CCPA calls on persons to foster a child

first_img…as Foster Care Month is launchedThe Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) has once again dedicated the month of November to foster care; this time around, under the theme “Parenthood is more than just DNA, mentor or foster a child in need of care today”.The official launch was done on November 1, 2018, with an awareness walk from Bank of Guyana to the Georgetown seawall Band Stand.In an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Director of the Agency, Ann Greene called on persons to come forward and foster a child even as she highlighted the need for awareness when it comes to foster care.“Foster care is temporary care, meaning that a child for some reason or the other had to be removed from their home temporarily because something at the home isn’t right so we need to fix something. So foster care is temporary care with the ultimate goal being to return that child to their home or family. Adoption on the other hand is a legal process where the children have to get completely new parents and they become the legal parents,” she reminded. She encouraged persons to open their hearts and their homes and foster a child.She pointed out that any interested person will go through the necessary screening process before their application is processed, which includes a background and Police records check.According to Greene, the Agency will continue to focus on sensitisation in various groups, including religious organisations as well as Parent Teacher Association (PTA) groups. “The whole idea about it is to get the buy-in from the public. We want to increase our core list of foster parents because we have over 600 children in institutions,” she informed.last_img read more

Graham Hunter on Khedira to Arsenal, Vermaelen to Barcelona and Alves to Liverpool reports

first_imgSpanish football expert Graham Hunter joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday to discuss all things La Liga.Hunter began by reflecting on Xavi’s decision to retire from international football after winning 133 caps for Spain and a host of major honours along the way.He went on to assess the future of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, who continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal, and discussed the likelihood of Dani Alves leaving Barcelona, amid reported interest from Liverpool.last_img read more

Opportunities galore at this weekend’s Dungloe Enterprise Fair

first_imgTwo ambitious students from NUI Galway are preparing to host a much-anticipated Enterprise Fair in their hometown this weekend. The Dungloe Enterprise Fair will take place on July 28th from 12-6pm in the Waterfront Hotel.The event has been organised by Caolán Ward and Liane Greene, who have set out to promote the business potential in their local area. They are aiming to attract attendees of the Mary from Dungloe Festival and showcase the all the ongoing enterprise activity to the diaspora. The event will feature many exhibition stands from local businesses, along with discussion panels featuring representatives from Randox, Optum, Bord Fáilte, Udaras, ETB, gTeic, Credit Unions, Bank of Ireland, AIB and Donegal Airport and many more.The students’ display of initiative has impressed many people in Dungloe. “The whole town is talking about these two students. They have big futures ahead,” said one local person.Through their college experience, Caolan and Liane wanted to highlight the job opportunities which exist in West Donegal and to bring together businesspeople to network and find out what supports are available. The event has received much endorsement from local personalities, business leaders and politicians. Optum CEO Padraig Monaghan, Mark Sharkey CEO of The Cope Dungloe, and representatives from Randox will all be in attendance.For people looking to further their careers, boost their business and tap into new potential, this is an event not to be missed.Opportunities galore at this weekend’s Dungloe Enterprise Fair was last modified: July 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BusinessCaolan Warddungloe enterprise fairLiane GreeneWest Donegallast_img read more


