May/June rainy seasonAs the rainy season approaches, vendors of the Merriman Mall are fearful of what their plight might be, given that the newly-rehabilitated structure is more susceptible to flooding.Among the issues faced by the vendors, flooding was high on the agenda since it has been established that after light downpours, the tarmac and the stalls flood quite easily.This was according to one of the vendors who told Guyana Times that only last week following the rains, some of the stalls were flooded, causing the vendors much inconvenience as they were forced to pack their goods at an elevated level to avoid contamination.During that recent incident, there were also few sales since persons had refused to enter the environs of the market which had a substantial amount of water even though there was not much rain.Following the complaints by the vendors on that day, the Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, Sherrod Duncan, along with the Vice Chairman of the Market and Public Health Committee, Lionel Jaikaran, had visited the Mall and were engaged in discussions with the vendors.According to the vendor, Duncan had promised to return the following day to meet with the vendors and also to provide engineers to look at the issues that were facing the vendors.However, she said that this was not completed and they had not since heard from the Deputy Mayor or the Vice Chairman.The woman said that it would be for the benefit of the vendors and customers if the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) would place a little more emphasis on the conditions surrounding vending at the Merriman Mall, especially the infrastructure.She appealed for the Deputy Mayor to return to the site so that work can be completed in an effort to combat the anticipated effects of the rainy weather.The vendors had reported a number of additional problems that have been plaguing the smooth flow of business in the area.Another vendor reported that the overall structure was poor and prohibited business to its fullest capacity.The vendors believe the high walls of the stalls prevent the display of their goods to potential customers and do not fit the ideals of a marketplace.It was reported that the M&CC had promised to have the walls reduced in size in the near future, but there was no indication of when this would be done.With the special Market and Public Health Committee that has been established to review the conditions of market facilities across Guyana, vendors have renewed hope of improvement in the conditions under which they earn their livelihood.
Mrs. Williametta Porte, a long time teacher and seamstress who served for several decades in Gbarnga, Bong County, died at the ELWA Hospital on Monday, February 29. She was 86.Mrs. Porte was the widow of Mr. Rameses Porte of Crozierville, Montserrado County, who in 1944 migrated with his parents, Moses and Ariminta Porte, from Crozierville, Montserrado County, to Gbarnga, then Central Province, now Bong County. Rameses remained in Gbarnga and became an agricultural technician and one of the people who built the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in that city.Young Williametta Clarke, who hailed from Hartford, Grand Bassa County, was chosen by Rameses’ mother, Mrs. Ariminta Porte, during a visit to Grand Bassa, to be her son’s wife. Williametta and Rameses were married on December 16, 1953 in Hartford. He then took his bride to Gbarnga where they were blessed with six children—four daughters and two sons—whom they raised in Gbarnga.Williametta taught at Gbarnga’s Gboveh High School, at the M.V. Massaquoi School, St. Martin’s Catholic School and the J.F. Clarke Kindergarten School, where she served from 1973 to 1990.Mrs. Williametta Beatrice Clarke Porte was born in Hartford, Grand Bassa County, on August 7, 1930, the third of nine children of William Burgess Clarke and his wife, Mrs. Williametta Clarke.According to son Rameses Porte, Jr., survivors include six children: Mrs. Everette Ferguson; Mrs. Ariminta Gbaba; Ms. Saretta Porte; Mrs. Vida Ncube; Rameses and Alonzo Porte; two sisters: Mrs. Ethel Bernard, mother of the late Counselor Toye C. Bernard, and Mrs. Gladys Quoi; and a brother, Stanford Clarke; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several foster children, including Hawa Porte, Mrs. Grace Cole and Korpo Weefer; and many other relatives. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
RHRAP participants pose for photo after the training. Lorma Baysah, executive director of Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP), a non-governmental organization, has embarked on a week-long awareness campaign to educate residents on the impact of gold mining activities in the country.A release issued on Sunday, September 9 by Mr. Baysah, said the awareness, which is funded by Liberian United to Serve Humanity (LUSH) Cosmetics Charitable Giving Program, is intended to inform and advocate for residents on the social and environmental issues affecting areas like Kingjor Township, Gola Konneh District in Grand Cape Mount County, as a result of extensive gold mining.Baysah said RHRAP is currently carrying on a situation analysis and working session with community people, who are largely affected by the mining activities. The session, which was held on Thursday, September 6, in Kinjor Town, was attended by 36 community representatives.RHRAP, is a human rights and peace organization that was established in December 1997 by a group of activists who believed that the message of human rights should be spread into the rural areas so as to educate rural inhabitants on issues of human rights, peace and social developments. It is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization.“The results of our findings, including recommendations from both RHRAP and the affected communities, will be presented to national government for redress. The second aspects of RHRAP’s initiative is to educate community residents on how to take precaution when using chemicals that are used for gold mining, in order to save the lives of not only the present residents but generations to come,” said Baysah.He said the pilot project will last for seven months, including stakeholder engagement to find a solution to the plight of residents of the mining community.“In the coming months, RHRAP will engage various civil society coalitions, relevant government ministries and agencies, to dialogue for concrete resolution of the community’s plights,” Baysah added.He said the issue of transparency and accountability remains a serious threat to the country’s mineral sector, which is something the government needs to take seriously.He further said that corrupt practices, coupled with human rights violations and abuses, including environmental pollution and the destruction of the ecosystem, are some of the key challenges facing survivors of indigenous communities at the gold mines.According to Baysah, there is a lack of participation of extractive community residents, and information concerning agreements/contracts signed between companies and the Government of Liberia (GoL) remains hidden to most citizens, including those that are greatly affected by extractive operations, making it difficult for them to monitor the compliance to contracts as well as Corporate Social Responsibility.Therefore, extractive communities residents need to be informed online about both the negative and positive impacts of mining prior to extractive company’s operation and whether they are done in line with international best practices.Baysah said cyanide and other chemicals are usually used in the extraction and purification of gold, which leads to water and soil pollution, causing health hazard for community residents.It can be recalled that residents of Bong County suffered the aftermath of cyanide spillage, which polluted several creeks in the area operated by MNG Gold mining concession.Some of the chemical spill included cyanide, mercury and lead, which are highly dangerous to community residents, their water source and flora and fauna.MNG Mining Limited took over from the American-Liberian Mining Company (AmLib) in 2013. The company began mining gold on August 28, 2015, with a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the EPA, the company did not follow best practices aimed at averting environmental pollution.Additionally, this paper also reported in it’s July 17, 2018 edition that the management of Bea Mountain Mining Corporation was fined US$99,999 by the EPA for alleged cyanide spillage in its operation area, claiming the company was not given due diligence during the investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Voodoo Venue Letterkenny is at it again with its management delivering another super line-up of entertainment for all your club revellers to enjoy.It really has become the ENTERTAINMENT HQ for the North West.FRIDAY one of Donegal’s best cover bands Humble Earth Worms are welcomed back from 11pm to 1am followed by Kevin Lennon till late . Voodoo Venue also presents DJ Paddy Friel in main club from 11.30pm admission €5 with a free cocktail to all ladies before 12.30 am.SATURDAY it’s UNSTABLE in Voodoo lounge with COOL FM’s Katherine Wilson in the club. Vintage presents Daithai Ramsey from 11pm.To book your table email firstname.lastname@example.orgVintage open from 9pm and is FREE until 11pm. Sunday it’s Honky Tonk Heroes in Voodoo lounge from 5pm with EKLIPSE on stage from 10.30.Voodoo Venue -something for everyone this weekend‘COOL’ LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEKEND AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: July 4th, 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:home-page featuresHumble EarthwormsnewsVOODOO VENUE: Entertainment
