Sanitation Day observed with awareness activities

first_imgThe Communities Ministry on Friday organised a Sanitation Awareness Day programme at its Fort Street, Kingston office as part of a flagship community awareness programme to educate communities on the importance of good sanitation practices.Throughout the day, children of the employees were facilitated with sanitation sessions and discussions which demonstrated hand-washing techniques.Waste separation was also one of the areas of focus, mainly in terms of composting household waste materials.In this instance, they were briefed on the ways a compost tumbler can be utilised to store and reused biodegradable waste items which are generated from the home. For this, the items must be separated and kept in the right manner until ready to be used.The main objective of this exercise was to enable the children to recognise what are some of the sanitation practices they can engage in, and the importance ofA tumbler used for waste compostingdoing so in their everyday activities.Techical Advisor on Sub-waste at the Ministry, Gordon Gilkes, indicated that this is in keeping with the plan to educate everyone on healthy practices to promote positive lifestyle changes.“We want to stress on the importance of good sanitation in our day-to-day activities. It is important that we know what good sanitation is all about, and how we can maintain good sanitation; because, with poor sanitation, there is a risk to our well-being and a risk to health issues.”For the Sanitation Management Unit, these events will further promote the development of sustainable communities by participatory approaches to address these topics.last_img read more

Ramnarine’s role to be determined after leave ends – Commissioner

first_img…former acting Top Cop reportedly seeking legal advice for non-confirmationBy Michael YoungePolice Commissioner Leslie James on Tuesday maintained that Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has proceeded on annual leave as he debunked reports that the senior law enforcement officer has signalled his intention to resign from the Guyana Police Force following his non-appointment as a Deputy Police Commissioner and non-confirmation in the Top Cop post. Ramnarine had been acting as the country’s Top Cop following the retirement of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud. Before that, he filled in as acting Top Cop whenever Persaud proceeded on leave or was on official duties overseas.He even acted ahead of Persaud’s retirement when the Top Cop was sent on accumulated leave following the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into allegations which surfaced in the media in relation to an alleged plot to assassinate the sitting President of Guyana David Granger.Asked how long Ramnarine was expected to be away from work, James said while he cannot disclose the exact time-frame, he knows that the Assistant Police Commissioner was likely to be away for close to three months.“I can confirm that he had close to three months annual leave and I am aware that he has proceeded on that leave,” James said during a brief exchange with Guyana Times on Tuesday.Pressed further as to what role Ramnarine was expected to play in the new leadership structure of the Police Force, given that he was not included in the recently released reshuffled command structure/chart, James said his role will be determined upon his resumption of duty. “It is normal for that structure to be updated,” the Commissioner explained, while stating that arrangements for someone to fill in various posts ahead of another person proceeding on annualised leave has always been the norm even before the person officially proceeds off-duty. He insisted that the public and media would be kept abreast of any new development with respect to the Force’s hierarchy.When Ramnarine was recently contacted by this newspaper, he asked that his privacy be respected, and he be allowed to enjoy the “sanctity of his leave” as he expressed the view that he had given a lot of years of service to the Force and wished to be allowed to be in peace.Legal actionBut sources close to Ramnarine, who also spoke with Guyana Times, confirmed that he was deeply troubled by the manner in which he was overlooked for appointment as a Deputy Police Commissioner or the substantive Police Commissioner.“While I cannot speak for Mr Ramnarine, he could have a legal case because he had a legitimate expectation and was, at some point and time seen as competent enough to take charge of the Force upon Mr Seelall’s departure,” the source said.The source went on to explain that the current Government also demonstrated “confidence” in him as he was appointed by President Granger to act in the post for several months continuously.“I cannot confirm that he will embark on that course of actions (suing) but I would not be surprised if he did,” the source remarked before declining to offer any more insight into the matter.Additionally, speculation was rife on Tuesday afternoon when Ramnarine was spotted by roving reporters and media personnel entering the office of a prominent Attorney in Georgetown.That Attorney declined to offer any comments on the matter when asked for a comment on record by this newspaper but pointed Guyana Times in Ramnarine’s direction for any clarity it wished to obtain on matters related to the lawman’s personal and professional life as well as decisions.Ramnarine went on leave after media reports pointed to the fact that he (Ramnarine) had not been shortlisted for the Top Cop position, even though he was next in line to take the charge.Ever since then, Ramnarine has been staying clear of the media and has avoided answering any questions in relation to the decision taken to side-track him for the Top Cop post.President Granger had insisted that he followed the Constitution and the advice of the Police Service Commission when he appointed Leslie James to the post of Police Commissioner. He said he relied heavily on the advice of the Chairman, Paul Slowe, before any decision was taken and he insisted that James was the best choice. Before making his pick and ahead of meeting Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Granger had outlined that the candidate he would select must be someone who is “unbribable”.Slowe, last week, was quoted in another section of the media as saying that Ramnarine was not chosen because of the details contained in his personal and service file, which had some worrying trends about his performance within the Guyana Police Force.He insisted that he had recused himself from the process somewhat at the level of the PSC because he was head of a Commission of Inquiry which had criticised Ramnarine and others for their handling of an alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.last_img read more

