Ancajas steals limelight from main bout

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Arum sees greatness in Ancajas LATEST STORIES Jerwin Ancajas confidently mounts the weighing scale as MP promotions’ Joe Ramos, left, and Sean Gibbons look on. Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—The Jerwin Ancajas-Israel Gonzales title duel was supposed to be the co-feature of the World Boxing Organization middleweight crown showdown between Mexican Gilberto Ramirez and Ghanaian challenger Habib Ahmed.Owing to the Ancajas’ hype as the next Manny Pacquiao, however, the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight title fight has gained more attention in this coastal city, the eighth largest in this massive state next only to Alaska in size.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Even the local newspaper, Caller Times, has given Ancajas prominence over Gonzalez and Ramirez, who totes a fearsome record of 36-0 with 24 knockouts.Ahmed is also unbeaten (22-0-1, 17 knockouts) and, just like Ancajas and Gonzalez, is strutting his stuff in the US for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe third man in the ring for Ancajas-Gonzalez will be Puerto Rican Rafael Ramos with Joel Elizondo (San Antonio), Fernando Villareal (Oakhill, California) and Lisa Giampa (Las Vegas) as judges.The eight-bout fight card is a joint undertaking of ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Top Rank of Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s longtime promoter. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READlast_img read more

Episcopalians Go Wild over Enthronement Festivities

first_imgA long-awaited, ‘big weekend’ for Episcopalians from all over Liberia is finally here.West Africa’s newest Archbishop (elect), Liberia’s own Jonathan B.B Hart and his local flock have been doing everything to make sure that all systems are a ‘go’ (everything is in place) to receive and fete (entertain) an array of distinguished church personalities from all over the Western province and beyond.The guests are converging on Monrovia for an historic weekend: the enthronement of Episcopal Bishop Hart as Archbishop of the Province of West Africa.It began on Thursday, July 3, with the arrival from England, of the well-known theologian, Jeanette O’Neil. She was followed by other eminent overseas church leaders and guests, including prelates Robert Drewe, (England) and Ian C. Hutchinson, (U.S.) who arrive today, Friday, July 4.They put in their appearance after Bishop Mack Beckwith and Rev. Ranjit R. Matthews, who arrived by British Airlines earlier on Friday.From The Gambia came the Venerable Mother P. Johnson and Mrs. Acy Peter, while Bishop Jacques Boston and Bishop Albert Gomez flew in from Guinea on the fourth of July as well.Out of Sierra Leone come Bishop Thomas Wilson, Mrs. Victoria Wilson, Bishop E. J. S. Tucker, Justice Ada Renner, Justice Shere Moses, Very Rev. A. Nicole, and Rev. Canon Justice Cole.From Ghana comes a delegation of fifteen. They include Archbishop Sarfo and Mrs. Mary Safo, Archbishop Akrofi, Bishop Otoo, Bishop Torto, Bishop Festus Yeaboah-Asuamah, Mrs. Felecia Yeaboah-Asuamah, and Bishop Kwashie. Others were Bishop Acqah, Bishop Dibo Elango, Canon Eiwuley, Venerable J. Osay, Father Nyame, Mr. Thum and Asiedu Basoah.Commenting on the more solemn part of the elaborate ceremony planned, the Dean of Trinity Cathedral—from which Bishop Hart speaks—Dr. Herman Browne told the Daily Observer that Bishop Hart’s elevation signals a step upward for him as well as one for the area that comprises (makes up) his arch-Bishopric (or his jurisdiction)“Hart’s emergence also draws attention to the emphasis that is being placed on the growth of the Church—growth that would reflect numbers and quality,” Dean Browne declared.“The soon-to-become Archbishop has been offered a platform—one he rightly deserves—that will enable him take the Province beyond Evangelism and education, into the realm of health and medicine,” the Dean continued.Dean Brown assured the paper that messages from the Primate—as well as from this nation’s President—should reiterate the emphasis on growth and challenge the Liberia prelate to energize and inspire his larger flock by doing more at what he is good at.“Title bestows responsibility, and Bishop Hart is now better positioned to bring more to the challenges ahead, now that he finds himself less hindered by earlier hindrances —and limitations.”Meanwhile, the Bishop is doing his best to remain cool and calm about the event, referring this paper’s editor to his publicity chairman when asked to sum up his feelings about the event in one word.Observers, however, pointed out that he is as excited as he was when he received his first sheepskin (the colorful hood attached to the back of a graduation gown).   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2nd Chinese miner dies from leptospirosis

