Simone4children Foundation needs base

first_imgJAMAICA’S former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, Simone Edwards, says the future of her Simone4Children Foun-dation’s homework programme and study centre, based in Hermitage, August Town, currently hangs in the balance.The centre, which opened in 2010 and offered homework programmes to inner-city children, along with a host of other community activities, was vandalised by criminal elements and is presently not in use.However, the Escarpment Road Church saw the Foun-dation’s plight, and the pastor – at the time – gave the former national player and coach his blessings to continue the programme at the place of worship.However, a change of pastor at the church recently has seen a new plan and Edwards’ search for a new base for the programme.”In Hermitage, I got a building put up there for the homework programme. It was running and everyone was working. It’s a place where we had our homework programme, fed families, gave back-to-school supplies, tried to create scholarships and focused on self-esteem building. But what we do is mostly focus on education, but now it (building) is damaged,” said Edwards.”Last year, I went down there, and some of the bad men broke the lock off the door, stole furniture, the stove and damaged the windows. The homework programme is continuing in the church, but the last I heard is that the new pastor wanted it off the property,” she told The Gleaner.Edwards, who described cutting the ribbons to open the study centre as ‘one of the proudest moments in my life’, said since the migration of the programme’s overseer, Dean Rhoden, a few years ago, things just went downhill.PARKING LOTShe revealed that the reason for their eviction is related to plans to convert the building which housed the study centre into a parking lot, but admitted she is still seeking a meeting with the pastor.”I am hoping they have a change of heart, so we are waiting to see if they are really going to do that. I don’t know where else to move it to, as the pastor before told us it was OK for it to be there,” Edwards lamented.”But I haven’t spoken to anybody as yet, so I don’t know what we are going to do. I was trying to have a meeting with the pastor. So I am going to see the pastor, but if he tells me I have to move, then I will try to find a good place to do my programme and have it permanent instead of running up and down,” she insisted, noting that the original building would be ideal.”I like where it is because it’s easier access. At the top (of community) was convenient, so I guess I will have to talk to the people in the community to get guarantees that no one can touch it,” she added.The Simone4children Foun-dation was formed in 2006 to assist the less fortunate, build worthwhile citizens and help others achieve their goals. Her Foundation established the computerised study centre in December 2010. It held treats, fed hundreds of persons and gave gifts to children.She also copped the 2010 AD Astra Award, delivered by the Immaculate Conception High School’s New York Chapter to Jamaicans who have excelled in their field over a period of time.last_img read more

Liberian, 2 Others Arrested in Kampala with a Ton of Ivory

first_imgA Liberian (not named) and two suspects from Guinea Bissau have been arrested in Kampala, Uganda’s wildlife authority spokesman Simplicious Gessa told the Ugandan Daily Monitor.Ugandan authorities said they have seized more than a ton of ivory, chopped into small pieces and treated with a chemical intended to prevent it being detected, the national wildlife protection service said Monday.The arrest was made in a Kampala suburb on Saturday, before it could be loaded at Entebbe international airport and flown off to an unknown destination, the authorities said.“In a joint operation with police, we recovered over 1000 kg of ivory suspected of being smuggled from either Tanzania or Democratic Republic of Congo and the operation is ongoing,” Mr. Gessa said.He added that the Ugandan authorities suspect the smuggling network goes beyond the three in custody “involving shipping agents and other officials as the consignment was suspected to be going through Entebbe (airport).”The traffickers may have used Uganda “because our laws are a little lax on trafficking.” Gessa called for harsher laws against wildlife smugglers “so that Uganda is not used as a smuggling route.”Some 30,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year for their ivory tusks, mainly to satisfy demand in the Asian market for products coveted as traditional medicine or as status symbols.Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade, especially from Congo’s huge forests.The trade is estimated to be worth $600 million annually.According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the African elephant population recorded its biggest drop in a quarter century last year, with an estimated population of 415,000 elephants, 111,000 less than a decade ago. (Source: Ugandan Daily Monitor).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Chelsea move two points clear at the top