first_imgBudders Reward took the honours in the final of The Finn 575, the feature race at last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford.The 7/4 joint favourite, owned and trained by Seamus Teague, romped to victory in a time of  31.78 to finish seven lengths ahead of second-placed Rocky High, owned and trained by Noel Lynch. Results were:Race 1 The Quick Fire 350 first semi-final (350 yards): 1, Loyal Lamp; 2, Ballougry Bound. Time: 19.61. Distance: a length.Race 2 The Quick Fire 350 second semi-final (350 yards): 1, Tober Scolari 4/5 fav; 2, Coolcholly Kate 5/1. Time: 19.22. Distance: 3 lengths.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, GoodintheHoo 5/2; 2, Macsruso 3/1. Favourite: Corner Plane 2/1. Time: 19.20. Distance: 2.5 lengths. Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Some Effort 4/1; 2, Amarillos Girl 6/1. Joint favourites: Colarhouse Bound and Friend of Jack, 5/4. Time: 29.59. Distance: half a length.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Wrong Note 5/2 jt fav; 2, Holborn Oscar 4/1. Jt. Favourite: Heather If. Time: 29.21. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Drumsna Major 61; 2, Kilnacloy Prince 9/4. Favourite: Free Falling 5/4. Time: 19.95. Distance: 2 lengths.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Ulster Idea; 2, Fridays Maye. Time 28.61. Distance: 6.75 lengths.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Altmore Champ 3/1; Tahina Sabrina 2/1. Favourite:  Do It Kim 6/4. Time: 28.91. Distance: 2.75 lengths.Race 9 The Quick Draw semi-final one (350 yards); 1, Saberry 5/2; 2, Drumsna Lilly 4/1. Favourite: Fridays Berlin 6/4. Time: 19.15. Distance: 2.25 lengths. Race 10 (350 yards): 1, Saberry 5/2; 2, Drumsna Lilly 4/1. Favourite: Fridays Berlin 6/4. Time: 19.15. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 11 The Finn 575 Final (575 yards): 1, Budders Reward 7/4 jt fav; 2, Rocky High 6/1. Joint favourite: Culture Annie. Time: 31.78. Distance: 7 lengths.Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Budders Luck 7/4 fav; 2, Drumsna Canyon 3/1. Time: 28.86. Distance: 6 lengths. GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:575finngreyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more


first_imgGordon McQueen hopes Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy receive a hostile reception from Scotland fans on Friday night.Former Scotland star Gordon McQueen has branded Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy ‘traitors’ ahead of Scotland’s clash with Ireland at Celtic Park on Friday night.McGeady and McCarthy both qualify to play for Ireland because of their Donegal heritage.Their grandfathers both come from Gweedore, and the Everton duo opted to play for the Republic of Ireland ahead of the country in which they were born in. Former Manchester United and Leeds United star has stoked the flames ahead of a potentially toxic atmosphere on Friday night.McQueen said, “I’ve got no time for these players. You’re born in Glasgow but then you go and play for somebody else?“What’s that all about? I’m not having that at all. Will it be hard for them coming back here with Ireland?“I really hope so. I hope they get a horrible reception because they deserve it. McQueen further endeared himself to Irish fans by revealing his confidence that Scotland would record a victory they need to stay in the hunt for qualification.“Personally, I would think that we will qualify but I would be ashamed if we didn’t because just about everybody gets to these finals – 24 countries. Surely we can do that? FORMER SCOTLAND STAR BRANDS MCGEADY AND MCCARTHY ‘TRAITORS’ AHEAD OF CRUCIAL EURO 2016 CLASH was last modified: November 10th, 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:Euro 2016Gordon McQueenIrelandnewsScotlandSportlast_img read more

Forward thinking: Why Sharks’ Meier, Labanc signed new contracts so early

first_imgSAN JOSE — Timo Meier was the first player in his group to take the ice on the opening day of Sharks training camp. Kevin Labanc, in the same cadre of players, joined him shortly after.Both Meier and Labanc then took spots alongside center Logan Couture in what has the makings to be the Sharks’ top line for the start of the regular season.That, in and of itself, was noteworthy. While so many players who were in their position earlier this summer as restricted free agents remain unsigned, …last_img read more

