Independence float parade to move off from Stabroek Square

first_imgThe Jubilee Float Parade set for Independence Day has seen a modification to its route as the National Commemoration Commission has announced that floats taking part in the event will now assemble at the Stabroek Market Square as opposed to Church Street.The Commission had sent out the advisory notifying those who are set to have their costume bands feature at the float parade that they will now be required to gather at the Stabroek Market Square after which the floats will move off East along Brickdam into the D’Urban Park.This is opposed to the recently adjusted route where costumes bands were assembling at the usual junction of Church and Camp Streets, after which they would’ve proceeded west along Church Street to Avenue of the Republic, south into Brickdam and then east along Brickdam, into D’Urban Park.Nonetheless, the provisions remain the same as it relates to students from schools along the route being relocated to other centres to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) on Independence Day.This float parade is anticipated to be the largest ever as it marks Guyana’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.As a result of placing emphasis on this celebration, the usual Republic Day Float Parade had been postponed.Thus far, it has been reported that a number of ministries and private and public organisations, have gotten on board in having their floats be part of the grand celebration. With just two days to go, final touches are being made to the floats to have them ready for the road.Overseas support has been flowing as a number of persons from the Diaspora as well as tourists are flying into Guyana to be part of the monumental event. A number of activities to observe the celebration have occurred, but most persons are anticipating the Jubilee Float Parade set for Thursday.last_img read more

Huskies take down Blades 7-0

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While a 7-0 score may appear as though things were a breeze for the Fort St. John Huskies against the Beaverlodge Blades on Saturday night, that was not in fact the case. Despite outshooting the Blades 30-15 through two periods of play the game remained scoreless, only to have Fort St. John explode for seven goals in the third period.The Huskies scored three times in just over an eight minute span to start the third and they kept the pressure on from there. They’d score a fourth marker with seven and a half minutes left in the period, and would score another three goals in the game’s final 2:26.Scoring for the Huskies were Brandon Howard (3), Wyatt Griffiths, Ryan McDonald, Kody Disher, and Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht.- Advertisement -The win gives the Huskies six in their last eight games and improves their record to 15-14-0-0.Next on the team’s schedule is a game tomorrow night at home against the Dawson Creek Canucks at 8 p.m.last_img read more

