Automotive workshop launched at LTI

first_imgThe long-anticipated Automotive Workshop and Heavy Equipment Maintenance programme of the LindenRepresentatives of the Education Ministry and the Canadian High Commission at the ribbon cutting ceremonyTechnical Institute (LTI) was launched on Tuesday, following an official ceremony on the lawns of the institution in the presence of students, dignitaries and representatives of partnering associations.The initiative is a partnership between the Education Ministry and the LTI in partnership with College of the North Atlantic, the Marine Institute of Newfoundland Canada and MACORP.Chief Education Officer Olato Sam, in delivering his remarks before the gathering, applauded the partners in the initiative, while emphasising that it was expected that the facility would be a centre of excellence in heavy-duty equipment in the Linden community.The modern facility, situated in the compound of the LTI, initially took shape in 2006 and was officially declared open. The facility is equipped with offices as well as tool, operation, lecture and locker rooms to facilitate both students and lecturers.Referring to it as a significant community asset, Sam further encouraged the need to optimise its use, preserve and maintain it for future use as well as to ensure that the true essence of the project for education and employment was realised. The Chief Education Officer said the reality was that LTI was underutilised, which was ironic given the unemployment in the community. He stressed the need to embrace Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).Canadian High Commission Charge d’Affaires Daniel Joly, in delivering brief remarks, noted the importance of such partnerships between training institutions and industries, pointing out that it was critical to bridging the gap which existed in the Caribbean and throughout the world between skilled persons and employers seeking those skills. Further emphasising the importance, he noted that the Canadian college system had been very successful in promoting partnerships with industries and were involved in technical and vocational education. On that note, he said MACORP was visionary in establishing the link with LTI.Speaking on behalf of MACORP, Training Coordinator Miguel Oviedo said LTI was chosen as a pilot institution for the programme and praised the collaboration. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), he said, was signed between LTI and MACORP in 2013 to identify and ensure mutual relations to assist with the development of Guyanese through employment in the mining sector. Oviedo said MACORP would continue its support to LTI.Also present at the ceremony were LTI Board Chairman Gordon Gumbs, Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and representatives of the Education Ministry.last_img read more

LACC, LRA Sign MOU to Strengthen Fight against Corruption

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a formal framework to strengthen collaboration for the effective and expeditious investigation of corruption and related crimes within the LRA, a press release said yesterday. The agreement also covers the receipt, filing and verification of all declarations of assets and interest made or to be made by members of the LRA Board of Directors, the Commissioner General and other officials and staff of the LRA. The MOU designates the LRA to investigate all acts of corruption discovered or reported to have occurred or about to occur within the LRA involving officials, employees, contractors or non-staff persons. The MOU was signed last Friday, August 12, at in the office of the LACC in Congo Town. The Executive Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. and the Commissioner General of the LRA, Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba signed on behalf of their respective institutions. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Cllr. Verdier and Mrs. Tamba expressed optimism in the implementation of the MOU and noted that institutions can better achieve common objectives when they collaborate. In keeping with the MOU, the LRA shall investigate acts and conducts believed to constitute corruption or other violations of the tax laws of Liberia by any private individual or corporate tax payer with the complicity of LRA Employees. Notwithstanding, the LACC may directly investigate and prosecute any and all acts and conducts believed to constitute corruption by LRA officials, employees, contractors or non-staff personnel.The MOU further provides that the LRA agrees that Asset Declaration forms completed and submitted by LRA non-appointed officials and staff/individuals shall at all times be made available to the LACC for the purposes of investigation and prosecution when requested. The LRA officials appointed by the Government shall continue to submit their asset declarations directly to LACC with a copy to the Professional Ethics Division. The LACC and LRA also agreed to designate one or more contact/focal person(s) from each institution who will be responsible to coordinate all matters arising in the implementation of the MOU, including processing and following up on communications and outstanding tasks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mibicuri Police Station finally gets vehicle

