Adrian Moore was recently named captain of the 2017 Jamaica combined martial arts team, becoming the first graduate of the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School Martial Arts League to skipper the unit. A former Jamaica College fighter, Moore takes over the reins from Nicholas Dusard, who is away studying in Trinidad. He is the third captain of the combined martial arts team, founded in 2001 by its first captain, now manager, Jason McKay. “It’s really a great honour, and I am grateful to be the first graduate of the high-school programme to be named captain. I have had great mentors such as Olympian Kenneth Edwards, Nicholas Dusard, and Mr McKay himself, who sponsors the high-school programme,” said 25-year-old Moore. “Coming out of that programme, it moulded me to be the person I am, being able to balance studies with training,” he added. The highly successful combined martial arts team selects the best fighters based on points gained internationally and on the local-tournament circuit in addition to adding promising fighters as invitees each year end. Moore has been a member of the squad for five years, senior only by former captain McKay, Dusard, and Edwards, who now resides overseas part time. SUCCESSFUL TENURE Dusard had an extremely successful tenure, leading the team to its greatest-ever achievement, winning the International Taekwondo Federation World Cup on home soil, Montego Bay 2014, despite being in the hot seat when Jamaica lost to New Zealand at Gold Cup 2016 in Orlando two years later. McKay described Dusard’s tenure as “incredibly successful”. “The Gold Cup is important and we have won it on numerous occasions, but he took Jamaica to a World Cup title, which we had never before achieved,” he pointed out. The former captain said that Moore’s appointment was fitting, based on seniority. “He is expected to do a fine job, though I would have liked to see Edwards as captain before he retires. It’s just that every time he is in line to be appointed, he is not available due to his international training schedule,” he said.
The Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the United States Department of Treasury has pledged to help Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to implement the anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Liberia.The pledge followed an assessment visit by the OTA’s Economic Crimes Team (ECT) to Monrovia to hold high level discussions from July 13-17 with several governmental agencies, who collaborated with the FIU on the AML/CFT regime.According to a FIU release, ECT Senior Advisor Carol A. Kelly, joined by Lilieth R. Whyte, Economic Officer of the US Embassy in Monrovia, met FIU Chief Executive Officer, Alex Cuffy for a joint session of the AML/CFT Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by Deputy Finance and Development Planning Minister, Dr. James F. Kollie and FIU board chair Charles E. Sirleaf, who is also a deputy governor at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).The ECT also met high level officials of CBL’s Supervision Department, Liberia Revenue Authority, National Security Agency, Liberia National Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Transnational Crime Unit, Judge James Jones of the Judiciary and Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Executive Chairman Cllr. James N. Verdier.The ECT came to Monrovia to discuss in greater detail its prospects for technical assistance collaboration following a visit paid by Mr. Cuffy to Washington in September 2014 in furtherance of a discussion President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf held with US Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen in May 2014.Before his visit, Mr. Cuffy had written the Treasury Department for technical assistance in which he unveiled a four-prong strategic goal of ensuring a fully functioning FIU; building capacity and creating awareness and sensitization; enhancing the legal and regulatory framework; and enhancing national, regional and international cooperation.OTA acknowledged receipt of the letter and commended the FIU for its well-considered strategic goals and work plans as well as the holistic approach it is taking to ensure close collaboration between key partner institutions.The FIU was created by an act of the Legislature on April 30, 2013 and published by the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 2, 2013 to serve as the central national agency for receiving, requesting, conducting preliminary investigations, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds of crime and terrorist property.Liberia is a member of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa (GIABA), a specialized institution of ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of AML/CFT measures in West Africa.Liberia scored high marks at a GIABA Plenary in Ivory Coast from May 18-23 where it was commended for its significant steps in the fight against AML/CFT. The plenary retained Liberia on the regular expedited follow-up process and requested it to submit its fifth follow-up report to GIABA Secretariat before May 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Prem Misir has resigned as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Fiji some three years after taking up the post.Former University of Guyana Pro Chancellor, Prem MisirMisir gave no reason for his resignation on June 7, 2018, but, according to the Fiji Sun, there was high drama since the scholar’s appointment to the post.Misir was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Fiji on June 1, 2015, and it is alleged that the sudden act was provoked by animosity within the Management Department of the institution.The Fiji Sun reported that the University’s senior management has been embroiled in employment issues regarding senior members of the University academic faculty. The University