#JAVotes2016: Slow start to voting in Dalvey, St Thomas

first_imgTwelve votes for the People’s National Party (PNP) and seven for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were the numbers given by the cluster leaders 90 minutes into voting at polling stations 42 A and B in Dalvey, eastern St Thomas. The PNP’s Dr Fenton Ferguson has never won the division though having served as member of parliament for 23 consecutive years. JLP cluster leader, Carlene Steele, does not anticipate the division to change hands as she is confident that her party’s representative Delano Seiveright will triumph. “We are going to have a strong turnout. Wi never lose in our polling division,” Steele said. “It has happened every year where in the morning voting is slow.” One of the cluster leaders for the PNP in the area, Ann-Marie Williams, attributed the low early morning turnout to the fact that persons have gone to work. “Later we will have a better turnout, because most of our sure votes are out in the field,” Williams said. “We have mostly cane cutters, some people have gone to work to return and we have elderly persons, who we have to pick up. We are going to win it.” Ferguson won the seat in 2011 by 473 votes over the JLP’s Patrece Charles Freeman. ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Ramil de Jesus is new PH women’s volleyball team coach

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Ramil de Jesus is the new PH volleyball head coach. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMulti-titled mentor Ramil de Jesus is back in charge as the new head coach of the Philippine women’s national volleyball team.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) officials led by vice president Peter Cayco made everything official on Friday afternoon before the national team tryouts at Arellano Gym.ADVERTISEMENT De Jesus is also keeping his fingers crossed that this will be the first step for the long-desired harmony in Philippine volleyball, saying: “Ano na lang ang mangyayari kung di tayo magkakaisa?”The national team is preparing for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia in August and the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Cup in Thailand in September.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Time for Blackwater to play to its potential, says Erram Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De Jesus, who has been a winner in every level he’s been in, last handled the national team back in 2005, when he steered the Philippines to a bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games.He was set to handle the squad in 2015 before Philippine volleyball underwent a change in leadership.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDe Jesus welcomed the turnout for the tryouts, with 16 of the 34 invitees showing up for the session. However, he remains hopeful that more invitees will be able to show up the next time around.“Alanganin yung time ng tryout. Hopefully next time, makarating yung iba,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NGSA concludes with mixed reactions from pupils

first_imgThe National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) concluded on Thursday with varying reactions from pupils; some claiming it was challenging, while others said it was quite simple.The two-day examination covered four subject areas – Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and English Language. However, pupils breathed a sigh of relief at the end of day two, with the hopes that when the results are released, they would have achieved their desired secondary school.Guyana Times visited a few locations where mixed reactions were shared as persons exited the examination room. Over at St Margaret’s Primary, Harry Cox stated the he was pleased with his performance over the past two days and looks forward to some time to relax.“It was challenging but I think I did exceptionally well. Social Studies, Science and Maths were a bit challenging. I think I did alright,” he stated.Jaron Sookram stated that he aspires for a place at the Bishops’ High School. According to him, the examinations were easy because he put a lot of hours into studying.Students of St Margaret’s Primary after all of the exams were completed“The exam was easy because hard work pays off. Some of the preparations I made were waking up early like 05:00h to revise and staying up around 11:00h,” Sookram explained.Meanwhile, Kenesha Marshall said she cried at the commencement of the first subject but sported a huge smile after exiting on the last day.“Yesterday (Wednesday), the English was easy and the Science was hard and today (Thursday), the Mathematics was easy and Social Studies was hard. I was so scared that I cried the night before,” Marshall stated, adding that she is hoping for placement at Saint Stanislaus College.Another colleague, Surendra Persaud, told this publication, “The exams went fairly well. We had one or two hard questions but I think I passed.”Children from the St Agnes Primary School also related that some subjects were challenging.Kaitlyn La Fleur posited, “It was a little bit hard but I tried my best.”Some students said they plan to engage in all the recreational activities which they would have sacrificed over the past months, while others looked forward to the Easter holiday to fly their kites.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson visited a few schools around the city – Ketley Primary, St Stephen’s Primary and St Gabriel’s Primary – after the first examination.This year saw an increase in candidates from 14,551 to 14,715. This examination is key, since the results would determine which secondary institution these students would be placed.Prior to this, the students had to write the National Grades Two and Four Assessments back in 2012 and 2014 respectively. A percentage of the marks from all three assessments will be calculated to determine the overall performance of each student.last_img read more