first_img1 Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Chelsea Chelsea moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League as they beat Newcastle United 2-0 while rivals Manchester City were held by Everton.It was far from a vintage performance by Jose Mourinho’s side, who began the day level on points with City, but it proved enough to see off the managerless Magpies at Stamford Bridge.Oscar and Diego Costa grabbed the goals either side of the break for the Blues, who extend their advantage thanks to City’s slip-up at Everton.Manuel Pellegrini’s men had looked set to match Chelsea’s three-point haul as they led at Goodison Park through a Fernandinho strike on 74 minutes.But the Toffees fought back and Steven Naismith struck just four minutes later to secure Everton a deserved point.Burnley leapfrogged QPR out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor.Goals from Scott Arfield and Danny Ings either side of a Charlie Austin penalty secured the points for the home side in the crucial clash.QPR have now lost all ten of their top-flight away games this season, setting a new unwanted Premier League record, and are sitting third from bottom.Leicester remain at the foot of the table but boosted their survival prospects with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at home.Paul Konchesky was the unlikely hero for the Foxes with a well-struck volley on the stroke of half-time.Leicester are now just two points adrift of safety, while Villa have not won in six and continue their descent down the table.West Ham and Swansea played out a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.Andy Carroll put the visitors ahead at half-time with a brilliant solo strike but Mark Noble turned Bafetimbi Gomis’ header into his own net with 15 minutes left as the hosts rescued a point.Tony Pulis won his first Premier League game in charge of West Brom, as Saido Berahino’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory against Hull City, who are now just one place above the drop zone.In the day’s early kick-off, Lazar Markovic’s early strike secured Liverpool a 1-0 win at Sunderland.Premier League results:Burnley 2 – 1 QPRChelsea 2 – 0 NewcastleEverton 1 -1 Man CityLeicester 1 – 0 Aston VillaSwansea 1 – 1 West HamSunderland 0 – 1 LiverpoolWest Brom 1 – 0 Hulllast_img read more

Steven Gerrard admits he had injection ahead of ‘slip’ game with Chelsea

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “Don’t think that is an excuse,” he told the Daily Mail. “What happened was just pure bad luck but, when you do a book or film, especially with people who have won Oscars and made films such as Amy [the biopic of the late Amy Winehouse] and Senna, you must be as honest and open as you can.’ In the clash, Gerrard slipped, handing Demba Ba the chance to score and put the Blues ahead in first-half injury time.Jose Mourinho’s side claimed a 2-0 victory in the end, taking the title out of Liverpool’s hands and allowing Manchester City to clinch it on the final day of the season.And while the former Reds midfielder, now manager of Scottish Premiership side Rangers, has confessed to needing the injection on a back problem before the fixture, he insists he’s not trying to absolve himself. deals Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 REAL DEAL REVEALED Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he needed an epidural injection ahead of their fateful ‘title-decider’ with Chelsea in April 2014.The revelation comes in the new biopic – ‘Make Us Dream’ – being released about his career. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Gerrards kneels on the turf during their defeat to Chelsea in April 2014. REVEALED tense shining Latest Premier League Stories gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice 2 whoops Chelsea fans celebrate behind Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in April 2014. “Looking back, I didn’t hide it well, did I? But that’s me. You could see the pure ecstasy when I was at the top end of the dream. But the low moments? I’m not one who could put on the poker face. I never have been.”last_img read more


first_imgA north Donegal man will be sentenced in April after today pleading guilty to abusing seven victims over a 16-year period.The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court today to 14 counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and rape between 1984 and 2000 in both Donegal and Dublin. Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that the Co Donegal man be immediately registered as a sex offender. The child rapist was then remanded on continuing bail until he is sentenced on April 15.Victim impact reports will be prepared for the sentencing hearing, the judge was told.The child rapist cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims.DONEGAL MAN ADMITS SEX ABUSE OF SEVEN VICTIMS was last modified: February 18th, 2013 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:DONEGAL MAN ADMITS SEX ABUSE OF SEVEN VICTIMSlast_img read more


first_imgThe emergency services are at the scene of a three car smash in Inishowen.The accident happened at about 3.30pm at Aught outside Muff.It is understood one of the cars has been badly damaged in the crash. There are three ambulances and Gardai at the scene.However it is not known if there are any serious injuries to those involved.One eye-witness told Donegal Daily that one of the cars looks to be badly damaged.“IT looks pretty bad but I can’t tell if anyone is injured. One of the cars is in a right mess and there are three ambulances there. “Hopefully nobody is seriously injured but it does look pretty bad,” said the man.EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF THREE CAR SMASH was last modified: December 5th, 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:AughtcrashInishowenmufflast_img read more

