Parental involvement is key to the improvement of educational outcomes; recognising this, the Education Ministry on Monday held a Parent Seminar at the North Ruimveldt Secondary School, to engage the parents, guardians, and teachers.Parents, students and education officials in attendanceAccording to a Department of Public Information (DPI) report, in attendance were representatives of the Parent-Teachers Associations (PTAs) of every nursery, primary and secondary school in the Georgetown education district. The move was commended by all present.Speaking to the parents present, Education Minister Nicolette Henry explained the seriousness with which the Ministry took its role in the process of educating Guyana’s future.“We want our students, irrespective of where they live and whatever their circumstances, to be exposed to the best possible education that we can offer them as a country and as a people, and so it is not by accident that we have established a unit that engages and works and supports parents to get that involvement, engagement, partnership, and collaboration,” Henry is quoted by DPI as saying.Chief Education Officer, Dr Marcel Hutson underscored the Ministry’s commitment to engaging parents as it worked to ensure higher educational standards. “This seminar could not have come at a better time, since we, in the Ministry of Education, are keen on transforming the sector and producing students that are of quality and in keeping with the SDG 4 agenda which speaks to quality, equity, inclusivity, and lifelong learning,” Dr Hutson remarked.Additionally, he spoke to the parental support needed to create impactful change in the education system.Also engaging the parents were National PTA Coordinator Nadia Hollingsworth and Senior Guidance and Counselling Officer Vickram Mohabir, who both emphasised the importance of having all persons involved in the education of a child.Mohabir described the ideal school system as a ‘tripartite’ one, where the school, inclusive of teachers and educators, work collaboratively with students and parents to ensure the best possible educational outcomes. Hollingsworth then underscored the importance of PTAs in schools and the support needed from parents through regular attendance at meetings.
A fire suspected to be arson has left six persons homeless at D’Edward, West Coast Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The fire is said to have started after 22:00h at Lot 4 Section A, D’ Edward Village. The two-storey house was flattened within minutes, leaving Takurpersaud Sirjoo, 54; his wife, Pulmattie Hunt; their daughter, Renita Devi Sookdeo and her three children homeless. Their losses have been estimated at million plus million in jewellery.Five of the family members with Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal and Vice Chairman Rian PietersAccording to Hunt, the family was asleep when the fire started. Speaking with this newspaper on Wednesday, Hunt related that the family retired to bed about 21:20h, but she was awakened by heat coming from a lower flat of the house.“It look like someone set the fire on the wall and when we get up we smelling gasoline. Like they spray the whole house with the gasoline, because the house catch afire quick,” she said.This newspaper was told that the Guyana Fire Service’s response was quick, but despite the firemen’s assiduous efforts, they were unable to save the building.According to Hunt, a relative had threatened to burn the house following a family dispute, and they have since related that information to the Police. She said up to Tuesday evening, the relative was at the house threatening the family. According to her, she recorded the threats on her phone.Meanwhile, hours after the fire, Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal and Vice Chairman Rian Pieters visited the family and extended their support.According to the Chairman, immediate attention will be placed on ensuring that the two who are of school age will be able to attend school without much delay.Ramphal also called for corporate support for the family. The Guyana Fire Service is investigating the fire. (Andrew Carmichael)
The midfielder has endured a frustrating spell in recent weeks, having been substituted twice and absent from the starting line-up three times in United’s past five games.He missed last Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round victory at Huddersfield because of illness but had been expected to return from the start on Wednesday as United visited Sevilla for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.He was named on the bench instead, but ended up playing most of the game anyway, replacing Ander Herrera, who was forced off early with a hamstring injury in the 0-0 draw.With Herrera out of action, Pogba is set to return to the starting line-up when Chelsea visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.“You saw the game against Seville,” said Mourinho. “It’s always more difficult to come from the bench than to start.“A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it. To be on the bench and to come on without warming up and getting to the pace of the game is not easy.