PCC Launches ‘Weah4Clean City’ Campaign

first_imgMayor Belcher-Taylor addresses the ceremony.To robustly institute policies that would make the City of Paynesville, forever clean and green,  the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) yesterday, September 26, launched its version of the “Weah4Clean City” campaign, with the aim of giving Paynesville a major facelift as well as creating jobs for some of the residents, many of whom are young people.The project, according to PCC authorities, is designed to address challenges associated with solid waste collection, transportation, treatment and disposal as well as the massive number of unemployed young residents of Paynesville. 150 youth are to benefit from the initiative.PCC’s Director of Special Project, Robena Lewis Vincent, said the corporation’s primary goal, through the implementation of the project, is to create a safe and healthy environment for the residents as well as proper waste management, while creating jobs for the youth within the 54 communities.Madam Vincent (r) addresses the gathering.“The project addresses community improvement through the creation of additional income as well as community involvement in keeping the environment clean,” she said, adding: “This initiative is intended to ensure that every quarter is clean and green, so we can be healthy.”Mrs. Vincent said that the high level of unemployment in the city is a major challenge which has become one of the leading factors of increment in criminal activities to the disadvantage of the residents.“Youth loitering on the streets with no destination is an indication that there is a need to provide jobs in our communities, though we have taken about 150 of the young people off the streets to eventually undergo training in waste management,” she said.The results of the project is anticipated to include a safe, clean and healthy living and working environment, a reduction of the risks of diseases and sicknesses commonly associated with living in an unclean environment.Paynesville City’s E. Pam Belcher-Taylor said that the project will also start a sustainable Waste Management System.Madam Taylor said the project will create a Waste Management Plan, to be more sustainable and actionable than the reactive collection process now in place. This will include taxing houses for waste collection in all those communities.“With a comprehensive plan, the city will be cleaned instead of being  filthy communities,” she said.Young people that have been recruited for the “Weah4Clean City Campaign.One major challenge that continues to serve as a stumbling block to keep the city clean, despite the many effort put into the cleaning exercise, is the selling of foodstuffs by peddlers, many of whom are women, which causes more filth that litters the streets every day.It is therefore no secret that the city’s daily cleaners are less in number for the uncollected dirt.The campaign was originally launched by Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) early March this year to give the nation’s capital a deserving facelift. Though promised to be held on the first Saturday of every month, the campaign is yet to have the desire impact as filth continues to overwhelm the city.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commissioner recommends compensation for dead miners’ relatives

first_imgLindo Creek CoI…hands over report to PresidentTen years after eight miners were killed at a mining camp at Lindo Creek, the completed report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the massacre has recommended, among other things, that compensation be given to the relatives of the deceased.The men were killed sometime between June 12 and 24, 2008.Justice Donald Trotman, who headed the CoI, announced the intended measure at State House on Thursday, when he told reporters that compensation for the families is necessary, since they would have faced economic challenges following the deaths of their loved ones.Asked about culpability, the retired judge told reporters that reopening some parts of the investigation was recommended. He added that State officials, including the then Police Commissioner, former President, and Home Affairs Minister, should be questioned.President Granger, who ordered the Commission of Inquiry earlier this year, has said the intention of his Government is for Guyanese to live in a society without brutality, and that the administration will continue to look into causes of various killings which occurred in what he says was the era of troubles.“Inquiries will ensure that those accused of crimes are brought before the courts of law. This Inquiry started the process of searching for the causes and culprits behind some of the most deadly atrocities committed during the troubles,” the president stated.He also vowed that Government would work to expose the intellectual authors and the perpetrators of the deadly violence.“It was a time of arbitrary arrests, of disappearances and of torture of young men; of the surge in armed robberies, narco-trafficking and gun-running. During that first deadly decade, there were 1,317 murders and 7,865 armed robberies,” the president said.That decade of “troubles”, he mentioned, ended in the late 2000s. However, Government’s approach to the first of several inquiries was much criticised by the Opposition, which was in Government at that time. The Peoples Progressive Party felt the Lindo Creek massacre should not have been the first such CoI, but rather a more comprehensive review of the crime wave should have been undertaken.The Opposition also contended that the CoI was geared to clear notorious mass killer Rondell ‘Fine man’ Rawlins’s name.Now this latest CoI report has been submitted, it is up to President Granger to implement the recommendations which he sees fit. The miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek killings followed two other massacres in 2008 – at Lusignan and Bartica.last_img read more

