Unit for the Blind launches week of activities

first_imgBlindness Awareness Month 2019The Education Ministry’s Unit for the Blind launched a week of activities on Monday to observe Blindness Awareness Month 2019 which is done in the month of May.Students at the Unit performing a musical rendition at the launching (Education Ministry photo)Head of the Unit for the Blind, Haslyn Richards said that the Unit offers support to students that are in mainstream school. He said that this support is offered so that students that are blind or visually impaired can have quality education and accomplish their dreams.Richards is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that parents of children who are either blind or visually impaired should give their child a chance to explore. He said that when children explore, they learn new things.He advised that children must not be left out of the classroom. He said that they must be encouraged to ask questions, make new friends and participate in activities which would also help to build the child’s self-esteem.Moreover, he remarked that Monday’s activity is good to raise awareness. He said that the public must realise that persons that are blind or visually impaired have normal lives and should be treated like normal people.Roydon Maynard, who shared the history of the Unit, said that the 144 Albert Street building was commissioned on May 7, 2013.Prior to having its own building at Albert Street, Maynard explained that the Unit was housed at the St Rose’s High School for 33 years, during which time it catered to the needs of a number of students up to the CSEC and GCE Advanced Level.According to Ashley Gittens, a teacher in the Unit, Monday’s event sought to showcase the resources used to educate the blind and visually impaired students. Some of the items displayed came under various categories including craft, braille, technology, home economics and agricultural science.Today, there will be a prize-giving ceremony, on Wednesday the Unit will host a career day and on Thursday, there will be an internal games day for the teachers and students. To end the week of activities, there will be a trip to Fort Island in the Essequibo River.The week of activities was officially declared open by the Principal Education Officer, Volika Jaikishun, who said that the Education Ministry has grown to have its own Unit in Georgetown. However, she advised that in all of the administrative regions, the Special Education Needs Unit has centres that can cater to the needs of students that are blind or visually impaired.She encouraged persons to take advantage of the opportunities that are available and to advise others to do the same since currently there are many stories of persons who are blind or visually impaired living satisfactory lives.>last_img read more

Gunmen raid mining camp

first_img…escape with raw gold, gunFour armed men carried out a daring robbery on a mining camp at Baboon Backdam, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyini-Mazaruni), escaping with a quantity of raw gold and other valuables, including a licensed shot gun. Based on reports received, the bandits were armed with rifles and shotguns and were clad in dark-coloured clothing. The men also spoke a foreign language. Initial investigations revealed that about 28 workers of the mining camp were in the mining camp at between 19:00h and 23:00h on Wednesday night when the men held the camp hostage. The miners were ordered to hand over all the raw gold that was kept in the camp and other personal items, including the shot gun. After committing the robbery, the men left. No one was injured during the ordeal. A team comprising members of the Joint Services have launched a probe into the robbery but up to late Friday evening, no arrests were made.last_img read more

Mourinho sings Alli praises

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho sings Alli praises after the England star stepped up to the occassion in their match against West Ham United. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 24 – Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has hailed the performance of Dele Alli after the 3-2 victory over West Ham on Saturday.Mourinho praised Alli for his overall showing in the Portuguese tactician’s first game as Tottenham boss but admitted a “difficult week” had taken its toll on the whole team as his players clung on for all three points at London Stadium. The Spurs star has been put under the microscope this season after a series of lacklustre displays for his club – resulting in the 23-year-old being dropped by Gareth Southgate for the last two England squads.But the ex-Milton Keynes Dons starlet played an instrumental role in Mourinho’s first win as Spurs head coach, assisting Heung-Min Son’s opening goal and then coming up with a with a key pass in the build-up for the second while lying on his back on the touchline.Mourinho appeared quick to take some credit for the midfielder’s resurgence after the game when he said he had spoken to Alli personally to try to improve his confidence.“I think Dele was like the team,” said the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager. “Brilliant for 60 to 65 minutes and then he also paid the price of the tiredness, so he went a little bit down. But I think he was the old Dele Alli. The Dele Alli of a couple of years ago that impressed not just England but the world.“He did exactly what I wanted him to do. In two days of work, some action and information. I tried to make it clear for him exactly the spaces where we wanted him to play, offensively and defensively. Intelligent football player to understand what we wanted and very important for the team. Very pleased with his performance.”Having seen his new side secure their first away league win since January, Mourinho revealed the mood in the dressing room was jubilant, with smiles all around and music playing for the first time in 11 months after the end to Spurs’ domestic travel sickness.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Shoppers can save the day at 11th hour

