NGSA top student pledges to continue excellent performance

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairAryan Singh of Dharmic Rama Krishna Primary School, a lad who shared the nation’s top position at the recently announced National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), said he intended to continue in the same vein to achieve outstanding results.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, the young man revealed that he would utilise a similar approach to maintain a high level of performance when he entered secondary school in the new school term.Top student Aryan Singh“I plan to do the same thing I’ve been doing – normal revision. I don’t intend to do anything special because if you do that, you get nervous,” he posited.He recalled that upon writing his exams, he was nervous but he was able to overcome his fears and end up being successful.When the results were announced on July 5, Singh had secured a total score of 568 marks, earning him a place at Queen’s College. The young man related that he was especially satisfied to know that he attained the highest marks in Mathematics and Social Studies.When asked about his feelings on being a top achiever, Singh observed that he was at first astonished.“It feels amazing, electrifying; I was extremely shocked at first, but when it got into my mind, I was overjoyed…my mom was shocked but was calm – I was crying,” the lad explained.He pointed out that it was his teacher, Padminie Geewan who helped to motivate him for the NGSA.“She really did push the whole class to their potential,” the young man said.He further related that any student with the right approach and effort can achieve success at their exams: “I would encourage them that anybody can be at the top, once you do your work and revise and don’t over pressure yourself.”Singh’s mother, Prithi Singh told this publication that she, his father, sister and grandmother all feel proud of his achievement.“Everybody in the family is extremely happy. He was a very disciplined and focused child, and he was also taking part in karate and is taking part in several international tournaments. We didn’t have many problems with him – only the games,” she expressed.She also related that her son was encouraged to study an hour before bed every evening.The National Grade Six Assessment, which was written on April 27 and 28 earlier this year, saw 14,386 candidates participating.last_img read more

Coalition Peace (UK) Names Gwen Myers to Board of Trustees

first_imgGwendolyn S. Myers, executive director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia, Inc.Messengers of Peace (MoP) executive director Gwendolyn Myers has been appointed by the Coalition Peace Network as a members of its Board of Trustees.Coalition Peace is a UK-based start-up non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to encouraging collaboration between communities and NGOs for greater global good with the objective to bring together organizations to form an international coalition; sharing, combining and collaborating to develop expert-driven research, and peace-building resources.“Delighted to announce that Gwendolyn Myers, Founder & Executive Director of Messengers of Peace Liberia, is joining our Board of Trustees. We are really excited about Gwendolyn’s expertise as a local peace-builder, with focus on youth and gender issues,” Coalition Peace said in a Facebook post.In a mobile phone conversation on Monday, September 10, Myers said her selection was based on lots of recommendations from people, as well as an extensive research done by the Coalition Peace itself about her work.This knowledge will be translated into practice through a peace-building and capacity-building app, accessible free of charge to communities and locally-led peace initiatives, the group said on its website.“I had my first Board of trustees meeting last month [August], and the Facebook post was just a confirmation of it being official,” she added. Myers expressed her gratitude to God for the recent recognition, appointment and accolades bestowed upon her and her organization.Last month, another group, the Youth Hub Africa, named Ms. Myers as one of the “Outstanding Change Makers” in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Smog battle includes new lawn mowers