is owned by the Arya Samaj Organisation and according to the Chairman of the University’s Council, Anil Tikaram, “The VC has resigned on his free will and there were no other factors which led to his resignation.”It was reported that there were members of staff who did not like Professor Misir. When he applied for a work permit extension himself, five employees complained to the Immigration Department. He had to seek help from the Prime Minister’s office. The Fiji Immigration Department is said to have been reluctant to provide another work permit to Professor Misir.Misir resigned after that, but later reconsidered. However, he was informed that his resignation letter had been accepted.There are three employment cases pending against the University. The former staff members claimed they were wrongfully terminated.Misir is the holder of a PhD (University of Hull, England); MPH (University of Manchester, England); MPhil (University of Surrey, England); BSc (Honours) (Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom); Postdoctoral programme in Public Health (Columbia University, New York); and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH).Misir is also the former Pro Chancellor of the University of Guyana.While acting as Pro Chancellor, he had an affiliation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Guyana, teaching Research Methodology and Biostatistics.After leaving the University of Guyana, he accepted the appointment of Executive Director of the Health Sector Development Unit (HSDU), Ministry of Health, Government of Guyana, managing the Global Fund in the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.He also was the Head of the Press and Publicity Unit, Office of the President, Government of Guyana.The Professor was a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University College of Dentistry; Associate Public Health Epidemiologist at the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Assistant Professor and Primary Care Coordinator at Interfaith Medical Centre/State University of New York Health Services Centre Brooklyn; Research and Evaluation Coordinator – graduate medical education, United Hospitals Medical Centre/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.In addition, he is the author of nine books with the most recent being HIV&AIDS Knowledge And Stigma in Guyana.
Consequent to a meeting with executive officials of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), to discuss the way forward on plans to select a presidential candidate for the next general elections, General Secretary of the party, Bharrat Jagdeo, declared that a candidate could be selected by year end.PPP General Secretary Bharrat JagdeoAccording to Jagdeo, the executives of the PPP are split on the timeframe in which this process should be completed, as some are proposing that it could be done before the Local Government Elections which are slated for November this year, while others are proposing a date after Local Government Elections.“So, between those two, we will return to the issue on that timeline on when we settle for the presidential candidate. But it seems are though all of this will happen within the year, before the end of 2018,” Jagdeo told Guyana Times on Wednesday, when asked for an update on the matter.Again, asked whether he would throw his support behind anyone whom he finds has the ability to lead the party to victory at the 2020 elections, the PPP General Secretary said, “There are a lot of people that I like, and very competent people, and I wish them all well.”Jagdeo was also asked if members within the executive of the party who are desirous of becoming the presidential nominee, are allowed to canvas support from various sections. He responded stating that he does not see it as a major issue but the way in which it is done is a concern for him.“There is nothing wrong with people saying, I am interested. What’s wrong with that? But I urge all of the party members and those who are canvasing not to disparage anyone else. Because at the end of the day, what will happen, is not all of these people will rally around the person we chose and we move on to win the election,” he said.Various concerns have been raised about the process which will be used to select the next presidential candidate for the PPP, but Jagdeo, has made it clear that the system used since 1992 will remain the chosen one. “There is a longstanding tradition: The congress selects the central committee and the central committee choses the candidate,” Jagdeo had a told a previous news conference.He said this system, which was introduced by the party some 25 years ago under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan, still obtains today. “So I doubt that is going to change for these elections, because that is the position. I tell you this because it seems as though many people, in speculating about how the candidate would be chosen, are not aware of this process,” he explained.He maintained that the party remains committed to the highest levels of transparency, accountability and democracy as it undertakes the process of selecting its next presidential nominee. “That’s the process we have used, and from all indications, that is the process we will use again to select the next candidate; unless the central committee itself decides to change that procedure,” he added.Jagdeo said the chances of people entering the race for the candidacy are possible, as this has been a longstanding practice of the PPP. “But at the end of the day, it is how many votes you muster there from the 35 (central committee members) that will matter in a democratic fashion. That person will emerge as the candidate.”While the PPP General Secretary has explained that anyone from the party would be allowed to compete for the candidacy, he reiterated that the prospective contender would first have to be nominated.
