Back-To-School Treat for Hanover Children

first_imgStory HighlightsThe students benefited from medical/dental examinations and school suppliesRGD and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security were also on hand to offer their servicesThe activities were made possible by the Harris Family Vision Foundation in New York Back-To-School Treat for Hanover Children CommunityAugust 30, 2013Written by: Glenis A. Rose Back-To-School Treat for Hanover ChildrenJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: Glenis A. Rose President of the Harris Family Vision Foundation, Michael Harris (right), looks on as children wait to take their turn in the bounce house, during a back-to-school treat and health fair hosted by the foundation recently, at the Fletcher’s Grove Baptist Church in Sandy Bay, Hanover. Related36 Students Receive Tryall Scholarships FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedOutstanding Students and Teachers from North West St. Ann Honoured RelatedTwenty Residents Complete JBDC Leather Craft Course Over 500 children and parents from Sandy Bay, Montpelier and adjoining communities of eastern Hanover, were hosted at back-to-school treats and health fairs last weekend on the grounds of the Fletcher’s Grove and Montpelier Baptist churches.The students benefited from medical/dental examinations and were presented with books and other school supplies. They also enjoyed games such as football, a bounce house, kid’s concert, story-telling, and delicious food and refreshments.Representatives from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security were also on hand to offer their services.The activities were made possible by the Harris Family Vision Foundation in New York, which was started by sisters, Kimberly and Nekhidia Harris, 16 years and 18 years, respectively.President, Michael Harris, told JIS News that the foundation was established some seven years ago but that the family has been giving back to Jamaica for over 20 years now.“Last year, we handed over the refurbished Madras Health Centre in St. Ann to the Government of Jamaica to benefit thousands of citizens,” he said.“This year, so far, we have gone into eight communities across Jamaica – Franklin Town in St. Andrew, May Pen in Clarendon, Hector’s River in Portland, Enfield in St. Mary, Ewarton in St. Catherine, Cave Valley in St. Ann, and Fletcher’s Grove and Montpelier in Hanover.  Overall, we have touched the lives of some 3,000 adults and children, ensuring that they experience some levels of preparation to face the new school year,” Mr. Harris said.He said the family also provides scholarships to students and expressed appreciation to Jamaican companies that have assisted the foundation over the years.Nekhidia Harris told JIS News that it was a joy to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they are given back-to-school supplies.“I like very much to see the joy and the smiles on the children’s faces when they get their gifts and back to school supplies.  It makes me happy to see children’s faces light up with joy as they are assisted with material that they really need.  It makes me really happy,” she told JIS News. Advertisementslast_img read more