Boy struck by truck near local secondary school

first_imgThe incident happened on December 18, 4:50 p.m., at the corner of 93 Avenue and 84 Street near North Peace Secondary School.When officers arrived, they say it appeared the young boy ran onto the street before checking for traffic.“This boy is fortunate to have sustained only minor injuries,” writes Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “This incident can serve as a speaking point for parents to remind their children to practice road safety and always check for traffic.”- Advertisement -The boy was taken by ambulance to the Fort St. John Hospital with minor injuries and released soon after.last_img

Man City players knocked over by wind – Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sparked a row with the fans after he criticised them for their voicing dissatisfaction with striker Romelu Lukaku © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has launched a pre-derby attack on Manchester City’s players by claiming it only takes a “little bit of wind” for them to go to ground.Pep Guardiola’s City travel to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to extend their eight-point advantage over second-place United at the top of the Premier League table. It is being billed as an opportunity for United to blast their way back into the title race and Mourinho lit the blue touch paper in his pre-match press briefing by suggesting City’s players went to ground too easily.“They are a good team. They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball,” Mourinho told reporters at United’s training base in Carrington, west of Manchester on Friday.“They have a good dynamic in attack, they have creative movement. They have amazing players, they have a fantastic coach, they have lots of good things.“If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused City winger Raheem Sterling of diving last month, while midfielder Fernandinho was booked for simulation during his side’s recent win at Huddersfield Town.Mourinho also questioned Guardiola’s right to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with imprisoned Catalan politicians, suggesting he would find himself in hot water with the authorities if he made a similar gesture.“I think I wouldn’t be allowed to do. That’s just what I think,” said Mourinho, who famously clashed with Guardiola while the pair were coaches of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.“If the rules allow us to do that, he is a free citizen to do it. But I am not sure if the rules allow to have any political message on the pitch. That’s just my doubt.“But I know Pep and I know his feelings like everybody else knows because it is public about his country.”– Fan truce –Mourinho also moved to draw a line under his recent feud with United’s fans.He criticised United’s fans for voicing dissatisfaction with Romelu Lukaku during October’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, which saw the Belgian striker fail to score for a fifth successive match.Mourinho also hit out at supporters for booing when he took Anthony Martial off in the same match and used his programme notes prior to a Champions League game against Basel to criticise the atmosphere during the Spurs game.United fans expressed disappointment with Mourinho’s comments on social media and on Friday he decided to call a truce.“I stop with that,” said the Portuguese, who will be without the suspended Paul Pogba against City.“I’m not going to write any more words about it, I’m not going to say any more words about it.“We are paid to work and to work hard and to give the best we can, not to criticise fans and I’m not going to say any words.“It is the reality of things. I’m not paid to come here and make any comments or to ask for something from the fans. I am paid to give them happiness, which is what I try to do every day.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON

first_imgQuiz-goers in Letterkenny put their thinking caps on tonight and raised more than a thousand euro to help victims of the Philippine Typhoon Disaster.Organiser Catherine Kelly said she was overwhelmed by the support from the community and thanked sponsors for their help in making the event at Arena 7 a success last night.She said: “It was organised at the last minute but it was great to see so many people come out. We have members of the Filipino community working in our hospitals and other areas in Donegal and it’s important to show our support for them.” A total of €1,420 was raised on the night.Mary Grace Alegarme of the Filipino Irish Society of County Donegal, was delighted with the fund-raising night.Thanking everyone, she said:”On behalf of the Filipino community in Donegal, we would like to thank you with all our hearts for all the donations and collections for the people affected by the disaster.”  QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON was last modified: November 15th, 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:QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOONlast_img read more

