first_imgBrazilian Leonardo Neiva is yet to officially take up duties as head coach at the western Jamaica Premier League outfit Montego Bay United Football Club because he is yet to receive a work permit.This is a month after the announcement that the South American would have officially taken over as the new coach, following the departure of American Timothy Hankinson in November.Orville Powell, MoBay United’s owner, said Neiva’s paperwork is being processed and he hopes that it will be very soon.”The coach came here for us to really look at him. He didn’t come with a work permit as we did not know we would have wanted him. The authorities came by and we told them what it was all about and they told us to do the right thing, so we are doing the right thing,” Powell explained.”We have made the application now. All the documents are in order. We just have to wait until the approval, which is solely dependent on the Ministry [of Labour]. But it’s the [Christmas] season now, and we are mindful of how the holidays can slow a process, so we just have to wait and see how long,” he continued.In the live televised game on Monday night, MoBay United played away at Harbour View and the Brazilian was seen taking notes and even barking instructions to players from the sidelines until he was spoken to by one of the match officials at half-time.He was not seen after the break, but Powell thought his presence should be of no concern to the match officials.”I don’t know why the official should be concerned with him. He is not on the match card; there is no documentation that he is a part of the system. He is a spectator, so I don’t know why an official would want to say something to him,” Powell said.”But we have to be mindful because we blundered with him coming here. We overjumped the procedure, so we just have to correct that because we had the cart in front of the horse.”We are not blaming anybody. It’s our responsibility, and we just have to make it right,” he continued.Meanwhile, the team sits atop of the standings with 33 points from 18 games, the same as Portmore United, who have an inferior goal difference.”We really appreciate where we are, but we think we could have done better. It is not an easy league and the teams are coming at us, so we have to do a whole heap to maintain ourselves at the top.”last_img read more

first_imgHundreds of community members in Upper Careysburg and Kendeja in Montserrado County thronged the premises of their respective primary school campuses which are under Bridge Partnership to witness the opening ceremonies of the schools. The schools are among 24 others that are now under the supervision of the global education organization, Bridge International Academies, which now has a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Liberian government to bring a radical transformation to public education in the country. Bridge International Academies is among eight other partners supporting government in this initiative.At Upper Careysburg and Kendeja, residents across the eight counties where Bridge has operations, parents, teachers and students came out to attend the opening ceremonies of the Bridge Partnership Schools. The ceremonies were held barely five days to the reopening of schools for academic year 2016/2017. The Bridge partnership opening ceremonies came after months of intensive work the organization undertook by training over 300 teachers. Bridge launched a two week teacher training for the more than 300 teachers, who were already graduates of government-run teacher training institutes. Eighty-five of the teachers who completed Bridge’s two intensive trainings at the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) were already on government’s payroll. An additional 149 teachers, who participated in the training, were subsequently absorbed on government’s payroll after they were qualified following the training, which ran from July 28 to Augusts 12. During the dedicatory ceremonies euphoria was visible on the faces of hundreds of parents, teachers and students who gathered at the Upper Careysburg Public School for the program yesterday. The same reaction was witnessed across the counties including Bomi where communities were also excited and in high gear for the ceremony. Jefferson P. Jackson, vice principal for instruction at Upper Careysburg Public School told the gathering that the training he got from Bridge along with his friends has transformed the way he would present lessons as the school year begins. Jackson recounted, “For the past years, we have been teaching at this Upper Careysburg Primary School, never have we had access to technology in the way we deliver our lessons. During the recent two weeks’ training, we learned how to use technology to deliver our lessons, to prepare our lesson plans and to monitor the way the lessons are being delivered. I used to teach in this school. We have had many problems with lesson planning in the past. Teachers would forget their lesson plans and leave them at home and then it becomes a problem for the lesson during a particular day. Now going forward, we have our lessons being delivered to us through our teacher computers and our students can be assured of receiving quality education as the new school year begins.” Upper Careysburg Principal, George K. Commandine, appreciated the community for the level of support his team has received since returning from the training. One of the Bridge Partnership Teachers, George P. Blahpue, now assigned at the Upper Careysburg Public School added, “The enrolment here may be more than the school can accommodate. Parents have brought their children from other schools and have enrolled them at the Upper Careysburg Primary School. PTA Chairman, Daniel Logan said the community was proud to be host to a Bridge Partnership School, noting, “We are proud that you elected to work in our community. We will give you all the support you need to make sure that our children learn and that the school performs in a better way.The opening programs were done simultaneously across the eight counties and 24 public primary schools, which have now been placed under the management of Bridge International. On behalf of the organization, the Deputy Country Director, Joe K. Gbasakollie, said the moment was one of excitement to see hundreds of community members converge across all the 24 schools in the eight counties where Bridge is operating and should send the message that the parents want quality education for their children.Mr. Gbasakollie continued, “Never a time have we seen such excitement as we are seeing today. Teachers are excited that they have been relieved of the stress of preparing lesson plans, and will now concentrate on delivering lessons and ensuring that children are actually learning.“Students attending Bridge Partnership Schools all across the country are assured of free uniforms per child including books, readers and learning supplementary kits in Math and Science,” Josh Nathan, Bridge Academic Director assured the parents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIn the Alberta Peace, the RCMP has seized 25 thousand dollars worth of drugs, from a trailer park home in Grande Prairie.The Friday night bust uncovered five pounds of marijuana, four ounces of hashish, over 100 tablets of ecstasy, 55 hundred dollars in cash and, a set of brass knuckles.Police have charged 33 year old, Michael Lutgen and, 20 year old, Nicholas Kardas, with drug possession and trafficking and, possession of property obtained by crime.Lutgen also faces a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgLeading Sinn Fein politicians Martin Ferris TD and Senator Trevor O Clochartaigh will visit Donegal on Monday as part of their party’s push to protect rural Ireland.Speaking in advance of the visit on Monday, Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty said the group will engage with various groups, representative of rural communities, as part of Sinn Féin’s Love Rural Ireland Campaign.“Rural Ireland is under attack. The policies of austerity are stripping local communities of essential services – of schools, of guidance counsellors, hospitals, post-offices and Garda stations. It is also adding new stealth taxes like the Universal Social Charge, the Family Home Tax, VAT increases, motor tax increases and septic tank charges. “Donegal has, time and time again, topped the tables in terms of disadvantage but instead of allocating resources to address this problem, this Government has chosen to implement bad policy leading to the steady erosion of basic services in the county,” he said.The Donegal South West Deputy said businesses, shops and pubs in rural towns and villages are closing while small indigenous businesses, including small farmers, with no real support from the government or credit from the banks, are going under.“All of this and the absence of equality of access to public services threatens the quality of life of people living in rural Ireland.“Our campaign is about engaging with the sectors that have been hit hardest as a result of the Government’s anti-rural agenda with a view to developing a Rural Development plan, which will provide a framework for the development and sustainability of rural communities. “As part of the day’s engagements, there will be a public meeting held in the Yard in Falcarragh at 8pm and I would encourage individuals and community representatives interested in the issues affecting rural communities to attend.” LEADING SINN FEIN POLITICIANS TO VISIT DONEGAL ON ‘RURAL’ RAMBLE was last modified: January 11th, 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:donegalMartin Ferris TDPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