“I think he had a very positive game for us. Some players on the bench take five minutes to be ready to play. They don’t have shin pads, they don’t have strapping, they don’t have the shirt.“He took 10 seconds to be ready to come to the pitch, to show the professionalism and show he was ready to help the team.”Mourinho attempted to play down his rivalries with both Chelsea and their head coach Antonio Conte.Conte and Mourinho have traded poisonous barbs this season, culminating in the pair saying they felt “contempt” for each other.Asked for his thoughts on their impending meeting, Mourinho said: “I don’t want to speak about it. I’m not going to speak about it. That’s not the point. He is a very good manager, they are a fantastic team and that’s what is important for me.”Mourinho spent two spells as manager of Chelsea between 2004 and 2015, winning three Premier League titles.Jose Mourinho said Chelsea’s Antonio Conte “is a very good manager” © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFHis family home is still in London, near Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground, and he said he retains a good relationship with many people at the club, citing the support they gave him after the death of his father last year.Mourinho said: “I have a good relation with the board. I don’t forget how nice they were to me in a difficult period with departure of my father. I don’t have any problem, any regret, any stone in my shoes, no problem at all.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba impressed his manager when he came off the bench in Sevills © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESR, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Jose Mourinho said Friday he respects Paul Pogba’s “professionalism” following reports of a heated training ground row with the out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder.Mourinho last week dismissed as “lies” any talk of the Frenchman wanting to leave Old Trafford less than two years after he returned to the club from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £89 million ($124 million).
Letterkenny Photographic Club LKFoto starts back for its 6th year on Monday 21st Sep in the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC), Letterkenny, after a short summer break.This is an open night for anyone interested in photography and is considering joining the club. This year we already have a full programme planned, including outings, guest photographers and monthly themed competitions. The club plan to run free introduction courses for all beginner photographers who wish to join the club.There will also be a series of tutorials on advanced photographic techniques for the seasoned members. The club run monthly themed competitions, hosted on the club’s Picturk website. The winners each month go forward to our Exhibition The club meets every 2nd Monday evening at the RCC (behind the Grianan theatre) from 7:00 to 9:00. Membership is €30 per annum.The club has just launched a new website at http://lkfoto.ie/ where you will find a membership form and further details about the club.The club is open to all. Anyone interested in joining can come along any evening or contact the club by emailing our PRO Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ciaran at email@example.com or ring Ciaran at 0862072798 or Like us on Facebook to get regular updates on upcoming events.SO YOU FANCY YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? was last modified: September 18th, 2015 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:Letterkenny Camera Club
A young Letterkenny woman has told a court she was “horrified” by her actions after refusing to leave the front of a local bar on St Patrick’s Day.Aine Gill of 14 Ballymacool Terrace appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with failing to comply with the directions of Gardai on March 17th last outside the Cavern Bar at Lower Main Street. The court heard she was refused entry and refused to leave the front of the bar.When Gardai arrived they asked Ms Gill to leave the area but she refused on two occasions and was eventually arrested.Ms Gill, aged 27, appeared before Judge Paul Kelly and said she was “horrified by my actions.”She added that she hasn’t had a drink since and was trying to address her issues with alcohol.She had visited Letterkenny Garda station on several occasions but the Garda who arrested her was not on duty to allow her to apologise.Ms Gill told the court she worked part-time as a caterer and Judge Kelly fined her €100.Woman told court she was “horrified” by her own actions was last modified: October 4th, 2016 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)