A holiday gift for widow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Abramson gave Aquila the good news via speakerphone. The workers who crowded the conference room listened in, wearing huge smiles and dabbing at tears as Aquila, a recent widow and mother of two, talked with Abramson. The staff had gathered for a monthly meeting – dining on pizza to celebrate a profitable month – and to hear the stories of those nominated for the painting services. Abramson read letters about families and one nonprofit organization in need, but became tearful and was unable to finish Terry and Linda Bundy’s story of Aquila, their neighbor in Acton. “Just last month, Carlos, her husband of 20 years, died suddenly of a heart attack,” the letter read. “He was only 40 years old. … She is left to raise their 9-year-old daughter and their 16-year-old son.” Carlos Aquila was stricken as he was driving about a block from the family home. His car swerved into a parked car and his son and a friend pulled him from his car and called 911. He died at a hospital. “There wasn’t even a chance to say goodbye,” the Bundys wrote. The four runners-up in the contest each received a few votes, but about three-quarters of the crew marked the index card on the bulletin below the copy of the Bundys’ letter. “This would be something nice for her, her husband passed away,” Engelbert Barrientos said after casting his vote. “It’s Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for. It’s nice to be able to help someone else.” Aquila, a faceless voice on speakerphone, was clearly stunned as Abramson explained how her story had touched him, his employees and a representative from Dunn-Edwards, which will donate the paint. Work will begin in January. “This is God’s work, through you guys,” she said, quite evidently holding back tears. Thank you so much. My children thank you. God bless you guys.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Josh Abramson’s eyes usually don’t fill with tears when he leads staff meetings at his Valencia painting company. But Wednesday’s gathering of some two dozen employees and others in the upstairs conference room at A. Albright Painting was special. The crew had gathered to hear about the five top nominees for a company contest – $5,000 worth of painting services for a deserving household – and to vote for the winner. “Oh, my God!” cried Sylvia Aquila of Acton, reached by phone after employees decided she would be the recipient of the company’s donation. last_img read more

Ship quick or pay up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Still have holiday gifts to ship? Better move quickly if you want to avoid the highest shipping fees and still make sure the gifts arrive by next Sunday, which is both Christmas and Hanukkah’s start. One survey found that at more than a third of Web retailers, the deadline for guaranteed delivery by Christmas with standard shipping charges has passed, and higher expedited rates now apply. (Exceptions include Best Buy, with a Monday deadline for regular fees.) “If you like to leave shopping for the last minute, you’re going to spend a lot more for that luxury,” says Helen Malani, chief shopping expert for People shipping gifts on their own may have a bit more time to get the best rates. The U.S. Postal Service says customers should ship Christmas gifts via its two-tothree- day Priority Mail service no later than Wednesday. Act earlier to be safe. Friday is the last possible day for its Express Mail service, which offers overnight delivery “to most areas.” The tab for going “Express”: a 10-lb. package shipped from New York to Los Angeles costs $37.50, versus $19.20 by Priority Mail, says Expect to pay a big premium to ship past midweek. FedEx guarantees delivery by Christmas on most gifts shipped by Thursday, a spokeswoman says. Those who wait until then, however, could pay $90 or more for a 10-lb. package being sent from New York to Los Angeles. United Parcel Service’s Next-Day air delivery can be used through Friday to deliver gifts to some sites that offer Saturday delivery, though it can cost more than $90 for a 10-lb. package and is generally only an option in major metropolitan areas. In most other areas, the deadline is Thursday for delivery Friday.last_img read more