Minister Joe McHugh TD has welcomed a funding boost for Killybegs totalling €1.15M, with a further funding going to Donegal County Council.Simon Coveney TD has released the full details of a €17.8m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network.Commenting on the announcement, Minister McHugh “We have received confirmation today from Minister Coveney that Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre (FHC) is to receive €1.15Million in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and marine. “This money will go directly towards specific works needed at the centre, including: improvement works to Shipyard Entrances (€40,000); Small Craft Harbour – Phase 2 (€700,000); Provision of additional bollards (€60,000); Smooth Point Pier Extension – studies and preparation (€175,000); Power Outlets – Boatyard (€40,000).“In addition to this funding, there will also be €1,500,000 given to Local Authorities across the country for ‘Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure’ and €1,400,000 for ‘Local Authority Storm Damage’.“There are serious demands at present across Ireland to ensure that rural areas of the country and the importance of these areas are not overlooked or left behind as the country begins to find it’s economic feet again.“Today’s announcement goes towards this objective, by acknowledign the key role the fishing industry plays in Ireland and the importance of supporting that industry and those fishermen and communities who work so hard to keep it going and thrive.” Minister Coveney said: “This is a significant level of investment in Ireland’s publicly owned fisheries and local harbour network. It will continue the implementation of this Governments strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast, benefitting a broad cohort of stakeholders including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, marine tourism and leisure and the wider rural coastal communities.” McHUGH WELCOMES €1.15M FUNDING FOR KILLYBEGS HARBOUR CENTRE was last modified: March 13th, 2015 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:funding boostJoe McHughKillybegs
West London Pole Vault squad member Steph Broomhead, from Harrow, showed her potential again with victory at the England Athletics Under-15 and Under-17 Championships.She jumped 3.44 metres – setting a new championship record as well as a personal best – to further underline her place as the number one in her age group in the UK.It followed her recent triumph at the South of England Under-15 Championships, where she won with a then personal best of 3.36m.After that win West London Pole Vault coach, former British champion Ellie Spain, described her as “a dedicated, hardworking and talented young athlete – a testament to the fact that hard work plus ability equals success.”Click here for more information about West London Pole Vault.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Nollywood is Africa’s first economically viable film industry and one of the greatest explosions of popular culture ever seen on the continent. Nigerian film, long known for B-grade fare, is now producing high-quality movies able to compete internationally – allowing Africans to tell their own stories to the world.Lizelle BisschoffThe film industry of Nigeria has been described as one of the greatest explosions of popular culture that Africa has ever seen. It is the first economically self-sustainable film industry in Africa.Initially through the use of video technology, and now affordable digital technology, Nigeria produces more than 2000 films per year. The industry, popularly called Nollywood, is currently ranked as the second-largest in the world in terms of output after India’s Bollywood.Nollywood’s popularity has spread across the African continent, to the African diaspora in Europe, North America and Australia. It has even gone as far as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.Watch the trailer for October 1, the latest film by award-winning Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan:The appeal of homegrown stories and charactersBut it is in Africa that Nollywood has had the greatest impact. For African audiences who have for decades been fed imported films, the development of a local, homegrown film industry is hugely significant and important.The industry is an example of Africans being empowered to tell their own stories to the world and to each other, using their own creativity, platforms and experience.Nollywood’s popularity has spread across the continent and Nollywood films are watched all over Africa, from Kenya and Tanzania to Cameroon, Guinea and Togo. They are sometimes dubbed or translated through live interpretation at public screenings.The model has also been exported and adapted across the continent. Video-film industries have been emerging in many countries, including Riverwood in Kenya, Ugawood in Uganda and Bongowood in Tanzania. There are also similar industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.The most obvious explanation is that the films display familiar and recognisable cultural beliefs, lifestyles, traditions, societal and sociocultural structures, histories, settings and locations. Their themes and narratives tap into the fears, dreams and aspirations of audiences.Nollywood seems set to expand, grow and diversify along with audience tastes, viewing habits and the industry’s technological advancements. This is evident in the hugely popular Tanzanian video-film industry, Bongowood.Born out of adversityGoing back to the beginning, the seeds of Nollywood were planted in financial turmoil in the late 1980s. Nigeria was experiencing difficulties as a result of political unrest and measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.This economic climate made film-making on celluloid prohibitively expensive, and created a fertile ground for other, more affordable methods to