2010 tickets for ‘green’ schools

first_img19 August 20092010 Fifa World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola is to give 20 000 tickets for World Cup matches to schools across South Africa that do well in an innovative competition that promotes environmental awareness.The National Schools Recycling Programme, carried out in partnership with the Department of Education, will also encourage learners to collect bottles and cans for recycling.The competition will be launched in January 2010, and the handing over of the free tickets to the winning schools will take place before the start of the tournament.Rewarding innovationCoca-Cola South Africa’s Onwell Msomi said the initiative was intended to make teachers and students aware of the importance of recycling for the environment, and to reward innovation and responsible behaviour.A total of 200 schools in the country will be rewarded with World Cup tickets.“We strongly support this initiative,” Department of Education chief director Themba Kojana said in Pretoria this week. “Environmental education is very high on our list of priorities, and the importance of recycling of products must be emphasised at an early age.”Successful Confed Cup pilotMsomi said a successful pilot project had already been launched at two schools in Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West province, where Coca-Cola’s “Soccer Crazy Crew” was sent to promote the importance of recycling.Within a month, 67 863 plastic bottles were collected for recycling, and learners from the schools were rewarded with tickets to watch the Confederations Cup match between South Africa and Spain at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.“There was great enthusiasm among participating schools, Charora High School and Boikagong Secondary School, and it has given us the confidence to extend this idea across the country,” Msomi said.Fifa allocated the World Cup tickets to Coca-Cola as part of its Ticket Fund initiative, through which 120 000 tickets will be given to stadium construction workers and thousands of young South Africans involved in community programmes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Meet the nominees: Cape Town International Film Market Festival “Most Patriotic South African Arts Ambassador” Award

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with the Cape Town International Film Market Festival (CTIFMF), to strategically uncap the creative industries as an imperative contributor to the Nation Brand image and competitiveness. As a result, the “Most Patriotic South African Arts Ambassador” award category was created by Brand South Africa to promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism.A call to entry was put out, and the public had an opportunity to nominate young South African creatives doing amazing work in their respective fields. After a thorough adjudication process, the following three nominees were selected:Trevor NoahTrevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002. Trevor established a thriving stand-up comedy career in South Africa before he moved to the USA to expand his career opportunities. Zwai MbulaZwai Mbula is a South African marimba and percussion player who combines traditional African music with modern pop, Afro Jazz and World music. Zwai grew up in Guguletu Township in Cape Town and was surrounded by marimba music. He took up the marimba at age 12 when he joined a group at the local community centre. The group won the Shell Road to Fame Talent Show in South Africa in 1996.Zwai studied at The College of Music at The University of Cape Town and has played in a variety of bands across a range of different styles of music. For eight years, Zwai was a member of the very successful marimba band, Abakhaya who represented South Africa music at the FIFA World Cup of ’98. In 2010, Zwai released an album showcasing his musical heritage and conveying the spirit of South Afrian music. It features some of Cape Town’s top jazz musicians, including Allou April, Spencer Mbadu, Robbie Jansen, Nyamie Mbula and Lush Nqikashe. Russel HlongwaneRussel Hlongwane is an arts administrator and creative industries consultant. His area of interest is in heritage; tradition and modernity in South Africa and Africa as a broader frame. He is strongly engaged in film, music, and design with an interest in pedagogy and the mechanics of the creative economy.Based in Durban, Russel works with a broad range of arts organisations through his arts advocacy portfolio. These include Arterial Network, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, KZNSA Gallery and ASSITEJ. Russel co-founded, Onexus Music Business, a music business education company that teaches emerging musicians about the ever-changing music industry. He recently established a lean consultancy, Cultural & Creative Commerce, a formal entity that allows his creative production and administrative based work to coalesce and exist in a complementary manner.last_img read more