first_imgBuy a lawn mower or gasoline-powered weed whacker in California this spring and you’ll be contributing to the war on smog, not to mention reducing greenhouse gases that help cause global warming. That’s because after a five-year fight against the world’s largest maker of small gasoline engines, California at last has triumphed. New 2007 model push-around lawn mowers produce about 40 percent less exhaust emission than earlier models, plus an additional 90 percent reduction in evaporative emission from lawn mower fuel tanks and hoses. That’s primarily the result of the state Air Resources Board sticking to its guns, with the strong backing of Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. This fight began in 2001, when the state anti-smog agency issued new rules calling for large-scale cutbacks in emissions from lawn mowers and other small engines. Now, as also happens after every automaker protest, all is well again in lawn mower land. “The outdoor power equipment industry is committed to manufacturing products that are both safe and environmentally friendly,” said Bill Harley, president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, to which Briggs & Stratton belongs. “The products made today are cleaner, quieter and more efficient than ever before.” If this is true, it is largely because the California smog fighters and Feinstein stuck to their guns. For if Briggs & Stratton and its pet senator had had their way, there would have been no reason at all for this industry to clean up its machines. Precisely the same situation prevails in automobiles, where hybrid cars have now become such a major profit center that Toyota, for one, plans by 2010 to offer all its models in gas-saving, almost emission-free hybrid versions. There would be no hybrids at all if it weren’t for California’s toughest-in-the-nation rules. Just as the California market is so large it can force automakers to build cleaner cars every time this state demands an improvement, California’s efforts will now bring cleaner lawn mowers to the entire world. That reality is revealed in an Outdoor Power Equipment Institute request that the federal Environmental Protection Agency – which just approved the California standards – now issue uniform national emissions rules. The only way this can happen is for the EPA to imitate California’s standards. “Homogeneous regulations will permit the industry to manufacture, test, certify and distribute one product for all 50 states,” said Harley. In short, if you can’t beat California, join it. Which goes to show once again why it pays major environmental dividends all over America and the world whenever California refuses to bend its anti-smog rules. It also shows that companies like Briggs & Stratton wasted valuable time and money fighting the California rules, a lesson it would also behoove the ever-recalcitrant carmakers to learn at long last. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at tdelias@aol.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Immediately, Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton protested. (Carmakers right now are suing to invalidate California’s pioneering greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks, set to become effective in three years.) The California lawn-mower rule would cost 22,000 jobs in 23 states, Briggs & Stratton whined. Republican Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond of Missouri instantly picked up on a corporate press release containing this claim, bombastically repeating it on the Senate floor. He never noted that all the numbers he recited were based on a rules proposal the ARB had dropped a year earlier, not the rules it actually adopted. Nor did he mention that the ARB found Briggs & Stratton deliberately exaggerated the cost of technical changes it would need to make. Then Feinstein noticed that the Briggs & Stratton claims directly contradicted one of the company’s own filings with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. “While Briggs & Stratton believes the cost of the proposed regulation on a per-engine basis is significant, (it) does not believe the proposal will have a material effect on its financial condition or results of operations …,” that filing said. The upshot was that an amendment by Bond seeking to overrule the California smog fighters was shot down, and late last year, the new state rules finally won all federal approvals needed before they could take effect. last_img read more

Premier League voices fears over proposed CL reforms

first_imgA tiered system involving relegation and promotion could see the top six teams of each group automatically qualify for the following year’s competition rather than through their domestic leagues, while UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin denied reports games could be played at weekends.“All 20 Premier League clubs today discussed their ‘significant concerns’ regarding reported proposals for changing the format and qualification criteria of UEFA club competitions from season 2024/25,” the Premier League said in a statement.“All clubs unanimously agreed it is inappropriate for European football bodies to create plans that would alter the structures, calendar and competitiveness of the domestic game and will work together to protect the Premier League.”The Premier League is one of the most competitive domestic competitions with its top six of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham fighting for just four places in the Champions League every season.All six are still involved in European competition this season, with City, United, Liverpool and Tottenham in next week’s Champions League quarter-finals, and Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa League last eight.– Opposition –However, it is believed leading clubs on the continent are seeking change to combat the Premier League’s advantage over its European competitors from more lucrative TV rights deals.“In England, football plays an important role in our culture and everyday life,” the statement added.“Millions of fans attend matches across the country, with allegiances and local rivalries often passed down through generations. We have a fantastic combination of competitive football and committed fans that we will vigorously defend.”The Premier League are not alone in standing up to the proposals, with senior officials in the Spanish and German leagues also stating their disapproval.On Friday Lars-Christer Olsson, the president of the European Leagues body which represents domestic competitions across the continent, said that there was “unanimous” opposition to the reforms.“Our major objective is to safeguard the domestic competitions and protect them,” Olsson said at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Lisbon.“We have decided to invite all club members of our leagues to a meeting in Madrid on May 6-7, to discuss how they would like to see the development of professional club football in Europe.”On Wednesday multiple sources told AFP that Ceferin and Olsson would meet on May 8 to discuss the proposed changes that were reportedly put to UEFA last month by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, head of the European Club Association (ECA) which represents the continent’s biggest teams.The reforms are also set to be discussed by UEFA’s Club Competitions Committee on May 14.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid won the 2018 Champions League © AFP/File / GENYA SAVILOVLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 5 – The Premier League voiced “significant concerns” over potential reforms to the Champions League on Friday, saying the changes would damage the thriving domestic game.Reported reforms being put forward for further discussion include changing the current group stage from eight groups of four to four groups of eight, guaranteeing clubs far more Champions League games from 2024.last_img read more

