first_imgWaterhouse FC’s head coach Marvin Tate promises fireworks when his team faces newcomers Jamalco FC in the Red Stripe Premier League at Drewsland Stadium on Sunday.The Waterhouse team, known popularly as ‘Firehouse’ suffered losses in their first two games on the road. They went down to UWI FC 1-0 at the Mona Bowl, two Sundays ago, then to Arnett Gardens by the same scoreline 1-0 at Drax Hall last Sunday.Despite the losses and no points on the board, Tate says his team will turn things around in a big way in their first home game of the 2016-17 season.”Expect fireworks on Sunday,” Tate said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, Spanish Town Road, yesterday.”I have brought a difference to the club in that the supporters understand what we are doing. We had used the early games as part of the pre-season practice games as we had a slow start,” he disclosed.”We set out for a slow start to the season. We expected this. We used many young new players in the first two games as they are the future of Waterhouse,” Tate pointed out.”Now, after seeing the players in games, we expect to win our first home game and really kick-start the season. We have seen what the players are capable of doing, so we are confident going forward.HIGHLY CONFIDENT”The players are matching up, and come Sunday you will see why we are highly confident,” Tate reasoned.”Despite the slow start, we have been playing good football and when the goals come we will do great things. We have a young team so we have to be patient,” he added.”Our vision is to develop players and we expect other clubs to follow in order to help Jamaica’s football,” Tate said about the club’s plans.The Waterhouse head coach says he will add experienced players such as Romario’ Rum Rum’ Campbell, Irvino English and Weston Forrest to the squad for upcoming games.last_img read more

first_imgOLPF forensic auditThe forensic audit conducted on the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) Project has revealed millions of dollars in losses due to over five thousand computers going missing or being damaged.The audit was conducted last year by Ram and McRae Chartered Accountants. The report was submitted to Finance Minister Winston Jordan in December but was only published on the Ministry’s website on Friday. The main objective of the OLPF project was to acquire and distribute laptops to 90,000 families countrywide.According to the auditors, “It is likely that of the total number of laptops acquired by purchase or grant of 55,145, some 5136 were either stolen or are defective. In dollar terms, the actual loss to the Government is $306,160,171.”The report found pointed out that during 2012, management of the project had discovered that 103 laptops, amounting to some $5,912,200, were missing. Following investigations by the Guyana Police Force, the services of seven employees were terminated by the Office of the President on February 22, 2013; however, the missing laptops were never recovered.In addition, a full (100 per cent) physical inventory count was requested and observed on August 5, 2015 by the auditors, who subsequently preformed a reconciliation based on the documents provided. Their procedures found that management was unable to account for an additional 1875 laptops costing $109,168,913.“We believe that this matter should be referred to the Police for a full investigation,” the report recommended. Moreover, it was highlighted that some 3158 laptops, valued $191,079,058, that were in stock are all damaged. The auditors said that they were unable to determine whether these are beyond repair.On the issue of distribution, the audit found total distribution cost amount to $35,291,406 or three per cent of the total cost of the project. The average cost of distribution per laptop was therefore $706. However, the reported stated that up to and including December 31, 2014, the Project had fallen short of the target of 90,000 laptops to be distributed by 31,697 or 35 per cent.Meanwhile, the auditing firm noted that total training cost amounted to $70,750,427 or six per cent of the total cost. The average cost of training per laptop was therefore $1415. However, it was outlined that while the OLPF’s mission statement defined a clear obligation to provide 10 hours of training to all laptop recipients, the Project Manager had decided to cease the training aspect of the project during the last quarter of 2013. The auditors roughly estimated that some 14,138 laptops were distributed without the requisite training.“It is clear from the summary analysis above that 92 per cent of the total cost was incurred due to indirect expenses, while only eight per cent was directly attributable to the underlying objective of the project,” the report stated.The auditors believe that the general expenses of the OLPF project were exorbitant and could have been curtailed by management. Moreover, they stated that the scope of their engagement was limited by the fact that management was unable to provide a number of significant documents for review. This was compounded by the fact that the Project Manager, Margo Boyce and the Deputy Project Manager, Azariah Asim, resigned during the course of the investigation. In both cases, their last day for work was August 14, 2015.Nevertheless, the report highlighted the new agreement signed between the Government of Guyana and Aerospace Science and Industry Shenzhen Co Ltd (China) on September 15, 2015, which caters for 9609 laptops to be provided by China at a total cost of $1,631,000,000. These laptops are to be distributed to educators, students, institutions of learning and community-based organisations.“We draw attention to the average unit price of $169,737 for the 9609 laptops to be acquired. This compares unfavourably with the average price of $58,044.83 per laptop acquired by the last Administration. It should be noted that the new laptops are of a higher quality and specifications compared to the models acquired by the previous Administration,” the auditors explained.However, it was recognised that laptops of similar capacity are listed on the international markets at a retail price ranging from $86,310 to $108,974.last_img read more