More than an ally

first_imgRe: “Security agency objected to ports deal” (Feb. 26): Money is the mother’s milk of terrorism. Since 9-11, the United Arab Emirates has frozen al-Qaida-related bank accounts, given vital financial information to the United States and completely overhauled its banking system to exclude terrorist funding of any kind. As a result, al-Qaida is nearly bankrupt. The United Arab Emirates is more than just an ally. It is an active and vital participant in the War on Terror. To insult and rebuff the UAE based on mindless hysteria and misguided security concerns would be a dangerous mistake. – Bobbi Leigh Zito Porter Ranch AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Bush assurances Re: “Security agency objected to ports deal” (Feb. 26): The administration that used its crack intelligence to give us so many assurances – that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that Iraq was an imminent threat to the USA, that Saddam Hussein was in concert with Osama bin Laden and that Iraq was attempting to buy uranium from Africa – has now assured us that its experts have sufficiently investigated the port security issue and have given the go-ahead to turn that security over to a Middle Eastern country. The “experts” are clearly anything but. – Denis FeehanSimi Valley Bush mantra Re: “Security agency objected to ports deal” (Feb. 26): When terrorists blew off the golden dome of the Shiite Askariya Shrine, it touched off violence that claimed the lives of at least 140 people in just a couple of days. While this was happening, an international business deal was set in motion to allow Dubai Ports World, owned by the United Arab Emirates, to become a major player in cargo shipments to U.S. ports. And George W. Bush sees nothing wrong with this? Bush’s mantra truly must be “Oil barons of the world, unite.” – Adam Platts Northridge Perfect political storm Finally, in an election year yet, a political issue of no consequence that Democrat zealots and waffling Republicans can embrace with full venom and vigor: The Arabs are coming, the Arabs are coming; please run from the docks. What’s that you say? The Chinese already own 80 percent of operations at L.A. docks? Wait. You mean even if the ports are sold to the Dubai interests, the same Americans will be doing the work, and the safety and security are still under the auspices of the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security? We don’t actually even believe there is a War on Terror, so please give us this “issue.” We desperately need something to show the American people we care about them. – Roger Olsen Burbank Baring all Re: “Baring all for Vanity” (U section, Feb. 26): The article discussing the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in the U section was right on target. I agree with the premise that sexual politics is very alive in the Hollywood image factory. I would also add that I am a senior citizen and have never even opened the cover of a Vanity Fair, but two weeks ago I purchased one off the rack precisely because of Tom Ford’s Hollywood section included in the issue. I think that the marketing strategy of Graydon Carter and Tom Ford is exactly what the public finds interesting. If the intention is to sell magazines, I think they are on the right track, even if it might offend a few feminists.. – Jim Szabo Santa Clarita What’s the harm Re: “Goldberg to head LAUSD?” (Feb. 21): I must admit that I am flabbergasted by all the opposition to Jackie Goldberg at the helm of LAUSD. I think that this is a wonderful idea. Since she is being termed out, there is no doubt in my mind that she would run for another public office, most likely in the state Senate, and she would win the election. She would continue to cause damage to the whole state, just as she did for the last five years. However, if she replaced Roy Romer, the damage would be limited to Los Angeles and its youngest population. Moreover, since the way the Los Angeles Unified School District is run already belongs on top of Sunshine Canyon, the damage would not be noticeable. – Victor Swiecicki Canyon Country Dumbed-down society Re: “Goldberg to head LAUSD?” (Feb. 21): From what I can see, the evidence suggests that Jackie Goldberg is one of the few politicians who has had an influence on California education. The fact that anyone would even consider her for the position of superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District speaks for itself: We are living in a seriously dumbed-down society. – John S. Soet Burbank Algebra is important Re: “Schools should be more than college precursor” (Viewpoint, Feb.17): Why does everybody have to study algebra? Because algebra teaches problem-solving. It shows students that difficult problems can be broken down into steps. Execute each step, and the problem is solved. It also teaches that problems can be solved several ways. One must choose the best method. These are everyday skills. If people shouldn’t bother with algebra if they don’t use algebra every day, then basketball players shouldn’t lift weights because all they have to lift is a basketball, and NASCAR drivers shouldn’t keep in shape because all they do is sit. Students in the Antelope Valley District also have to take a geometry class because geometry teaches logic. We aim higher. – Jerry P. Concha Sylmar Galpin freeways Galpin Ford advertises that it’s the No. 1 volume Ford dealership in the world and has sold more cars and trucks than the combined Ford dealerships in 12 separate states. Our overcrowded freeways certainly confirm this claim, as Los Angeles has had the worst traffic conditions in the nation for the past 18 years. Since Galpin’s business has been first at moving more cars out of its showroom, and our government agencies have been consistently last at moving more cars down our freeways, maybe Galpin should be in charge of rebuilding the Los Angeles-area freeway system and return it to being No. 1 again. Just don’t let government sell cars for Galpin; otherwise Galpin will end up with the worst sales record in the world. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood It’s the trucks Sitting in yet another freeway traffic jam today, and watching all the cars speed by in the diamond lane, I couldn’t help noticing the incredible number of trucks that were clogging up the freeway. I believe it is the trucks that cause the traffic jams. Why don’t we turn the diamond lane into a trucks-only lane and require all trucks to use that lane, clearing the the other lanes to accommodate more automobiles and thus facilitating more traffic flow. We could give the truckers a higher speed limit, say 85 mph, since they would not have to worry about some moron in a car cutting in front of them and causing an accident. I think this would be much easier and cheaper than building or expanding more freeways. – Gary Haskins Eagle Rock Accidents happen With all of the negativity about the Cheney shooting, how refreshing to read “His humanity” (Your Opinions, Feb. 19), Don Culp’s humane letter in which he describes the shooting as “only a tragic accident,” which is truly all it was. After all, accidents occur every day, and Adlai E. Stevenson accidentally killed his best friend in their youth when he was either cleaning or loading a shotgun. – Eddie Cress Sylmar Silly, silly question Answering the big question about Vice President Cheney and his lack of service in Vietnam, despite his love of hunting: Those being hunted by U.S. forces in Vietnam quite often shot back, unlike most pheasants or lawyers in Texas. – Michael Smith (Vietnam Veteran) Tarzana 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