It was a busy weekend for the Swilly Seals with thirteen swimmers attending the Swim Ulster Qualifying Meet in Lisburn. The purpose of this three day event is for swimmers to achieve qualification times for entry into major competitions including the Irish Age group Championships division one and two (IAG 1) (IAG 2). Plenty times were achieved and a haul of medals won also.Thomas Coyle impressed with IAG 2 times for 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly and IAG 1 times for 100m Backstroke. He also won bronze in the 100m Individual Medley and silver in the 100m Backstroke.Cody Dunnion impressive as ever won three silver medals in the 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke. He also gained IAG 1 times in 200m and 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly.Joyce Hudy had an excellent day with IAG 1 times achieved in the 400m Individual Medley lifting gold and 200m Freestyle claiming silver. She also lifted gold in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 100m backstroke.Ellie Maloney going from strength to strength posted four IAG 2 times in the 200m and 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke. She also claimed bronze in the 50m Freestyle and silver in the 100m Individual Medley.Jonathan Martin claimed three IAG 2 times including the 200m Backstroke, 400m and 100m Freestyle and lifted three silver medals in the 200m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle.Kira Mills claimed a valuable IAG 2 time in the 100m Backstroke.Cian Mulligan put in a heavy shift claiming six IAG 2 times in the 400m, 200m and 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke and an IAG 1 time in the 100m Breaststroke. He also collected two bronze medals in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley and secured silver in the 50m Freestyle.Molly Nulty gave excellent performances in the 200m Individual Medley taking gold, 100m Freestyle taking silver and 200m Breaststroke taking gold also. Molly also achieved IAG 1 times in all her events.Sean Pascaul achieved no less than five IAG 2 times including the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m Breaststroke and also set an IAG 1 time in the 100m Backstroke.Grainne Russell achieved four IAG 2 times in the 200m and 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Backstroke. She also set an IAG 1 time in the 100m Butterfly.Oisin Sheridan had a great weekend achieving IAG 2 times in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle. He also won gold in the 100m Individual Medley.Bronagh Sheridan swam well in the 400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke but just back from injury failed to gain qualification times.Conor Shiels at his first time at this level of competition impressed in the 200m Individual Medley, 400m and 100m Freestyle, 200m and 50m Breaststroke setting some personal best times in the process.A massive well done to all swimmers who did their club and coaches proud in this high level competition.Swilly Seals perform brilliantly at Ulster qualifying event in Lisburn was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 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:SportSwilly SealsSWIMMING
SANTA CLARITA – Nancy Guthrie Hutchison and her siblings hung out at the train station when they were growing up, but they weren’t headed anywhere. They were home. Their father was James “Bob” Guthrie, who for about 17 years was the depot agent at the Saugus train station. Guthrie, who died in February at age 80, had been Southern Pacific Railroad’s last agent in Saugus, and he and his family had been the last folks to reside at a station. Their home quarters were on the second story. The wooden building, erected in 1876, was across from the Saugus Cafe until it was moved in 1982 to Hart Park’s Heritage Junction. Hutchison, 45, now a Kissimmee, Fla., resident, walked down memory lane Wednesday with her husband Roger, three of her four daughters and the eldest daughter’s fiance. They were on their way to Paso Robles to help her mother, Arminta Guthrie, celebrate her 80th birthday. On Wednesday, a horn blast from a passing Metrolink train accompanied her thoughts. Daughters Colisha, 24; Kayla, 20, and Shelby, 12, could not envision sharing the bedroom their mom and four of her five sisters had squeezed into. “No way,” Colisha said. It was hard to imagine sharing the single phone downstairs. The Hutchinson sisters all have their own cell phones. The sisters took turns swapping their mom’s stories and remembering their grandpa, who had used spoons in imitation while telling them about his his Morse code skills. Arminta Guthrie, who had grown up on a farm and lived in a home with her extended family, helped her husband with his tasks. The couple’s move from a large home in Oxnard to the Saugus station was a wise one, Hutchinson believes. “It’s the happiest memories of my life,” she said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hutchison was uncomfortable setting foot in the building for years after it was turned into a museum, but now she could not resist a chance to visit the building that was her home from age 2 to age 18. It seemed to have shrunk, but damp eyes and halting words fixed on vivid memories. “I tried to climb out that window,” she said, pointing to the second-story kitchen window. “One of the engineers ran in and told my dad. They bolted the window shut so I couldn’t do it again.” The young child, who had wanted to sunbathe on the roof, grew into a spunky teen. “It was my job to sweep the stairs,” she said of the wooden flight that amplified each step. “As I got older and tried to sneak home at 2 a.m., it was not possible.” Her dad frowned on his children’s penchant for laying pennies on the railroad tracks to be flattened by passing trains.