first_img Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro 1 Juventus have turned down a £12.8million offer from Southampton for talented midfielder Stefano Sturaro, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Crystal Palace.Saints reportedly had a bid turned down for Sturaro during January, when Ronald Koeman was still in charge at St Mary’s.And, despite a change of manager this summer, the south coast club’s interest in the player does not appear to have waned, according to reports in Italy.Despite Juventus being insistent that the 23-year-old is not for sale this summer, the Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Saints tabled the bid to test their resolve to keep him.Sturaro started just 11 Serie A games and it has been suggested that Juve may decide to cash in on him if the money on offer is good enough.However an initial bid of €15m, which is £12.8m at the current exchange rate, is not enough for Juve who have rejected the offer.Lazio are also monitoring the situation after placing him on their wanted list this summer. Chelsea and Palace, meanwhile, were linked with him last season, and may also decide to re-enter the race.last_img read more

first_img 2 The star-studded Liverpool team from the 2008/09 season pushed Manchester United all the way, but fell short at the final hurdle. Moyes and Benitez enjoyed some terrific battles during their time on Merseyside 2 “This is a good Liverpool team as well – I don’t know if it’s quite as good as that team at that time. They’re playing a good style, with forward players who are exceptional, and because of that I think they’re a real threat.”The Reds are bout to embark on a mammoth run of games which could define their season.In the space of two weeks, they will play Chelsea in the league and the Carabao Cup, visit Napoli for a crucial Champions League game and then take on title rivals Manchester City at Anfield. David Moyes has rubbished Liverpool’s Premier League title chances and went on to claim the 2008 team his Everton side came up against was better.A 3-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday not only ensured the Reds have made their best ever start to a season, it put them above Manchester City at the top of the table. However, former Manchester United manager boss Moyes was quick to remind Reds fans Rafa Benitez’s star-studded side of a decade ago came close, but ultimately fell short in their quest for the title.With Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres causing defences all sorts of problems and Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso patrolling the midfield, it is clear to see what he means.When asked on Goals on Sunday if Liverpool can finally win the league this time around, Moyes said: “No, I don’t think so.“I think they’ve got a really good team, but you look back at teams over the years at Liverpool and they had great teams, when it was Alonso, Mascherano, Gerrard and Torres up front.last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal town has the highest percentage of vacant commercial properties in Ireland, a report has found.Ballybofey has a commercial vacancy rate of 28.2%, it was announced today.Letterkenny was also placed well above the national average with a vacancy rate of 20.2%. The national average is 12.3%. Charlie Ferry of the Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce says that this is a shocking statistic.He said that businesses are under huge pressure under current commercial rates. “If we can get the rates down, it might stave off closures,” he said.Ferry said that more closures are imminent unless the Council cooperate with businesses by lowering rates.Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said that the Property Tax would give councils more leeway to negotiate commercial rates, but this has not happened, Ferry said. The Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce set up an online petition demanding a 25% reduction in commercial rates for Donegal businesses. It has 33 signatures so far.Out of the 7268 commercial addresses in County Donegal, 13% were reported to be empty.The vacancy rates for other towns fell in and around the national average: 15.9% of commercial properties in Buncrana are vacant, along with 9.9% in Bundoran and 12.5% in Donegal town.These figures arose from a GeoView and DKM Economic Consultants quarterly report on Commercial Properties in Ireland that counted empty units in August 2013.Annette Hughes, Director of DKM Economic Consultants said “The vacancy rates are also likely to influence the location of new development.” by Rachel McLaughlinHIGHEST COMMERCIAL VACANCIES IN COUNTRY IN BALLYBOFEY was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballybofeychamber of commercecommercial propertiesvacant businesseslast_img read more

