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International Day of Monuments and Sites observances

first_img– National Trust launches Linden Heritage Trail publicationIn keeping with the observance of International Day of Monuments and Sites, the National Trust of GuyanaThe unveiling of the Linden Heritage Trail publication(NTG) in collaboration with the Education Ministry’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport on Monday launched the Linden Heritage Trail publication – featuring 48 pages of monuments and sites across the Linden community.A ceremony was held at the Egbert Benjamin Conference Hall at Mackenzie, Linden to mark the occasion.NTG Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nirvana Persaud, board chairman Lennox Hernandez, Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland and Regional Vice Chairman Alroy Adolph were among the dignitaries present to witness the historic event, observed under Guyana’s 50th Jubilee theme, “Reflection, Celebration and Inspiration”.During her remarks, Persaud said the National Trust was pleased to be a part of the publication, which features over 42 monument sites within the community. It also contains a corresponding map that contains the locations of heritage sites and the trail, which begins at Amelia’s Ward along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.In relating an overview, Persaud said the aim is to encourage locals in the communities and individuals to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives.“Our vision is that our heritage must be valued or preserved, our history recorded and our people inspired and empowered and I’m confident that this new publication fulfils this… With this special book-launch of the literary heritage of Linden… showcases the history of the Municipality… of cultural, historic, socio-cultural and national importance within the Municipality, including some sites which are no longer a part of the landscape of the locality, that have all contributed to the legacy of the township”, she related.In his presentation Adolph thanked the National Trust for assisting in the preservation of the heritage sites, while emphasising the importance. He further encouraged those gathered, who also included school children, to not only read the publication, but visit the sites as well.Meanwhile, Gordon who is a contributor to the publication, expressed disappointment at the small gathering which he referred to as a “sparse sprinkling of people”, as he noted that a lot of effort was put in by the National Trust in making the publication a reality.He nevertheless provided lots of information on the history of Linden as a bauxite mining community, noting that the community’s heritage is extremely rich.“Linden has and continues to have a very rich cultural and historical past which equates to any living space in this country of Guyana. We have to understand that this cultural heritage… is rich precisely because of the interwoven nature of the peoples of diverse backgrounds”, he noted.Holland said there is need to promote Linden’s heritage and to connect the disconnected as the community showcases its wealth and heritage. In an effort to ensure this, he said he recently made a call for all public institutions in Linden to promote a part of the community’s heritage.“…Our heritage is our link to the future. It is our foundation and you cannot build without a foundation. The future that we aspire to attain, it must be predicated on the solid foundation derived from our exemplary heritage of our people… our heritage is diverse and extensive and its influences are rich and deep…,” the Mayor related.Similar sentiments were echoed by Morian, who indicated that young people should also be involved in the preservation of monuments and heritage sites.Following the launch, Holland and Persaud unveiled the photographic scenery of sites contained in the Linden Heritage Trail, following which attendees were treated to a tour of the sites.last_img read more

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Police seeking male suspect after suspicious disturbance in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are looking to speak with a man after a suspicious incident involving a child nearly two weeks ago.Sometime between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on August 18th, an 11 year-old girl was walking in the area of 92nd Ave at 82nd St, when a man driving a red minivan stopped to ask her if she was looking for a dog. When the girl replied that she wasn’t, the man asked her if she wanted to help him look for his dog. The girl fled and reported the incident to police the following day.“Although nothing criminal has taken place and the girl is completely safe, police are treating the incident as suspicious and the investigation is ongoing”, said Constable Nancy Saggar. “The Fort St John RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this man so that they may speak to him about his approach and how it could be perceived. The Fort St John RCMP wants to remind parents to tell their children not to talk to strangers.”- Advertisement -The male suspect is described as: possibly Caucasian, with a thin build, and a tanned complexion. He had short black hair, and is said to be in his 30’s.The suspect was driving a dark red minivan that is several years but in good condition, with tinted black windows.Anyone with information about the incident, or who may know the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