For years, I’m sure that you’ve heard that “Kyle Shanahan is an offensive genius”.Week in, week out, he’s backed up that reputation, but Sunday was his single best game as in charge of the 49ers’ offense. He pulled out all the stops to beat Drew Brees and one of the best playcallers of all time, New Orleans coach Sean Payton.I keep a folder on my computer called “Shanny Specials”, where I catalog my favorite Shanahan plays. There are a couple dozen in there — pass plays, run plays, and some …
21 July 2009 Commenting on the standard of intellectually disabled swimming, both locally and internationally, she said it “just keeps getting higher every year, which just makes Craig’s accolades all the more impressive.” Groenewald, who received the Most Successful Male Athlete Trophy from the President of the Senate of the Czech Parliament, scored more points than anyone else out of the 818 athletes in action at the Global Games. He also received the Top Male Swimmer award, thanks to his five individual gold medals and two relay bronze medals. Groenewald attributes his success to “dedication and preparation, and two tiring training sessions six days a week!” Paying tribute to those who helped the team shine in Hungary, Luus said: “Our athletes remain motivated, and our coaches, who are mostly teachers, are prepared to work hard as volunteers in their schools and areas.” The basketball team started their campaign with promise, thrashing Hungary, but their challenge was soon derailed by a spate of injuries to key players. Bongi Shongwe, national basketball convener, said that despite the “bumps in the road our players still did their very best, and salvaged a seventh place finish. ‘Dedication and preparation’ Table tennis Champion Groenewald is no stranger to success, having been declared the top male swimmer at both the 4th and 5th INAS-FID (International Federation for people with Intellectual Disability) World Swimming Championships in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He was also a medalist at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Ina Fowler, national swimming convener for intellectually disabled swimmers, believes that “Craig’s achievements are absolutely incredible.” She explained: “He got gold medals in all but one of his individual events, and we are so proud of him.” The second edition of the Global Games, which featured intellectually-impaired athletes from over 40 countries, were held in Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou and Cesky Dub in the Czech Republic. South Africa’s team was 57-strong, with the country’s athletes competing in athletics, basketball, futsal, swimming and table tennis. He identified the lack of regular international exposure for South African players as a stumbling block. However, he was optimistic that the country could make its mark, saying: “With better structures in place, both provincially and nationally, we can become a force in the international table tennis arena.” Vogel further praised the South African team management. “The wonderful team of managers was a pleasure to work with,” she said, “and their hard work and good grace was recognised as the large team of Czech volunteers selected SA as the best managed country. So we know that the world took notice of South Africa.” The result, which could have very easily been bettered had the team not lost out to eventual winners Portugal by a goal in the dying seconds of their last crucial group encounter, was nevertheless “something to be proud of,” said Navigator Mangadi, the national convener for both football and futsal. Lizzie Vogel, the President of SASA-II (South Africa Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired) was both proud of and pleased with the 21 medals that the South African team brought home. “It takes dedication and perseverance to be able to achieve on the international stage,” she said, “and I am just so happy that the hard work of all the athletes was rewarded with medals.” “The team has been improving a lot over the last two years, and if we can keep the team together we will achieve in the years to come.” The men’s team finished as the third most successful country in the athletics code, bagging three gold, two silver and three bronze medals over the course of the competition in a range of disciplines. The Eastern Cape’s Khanti Mncedi was the most successful of South Africa’s athletes, with an individual haul of two gold medals and one silver medal. “Although Mncedi was the standout athlete, it took a team effort for the men to be the third most successful country in the athletics competition.” The swimming team captured a total of 11 medals, and established many South African records along the way in both men’s and women’s individual events and relay events – an indication that the standards of intellectually-disabled swimming in the country is constantly improving. The futsal team, which was the first South African futsal team to representing the country at an