first_imgLETTERKENNY General Hospital has extended its complete ban on visitors to the site due to spread of a virus.The HSE says that due to the presence of the Winter Vomiting Bug, no visitors will be allowed to visit the hospital at this time to help curtail the spread of infection.“There will be allowances made for the maternity department where fathers will be allowed to visit,” said a spokeswoman. “In cases where a patient is critically ill, a nominated next of kin should ring the ward in advance to make arrangements to visit.“All appropriate infection control measures are being taken to deal with the situation at the hospital at the moment and the ban on visiting will remain in place until the wards are free from the outbreak. We are appealing to the public to adhere strictly to the ban on visiting.”She said that Letterkenny General Hospital wishes to thank patients and the public for their cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.FURTHER INFORMATION Vomiting bug increase – public can help stop the spreadThe HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has asked members of the public to respect hospital visit restrictions and to follow hand hygiene directions when visiting patients following a recent increase in winter vomiting bug cases.One hundred and ninety cases of winter vomiting bug, also known as norovirus, were notified to HPSC during the week before last, while a further 115 cases were notified last week according to HPSC specialist in public health medicine, Dr Paul McKeown. “In addition, we have been getting numerous reports of outbreaks affecting hospitals, nursing homes and hotels around the country.”“In a normal week 50 cases would be regarded as high number of notifications so we are in an upsurge period.“Norovirus is the gastrointestinal equivalent of the common cold. In any year at least 1% – and in high activity years up to 5% – of the population can expect to be affected by this virus meaning that between 1,000 and 5,000 people could fall ill with norovirus per week during a busy period. “Members of the public can help stop the spread of illness by respecting hospital and nursing home visitor restrictions and by using the alcohol gel supplied as they enter and leave the facilities. While Out Patient Departments and Emergency Departments are not affected, patients are asked not to attend hospital if they have been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours. Handwashing with soap and water – especially after contact with someone who is ill and after using the toilet – is also extremely important, particularly if you are or have been sick.“When it gets into hospitals or nursing homes, it can cause serious disruption, for example ward closures, cancelled operations and added pressure on emergency departments. It is important that ill and vulnerable patients in these settings do not become more ill than they already are.“Norovirus is highly infectious and very resilient. It is capable of spreading from person-to-person, by food and water, via surfaces and through the air. It can survive for a number of weeks in the environment and on surfaces such as door handles, toilet pulls, TV remote controls, light switches or worktops.“Norovirus does not usually cause serious illness, but it is very easily spread. People who contract it can be infectious for 48 hours after they recover. The principal symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and generally begin very suddenly with nausea followed by projectile vomiting. A little later watery diarrhoea may develop as well. “Symptoms will usually last only a day or two but can, occasionally last longer. If you are concerned (e.g. prolonged vomiting/diarrhoea especially in small children and elderly people), telephone your GP for advice¸ to reduce the possibility of bringing norovirus into the GP surgery.“The exact numbers of cases currently in Ireland is not known as many people will recover at home without seeking medical attention. Cases have been recorded in a number of hospitals and hotels around the country in the last two or three weeks. Hospitals have infection control measures in place to limit the spread of the virus which can include visitor restrictions.“The most important steps in reducing the impact of Norovirus in healthcare settings are to keep it out of the hospital, to immediately clean any contaminated areas, to exercise good hand hygiene and to segregate those who are ill.“Without the cooperation of the public this virus can spread very quickly throughout nursing homes and hospitals, causing discomfort to patients and disruption to services. To reduce the likelihood of spread of norovirus it is important to remember the following:· If you have recently had vomiting / diarrhoea, do not visit a hospital or nursing home until you have been well for 48 hours.· If your child has had vomiting / diarrhoea, they should not go to school/crèche until they have been well for 48 hours.“The following advice will help stop spread of Norovirus at home and in the community:· At home, wash your hands regularly after using the toilet and when touching food· If someone vomits at home, use hot water and detergent to clean up any soiling and wash your hands thoroughly after· If you are sick you should remain off work until you have been well for 48 hours· There is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from sipping plenty of clear fluids such as water or flat lemonade.Further information on protecting yourself, your family and your business from the threat of norovirus can be found on the HPSC’s website at www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/Gastroenteric/Norovirus/ , added Dr McKeown.LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL VISITOR BAN EXTENDED AS VIRUS SPREADS was last modified: December 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL VISITOR BAN EXTENDED AS VIRUS SPREADSlast_img read more

