– Advertisement – Ms. Jackson The Liberia Diabetes Center (LDC) located on Front Street in Monrovia now has a community diabetes educator in Liberia.She is Ms. Jenneve Jackson. Prior to joining the LDC, she worked for One Source Pharmacy located on Benson Street.According to a dispatch from the United States, Mr. James Momoh, founder and chief executive officer of the LDC, welcomed Ms. Jackson as its community diabetes educator stressing that with the prevalence of diabetes in the country, the message of diabetes management and prevention needs to be heard in every community in Liberia.Momoh said to fight diabetes in Liberia, awareness will be a key component and Ms. Jackson’s affiliation with the LDC will achieve one of the many objectives for which the Center was established.“Ms. Jackson comes with a wealth of experience as a diabetes educator and we look forward to providing her with the necessary resources that will be directly intended to benefit Liberians that are dealing with the complications of diabetes,” Momoh said.He urged Liberians to support Ms. Jackson’s effort whenever she is in the community providing awareness on the prevention and management of a medical condition that is now claiming the lives of many Liberians in the country.Ms. Jackson will be providing diabetes sufferers and those without, the opportunity to benefit from diabetes testing and to encourage them to seek further education and health assessment at the LDC.Momoh said the LDC is not a clinical institution but has all the resources needed for the management and prevention of diabetes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…investigation launchedRegional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Kim Williams-Stephen says the used bulldozer, which was recently purchased is indeed the property of the regional administration.Her acceptance came days after she denied that the machinery was property of the regional administration at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting last Thursday.“It is not a part of our property; we have not signed as receiving it as yet,” she told the RDC and also denied that the Region had paid the supplier for the equipment. However, at a press conference on Monday, the REO told reporters that the bulldozer, which was purchased for $14.8 million, now belonged to the Region. It was at the RDC meeting that concerns were raised over the bulldozer.Councillor Zamal Hussain called on the administration to explain the purpose of buying an old machine versus a new one.The bulldozerWeighing in on the matter, Regional Chairman David Armogan said it appeared to be a D3 Caterpillar bulldozer that was painted over and a D4 sticker was placed on it. He told the RDC that from his observations a further $6 million would have to be expended based on the level of deterioration of the machine. However, the REO told reporters at her press conference that the money was approved by Cabinet for a D3 bulldozer, noting that the proper procurement procedure was followed.“On Friday last the supplier was called and he promised to come in on Tuesday (yesterday) and if there is any defects, he is going to correct,” she said. She added that the equipment, which is now the property of the Region, came with a one-year warranty.“The facts are that the Region is in receipt of the bulldozer. If there are any defects, then it will be communicated to the supplier, who would have given the administration the one-year warranty so that in the event that we have any faulty or malfunctioning of the equipment, it will be addressed.”At the RDC meeting, the REO had said that the administration did not pay for the equipment. However, records at the RDC showed that early last year the supplier was paid $8 million for mobilisation and a further $6.7 million was paid on December 28.The bulldozer was accepted even though no inspection certificate was signed, and Armogan is calling for an investigation. He said that they should invite engineers to view the equipment and evaluate its cost and also whether it was indeed a Caterpillar D4 bulldozer.
Rawle Bharat of Lot 81 Breda and Leopold Streets, Georgetown was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge alleging that on January 18 last, he had in his possession 11.8 grams of cannabis.Unrepresented by legal counsel in court on Friday, the 39-year-old initially pleaded guilty to the charge with the explanation that he had recently separated from his partner with whom he had shared a business. He claimed that after they had separated, he left her with all his possessions and started a new business on his own; and he did have a “joint” in his possession only because of the stress he was facing.He also said that the “joint” he had could not amount to 11.8 grams, but was rather about five grams.Based on his explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered, and the defendant was placed on bail at $25,000. The case continues on February 2.