DONEGAL BANK BOSS McATEER ESCAPES JAIL

first_imgFormer Anglo boss Willie McAteer from Rathmullan will not serve a day in jail despite being convicted of a massive illegal share deal.Willie McAteer – found guilty but escaped jail.Willie McAteer and fellow Anglo Irish Bank boss Pat Whelan have been given 240 hours of community service instead of a two year prison sentence. Mr Whelan and Mr McAteer were convicted of providing illegal lending to the Maple Ten for a share support scheme.In a brief hearing, Judge Nolan was told by the men’s defence counsel that they are eligible for community service and have been co-operating with the Probation Service since their conviction.The judge ordered them to carry out 240 hours of community service in lieu of a two year sentence. If they do not complete the community service within one year they will have to serve the prison term.“Gentlemen enjoy your community service,” Judge Nolan told the men who smiled briefly as they left the court.Whelan and McAteer had faced up to five years in prison under the legislation.The men were convicted of breaching the Companies Act by illegally lending money to the Maple Ten group of investors so they could buy shares in Anglo. This was for the purpose of stabilising the bank’s plummeting share price.DONEGAL BANK BOSS McATEER ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: July 31st, 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:AnglojailWillie McAteerlast_img read more

Real Madrid release statement in response to Neymar bid reports

first_img blunder RANKED Neymar is beginning to steal the show in Russia REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Gossip However, Real moved quickly to rubbish speculation they have made a move to sign the former Barcelona star – claiming the rumours are ‘outright false’.The statement read: “Given the information issued tonight by TVE on a supposed offer of Real Madrid to PSG and player Neymar, Real Madrid CF said that this information is outright false.“Real Madrid has not made any kind of offer to PSG or the player.“Real Madrid is surprised that Spanish public television has been able to broadcast absolutely false information without anyone from this medium has contacted any of the parties to contrast the alleged information that could easily have been denied.” Real Madrid have issued a statement denying they have made world record bid for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.News broke on Monday night via a Spanish television programme that a £275 million offer had been lodged from the Champions League holders for the Brazilian’s services. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star center_img Man City eye Poch, Haaland pictured with United shirt, Chelsea dealt double blow targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino Top transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The Brazilian forward is beginning to hit top form for his country at the World Cup in Russia – scoring and setting one up in the 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday night.It was only last summer he joined PSG from Barcelona for an eye-watering £222 million, a fee which is still yet to be topped by any club.Neymar missed a number of months due to injury but still scored 28 goals in 30 games and played a key role in the club’s French title success.However, rumours have persisted that he is unhappy in Paris and ready to move on again, with Real seen as his most likely destination.last_img read more