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson A wool scarf from World Of Good feels soft against your skin and lightens your conscience. Ten percent of profits from the $30 neck warmer go to social and economic development in “artisan communities,” according to the tag. Cross off your mother-in-law with this one. The gift basket is a total holiday clich but picking out your own items can redeem you, especially if you choose gourmet treats that the recipients would not buy for themselves but secretly crave. Consider a jar of Apitherapy orange blossom honey ($8), a mini honey pot and bee dipper to put it in ($10), a slim bottle of extra virgin olive oil from Santa Barbara Olive Co. ($3.79), Allegro celebration whole coffee beans ($5) and Charles Chocolates ($5). A pinkish purse made from recycled plastic bags by impoverished women in India. How cool is that? At $36, it’s no bargain but this tote bag from Global Girlfriends (globalgirlfriend.com) is hip and unique. Perfect for a sister-in-law, artsy girlfriend or down-to-earth sister. GREEN THUMB All the holiday decorations are 40percent off. A gift box holds 14 paper-ball angel ornaments ($14), or you can buy them individually ($1). White ceramic reindeer candle holders with a slender neck and antlers ($7.50) make great table decorations. Find plenty of ribbon, snow globes and ornaments to round out a gift for the person who can’t get enough of Christmas (i.e. my mother-in-law). Decorative flags ($20) are meant to flutter outside but make colorful decorations on the wall of a child’s bedroom. The selection includes flags of a puppy, a princess, chicks and a sunflower. Package smaller items for the avid gardener. A pair of garden gloves ($3.50), a 3-inch hardy plant ($2.50) in a glazed clay pot ($20) and a hand rake ($6) with inch marks make a well-rounded gift. Or substitute miniature two-dimensional figurines of people ($3 each) that stick in the ground for the gloves or hand tool. URBAN OUTFITTERS An antique brass earring stand ($10) looks even better with gold filigree hoops ($16) and glass bead drops ($18) hanging from it. How many men would not reach for “What’s Your Poo Telling You?” ($10) if it was sitting by the john when they were, er, conducting their business? Very few, I bet. Pair the book with an ice luge ($24) and your party pal will never forget. Based on the box-office hit, “Borat Touristic Guidings” ($25) has tips for visiting the USA or the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, such as “how to get cage of your wife through airport.” For anyone with a sense of humor. JAZZ UP A GIFT CARD The key is to create an element of surprise. “It’s often the manner in which you give your gift” that matters, says gift expert Robyn Spizman. For a pet lover, tuck a gift card to an animal supply store inside a box of dog bones. The pooch gets the treats and your pal gets to choose what’s most needed for the furry friend. A foodie would not be disappointed to find a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant or American Express gift card tucked inside a Zagat guide. For another type of gift card or for cash, unravel a ball of yarn all over the house with the gift hidden at the end. At the end under the tree, tie a note reading “Follow me and a gift you will see.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The obvious places to get last-minute gifts for everyone still on your list are so old hat. We can all find passable gifts at Target or Macy’s. But to find presents that don’t look like you just threw something together, visit these three stores in the San Fernando Valley area for versatile gifts that cost about $30. With just one stop at one of these stores, you may be able to finish your shopping. If you prefer to go the gift-card route, read further for ideas to disguise the card by adding an element of surprise. WHOLE FOODS last_img read more