Talent Show takes Cultural Centre Friday night

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Participants of the 42nd talent show by the Child Development Centre take the stage tomorrow night.In over four decades, the Child Development Centre has provided programs and services to children and youth with special needs, and their families.Community support and partnerships have contributed to the CDC’s success in being creative and innovative while serving over 1,200 individual children per year. According to the CDC, that number continues to climb.- Advertisement -The event is at the North Peace Cultural Centre, tomorrow night at 6 p.m.Admission is by donation. Over the past several years, the organization says their talent show has raised over $100,000 annually.For more information, or to perform, anyone interested can email talent@cdcfsj.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool news: Benteke could be set for long lay-off as striker set for scan

first_img1 Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will undergo a scan on his injured hamstring on Tuesday.The £32.5m summer signing came off at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Norwich after feeling tightness in his hamstring.Manager Brendan Rodgers insisted after the game that the 24-year-old’s withdrawal was simply a precautionary measure.But there are now fears that Benteke could be set for a lengthy lay-off, with the Reds facing an anxious wait to discover the severity of the problem.He will definitely miss the League Cup clash with Carlisle at Anfield on Wednesday night, while he appears a major doubt for this weekend’s visit of his former club Aston Villa.“Christian is going to have an MRI scan today. He has a problem with his hamstring,” said Liverpool assistant boss Gary McAllister. “He’s not going to be ready for tomorrow.”Losing for Benteke for any amount of time will be a big blow for boss Brendan Rodgers as he looks to arrest a run of five games without a win.The Belgian has scored twice – including a spectacular strike against Manchester United – in his six appearances for the club. Christian Benteke last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: SKIFF ROWING IN DONEGAL CONTINUES TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

first_imgRowing in Donegal has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Skiff Rowing was extremely popular around the Donegal coastline in the 70’s to the mid-80’s and then went into decline from the mid 80’s onwards.A number of years ago a few clubs revived the sport and then the season of 2013 saw a major increase in participation. So much so that a Donegal Coastal Rowing Association was formed to coordinate events and activities and to assist in bringing Donegal Rowing onto a national platform through the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation.(Inver Rowing Club introduce their new Skiff the ‘Charlie F’ at Donegal)The 2014 season kicked off on Sunday the 1st of June at Fintown Lake with 41 teams competing over 11 categories.This regatta was organised by the Donegal Coastal Rowing Association to start the season. Subsequent regattas are then organised by each of the clubs in turn.Sunday the 8th of June saw the first of the club regattas hosted in Donegal Town, organised by Donegal Bay Rowing Club. This Regatta saw 49 teams (245 competitors) participate across 10 categories from under 14 through to Senior Ladies and Senior Men.Since the revival of Skiff rowing, this was without doubt the largest regatta to-date.A total of 27 races where on the schedule.Like the Fintown Regatta this event attracted a large number is spectators who were treated to a spectacular display of rowing. Unlike land based event, Regatta’s are subject to weather and tides.In Donegal Town there is the added difficulty of coordinating the event around the schedule of the Waterbus. A massive event to organise and coordinate, but this was achieved through the efficiency of the host club and the sporting cooperation of all the competing clubs.The two regatta’a today’s have set the standard for the season and all participating clubs are now looking forward to a very competitive rowing season ahead.PICTURE SPECIAL: SKIFF ROWING IN DONEGAL CONTINUES TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH was last modified: June 13th, 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:Noticespicture specialRowingSkiff RacingSportlast_img read more

