Public Sector employees complete Spanish programme

first_imgJust over 30 Public Sector employees completed the fourth edition of Spanish as a foreign language course conducted by Professor Hernán Pons.Ambassador of Chile, Claudio RojasThis programme falls under a cultural agreement signed by the Agency for International Cooperation of Chile and the Foreign Service Institute through the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Delivering the feature address, at the closing ceremony, Chilean Ambassador to Guyana, Claudio Rojas commended the public officials for their participation, noting that it would be beneficial in their respective fields.Ambassador Rojas expressed optimism in being able to expand the efforts to promote Spanish as a foreign language. “The essence of the efforts that Chile has made with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana is to bring about the importance of Spanish language and to open the participants’ interest in the Spanish language and Chilean culture,” Rojas said.According to the Chilean Ambassador, there will be continued support with regard to the programme since it adds to the strengthening of the relationship between Guyana and his homeland.Ambassador Ronald Austin, Director of the Foreign Service Institute, noted that mastering a second language was a useful tool for public officials to possess.“… you will be able to acquire the elements and complexities of the Spanish language to use it at the professional level in Guyana and to ensure that the country is no longer a mono-cultural region,” the Ambassador added.The participants were selected from the Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, Legal Affairs, and Social Protection Ministries along with those from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) among others.last_img read more

St Joseph Mercy Hospital enhances diagnostic services

first_img– announces alliance with NexGen PathologyThe St Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has entered into a partnership with a Caribbean laboratory facility that will vastly enhance the hospital’s capacity to provide timely diagnosis and value-based medical care to its patients.This week, the Hospital’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Deborrah Ramsay announced the Hospital’s agreement with Trinidad-based NexGen Pathology, a fully CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited laboratory that specialises in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics and Genetic studies.Ramsay disclosed that the new partnership with NexGen will expand and improve the hospital’s medical diagnostic services, since it gives SJMH direct access to the acclaimed laboratory’s cutting edge technology.The Deputy CEO indicated that the collaboration with NexGen Pathology is a key element of the Hospital’s strategic focus on constantly upgrading the quality of its medical services to fulfil its core mission of promoting good health and well-being while maintaining meaningful bonds with the medical community, patients and the communities it serves.Giving a brief overview of what the partnership entails, CEO and Founder of NexGen Pathology, Dr Wesley Greaves, explained that a main component of the laboratory’s services is surgical pathology, which involves diagnosing surgical specimens, including breast biopsies and skin biopsies.“If someone did a surgical procedure for a tumour and the tumour needs diagnosis, then it would need to go to the pathology lab to be diagnosed. That is a basic service that will be provided,” he explained.Dr Greaves noted that the Caribbean has a history of lacking skilled human resources in terms of internationally trained pathologists to provide specialist services. However, the partnership will allow SJMH to benefit from the expertise of NexGen Pathology’s four American board-certified pathologists.Dr Greaves said the facility also has sub-specialty pathologists trained in hematopathology, gastrointestinal, liver and breast pathology.He added that while SJMH has its own onsite laboratory, NexGen Pathology will provide a comprehensive range of laboratory services, some of which are not done at SJMH.According to Dr Greaves, who is a specialist in Molecular Genetics Pathology, NexGen Pathology is also a strong provider of DNA testing, which is not widely available in the Caribbean.“We know that St Joseph Mercy has a particular tradition and is recognised here in Guyana for their level of services. We think that we can definitely find common ground in terms of our desire to provide the best possible health care to patients who most need it,” he said.NexGen Pathology’s Chief Operating Officer and co-founder, Andrea Richardson, a Guyanese who is resident in Trinidad, anticipates tremendous benefits from the relationship.“I think that Mercy Hospital is a pillar in the community and wants to add to what they currently do. I think only great things can come from this relationship,” she said.Richardson said the NexGen liaison significantly boosts SJMH’s capabilities.last_img read more