COUNCIL ISSUE WARNING OVER BONFIRES

first_imgThe council has warned that bonfires are illegal.Donegal County Council has issued a warning over people lighting bonfires across the county this Halloween.Halloween can be a lot of fun especially for our children and young people and while we want everyone to have an enjoyable time, it is the time of year when we ask the community to remember that bonfires are illegal and can cause serious damage and injuries both to our environment and to our health.Bonfires are illegal and very often bonfires are built close to houses and other property and can cause serious damage and injuries particularly where the burning of highly combustible materials is taking place. In the lead up to Halloween Donegal County Council is asking local communities not to provide materials for bonfires.Suzanne Bogan, Environmental Awareness Officer with the Council states that “it is an offence to supply waste materials to parties collecting for ‘Bonfire Night’ and it is illegal to give waste to a person that does not have a waste collection permit”.She added “Donegal County Council is currently monitoring a number of locations were waste materials have been supplied as bonfire material over the past number of years and we are undertaking an audit of certain businesses to ensure that there is compliance under the relevant legislation and to ensure that waste materials are not supplied for burning on bonfires”.If you are aware of any location where materials are being stockpiled for bonfire night contact Donegal County Council at 074 91 53900 or report it online at www.donegalcoco.ie. Bonfires are harmful not only to the environment but also to human health. While traditionally wood and straw were used on bonfires in recent times materials such as tyres, mattresses, furniture, plastics, metal etc are burned on bonfires. The burning of waste is not only harmful to the environment but it is also harmful to our health. When waste materials are burned on a bonfire harmful dioxins are created and released into the air that we breathe.It is illegal to possess fireworks in Ireland that may have been legally purchased outside the country. Illegal fireworks may not be manufactured to the appropriate safety standards and can ignite prematurely causing serious injury to the user or to others in the vicinity particularly children.Members of the public are asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks and parents are requested to monitor their children and make sure they do not play with fireworks including bangers. Every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life after using illegal fireworks.Tips for a safe Holloween:• Parents, businesses and householders should not provide any materials for bonfires. • Do not leave material lying around that may be taken for use in a bonfire; many garage or garden shed items such as petrol, white spirits, diesel, aerosols, batteries, tins of paint, bottles and tyres are especially dangerous if set on fire.• Do not facilitate illegal bonfires or firework displays on or near your home or property.• Explain the dangers of illegal bonfires and fireworks to children and teenagers.• Keep pets indoors on Halloween night – they are sensitive to noise. • Respect the work of the Emergency Services, Council Staff and the Gardaí.• Contact the Fire Service by calling 999 or 112 if you see a bonfire being lit close to buildings, trees, overhead cables, underground services or car parking areas.COUNCIL ISSUE WARNING OVER BONFIRES was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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:bonfireDonegal County CouncilHalloweenWarninglast_img read more

Mathletes square off in three-day battle of numbers

first_imgPALMDALE – Eighth-graders from Joe Walker Middle School and Sacred Heart School took top honors Thursday at the 18th annual Antelope Valley Junior Mathletes Tournament, which drew hundreds of youngsters to try their knowledge at solving math problems far beyond their grade levels. Joe Walker eighth-grader Nithya Kubendran won the Chuck Stoll Award trophy and $250 as the student with the best cumulative score over three years of competition that involved solving problems in geometry, algebra and probability, as well as arithmetic. “They’re not that difficult. Our teachers prepare us. They give us practice tests,” said Nithya, whose father is an engineer and program manager for AS&M at Edwards Air Force Base and whose mother is a dietician. Along with the $250, Nithya gets to take the Chuck Stoll Award trophy to her school, which will keep it for a year. The award is named for the high school mathematics teacher who started the annual contest to encourage middle school youngsters to take an interest in math. In the seventh-grade team competition among large schools, Tropico Middle School in Rosamond took first, while Sacred Heart won among small schools. The top individual seventh-grade scorers were Ian Conaway of Joe Walker among large schools, and Lucio Celeste of Sacred Heart among small schools. Alpine School in Littlerock won the sixth-grade team competition among small schools. Challenger won the sixth-grade competition among large schools. The top individual sixth-grade scorers were Dalton Banh of New Vista among large schools and Veronica Cruz of St. Mary’s among small schools Students lunched on pizza provided by contest sponsor Pandelis Chryssostomides, a Lancaster financial planner. Chryssostomides, who has been helping the math contest for years, also provided prizes for the youngsters and the trophies. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742 TEST YOUR INNER MATHLETE So kids nowadays aren’t learning as much in school as you did? Here are some problems posed to eighth-graders in the Junior Mathlete competition at Knight High School. Answers are at the bottom. 1. Among all possible pairs of prime numbers with the sum of 100, what is the largest product? 2. Blake remembers only the first five digits of a seven-digit phone number, but he is sure that neither of the last two digits is zero or one. If he dials the first five digits, then dials two more digits, each chosen at random from the numbers other than zero or one, what is the probability that he will dial the correct number? 3. The smallest possible number of Thursdays in a 65-day period is what? 4. There are 120 red marbles and 80 blue marbles in a bag that contains 200 marbles. If only blue marbles are to be added to the bag so that the probability of randomly drawing a blue marble becomes 3-in-5, how many blue marbles must be added to the bag? Answers: 1. 2,491; 2. 1-in-64; 3. 9; 4. 100.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The competition drew some 600 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades from 21 public and private schools, and it was held over three days in the Knight High School gymnasium. Games and prize presentations were interspersed with math problems for 21/2 hours on each of the three days. Students competed both individually and in teams by grade level. In the eighth-grade competition, Joe Walker Middle School in Quartz Hill took top honors for teams from large schools, winning both first and third places. New Vista Middle School from Lancaster placed second and Challenger Middle School in Lake Los Angeles took fourth. Among small-schools teams of eighth-graders, Sacred Heart School in Lancaster took first and second places; Edwards Middle School at Edwards Air Force Base took third. St. Mary’s School in Palmdale took fourth place. The top individual score for an eighth-grader from a small school was earned by Tommy Mallick of Sacred Heart. His counterpart in large schools was Nithya, from Joe Walker. last_img read more