first_img– another admitted for respiratory tract infectionAnother Chinese miner died on Wednesday at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), while several others who were brought out from the manganese operation site (GMI) at Matthews Ridge remain patients at that medical institution.On Thursday, when Guyana Times visited the surgical bloc, it was observed that the miners were being kept in an isolated area that was cordoned off. A doctor was at the time administering checks on the patients; however, he was not allowed to offer any updates on the miners’ condition.The Chinese nationals on Monday being transported to Georgetown from Matthews RidgeMeanwhile, the Public Health Ministry, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed the death of the second miner, while stating, “We are saddened at the passing of another worker.” This miner died from complications associated with leptospirosis on Wednesday night while undergoing treatment at the GPHC, the statement added.Another mining employee, who was also tested positive for leptospirosis, is in “critical but stable condition,” an Internal Medicine Specialist at the tertiary institution confirmed on Thursday.Government’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, in the statement, highlighted that while two of those patients were successfully treated and discharged from GPHC, Regional Health Officer Dr Ramjas has updated the MoPH that another GMI employee has been admitted at the Pakera Hospital, and is undergoing treatment for a respiratory tract infection. This patient is said to be in a stable condition.Dr Shamdeo Persaud has iterated that all precautionary measures are still in place at the Matthews Ridge tunnel site and its immediate surroundings, and he said essential medical supplies are in stock to treat employees of the mining firm and residents of the area.The isolated area at GPHC‘Since last week’s outbreak, the area has been deemed a ‘Red Zone’ by Ministry of Public Health authorities, and “no one is allowed to enter the site,” Dr Persaud reminded on Thursday.The CMO has also stated that the hospital is continuing its evaluation of the miners, and additional tests are being done by CARPHA to obtain a diagnosis for some of the patients who were not tested positive for Leptospirosis.Reports are that a post mortem examination conducted on the 2 miners — named Zhong Zhenglong, 47, and Zi Zheng Guo, also 47 — on Thursday morning revealed that they died from haemorrhagic pneumonia as a result of leptospirosis. The more than one dozen affected miners exhibited symptoms of pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress.The Matthews Ridge Hospital, which was shut down earlier this week for sanitisation, has resumed operations even as a medical team continues to assess the other miners who were working in the mining tunnel where the workers fell ill.Meanwhile, on Thursday afternoon, when approached by the media for a comment on the diagnosis of the other ill Chinese workers, subject Minister Volda Lawrence refused to comment on the issue. However, she did confirm on Tuesday that several tests were done on the miners, and samples were sent to the Caribbean Reference Lab in St Vincent and the Grenadines for further evaluation.During the interview on Tuesday, Lawrence noted that there were no reports of any new cases at health centres in any neighbouring villages.The manganese mining company has been instructed to halt further exploration until the Public Health Ministry and a team from the Occupational Health and Safety Department of the Social Protection Ministry advise further on the matter.last_img read more

