted an excellent pass inside left-back Charlie Daniels, allowing Bellerin to advance on Begovic before beating the keeper with a powerful angled shot.Bournemouth forced their way back onto level terms with 20 minutes remaining after Ryan Fraser and whipped a low cross towards the penalty spot where Wilson nipped in ahead of keeper Petr Cech and turned the ball into an empty net with a first-time finish.Four minutes later the home side went ahead as Wilson collected Lewis Cook’s floated pass deep in the Arsenal area before laying off for Ibe to beat Cech with a low shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bournemouth’s Jordan Ibe is joined by teammates in celebrating his winner against Arsenal on January 14, 2017. PHOTO/SkyBOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom, Jan 14- Bournemouth deepened Arsenal’s misery with a 2-1 comeback victory on an afternoon when Alexis Sanchez’s January exit appeared ever closer.Hector Bellerin put Arsenal ahead shortly after half-time but Eddie Howe’s side mounted an impressive comeback, scoring twice in five minutes through Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe.
Suncream and sandals are the order of today and hopefully the rest of the week as temperatures begin to climb across Co Donegal.Met Eireann say the weather and the temperatures will improve this week and could hit 25 degrees by Friday.We don’t know how long it will last but the message is to get out there while it does. Beaches have been busy across Donegal already as people form Rathmullan to Bundoran try to salvage the best of the summer weather.A spokesman for Met Eireann told Donegal Daily that the temperatures are actually going to be above normal for this time of year.“Temepratures will reach a high of 25 degrees in places which is above average for this time of year.“There will be showers but they will be few and far between. “We can never tell how long this good spell will last so people should make the most of it while they can,” he said. HOT, HOT, HOT – TEMPERATURES COULD HIT 25 DEGREES IN DONEGAL THIS WEEK was last modified: August 8th, 2012 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:beachesdonegalMet Eireannsun
Sister Sara’s Weekend Preview: We have more madness planned for all you revellers out there who want to have a superb weekend. Sister Sara’s caters for all ages and is the ideal venue for you to kickstart your weekend.Sister Sara’s is also the No.1 venue for Hen parties and Stags so if you’re in town make sure and drop in. We’ve another great weekend of music for you coming up.All your favourite Party tracks and more on Friday and Saturday Night.Sports on the screen and of course free fingerfood on Fridays at 6pm to start off your weekend.VIP for Hen’s, Birthday’s and Stags – call ahead on 074 9122238 to book.MORE WEEKEND MADNESS ON OFFER AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 8th, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesSister Sara’sWeekend preview
Roman Abramovich is ready to offer Pep Guardiola a four-year deal worth £40m – after tax – to become Chelsea manager, The Sun say.Abramovich is believed to be keen to appoint Guardiola.The Blues owner is reportedly refusing to give up in his quest to lure the Barcelona boss to Stamford Bridge.The Daily Mail report that Barca are preparing to table a £35m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz.Meanwhile, former QPR starlet Raheem Sterling could quit Liverpool this summer and return to London, according to the Daily Mirror.Sterling, who is rated as one of the country’s best young players, grew up in Harlesden and spent seven years with Rangers before being snapped up by Liverpool in 2010.It is claimed that his mother is concerned about his lack of progress and wants the family to return to the capital.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Look at this picture on National Geographic News. Looks alive, doesn’t it? It’s only a mineral. The article contains a gallery of five micrographs of minerals that form curvy crystals. They’re called biomorphs (a word simply meaning life-like shapes). “Until now scientists had thought rounded crystals, such as those found in seashells and bones, could only be made by living organisms,” the caption for picture one says. “In such a case, fossilized curves in rocks from early Earth or even other planets would seem to be sure signs of life.” The new crystals generated from carbonates by scientists in Spain, however, curve and twist like DNA and other biological forms. They bring to mind the tantalizing forms in the Martian meteorite that launched the science of Astrobiology (01/07/2005, 01/28/2005). The caption for picture five says, “by creating biomorphs such as the one above, the University of Granada’s Garcma-Ruiz and colleagues have put a serious dent in theories that rounded crystals are definitive signs of life.” Nature mentioned the work with a little more cautious language: “The work opens the way for new approaches to the synthesis of biological and biomimetic materials, and to the exclusion of false positives when looking for life-like forms in poorly characterized environments.”1. Research Highlights: “Crystal growth: getting their morph on,” Nature 457, 360 (22 January 2009) | doi:10.1038/457360a.The shapes have no more relation to life than a statue of Robert E. Lee to the actual general. It goes to show how people can see what they wish to see if not careful. This year there is an epidemic of delusional people looking into their crystal balls and seeing the prophet Darwin. Help them face reality. It just might lower your taxes.