SAB first with UV purification

first_imgSouth African Breweries is pioneeringthe use of UV-C purification foringredients in its fruit alcohol brands.(Image: SABMiller) The company has introduced the Surepuretechnology in its Chamdor plant, westof Johannesburg.(Image: DesignMind) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve MillerMarketing executive, Surepure+27 21 526 2580 • Azure JannekerSpokesperson, SABMiller+27 11 881 8679 or +27 79 505 6966 RELATED ARTICLES • Brewing up a global brand • No headaches for wine lovers • Brewery spreads African reach • Top award for SA World Cup can • SABMiller turns to biogasShamin ChibbaNext time you chug a local cider, be assured that you are doing your bit for the environment at the same time.South African Breweries (SAB) has recently switched to a new technology known as ultraviolet (UV) photosterilisation to purify raw ingredients for its line of fruit alcohol drinks.The technology, which is patented worldwide by Swiss-based company SurePure, uses light instead of heat in the purification process.It replaces the traditional pasteurisation process, which heats a liquid to a specific temperature and holds it there for a fixed period, then cools it quickly to eliminate harmful micro-organisms. The temperature and time vary according to the desired shelf life.By using light rather than heat, companies will save water and energy and reduce their carbon footprint. The technology also takes up less floor space than the equipment needed for pasteurisation, and is more cost-effective.Surepure, which has a branch in Cape Town, has seen its technology used in South Africa since 2009, to purify selected brands of wine.Whereas brewers have used UV technology to purify water, SAB is said to be the first manufacturer to use it for the actual production process. As a result, the company has already saved on energy to the tune of 82%, and anticipates that figure to rise to 94%.The brewery is currently using the purifier for its popular Brutal Fruit, Sarita and Redd’s brands. However, it is not yet known whether it will use it for beers.According to Steve Miller, SurePure South Africa’s marketing executive, SAB opted for their technology as the company was looking to save energy and water.“SAB looked at ultraviolet light as an alternative to heat. We were put up against two international competitors and we were deemed the most likely to succeed [in providing the best purification technology].”SAB chose SurePure, said Miller, because of its superior efficacy, and because the SurePure UV-C technology is the only one that can be applied both to water and to turbid liquids.Miller said the technology will be used in the brewer’s Chamdor plant, west of Johannesburg, and may be used in other plants outside the country, too.Besides the other advantages, the technology offers SAB the opportunity for new marketing claims for premium products, and allows the brewer to make new products with more profit margin.The SurePure system is competitively priced compared to the pasteurising equivalent but added that utility savings will allow the brewer to quickly recover costs.Light replaces heatUV-C, or germicidal UV, light is highly effective at penetrating the thin cell walls of bacteria and viruses in liquids or on the skin, and is able to alter their genetic material, eventually killing them. Organisms are also unable to develop immumnity to UV-C.However, if you are worried that the organisms inside your bottle of cider may pose a threat to your health, rest assured. According to Miller, DNA has a short lifespan and the organism will soon die if it can’t replicate.“The DNA is effectively neutered. There are no negative consequences for the drinker so you know you are getting a good, palatable drink.”SurePure’s sterilisation potential to be globalAccording to SurePure’s press statement, the application was developed specifically for SAB in South Africa. It was stated that its parent company, brewing giant SABMiller, is able to globalise the technology but does not have exclusive use of it.Miller said that the technology has the potential to go global and added that they are already in talks with another large brewing conglomerate.“Given that most global brewers also enjoy significant carbonated soft drink interests where this technology is hugely applicable, we have no doubt that these companies will find this technology interesting and commercially exciting.last_img read more

Kackley joins Farm Bureau staff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andrea Kackley has been named organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau in Morgan, Muskingum, Perry and Washington Counties. She will work with the county Farm Bureaus to address issues important to members and their communities.Kackley is a native of Guernsey County where she participated in 4-H and FFA. She graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in agribusiness and applied economics. While at Ohio State, she was an undergrad research assistant with the Farm Income Enhancement Program. Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Kackley was a legal analyst for Kohrman, Jackson and Krantz. She is a member of the Columbus Young Professionals Club and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at read more