Contractors BK International and Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited are working robustly to ensure that the deteriorated section of the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) access road is completely rehabilitated by Saturday.This is according to a senior official at the worksite. He explained to Guyana Times on Thursday that the team was preparing to lay a second layer of asphalt.Although the source was unable to say how much these works would cost the contractors, it was noted that that section of the road was currently closed to motorists who would utilise the pedestrian and even cycle lanes at this time.Last month, after a section of the road began sinking, contractors conducted tests to determine the cause.This newspaper understands that the road section began deteriorating as a result of faulty foundation works previously conducted on the newly-commissioned road.In fact, Head of the Works Services Group at the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn made it clear that the contractors were now standing the expenses to conduct repairs to the road, under the defect liability clause in theRehabilitation works winding down at the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara roadcontract.He explained during a telephone interview that the contract has a defect liability period, which means any defects, which develop, in this case over a year’s time, would have to be repaired by the contractors and not the Ministry.Earlier this month, Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited, a Jamaican company, had begun drilling holes around the sunken section of road at Vreed-en-Hoop, to help determine what caused the road to sink.Guyana Times was told that days before the hole formed, the patch was uneven and rough, causing motorists to avoid using that section of the roadway.The project, which was constructed to the tune of some $9.7 billion, was completed this year by the two contractors after several hiccups and setbacks.Back in July when the road was commissioned by the subject Minister, David Patterson, it was noted that the project was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).Some 30.7 kilometres of the West Coast roadway was rehabilitated to include bridges and culverts, new ‘shared-use’ lanes for cyclists and pedestrians at key junctions, the installation of high-visibility traffic signs and road markers, the installation of pedestrian footpath bridges, the construction of concrete drains at critical locations and the construction of parking lanes along identified sections of the road, the Department of Public Information reported.The expansion entailed the improvement of about 30.7 kilometres of the West Coast Demerara Road from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie, East Bank Essequibo just about one mile East of Parika.
FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – A number of the North Peace Secondary school’s sports teams had an excellent showing this past weekend.The Sr. Boys volleyball team placed 1st place, while the Sr. Girls volleyball finished in 2nd place at a tournament in Dawson Creek.The Jr. Girls volleyball team was at DP Todd school in Prince George over the weekend, where they managed a 4th finish in a tournament there.- Advertisement -Jaston Stockall, Dustin Bowes and Kenzie Chilcott will be representing NPSS at the Cross-Country Running Provincials in Kelowna this coming Wednesday through Sunday, while the Boys soccer is preparing for a trip to Provincials in Burnaby November 23-26.
The mayor’s political committee supporting the effort spent more than $1.1 million in Sacramento. And when the legislation was in danger of failing, the mayor repeatedly visited the Capitol to exert his influence and charm. Working hallways Even when the vote fell short on its first tally, Villaraigosa pressed his case with lawmakers in the hallways. Ultimately, the measure squeaked by on three-vote margins in both houses. Some lawmakers privately acknowledged that the mayor’s personality and his potential to be governor someday played a bigger role in their decision than the bill’s merits. The mayor’s personal lobbying efforts also made key differences in advancing a 405 Freeway interchange project and landing more transportation funding for Los Angeles. But that mettle will be tested as agencies across California battle for their share of $42 billion in voter-approved state bond funds and as lawmakers tackle a $100 billion state budget. “The mayor’s top legislative priority is to ensure Los Angeles receives its share of funding from the statewide infrastructure bonds,” said Villaraigosa spokeswoman Janelle Erickson. “This includes funding for mass transit, street maintenance, highways and local streets and roads. It also includes funding for housing, both affordable and for the homeless, and lastly funding to green Los Angeles, which includes revitalizing the river, planting a million trees and creating open space and … parks.” And attempts to land more state and federal money come at a key time for Los Angeles, which faces a sharply tightened budget and strained resources. To help its efforts in Washington, the city relies on four internal lobbyists and last year also reported paying about $380,000 to outside lobbyists. In Sacramento, the city spends roughly $800,000 a year on lobbying efforts, much of it through membership in advocacy groups. Paying dues During the 2005-06 legislative session, the city paid $542,000 to the Southern California Association of Governments; $29,000 to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments; and $183,000 to the League of California