first_imgExclusive: A COUNTY Donegal man who took his children on a ‘cynical’ shoplifting trip to a supermarket in the North has been given a suspended jail sentence.John Mongan, from Buncrana, was arrested at Asda in Strabane yesterday and spent the night in custody.A prosecution lawyer told Strabane Magistrates Court that Mongan had gone to Asda yesterday with his children. He had paid for a pair of white socks and a set of pliers, but had later left the store with more than £332.62 worth of other goods, mainly clothes.Security staff called the PSNI and Mongan later admitted the thefts.A defence solicitor said the Buncrana man was being treated for several illnesses requiring him to take 31 tablets every day.He said that while Mongan was pleading guilty to the offence, his medication had altered his behaviour. But magistrate Liam McNally dismissed this.“This was a deliberate and well thought out attempt at theft and had nothing at all to do with the amount of tablets he was taking,” said the judge.“He was only influenced by greed and the opportunity to get as much as possible during this incident.”A PSNI officer said Mongan had previous convictions in Donegal for car offences.Magistrate McNally sentenced Mongan to three months in prison, suspending the sentence for two years. He warned the Donegal man that he would have to serve the sentence if he appeared before courts in the North again.DONEGAL MAN TOOK HIS KIDS ON SHOPLIFTING TRIP TO ASDA was last modified: June 13th, 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:buncranaDONEGAL MAN TOOK HIS KIDS ON SHOPLIFTING TRIP TO ASDAMonganlast_img read more

first_imgThe back strand beach in Falcarragh: Pic Maria BoyleDONEGAL has woken to glorious sunshine today.And the good news is that it is set to continue – with temperatures this afternoon set to top 20C!It also looks as though the county will avoid any of the afternoon showers expected in other parts of the country. So if you can, get out and enjoy it. DD WEATHER: 20C AND GLORIOUS IN DONEGAL TODAY was last modified: May 28th, 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:Donegal Dailysunshineweatherlast_img read more

