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MOE Gives Public Schools US$1.9M

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Ministry of Education (MOE) over the weekend began the disbursement of over US$ 1.9 million to 2,500 public schools across the country.The money is to among other things enable school authorities procure instructional materials without waiting for government to initiate the process.According to the Director for Instruction at the Ministry of Education, David W. Basay, the disbursement of said fund is currently going on among public schools throughout the 15 counties.He made the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia.He said the decision to distribute the money to school authorities throughout the country was reached based on the delay in the reopening of schools this year, as a result of lack of instructional materials.He then noted that the MOE will play a monitoring role in the implementation of the money.He disclosed further that the new public schools management system is to decentralize the procurement of instructional resources which has been centralized over decades.Mr. Basay also noted that the MOE has trained over 2,560 school teachers and administrators in the area of school management, preparation of school budget, among others. Director Bassa disclosed that 41 schools are under construction while 16 have already been completed in seven of the 15 counties. Those counties are Grand Cape Mount, Bong, Bomi, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.He noted that 10 schools are going through substantial completion routines, while the rest are expected to be completed by June, next year in the remaining counties.Meanwhile Mr. Basay said those decisions taken and implemented by the MOE are well on course in keeping with policies of the Agenda for Transformation.In a related development, the Ministry says since the coming to power of the Unity Party-led government, it has constructed about 16 schools in seven of the 15 counties.According to Mr. Basay, the schools are in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Bong, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Margibi counties.Basay indicated that the schools, which construction started more than two years ago, are part of the 41 institutions the government plans to construct in all 15 counties.He said as part of the construction exercise, 10 additional schools are nearing completion. The rest, he said would be completed in the remaining counties by June, next year.Basay noted that furniture for all completed schools are available, and that 12 teachers Housing Units have also been completed and furnished.“This is to ensure that teachers who are being assigned in rural areas can be rest assured that they would be provided some incentives,” he pointed out.Meanwhile the Ministry has said it would begin distributing 3.8 million learning materials to schools throughout the country by next month.According to Mr. Basay, one million text books are earmarked for grades 5 to 9, while 1.3 million readers for grades 1 to 4 and over 1.5 million instructional materials for grades 1-9.He noted that the training of 2,560 school principals and school management teams has been completed and accounts opened for the disbursement of direct school grants to public education schools.“We want to make sure that those textbooks go with the school curriculum and our kids can now relate to what they read,” Basay said.last_img read more

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Bank of Baroda introduces Remote Deposit Capture to Guyana

first_imgWith the aim of improving its services, Bank of Baroda has introduced a new banking facility, Remote Deposit Capture, which will now see customers saving trips to the bank when conducting certain transactions.Bank of Baroda, GeorgetownThis announcement was made by a director of the bank at an event held by the financial institution on Friday evening at the Georgetown Club.Remote Deposit Capture is a technology-based method which allows banks to accept cheques for deposit using electronic images instead of the original physical paper versions. With this feature, customers can use their computers, tablets or smartphones to deposit their cheques instead of having to make trips to the bank in order to conduct transactions.The Director indicated that this facility is only designed for the deposit of US cheques to customers’ local bank accounts.“It has been our endeavour to bring to customers the best of the products. In that context, today we want to put in place a facility which we call Remote Deposit Capture…what happens is those people who are depositing a US cheque in their bank account here…normally what happens is that cheque physically travels to the USA and then we present it to the clearing system there. With this particular instrument, the transport of the physical cheque will not be there. The image will be scanned here and it will be ready for being lodged in the first clearing,” the Director stated.According to the Director, in addition to enjoying a convenient way of depositing their US cheques, the bank’s customers utilising this facility will also benefit from a low transaction processing fee.“The benefit to the customer [includes] faster payment being credited to the account, we have certain norms around five days to seven days we have to keep, and it will be at a reduced cost because the courier charge [or] transport cost will not be there”.Governor of Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, speaking at the event lauded Bank of Baroda for serving Guyana’s market for over 50 years despite its challenges and for utilising its potential to improve its services and products to Guyanese.“You wouldn’t expect any bank in Guyana at this time to have such a system available where a physical cheque can be internationally cleared within a very, very short period of time. For that, Bank of Baroda should be applauded,” Dr Ganga said.He commended the institution for taking this big step in advancing Guyana’s financial services offered to the market.“This is universal, this is global, and wholeheartedly they have indicated their support to us here in Guyana to have such a system be put in place…so while you are sitting there, you could be doing your banking business, and that is what we are looking forward to…because a few years back we started to modernise our system and part of our modernisation would also be in terms of utilising whatever service is available not only to make life easy to big customers and to the banks in terms of movement of money but also in terms of what the local, in terms of the retail, the small men, or the small women, all would be able to do with respect to the movement of money in terms of payment, intermediation…”Bank of Baroda is an India-based, State-owned entity, with a network of 9583 branches spanning 23 countries.Just a year ago, the financial institution had announced that it was going to be pulling out from Guyana’s shores. According to reports from the Financial Express, the banking institution was looking to divest its entire 100 per cent stake in its Bank of Baroda Guyana Inc subsidiary through investment bankers. However, the bank has since reversed that decision.last_img read more