Market gains give no clues on Fed action

first_img 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! NEW YORK – Wall Street closed the week with modest gains Friday, though trading was erratic as encouraging signs of a cooling housing market conflicted with signals of economic strength and left no real clue about the Federal Reserve’s next move. The latest report on the housing sector showed new-home sales tumbling 10.5 percent in February, according to the Commerce Department – the biggest one-month drop in nine years. With slowing housing demand, Wall Street felt it would be easier for the Fed to stop raising rates soon. But a surge in big-ticket factory orders raised questions about whether demand would hold steady, possibly increasing pricing pressure and the chance for higher inflation. The Fed meets Monday and Tuesday, and is expected to raise the nation’s benchmark rate by a quarter percentage point, to 4.75 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 9.68, or 0.09 percent, to close at 11,279.97.last_img read more

‘I can’t remember a better Liverpool side in my lifetime,’ says former Anfield star

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Former Liverpool star Joe Cole believes the current team is the best he has seen in his lifetime and has praised the club for giving Jurgen Klopp time to build it.The Reds have had an excellent start to the season and lost their first game on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Getty silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won deals It’s all smiles for Klopp after a perfect start “Teams come to Anfield now and they’re going to be fearful, if I’m setting up a team to play against Liverpool you’re going to have difficulty to stop them scoring.“Teams will be fearful and sometimes that makes them a little bit more difficult to play against.“It’s still early days and there are a lot of obstacles to get over but if they were to carry on going the way they are it will be difficult to stop them. After the weekend we will know a little be more about them.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 They sit behind the Blues only on goal difference in the Premier League and face them on Saturday night – live on talkSPORT – a game which could rubber stamp their title ambitions.And Cole has applauded the club’s board for allowing Klopp to mould the squad to his liking, despite some wobbles in his tenure.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “A few years ago there were question marks but bringing in players like Van Dijk, Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, these younger players, they look so solid and athletic.“He’s just built it slowly and he’s been given time. It shows if you give a top manager time these things will happen.“If you’re a Liverpool fan you’re thinking this is your year. I can’t remember a seeing a better Liverpool side in my lifetime.”center_img 2 gameday cracker no dice huge blow Liverpool players celebrate during their win over Tottenham Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City And when questioned whether his former side had the character to win the Premier League title, he admitted it could depend on how they fare at the end of the season, where the 2013/14 side buckled under the pressure.Cole said: “All title run-ins come down to character but if you look at that Liverpool side now there are some experienced boys in there as well as the young, exciting and talented ones.“They have never done it before so coming to the end of the season will be the test for them, the last few games, because what happens when you’re top is you’re there to be shot down, you get the best of everyone, home or away. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REAL DEAL Latest Premier League News REVEALED tense shining last_img read more

Latest Giants’ embarrassment: Veteran newcomer arrested for DUI

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Cameron Maybin, one of the first new pieces added by new Giants GM Farhan Zaidi, was arrested early Friday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, for driving under the influence.The arrest was first reported by ABC15.“We are aware of the situation and are monitoring. We have no further comment at this time,” the team said in a statement. Maybin was pulled over for speeding and being unable to maintain his lane, …last_img read more

Twin Disc introduces ‘Remote Over Center’ PTO

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Twin Disc, global leader in industrial power take-offs, has recently debuted its RO 114/214 “Remote Over Center” PTO. The ground-breaking unit leverages a patent-pending design to remotely engage the over-center mechanism in the time-proven, best-selling Twin Disc SP 114/214 PTO and is complimentary to the previously released RO111/RO211.When complex machinery configurations or location hinder easy access to activation, the RO 114/214 can be engaged and disengaged remotely via a control valve and/or electronic control. Hydraulic or pneumatic actuation is achieved through ports, making access to the fittings uncomplicated and straight-forward.Hydraulic or pneumatic pressure is required only to engage or disengage the PTO, the fluid or air supply can be shut off when not needed. Without the constant hydraulic or pneumatic flow of other designs, the unit is far more efficient and cost-effective than that of its competition.The RO 114/214 is dimensionally similar to Twin Disc’s current mechanical SP 114/214 and continues to utilize one 14″ friction plate in the 114 and two plates in the 214. Existing SPs may be field converted to an RO using kits available from the company.The design of the PTO allows for side load and inline applications. External cooling, filtration or a rotary union are not needed.Built strong to last, the RO 114/214 excels in a wide range of industrial applications including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, marine, mining, timber, and oil and gas production. The units are installed OEM and in custom settings.Generations have relied on Twin Disc to provide tough and reliable power transmission products for use in the most grueling work conditions. For close to a century, the company has remained a leader in designing and manufacturing the most innovative heavy-duty industrial equipment. Its line-up includes power-shift transmissions, mechanical & hydraulic power take-offs, gearboxes, torque converters, pump drives, air clutches, electronic shift controls and universal control drives.Contact Twin Disc, Inc., 1328 Racine St., Racine, WI 53403. sales@twindisc.com.  www.twindisc.com.last_img read more

Budgeting and Calories: Is There a Connection?