Stop work order issued against Fort St. John Rodeo Grounds

first_imgThe latter has issued a stop-work order in connection with Terry McLeod’s plans to develop a rodeo grounds, equestrian centre and 115-pad RV park, on his 70-hectare property, because it is considered unauthorized “non-farm use.”The order reportedly followed an inspection of the property in November.It allegedly comes despite assurances from Mr. Macleod he wouldn’t “conduct any activity on the property that is not permitted,” and also that he would post a bond to ensure the removal of metal grandstands or take other steps to ensure use of the property was in compliance.- Advertisement -The story goes on to say Mr. McLeod asked for a delay on the removal of the grandstands until they were required elsewhere, or until his application had been reconsidered.He reportedly referred to a Peace River Regional District review of the Fort St. John Fringe Area Plan, which could result in his land being removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve to meet future growth needs.However, the Sun says, an ALC enforcement officer claimed the assurances came “very late in the day” and ordered Mr. McLeod to remove the metal grandstands, and an announcer’s booth, along with commercially stored boats, recreational vehicles, and industrial equipment, from the property, by June 1, 2014.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal wasted Ox-Chamberlain says Klopp

first_imgThe 24-year-old never quite lived up to his early promise at Arsenal after his switch from Southampton.But, after a slow start at Liverpool following his ($46 million, 39 million euros) move, Oxlade-Chamberlain has started to hit his stride in recent weeks — just in time for his first return to Emirates on Friday.Reds boss Klopp has been impressed by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s development at Anfield, saying: “He had to adapt. I know how it is if you’re kind of a big signing.“You have to perform immediately. But it’s difficult.“I was happy from the first day about his involvement, about his attitude, and since then he became more and more a Liverpool player.”But Klopp believes Oxlade-Chamberlain would already be an even more potent force if he had been instructed to add a goal threat to his game while he was with Arsenal.Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored just twice in 20 appearances for Liverpool and managed 20 goals in 198 games for Arsenal.Klopp believes that poor strike rate is down to Wenger prioritising the talents of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.“I think the biggest improvement, or the biggest potential he still has, is really being involved in goalscoring situations, because he has it in himself,” Klopp said.“It is unbelievable, but he was not asked for this too much I think in the past.“If you watched Arsenal in the past, the two decisive players were Sanchez and Ozil.“In a lot of moments, the decisive passes, Ozil or Sanchez. Then you are not that much involved.“Here, we put it on much more shoulders, and if he’s on the pitch he needs to be involved in situations like this.“I see really a lot of space for improvement as well, and that’s good.”– Purist principles –As if that wasn’t enough to irk Wenger, Klopp also made a point of highlighting how the Frenchman, so renowned for his purist principles, has often used a far more rudimentary approach against Liverpool based around the aerial ability of Olivier Giroud.“Against us most of the time Giroud played from the beginning, so that says a little bit about the style of Arsenal they have chosen against us very often,” Klopp said.“They are a complete football team, able to do everything. They can switch and change styles.“Against us it happened quite often that they played a lot of long balls, with Giroud. But he cannot play on Friday and that will change a few things maybe.”With Manchester City running away with the Premier League title race, the focus at the Emirates will on the battle for a top four finish.It is a crucial clash for both sides as fourth placed Liverpool are one point ahead of fifth placed Arsenal in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.Wenger made it clear how important Liverpool’s visit is when he made 11 changes for Tuesday’s 1-0 League Cup quarter-final win over West Ham.Liverpool haven’t played since Sunday’s thrashing of Bournemouth and Wenger is concerned the hectic fixture schedule is taking a toll on his team after Giroud was sidelined with a hamstring injury.“It is very demanding, especially because we already have a tough schedule behind us,” he said.“We have to sit down and analyse very well what we can do. What is very worrying in my job is when you start to lose players like Giroud.“After, you cannot afford to lose another one. I have to look how I can manage the schedule.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool in August 2017 after Wenger decided to cash in before the England midfielder’s contract expired © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Jurgen Klopp has risked Arsene Wenger’s wrath ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the Emirates Stadium by claiming the Arsenal manager failed to get the best out of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool in August after Wenger decided to cash in before the England midfielder’s contract expired.last_img read more