first_imgBerbice crime wave…after being unable to respond to robberies in progressOne day after two daring robberies took place in Black Bush Polder, Berbice, and allegations that the police could not render assistance in one of the incidents due to the lack of transportation, the Mibicuri Police Station has been equipped with a vehicle.Davi RopnarineGuyana Times understands that less than 24 hours after one of the families told the media that they were not helped when they sought assistance from law enforcement officials, a vehicle was sent to the police station.However, Commander of B Division (Berbice), Paul Langevine, is claiming that police ranks could not have responded to the robbery which took place in Johanna North, Black Bush Polder, Berbice, on Friday last, because they were not notified about the incident.Harmond RoopnarineIn an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, the Commander stated that allegations that his ranks failed to execute their duties are not accurate but did not address the issue of lack of transportation.“They [police] did not respond to that robbery because it was not reported. The police responded to one robbery, these two robberies were said to have occurred hours apart, they responded to one. But they could not respond to the other robber because they were not notified.”Lennox RamcharranThe Commander added that the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team that was deployed to Berbice to aid in tackling the crime wave is under his command and that he would be the one to determine where to send them.His denial of a report of the robbery comes in light of the fact that Berbicians are uncertain as to why the SWAT team that is in their region was not summoned to assist the families who were robbed on Thursday and Friday.Meanwhile, another police source told this publication that one of the gunmen in the two robberies is believed to be the suspect that has been on the run for the Old Year’s night double murder in 2018 at Bush Lot village, Corentyne, Berbice.B Division Commander Paul Langevine“We have been looking for him since then and we believe that he is involved in these robberies, probably others that happened, since the double day murders here in Berbice. Those bandits fled into the backdam area but it is not easy to go in there and find them because they are familiar with that area while we are not. But we need to do something, go in there, or so because that is where they run and hide,” the source added.Harmond Roopnarine, 40, a farmer and his wife and two children, aged 17 and 16, were at their Johanna North home about 01:20h on Friday when the man heard someone trying to break into his home.He stood up, waiting with a cutlass in his hand as they repeatedly hit the window.He then saw the bandits using a piece of wood to break open the window to enter the house.As one was making his way in from the broken window, the family began to scream while Roopnarine stood next to the window armed with a cutlass. The bandits ordered him to put down the cutlass but he did not comply. This led to them firing shots at the farmer and demanding, while still outside, that Roopnarine hand over his gold and money.He said another shot was fired in the direction of his wife and children, who were in the bedroom.The two bandits, the farmer said, were outside of his home for about ten minutes during which time several calls were made to the Mibicuri Police Station but the family was told that the police are incapable of responding because of the lack of a vehicle.Meanwhile, at Johanna South, Lennox Ramcharran, 51, a rice farmer, was beaten after gunmen went into his home at about 20:30h on Thursday.He said his son immediately called the police, informing them that they were under attack by bandits.All three of the bandits had guns, the man recalled. He said that the bandits ransacked the house after his wife gave them money and jewellery. She and her two children were also beaten.The men left with $300,000 and an undisclosed amount of jewellery. As a means of escaping without any incidents, the men grabbed the man’s 16-year-old daughter but released her after they realised that they were not being followed.Ramcharran said shortly after the incident, two police officers arrived on motorbikes.last_img read more

Lighters, scissors among prohibited items found at Mazaruni Prison

first_imgThe prohibited items found during Saturday’s raid at the Mazaruni PrisonA joint services search carried out on Saturday at the Mazaruni Prison, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), has unearthed a number of prohibited items including pepper sauce and mirrors.The search was conducted between 07:00h and 10:45h by ranks of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Prisons Service.Among the illicit items found were: 11 bottles of pepper sauce, 13 lighters, five cellular phones, two cell phone batteries, 40 razor blades, three pairs of scissors, 17 improvised weapons, seven pieces of sandpaper, 15 nails, 10 mirrors, 15 metal spoons, seven packs of playing cards and 17 smoking utensils.Back in April, a similar exercise was conducted at the Region Seven penitentiary during which a large number of prohibited items were also found.These included: 23 nails, 22 bottles of pepper sauce, six razor blades, eight lighters, two metal spoons, 14 improvised weapons, four pieces of wire, four bottles of homemade wine, one nail clip, one transformer, one knife, four pieces of rope, one sim card, one USB, one tweezer, one glass, 13 improvised smoking utensils, one earpiece, one metal fork, 24 disposable blades and one carved out bible used to hide a cellphone.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system and this is compounded by the fact that both prison and police officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough on the apparent network among rogue prison officers. In fact, last year several prison officers were charged and interdicted from duty.last_img read more