It’s bad news for Arsenal and Chelsea in race to sign Real Madrid star

first_imgReal Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is set to snub both Arsenal and Chelsea in order to join AC Milan.According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the big Spaniard has grown tired of either Premier League side making an offer and is ready to say ‘yes’ to Milan, who will pay him an annual salary of £6.5m.Now it is down to the San Siro club to agree a fee with Madrid, where Morata has struggled for game time since his return to the club last year.Despite starting just 14 times in La Liga this season, he is still said to be rated at around £52m by Madrid but Milan have not been put off by that price tag.Morata played arguably the best football of his career during his time in Serie A, where he spent two seasons at Juventus, and Milan believe he can recreate that form with them.At 24, he is also nowhere near his peak so the Italian club are willing to break the bank to land him. Alvaro Morata (left) helped Real Madrid to the LaLiga title 1last_img read more

VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE??

first_imgIf your face has been circled in any of the photos above then contact Voodoo Venue now on Facebook to clam your fantastic prize.The lucky reveller pictured above has just won free entry to Voodoo for herself and three other friends, they’ll also receive a bottle of Prosecco on arrival at the club.Voodoo Venue is Donegal’s No.1 clubbing nightspot, and it continues to provide top class entertainment every weekend for it’s loyal fan base. We’ll have the full line-up of entertainment at Voodoo Venue for the weekend ahead later on this week, so keep an eye out for that.     VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE?? was last modified: July 29th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR AND CHAMPAGNE

first_imgWhat a fantastic Bank Holiday Weekend it was at Donegal’s No.1 clubbing venue VOODOO VENUE.A diverse range of acts ensured we catered for everybody’s taste in music, and that ensured everybody had a great night.Both Voodoo Venue and Voodoo Vintage was packed to the rafters Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we just want to say thanks to those who choose as their entertainment venue every weekend. To thank you for your support, we’re continuing to giveaway free entry and champagne to a random reveller circled above.If your face is circled in the picture special, then contact our Facebook page and claim your prize.   VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: August 7th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

HOSPITAL UNDER PRESSURE AGAIN AS 31 PATIENTS AWAIT BEDS TODAY

first_imgMore than 31 patients are currently awaiting beds at Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny General Hospital – major overcrowding again today.A statement issued on behalf of the hospital said it is extremely busy with “above average of very ill patients” needing care.The statement says “The Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is extremely busy today with above average numbers of very ill patients requiring admission to the hospital. There are currently 31 patients requiring admission to beds.” Members of the public are asked to avoid attending the Emergency Department if possible and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.And the statement warned “Non-emergency cases attending the Emergency Department will experience lengthy delays.”The hospital said it regrets any inconvenience to patients and their families and is taking all steps to deal with the situation including curtailing non-emergency surgery and strengthening discharge planning.  HOSPITAL UNDER PRESSURE AGAIN AS 31 PATIENTS AWAIT BEDS TODAY was last modified: January 13th, 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:bedsdonegalhsopitalletterkenny generallast_img read more