Worst-kept secret

first_imgRe: “Plot to topple L.A.’s tallest tower foiled” (Feb. 10): So, another media frenzy/photo opportunity for Mayor Antonio Villaragosa. He says he was blindsided by the Bush administration’s report on the failed terrorist attempt to fly a plane into the downtown Library Tower in 2002. But on further review, the Mayor’s Office was indeed contacted. Perhaps President Bush didn’t have Mayor Villaraigosa’s cell-phone number handy. What I really want to know is the answer to the worst-kept secret in town: which higher office is Villaragosa aspiring to while pretending to be the mayor of Los Angeles? – Linda LaCour Northridge AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Protecting the public Re: “Officers’ names to stay secret in complaints” (Feb. 8): Regarding the “civilian police commission” decision to say that the police who use excessive force need protection from the public, I have two questions! If they aren’t doing anything wrong, why do they need even more protection than they already are getting? And if they are doing something wrong, then who is protecting the public from them and how do we know that we are being protected? – James O’Neill Panorama City LAUSD cries poverty Re: “Potential dropouts face early intervention” (Feb. 8): And here we are again – Roy Romer and the Board of Education crying poverty. I do not know how the general public feels, but a $5 billion budget seems pretty hefty to me. Cut the waste spent downtown at Beaudry and at the area offices and you can bet the money can be found. Sorry, Roy, no pity from me. – Stephanie Schwartz Canyon Country Getting used to it Re: “Bush vows to end ‘addiction to oil”‘ (Feb. 1): So, Bush wants to explore alternative sources of energy so our dependence on oil from “the enemy” is greatly reduced. It really sounds good from a political point of view at his latest State of the Nation speech. I have a suggestion for Bush. Why doesn’t he collect all the cow chips on his ranch and burn them to convert it into an energy fuel to run the ranch? Of course, if you have a reason to visit his ranch, you will be responsible to bring your own gas mask. Those in his administration already are immune to the smell and won’t need one. – Nelson Leverage Northridge King funeral Re: “Politics, mourning mingle at Coretta Scott King funeral” (Feb. 8): It was altogether fitting to mention the difficulties facing our nation at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. The work of Dr. and Mrs. King needs to be carried on, and the speakers at the service were merely reminding us all of what she stood for, and that the work should not end with her passing. I apologize for mixing metaphor and simile, but the conservative pundits, and conservative callers to C-SPAN are squealing like stuck pigs now that their ox has been gored. President Bush had to sit there and face the music when reminded of the complaints Coretta King would have expressed were she still with us. – Arnie Moore Sherman Oaks Wiretap history Re: “Politics, mourning mingle at Coretta Scott King funeral” (Feb. 8): Political funeral? Wow, after reading some of the remarks (jabs) made in front of President Bush, I thought, well, no wonder we can’t get our children to respect authority. As my dear mother used to say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” By the way, Jimmy Carter, regarding the wiretapping of Martin Luther King … I believe the attorney general at that time was Robert Kennedy. – LouAnn Reising Valley Village Saved the world? Re: “It’s still Reagan’s Day” (Photo, Feb. 7): A caption under a photo of Pres. Reagan’s grave stated that Col. John Coleman in a speech said, “This was a man who literally saved the world.” What kind of Kool-Aid has the colonel been drinking? Saved the world? Give me a huge break. Saved the world from what? Grenada? Maybe a bankrupt Soviet Union, which was brought down by the church and the Solidarity movement? Talk about your revisionist history. – Stanley Moore Winnetka Appreciate the freedom Regarding the prophet-cartoon protests, the world is again divided in two: the Muslim world and the West. Provocation and the crossing of lines of acceptability have become a hobby. Nobody realizes that this is a step in the wrong direction, and that this isn’t the way to break the vicious circle. Yes, Denmark is a democratic country with the precious freedom of speech, but please, folks, let’s appreciate it instead of abusing it. Drawing the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban doesn’t serve any purpose. Denmark already has serious integration problems. And as a Dane, I urge the powerful media industry to think twice next time. Think twice and be respectful. – Alev Vura Northridge Dinosaur among us Re: “Unnecessary resurfacing” (Your Opinions, Feb. 1): Alan Pollack asks why his streets in Woodland Hills, Victory Boulevard and Erwin Street, are being resurfaced when they don’t need it, while the streets in the Northeast Valley are being neglected. Nowadays, the rule seems to be, if it comes into your hands it is yours. Keep it and shut up. Alan is behind the times. He sounds like a graduate of the old school that taught honesty, fair is fair and to call a spade a spade. How refreshing to know that there are still Alan Pollacks roaming this Earth. – Eloy L. Mendoza Pacoima Canceling class trip Re: “Extreme charter” (Your Opinions, Feb. 7): Let’s hear it for Dina Ormenyi for scolding Roy Romer and Jon Lauritzen for their canceling of Lawrence Middle School’s vastly educational trip to Catalina Island – a trip that has reaped great rewards for students, parents, educators and L.A. Unified for the past five years. Concerned parents know, better then anyone, what suffering a dysfunctional district can exact. Repeatedly, achievements in our district seem to be in spite of our leaders, rather than in cooperation with them. It is far easier for our administrators to destroy beneficial programs rather than attempt to understand them. It’s all about dictatorial control, and our only outlet for improvement is active, caring parents such as Ormenyi. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills ag! Be ashamed of these Re: “Super Bowl Anthem” (Your Opinions, Feb. 6): I don’t know what Super Bowl game Earl J. Kangas watched, but the one I saw with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and Aaron Neville, singing the National Anthem was awesome. How about the Bush administration’s lies to take us to war for oil, the illegal wiretapping of Americans, tax cuts to the top 2 percent or the president’s $2.77 trillion budget with cutbacks on Medicare? Now that should make you ashamed to be an American. – Suzanne Lewis Valley Village Aretha’s anthem I was so upset over the desecration of our National Anthem prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl. I have heard it butchered before, but I think this was the worst. I think it should be against the law to desecrate the National Anthem as it is for desecration of our flag. – Roy L. Paul Granada Hills Passionate and moving Re: “Super Bowl Anthem” (Your Opinions, Feb. 6): In regard to reader Earl J. Kangas’ opinion that the Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin version of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl was “horrible, awful, disgusting and insulting,” perhaps Kangas should refresh himself with the anthem’s words. The blood of brave young Americans has ensured that our nation’s star-spangled banner waves over a land that is free. That means that in the United States of America every person has the right to express themselves creatively in whatever way they choose. I personally thought that the Neville-Franklin version of the anthem was one of the most heartfelt, passionate and moving renditions I have ever heard. – David Laurell Burbank 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool make it five from five with impressive win over Spurs