CASTAIC – The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry will open a satellite distribution site to serve Castaic and Val Verde residents once a month beginning March 1. Food will be distributed from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic. “This is something we’ve been working on for some time because we know there are needy families in the outlying areas,” said Belinda Crawford, the food pantry’s executive director. “We have quite a few people from that area who come to Newhall, but we also know there are families up there who can’t get to our Newhall facility.” The pantry discovered the need in Castaic and Val Verde through word-of-mouth and by contacting the area schools and senior-citizen housing developments. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our focus there is mainly on senior citizens, but we’ll be distributing to families as well,” Crawford said. “We knew we needed to do more senior outreach.” The food pantry serves nearly 1,000 different families per year from its Newhall location, but despite those numbers the organization is only reaching about 14 percent of people who qualify for services in the Santa Clarita Valley, Crawford said. “We serve the entire valley, but because of cost-of-living factors, we tend to find more families in the outlying areas,” Crawford said. “We are perceived as a very affluent community, but there are pockets of poverty.” A distribution center opened in Acton at the beginning of 2006, and after the Castaic location is running smoothly, the pantry plans to open another satellite location in Canyon Country. Castaic or Val Verde residents who would like to see if they qualify for the program, or those interested in volunteering or making donations, can call the food pantry at (661) 255-9078. Information is available at the organization’s Web site at www.scvfoodpantry.org.
0Shares0000Former Everton FC ace Steven Pienaar during his time in Tanzania as the Kits for Africa AmbassadorDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 28 – Former Everton FC forward Steven Pienaar has urged Kariobangi Sharks, winners of the 2019 Sportpesa Cup, to maximize the opportunity that comes with playing the English Premier League side in a friendly match next July in Nairobi.Sharks earned the opportunity after edging out Bandari in the final on Sunday evening in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will welcome the Merseyside club to Nairobi at a date to be confirmed in July as part of Everton’s pre-season training. “It’s a good opportunity for the players. If I am a player playing against a Premier League team, I want to show my talent and this is an opportunity for them to show that they are good and hopefully, one or two of them can get scouted and move abroad,” Pienaar who played over 250 times for the Toffees stated.He added; It is a good and rare chance for them and I am sure they will be motivated for that game.”Kariobangi sharks players celebrate after clinching the 2019 SportPesa Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 29. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSharks players have themselves vowed to do themselves a world of good by giving their best in the friendly, saying it will be an opportunity for them to market themselves to the outside world.“Facing Everton is a huge game. Everyone wants to play in England or Europe and that we have the opportunity to play against a European team is enough motivation for us to prepare for that game. It will help us a lot in terms of confidence,” midfielder Patillah Omotto stated.His sentiments were echoed by head coach William Muluya who said;“Playing Everton is something huge for these players and especially noting that they are coming to Nairobi, we will want to give our best for them,” the tactician stated.Pienaar believes that if they prepare well, then they will give Everton a run for their money.The South African international who finished his career playing back at home with Bidvest Wits has been in Tanzania for the past four days as Everton’s ambassador to the tournament and part of the ‘Kits for Africa’ campaign carried out by the Liverpool based club.“It is a big thing for the region for Everon to come and play here. It gives the youth and opportunity to see some of their heroes and for those playing a chance to go out there and follow their dreams,” he said.Adding; “Having come from the same circumstances, I know how it feels to overcome lots of challenges and play at the top.”“Everton is the people’s club and that is why it is so close for them to come out here and help the people and help the young kids as well become better players and better people.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
JUST a couple of weeks into his new job as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign boss, it’s clear former White House operative Matt Dowd has a fundamental misunderstanding of what his man needs to win his ongoing run for re-election. Here’s an excerpt from a memo he sent to political reporters the other day: “In the latest Field Poll, Gov. Schwarzenegger’s overall approval is at 40 percent … Looking back at the last governor of California to win re-election (Democrat Gray Davis in 2002), Davis had a similar approval rating. The Field Poll showed his approval between 39 to 42 percent … The governor is well-positioned in this very close race.” Dowd has his facts right, but his interpretation wrong. Davis was extremely unpopular in early 2002, the tail end of an electricity crisis voters blamed on him, justified or not. So Dowd has missed one key point. There is no clear proximate cause for Schwarzenegger’s abysmal poll ratings, as there was for the plunge in approval of Davis. If voters view Arnold negatively now, it’s because