Ohio’s Marmon Valley fertile in faith and agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Out of the otherwise flat ground of west central Ohio arise the hills of the Bellefontaine Ridge where Ohio’s highest point stands and fertile valleys lay between the peaks. Named for the three Marmon brothers that settled the area in 1805 to get away from the slavery trade in the Carolinas, the Marmon Valley Farm has served as a place fertile in faith and rich in agriculture for many years.Though the settled valley is old, evidenced by a neighboring church founded in 1807, the Logan County farm stays extremely active. Matt Wiley is the executive director of the 510-acre horse operation that specializes in “agri-tainment.” About 250 of its 510 acres are used for trails through woods in the hilly region.Wiley defines the agri-tainment on his farm as, “doing those activities but yet still in a way that entertains through agricultural connections.”“Wrangler Matt” as he’s known on the farm, has been with the operation started by his father since it’s beginning in 1964, recently celebrating its 50th year.“I was pretty active in the FFA as a high schooler and my dad taught me a lot of basic things growing up. Of course the trail riding, calling some square dances, and driving hayrides and all of that,” Wiley said. “So then through the FFA and vo-ag connection, I was able to use those skills to go all the way to nationals for the Recreational Proficiency Award. When I was 21 and my sister was 23, my dad moved to another location where another camp was already founded. Just through phone calls and direction from him, we kept the place going and kept expanding.”The operation offers a variety of programs throughout the year with a horse focus from summer camps to riding sessions for people of all ages and backgrounds. One of their more unique offerings is an eight-week group lesson package.“It’s about an hour and a half program. They get a little bit of groom and saddle time, the arena time, plus a trail ride with the instructor’s help — just working on progressing their skill levels,” Wiley said. “We’ve had more than one family do that because they’re considering buying a horse, but they want to see if their child is set on that before that family takes the step to make a purchase. It’s a huge step so a lot of families kind of test the waters here before they make a plunge to get their own horse.”“Each day is different. The seasons, of course, change. In the wintertime, we serve guests that go skiing right across the way at Mad River Mountain. They’ll stay at our lodging and we cook some good meals for them and so on.”The farm is home to around 150 horses.“We have a mix of breeds. Quarter horses work out well,” Wiley said. “We also have some Arabians, even a few thoroughbreds. We’ve got, of course, some Shetland Ponies in the mix, and some Halflingers — so quite a variety of breeds.”The numerous old barns that make up the property have been converted into more suitable structures for today’s needs. For instance, what used to be the dairy barn now houses a petting zoo on the ground floor and a hay maze, climbing wall, and dance floor in the haymow. The bull barn has been transformed into a bunny barn, and many other old structures now serve as bunkhouses.The farm also produces about 120 acres of hay for the horses.“We do mostly all of it ourselves. We do sometimes buy a little bit of hay here and there,” he said.It works out to an average of 2,500 small square bales and usually 1,000 to 1,200 round bales.“With 150 horses, you still have to have some farming practices in agri-tainment,” he said.Marmon Valley Farm deals with weather struggles like most agricultural operations. The cold of Ohio’s winters over the past years have been a challenge for keeping guests comfortable. Wiley noted thatThrough horse-related activities like trail riding, Marmon Valley Farm entertains and educates visitors.though the indoor arena is not heated, the protection from the wind is usually enough to make things bearable even on the coldest of days.“We’ve had on a Saturday morning at zero degrees more than one parent call and ask, ‘are lessons still on?’” he said. “It really hasn’t slowed us down a whole lot. There’s been a couple of days we’ve had to cancel if it’s too extreme.”The rainy weather of 2015 also created a number of challenges.“Even last summer with the rains, we had to completely flip flop as we usually do our riding in the morning,” he said. “When you have a program that involves horses, weather, and people, you have to be flexible. ‘Liquid sunshine’ is term my dad used to use to encourage guests to still have fun on a rainy day.”Year-round, eight to 10 people are on staff. Weekend part-time help is also used, usually high schoolers or other interested individuals. About 30 to 35 are hired for the summer through Marmon Valley Ministries, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that leases the land from the family corporation, opening up scholarship and other opportunities for summer campers.Marmon Valley Farm is a faith-based operation, seeking to spread the Christian message to all who come to visit.“Primarily, the summer camp is our way of reaching a lot of city kids to not just do the fun camp activities, but also introducing the Christian atmosphere using the horse as a neat way to share Christ, “ Wiley said. “There are a lot of teachable moments we try to tie in. We encourage our staff, whether you’re doing archery, riding the horses, or playing a game, to try and take a moment for that teachable time to really focus on Christ.”Being such a short jaunt from the Columbus metro area, Wiley says being a positive representative of the agricultural world is another constant focus.“We’re also finding more and more that agricultural education to those folks is very important these days,” Wiley said. “On a school field trip, we’ll do the animal tour, hay ride, and pony rides so we can teach them about hay and straw, and teach them that yes, we do still get our eggs from chickens.“If you can hire and educate a city boy on your farm, I try to take advantage of that opportunity too, because again just having those connections to whatever we can do as agriculturalists to educate is vital in today’s day and age. Even in our lesson program, the child gets a chance to groom and saddle the horse. They realize the importance of the work involved. We don’t always have them scoop the manure and all that, but every now and then a child will ask if they can. There’s this neat opportunity for us to share with the general public. I just see more and more the need to connect.”For more about Marmon Valley Farm, visit read more