first_imgLiverpool sealed an impressive victory over Tottenham at Wembley to continue their perfect start to the Premier League season.Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino put the visitors in control and they had numerous chances to extend their advantage. 4 Erik Lamela’s stoppage-time strike set up a nervy finale, but the Reds held out to make it five wins from five.Having been beaten by Watford in their previous game, Tottenham have now suffered consecutive league defeats for the first time since 2016.It was supposed to be the start of a new era at Spurs, with this fixture planned for the opening of their new £800million stadium at White Hart Lane.But due to construction delays it will be at least late November before their new 62,000-capacity home hosts a match.Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium was supposed to open today against Liverpool – here’s how it currently looksInstead, their tenancy at Wembley continued with a deserved defeat as Liverpool ran riot on the counter-attack.Standing in for thigh injury victim Hugo Lloris, goalkeeper Michel Vorm was at fault for both strikes that came either side of the interval, but Liverpool also wasted several additional chances. Mane’s turn and shot that was kept out by Vorm brought the second half to life and Wembley erupted in response to Lucas Moura finding the left post before appealing to home fans for support.But they were stunned into silence in the 54th minute, however, when Vertonghen nudged a cross by Mane on to the post where it deflected to Firmino, who could not miss from two yards out.It should have been 3-0 when Liverpool piled forward but perhaps flustered by the amount of time he had on the ball, Mane continued running before producing a poor shot.Salah forced a saved from Vorm before Mane failed with the follow-up and then the Egyptian made two trademark runs which ended with dismal final efforts.Tottenham had the final say through Lamela but it was too little, too late for them. 4 The concern over Harry Kane’s form was justified by another quiet afternoon but Tottenham, who were without Dele Alli because of a hamstring problem, under-performed across the pitch.Alarm bells began ringing after just 44 seconds when Firmino stabbed the ball home only for a controversial offside decision to deny the Reds the goal their early dominance deserved.The flag appeared to be raised against Sadio Mane but it was his Brazilian team-mate who beat Vorm from close range in the first of a host of shaky moments for Spurs’ defence.Tottenham were struggling to escape their half as Liverpool pressed and in the 20th minute they invited additional pressure when Eric Dier’s wayward pass was intercepted by Mohamed Salah.The Egyptian’s pace propelled him between Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but his shot was stopped at close range by Vorm.After a bright spell from Tottenham that nevertheless lacked any genuine threat, Firmino worked Mane clear only for the Senegal forward to be let down by a poor final touch.For all their effectiveness on the break, it was a set-piece that secured Liverpool the breakthrough they deserved as a James Milner corner was cleared only as far as Wijnaldum.The Dutch midfielder directed it back towards goal and Vorm should really have dealt with the header, but the goal-line technology confirmed that it had crossed the line. Liverpool were excellent throughout as they won again center_img 4 Wijnaldum’s goal was his first away from home in the Premier League Vorm had an afternoon to forget 4 Vorm fails to keep out Wijnaldum’s header last_img read more