100 mothers honoured for role in Region 5’s education system

first_imgSome 100 mothers were honoured by the Education Department, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), for their significant contributions to the education system in the region through their involvement in the life of their child.The event was held under the theme: “Paradise lies at the feet of mothers” and hosted at the Latchmansingh Primary School.Mothers gathered at the Latchmansingh Primary SchoolDelivering the feature address was the Ministry’s Technical Officer, Simone Wills, who in her address commended the region for boasting an outstanding parental partnership in the school system. She further noted that parents who show an interest in the curricula and educational methods are more able to assist their children with home assignments and monitor their study habits.“Three ways of providing such mutual exchange are open lines of communication, maintain the house-school connection and tackle problems constructively and collectively…Family involvement in students’ learning cannot be overemphasised. Parents unquestionably are considered the most important stakeholders, since they share a common interest and investment in their children’s learning,” Wills explained.Meanwhile, the region’s Welfare Officer, Gloria Davidson-James said that over the past years the welfare section of the Department of Education has conducted truancy campaigns and counselled children with behavioural issues throughout the region.According to Davidson, the initiative to honour mothers began two years ago when it was discovered that parental involvement was minimal across the region. She said that through consultation, it was decided that there should be a competition to encourage parents to become more involved in the academic lives of their children.Additionally, Regional Education Officer, Deon Lyn Lewis-Clarke said that parents are required to teach children good behavioural practices. Adding that parents need to ensure that their children attend school regularly and punctually.According to the REDO, the parents honoured yesterday should feel privileged to be selected from a larger group of parents. She told the mothers that their involvement in the education system means a lot for the growth of the respective schools, community and the country as a whole.Among the criteria considered when choosing the parents to be honoured are regular attendance to Parent Teachers Association meetings and being a motivator to their children, other children and parents of the school.last_img read more

Datebook

first_imgTUESDAY Communicating with medical professionals program, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Belmont Village, 2051 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Reservations: (323) 874-7711. Glendale City Council will meet, 6 p.m., 613 E. Broadway. Call (818) 548-4844. San Fernando Rose Society will meet, 7:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Recreation Room, 9501 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. Event includes guest speaker. Call (818) 893-1074. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Program on how to get a good night’s sleep, 7:30-8:30 p.m., DeSesa Chiropractic, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0429. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PERFORM ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ AT CONWAL CHURCH TODAY

first_imgPICTURE: With the kind permission of John Soffe (www.johnsoffe.com) Check his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnSoffePhotography),THE Donegal Chamber Orchestra will today perform the “world première” of a new six-movement piece ‘The Inishowen Set’ especially composed for the string ensemble by John McLachlan.The internationally esteemed Dublin born composer who lives in Redcastle has been working over the past few weeks with the orchestra ahead of today’s 3pm performance at Conwal Parish Church in Letterkenny.Since 2010 the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s ensemble has successfully worked with one Irish composer per season, promoting new music and commissioning new pieces for their repertory. Ian Wilson, Derek Ball and Elaine Agnew were involved in music making with DCO in previous seasons. John McLachlan is a freelance composer who is also active in the representation and promotion of Irish composers. He has had many articles on contemporary music published in various journals.The Donegal Chamber Orchestra features classical string players from across county Donegal and is dedicated to helping students and amateur musicians achieve the highest level of excellence in performance.The Orchestra was founded in 2006 by Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin resource tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the ensemble).For their February today in Conwal Parish Church, they will perform John McLachlan’s ‘The Inishowen Set’ conducted by the composer himself who also will introduce his new piece to the audience. The program will also include Karl Jenkin’s Palladio, Hindemith’s Five Pieces for Strings Op. 44, Mascagni’s Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Britten’s Simple Symphony Op. 4, Tchaikovsky’s Elegy for string orchestra and Bartók’s Ten pieces “For Children“ Sz. 39 arranged for strings by Leo Weiner.This concert is presented by the Donegal Chamber Music Society as part of their Sunday afternoon concert series “Sundays in Conwal” in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership. A recital of about 45 minutes of music. Admissions € 10/5. Tickets will be available at the door. For further information, (074) 9176293 / musiceducation@donegaletb.ie DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PERFORM ‘WORLD PREMIERE’ AT CONWAL CHURCH TODAY was last modified: February 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Conwal Parish Churchdonegal chamber orchestraJohn McLachlanlast_img read more

