MVP’s Noel laid to rest

first_imgDavid Noel, one of the founders of the MVP Track Club, was laid to rest last Saturday, December 11, with his colleagues singing his praises and reflecting on his contribution to athletics in Jamaica.Noel, who was club secretary emeritus at the time of his passing, was hailed as being crucial in the club’s development by coach Stephen Francis. The coach was among those packing the Church of the Ascension in Mona, where the thanksgiving service for Mr Noel’s life was held.A native of Trinidad and Tobago who came to Jamaica to attend the University of the West Indies, Noel later taught at Wolmers’ Boys School where he joined Francis, Bruce James and Francis’ brother Paul to form the MVP in 1999.”David Noel was very important both in the Wolmer’s programme when I was at Wolmer’s coaching, and when I left there and began to focus on MVP and UTech,” Stephen recalled. “He was also very, very crucial.”ATTENTIVE TO DETAILRemembering Noel as attentive to detail, the coach said, “He supported me in a lot of what I did but there were times when he would say, ‘No, no, I think we should do it this way'”.”It was proven over the years that you should listen when he said no,” he added.Brigitte Foster-Hylton, the 2009 100m hurdles world champion was also in attendance and described Noel’s death as a big loss.”He’s one of the founding members and I must say contributed to my professional career,” she remembered. “He’ll always be in my heart, and I truly miss him.”James, the club’s president, told the congregation that Noel bridged the gap between success and failure. James recounted Noel’s love of track and field which saw him watching and working as an official at meets all over Jamaica.Asked for his presiding memory of his friend and colleague, James said, “The fact that, in his strong, silent way he was able to influence the MVP’s direction and by influencing MVP, he therefore influenced Jamaica’s track and field direction without needing any fanfare or any praise.”Mr Noel died at age 80 after a long illness.- Hubert Lawrencelast_img read more

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Indian Community Donates US$4,000 of Medical Supplies to UMU

first_imgThe Indian Community in Liberia has donated medical supplies valued at about US$4,000, to the United Methodist University (UMU) to enhance the capacity of the University’s nursing program.The consignment of supplies was a combined donation from three pharmacies Indian nationals are operating in Liberia. They are B-Kay Pharmacy, Lucky Pharmacy and Abeer Pharmacy. The medical items, according to a UMU release, include anatomical models and delivery sets that consist of adult male-female human pelvis, fetus skull, nursing manikins or teaching art for medicine, intravenous (IV) injection training pad, weight scales for infants, MVE sets, suction machines containing surgical instrument sucks as kits and fetal heart checking devices.UMU Board Member, Monie R. Captan, received the items on behalf of the university, and later presented them to the UMU interim president, Johnson Gwaikolo.Meanwhile, Mr. Gwaikolo has commended members of the Indian community, especially the managements of the three pharmacies, for the donation, which he said would enhance the learning experience of nursing students at the UMU.Mr. Gwaikolo said the contribution from the Indian community exemplifies to students of the university the goodness and integrity of the community, adding, “Your contribution will immensely improve our nursing program.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A Wake-up Call to the Liberia National Police (LNP)