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District to start full-day program

first_imgEAST WHITTIER – Following the lead of several other area school districts, the East Whittier City School District will offer full-day kindergarten this fall at four schools, officials have announced. But even as district officials prepare to implement the pilot program at Mulberry, Evergreen, Leffingwell and Colima elementary schools, full-day kindergarten is coming under fire from some, including school board member Alison Pigott, who is no fan of putting more pressure on younger students. Pigott, who in March cast the only “no” vote against a full-day program, said she believes children already are over-stressed by state and federal testing mandates. “We already over-test children. We already have a generation of stressed young people, and I don’t want to see it start at age 5,” said Pigott, a former kindergarten teacher. “I see this as one more way for that to happen.” Board President Christine Sullivan, who also has her own doubts about the full-day program, explained why she ultimately decided to vote in favor of it. “We were assured by the professionals that the students would be working more on socialization skills rather than academia,” Sullivan said. “So I’m looking forward to seeing the results.” Only parents who want their children in the full-day program will be included, Welch said. At the end of the year, the program’s effectiveness will be assessed and reported to the school board. But even with assurances that the full-day program will concentrate mostly on socialization, Pigott said she thinks it will eventually become “a more academic and structured time for children.” “Kindergarten is based on a German philosophy and it means `children’s garden’ – it’s supposed to be a developmental time for them to learn and grow and socialize and play,” Pigott said. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Assistant Superintendent Linda Welch said one full-day kindergarten class of 20 students will be instituted at each of the four elementary schools. Those classes will operate on the same class schedule as the older students. “We wanted to do this so teachers would have more time in the day to put back in the things they used to do,” Welch said. “With \ standards, we’re rushing to get everything in” during the half-day program. “So we’d like to slow down a bit,” she added. “We’d like to spend more time on individual instruction, more small-group activities, and more time on art, music, science and social studies.” Welch said officials wanted to limit the full-day classes to students who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1. But Pigott disagrees. “I want to make sure we get results and assessments of the program based on a clean sample of kindergartners, not just the oldest ones,” Pigott said. “I want a good representation to make sure that data is clear.” last_img

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Teen accused of hammer assault

first_imgChatham-Kent police responded early Wednesday morning to a disturbance at a residence in Chatham.Police said a female teen allegedly assaulted her ex-boyfriend and damaged his phone while in possession of a hammer.The 15-year-old Chatham teen was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000, assault and assault with a weapon. She has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.The ex-boyfriend was treated at the scene by paramedics, police said.Shoplifting chargesPolice responded to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart in Chatham on Tuesday night.The man allegedly fled the store in a vehicle without paying for several items, including electronics.Officers found the vehicle on St. Clair Street and initiated a traffic stop.A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. He was released with a court date.The items, valued at over $600, were recovered and returned to the store.Warrant arrestsA man wanted for mischief and failing to attend court was arrested Tuesday morning by the Essex OPP.The 27-year-old Tecumseh man was taken to the Chatham courthouse pending a bail hearing.On Tuesday night, officers located a man who was wanted for failing to attend court and for his fingerprints. The 33-year-old Chatham man was held for bail.Stunt drivingAn officer saw a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed Tuesday night on Wheatley Road.A 21-year-old Wheatley man was stopped and charged with stunt driving.His licence was seized and suspended for seven days. His vehicle was also towed from the scene and impounded for seven days.Theft of toolsSome time late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, someone entered a shop on Glenwood Line and stole various items, including a carburetor, welder and plasma cutter. The total value of the theft has been estimated at $4,500.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Scott Nevills at scottn@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87326. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Watch for wildlifeOn Tuesday night, police responded to two collisions involving deer on Talbot Trail and Middle Line.No one was injured, but in each collision the vehicle sustained significant damage, police said.Motorists are reminded that October to January is the peak time for collisions with deer, especially during dusk and dawn hours. If you’re travelling during these hours, watch your speed, stay alert, use your high beams when possible and scan both sides of the road ahead for shining eyes.For more information on how to reduce your chances of hitting an animal, visit: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/handbook//section2.10.7.shtml.last_img read more

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South Africa’s performance in the World Bank, Doing Business Index

first_imgWorld Bank, Doing business in a more transparent world, Doing Business Report 2013South Africa sees a slight decline in its performance this year. This is a result not so much of the country performing worse, it is a result of some other countries moving up the ranking ladder by improving doing business conditions at a faster pace than South Africa. This year’s report notes that among the 50 economies with the biggest improvements since 2005 (a third) are in Sub-Saharan Africa.Analysis [PDF, 85Kb]last_img