Randall’s Rant: LPGA leads gentle siege at CME

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – CME Group CEO Terry Duffy put his company’s money where its mouth is this past week. He’s a champion for women and equal rights, and he showed it is more than something he believes in as an ideal. The $1.5 million winner’s check he put in play at the Tour Championship – the largest payday in the history of women’s golf – gave the LPGA equal footing in golf, for at least a day, his shining day at Tiburon Golf Club. That paycheck was larger than the winner’s check in 32 of 46 PGA Tour events this past season. That’s a staggering feat given the giant overall difference in the men’s and women’s game, with the PGA Tour’s total prize and bonus money ($414 million) almost six times greater than that of the LPGA ($71 million). This past week may well be remembered as a sort of friendly offensive in the women’s game, with its best and brightest advancing against corporate sports marketing inequities in a bonhomous siege. There was ground won at Tiburon in both word and deed. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan delivered a compelling argument for closing the gender pay gap in women’s sport in his annual state of the tour address this past week, words that landed as both a challenge to corporate America and as gratitude to Duffy and other LPGA sponsors who are standing up as champions for women in sport. “Live your values,” Whan said. “If you’re going to say something is a value, it has to be involved in everything you do. “I’ve had this conversation with a lot of CEOs. Some like it and some hate it. Don’t call it a value statement unless you’re going to hold that mirror up to everything. You can’t just decide it’s a value statement, and it really works for this employee meeting, but it doesn’t work for this marketing meeting. Or, it doesn’t work for this sponsorship discussion. If that’s what is important to you as a leader, then it needs to be important to you in everything you do.” Now that’s a general with his saber drawn while leading an uphill charge. That’s the father of three sons and about 200 LPGA daughters. Lasting impact of CME’s $1.5 million moment on women’s golf To understand the power in those words, you have to understand Whan is as skillful an accommodator as there is in all of sport. He leads with servanthood-style leadership. As one of the best salesmen in golf, he is the LPGA’s greatest asset. He will cringe at this notion, but he rebuilt the tour on the strength of his trustworthiness, on the idea that you can’t have a better partner than the LPGA. That’s what made the challenge he issued to corporate America so powerful this past week. Whan took off his salesman’s cap and put on his commissioner’s helmet in Naples. Knowing there are so many companies who sponsor men in sport and don’t fund women in sport emboldens Whan more than it frustrates him. It tells him a lot of companies don’t see the mixed message they send in their pledge to honor women in the workplace. They don’t see how their marketing budgets don’t align with their stated values. “I can tell you that 95 percent of companies disagree with me, evidently,” Whan said. “But I do think it’s coming. I’ve met investors in the last four years, mega-investors, that will only invest now in companies that have these kind of values reflected in everything they do.” Whan trumpets partners like Duffy and CME, like KPMG and Aon and so many more in his sponsorship ranks. The beauty of this past week is how Whan’s players stepped up in word and deed, too. They added a nice new chapter to their “Drive On” campaign. “I understand we’re in an entertainment business,” LPGA veteran Amy Olson said. “But it’s not that we have half the eyes on us, so we only get half the pay. It’s more disproportionate than that. It’s extremely disproportionate. There are so many companies that spend millions of dollars on the men and not a dime on women. That’s probably where we’re coming from in our thinking. “We aren’t asking for the same paycheck as the men, because they do have more eyes on them than we do, but it should be more proportionate.” Two-time major champion Stacy Lewis took a strong stand in Naples, pointing out that women in golf make roughly 17 percent of what men make. “This is significantly behind what women are making in the workplace in 2019,” she wrote in a first-person article for Golfweek. “According to the latest report from Payscale.com, women make on average 79 cents to every dollar earned by a man. I’m not writing this to complain; I’m writing this to make you aware. I believe this topic needs to be talked about more and not be one we all shy away from because it is uncomfortable. It is the truth. Let’s talk about the truth.” God bless Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull, Danielle Kang, Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson. They made the week’s gentle siege all the more relevant turning the CME Group Tour Championship’s finish into such dramatic theater. S.Y. Kim sinks putt worth $1.5 million on final hole to win in Naples Sei Young Kim’s 25-foot birdie putt at the last to win the $1.5 million paycheck was as clutch as you’ll ever see, but she had co-stars making Sunday’s finish riveting theater. It’s as if the game’s best players raised the level of their games to match how CME Group was raising the bar in prize money. It’s as if the women were crying out, “Hey, we’re worth the investment! This is what we can deliver!” This writer ended the day riding an elevator with UL International Crown CEO Keith Williams, another leader living his values with his investment in the women’s game. “You couldn’t have scripted Sunday’s finish any better,” Williams said.last_img read more

Police searching for missing Overland Park woman find body in south KC, murder-suicide possible

first_imgMikayala Norris.Police who had been searching for a young Overland Park woman reported missing earlier this week located a body in south Kansas City, they announced Wednesday.Late Tuesday, investigators also located the body of a man in Liberty who was believed to have been observed driving the missing woman’s car.The family of Overland Resident Mikayala L. Norris, 18, alerted authorities that she had not been seen or contacted since around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when she was at work in the vicinity of 95th Street and Metcalf. Her Facebook profile indicates that she worked at Taco Bell. Based on her parents’ concerns, police issued a request for help locating Norris Tuesday, noting that she was last seen driving her black 2007 Toyota Camry.A tip to police suggested that a man had been seen driving Norris’s car sometime Tuesday in Gladstone, Mo., and law enforcement agencies released a photo of the man captured on a convenience store security camera.Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers found a person who had died of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot and who matched the description of the person of interest in Norris’s disappearance behind the Academy Sports location in Liberty.Overland Park police received a tip Tuesday suggesting that Norris’s body may have been in the vicinity of 83rd Street and Hillcrest Road in south Kansas City. A search located the body of a women in the woods near 85th and Hillcrest Road.Norris graduated from Fort Scott High School in Fort Scott, Kan., earlier this year.last_img read more