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Hundreds of acres of rice infested with bugs

first_imgClose to 15 rice farmers and 120 acres of land are currently affected in what appears to be a termite infestation on the present rice crop in villages along the West Coast of Demerara. Hague, Den Amstel, and several other villages appear to be hardest hit.According to the farmers, termites began feeding on their crops about one month ago. Omar Dhanny, a farmer who cultivates about seven acres of land at Hague, said, “A lot of farmers struggling with the same problem. Nobody don’t really know what to do; and the research, we report this thing to the GRDB, (Guyana Rice Development Board) and they sent two extension officers, but nobody like scientists didn’t come around as yet to assist us with our struggles”.He added, “We farmers nah got that qualifications…they got to get somebody with that knowledge to just check it out”.Dhanny said he and other farmers have exhausted almost every effort to address the situation, but to no avail. In the same breath, he explained how much theOne of the affected rice fieldsinsects have already cost him.“This here affects me a lot, because this amount of rice here what damage for me, I already (gone) through all the doses of fertiliser and I already sprayed about six times. If you calculate, it is a lot of money, and nobody don’t know if we gonna get anything from the Rice Development Board,” he pointed out.The farmer noted that extension officers from the GRDB Office in Region Three had visited and advised that they spray the crops with a specific pesticide, but this remedy also failed.Additionally, he said an ex-staffer who was attached to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) has been trying to help the farmers identify the issue and, hopefully, find a solution.Dhanny informed that the ex-NAREI official had said there is some brown plant hopper sucking the rice. “They find that some are going on the rice lands, and he recommend some drug for us to spray. We try the drugs already for about two days now”.Another farmer, Ganga Persaud, who has been planting rice for about 60 years in the same area, noted that he has never seen such a devastating termite.Persaud explained that he fears the termite may have an immense effect on the entire rice industry.He stated, “We had this guy from NAREI that came and he captured a few insects, which was like tiny brown grass hopper. He tell us that the insects is go down into the plant soil and suck away the nutrients, which causes the plants to lose their colour and so on”.The frustrated farmer added that when officials from the GRDB Office in Region Three visited their farm lands, they did not find anything, but merely recommended a pesticide.Furthermore, “I plant rice and it is my main source of income. If the people does not come to look after it, we may suffer immensely…the entire rice industry in the country may suffer,” the man predicted.He argued that merely taking samples is not good enough; in this regard, he thinksThis image shows the discoloration of the rice crops which are stuntedagronomists and plant pathologists have failed to give answers.In an almost frightened tone the farmer related, “It seems as if the insects have gained resilience against pesticides, because we have tried almost everything…we can till the soil, but we cannot get rid of these things”.It is against that backdrop that the farmers are calling for urgent attention to be given to the specific situation. Several efforts made by this newspaper to contact the GRDB proved futile.last_img read more