first_imgAlishe (center) is one of the 13 new players at SC Villa (Photos by Agency)NSAMBYA – StarTimes Uganda Premier League record champions SC Villa have on Thursday afternoon unveiled 13 new signings.This comes only hours to the transfer window shutting later in the night.Villa who have had a terrible start to the 2018/19 season will be hoping the new acquisitions complement those already at the club in an attempt to fend off relegation to the Big League.While speaking at the unveiling, club head coach Douglas Bamweyana promised that his side will do all in their power to restore SC Vil’s dignity.“We are ready to do everything in our power so that we bring the Club’s dignity back, said Bamweyana.“We want you to be with us as we promise to do the best for the mighty club.Key among the signings that were unveiled at Villa back was the trio of goalkeeper Saidi Keni and defenders Asuman Alishe and John Adriko.Keni has been brought in from Proline to cub the goalkeeping issue that has seen Villa concede 18 goals in 15 first round games.The under 20 international is one of the most promising custodians in the country and a lot will be expected of him.For Alishe, he comes as a free agent after his contract with Mbarara City expired this month. The towering center-back comes with loads of experience which will be vital for Villa in their attempts to fend off relegations. This will be the second spell Alishe enjoys at Villa Park.On the other hand, Adriko also joins from Big League side Kitara. The defender was believed to have left Villa for a professional stint last summer but attempts to seal a lucrative deal elsewhere seem to have hit a stumbling block so he resorted to playing for Kitara in the Big League.The players that have been brought in are expected to replace a host of departing players including Savio Kabugo, Brian Bwete, Manco Kawesa, Shafick Bakaki, and Edgar Luzige among others.The other 10 new faces include; Yakubu Rama (Lusaka Dynamos), Sulaiman Majanjaaro (UPDF FC), Muhindo Benson (Green Valley), Magwali Ronald (Kabalagala Rangers), Amwine Brian (Makerere University), Nsubuga Hamdan, Mukasa James (Entebbe FC), Emma Kalyowa (Tooro United), Ashaba Racmac, and Dusman Peter from South Sudan.The SC Villa players and technical team pose for a picture at Villa Park on ThursdayVilla are currently 13th on the StarTimes Uganda Premier league table with 14 points from their first 15 games. They open their second-round account away to URA FC on Saturday.Comments Tags: Asuman AlisheDouglas BamweyanaJohn AdrikoSaidi KeniSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FClast_img read more

first_img20 September 2013 Two hospitals and eight clinics in the OR Tambo district are to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch as part of a massive overhaul of the health care system in the Eastern Cape, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Motsoaledi said that both the Department ofHealth Department and National Treasury were aware of the major health, financial and resources challenges in the Eastern Cape. This was especially the case in OR Tambo, one of 11 districts selected to pilot South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Motsoaledi said OR Tambo had been chosen as a pilot district “specifically because we wanted to take that opportunity to fix a multiplicity of problems the district is experiencing”. The district has 167 clinics, 12 community health centres, 13 district hospitals, two regional hospitals and three specialised hospitals. Among the eight clinics to be demolished, five of them will be built during this financial year, with contractors due on site by January 2014. In addition, two nursing colleges, Butterworth Nursing College and Madzine-Ka-Zulu Nursing College, would be fully refurbished, with work starting in October and due for completion by March. Motsoaledi said the national department was working around the clock with the provincial department of halth to improve infrastructure in the rest of the province. “We are implementing 287 projects covering new additions, upgrades, renovations and maintenance work in 132 facilities. One hundred and fifty-nine of these projects are at construction phase, while the rest are at developmental phase.” “A total amount of R1.045-billion has been budgeted for this work up to the end of the financial year.” Motsoaledi said the rebuilding of the Eastern Cape health department had been going on for some time. In May, he and Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa had spent four hours with the executive council in Bisho. “Two weeks ago, a new HOD was appointed. He was working here at the head office. After a long time of [having an] acting position, the Eastern Cape has got a permanent CFO and a permanent deputy director-general for human resources. “I have just spoken to the new HOD this week to prioritise appointments in the directorate of pharmaceutical services.” Motsoaledi added that the adverts for new CEO positions at a number of hospitals, after some delay, would be appearing in the media in the next few days. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe 56th annual Farm Science Review takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Ohio State University Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, and Ohio Farm Bureau is right in the middle of all the action at the corner of Beef Street and Friday Avenue.There are some exciting additions to the building this year, as well as members-only giveaways. The first 150 members to visit the Farm Bureau building each day at Farm Science Review and show their member ID card will receive a special Farm Bureau car magnet.In addition, anyone who renews or purchases a new membership at Farm Science Review will receive a custom, one-of-a-kind Ohio Farm Bureau hitch pin, while supplies last. Memberships must be renewed or purchased on site at the event, and there is a limit of one hitch pin per membership. “We are excited for a great event this year and are thrilled we can offer this unique item to members, as a thank you for investing in a membership with Farm Bureau,” said