Hungary v Belgium: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgEvery Game, Every Goal, Every DayWales will be watching on with keen interest as Hungary and Belgium clash in their last 16 tie for the right to play Chris Coleman’s side on Friday in Lille.Hungary shocked Group F by finishing first ahead of Portugal, Iceland and Austria, while Belgium qualified in second position despite losing their first game of the Championship.Going into the tournament, Hungary were ranked the 22nd best side out of the 24 countries competing and were given a 400-1 chance it, but have impressed so far.The two countries have only faced each other once in the last 20 years and the Belgians dominated that game 3-0 which was in Ghent in 2009.LIVE on talkSPORT: Hungary v Belgium – click here for live commentary from the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse at 8pm (BST) on June 26, 2016.Confirmed team news:Hungary XI: Kiraly, Kadar, Guzmics, Juhasz, Lang, Nagy, Gera, Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak, SzalaiSubstitutes: Dibusz, Korhut, Fiola, Elek, Nemeth, Bode, Pinter, Nikolic, Stieber, Priskin, Bese, GulacsiBelgium XI: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Nainggolan, Witsel, De Bruyne, Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, HazardSubstitutes: Mignolet, Fellaini, Carrasco, Denayer, Origi, Kabasele, Dembele, Benteke, Jordan Lukaku, Batshuayi, Ciman, Gillet 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES

first_imgMinor Board A.G.MThe following officers were elected at the agm held on Tues the 15th; Chairman ,John Carr ,Sec ;Aiden Gallagher,P.R.O ,Glenda Dolan;Registrar,Denise Mc Sweeney.Managers;U-8Seamus Cunningham,Stephen O Donnell,Paddy O Donnell,U-10 John O Donnell;U-12 Michael Mc Shane;U-14,Michael Molloy;U-16 Vacant, Minor Noel Mc Ginley,Paul O Donnell,Neilly Byrne. There is a minor board meeting on Thursday at 8pm in the Aislann.There is a club meeting Friday at 8pm in the Aislann, everyone welcome. ScorTá sé am Scór arís, más mian leat páirt a ghlacadh, ní fhéadfar gníomhartha san áireamh amhránaíocht aonair, grúpaí bailéad, foirne tráth na gceist, uirlise, gníomhartha nuachta, aithriseoireacht, rince céilí etc Déan teagmháil Mary Conroy ar 9738442It’s scor time again, if you would like to take part, acts can include solo singing,ballad groups, quiz teams, instrumental, novelty acts, recitation, ceili dancing etc. Please contact Mary Conroy on 9738442.Scor this year is in Glenfinn on the 15th February.10 Week Draw.Winners€1,000 Thomas Bourke Killybegs, €500 Bernard Shovlin Kilbeg, €300 Pearl Maxwell Glencolmcille, €200 Richard & Karen Rafferty, Emma McShane, Ballydevitt, Silvia Byrne Carrick.The club would like to thank everyone who sold tickets,and especially everyone who bought tickets ,your support is greatly appreciated . CoachingThe club will be holding a foundation course in mid Feb ,you can give your name to Kevin Lyons 087 8361215 to book your place.MouthgaurdsFollowing the GAA Annual congress in 2012 a new rule was introduced , that it’s mandatory to use a mouthgaurd in training and football matches from Jan 1st 2013,at all grades up to minor. Membership,Membership for 2013 is now available from Denise Mc Sweeney,Family €40, Adult €20 , Student €10.Bingo Winners;Bernadette Gallagher €150, Nollaig Gillespie €80, Bernard Shovlin €70, Ethne Byrne €70, Nora Byrne €70, Anthony Bourke €70, Annie McGinley €70.Jackpot next week €1950 on 47 numbers.Lotto;No winner of the Jackpot.Consolation prizes; Margaret O’Donnell, The Rock, Ann McGinley, Derrylaghan, Alan Erskine, Towney..Jackpot next week, €3,900.Congratulations to Colaiste na Carraige on winning the senior final last week. Well done to everyone involved.Good luck to the under 16 team who play on Monday the 21st in Glenties at 11.30am.The PRO can be contacted on ( 087) 6781789 (Michael McShane) on any Club matters relating to notes etc.GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 21st, 2013 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:Kilcar GAA noteslast_img read more

REGISTRATION GETS UNDERWAY FOR NORTHWEST 10K

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels PRO Mark McFadden signs up for the 10K.Registrations got underway for Sunday’s big North West Charity 10k last night at the Letterkenny Community Centre Clubhouse.With over 2,500 walkers and runners expected to take part the 10k organizing committee is asking as many people as possible to pre-enter this week.Pre-entries will continue at the Community Centre on Wednesday 29th April to Friday 1st May 5pm — 6.30pm & Saturday 2nd May 3pm — 6pm. The four charities who will benefit from this year’s event are the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Donegal Down Syndrome Association, Blood Bike North West and the Donegal Youth Service.Runners and walkers can still enter on-line for the North West 10k at “http://www.northwest10.com” www.northwest10.com until this Friday evening.One of the early entrants was Danny Gibbons from Letterkenny who is going to run the 10k in memory of his later father Packie who sadly passed away in February.In 2011 Packie Gibbons was given the honour of giving the signal for the walkers and runners to officially start the 14th staging of the event. Packie had walked in all of the previous 10ks since the North West commenced in 1997. Also signing on early was the Letterkenny Gaels PRO Mark McFadden pictured here with his t-shirt, race number and chip.Danny Gibbons signs up for the 10K. REGISTRATION GETS UNDERWAY FOR NORTHWEST 10K was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Northwest 10Kresgitrationlast_img read more