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Jiffy Lube wins second consecutive Fort St. John Rec Hockey tournament

first_imgNeil Evans of the Fort St. John Rec Hockey League says the weekend went very well with people checking out the games throughout the weekend.“The weekend went very well. We had all 14 teams participating from the league so it was a good time had by all. Personally as one of the organizers it was quite successful. We had lots of people as spectators so it was a good turn out.”In the finals of the tournament Jiffy Lube defeated Blueberry by a score of 5-0.- Advertisement –last_img

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The Press Pass – Sunday, September 6

first_imgNeil Ashton was joined in the studio by Matt Hughes and Andy Dillon.They discuss England qualifying for Euro 2016 after beating San Marino on Saturday 6-0, as well as Wales’ 0-0 draw with Israel.last_img

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSpecial Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Classics Book Group will meet, 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Valley Trails Summer Camp, 30910 S. Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic. Call (661) 257-0266. Adopt-A-Pet event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petco, 26501 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Free health lecture titled “Are You Stressed Out?” 2 p.m. at 14863 Raquel Lane, Canyon Country. Call (661) 877-5051 to reserve a seat. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SATURDAY Clean up downtown Newhall, 7 a.m.-noon meeting at Newhall Hardware, 24322 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Suzie Szabo at (661) 253-0730. Rummage Sale to benefit the Hunger Defense Fund, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Sav-On parking lot on the corner of Soledad Canyon and Camp Plenty roads, Canyon Country. Call Wendy Lancy at (661) 299-9273. Volunteer Class will meet, 9 a.m.-noon at the William S. Hart Museum, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-4584. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventElmo & Friends Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. last_img read more

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MCGUINNESS ACCUSES GAYBO OF NOT BEING A MAN AFTER DONEGAL BEACH MEETING

first_imgPresidential candidate Martin McGuinness has accused RTE star Gay Byrne of not being man enough to call him a liar to his face – after the pair met on a Donegal beach.The politician and the chat show host both have holiday homes in West Donegal.The Sinn Fein man revealed how they met but Gaybo was always as ‘nice as pie’ during the encounter. “He was as nice as pie…if he was a man…he would have said it to my face,” said McGuinness.The former Late Late Show host, 77, this week claimed that McGuinness and Gerry Adams were “consistent liars” who were “trained to lie.”McGuiness, 61, said he had met Byrne while he was out walking with his wife and Byrne was out walking alone.McGuinness said he would now be reluctant to be ever interviewed by the RTE man ever again after his remarks about his past. “He has such an opinion of me, I don’t see why I should.“Although, I’ve never been one to walk away form a debate,” he said.EndsMCGUINNESS ACCUSES GAYBO OF NOT BEING A MAN AFTER DONEGAL BEACH MEETING was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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:Gay Byrnemartin mcguinnessSinn Feinlast_img read more

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China’s astronauts return

first_imgBEIJING – Two astronauts on China’s second manned spaceflight landed before dawn today, shown live on state television as they emerged from their capsule smiling and waving at the end of a five-day mission meant to burnish China’s global standing and rouse public support for its communist leaders. Astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng were “in good health” after the Shenzhou 6 capsule touched down by parachute at 4:32 a.m. local time in China’s northern grasslands, just a half-mile from its target, the official Xinhua News Agency said. They were met by crews who rushed to the site in helicopters and off-road vehicles. State television showed the astronauts climbing out of their kettle-shape capsule with the help of two technicians and clambering down a ladder in the pre-dawn darkness. They smiled, waved to cheering members of the ground crew, accepted bouquets of flowers and sat in a pair of metal chairs beside the capsule. “I want to thank the people for their love and care. Thank you very much,” Fei said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fei and Nie blasted off Wednesday from a base in China’s desert northwest, almost exactly two years after the first Chinese manned spaceflight made this only the third country to send a human into orbit on its own, after Russia and the United States. last_img read more