Hospital selling blue bracelets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On the Henry Mayo campus, the bands are available at the gift shop and foundation and volunteer offices. Retail outlets participating in the sale of the bands include: Tranquility Salon & Spa; Maggie Moos; Flair Cleaners; Bank of Santa Clarita; Salt Creek Grill; Paseo Club; Ice Station Valencia; and Party America, all located in Valencia. To support the The Next Generation of Care, contact the Health Foundation at (661) 253-8082. To raise funds for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department expansion project, the hospital will offer Giving Saves Lives blue jelly bands at retail outlets throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and on the hospital campus. Proceeds from the bands – selling for $1 or greater donation – will bring the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation closer to its $12 million goal for The Next Generation of Care Campaign. The campaign will fund a new Emergency Department and the construction of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab. To date, the hospital has raised more than $10 million toward the campaign. “We want to make it possible for every person in the Santa Clarita Valley be a part of the campaign for the Next Generation of Care and invest in their community hospital,” said Diana Vose, health foundation president. “By providing the bands in local retail outlets, we’re certain that our community will support the best in health care at Henry Mayo, and wear the bands to encourage others to give.” The health foundation has 5,000 Giving Saves Lives bands for the fundraising initiative and is ready to make additional bands available as needed. The hospital foundation hopes that community members will wear the bands with pride while investing in the hospital, which is committed to improving the health of the community through compassion and excellence in healthcare services. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal v Monaghan takes place in O’Donnell Park this Sunday, March 2nd and the following traffic restrictions will be in place:O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.Road closure at Blacks Junction (Bottom of Convent Road) from 12:30pm.Access only to residents of Ballymacool/Kirkstown/Conwal, vehicles with passes, disabled drivers and match officials. Non match traffic will be diverted at Dunnes Stores/Station House roundabout via Oldtown.Match traffic will be diverted into Retail Parks car parks and LYIT car park. There will be some signs at various Car Parks for match parking.Shuttle bus service from The Station House Hotel / Old Dunnes Stores to O’Donnell Park.No parking for match traffic at GAA ground. No parking on Kirkstown road near GAA grounds or in vicinity of Ballymacool Woods. Non match traffic from Glenties direction will be diverted at Newmills via Rockhill from 1pm. Local residents, HGVs and buses will be permitted access.Match traffic from Glenties direction will be diverted into local car parks. When these car parks are approaching capacity match traffic from Glenties direction will be turned at Glenties side of O’Donnell Park and parked on left hand side of road outbound.Please follow the directions of Match Stewards and an Garda Síochana at all times. TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AND PARKING GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR DONEGAL GAME IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMonaghanO’Donnell ParkRESTRICTIONSlast_img read more