Why no audit of City Council?

first_imgSevere pressure has been mounting from various sections of society for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to launch a forensic probe into the operations of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC). At least one top official from the newly-installed Council, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, has already expressed his desire to see a forensic audit carried out into the operations of the body saying that it was necessary for such a move.Over the past few months, there have been several letter writers, commentators and politicians calling for the Government to carry out the audit in the interest of ensuring transparency and accountability in relation to the operations of the Council. However, so far the Government has not budged; in fact, the President and his Communities Minister have largely remained silent on the issue.The Administration cannot simply dismiss these concerns or provide excuses as to why a forensic audit cannot be carried out. Not only is this unacceptable but it raises questions as to whether the Government is really serious about addressing corruption on all fronts. It could be recalled that while on the campaign trail, APNU/AFC made several promises to ensure there were transparency and accountability at every level of governance.Further, many are of the view that given the Government’s keen interest in carrying out forensic audits into several State agencies regarding their operation, more particularly during the tenure of the previous Administration, and considering the many public calls for transparency and accountability in every sector, the Georgetown City Council should by all means be included in the audits.Not so long ago, in collaboration with the M&CC, the APNU/AFC Government had embarked on a massive city-wide cleanup campaign in Georgetown and its environs. While these efforts produced fairly good results regarding the general appearance of the city and its environs, the political Opposition and other stakeholders have raised questions in relation to the contracts awarded to carry out the works, as the perception is that friends and party supporters were the main beneficiaries. To date, the relevant officials have not been very forthcoming regarding questions from the media in relation to the sums expended and the beneficiaries of the contracts.Also, the mere fact that millions of taxpayers’ dollars are regularly used to bail out the city from its financial woes is another reason for the Administration to act in the public’s interest. The Government certainly cannot keep pumping tax dollars into the operations of City Hall without putting the necessary safeguards in place to ensure that public monies are accounted for.We had stated before that there is much to be explained by past officials who were tasked with managing the affairs of the Council. For example, it is believed that millions of dollars in taxes for certain individuals were written off by the previous Council. There are also claims being made of breaches of the environmental and city bylaws resulting in serious drainage, sewerage and parking problems; the failure of the City Treasurer to collect millions of dollars in outstanding taxes; and the feckless overstaffing among other issues.One letter writer has stated that the need for a forensic audit has never been greater and must be the first order of business of the new Council with the findings being made public, which will undoubtedly identify many instances in which that entity has violated the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act of Guyana. The audit must, first of all, seek to examine the tax collecting system to determine if the allegations of dishonesty, deficiency, and discrepancies have any merit.The citizens of Georgetown are anxious to know the truth about the financial operations, alleged mismanagement and excesses that may have taken place at City Hall during the previous leadership.The Government must act in the interest of the citizens and move on with the forensic audit. Failure to do so would give substance to the many criticisms being levelled against the Government that it is very selective in the manner in which it addresses issues of transparency and accountability.last_img read more