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduThere are three major things that people budget in life- money, time, and calories- and they are all related. For example, physical activity to burn calories and working at a job both take time and eating less food saves money.Photo by Alan Cleaver. CC BY 2.0Many articles have been written in the health field about “budgeting” calories as a way to lose weight. People can visit an online Calorie Calculator and get their recommended daily calorie “budget” (a.k.a., calorie salary) based on factors such as age, gender, height, weight, and activity level.Then it is up to individuals to “spend” their calories wisely throughout the day on meals and snacks and try not to exceed their “number.” Similarly, people make choices with the money they have available to spend. Barring an infusion of cash, such as a settlement or contest prize, most people build wealth slowly by living below their means.Let’s go back to a calorie analogy. The basic principle to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day. For example, if the calculator says you need 1,874 calories to maintain your weight, you’ll lose a pound a week if you consume 1,374. A financial equivalent example is earning $50,000, living on $46,000, and saving $4,000.How do you live below your means? Many experts recommend starting with a detailed written or computerized budget with specific dollar amounts and categories. While this sounds great in theory, the reality is that only 32% of American households actually prepare a written budget or use budgeting software.So what else works? Many people live on less than they earn by automating their savings. Commonly called “pay yourself first,” this strategy gives savings the high priority of a rent or secured loan payment. Savings gets deposited before people receive their take-home pay and they somehow learn how to live on less. Another strategy that works well for some people is personal “decision rules” that restrict their spending.Consider this analogy from the world of NASCAR Motor Sports. Ever since a car wreck nearly killed hundreds of spectators in the grandstands at Talladega in 1987, when a speeding car went airborne, races at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and Talladega SuperSpeedway in Alabama have required drivers to use “restrictor plates” that limit the horsepower of their cars and slow them down.To avoid overspending, people also need “restrictors.” In other words, cues that they’ve “had enough.” Not everyone will have the same restrictions, however. Rather, the amount that people spend relative to their income will vary. Looking for some specific ideas? Consider the following examples of personal financial restrictors:Spend no more than $800 on holiday gifts and partiesCarry a revolving credit card balance of no more than $500 at any timeCharge no more than $200 per month in new purchasesSpend no more than $75 per week at the supermarketIf you want to lose weight, you monitor calorie intake by writing down what you eat and how much. Want to get ahead financially? You do the same thing by tracking income and spending. By writing things down- be it food intake or household expenses- you increase awareness of current practices and motivation to change. You also look at food and spending choices in a different light and mentally ask yourself “can I afford it?” For tracking worksheets for health and finances, see http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/workbook/01_Track_Your_Current_Behavior.pdf.Research conducted with a Rutgers University online quiz suggests a positive association between a wide array of recommended health and financial practices. This is not surprising since many of these activities require a time commitment, discipline, and/or sacrifice. Conversely, some people overeat and overspend and say they’ll cut back later to “balance things out.” Unfortunately, many never do.last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius’ defence team says will not appeal 6-year sentence

first_imgOscar Pistorius’ defence team said on Wednesday that they will not appeal a six-year sentence given to the Paralympian by high court. (Oscar Pistorious jailed for six years for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp)Earlier, the high court in Pretoria handed down a six-year sentence to Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, reports Xinhua news agency. (Pistorious threatened with gangrape in prision, claims family)Reading out the judgement, Judge Thokozile Masipa said the trial of murder-convicted Pistorius had many mitigating factors.”In the result, the sentence I impose on the accused in terms of murder dolus eventualis, is six years imprisonment,” Judge Masipa said.last_img read more