Deputies watch out for jaywalkers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The $330 million busway is slated to open Oct. 29, with 60-foot articulated buses providing a one-way trip in about 40 minutes. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has prepared by tripling its presence in the Valley, with round-the-clock patrols by motor deputies, cruisers and a horse-mounted posse. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is manning 24-hour surveillance cameras at each of the dozen stops, with bus drivers trained to report any crime. Tickets have been issued to motorists making illegal right turns around busway intersections, and to pedestrians biking or jaywalking along the busway, which officials ask be treated like rail tracks. So far, undercover deputies have arrested 17 taggers for graffiti. “Our motto is a tradition of service – and we’ll do whatever it takes to give transit riders protection,” said Capt. Dan Finkelstein, head of the department’s Transit Services Bureau, which patrols the Metrolink and MTA systems. After homeowners expressed concern about a potential “crime alley” created between 12-foot soundwalls and the residents’ backyards, the MTA installed climb-averse gates along the route. Residents – once worried about crime, vagrants and blight potentially caused by the busway – are taking a wait-and-see approach. “We all feel that the MTA, the Sheriff’s Department and the MTA have a handle on the situation,” said Armineh Chelebian of the Winnetka Neighborhood Council committee on transportation. “Let’s give ’em a chance.” The Sheriff’s Department, which also patrols other bus routes across the Valley, issues up to 200 tickets a week to bus passengers involved mostly in fights or disputes with bus drivers. As part of a nearly $5 million-a-year contract with the MTA to patrol the Orange Line, the Sheriff’s Department has increased its Valley force from 16 to 42 deputies, with six cruisers and two motorbikes each shift. In addition, the department added 12 fare checkers and 10 reservists for weekend mounted patrols. A crisis intervention team, a deputy paired with a nurse, was formed to relocate the homeless. At the Balboa station at Balboa and Victory boulevards, Deputies Sands and Joe Byrd say they’ve gotten a warm welcome, despite the tickets. “It’s really cool,” said Byrd, who once patrolled downtown. “We’re so used to seeing people turn their backs on us. But out in the Valley, people wave at us. “For the most part, they’ve accepted the Orange Line has come through their city.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO – Sheriff’s deputies have cracked their ticket books along the Orange Line, clearing the route of scofflaws before the busway debuts later this month. As they ride along the 14-mile route between Warner Center and North Hollywood, the first motorcycle deputies assigned to the San Fernando Valley are gunning for offenders. “There’s a ticket,” said motor Deputy John “Jay” Sands, spotting a lawbreaking motorist Wednesday as he straddled a BMW police bike at the Balboa Metro Line station in Encino. “When people see L.A. County motors, they pay attention. We’re trying to send the message that this is a dedicated bus system – and violators will be cited.” last_img read more

May 7, Glenn Harsh

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We probably have 15% of our corn in the ground and right at 10% of our beans are planted. It is going well because the cover crops are growing and are 6 or 7 inches high in most fields. That is a nice height to kill them off. We have good root systems and some above ground growth but the cover crops are not too big and taking things over. We are killing them off as we are planting, either the day before or right after, and planting into them green. We started planting corn May 2 with the first round in the field to get the planter set. Then it rained and we really got back at it on May 5. We have been moving along in between rainstorms since then. It planted really nicely and the soil temperatures on May 2 were around 50 to 55 degrees. On May 5 they were more in the 60-degree range. Yesterday afternoon in the black ground was 77 degrees. I put SmartFirmers on my planter and they tell me what the temperature is when I am going through the field and that is what they were showing yesterday. Our rains have been a tenth or two. We don’t want to go to hard because we have to stop to let the surface dry out after those rains. The rains have not been so big to keep us out for multiple days, though, and we could get back in pretty quickly. I think we’ll get this crop up and started in a good way this year.last_img read more