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W-Z Video: Questions about Interview Laws and Policies

first_imgThree different questions have come up recently in our seminars related to interviewing: confidentiality, interviewing juveniles or minors, and recording the conversation. Here is the WZ point of view on these subjects.When we talk about confidentiality, the National Labor Relations Board has a ruling on this versus Banner Health Systems from a few years ago addressing the issue of is if you’re allowed to tell your employee that they have to keep that interview confidential or not. I would challenge you to go back to your legal counsel or your HR partners to understand how they want you to apply that law when it comes to your situation. Every organization is a little bit different and every case might be different. This is something you want to make sure that you have a consistent process or policy as a company on how to handle it.Secondly, interviewing juveniles or minors. There’s a lot of discussion in our seminars as to what should happen if we interview somebody who might be 16 or 17 years old. Now, state by state, there might be different legal requirements on when or if at all parents have to be contacted. However, I would go back again to your company to make sure that you have a policy or some type of guidance that’s consistent across the organization that protects your company from liability, errs on the side of protecting the employee themselves, and also fits within your company culture. Each company may have a different application of these rules, but it’s important that you have consistency across the organization.- Sponsor – And lastly, recording the interview. At WZ, we’ve been recording interviews since 1982. It’s important to understand that every state has different consent laws when it comes to recording a conversation. So you want to make sure that you’re in compliance with the state that you operate in as well as obviously your company policy. But more often, the question that has come up is what if the employee themselves wants to record the interview? This is one that I would challenge you to go back to your supervisors, to your legal partners, and ask them how to handle that question. Again, every company is different. Every case might be different, so it’s important that you’re consistent across the board, and you feel comfortable that you’re giving the same direction that your company would want you to give.I hope these three points trigger some thoughts in your head and initiate some conversations at your organization to make sure we’re doing things all within the right legal framework and within your company cultures. Thanks for tuning in and we look forward to seeing you again soon.This interviewing tip is provided by the International Association of Interviewers. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program Uncovers Its First New Genetic Disorder

first_imgNHGRI/NIH A National Institutes of Health (NIH) program aimed at tracking down the causes of mysterious diseases is bearing fruit. A multidisciplinary team of physicians and genetic researchers have discovered the genetic cause of a bizarre vascular disease afflicting two sisters that leads to a buildup of calcium in the arterial walls, causing joint hardening and pain. The group’s paper, published in tomorrow’s issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, is the first report of a new genetic disease to come out of NIH’s 3-year-old Undiagnosed Diseases Program. It’s a consortium of researchers from across NIH and volunteer experts from academic medical centers around the country who receive referrals for patients whom physicians have been unable to diagnose. “A success like this buoys us emotionally and encourages us,” program director and study co-author William Gahl, who is also clinical director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, said in a press conference Tuesday. Since its inception in 2008, the Undiagnosed Diseases Program has received 1700 referrals and accepted 330 of them; the researchers report seeing 150 to 200 patients per year. The program’s aim, Gahl said, is twofold: to diagnose patients whose diseases have eluded medical knowledge and to conduct research. 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The images “astounded us,” Gahl said. The team obtained DNA samples from the sisters and other family members (three of Allen and Benge’s siblings had the same recessive disease) and scanned the DNA for markers called single nucleotide polymorphisms that the researchers used to narrow the location of the disease gene. By also examining this genetic region in two other families with similar disorders, the researchers were able to pinpoint a mutation in a specific gene, NT5E, which is involved in breaking down calcification in the arteries. The researchers named the disease ACDC (arterial calcification due to CD73 deficiency). The discovery revealed a previously unknown molecular mechanism for preventing calcification and may open treatment avenues for patients suffering from the more common diseases of atherosclerosis and osteoporosis, said study senior author Manfred Boehm of NIH. Allen and Benge praised the “impressive” work by NIH. “Even if they can’t help us, maybe someday they can help someone else with these problems,” said Benge. Boehm said that a clinical trial for a drug to treat the sisters and others with ACDC is currently under review by an ethics board. The undiagnosed diseases program is “wonderful; … we were thrilled when it started,” said Mary Dunkle, spokesperson for the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD), a Washington, D.C.-based patient advocacy group. NORD has referred a number of patients to NIH. “In our world, a lot of times knowledge is gained in small increments,” Dunkle said. “It’s always progress when they’re able to identify something that’s a complete new entity.” *This item has been corrected 4 February to reflect that study co-author William Gahl is also the clinical director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.last_img read more