first_img It’s no secret that California is not Bush country. The president lost the state to Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race and to Vice President Al Gore in 2000. Recent polls also show Bush’s job approval ratings, nationally, are at an all-time low, his image battered by the war in Iraq and the government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, a grand jury is investigating whether a crime was committed when presidential adviser Karl Rove, fellow White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and possibly others in government leaked information blowing the cover of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson. Schwarzenegger had nothing but praise for Bush at the 2004 GOP convention, when he called him “a leader who doesn’t flinch, doesn’t waver, does not back down.” But no one would call them close – they disagree over abortion rights, illegal immigration and stem cell research, among other issues. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, said the president could turn off voters Schwarzenegger needs to supplement his Republican base on Election Day. Polls have shown some of the proposals lagging at a time when the governor’s own popularity has hit an all-time low. Schwarzenegger’s office has told the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley he will not attend Friday’s dedication ceremony for an exhibit featuring a Boeing 707 that carried seven presidents. The governor is also skipping a Republican National Committee fundraiser at a private home in Los Angeles on Thursday. Bush will be at both events. “We have a very busy campaign schedule,” said Todd Harris, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger’s campaign. The governor is pushing ballot initiatives that would cap state spending, strip lawmakers of the power to draw political boundaries, lengthen the probationary period for teachers from two years to five and force public employee unions, such as those representing teachers, firefighters and prison guards, to seek written permission from members before using dues for political purposes. Bush last made a swing through the state in August, when he stopped in Rancho Cucamonga and San Diego. Schwarzenegger was conspicuously absent. At the Republican National Convention last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t say enough good things about President George W. Bush. But lately, it looks like he’s trying to avoid him. The president will visit California this week for the second time since August, but he and the Republican governor are not expected to see each other – in public or private – for the second consecutive time. With the Nov. 8 special election looming, Schwarzenegger is trying to court independents and Democrats to support a string of his ballot proposals – two groups of voters that polls show loath the Republican president. “Unless President Bush is coming to California to hand over a check from the federal government to help us with the financial challenges we face, the visit seems ill-timed,” said Karen Hanretty, a spokeswoman for the state Republican Party. last_img read more

first_imgThe picturesque An Grianan Estate on the shores of Lough Swilly played host to this year’s international sheep shearing competition this summer.More than 200 competitors sheared 2,200 sheep across 19 different categories over two days of intense rivalry. Over 15,000 people flocked to the Inishowen venue to see the skill of the shearers up close.From cookery demonstrations, sheep dog trials, artisan food, children’s arts and crafts, there was plenty to keep all members of the family entertained. And the event provided a big boost for the local economy.The entertainers were very impressed with Burt.Burt GAA club pulled out all the stops to make the event a huge success. For an event this size Donegal proved its mettle in hosting the sheep shearing championships. And for shear entertaintment it will take some beating.DDTV: BURT WAS THE PLACE FOR ‘SHEAR’ ENTERTAINMENT! was last modified: October 7th, 2015 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:BURTdonegalsheep shearinglast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013).Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20th. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.Several other factors must be considered at planting. What are the field conditions? If the soil is too wet, any field work can cause yield-robbing compaction. Planting into wet soil can cause smearing and sidewall compaction of the seed furrow.What is the soil temperature? Soil temps should be 55 degrees F or above for corn to promote germination and early growth. What does the weather forecast look like? Will it promote germination and growth or will it be a pattern for cold and wet weather, which could delay emergence and cause damage to seedlings? Planting into less-than-ideal field conditions just to beat a date on the calendar usually results in problems that hurt yield potential more than a slight delay in planting would. As spring planting approaches, producers should take into consideration all important factors when making planting decisions and avoid focusing only on the calendar.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedA new country souvenir: Romania!December 19, 2016In “Community”Find your knight in shining armor. — Castle Northmoor (GCX612) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2014In “Community”Herr der Waldgeister — Geocache of the WeekNovember 13, 2019In “Community” Inside Dracula’s CastleThe Geocache of the Week takes us to a place with beautiful views of  the countryside, the Carpathian Mountains, and Dracula’s Castle. That’s right, Dracula’s Castle (GC5D8).The castle is not only a national monument and landmark in Romania, but home to the country’s oldest published geocache.Over the centuries, Dracula’s Castle, a.k.a. Bran Castle has been used in defense against the Ottoman Empire, served as a customs point, and has housed a number of residents, including Queen Marie (and let’s not forget Bram Stoker’s Dracula). It is now a museum, displaying art and furniture collected by the queen.Hand-made crossSince 2001, nearly 230 geocachers have logged a smiley and awarded the difficulty 3, terrain 3.5 traditional cache over 30 Favorite Points.The cache owner, Team Romania (now maintained by DJ Storm) was kind enough to include a few essentials, such as a large pencil that could be used as a wooden stake to ward off vampires. Over the years, geocachers have created their own weapons against Dracula when setting out to find this cache. Recently, a hand-made cross was spotted at a “grave” site near the cache.A very curious localLocals and cachers from a number of nearby countries and across the seas have traveled far and wide to visit the castle and log the cache.A geocacher from the UK writes, “What a climb! Totally worth the effort though… Not only did I escape the crowds for half an hour, but I was rewarded with the most spectacular view to the mountains and beyond. Nice, clean, and well maintained cache. Great to bag Romania’s first geocache as well. Over 10 years old and long may it live. I was a bit skeptical about the ‘grave’ nearby, marked with a cross. But now I understand!  …Brilliant. TNLNSL [Took Nothing Left Nothing Signed Log]. Thanks for hiding and greetings from the UK.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to Signing the logbookShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more