Koch set to acquire Georgia-Pacific Corp.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Paper products giant Georgia-Pacific Corp., the maker of Brawny paper towels and Angel Soft tissue, has agreed to be acquired for more than $13 billion by Koch Industries Inc., a deal that would create the nation’s biggest private company. The $13.2 billion cash deal announced Sunday also calls for Koch to assume $7.8 billion in Georgia-Pacific debt and will result in the Atlanta-based company becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch. The deal values GP at $48 per share, a 38.5 percent premium over its closing price of $34.65 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Koch, based in Wichita, Kan., is a commodities conglomerate that operates refineries and pipelines, trades commodities and manufactures pulp, paper and fibers. With combined annual revenue of some $80 billion from Georgia-Pacific, Koch would surpass food and farm products maker Cargill Inc. as the largest privately held company in the U.S. Koch employs more than 30,000 people. Besides Brawny, Georgia-Pacific’s brands include Dixie paper cups and Quilted Northern bath tissue. The company also makes building products such as plywood, lumber and gypsum wallboard. The deal marks the first major push into consumer products for Koch, which traces its history to 1927 when Fred C. Koch developed a new method to refine crude oil. Today it operates in diverse fields from ranching to fertilizer to petroleum processing and asphalt. Chairman and CEO Charles G. Koch and his brother, David, a company board member and executive vice president, are both worth $4 billion, according to Forbes’ ranking of the world’s wealthiest people. The proposed acquisition would be the largest in Koch’s history, coming about 18 months after it acquired Invista BV, a nylon fibers business that makes Lycra and Stainmaster, from DuPont Co. Koch acquired two pulp mills from Georgia Pacific in May 2004, a deal which executives of both companies said Sunday provided an introduction and prompted ongoing discussions. “From the investment we made in Koch Cellulose, that really got us very interested in the entire forest products sector,” Joe W. Moeller, Koch’s president and chief operating officer, said in a telephone interview. “We see this really as a natural extension for our company and a great platform for growth.” Georgia Pacific CEO A.D. “Pete” Correll, who faced a mandatory retirement when he turns 65 next April, is expected to join Koch’s board and help with the transition. Koch plans to name a new CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific later. In a telephone interview, Correll said talks on the current deal began in earnest last month and that operating as a private company will allow Georgia-Pacific to invest in areas – particularly its packaging and building products businesses – where it has not previously because of concerns Wall Street would not approve of such expenditures. Had it undertaken such investments, “we feel that the prospects are very high that our share price would go down,” Correll said. Operating as a private concern also will allow Georgia-Pacific managers to “avoid the distraction of quarterly reports,” better weather the industry’s cyclical downturns and execute strategic decisions much faster, Correll said. Correll joked that he also won’t miss quarterly earnings conference calls with analysts, mandatory reporting requirements under the federal Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform law “and 47 other” regulatory requirements. A Koch unit, Koch Forest Products, will launch a cash tender offer for Georgia-Pacific’s outstanding shares by Friday. Among Georgia-Pacific’s debts are asbestos liability claims that remain to be resolved for several more years. The company manufactured gypsum products with asbestos until 1977, and has had hundreds of thousands of claims filed against it over exposure to asbestos fibers, which are carcinogenic. Georgia-Pacific paid about $200 million last year in asbestos liability claims, but says the number of claims has shrunk dramatically from 26,500 in 2004 to fewer than 8,000 so far this year. Koch will handle those liabilities in a similar fashion, Moeller said.last_img read more

Rowing To Host Fall Informational Meeting on Aug. 30

first_imgThe Drake rowing program will host an informational meeting for prospective new members on Wednesday Aug. 30, from 6-8 p.m. in Olmsted 313. For more information on Drake rowing and the fall informational meeting please contact assistant coach Betsy Bayliss (betsy.bayliss@drake.edu or 515-271-1831).Print Friendly Versionlast_img