first_imgThey are captured in photos standing there holding aloft banners bearing the portrait of President Weah. It was as if this was intended to be a CDC rally and not a solemn requiem service for the fallen legislator, the late Representative Adolph A. Lawrence. The events which unfolded on the grounds of the Capitol as described by Daily Observer reporter David Menjor, who was in the thick of the action, clearly suggests that the CDC supporters trooped to the grounds of the Capitol with an agenda-to abort the requiem service for the fallen legislator with a show of force and violence.And the nation watched with shock and horror as scores of thuggish elements sporting CDC t-shirts and caps and chanting battle cries succeeded in disrupting what would have otherwise been a solemn requiem service. They showed little regard and respect for the dead man and his bereaved family all because he had differed with some policies of the Weah led government as they scampered about the grounds of the Capitol like a pack of hunting dogs.Even legislators, according to eye witness accounts were not spared their wrath. Senator Steve Zargo was one of such persons according to on the spot accounts by our reporter. He was actively prevented from entering the rotunda of the Capitol. Shockingly and very disappointingly, the Police, present in their numbers and clad in riot gear, allowed it to happen right before their eyes.When the Daily Observer contacted Police Spokesman, Inspector H. Moses Carter, to inquire why the Police did not take any action to check the unruly and thuggish behavior of the CDC militants, he denied, contrary to eyewitness accounts, that there wasn’t any violence at all. On why the Police did not intervene, he replied that it was because there was no physical contact between the thuggish group and sympathizers and supporters of the late Adolph Lawrence.Such official police disposition to the violence on the grounds of the Capitol contradict the available evidence as captured on live video and in photos. More besides, there is a growing negative public perception of the Police under its current leadership. In one instance these lapses appear as though such is mere incompetence and, in yet another instance, partisanship. What or whichever the case, it raises questions about the efficacy of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) initiatives undertaken by the UN over the last 12 years.It is no secret that Public perception of the Police is very poor and such demonstrated incompetence or ineptitude only reinforces this perception. And it goes without saying that this has implications for the rule of law and the dispensation of unadulterated justice. Police authorities should never lose sight of the lessons of the civil war and how the Force, through partisanship, tribalism and sectionalism proved to be inept, incompetent and, worse of all, not trusted but feared by the very people they vowed to “Serve and Protect”.This newspaper bemoans what appears to be a clear lack of leadership in the Police and the security sector on a whole. For example, the virtual silence of the Justice Minister, who is head of the nation’s Joint Security, in the face of these untoward developments, is deeply troubling. Just why was the County Attorney of Montserrado jumping out of his place to become official spokesperson of the Justice Ministry, when this official ranks quite low in the pecking order of the Ministry?Researcher Bruce Baker in a professional paper entitled: “Resource constraint and Policy in Liberia’s post -conflict policing” concludes that Policing policies adopted both by the government of Liberia and international partners have worsened the myriad difficulties faced by the Police whose roots lie in the lack of adequate support to the Police.Moreover, according to him, Policing policies in post-conflict Liberia lack a proper multi-track approach that would make efficient use of “resources of commercial, community-based and customary policing”. Additionally, Baker notes effective policing has been “undermined by duplication; inadequate vetting processes; an absence of robust disciplinary processes; and a culture that is reactive, secretive, and reluctant to take initiative”.And he further notes that “resource constraint should be allowed for, not as an excuse for bad policing, but as a reality that shapes appropriate policing policies”.The Daily Observer notes that the growing levels of lawlessness in the country today can rightly be attributed to the fact that the root causes of the civil war have not been addressed. Impunity still looms large as there has been no accountability for perpetrators of gross human rights abuse.In retrospect, it appears the international community accorded very little attention to local perceptions of insecurity. As a result, plans for security sector reform did not consider the context within which such reforms were to be implemented. The UN has since completed its withdrawal from Liberia and left on its own a country which appears to be in great difficulty finding its footing. Lawless behavior and disrespect for the rule of law are becoming common place.Mob violence, gang warfare, armed robbery, political violence and crime have become daily headaches for many residents in Monrovia and there is no telling when or whether it will abate anytime soon. The recent violent incidents on the grounds of the Capitol should be considered a Wake-up Call to the leadership of the Liberia National Police (LNP) as well as the entire Joint Security apparatus to avoid a repeat of what occurred on last Thursday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scotiabank loses $243M in loan losses