Volkwagen and partners follow up on commitment

first_imgWorld Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. (Images: Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP))Following up on the commitments they made earlier this year, Volkswagen and its partners Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa returned to a rural school in KwaZulu-Natal to maintain the bicycles they had donated to some of the learners.The car maker, bicycle maker and humanitarian organisation donated 1 100 bicycles to learners at 20 rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape in April and May respectively; they returned in August to one of the KwaZulu-Natal schools to conduct bicycle maintenance, a road safety clinic and to deliver backpacks filled with books and stationery.As one of the larger donors to Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP), Volkswagen looks to make a telling difference in the lives of the children involved with BEEP.According to the programme, each bicycle costs R2 320. Learner beneficiaries and their parents are required to sign a contract stipulating the terms and conditions of use, which include school attendance. When the contract ends two years after signing, the bicycle then belongs to the student.World Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. This was coupled with a 28% increase in school attendance as a result of students spending less time commuting and more time in class.Thomas Schaefer, the managing director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, said the success of the partners’ initial donation of bicycles had inspired them “to look at other opportunities to extend our commitment to making a small but impactful difference in the lives of the learners in the schools we are supporting.“As a result we have partnered with some of our dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal and Nal’ibali in donating reading material and stationery to the schools. We hope reading will empower the learners and open their eyes to a new world filled with indefinite opportunities.”The bicycle maintenance and skills and safety clinic ensures over-all upkeep of bikes and teaches general road safety. A well-maintained bicycle requires fewer repairs, meaning lower repair costs, which builds the benefits of having a bicycle.Through the clinic, local mechanics are trained to maintain the bikes. They enter into a service-to-own contract, whereby they pledge to provide repair support to BEEP for a certain period of time. Typically this is two years, after which they receive full ownership of their own bicycles.The bicycle maintenance and road safety clinic is a pilot project and will be rolled out to all other bicycle recipients later this year. “It is wonderful [if] donors like Volkswagen South Africa continue to invest in the longevity of BEEP, supporting efforts to teach children how to ride safely and proficiently, which ultimately contributes to the sustainability of the programme,” said Paula Barnard, the national director of World Vision SA.Sarah Phaweni, the executive director of Qhubeka, said that while the bicycles were built for difficult terrain, “like all bicycles they perform best when well looked-after and maintained.“Our goal is to make BEEP sustainable in the long run, which is why we are delighted that Volkswagen South Africa has been so supportive in helping us fund follow-up bicycle maintenance and safety clinics. Our hope is that with well-maintained, beautiful, strong bicycles the children will be part of a culture in South Africa that promotes bicycle use.”NAL’IBALIWith the help of 12 participating KwaZulu-Natal Volkswagen dealerships, books and stationery were collected. They were packed in backpacks along with a Nal’ibali bilingual story-card and supplement to encourage reading for leisure.Nal’ibali, which means “here is the story” in isiXhosa, is a national campaign aimed at encouraging children to read for leisure as well as spark their potential through storytelling and reading.“Regular interaction with people who share interesting and exciting books and stories in home languages allows children to build a deep understanding of their mother tongue. This ensures a firm foundation for learning not only an additional language, but for all other school learning too,” explained Carole Bloch, the executive director of Praesa, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa. Praesa runs the Nal’ibali campaign.last_img read more