For Stewart, everything is about family

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Lodrick Stewart’s trip home to Mississippi for his great grandfather’s funeral last weekend made the senior guard more determined than ever to have a future in basketball. Tonight: at Arizona, 7:30 p.m., KLAC/570 Stewart’s family lives on a 10-mile plantation. He said his ancestors were brought from Nigeria as slaves, and that the slave owner left the plantation to the Stewarts when he died. Most of his family have lived there ever since. “I just play better when he’s out there,” Stewart said. “I look up in the stands and see him and know it’s time to pick it up.” Been a long time USC’s last victory at Arizona’s McKale Center came Jan. 17, 1985, by a score of 64-63. The Trojans’ 21 consecutive losses at Arizona are their most against any Pacific 10 Conference opponent. “We weren’t part of those,” said coach Tim Floyd, who was an assistant at Texas El-Paso when the streak started. “We’ve lost one to them.” Most players had no idea it’s been that long since USC was victorious in Tucson. This team has won its past two over the Wildcats, though both of those games were in Los Angeles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lodrick and his twin brother Rodrick moved to Seattle for high school with their father Andrew “Bull” Stewart. Lodrick hadn’t been back to Mississippi in six years. “It’s not like here where blacks and whites live next to each other and are friends,” Lodrick Stewart said. “It’s different in the south. There’s still slave houses out there.” Stewart said he sometimes feels lonely out in Los Angeles on his own. He came to USC with Rodrick, but his twin brother transferred to Kansas after his freshman season. “I have nobody to turn to here, no family,” Stewart said. “I hang out with teammates, and they’re like my family. But it’s still hard because it’s not like blood family.” Stewart did get some good news on the trip. His father, who runs a gym in Seattle and has been out to a handful of games this season, plans to attend every USC game the rest of the season starting tonight at Arizona. center_img “I don’t care about driving big cars or none of that,” Stewart said. “All my money is going to help them get out of there. It’s about family first, that’s how I was brought up. I just want to make it, it don’t matter if it’s the NBA or overseas, so that I can help them.” He hopes to move his whole family out to the West Coast some day. last_img read more

Drug distributors caught in web

first_img“I just want to tell you guys that I’m not really in a position to answer any specific questions on (Tuesday’s) story,” Matthews told a media gathering that was at least twice as large as normal. “I do want to say that I do expect it to resolve itself here in the near future, pretty soon. “I’ve got my representative (agent Scott Leventhal) looking for more information on it and to find out stuff and until we find out more stuff. I just can’t comment on it. I ask that you guys respect my position on it. “I don’t want to be a distraction to my team and there’s things that they’re trying to do on the field to be ready for the coming season. I do want to tell you guys that at the appropriate time I will address the matter.” In less than two weeks of workouts with his new team after signing a five-year, $50 million contract, Matthews is getting attention for all the wrong reasons. On Tuesday, the Albany, N.Y. Times Union connected Matthews, through unnamed sources, to an investigation and raid of at least two Internet-based pharmacies that have been supplying, among other things, human growth hormones. At the start of Wednesday morning’s meeting, Matthews apologized for being associated with a possible team distraction. Moreno seemed impressed with the gesture. “Gary immediately walked in and apologized for any distraction and said he would try to get it resolved as quickly as possible,” Moreno said. TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews had a busier morning than usual Wednesday, addressing a newspaper report that connected him with a performance-enhancing drug scandal, then meeting with the club’s top brass. Matthews had a discussion Wednesday morning with manager Mike Scioscia, general manager Bill Stoneman, owner Arte Moreno and vice president of communications Tim Mead. He had little to say to reporters, however. center_img Moreno added that the meeting wasn’t to ask Matthews if he has used any type of performance-enhancing substance. “We had a meeting really just to basically tell him how we felt, that we’re not going to ask you any questions until you’re able to tell us, but we’d like you to be straight up with us,” Moreno said. “I felt it was important for him to know he has our support. “For me, I like to be proactive and make sure that we communicate well. I just stressed that the communication was the most important thing here.” Stoneman declined to say if Matthews had a clause in his contract that offered the team recourse in case he was found to have used performance-enhancing substances. Stoneman said the team considers the language in all contracts as private. Scioscia, who has maintained a strong stance against performance-enhancing drugs, admitted that the Matthews situation has the potential for distraction. “There are things you’re going to deal with during the course of the season, whether it’s a guy upset over playing time or a guy not performing, and it becomes an issue,” Scioscia said. “Things come into the clubhouse, and you have to keep moving forward, playing ball, and we’re going to do that.” Matthews played in an intrasquad game Tuesday, less than an hour after finding out that he had been tied to the scandal. He is expected to start in center field and lead off in today’s Cactus League opener against the Kansas City Royals. To this point, Scioscia seems satisfied that Matthews is not burdened by the situation. “Anyone who signs a big contract, the one thing you want to put into a player’s mind is, you’re the same player you were before. You don’t have to go above and beyond, just bring your game and play it,” Scioscia said. “This is obviously taking some things a step further, and Gary will have to deal with it, and we will as an organization.” Asked how his name might have been linked to the situation, Matthews did not have an answer. “That’s exactly what we’re working on right now, gathering information,” Matthews said. “I will address the matter again at the appropriate time and I just wanted to just express that I will come out and talk to you guys about it when the appropriate time comes. “I want you guys to respect my position and I don’t want to become a distraction for my team and my teammates.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 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