first_img… slashes non-performing loans by 50 %ScotiaBank Guyana has managed to cut its losses from loans, including bad loans by almost half when comparisons are made between last year and 2015’s figures. This is according to the Canadian based institution’s condensed Financial Statements for the period up to October 2016.The statements have to be published on a quarterly basis as stipulated by the Bank of Guyana’s supervision guideline No 10, which deals with Public Disclosure of Information. While ScotiaBank suffered a loan loss expense of $446.9M in 2015, that figure totaled $243.7M for last year.The loan loss expense field covers the cost the bank attracts when loans are non-performing. It is normally associated with customers defaulting on loans or renegotiated loans that may translate to lower yields.Collectively, the Bank’s net income for the year 2016 amounted to $2.4B. This is also a positive indicator for ScotiaBank, as their net income for 2015 was $2.1B. Tax expenses cost the bank over $1.7B for 2016, compared to $1.5B the previous year.In addition to loan loss, the bank’s expenses included money which went to salaries and benefits, premises and technology, communication and marketing campaigns, as well as other unspecified expenses. This amounted to $3.1B, an increase compared to 2015’s $3B figure.Last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had issued a warning to the Guyana Government. Among its concerns had been non-performing loans.According to the IMF, there was need for heightened vigilance due to increases in non-performing loans. Welcoming the changes to credit reporting legislation, they had encouraged the authorities to continue to strengthen the financial sector’s supervision.It had also suggested tightening provisioning requirements, large exposure limits, restrictions on certain lending policies and loan classification rules.Bank of Guyana Governor Dr Gobind Ganga had told media operatives at a press conference, following the warning that the elevated level of non-performing loans, comparable to the levels in the Caribbean, was due largely to the decline in non-oil commodity prices and reclassification of exposes by a few banks.Dr Ganga had stated that non-performing loans represented about 11.3 per cent of the industry’s total credit portfolio, which was about 1.3 per cent above the end-December 2015 level. He estimated some $28 billion in non-performing loans.Moreover, the BoG Head pointed out that these non-performing loans are usually fully collateralized with safeguards set up by banks. Nevertheless, he noted that this issue is among top priority of the bank.“Non-performing loans remain the focus of intense scrutiny by the Bank of Guyana as we continue to monitor and encourage financial institutions to implement measures to reduce this level of non-performing loans.”last_img read more

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Soap star to be arraigned in DUI case

first_imgOfficers “noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle,” according to an arrest report, and Storms failed “several sobriety tests.” She was released several hours later after posting $5,000 bail. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VAN NUYS – “General Hospital” cast member Kirsten Storms is scheduled to be arraigned today on misdemeanor drunken driving charges stemming from her Sept. 7 arrest in the San Fernando Valley. Storms, 23, is charged with one count each of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. The actress plays Maxie Jones on the ABC daytime drama and supplies the voice for the abrasive and bossy cheerleader Bonnie Rockwaller on the animated Disney Channel series “Kim Possible.” Born in Orlando, Fla., Storms portrayed Isabella “Belle” Black on the NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” from 1999-2004 and won the 2001 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Child Actor for her work on that series. Storms was stopped after a California Highway Patrol officer saw a lit cigarette being thrown from her blue Mercedes-Benz on the Ventura (101) Freeway near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, officials said. 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

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Women’s Tennis Opens Play at the MVC Individuals

first_img Saturday Results Sunday Draws In the rest of doubles for Drake, Missouri State’s Burger/Alons edged Palumbo and Petushkova, 6-4 in Flight 1 while Valpo’s Wind/Paradise defeated Haleas and Walczak, 7-5 in Flight 2. In singles play for the Bulldogs on Saturday, sophomore Carmen Palumbo lost to Sandra Maletin (Bradley) 6-1, 7-5 in Flight 1. Freshman Daria Walczak dropped her match to Anna Alons (Missouri State) 6-2, 6-2 in Flight 2. Sophomore Liza Petushkova was defeated by Fati Khamissi (Missouri State) 6-1, 7-5 in Flight 3. Junior Sophia Haleas fell in a close match to Ellie Burger (Missouri State) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Flight 4. Neville battled all three sets against Nicola Perlwitz (Bradley) but lost 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in Flight 5. Daisy Phillips (UNI) beat Webb 6-1, 6-2 in Flight 6. Story Linkscenter_img SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s tennis team opened play at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships Saturday, Oct. 6 in Springfield, Mo. at the Cooper Tennis Complex. Freshman Kelsey Neville and sophomore Megan Webb led Drake with a 6-3 victory over UNI’s Fain/Merrick in Doubles Flight 3. The pair will play Missouri State’s Darter/Presot for a championship Sunday. The final day of the MVC Individuals will be Sunday with play starting at 9 a.m. Following the MVC Individuals, Drake will conclude its fall campaign at the ITA Regional Championship, Oct. 12-16 in Iowa City, Iowa. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Preikestolen — Geocache of the Week