HARPS FACE SHELS IN LEAGUE WARM-UP FOR CUP CLASH

first_imgWith just three league games remaining, Finn Harps will have one eye on next week’s FAI Cup semi-final when they host promotion chasing Shelbourne at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8pm).Despite reaching the semi-final of the Cup, it’s been a disappointing few weeks for Harps in their league campaign as they have watched their slim play-off hopes fizzle away after a trio of defeats against Cobh Ramblers, Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ and Galway FC.With all his eggs in one basket now in terms of getting something out of the season, Harps manager Ollie Horgan will be using Friday’s game against Shelbourne and the game against Wexford next Tuesday as preparation for the Cup semi-final next week against St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park. “Shelbourne will be a great preparation match before the Cup semi-final,” said Horgan. “While they are behind the standard of St.Pat’s, which isn’t an insult to any team, they play a similar type of game, keeping possession with a great range of passing.”Last weekend Harps suffered their biggest defeat of the season when they lost 3-0 against Galway in Terryland Park. Horgan said that his side got exactly what they deserved from the game.“Galway were the better side on Friday,” he said. “They played good football as they always try to do.“We didn’t deserve anything out of the game with the amount of mistakes we made. While we can use the excuse of two tough games in the previous six days, I still think Galway would have beaten us in the manner they went about their business.” Horgan knows Friday’s game at Finn Park is going to be another tough affair for his charges.“We try to get something out of every game but that hasn’t happened in last three league games. Shelbourne, like Galway play great football, with Gary Dempsey setting play up and the pace and ability of the likes of Dylan Connolly getting into crucial areas.Harps will have to plan without the injured duo of Darragh Black and Packie Mailey. Aside from that, Horgan has a full squad to choose from.Harps have failed to beat Shels in any of the three previous meeting this season. The first meeting at Tolka Park finished in a 2-0 victory for the home side, but the most recent two games have seen 1-1 stalemates. HARPS FACE SHELS IN LEAGUE WARM-UP FOR CUP CLASH was last modified: September 25th, 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:finn harpsShelbournelast_img read more

Warriors’ Steph Curry has encouraging news about his ankle

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — Stephen Curry did not need to even hear the question. Shortly after sitting down in the interview chair, Curry fielded an inquiry about his right ankle and how it feels. Curry offered two thumbs up.Yep, all signs point to Curry playing when the Warriors play the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Saturday at …last_img read more

Understanding Individual Education Programs (IEPs)

first_imgWritten by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Individual Education Programs, or IEPs, are plans written by educational professionals for children with disabilities in public school.  Parents/guardians of these children may have questions about what an IEP is and how the plan is implemented. If service providers have a basic understanding of this process, they will be able to aid parents/guardians in addressing IEP concerns and questions.The IEP MeetingThe Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that parents have the right to participate in IEP meetings regarding their child’s evaluation for special education eligibility and education placement (Center for Parent Information & Resources, 2010).  When parents/guardians attend an IEP meeting, writing and/or reviewing goals for their child with disabilities will encompass a substantial portion of the meeting.  These goals are written as positive statements that describe the gains that the child will make in the coming year.  Below are descriptions of items in an IEP.  Being familiar with them will allow parents/guardians to better understand the special education services their child will be provided.Present Levels and Annual GoalsThe main objective of an IEP goal is to assist the child in progressing in the general education curriculum (Texas Project First, n.d.).  Writing annual goals stems from the child’s present level of academic and functional performance or PLAAFP, with functional performance meaning skills that are not related to academic performance but impact education attainment (Center for Parent Information & Resources, 2017), for e.g. communication, following directions, working independently, etc.  Present levels of performance are based on assessment reports from teachers, therapists, and parent/guardian reflections and concerns (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee [SEPAC], 2012).  Keep in mind that evaluations from outside specialists can also be used during the goal writing.  Usually school staff will write what needs to be in the IEP before the meeting occurs, but parents/guardians should write down important information and thoughts to share (Center for Parent Information & Resources, 2017).  Goals express what the child should achieve by the end of the school year by positively stating a skill that can be clearly observed and measured (Center for Parent Information & Resources, 2017).Four Components of GoalsEach goal will contain the following information (SEPAC, 2012): Timeframe: States when the child will achieve the goalContent: Describes the learning that will be masteredBehavior: Explains what the student will do to demonstrate learning of the goalCriterion: Defines the criteria and method for measuring the goalsUnderstanding how goals are crafted will allow parents/guardians to a take a more active role in the IEP process and allow for them to advocate for the needs of their child (SEPAC, 2012).Other Important TermsThere are several terms that may be used during the IEP writing process.  If parents/guardians are familiar with these terms, they may feel more comfortable in proactively participating in the process (SEPAC, 2012).Program Placement: States where the child will be placed to achieve the goals (i.e. a special class or a general education classroom)Services and Supports:  Considerations that will help the child in attaining goals (i.e. speech therapy, physical therapy)Accommodations:  Ways to help a child develop skills when receiving the general education curriculum (i.e. more time for assignments or having material read to them)Modifications:  Changing the skills that are being taught (i.e. shorter reading passages, 10-item test as opposed to 15 items, writing a short answer instead of a long essay etc.)***Download the IEP Cheat Sheet for more info and assistance. ConclusionThe IEP process can be daunting and a source of stress for parents/guardians and students with disabilities. Being armed with information beforehand, knowing what is coming, and preparing ahead can help ease the path and ensure that the student receives appropriate special education services in a safe and positive learning environment.References:Center for Parent Information & Resources (2017).  Annual Goals.  Retrieved on March 20, 2018.Center for Parent Information & Resources (2010).  Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation. Retrieved on May 9, 2018.Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, [SEPAC] (2012). Goal Writing at Your Child’s IEP.  Retrieved on March 20, 2018.Texas Project First (n.d.).  Writing Goals and Objectives.  Retrieved on March 20, 2018.last_img read more