Confirmed, Facebook Automatically Bans Users: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgTags:#Government#international#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, Facebook has a “crowd-sourced” way of handling complaints. If a certain number of users register complaints against another user, that user is automatically banned and his or her profile is locked down. We were told by a public relations representative, Simon Axten, that “(t)he assumptions made in the blog post are false.” (We weren’t really assuming, but OK.) “We don’t take any action on a user report until it has been investigated by our professional reviewers, and they have positively identified a violation of our policies.” This is contradicted by the facts as we know them. First, Sarah Roy, Facebook’s public relations specialist in France, told our French editor, Fabrice Epelboin, that the bans were automated. Second, Epelboin’s account was in fact blocked. A group of Islamists have been targeting persons they find offensive and using this method to silence them. Fabrice has been a target a couple of times. See the latest below, where he was blocked automatically. He wrote to Axten after this happen and Facebook acknowledged that, “(i)t’s possible there was a mistake.” Well, that’s one way to put it. If it’s a mistake it has a long history now of being consistently made. It may well be that it is a negative effect of Facebook’s crowd-sourced block policy. More on the background from ReadWriteWeb and ReadWriteWeb France (in translation from the French).The Facebook page devoted to targeting people for blockingTurkey sentences student to year in jail for Facebook. “The 4th Magistrate Criminal Court in Eski?ehir in north-western Turkey sentenced 22-year-old Erdem Büyük to imprisonment of 11 months because the university student posted a caricature of Büyük?ehir Mayor Yilmaz Büyüker?en on the social networking website Facebook.” The U.S. notion of the offended party in a libel suite needing to prove malice, and guilt, is rare globally. The court deferred the sentence for five years. If the student commits a similar crime, the sentence will begin. A pretty clever way to ensure cooperation.Facebook users in Columbia use the social networking site for violence. Antanas Mockus, a candidate for president in Columbia, and Jerome Uribe, the son of the current president, have both been issued death threats via Facebook. A Facebook page called “I promise to kill Antanas Mockus before the 30th of May” has been shut down and Colombian anti-terror police are investigating. China to force all internet users to register names before posting. “A report in yesterday’s issue of China Daily quotes Wang Chen, the minister of the State Council Information Office, as saying the authorities were ‘exploring an identity authentication system’ for users of online forums. Internet users are currently required to register before posting comments on these site but they can use a pseudonym to post. Wang said that, after preventing anonymous posting on major news portals and commercial websites, the aim now was to extend the system to online forums and chat websites.Thailand interrogates U.S. citizen, and the U.S. government allows it. “Anthony Chai, an American citizen from California, was interrogated by Thai officials in Thailand and again later in the U.S. for allegedly insulting the monarchy in 2006. Originally from Thailand, Chai was granted US citizenship in the late 1970s. He faces possible arrest if he returns to Thailand…In 2006, Thai officials also contacted the company who hosted the website where comments about the Thai king were traced to Chai’s business computer. It is believed that Chai’s IP address was provided by the web hosting company without his knowledge. In response, the U.S.-based hosting company shut down the website.” Thailand uses lese majeste laws to harass opponents. U.S. state of Washington okays library censorship. “A Washington state supreme court issued a decision…supporting a public library’s decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that such filtering could be considered ‘collection development.’” This could provide a precedent for a library developing a collection that excluded, say, a political party or historical material on slavery. Chávez’s Twitter reaches almost 350,000. After calling it “terrorism,” the Venezuelan president’s three week-old Twitter account now has just shy of 350K followers. Number one with a bullet in Venezuela. Chávez has never been known as a big fan of conversation – more of making pronunciamientos– so Twitter doesn’t seem like it will loosen him up much, especially given he follows only five accounts: a pro-Chávez newspaper, two political allies, his own party and of course Fidel Castro. Russia arrests Islamic convert blogger. “Ethnic Russian convert to Islam Alexei Dudko was arrested around May 5 and has been kept locked, away from lawyers and relatives. His blog was mainly focusing on the events in Ingushetia in the North Caucasus, but also general events in Russia attracted his attention. He kept his real name in strict secret and, according to some sources, his arrest came days after his name somehow surfaced in the internet. Needless to say, that the person was very critical of the Russian authorities.”Britain finds Twitter bomb joker guilty. “Paul Chambers, who Monday was found guilty of tweeting ‘a message by means of a public electronic message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character contrary to the Communications Act 2003.’” He was fined 1,000 pounds and now has a criminal record, for Tweeting he would bomb his local airport if it didn’t get its act together and clean up the runway in a week so he could visit his girlfriend. Stupid, but deemed non-threatening by the security personnel of the airport in question. Yemen sentences online editor to year in jail. “The former editor of the Sanaa Press website and owner of the newspaper Al-Tajdid, Al-Leswas was convicted by Judge Mansur Al-Sha’e of the Sanaa special court for press and publication offenses on 2 May for articles about alleged corruption within the Al-Bayda province power company…On 3 May, the day after the trial, the Mukhabarat (intelligence services) arrested Abdelsalam Mutabaq, the editor of the Al-Bayda Press website, for calling for Al-Leswas’ release. After being held in a Mukhabarat detention centre, he was transferred to Al-Bayda’s main prison. ” Al-Leswas has fought harassment for years. He’s a brave guy. Anyone who works in journalism in Yemen can be nothing less. Uzbekistand tries to erase the Andijan massacre. Five years ago President Islam Karimov ordered Uzbeki government troops to murder hundreds of protesters in the city of Andijan. They subsequently ejected all foreign journalists for writing about it, purged domestic journalists – even sending the president’s nephew, journalist Dzhamshid Karimov to a mental hospital – and blocked websites, which are still unavailable. Cuba reduces blogger’s sentence. Diana Virgen García was arrested and sentenced, in one day, to almost two years in prison for blogging. Her sentence was reduced to a fine of $12.Egypt bans Skype. There has been a “government ban, announced in March but mostly unnoticed until this week, on using Skype, the popular Internet phone program.” Egypt’s mobile phone carriers are prohibited from hosting Skype. Gizmodo warrant unsealed. The media suite to unseal the warrant used to seize computers and paperwork in the iPhone case has been successful. Kuwait arrests blogger/journalist. “Muhammad ‘Abd al-Qader al-Jasem voluntarily turned himself in to State Security officials on Monday, after being informed that a warrant for his arrest had been prepared.” Kuwait’s Prime Minister Al Sabah has filed five defamation complaints against him in court and another person close to the PM filed another 10. Smacks of harassment. Al-Jasem was on bail on appeal for a six month sentence for defamation. He said he would not stop posting his articles. Indian blogger arrested. K.V. Shine was arrested in Kerala state for “denigrating the Nair community especially the Nair women.” Sounds like a tool, for sure. But arrests of this nature make arrests for outright political goals much, much easier. Facebook screen shot from Fabrice EpelboinMockus photo from Smoreno2007Arabic script all that is left from Sanaa Presslast_img read more