first_imgIt can get quite busy on the mountain plateau and trail, especially during the summer months. Luckily, our Geocache of the Week will lead you to a part of the area away from all the tourists trying to snap the perfect picture. Here you can wait for a less crowded platform, recover before the hike down, or enjoy the views used as backdrops for various TV shows and movies, including Vikings and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.  Image by Bastja. GCGGHB Traditional Whether you seek the thrill of living and caching “on the edge” or simply enjoy stunning views while putting another smiley on your map, make sure you save a spot on your geocaching bucket list for our Geocache of the Week. Preikestolen is calling cachers near and far to the south of Norway, where it perches on a vertical cliff towering 1,982 ft (604 m) above the blue waters of the Lysefjord. 4 The name Preikestolen translates to “pulpit” and it would be easy to start preaching about the beauty of geocaching in Norway when standing on the edge of this heavenly plateau. But be careful—there are no railings or fences between you and the cold water two thousand feet below. The 2.5 mi (3.8 km) hike up to the rectangular top of this rock formation is moderate in difficulty, but two steep and rocky stretches will definitely put your calf muscles to the test. After all, this cache is a solid T4. Difficulty: Image by g-o-cashers. 1.5 by andresen64 Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Share with your Friends:More Over 10,000 years ago, this stunning granite monument was chiseled by glacial water freezing in the mountain crevices and breaking off giant blocks. All that remained after the meltwater washed away the rubble was an almost right-angled cliffside, and one of Norway’s most famous landmarks. Location: Terrain: N 58° 59.278 E 006° 11.341′ Good luck–or as they say in Norway: “Lykke til!” Rogaland, Norway Image by pyxis.praha. Protip: If you are sure footed and don’t mind getting up before the birds, it is absolutely worth it to begin your climb to the top of Preikestolen early enough to witness the epic sunrise over the fjords and mountains. Always be aware of the quickly changing weather conditions in the fjords. You never know what Freyr, the Norse god of rain and sunshine, might be up to. So make sure to add some hiking gear to your TOTTs. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Image by k a k a u. SharePrint Related”Preikestolen” GCGGHB GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 3, 2011January 3, 2011In “Community”Hagen med det rare i— Geocache of the weekJanuary 11, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

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BBC To Kill Open Source TV?

first_imgThe BBC is looking to encode TV listing metadata and employ a compression algorithm to circumvent piracy, ad removal and illegal copying. According to a recent blog post by the EFF’s Danny O’Brien, the group wants to get mandatory DRM onto digital TV receivers via a broadcast flag. In other words, a “public service broadcaster” wants to lessen the way we consume media by forcing manufacturers to limit product playing abilities. While open source TV services like Boxee allow users to view programs over home networks regardless of the device, a broadcast flag would force all HDTV receivers to include content protection. For those of us who watch our programs online, this could pose a serious problem. Says Boxee VP of Marketing Andrew Kippen, “Boxee believes there’s a way to deliver entertainment in a way that is consumer-focused, while respecting the rights of content owners. We’ve built our company around it. People are still buying content off iTunes, and labels / artists are still making money. The way for content owners to make money is to cater to their audience, not to stifle innovation by creating a DRM racket like what’s proposed here.”In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission and the Motion Picture Association of America attempted a similar enforcement regarding the US transition from analog to digital television broadcasting. However, by 2005 the broadcast flag was thrown out and regulators argued that the FCC lacked the authority to ask for HD encryption. Photo Credit: Josh Bonain of Grooveshark A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The Business of Building a ‘Building Business’ — Part 1