international event, placed a very respectable fifth overall. ‘We are very proud’ Rocky Makgoka, the national athletics convener, was also full of praise for her athletes, who took home a total of 10 medals in individual and relay events. She said: “Nearly every athlete who attended the games has won a medal, and that was because our athletes were motivated and had trained very hard in the months and weeks leading up to the tour. South African team SAinfo reporter Piet Nhlapo, the national convener for table tennis, commented: “Although we have a lot of table tennis talent in the country, we still have a long way to go to meet the current international standard of countries like China.” The sole table tennis representative Thelma Mabena did well to beat one of her higher ranking opponents in the women’s individual competition. Team South Africa excelled at the 2009 Global Games for intellectually impaired athletes, which took place in the Czech Republic earlier this month, with swimmer Craig Groenewald winning the award for best male athlete of the Games and the men’s athletics team placing third overall. “For first time performers on the international stage, to be ranked fifth is not something that we were expecting, so we are very proud of our boys,” he said. “The girls’ relay team medaled in four of the five relay events, so the coaches and management are very happy with the all-round performance of the squad,” said concluded. In 12 attempts at the Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, Groenewald, competing against the able-bodied swimmers in the Iron Man category, is unbeaten. Tribute The South African team general manager Theuns Luus was very pleased with the team’s results. “This is all about hard work over many years, from school level up to club level, and this is just the beginning of much more to come in the future.” Success and depth She added: “We are obviously ecstatic that Craig (Groenewald) was chosen as the most successful athlete, as success breeds success, and it is good for the younger athletes who are just starting their international careers to feel what is like to be part of a successful international campaign.” ‘A team effort’ Fowler added that “the entire team had a successful championship; in many cases we had two or three swimmers in a final, so that also shows that we have depth in our squad. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
22 July 2013 South Africa has secured a deal with the World Food Programme to buy maize from the country’s smallholder farmers as part of a R180-million South African humanitarian donation to Lesotho, which is in the throes of a food crisis. Following Lesotho’s recent request for international assistance, South Africa responded by announcing a R180-million donation. “One of the conditions of this agreement from the South African government’s side was that at least 40 percent of the white, non-GMO [genetically modified] maize must be purchased from smallholder farmers in South Africa,” Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said last week. Joemat-Pettersson said South Africa’s aid would help provide up to 22 months of food security for 227 000 children and pregnant and breastfeeding women in Lesotho. She said that when the World Food Programme and her department had audited the maize availability from South Africa’s smallholder farmers, they found that the country had surpassed their expectations. “It is the first time [that] smallholder farmers have produced such a huge, quality export maize crop in this country. We have, for the first time in 100 years, produced 35 000 hectares of maize, beans and potatoes. “We’ve produced quality and quantity and have markets,” Joemat-Pettersson said. World Food Programme (WFP) executive director Ertharin Cousin said the WFP was doubly pleased to be working with South Africa on fighting food insecurity in Lesotho while helping to advance smallholder farmers. Joemat-Pettersson said that, while South Africa was generally a food secure nation, there were still 12-million South Africans with poor access to food. The country produced sufficient food for its population, but skyrocketing prices prevented the poor – most of them in urban households – from getting adequate nutrition, she said. On Wednesday last week, President Jacob Zuma attended the launch the 1-million hectare Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Initiative for South Africa’s 2013/14 crop season in Ngcingwana village in Dyutwa in the Eastern Cape. The initiative is part of an extensive strategy aimed at supplementing the services rendered by provinces as a direct response to higher levels of household food insecurity in the country. Through this initiative, the government mobilised additional resources across all spheres of government, allowing over 40 000 ha of under-used agricultural land to be put under production during the previous production season, with maize and beans being the main commodities. Source: SAnews.gov.za