of how they perceive his general conduct since his early days in office, when his approval scores ran near double today’s. Dowd made one other point in his memo: “Races are about choices,” he said. That was certainly true for Davis, and no one knows this better than Garry South, the key Davis adviser who now runs state Controller Steve Westly’s drive for the Democratic nomination to run against Schwarzenegger. South boldly spent millions of dollars on television commercials during the 2002 primary season, the ads attacking former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan because the Davis camp rated him that year’s biggest Republican threat. The tactic worked. The ads Davis placed let financier William Simon swamp early favorite Riordan in the GOP primary, and Davis then beat Simon handily that November. As Dowd said, that race was about matchups. No matter how unpopular Davis became, Simon never came close to him in any poll. This fall’s runoff election will also be about a choice, between Schwarzenegger and either Westly or state Treasurer Phil Angelides. Just now, polls show both Angelides and Westly running about even with Schwarzenegger, despite the fact that fewer than 30 percent of voters could identify either Democrat for pollsters. This represented a slight gain for Schwarzenegger since last fall, when his four ballot initiatives lost badly and he was a constant target for negative advertising. Essentially, the poll numbers making Dowd feel optimistic these days indicate that Schwarzenegger desperately needs the Democratic equivalent of Simon in order to win. There is some doubt either Democratic contender would prove that kind of patsy. For one thing, Simon represented the furthest extreme conservative wing of this state’s minority party. Angelides comes from the liberal wing of a party with a large plurality among registered voters, while Westly has long been more of a centrist. Either would begin the fall campaign with a far larger base of support than Simon ever possessed. And then there is recent history. Schwarzenegger is the only Republican to win a top-of-the-ticket office in California during the 12 years since ex-Gov. Pete Wilson’s re-election in 1994. But Schwarzenegger ran in a fast-moving, very short recall election in which his movie stardom gave him a huge edge over all other candidates. No Republican has won a race for the U.S. Senate or a presidential race in California since 1988 a period of 18 years. But Republicans talked big all through that period of decline. “We’re going to make it easy; we are going to win California,” boasted President Bush’s chief adviser Karl Rove before the 2004 election. Bush lost California by a 55-44 percent margin even though Democrat John Kerry spent almost nothing on advertising here. Dowd ran Bush’s polling operation that year, working for Rove. Was he feeding falsely optimistic information about California to his boss? Or was Rove merely blowing smoke? Either way, is Dowd merely spinning today? The bottom line is simple: The polls reveal that despite massive press and television coverage of his every move, despite routinely drawing literally 10 times as many reporters and TV cameras to his events as either of his prospective opponents ever has, despite a respite of five months from negative advertising and the surfeit of ink and TV time lavished on his construction bond plan, Schwarzenegger has not raised his approval ratings much. He desperately needs an opponent as weak as Simon proved to be, and only time will tell if either Westly or Angelides will meekly oblige. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Adam’s stunning picture which captures the Spring Equinox at Burt this morning.It is Donegal’s own Newgrange but we think even more spectacular.And thanks to Buncrana man Adam Rory Porter, we can now see why Grianan of Aileach, Burt, is just so special.Adam, well known for his amazing photography, has tried for many years to capture the Spring Equinox at the historic Inishowen site. And this morning at 7am he finally succeeded.And the results speak for themselves.Adam’s stunning picture shows a shaft of life entering one side of the historic fort, before creating a perfect line to the other side.As always a modest Adam played down his amazing picture but was undoubtedly overjoyed by his capture. He said “After quite a few attempts over the last few years I was finally ableto capture the suns first rays, from the air, entering the ancientmonument on Grianan Hill.“I was not the first and I’m sure I won’t be the last but the earlyrise and the founded hopes for a break in the clouds ultimately madethe trip, as always, so worth while.”Just another reason why those of us who are lucky to live in Donegal know what such a special place it really is.Another stunning view of An Grianan.AMAZING PICTURE CAPTURES DONEGAL’S ANCIENT MIRACLE OF LIGHT was last modified: March 20th, 2016 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:adam rory porterAn grianan of aileachdonegallightpictureSpring Equinox
Donegal posties can take a bow yet again!A disbelieving Canadian man had heard a lot about how An Post were able to track down people even with the smallest of information.So he decided to put it to the test. The man’s wife, Laura, had moved from Canada back to her native Tory Island.So the man, Walter, sent a postcard with simply the address ‘Veronica, Tory Island, Ireland.’And yes, you’ve guessed it, it arrived safe and sound.Walter’s main message was “I just wanted to see if this will work.” How could you ever doubt the Donegal postal service Walter?!No big ‘Tory as Donegal posties make another cool delivery! was last modified: November 9th, 2016 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:An PostdonegalletterTory Island