Five of Euro 2016’s biggest flops

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Sweden PHOTO/Sky Sports.PARIS, France, July 11- With the European Championship coming to a close, here are five stars who failed to live up to expectations at the tournament in France:Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) Fresh from scoring 50 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season, Ibrahimovic looked ready to terrorise opposition defences at the Euros. On the eve of Sweden’s first game against the Republic of Ireland, Ibrahimovic – who has never done modesty – declared: “The legend can still deliver.”He left France – definitively after signing for Manchester United — having failed in his quest to score at a fourth consecutive European Championship finals. He forced the own goal which brought Sweden’s equaliser in their opening draw with Ireland but did not manage a single shot on target in that match or in the 1-0 defeat to Italy that followed. It was an inauspicious end to his international career, with Ibrahimovic retiring from Sweden duty after the 1-0 loss to Belgium that eliminated them in the group stage.Thomas Mueller (Germany)Curiously Mueller was once again unable to reproduce his superb World Cup form at a European Championship finals. The 26-year-old Bayern Munich forward won the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup with five goals and scored five more as Germany became world champions in Brazil two years ago. And yet, after failing to find the net at Euro 2012 he was again unable to hit the target in France as Germany lost to France in the semi-finals.Joe Hart (England)It was another major tournament to forget for England as they bowed out in the last 16 after a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland. And it was another awful tournament for English goalkeepers. After David Seaman at the 2002 World Cup, David James at Euro 2004 and Robert Green in 2010, Hart got in on the act in France with not one, but two, major gaffes. The Manchester City ‘keeper was widely criticised for not getting to Gareth Bale’s free-kick that put Wales ahead during their group game in Lens. At least England came back to win that match 2-1, but they did not recover from seeing Hart let Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot squirm under his body for Iceland’s crucial second goal in Nice.Sergio Ramos (Spain)Spain were a disappointment in France as they bowed out in the last 16 having won the last two Euro titles. Ramos is a survivor of Spain’s three successive international triumphs, at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. But in France, after Vicente del Bosque’s side began promisingly with wins over the Czech Republic and Turkey, things did not go to plan. Ramos missed a penalty before La Roja succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Croatia in their final group match. That condemned them to second place in their section and so a last-16 meeting with Italy. In that game, Ramos endured a torrid time up against the Azzurri’s strike pairing of Graziano Pelle and Eder as Spain lost 2-0 and made an early exit.Arda Turan (Turkey)Barcelona midfielder Turan’s status as an icon in his home country of Turkey meant fans were largely pinning their hopes on him to drive Fatih Terim’s team on in France. But after a difficult season at club level Turan toiled at the Euros, struggling to influence games from a position wide on the left. The 29-year-old issued a public apology for his display in Turkey’s opening 1-0 loss to Croatia, but he then had to endure the ignominy of being booed by Turkish fans during the 3-0 defeat to Spain in Nice. “Whatever happens that shouldn’t happen,” Terim said before Turkey bowed out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

17 days agoFormer Arsenal manager Wenger fully supporting Emery

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager Wenger fully supporting Emeryby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsene Wenger says he fully backs his Arsenal successor Unai Emery. The Spaniard finished fifth in his first season after Wenger’s departure from the club.And Wenger has been pleased with Emery’s work.”I’m not here to judge coaches. I am a supporter of Arsenal Football Club, so I just support him,” Wenger said. “But he can win games and he plays a type of game that I like.”A club like Arsenal is a huge responsibility and one of those responsibilities is to play attractive football. After that, I think the most important thing is to support the team and to win games.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott blasts coaching staff announces decision to leave after Ohio States