Mokale Koapeng: music chose me

first_img21 January 2011 Humility is not a trait one normally associates with world-renowned musicians. For Mokale Koapeng, it seems to come naturally. Either that, or the conductor, director, lecturer and composer just doesn’t have the time to fit it into his schedule. Not only does Koapeng lecture at Wits University, he is also the first composer-in-residence of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, among all his other projects. Born in Orlando West, in Soweto in 1963, he was exposed to music at a young age. His father was a chorister and gave all seven of his children the opportunity to study music. Koapeng was the only one of them who asked to learn music, though, and he began by asking to be taught how to play the piano. “I took the initiative, but I was in a musical environment,” he says. His favourite quote is by Leonard Bernstein, the famous American composer and conductor: “I didn’t choose music, music chose me.” It sums up his attitude to what has become a successful career. “I feel like I was destined to be involved in music,” Koapeng says. “I find playing music to be an outlet for expressing my thoughts, emotions and state at any given time. But I also find listening to it soothing and good for redirecting my energy.” However, he is quick to point out that there is a big difference between good and bad music, describing bad music as “something that the creator didn’t put much effort into”. Koapeng has worked with a wide variety of national and international musicians and groups, including Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela and British vocal group I Fagiolini. He has also composed music for the National Symphony Orchestra; University of Pretoria Chorale; Musicatreize, the French instrumental and vocal ensemble; the Sontonga String Quartet; and the Unisa Foundation Youth Orchestra.Collaboration He considers I Fagiolini his favourite collaboration. “It was the first association that put South African indigenous music and Western music on a par. It was wonderful working with a group specialising in Western music that embraced indigenous music, so much so that they started commissioning pieces after the collaboration was over.” And if he had to select one thing to be remembered by, it would be this partnership and the resulting work, the internationally successful CD, Simunye. Another career highlight was composing and conducting the world premiere of Cantus in Memoria ’76 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976. “The issues around 1976 are emotional for all South Africans, but blacks in particular. Because I was there at the time, when it was commissioned, it was not just an academic exercise or artistic enterprise,” he says. “I had flashbacks of running from the cops and being in Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West, hearing gunshots and realising the struggle was a matter of life and death. “I just hope that the music did justice to the poetry of what happened that day.” The challenge of making his compositions accessible is one that Koapeng regards philosophically. He has found that people not involved in music have embraced his work more than musicians because “musicians have to discard their own emotional baggage before they can enjoy the songs”.Composer “It is not a popularity contest, though. It is my artistic expression on a journey to discover new things.” This, he hopes, stems from his admiration for Mozart. To him, the Austrian artist was an innovative composer who always looked to discover the new and unexplored. This similarity may have contributed to his appointment as the first composer-in-residence of the JIMF, though he certainly does not see it this way. “I don’t subscribe to being a ‘first’ for anything; it’s an accident of history,” he says of his appointment. “There is nothing unique about me being the one chosen. It’s more a possibility of being in the right place at the right time.” He is looking forward to what opportunities may come from this role, which already include “new things tried in the commissioned work [Dipesalema tsa Dafita]”. This piece will have its world premiere on 27 January at the Linder Auditorium, as part of the opening ceremony of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF). The festival will run until 13 February at the auditorium at Wits’ Education Campus in Parktown. He says his role as composer-in-residence will be a challenge he will enjoy, but which he will happily pass on next year as he has “no intention of being the Mugabe or Gbagbo of the JIMF”. The multi-tasking musician does not make music for recognition, but rather focuses on what he considers to be his lifelong project: “to be a good teacher, composer and human being. I am a project on my own, trying to get myself right as a father, neighbour and artist.” Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

22″ Full head Clip In Hair Extension Straight 8 Pcs : they look like real hair

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Culinary Center building beef demand through education