develop. Nigerian businessman Kenneth Nnebue is generally credited with producing the first major Nollywood film, Living in Bondage (1992).The film follows the tale of a man who joins a secret cult and murders his wife in a ritual sacrifice to gain wealth. It is set within the thematic and stylistic characteristics of superstition, witchcraft, religion, the quest for upward mobility and melodrama in Lagos’s urban landscape.It explores corruption, love triangles and domestic disputes – all themes that have since been replicated in many Nollywood narratives.Watch Living in Bondage in full:Click here to watch Part 2 of Living in Bondage. From VHS to digitalSince the VHS industry of the 1990s, Nollywood has embraced digital technology. The industry captures the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigeria through the use of affordable and accessible technology. These are small-scale digital cameras, desktop editing software, and distribution primarily on DVD and video compact disc. These sell for around $2 per copy in Nigeria, and are watched at home, on street corners, in cineclubs or in video parlours.While the term Nollywood is generally used to refer to the entire industry, it is important to note that it is not unified. There is a great deal of diversity and many different variations. Different genres exist, including horror, melodrama, comedy and action, as well as language divisions. It also includes films in English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.Watch the 2002 comedy Aka Gum in full:Despite its enormous output, financing remains low, with the average budget for a Nollywood film being around $20 000 to $75 000 (around R270 000 to R1-million). The industry is often criticised for low production values. It is characterised by rapid turnaround times, the lack of script development, bad lighting and sound, low-budget special effects and amateur editing.Directors are mostly self-taught, and are often less important and lower down the Nollywood food chain than stars, producers and distributors. Distributors often act as producers.Despite all of this, the popularity of Nollywood demands film aficionados, scholars, festivals and cinema programmers take it seriously. A growing body of Nollywood scholarship has emerged over the past 15 years.From budget to blockbusterA number of Nollywood directors have started to make higher quality films. These are sometimes referred to as “New Nollywood”, New Nigerian Cinema, or the New Wave. These films are seen more widely than standard Nollywood fare and are accessible to non-African audiences. New Nollywood includes the work of directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Obi Emelonye, Jeta Amata, Stephanie Okereke and Mahmood Ali-Balogun.The budgets for these films have also increased considerably, ranging from $250,000 to $750,000 (R3.4-million to R10-milllion). The production cycles are also much longer. The New Nollywood films should therefore be recognised as very different from the low-budget video format films.Red-carpet premieres attracting huge audiences now take place regularly across the world from Nigeria to other African cities and urban centres with a big African diaspora. Film festivals internationally have also picked up on its huge popularity. Special programmes with a Nollywood focus have taken place in Paris, London and New York, among others.Nollywood can also be watched on pay-TV networks and free-to-air broadcasters across the continent and beyond. South Africa’s M-Net, which broadcasts across Africa, has channels dedicated to Nollywood. Intrepid distributors, mostly from the African diaspora, have created video-on-demand platforms for Nollywood. One example is the huge iROKOv. This has increased accessibility to African diaspora audiences.Even Netflix has acquired a number of Nigerian films, indicative of the platform’s realisation of Nollywood’s popularity and commercial potential across the world.Watch the trailer for the 2013 drama Finding Mercy, one of the Nollywood movies now available on Netflix:Lizelle Bisschoff is a Research Fellow in Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of GlasgowThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
In the short video below, Dr. Patricia Kuhl, professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences and co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, discusses the science of language acquisition as it relates to brain development in very young children. But what happens when a child has a disability? In the upcoming Family Development Early Intervention webinar on Nov. 3 entitled Quality Interactions Between Professionals and Families to Enhance Child Learning, our speaker Dr. Carol Trivette will discuss brain development and early language development and how providers can foster strong interactions between caregivers and children with disabilities to enhance child learning.Join us on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. EST for this great webinar. Details can be found on the event page.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos. Ph. D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.
View comments Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