Paul Lyons, senior director of membership. Ohio Farm Bureau also will be giving away apples to visitors as well as showcasing our member benefit partners such as Ford, Caterpillar, Case IH, John Deere and Sherwin-Williams. Once again a boot giveaway from benefit partner Rocky Brands and Lehigh Outfitters will take place each day.Also at Farm Science Review, staff will be on hand to answer any questions about Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPlan/BizPlan, Health Benefits Plan or new Energy Program. Farm Bureau policy staff representatives will be available to discuss policy initiatives and law changes at the state and federal level with Farm Bureau members. The three-day agriculture trade and education show offers landowners, farmers and conservationists the opportunity to learn about the latest agriculture innovations and visit with over 600 exhibitors.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

first_img SharePrint Related11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Discover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community”7 Continents, 7 EarthCachesOctober 3, 2017In “Community” Is this really Earth? Photo: “Grand prismatic spring” by Jim Peaco, National Park ServiceGeocache Name:Rainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring (GC1JY47)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:If you’re still searching for an EarthCache to find in order to earn your Nature Lover souvenir for the Seven Souvenirs of August, consider visiting a place that doesn’t even look like it belongs on Earth. EarthCaches bring geocachers to geologic formations and require them to answer questions about that formation in order to make the find. The Grand Prismatic Spring (or as the CO of this EarthCache points out: “GPS” for short) is the largest hot spring in the United States and third-largest in the world. However, what really draws the crowds are the amazing colors throughout the formation, caused by bacteria and mineral-rich water.What the geocache owner, Frumious Jane, has to say:“The Grand Prismatic Spring is my favorite place on the planet.  The longer I sit there on the boardwalk, the further away my troubles seem. We get so used to seeing streets, houses, power lines, and cars in our daily lives that these things become our Normal. Geocaching offers us caching options in pretty much every environment on the planet, and I’m a big sucker for the strange and glorious spots. I love being reminded that I live on a planet filled with rare and beautiful geologic features. The Grand Prismatic Spring offers a fascinating variant on the deadly beauty of volcanoes: the magma is underground, but we can see its effects on the steaming groundwater in the beautiful pools that dot Yellowstone National Park. Walking right up to something as resplendent as the Grand Prismatic Spring, knowing I’m standing atop a subterranean volcano all the while, gave me such a thrill that all I wanted to do was share it. We civilized folks just don’t get to experience surreal moments very often, and I wanted to let others know there was something worth pulling off the road for, something amazing to experience and think about. I’ve been a geocacher for over nine years, and I’ve made tons of fun and exciting memories with friends and strangers who hunt for Tupperware in the woods with me. Geocaching can bring out the best and most generous in us, and my life has been changed for the better by all those I’ve met and cached with over the years. I’ve raised my kids to enjoy the hunt and to follow the arrow toward adventure. I’ve had so much fun geocaching that I was inspired to write novels in a second genre: mystery. Under my pen name Morgan C. Talbot, I’ve written the world’s only geocaching mystery series, combining my love of stories with my favorite hobby. The Caching Out series was picked up for publication two years ago, and I’ve gotten the same exceptional, positive feedback for my books as I have for my EarthCaches. My writing career has continued to grow and gain its own souvenirs, and I have the inspiration of the geocaching community to thank for their early encouragement. No matter how far I roam in this world, geocaching will always be close to my heart, and loaded into my Garmin.”What geocachers are saying:“What an amazing view from the road with all the colored mist rising! Spent a good two hours here. Such vivid color!” – Mommabre“The Grand Prismatic Spring is truly one of the most amazing things in the natural world. When we planned our trip to Yellowstone this was one of the things I knew we definitely had to show the kids, and it was an absolutely perfect day to see it.” – bergmannfamily“Grand Prismatic has always been one of my favorite stops in Yellowstone — the colors are always fantastic. Thanks for giving us a reason to come out to visit again.” – NepoKamaPhotos:An overhead view of this amazing place. Photo by geocacher AUBURN SONRAYGeocacher Bangers&Mash enthusiastically makes the find.The end of the rainbow. Photo by geocacher Eispiraten DD. Every time I read a new log telling me how awestruck the cachers were when they looked out over the spring for the first time, or how they’d never have pulled into the parking lot except for the EarthCache symbol on the map, I get all warm and fuzzy. Our lives are collections of experiences great and small. I’m both thrilled and humbled that so many people who share my hobby have also shared my enjoyment of this place I adore so much, taking home from their travels a little piece of joy and fun, and maybe a little snippet of knowledge, too.center_img What incredible natural formations have you seen while EarthCaching? Tell us or post photos in the comments. Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more