Cities. Last year, the city reported spending about $188,000 on its two-person internal lobbying team of Andrew Antwih and Silvia Solis in Sacramento. The quiet-spoken Antwih, a native of Los Angeles, worked for nine years as consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee before being hired by Villaraigosa in late 2005. “I have found Andrew to be very thorough, extremely smart, an excellent strategic thinker and he’s very knowledgeable,” said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, who is also a former Los Angeles city councilman. “And I have come to consider Andrew somebody who not only comes to lobby me, but whom I can call to strategize about a variety of issues.” The city’s lobbying efforts included 45 bills last year, although only a handful were directly related to city interests. More commonly, city lobbyists weighed in on more general topics such as minimum wage and global warming. Four of the five city-related bills for which the city lobbied passed and were signed by the governor. Those included the mayor’s LAUSD takeover, a bill requested by the Community Redevelopment Agency to allow special parking for ride-sharing programs, and a bill allowing the Department of Water and Power and other utilities to charge special fees to other public agencies such as school districts. A bill to add another Los Angeles-appointed seat to the South Coast Air Quality Management Board failed. And Villaraigosa’s clout has not gone unchallenged. While the mayor did manage to get substantial funding for transportation, the city still received less than Alameda County, which is significantly smaller. Still, many expect Villaraigosa’s star power to go far. Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, has accompanied the mayor on lobbying trips to Washington, and was astonished at the treatment he received. “Last year, I remember walking behind him through the halls of Rayburn (congressional office building), and interns and staff members coming out of congressional offices to see him walk down,” Huffman said. “I thought, this must be like when a rock star comes to the Hill to testify.” “Having interned on the Hill twice, I don’t remember many people generating much excitement like he did by just being there.” Staff Writer Lisa Friedman contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When he makes an appearance in Sacramento, he exercises a lot more clout than the lobbyists would – or past mayors,” said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. “He knows how to push the buttons. He knows where the power centers are. On top of that, he’s a very charismatic guy who has a future.” As a former Assembly speaker and a likely gubernatorial candidate, Villaraigosa knows key players and carries significant authority in Sacramento. “Villaraigosa going to Sacramento is like (Gov. Arnold) Schwarzenegger going to Washington,” Stern said. “They both get attention wherever they go. It’s harder to say no to a popular public figure than to a lobbyist.” Villaraigosa demonstrated that power last year when he corralled reluctant lawmakers into passing legislation designed to give him more control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. SACRAMENTO – As California cities compete for billions of dollars for infrastructure projects, Los Angeles wields two distinct advantages: the biggest lobbying budget and a charismatic, Sacramento-savvy mayor. Last year, Los Angeles spent about $760,000 on lobbying in Sacramento. And in just the first three months of 2007, the city spent about $297,000, more than San Diego and San Francisco combined spent on lobbying during all of last year, according to financial reports filed this week. But while most of L.A.’s lobbying is done by consultants and city employees in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., political observers say the city’s best lobbyist is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Craig Burley believes John Stones WILL get his move to Chelsea – whatever Roberto Martinez says.Everton boss Martinez insists Stones will not be sold this summer despite the 21-year-old defender handing in a transfer request in the wake of interest from the Premier League champions.But Burley feels the Toffees will be forced into doing a late deal, telling the Sports Bar: “This is one that could go down to the wire but I think, eventually, Everton will buckle if they get the right deal.”
In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, lives “one of Ireland’s treasures”, the Boyce family. And, on March 12, the patriarch, Barney Boyce, will start the journey down Philadelphia’s Broad Street as Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Barney, son of James and Sarah Boyce, was raised on a farm in Milford. In 2011, the population had reached 1,530. There were five other Boyce siblings: Mary, Jimmy, Sadie, Manus and John.After completing school, Barney tried his hand at several different jobs including bottling Guinness, delivering bread and selling ice cream. He always noticed that when the local lads came home from America on visits, they had plenty of money to throw around. So, at age 21, Barney was off to Philadelphia. He traveled by way of a propellered plane, and after many refueling stops, his 22 hour journey was completed. He thought America would be made of glass and cement, so he was happy to see lots of greenery. In the beginning, he had various jobs but with some luck he landed a job with Curtis Publishing. A year after he started that job, he was drafted and spent from 1958 to 1960 working for Uncle Sam in Germany. Curtis, very generously, sent him vacation pay while he was abroad. He ended up becoming a journeyman and spending 13 years with Curtis.Barney Boyce, being a gregarious, handsome young man, found fun in going to the dance halls on weekends (the Crystal Room and Connelly Hall) with guys and gals he knew from back home: Mike and Mary Henry, Liam Campbell, Nora Ferry, and the Crossans, Mary and Jim. When asked if there were any girlfriends for him, and with a twinkle in his eye, he just smiled.