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) stumbles while carrying the ball in a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21. OSU lost, 17-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn a somber postgame interview room after No. 3 Ohio State’s 17-14 loss to No. 9 Michigan State, a frustrated Ezekiel Elliott did not hold back his feelings after only receiving 12 carries in the upset.The junior running back put the coaching staff on blast about the play-calling and disclosed he spent time in the hospital during the week, while also announcing Saturday was his final game at Ohio Stadium before leaving for the NFL.“It’s very disappointing,” Elliott said. “In the one drive that we had where we kind of had some momentum, when we scored after the strip-sack, the plays we ran, we ran a lot of gap schemes, and we were gassing them.“You saw that on that drive, and we had a lot of momentum, and honestly, we didn’t see those plays at all for the rest of the game. Those plays weren’t called anymore. I asked for those plays to be called and they weren’t, and it hurts, it hurts a lot, because of how we lost. I feel like we weren’t put in the right opportunity to win this game, we weren’t put in the right situation to win this game.”Elliott said his battle with the coaching staff to receive more carries was an ongoing struggle throughout the game, and he blamed the mismanagement for the loss.A slow first half has not been out of the ordinary for Elliott this season, such as against Indiana, but he has typically put up flashy numbers as the game wears on. In Saturday’s contest, however, he only received two handoffs in the second half after rushing 10 times for 30 yards in the first.“It’s kind of been something we’ve seen all season, honestly,” he said. “We’ll have some momentum, we’ll have some plays that work, and then we’ll try to get away from it, try to get cute and run some other stuff.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that the Spartans dominated the line of scrimmage and loaded up the box to make sure the run game was contained. Even so, Elliott thought he deserved more than his 12 carries — which is his lowest total since the season opener against Virginia Tech when he had 11 carries but 122 yards.Elliott said he was lobbying Meyer all game for more touches but to no avail.“I think I do deserve more than (12) carries,” the St. Louis native said. “I think I really do. I mean, honestly, I can’t speak for the play calling, I don’t know what was going on, I don’t know what they were seeing, but honestly it didn’t work out. It wasn’t working.”Speaking to his frustrations, Elliott said he was never able to receive an explanation for his sudden lack of usage.For Elliott, what made the evening really sting was the journey he took throughout the week to be able to step inside the lines.The junior said he was hospitalized from Monday through Wednesday after a cyst on his right leg became infected. Elliott said at one point he had a 103-degree fever and could not walk because of the pain from the infection.“I didn’t think I was going to play,” he said. “I was depressed in the hospital, crying like a baby, but things turned around, and I was able to go out and practice, no difficulty.”Elliott, who sported a black, protective pad on his right shin during the game, downplayed the infection, saying he was “100 percent.”Meyer echoed that.“He was fine,” the coach said. “He practiced Thursday. And he’s a warrior.”Meyer said the line of scrimmage was so clogged up that it hurt the ground game. Nevertheless, Elliott said he believed the offense would have churned out more than the 132 yards it did had he had an increased volume of carries.To add further insult to injury, the running back said his grandfather had flown in from Finland to watch him play, only to see his lowest rushing total since the Virginia Tech loss in 2014.“It kind of hurts that he has to see me go out like this,” Elliott said. “I just wish I was given an opportunity to do more.”By “go out,” Elliott was alluding to more than this season’s home finale. There is one more schedule game against Michigan, as well as a bowl game, but neither of those tilts will be in Ohio’s capital city. After that, Elliott’s collegiate years will be through, even with a year of eligibility remaining.“Honestly, this is my last game at the ‘Shoe,” Elliott said. “There’s no chance of me coming back next year.”Even with the usual motivation of a game against the Buckeyes’ archrival in the Wolverines, Elliott said he expects to see a side of himself and his teammates not present all season.“We’re hungry. I’m personally not going to let anyone slack off,” Elliott said. “This game means the world to us and everyone in Ohio, and we represent everyone in Ohio. We’re going to come out, and we’re going to play a hell of a ballgame, you’ll see. It’s going to look like a new team.”No matter what happens on the turf in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday, Elliott said the scars from the loss to the Spartans will be hard for him to put in the rearview mirror.“I’m disappointed,” he said. “I’m disappointed in the play calling, I’m disappointed in the situations we were put in, and I wish it all played out differently.” read more

Police investigate attack on a 67 year old male

Police investigate attack on a 67 year old male

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 9, 2017 – Providenciales – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force on Grand Turk are investigating an attack on a 67 year old male in relation to a report made today (Wednesday 9th August 2017).Around 6:28 AM, Police and Medical team responded to the vicinity of Fisherman’s Paradise Bar in Over Back where the victim was met with what appeared to be blood over his body. He told officers that while walking towards his vehicle earlier he was attacked by a slim built male with locks or regular braids and a female cladded in a white jumpsuit. The culprits beat him about his head and body and stole his cell phone and wallet containing credit cards and drivers license before making off in his 2000 Lexus Jeep. The victim was transported to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre where he is said to be in stable condition.The vehicle was recovered in the North Creek area.Police are seeking your assistance to find the persons responsible for this crime. We’re asking anyone who was in the area of Fisherman’s Paradise Bar known as ‘Tarine Bar’ who may have seen the attack or persons described above to contact the police at 946-2299 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more