Everton confirm Sharks friendly for July 7

first_imgThis will be the second time Everton will be travelling to East Africa after they did so in 2017 when they played against Gor Mahia in Tanzania, winning 2-1 with the returning Wayne Rooney scoring a sensational goal on his first appearance for the Toffees since leaving as a teenager.Gor then traveled to Liverpool last year where they played Everton at their Goodison Park shrine losing 4-0 in a historic match; the first ever time an African team played at the stadium.Gor Mahia defender Charles Momanyi enjoys a chat with Everton and France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin during their historic SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.“Kariobangi Sharks FC is a team that has defied many odds to first make it to Kenya’s top league, the SportPesa Premier League, earning their stripes by winning the Shield Cup in Kenya, and to our delight, the SportPesa Cup tournament in Tanzania which was held in January,” said Ronald Karauri, Chief Executive Officer of SportPesa.“These boys have all it takes to host Everton for this historic match. It will be a record making match as well as a much needed catalyst to boost careers in local football as well as sports development in the country,” he added.Alan McTavish, Commercial Director at Everton Football Club, said: “We are extremely excited to be heading back to Africa to play against Kariobangi Sharks FC.He added; “We were given an exceptionally warm welcome when we played in Tanzania in 2017 and are looking forward to visiting Kenya and what we know will be a fantastic experience in the Kasarani Stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi sharks players celebrate after clinching the 2019 SportPesa Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 29. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 2 – English Premier League club Everton FC have confirmed their friendly match against Football Kenya Federation Shield and SportPesa Cup champions Kariobangi Sharks for Sunday July 7 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.Sharks won the right to play the Merseyside club after clinching the SportPesa Cup in Dar es Salaam in January with a 1-0 victory over Bandari in the final at the National Stadium.last_img read more