South African Human Rights culture discussed in Mahikeng

first_imgMahikeng, Wednesday 26 March 2014 – Brand South Africa, in the fourth Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogue on Wednesday 26 March 2014, hosted a robust discussion on fundamental human rights and the responsibility of citizens in our country.Participating in the discussion at the Mmabatho Civic Centre were the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission – Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission – Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, Southern Africa director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch – Ms Tiseke Kasambala, and Ms Folusho Mvubu of the Department of Public Service and Administration responsible for Service Delivery Improvement Support.In the discussions, Advocate Tlakula invited participants to reflect on South Africa’s journey towards a human rights culture over the past two decades.  In this, it is important to counter-balance, amongst others, rights and culture. “We must also remember that values are important in building societies.  The protection and safeguarding of human rights should not mean we lose core values like respect and discipline.  Perhaps we need to have a very deep conversation on these issues,” said Advocate Tlakula.Meanwhile, the issue of human right and culture was also brought into focus by Ms Kasambala.  “What is however important is the fact that human rights are important to protect all human beings and South Africa has created an enabling culture for this,” said Ms Kasambala.Advocate Mushwana advised the audience that the Human Rights Commission has prioritised the education of citizens about their rights because one cannot protect and defend what they do not know.  “With each right comes a responsibility.”  Awareness of your rights is also crucial to strengthen our reconciliation and build a cohesive society which will contribute to active citizenship.Saying that human rights are intrinsically linked to responsibility – in how one exercises these rights in addition to ensuring that the human rights of others are protected – Ms Mvubu of the Department of Public Service and Administration,also stressed that an informed and responsible citizenry is key to an active citizenry which is essential to the implementation of the National Development Plan.Comments by the panel were followed by thought provoking insight from the audience including, despite our differences we are essentially all human beings.  This means that while it is easy to demand our rights, we must as human beings, first and foremost protect the rights of our fellow human beings.  Legislation can only go so far in ensuring a redress of our country’s past inequalities – we must each play our part in making society safe for ourselves and others.A strong theme that emanated from the conversation was that a human rights based culture is our collective responsibility.  Government cannot create this society on its own.  We must all work together to achieve an equitable, human rights society.  This is a challenge to society as a whole as we commemorate 20 years of democracy.The discussion concluded with the sense that while South Africa has come a long way in 20 years, much work remains to be done to build a human rights based culture strongly rooted to the principle of responsibility based rights. Let us all play our part in this quest.Note to EditorsThe Constitution of South Africa can be accessed at: http://www.gov.za/documents/constitution/1996/a108-96.pdfAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand SouthAfrica.Join the conversation at:Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SAhttps://twitter.com/Brand_SAhttps://www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaTell us how you Play Your Part@PlayyourpartSAhttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someoneFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Twist of fate for Saina Nehwal

first_imgHail Saina Nehwal, the brand new Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics. Agreed, the Indian badminton queen did not play her best, but luck smiled on her as opponent Wang Xin from China hobbled off the court because of a knee injury.Sport is about victory and celebrations or losses and tears. On Saturday, it was Saina’s chance to flash that million-watt smile as she wore the bronze medal around her neck after the unfinished play-off.”I told my dad I was sorry I couldn’t win gold but at least I have a bronze medal. I just can believe it,” said Saina at the press conference.Having backpedalled right through the brief contest, when Xin used amazing variety to trouble Saina, the Indian was clueless as to what to do.As the first game was drawing to a close, there was sudden drama. Xin fell on the ground and was in pain at the score of 20-18. She took a medical timeout and resumed play. But in a matter of minutes, after winning one point in the second game, the lefthanded Chinese shuttler walked away in tears.It was mixed emotions for Saina as she knew this was not a match she had won but on a stage as big as the Olympics, what counts is a medal for yourself and the nation.”I can imagine what kind of celebration this is going to spark off in India,” said Saina, who had lost to Indonesian Mariana Yulianti in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics.advertisementSo how is she going to celebrate? “I am now going to watch movies and I am going to eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I am going to put on weight!” Saina said.Saina was under a lot of pressure against the tricky Chinese player. Xin used court craft and huge variety in her game to trouble Saina by smashing and placing the shuttle in different corners of the court.Saina had initially taken a 4-2 lead from where Xin caught up with dexterity. The way the lithe Chinese used her wrist with deception had Saina in trouble. More so, when Saina was misjudging the flight of the shuttle on the baseline.But in a matter of minutes, everything changed. Saina did stage a fightback from 7-14 and caught up before Xin’s knee wrecked it.”My initial reaction was that Wang was trying to slow it down or she was trying to get her breath back as she fell down. But once I saw her in the second set, I knew her injury was serious,” explained Saina.Saina told the media she got good sleep last night. “Yes, I did think a lot about the semi-final loss. But I also knew I had to come out fit for the bronze medal play-off,” said Saina.She admitted that she was trying too hard. “I was in a hurry to play attacking strokes from the beginning. And I was perhaps aware of the expectations back home,” said Saina.The atmosphere inside the hall on Saturday was fantastic. Wembley is better known for football but these days it is the indoor badminton hall which has been making huge noise.For the vocal Chinese supporters, this was a big let-down. They had the national flag in place and were loudly cheering star Xin.The Indian fan base, too, was not to be left behind. Waving the Tricolour and cheering Saina in English and Hindi, they were rewarded for their loyalty.last_img read more