Residents of Bloemfontein invited to join Brand South Africa on 26 October 2016

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 19 October 2016 – Brand South Africa’s nationwide campaign – Play Your Part will be in the capital city of the Free State province on Wednesday 26 October 2016 and citizens are invited to join the programme.The Play Your Part activation themed “start doing” is aligned to Brand South Africa’s mission and purpose to inspire citizens to participate actively in building the Nation Brand. Active citizenship refers to an ethos where people get involved in their local communities which strengthens the country’s democracy at all levels.The activation in Bloemfontein follows similar engagements with communities in Limpopo and Port Elizabeth during which the innovative and interactive PYP cube was introduced to citizens. Community members shared their empowerment projects as well as pledged their time, money and skills towards improving the lives of the people of the South African Nation Brand.The citizens of Bloemfontein will also have an opportunity to engage and participate in community projects as well as showcase their active citizenship through the interactive PYP cube.On its third leg, Brand South Africa brings along its inspiring partners: Dj Sbu’s Leadership 2020 and SABC’s One Day leader programmes which promote leadership and entrepreneurship within society. In addition, Bloemfontein’s active citizens such as 23 year old author and winner of One Day leader season four Zareef Minty, hip-hop dancer and motivational speaker Oscar von Memerty and founder of I Am a Phenomenal Woman, Thato Mokhothu will lead the conversations on Playing Your Part and start doing.Dj Sbu imparted reassuring words in the previous leg of Play Your Part activation saying ‘Every young person needs to do something, no matter how small, do something that will better someone else. Vision 2030 and Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative want to change the mindset of young people in order to make every day a Mandela Day and make the positive change in the lives of everyone.”Engage with the PYP Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date : Wednesday 26 October 2016Time : 09h00 -13h00Venue : Mangaung Indoor Sport Centre,Corner Moshoeshoe Road& Chief Moroka Crescent, RocklandsRSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand#PYPCUBEProgramme for the Brand South Africa Play Your PartProgamme Directed by : Sbu Leope and Seadimo TlaleTimeItem 1Item 2 08H00      INTERACTION AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE PYP CUBEBRAND SA10H00PROGRAMME INSIDE THE VENUE COMMENCESBRAND SA10H15PLAY YOUR PART BRAND SA AVAV10H20OPENING AND WELCOMEBRAND SOUTH AFRICA10H25AV OF “ONE DAY LEADER ALUMNI”AV10H40ADDRESS FROM ONE DAY LEADERODL Free State Seadimo Tlale Season Two Finalist10H55MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER / ICE BREAKER11H05LEADERSHIP 2020 TRAINING PROGRAMMEOSCAR VON MEMERTYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6o9krBsWrUZAREEF MINTYhttp://www.leadership2020.co.za/index.php/speakers/141-zareef-mintyTHOBILE MUSHWANAhttps://www.facebook.com/Dentalmarathon/THATO MOKHOTUhttp://theyoungindependents.co.za/mzansis-100/mzansis-100-disruptor-thato-mokhothu/12H15PANEL DISCUSSION / AUDIENCE INTERACTIONlast_img read more

Equipment versus Envelope

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Designers of high-performance homes know that there is always more than one way to reduce energy use. It can be daunting to optimize investments in energy-saving measures: even with the help of computer modeling software, designers need to exercise judgment.Designers face such questions as: Does it make more sense to upgrade the attic insulation from R-40 to R-60, or to upgrade the water heater to a more efficient unit? Does it make more sense to upgrade from double-glazed to triple-glazed windows or to upgrade from a gas furnace to a ground-source heat pump?Needless to say, it’s always possible to make any home into a zero-energy home by simply installing a photovoltaic (PV) array large enough to meet its needs. However, it make no sense to buy a $300,000 PV array for a wasteful house if less expensive measures can be used first to lower the home’s energy requirements.Zero-energy home designers start with the smallest possible home. They then optimize the home’s orientation and improve the home’s air tightness, insulation thickness, and window performance. They also specify very efficient HVAC equipment.Each new incremental improvement — for example, more attic insulation — saves less energy. At some point, it’s cheaper to install more PV than to further upgrade the envelope.Energy consultants who need to determine when to stop improving the envelope and equipment, and when to add PV, can choose from more than a dozen available residential energy modeling programs. All existing modeling programs have limitations.One of the most interesting modeling programs is Building Energy Optimization (BEopt), a software program developed in 2004 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The program determines the least-cost path to develop a zero-energy home. For example, an NREL study conducted by Ren Anderson, Craig… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