first_imgMeanwhile, back at the office…So now that we have assembled our dream green team to design and build the home, why don’t we take that same level of appreciation for skilled specialization back to the office to build our business? Why do so may of us insist on our doing our own bookkeeping, web design, contract writing, selling, marketing and estimating all by ourselves? And how can we break the fear of bringing these experts in to give us a hand?Well, we do it ourselves because some of us believe it is really not that hard to do anyway, or we think a given service is too expensive for the return we would get, or we simply can’t afford it. Of course there are a few that want the help, recognize the value, and can afford to make the hire — we just don’t know where to start!Giving you those resources will be the topic of my next blog, so stay tuned. Good is no longer good enoughI learned how to set forms and pour concrete, frame walls and cut roofs, install sheathing, decking, felt paper and siding, lay shingles, pull wire, install insulation, kick carpet, lay tile, hang rock, build cabinets, paint and stain, lay sod, and punch out a house. Yet the skill level I attained in any one of these areas was “good” at best. And in today’s market, “good” ain’t good enough!So we hire or train the very best expert craftsmen and women we can afford, either as employees or trade contractors. With their expertise we build a home better, faster, and ultimately less expensively. With green building and remodeling, these benefits are only magnified. On residential job sites, the polymath is virtually extinct. A variety of factors have conspired to make the jack-of-all-trades an endangered species, including greater competition, higher consumer expectations, increased technological sophistication in virtually every product category, tougher warranties, third-party inspections, more stringent codes and regulations, greater liability, and manufacturers’ requirements for training.We go through great pains explaining to our clients the craftsmanship we offer with our in-house cabinetmakers or specialty trade contractor. We explain that we only use licensed electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors who understand the green elements of their craft. We show them the level of precision our drywall and painting teams use in properly preparing a surface before the finish coat. We explain the different skill sets of the architect, engineer, and interior designer and make sure they understand we know when to partner with the right design professional.In short, we explain that we hire and utilize only experts in their field.last_img read more

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Vikas Gowda is first Indian man to clinch athletics gold in 56 years

first_imgVikas Gowda gave India its first athletics gold medal of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men’s discus throw competition in Glasgow on Thursday.The 31- year- old US- based Indian pocketed the gold with an effort of 63.64m, way below his personal best of 66.28m, under incessant rain at Hampden Park.The silver went to Apostolos Parellis of Cyprus who registered an effort of 63.32m, while the bronze was bagged by Jason Morgan of Jamaica with an effort of 62.34m. The gold medallist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Benn Harradine of Australia finished fourth with a below- par effort of 61.91m.Gowda ended India’s 56- year gold medal drought in men’s athletics at the Commonwealth Games. The last and only male Indian athlete to claim a gold medal in athletics was Milkha Singh who won the men’s 440 yards at the Cardiff 1958 Games.The incessant rain on Thursday did not help the athletes’ cause in any way as the throwers had difficulty in gripping the discus and were continuously seen rubbing it with a towel.Gowda, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Games, registered his best effort in his third attempt, and though he failed to improve upon it in his subsequent three efforts, he had done enough to seal the yellow metal.The 63.64m effort was some way below his season’s best effort of 65.62m. Gowda had been considered the favourite for the gold medal after he topped the qualification round on Wednesday with an effort of 64.32m in his only throw.advertisementMeanwhile, India’s Tintu Luka failed to qualify for the finals of the women’s 800m after finishing seventh in the eight-contestant first semi-final with a timing of 2: 03.35s.last_img read more

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