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Shooting Drought And Turnovers Slow Down Men’s Basketball

first_img Box Score (PDF) Preview In the first half, turnovers on five-straight possessions helped key a 13-0 Omaha run to put the Mavs up 22-13 with nine minutes remaining in the half. That margin had the potential to be more significant, but Drake’s defense held the Mavericks to 5-of-17 shooting through the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Bulldogs committed 10 of their 17 turnovers in the game during the first half. Photo Gallery at Wyoming 12/2/2017 – 5 p.m. Next Game: Drake (4-2) faced a three-point, 34-31, halftime deficit and opened the early minutes of the second half by making five-straight shots at one points as part of a 13-2 run that gave Drake a 53-46 lead in just two minutes. “Give Omaha credit, they obviously made more plays than we made to win the game,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “We’ve handled the ball well all year, but were just out of sorts and sloppy, which was disappointing. Clearly, when you let another team shoot 50 percent on their home floor, it’s going to be difficult to win.” Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster Story Links Listen Live Watch Livecenter_img OMAHA, Neb. – Despite a hard-fought final five minutes, first-half turnovers and an extended shooting drought in the second half handcuffed the Drake University men’s basketball team in a 75-73 loss at Omaha Wednesday, Nov. 29, evening.   The Bulldogs remain on the road for their next contest to travel to the thin air of Laramie, Wyo., to face Wyoming Saturday evening. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CST. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Omaha (1-7) shot 50 percent on its home floor with Zach Jackson scoring 17 points while Daniel Norl went 4-of-5 from the three-point arc to finish with 16 points. The Bulldogs had five players scoring in double-figures with Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) and Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) each scoring 13 points while Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) added 12 points to move into seventh all-time in career scoring at Drake with 1,478 career points. However, the Bulldogs went scoreless for the next five minutes with five-straight misses as Omaha rolled off 11-points to take a 57-53 lead with nine minutes remaining in the contest. Drake’s field goal drought stretched out to more than eight minutes, allowing the Mavericks to build a 67-60 lead with 5:30 left in the contest with two additional three-pointers from Norl helping build that cushion. Drake rallied back to within a possession five times in the final five minutes on shots from Timmer and Woodward, but could not overtake the Mavericks. After a timeout to regroup the team, the Bulldogs were more deliberate with the ball, committing just one turnover in the final 10 minutes of the half to trim the margin to three with four minutes to play and two points, 30-28, with 1:45 left in the period. A three-pointer by Woodward on Drake’s final possession helped Drake carry a three-point, 34-31, deficit into the locker room. “We weren’t keeping it very simple and trying to do too much,” Medved said of the drought. “We haven’t looked like that offensively all year and we did tonight. We didn’t play with the pace we had been.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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DANIEL AND FAMILY HEARTBROKEN AS MUM JULIA PASSES AWAY

first_imgTributes have been flowing in for Daniel O’Donnell’s mother Julia who passed away in the early hours of this morning.Daniel and late mum JuliaJulia, 94, passed away at Dungloe Community Hospital at 3.50am.Mrs O’Donnell had been in hospital for a number of days after taking ill last week. A heartbroken Daniel posted a message on his Facebook account announcing his mother’s passing.“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our dear mother Julia passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Dungloe Hospital surrounded by her family at Sunday at 3.50am.“My siblings John, Margaret, Kathleen, James and myself would like to thank you all for the kindness shown to her down through the years.“May her gentle soul rest in peace,” he said. Daniel’s sister Margo has revealed how she had spent the past number of weeks reading her soon-to-be published autobiography to her mum.“A very sad day for me and my siblings, my mam passed away in the early hours.“John Bosco, myself, Kathleen, James and Daniel all spent special time by her bedside, also her nephews and nieces.“My mum was so looking forward to my autobiography being published. I am glad I spent time over the past few months reading paragraphs to her,” she said.Daniel was due to perform at a concert to raise funds for Dungloe Community Hospital later today. Organisers have now cancelled the event as a mark of respect to the late Mrs O’Donnell.Mrs O’Donnell’s remains will be taken from McGlynn’s funeral home at 4pm today and taken to her home in Kincasslagh.She will be buried after funeral mass at 1pm at St Mary’s Church in Kincasslagh on Tuesday.Other tributes have been flowing in for Mrs O’Donnell on Facebook and Twitter. DANIEL AND FAMILY HEARTBROKEN AS MUM JULIA PASSES AWAY was last modified: May 18th, 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalJULIA O’DONNELLlast_img read more

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