“Well, now,” he explained. “There was one special night.” He noticed this pretty new girl, and as he said, “She stood out in the crowd. I asked her to dance and then we met again and again and again.” Carmel Crossan and Barney Boyce have been married for 52 years and have six children: Brian, John, Jimmy, Colleen, Michael and Karen. They also have 19 grandchildren. Home to the Boyce family is in Upper Darby, where they’ve lived since the beginning of their marriage.Everybody’s favorite Boyce story is the piano one. They had pretty much furnished their home and the only thing still needing furniture was the dining room. They set off to a house sale, and discovered that everything had been sold, except for a piano. So, instead of a dining room table and chairs, they came home with a piano. Very prophetic, since the Boyce family has produced many successful musicians.Barney ended up being a roofer, a career he inherited from a man he had worked for. His daughter-in- law Linda said that her husband, Barney’s son Jimmy, worked with Barney. Besides being strong as an ox, she said he taught his son “to fix, repair, install, paint, hang and change just about any and everything.” It’s because of Barney’s patience and tutelage that Linda believes Jimmy is the man he is today.So, let’s talk about Barney’s other love, the Irish Center in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.It all began when he joined the Donegal Society. He fell in love with the place and has devoted his life to being involved with its many facets: the Board of Directors, the AOH Danny Browne Division 80, the Library, the Ceili Group, the Delaware Valley Hall of Fame, the Donegal Ball, to name just a few. He has worked the maintenance detail of the building, including repairing the roof, painting the ballroom, waxing the floors, and I bet he has even cleaned the bathrooms. This was his way of giving back to the place that provided him with true friends, homeland music, and a space for his children to be close to their heritage.Michael Boyce said his mom and dad, although always generous with their time and talents, are “the quiet workers. They see to the comfort of others yet don’t speak of it. They act out of love for their homeland and the community they have cherished for so many years.” Michael reminded me of some of Barney’s other contributions to organizations within the community: the Irish Immigration Center, the Philadelphia Gaelic Football Clubs, Northern Aid and the Knights of Columbus. He shared a very special comment that Louie Bradley, “a well-respected workhorse in the Irish community” said to him: “Your dad paved the road, we just walk on it.” Barney is retired now, and every morning at 8:00AM, he meets his old neighbors for breakfast. They are called the ROMEOs, an acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out. Which brings us to the heart of the matter: What does Barney Boyce think about being chosen Grand Marshal? “This is the greatest tribute an Irishman can receive. Not in my wildest dream did I ever think I’d be chosen.” And, of course, Barney being the humble man that he is, is grateful for the recognition this will bring to the Irish Center.But I saved the best for the end. I asked Carmel how she felt about her husband being named Grand Marshal. “I feel honored and humbled that Barney has been named Grand Marshal. We really are so lucky to be part of this community. The highlights of our 50 plus years are the great friends we’ve met along the way, and the countless good memories. We are fortunate to be able to celebrate this special honor with our children, our grandchildren and our friends. We look forward to celebrating…and a few good waltzes along the way!”I predict you will see the biggest, proudest smile from an Irishman who is loved by all.Words by Kathy McGee Burns, the Past President of this parade and also the Donegal Association. Her family are from Derrybeg. Milford man to lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia was last modified: February 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:barney boyceDONEGAL ASSOCIATIONgrand marshalphiladephiasaint patricks day parade
St Eunan’s U14 Camogie team celebrate their winST EUNAN’S camogs have lifted another All-Ireland Féile title today.The club’s U14 girls were taking part in the annual all-Ireland tournament in Tipperary and Waterford this weekend.Having won both their Shield quarter-final and semi-final on Saturday evening, the girls managed by Joe Kealy went into today’s final against Waterford club Cappoquin as underdogs. But the girls showed incredible heart and spirit to win 1-02 to no score in the showdown in Monroe this morning, with Joe’s daughter Maria Kealy getting all three scores – not a bad Father’s Day present!Mentors and managers thanked their hosts Kilruane McDonaghs in the beautiful Tipperary village of Cloughjordan.It’s the second year in a row that the Letterkenny club has lifted silverware at the John West Féile na nGael. ST EUNAN’S CAMOGIE GIRLS LAND ALL-IRELAND FÉILE TITLE was last modified: June 19th, 2016 by John2Share 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:CappoquinCloughjordanJohn West Féile na nGaelKilruane McDonaghsSt Eunans