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Through Nacosa’s efforts, HIV incidence rates and mother-to-child transmissions have dropped in South Africa, and the country’s anti-retroviral treatment has become the biggest in the world.When Maureen Van Wyk joined Networking HIV, Aids Community of South Africa (Nacosa) in 2005, it was a small operation with a handful of staff operating on a limited budget within the Western Cape. Under her leadership, Nacosa has grown into a major player in the HIV/AIDS and TB field with a national network of 1 500 organisations, over 70 staff and channels resources to deliver services on the ground in all nine provinces.“I’ve worked in government and I’ve worked at a university and I’ve chosen to work in civil society because of the dynamic nature of it, the engagement and interaction with issues,” says Van Wyk when asked why she has chosen to work within civil society for so long. “Unlike in government, there is not much bureaucracy and one can really make a difference and actually see the difference that one makes.”Van Wyk, who has a PhD in social development from the University of Pretoria, has noticed a sea of change in the sector over the last ten years: “It has become more professional and more accountable because donors expect to see value for their money. In the past, many organisations were funded without clear deliverables but now the scenario has changed. Many NGOs have gone under but others have grown.”Maureen van Wyk has been at the helm of Nacosa for the last ten years. Her leadership has made Nacosa a vital cog in South Africa’s battle against HIV/Aids. (Image: Nacosa)HIV RESPONSE“The HIV response has grown tremendously,” says Van Wyk. “Ten years ago was just the beginning of [anti-retroviral] treatment in South Africa and today we have the largest treatment programme in the world. The knowledge and information we had back then was very limited whereas today we have a fantastic multi-sectoral HIV response in the country in terms of prevention, treatment, care and human rights.”The fruits of this coordinated response are being realised with declining incidence rates, increased life expectancy and a dramatic reduction in mother-to-child HIV transmission.The burgeoning HIV response is mirrored by Nacosa’s own growth. “I think my greatest achievement is building Nacosa from a small Western Cape-focused organisation to an organisation that significantly participates and impacts on the HIV response in the country,” Van Wyk reflects. “We now work in all provinces and thousands of people at grassroots level benefit from the funding that we manage.”As Principal Recipient for the Global Fund alone, Nacosa has channelled over $60 million (R788-million) to community organisations across the country, achieving an A1 rating – the highest – for the duration of Phase I of the grant.CHALLENGESBut growth and success hasn’t come without its challenges, the biggest of which has been accessing sustainable and consistent funding from local donors. “If you look at the funding scenario right now, you will find that the HIV response is largely funded by international donors. We would have liked more funding to come from local donors and government.”Funding and resource issues are by far the biggest challenge facing Nacosa member organisations at the moment. The majority of respondents in a recent member survey reported lack of funding (63%), staffing or human resource shortages (44%), unreliable or inconsistent funding (41%) and access to information about funding and other opportunities (30%) as major challenges. Lack of technical skills was listed by 20% of respondents and staff retention, funding for salaries, lack of equipment and office space, and “lack of local political will” were also reported by some members.“I would like to see a better, more committed government response in terms of funding for civil society in South Africa,” says Van Wyk. “We work at grassroots level, where government cannot reach, and we need more sustainable funding streams from local government as well as provincial government.”The current trend towards the pooling of corporate social investment funding for health and education is further eroding access to funding by small, grassroots organisations. Despite her wish for more meaningful engagement with local donors, Van Wyk cautions: “It is vital that international funding also stays consistent to maintain our current HIV response.”WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP“What is challenging women in South Africa is the old, out-dated, patriarchal way of thinking about gender roles and what is expected and what is not expected of a woman,” notes Van Wyk. “Honestly, this also affects the men because gender stereotyping prevents people, both males and females, from being the person they could be and want to be.“Women in management positions, particularly in civil society, face many challenges: fundraising, managing a diverse staff as well as running all their programs. Unlike in other institutions where you have a lot of support functions, in the NGO sector, the leader has to be multi-skilled. Luckily for me, Nacosa has more support systems in place and we’ve got fantastic staff.”An informed, skilled and committed board has also been a great support to Van Wyk over the years.ADVICEAs for her advice to other women – or men – in civil society leadership roles: “It is important to keep your strategic focus, even through difficult times, to see the bigger picture.“We have many strong examples of women leading NGOs in South Africa. My advice is to remain focused, passionate and always keep your integrity. It is important to find a balance between the work that needs to be done and making sure that your staff works in an environment where they feel respected.”Source: SANGONeT Pulse