Tuitele is ready to enjoy sweet finish

first_img“It was a great opportunity for me to share with him the opportunity he was about to pass up.” But with the resolve that had carried him in high school, where the undersized linebacker was called up to the varsity as a freshman and was the Pilots’ leading tackler as a sophomore, Tuitele returned to battle his way through college. “Oh yeah – it took me probably my whole freshman year and probably half of the next year to get used to being away from home,” Tuitele said after a practice this week. He redshirted his first year, started two games as a redshirt freshman in 2004, and claimed the starting role at weakside linebacker as a sophomore. Now, he’s a team captain for the No.19 Ducks, who resume their raucous rivalry with Fresno State today at Autzen Stadium. At 5-foot-11 and 226 pounds, Tuitele is far from the prototypical linebacker, but he utilizes his experience and instincts to fly around on defense. Last year, he added touchdowns with a 72-yard return of a blocked punt and a 26-yard interception return. Through two games this season, he is Oregon’s second-leading tackler and with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu as his idol, hardly worries about his stature. “I’m just motivated from people saying I’m not big enough, I’m not too tall, not heavy enough,” Tuitele said. “I use that as motivation to go out there and show ’em that they’re wrong. Lofa plays week in week out and he’s one of the top linebackers in the NFL now.” Whether or not Tuitele reaches the NFL is not even a thought for him at the moment. After all, the Ducks are suddenly one of the nation’s top early stories after thrashing Michigan, 38-7, on the road last week. While the story has been the downfall of the Wolverines, the Ducks have shown they are a force with versatile quarterback Dennis Dixon, the running back tandem of Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson, and big-play receivers Jaison Williams and Cam Colvin. “That makes us a lot better as a defense,” Tuitele said. “We go against in my opinion the best quarterback in the nation as far as running and throwing the ball and I think we’ve got the best running back tandem in the nation. Every day at practice, we’ve got to get better going against our own guys.” And that keeps him smiling. “This came by so fast. I felt like I just got here and now I’m done,” Tuitele said. “I’ve had a hell of a time here. I’ve met lot of great people, learned a lot of things with this coaching staff that there is more than football in life.” Local connections: In addition to facing former North Hollywood High star running back Marlon Lucky this evening, USC could be trying to tackle for Narbonne High standout Major Culbert. He did not get a carry last week against Wake Forest, but ran for 35 yards on five carries with a 17-yard touchdown run against Nevada in the opener. . . . Sean Flynn, the former South Torrance High and Harbor College star, has completed 8 of 11 passes for 50 yards in relief of Adam Tafralis in two games for San Jose State. Maybe Flynn will cross paths today with Stanford defensive lineman Erik Lorig (Peninsula High) when the teams meet in San Jose. Sean’s brother, Kyle, has one reception (from Tafralis) for 10 yards. phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now here’s a dream life. A.J. Tuitele will have played four games in his senior season before he even attends a class. Then in two weeks, when the fall term actually begins at the University of Oregon, Tuitele will actually have to attend a class. Yes, class. Singular. The former Banning High star already has his degree in political science and would only need to be enrolled in one class to remain eligible, much the same way Matt Leinart waltzed his way through ballroom dancing in his senior season at USC. Needless to say, Tuitele almost giggled at the thought of whiling away his class time on the dance floor. “Something like that, or billiards,” he said, laughing. The sweet life of A.J. Tuitele is something he never could have envisioned after he accepted a scholarship to play for the Ducks after finishing at Banning in 2002. Upon arrival, Tuitele fell victim to the homesickness bug, exacerbated by the death of his grandfather, who helped raise him with his grandmother. Tuitele returned home to Wilmington with Oregon coaches hot on his trail, insisting if he didn’t return to Eugene his scholarship would be revoked. Tuitele, the first person in his family to have a shot at a college education, was helped by his coach at Banning, Ed Lalau. “It could have been easy for him just to quit,” Lalau recalled. last_img read more

Costa STARTS for Chelsea against Swansea with Man City up next

first_img Diego Costa starts for Chelsea against Swansea 1 Diego Costa will star for Chelsea in their opening Premier League game against Swansea.The striker has been troubled by a hamstring injury during pre-season and missed the recent friendly against Fiorentina.But with a trip to Man City up next, fans and the manager, Jose Mourinho, will hope there are no further set backs.Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; CostaSwansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, GomisChelsea v Swansea is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm – click here to listen.last_img