9 Tips for Shooting in Cold Weather

first_imgKeep your equipment safe when shooting in cold weather.Winter is upon us. So, in light of the recent polar vortex, we’ve rounded up our best tips for cold weather photo and video shoots.1. Avoid ‘Cold Soaking’“Cold Soaking” is allowing your camera to become as cold as the environment around you…and you want to avoid this. Allowing your camera to reach sub-zero temperatures is a recipe for disaster as most cameras aren’t created to withstand subzero temperatures. Keep your camera in it’s case/bag until it’s time to shoot. In extreme temperature scenarios it may be beneficial to include additional insulation in your camera bag.2. Carbon Fiber TripodIt doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a cold metal tripod in cold weather is a bad idea. Instead of freezing your fingers off try using a carbon fiber tripod. Carbon fiber tripds are great for shooting in extreme temperatures. They’re also extremely lightweight when compared to their metal counterparts.3. Bring Extra BatteriesBatteries drain faster in cold weather. So next time you have to shoot in extreme cold make sure you pack 2 to 3 times your normal supply of batteries.4. Use Hand WarmersSmall hand warmers are a lifesaver in cold weather and they can serve a variety of other purposes. For example, a small hand warmer can be placed in your camera bag to regulate the temperature.5. Bring ND FiltersSnowy is bright even in overcast weather. For this reason you should bring your ND filters along. ND filters cut out incoming light and allow you to use a wider aperture even in bright conditions. This is really important if you are wanting to get a shallow depth of field.6. Gradually Go from Cold to WarmProblems may arise if you quickly go from a cold environment to a warm one – condensation can form on your camera and lens. It’s best to allow your camera slowly to adjust to room temperature. One trick is to keep your lenses in Ziplock freezer bags, allowing them to acclimate to the temperature change before opening. Adding silica gel packs in the baggie can help cut help alleviate any humidity.If condensation gets inside the camera or lens body it can permanently damage the hardware. In these extreme scenarios it is best to let the camera completely dry out before attempting to use it again.7. DehumidifiersOne way you can significantly cut back on condensation is to put a dehumidifying pack in your camera bag. Just as you might imagine, these packs are designed to absorb moisture making your camera less likely to experience damage as a result of condensation.Lens cap manufacture BRNO make dehumidifying lens caps that have silica gel built-in. If you’re going to be doing a lot of outdoor cold-weather photography or filmmaking it might be worth it to get a few.8. Get a Coated LensMost modern day lenses come with special coatings that allow them to withstand the elements. This is especially important when shooting in cold weather as it is easy to get things like snow and condensation on the lens. If you’re considering renting a lens check out if it has a specialty coating on it.9. Winter-Proof CasesThere are a few winter-proofing camera cases that you can buy to protect your camera gear, including the Camera Duck which goes for about $130 on B&H. Camera Duck also sells large warmers designed to fit over their weather covers.Even if you don’t want to spend the money on a winter cover, a waterproof case is a worthwhile investment.Have any other tips for shooting in cold weather? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Blasts hit Manipur border

first_imgTwo bomb blasts rocked Moreh, Manipur’s border town on Saturday night. Police said that the first blast took place at 9:30 p.m. at the perimeter wall of the police station in the town. The second blast was reported at midnight at Gamnom Veng inside the town. There was no casualty.Police said that of late there have been several blasts at Moreh and nearby areas and Tamu, a trading centre in Myanmar.On Thursday L. Soshindro, the parliamentary secretary (Home) was attacked when he had gone to Kotha near Moreh to inaugurate a religious festival. Four policemen were injured in the twin blasts.Earlier, two troopers of 165 Territorial Army were killed and two others wounded along Trans Asian Highway No. 2 that leads to Moreh.There has been no claim by any insurgent group. The latest blasts come shortly after the condemnation of the Kotha blasts. People of Moreh had also protested with a 24 hour general strike in protest against the blast at Kut ground near the police station.Police say that efforts are on to establish the identity of the insurgents behind the blasts and their motive.last_img read more

Militants open fire, lob grenades on IAF facility in Pulwama

first_imgMilitants opened fire and lobbed grenades at the Indian Air Force (IAF) facility in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Tuesday afternoon.A Srinagar-based Army spokesman said two to three militants opened fire and lobbed grenades around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Awantipora’s Malangpora area.“The target was Water Pump House outside the IAF premises. The fire was effectively retaliated by the alert sentries. There is no loss of life,” said the spokesman.Police officials said reinforcements were dispatched to the area and an operation was underway to nab the attackers.Jawan succumbs to injuriesMeanwhile, the injured BSF jawan, constable S.K. Murmu, succumbed to his injuries. A BSF spokesman said the jawan, deployed in Karnah Sector Tangdhar, was hit by a sniper fire from across the Line of Control around 4:50 pm.He had sustained bullet injury in stomach.Kashmir Valley’s Baramulla and Kupwara witnessed fresh ceasefire violations in the past 24 hours.last_img read more