10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United

first_imgSuns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury MOST READ “Unlucky is a different thing than ridiculous,” Mourinho said. “And after that Tottenham has the game in their hands.”It was a damaging defeat for Mourinho’s team, with Manchester City allowed to surge 15 points clear of its second-place neighbor by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0.United was second-best all night in front of a Premier League record 81,978 fans at English soccer’s national stadium, which is Tottenham’s temporary home while a new venue is being built at White Hart Lane.Tottenham set the tone with its explosive start, producing the third fastest goal since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.After the kickoff, Jan Vertonghen’s high, long pass from inside his own half reached Harry Kane who headed to Dele Alli and the midfielder flicked the ball across for Eriksen to finish.ADVERTISEMENT “We prepare that situation,” Pochettino said, “… and give the signal to the opposition that we want to play in the opposition half and dominate the game and put pressure on them.”United should have been more alert, based on its preparations.“After kickoff is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watched it before, we analyze opponents,” Mourinho said. “The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane normally he is already inside, before the kickoff, he is already inside the opponent. We knew everything and then we don’t press the ball.”Mourinho broke down United’s shortcomings in detail.“One mistake, we don’t clean the ball in the air,” he said. “Second mistake, we don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake, we don’t cover the fullback inside when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes.”It was timed at only 0.1 seconds slower than Alan Shearer’s 10.4-second goal in 2003 for Newcastle against Manchester City. Tottenham does hold the record, with Ledley King netting after 9.9 seconds at Bradford in 2000.“One of the criticisms of ourselves over the last couple of weeks was our slow starts, it was something we wanted to improve on and we definitely did today,” Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier said. “We were in control of the game from beginning to end, we came out and pressed them and didn’t give them any time. They suffered under it.”For a Tottenham side that couldn’t even beat fourth-tier Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday — drawing 1-1 — beating United so convincingly reasserted its top-four credentials.Tottenham is two points outside the Champions League places in fifth, and heads to third-place Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool felt the full force of Tottenham’s formidable counterattacking potency in October when Juergen Klopp’s side lost 4-1 at Wembley but inconsistency has proved costly.“You can win a game if you’re ready to fight,” Pochettino said, reflecting on a third successive home win over United. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled by one of the league’s most-expensively assembled teams, with only one save of significance required to block a shot from Romelu Lukaku.With the title appearing unattainable, United will have to settle with locking down second place for the team’s highest-place finish since Alex Ferguson won a record-extending English title in 2013 before retiring.“The distance to the leader was already considerable, even before this match,” Mourinho said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch,” Eriksen said after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory.Jose Mourinho watched aghast. “Ridiculous,” was the United manager’s assessment after his conceded for the first time since Dec. 26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut not quite as hard to fathom as the second goal.On a night when Mourinho’s side was outrun and new recruit Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact, United’s pitiful performance was summed up by the own-goal that sealed Tottenham’s win. Phil Jones inadvertently turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net in the 28th minute when the United defender was under no immediate pressure. AFP official booed out of forum View comments Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, center with back to camera, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)ONDON — Watched by the Premier League’s biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition’s fastest goals.Manchester United hadn’t even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more