Turning Objections to a Green Project Into an Opportunity

first_imgThe McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity, in Oregon, had guided its proposed 35-unit affordable-housing development through a design process that strongly emphasizes energy conservation and makes efficient use of the subdivision’s 3.47 acres. The energy efficiency, affordability, and layout of the community have won praise from most people who have studied the project.Including those who oppose it.Designed by Matt Daby, of M.O. Daby Design, the subdivision required a zoning change because of its relatively high density, according to an article posted recently by the Daily Journal of Commerce, which serves the Portland area, including McMinnville, located not quite 50 miles to the southwest. The project was narrowly approved last year by the McMinnville City Council, but residents who live near the proposed project site worry that it is too dense and have since appealed the approval to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals.A potential benefit to the delayDaby told the DJC that the design is intended to “take Passive House ideas, one of the strictest building standards, and push them to see if we can make affordable houses, built by volunteers, without turning to crazy materials to make it happen.”City Councilman Kevin Jeffries, who said he voted against the proposal because residents would be exposed to excessive noise from nearby highways and would have difficultly traveling to other parts of town because of the development’s density, nonetheless praised the design. “The design itself I thought was really beautiful, and for energy conservation, I thought they were really progressive,” Jeffries said.McMinnville Area Habitat’s executive director, Gretchen Phelps, does not share Jeffries’ concerns, said the proposed site is a “great location,” and seems willing to persevere. It also turns out that as the appeals process got underway, Habitat was already building a single-family home with an insulated slab foundation and 14-in.-thick walls designed to minimize the building’s energy needs. Its construction is serving as a teaching tool for Habitat, and it could well serve as a model for the 35-unit subdivision. “We’re aiming for the most energy-efficient homes we can get while balancing that with affordability,” Phelps told DJC.last_img read more