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Next few months very crucial says pacer Umesh

first_imgThe Indian domestic season begins on October 1 in Jaipur between the Rest of India (ROI) and Ranji champions Rajasthan. For a few players in the ROI squad, it is a golden chance to get into national reckoning, now that a major chunk of the Indian team is nursing serious injuries and would be out of action for some time.Among them, Vidarbha pacer Umesh Yadav is gearing up for what he feels is one of the most crucial phases for fast bowlers in India.Zaheer Khan has undergone surgery on his ankle and won’t be available for four months. Munaf Patel got injured in the final One-Day International (ODI) in England while Ishant Sharma, too, has a few niggles. With Sreesanth not in peak form, there are slots up for grabs in the pace department and Umesh knows now is the time to perform.”The next few months are very crucial for me. We all know that India needs fast bowlers now. So I am concentrating on doing my job correctly and the rest is up to the selectors,” Umesh told Mail Today on Tuesday.”The Irani Trophy match will be a perfect opportunity to make a mark. There are two series at home coming up and bowlers like me and Varun (Aaron) know that now is the time to up our game.” Both Umesh and Varun are regarded as the quickest bowlers in India right now, but both were made to warm the benches in two high- profile series this year. While Umesh didn’t get to play in the Test series in South Africa early this year, Varun didn’t play any of the five ODIs in England.advertisementBowling in helpful conditions would have been ideal for both, but Umesh doesn’t think it was a lost opportunity.”As a fast bowler, you can’t expect to bowl in pacy or seaming wickets most of the time. Most of the pitches will be pata (flat) and even in these countries (England and South Africa) you get flat wickets.So, one has to learn to bowl on batting tracks.” For the Irani match, the 23- year- old is expecting a wicket with not too much help for the pacers.”I don’t think Rajasthan would leave much grass on the wicket as they know our team has good quick bowlers. But since it is the start of the season, the wicket should have some freshness.”last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag mulls leaving Delhi for the upcoming domestic season

first_imgVirender Sehwag is “seriously considering” leaving the Delhi team for other state associations, which would open up opportunities for junior cricketers in his native domestic side.’ESPNcricinfo’ has reported that the former India opener is weighing offers from other state associations for the upcoming season.Sehwag is the most successful batsman from Delhi at the India level, scoring 17,000 plus runs across three formats. He has represented the Indian team in 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20s.The 36-year-old had a productive Ranji Trophy last season, making 568 runs in eight games at an average of 51.63 and finishing only a run behind leading scorer Gautam Gambhir.He was less impressive in the 50-over tournament though, managing 131 runs in six matches at 21.83.Sehwag has been associated with Delhi ever since he made his first-class debut in 1997-98 season.Meanwhile, Mumbai veteran Wasim Jaffer is set to move base to Vidarbha.last_img read more

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2nd Test: Younis Khan hundred drives Pakistan against West Indies on Day 1

first_imgVeteran Younus Khan’s majestic century helped Pakistan dominate the opening day of the second Test against West Indies on Friday, the hosts reaching on 304/4 on a punishing day for the bowlers in Abu Dhabi. (Scorecard)The 38-year-old struck 10 fours and a six in his 127, finally out to the final ball of the day when he mistimed an attempted slog sweep off of Kraigg Brathwaite and was caught by Roston Chase in the deep.Bad light then ended play and the West Indies team sought the comfort of the dressing room after a chastening and sweaty day in the field.Hours earlier West Indies had actually made early inroads. (Pakistan’s Yasir Jan can bowl express pace with his left and right arms)Younus, who sat out the first test having only just recovered from a bout of dengue fever, came to the crease with Pakistan wobbling on 42/2 after Devendra Bishoo bowled opener Sami Aslam in the fifth over for six and Azhar Ali had chopped on to paceman Shannon Gabriel without troubling the scoreboard.Together with a fluent Asad Shafiq (68) he helped put on 87 for the third wicket before Shafiq attempted to cut a good length Gabriel delivery but only succeeded in diverting the ball down and on to his stumps.The punishment continued for the West Indian bowlers though as Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus set about them with relish.Pakistan reached the 200 mark just before tea and moved past the 300 mark in the 83rd over before the fourth-wicket partnership was ended at 175.advertisementYounus, struggled for timing early on but was commanding once he hit his stride, bringing up his 33rd Test century off his 169th ball when he cut Chase for a boundary.West Indies failed to exert any sort of control and were not helped by some slipshod fielding and several dropped catches that proved costly.Misbah-ul-Haq, who ended the day 90 not out, was put down when he was in the 50s after thick-edging edging Gabriel and Younus was also reprieved on 83 when Brathwaite failed to cling on to a relatively simple caught and bowled chance.Pakistan lead the series 1-0 after winning a thrilling first Test in Dubai by 56 runs.last_img read more

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