Somdev gets wild card for Australian Open

first_imgSomdev Devvarman has been awarded a prestigious wild card into the men’s singles main draw of the Australian Open to be held in Melbourne from January 17 to 30.According to Tennis Australia, the Indian has been given a wild card in recognition of his performances in 2010. He first broke into the top 100 and then won singles gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and then the Asian Games in Guangzhou against quality opposition.Tennis Australia started giving one wild card each in men’s and women’s singles seven years ago. Anil Khanna, president of the Asian Tennis Federation said: ” I am very happy Somdev has got the wild card. He richly deserves it.” Somdev was happy about the good news. ” I am keen to make amends for my performance in the Chennai Open,” he told reporters.To be sure this is a break which has come in time for Somdev.After the highs of 2010, he began badly at the Chennai Open when he lost in the first round. Somdev did try to play down the loss but it’s no secret that losing at a venue which he loves was hard to digest.Everyone knows how hard it is to qualify for a Grand Slam and Somdev can now focus on his preparations. As one who puts in hours in training, Somdev needs to use this chance well.Some of his former coaches in Chennai who worked with him six years ago, say that Somdev should not stand three feet behind the baseline and hope to win points.advertisementBut the bigger issue is one cannot run down Somdev for one first round exit at the Chennai Open. He is aware this is a big year for him as staying in the top 100 will be top priority.last_img read more

Unhappy Sri Lanka may not allow Lasith Malinga to play in IPL

first_imgDefending champions Mumbai Indians are set to suffer a major blow after Sri Lanka Cricket has hinted at not giving No Objection Certificate to Lasith Malinga to play in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League. (Full IPL Coverage)According to reports, SLC is unhappy with Malinga’s attitude of picking and choosing tournaments and the two have been at loggerheads since the Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh in February.SLC chief Tilanga Sumathipala said that the current status of Malinga’s fitness needs to be assessed before the Board decides to give him the NOC.”He can’t go without our permission. If he defies us and go, he can only return after sitting on the bench,” Sumathipala said.The Board administration had asked Malinga to leave the captaincy before the World T20 last month in obvious annoyance.Although Malinga made it to Sri Lanka World T20 team as a player, he once again opted out of the crucial tournament, citing fitness issues.As a result, Sri Lanka were forced to play the tournament without their main bowler, which turned out to be one of the main reasons for the defending champions’ ouster from the World T20 in the first round itself.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more