Panel urges strongest warning for ADHD meds

first_img The black box warning would not apply to Strattera, manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co. That drug is not a stimulant. Novartis said Ritalin, approved by the FDA in 1955, is safe and effective. A company review of more than 50 years of records shows no apparent increase in cardiovascular problems associated with the drug’s use, according to Novartis’ medical safety director, Dr. Todd Gruber. He told the committee that the drug’s label advises caution in patients with certain pre-existing heart conditions. The FDA had asked the advisers to consider ways of studying the drugs because agency data suggested that the drugs were linked to an increased risk of sudden death and serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks. The committee, however, quickly began debating whether it should consider new warnings for the drugs rather than the need for more studies. Dr. Steve Nissen, medical director of the Cardiovascular Coordinating Center at The Cleveland Clinic, told fellow committee members they should recommend the black-box warning. Nissen said his suggestion was meant partly to slow what he characterized as the “out-of-control growth” use of the drugs. The drugs already carry warnings related to the possible risk they could pose to patients with heart defects. “We feel this warning is appropriate given our current knowledge of these drugs,” said Dr. Gerald DalPan, a division director in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The FDA review that found 25 reports of deaths among the drugs’ users between 1999 and 2003 also uncovered 54 cases of serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, palpitations and arrhythmia. Some of these ADHD drug-treated patients had pre-existing heart conditions or hypertension. The FDA’s review found fewer than one reported death or life-threatening injury for every 1 million prescriptions filled for the drugs. Sales of ADHD drugs rose from $759 million in 2000 to $3.1 billion in 2004, according to IMS Health, a pharmaceutical information and consulting firm. About 2.5 million children between ages 4 and 17 take ADHD drugs, according to federal survey data cited by Dr. Andrew Mosholder, a medical officer in the Office of Drug Safety. The survey found that 9.3 percent of 12-year-old boys and 3.7 percent of 11-year-old girls take the drugs, Mosholder said. Adult use of the drugs grew 90 percent between March 2002 and June 2005, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Ritalin and other stimulant drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should carry the strongest warning that they might be linked to an increased risk of death and injury, federal health advisers said Thursday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted in favor of the “black-box” warning after hearing about the deaths of 25 people, including 19 children, who had taken the drugs. The vote of the Drug Safety and Risk Management advisory committee was 8-7, with one abstention. One committee member, Dr. Curt Furberg, a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said it would be “inappropriate, unethical behavior” not to disclose that there was uncertainty about the safety of the drugs. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory committees but typically does. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The committee plainly wanted to tell us certain things ought to be in labeling in a more forceful way,” Dr. Robert Temple, director of the FDA’s Office of Medical Policy, told reporters after the meeting. Doctors prescribe the drugs to about 2 million children and 1 million adults a month. Drugs that would have to carry the warning labels are methylphenidates, which are sold as Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin and Metadate. The labels for Adderall and Adderall XR, both amphetamines, have included the warnings since 2004. The advisory committee also recommended that the drugs include a medication guide for patients and parents. The vote on that was 15-0, with one abstention. Adderall is made by Shire Pharmaceuticals; Ritalin by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.; Concerta by Johnson & Johnson; Methylin by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; and Metadate by UCB. Other companies make generic versions of Ritalin. last_img read more


first_imgJames Ward wins ESM Under90kgENGLISHMAN James Ward from Luton lifted the title of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg in Letterkenny this weekend.“I’m totally elated and exhausted,” said an overwhelmed Ward. “I was very well aware of the stiff competition around me. These men are serious athletes and any one of them could have taken the title. To be Europe’s first Strongman Under 90kg is a huge honour. I’ll definitely be back next year to defend my title.”Breaking pain barriers with excrutiating lifting, pulling, dragging and carrying events Ward beat off stiff competition from runner up Shay Ryan who is Ireland’s reigning Under 90kg champion.  The Wexford athlete had the chance to lift the title in the final event Stones of Strength but he couldn’t beat Ward with both lifting three out of five stones. “A spectacular event with massive shows of support from the North West” was how co-organiser Dave Warner of Renegade Strongman described the event. “I really want to bring this event back to Letterkenny and after this week, that is a strong possibility.”Nigel Drein of Motiv8 Fitness who was also responsible for bringing the event to Letterkenny congratulated the business people who invested in the international competition.“Without financial support from Letterkenny Town Council and our business partners we could not have staged the event. But we believe they got a return on investment with the event being broadcast on Setanta Sports and quite possibly Eurosport. A special word of thanks to our little mascots who performed their duties magnificently and to all the mums and dads who came along too.”Former World Strongman Darren Sadler acted as Head Referee.  He says, “The organisation, professionalism and goodwill was spectacular. I expect Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg will be making a return to Letterkenny.” Gavn Redmont pulls the van in the Arm over Arm EventJAMES IS CROWNED EUROPE’S STRONGEST MAN IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:JAMES IS CROWNED EUROPE’S STRONGEST MAN IN LETTERKENNYletterkennyLondonlutonlast_img read more