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What once was an Italian restaurant, serving chicken parmesan and lasagna on the outskirts of Wooster, Ohio, now only has one thing on the menu — beef.The hostess station and the full bar is all that remains from the once garlic-filled establishment, but what Certified Angus Beef has added to the facility, now known as The Culinary Center, is something that will continue to bolster demand for beef products.“We realized about five years ago that there was a huge need out there with the partners we work with from the grocery business, food service, chefs and everyone in between,” said Mark McCully, Vice President of Production with Certified Angus Beef. “They had a lot of questions about meat production and agriculture so we made the decision to create a venue to bring those folks in and teach them about where the cuts come from, beef fabrication and merchandising, beef quality and the job farmers and ranchers do to supply high-quality meat.”The Culinary Center consists of a world-class culinary team that is very passionate about beef quality and the Certified Angus Beef brand. These experts help others along the supply chain, from packers to chefs to consumers, learn the ins and outs about beef with demonstrations in a meat lab showcasing top-notch carcasses and learning sessions in a gourmet kitchen on how to best prepare the many cuts that beef has to offer.“We knew when we built The Culinary Center that there was a need for something like this, but we were surprised with how extensive that need has been,” McCully said. “We have people visiting us from literally around the world to spend a few days with us and submerse themselves in Certified Angus Beef brand products.”Those visits almost always include a field trip for guests to see an area farm producing Certified Angus Beef. This is an important part of the whole experience given how many people, including those that prepare food, have no farm experience.“For everything taught inside The Culinary Center, we know how important it is to show our guests a working farm and let them meet the people that are making their livelihoods raising cattle,” McCully said. “A fashionable idea in the food service industry today is locally grown and taking groups out and helping them understand how cattle are raised and how those farming families take care of the animals and the land is vital. It is incredibly rare that we have someone come back from those farm visits where they are not all in and any skepticism they might have had in the past is essentially gone.”The advantage of hosting high-caliber chefs and other members of the food service industry is that while they learn more about Certified Angus Beef, they are also able to share some of the food trends being seen across the globe, which keeps The Culinary Center ahead of the curve.“It is definitely a two-way street,” McCully said. “We have the luxury of bringing a group of chefs in and taking a cut of meat that may not be utilized to its fullest and collectively brainstorm some different applications. Chefs are artists and many come back time and time again because they affectionately refer to The Culinary Center as a playground where they can come in and try some different things that they may not be able to try at their restaurant and there has been a lot of creativity in that kitchen.”For those not so savvy in the kitchen, beef can be a bit complicated with a wide variety of cuts and uses. That is why The Culinary Center also invites in supermarket personnel to educate them about the versatility of Certified Angus Beef brand products, in hopes that those ideas will be passed on over the meat counter.“Today, employees of your local grocery store’s meat department wear so many more hats and have responsibilities that span farther than being behind the counter,” McCully said. “We have created video training guides in this facility for major retailers to use as education tools to keep their associates current with questions that may be coming from customers or a newer cut that may being promoted or a new recipe application. There is no such thing as too much education and there is always an opportunity to learn more and get better and that is the goal not only for us with The Culinary Center, but for everyone that pays us a visit.”Providing education about Certified Angus Beef at every level of the supply chain will enhance the experience with beef at the dinner table which, in turn, promotes demand, which has been perennially strong in the U.S. Now, the beef industry is setting its sights on growing that demand overseas.“Last year, we sold a little over 1 billion pounds of product and about 15% of that would have gone outside of the U.S. borders,” McCully said. “We sold into almost 50 different countries last year as more and more consumers crave high quality, highly marbled, grain-fed U.S. beef and they are looking at Certified Angus Beef to deliver that product.”The largest growth for Certified Angus Beef in 2016 was realized in Japan, where 31 million pounds of beef equated to a 153% increase year-over-year. That country was the No. 2 importer of Certified Angus Beef last year. Of course Japan is no stranger to beef, specifically high quality Wagyu and Kobe varieties, so positioning Certified Angus Beef in that part of the world is different than here in the U.S.“Here, Certified Angus Beef is positioned as the premium beef but Japan has beef that sells for hundreds of dollars a pound,” McCully said. “So there we are positioned as the premium of the imported beef and we have to understand that they don’t enjoy a steak the same way that we do. They prefer more thinly sliced cuts and smaller portions, so it is a different market, but they do understand quality and that’s why we are having a lot of success in that region.”Also in the top three as far as importers of Certified Angus Beef are Canada and Mexico. There has been a lot of discussion lately about trade with our northern and southern border neighbors and the beef industry is keeping a close watch.“If we can sell some cuts in other parts of the world that we can’t sell domestically then we can drive more value back to the total carcass,” McCully said. “We see that there is a need for healthy, sound trade agreements that allow beef to move where the market dictates and we think that is a good recipe for growing beef demand for U.S. cattlemen.”last_img read more