Delegates of heritage pageant visit Social Cohesion Minister

first_imgThe Miss Indigenous Heritage Pageant, one of the most anticipated events for Heritage Month celebrations, is underway as the 10 delegates vying for the coveted crown paid a courtesy call to Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton on Monday.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton with the delegatesDuring the brief visit at the Social Cohesion Ministry, Main Street, Georgetown, the delegates, while engaging with Minister Norton, were encouraged to grasp every opportunity offered throughout the pageant to gain self-development.“You can improve yourselves in terms of the opportunities you might be provided, job opportunities, getting into tourism, travelling and all in all discovering yourselves, that is what I am interested in,” Norton told the young women.On the sidelines of the visit, Legal Assistant of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and Committee Member of the Pageant, Miriam Andrew-Ming conveyed that the delegates will be involved in several preparation activities leading up to the pageant including skills training, public speaking and volunteer works.Meanwhile, the same level of enthusiasm was expressed by the delegates during brief interviews with this publication describing their journey thus far.Luana Allicock, who will be representing Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the pageant, noted that “The pageant, from when it started, has been a really great experience from when it started, it’s helping me in my public speaking, meeting new people, how to interact and how to learn to do new things”.A similar view was expressed by 18-year-old Natalia Ann-Patterson, a university student who is representing Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). She stated, “my passion is to help young Indigenous females to live up to their culture as well as to look forward towards being in technology”.The pageant is set for September 28 at the National Cultural Centre. Tickets are available to the public at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the National Cultural Centre. The prices are: auditorium front-$2500, auditorium rear-$2000 and balcony-$1500.last_img read more

Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – June 1st, 2019 proclaimed as Happy Helmet Day in the City of Fort St. John, the Northern Brain Injury Association, the City of Fort St. John and UNBC Project Management Students are hosting the Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo.The Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo hosted in conjunction with the National Health & Fitness Day. The aim is to raise awareness about brain injury and the need to protect the brain with helmets, as 95% of brain injuries are preventable using a helmet.Taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Oval on June 1st, 2019, from 9 am – 12 pm.- Advertisement -This fun, family-friendly interactive event will include;Bike helmet fitting stationBike decorating stationDoor prizesA mini-trade show of community organizations promoting safety, family fitness and healthy living.last_img read more

Son, Alli spearhead Spurs to victory at Leicester

first_imgAnd while his side lacked a little of their normal spark without their attacking spearhead, they had enough to see off the disappointing Foxes with relative ease.Son opened the scoring at the end of a dismal first half with a left-footed rocket from the edge of the penalty area before crossing for Alli to head home the second after half-time.Kane and Christian Eriksen were wrapped in cotton wool with Spurs needing to inflict a rare home defeat on Barca in midweek to guarantee progress to the last 16.The England captain came off the bench for a 16-minute cameo to tune up for the midweek assignment, but by then Son and Alli had inflicted the blows that took Tottenham back above Chelsea and Arsenal into third in the table and within six points of leaders Liverpool.While Champions League qualification is the next significant item on Spurs’ agenda, victory in the East Midlands combined with Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea will increase hopes that Pochettino’s men could still mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.To do so, the Argentinian will need his squad and they proved that, while Kane remains their most valuable figure, they can pick up points with him in a support role.Leicester were made to pay when they switched off at the end of a poor first 45 minutes.Son cut in from the left and ran across the edge of the 18-yard box with Nampalys Mendy failing to close him down, although his bending, left-footed finish past a helpless Kasper Schmeichel and into the top corner was still a strike to admire.Wes Morgan’s timely block early in the second half denied the South Korean a second goal from an inviting cross by Alli.But moments later the pair reversed roles to finish off a ruthless counter-attack with Son crossing from the left and Alli staying onside to head home at the far post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diving Dele: Dele Alli (left) scored Tottenham’s second goal with a diving header in a 2-0 win at Leicester © AFP / Oli SCARFFLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Son Heung-min and Dele Alli gave Tottenham a 2-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino’s gamble in resting Harry Kane paid off handsomely.The Spurs manager left Kane on the substitutes’ bench as he planned ahead for Tuesday’s vital Champions League game in Barcelona.last_img read more

France struggle past Italy in their final Six Nations match

first_imgTito Tebaldi replied with a try for Italy on 53 minutes with Tommaso Allan accounting for the remainder of Italy’s points as the Azzurri earn a fourth straight Wooden Spoon for a whitewash.“I’ve rarely been through a Six Nations tournament like this, but at least we have ended on a winning note,” said France’s Mathieu Bastareaud.The French have just one win against Scotland (27-10) after being thrashed by 44-8 England and losing 26-14 to Ireland last weekend.It was also disappointing final match at the Stadio Olimpico for Italy captain Sergio Parisse, the holder of a record 69 caps in the tournament.Italy dominated possession in the first half but failed to convert it into a try with Parisse, Leonardo Ghiraldini, and debutant Marco Zanon wasting chances.A pair of Allan penalties had given Italy an early foothold in the game in the first 12 minutes.But France pounced on an Italy kicking error after 15 minutes in the Stadio Olimpico.Maxime Medard powered forward, passing for Penaud who outpaced Angelo Esposito, slipping a pass inside for Dupont to dot down under the posts.Ntamack converted and then added a penalty goal as France began to get into their stride opening up a four-point lead.France captain Guilhem Guirado went off after 20 minutes clutching his ribs with Camille Chat coming on for the hooker who watched from the sidelines along with centre Wesley Fofana who pulled out with a muscle injury just before kick-off.– Debutant Zanon unlucky –Zanon came tantalisingly close to a try before the break on his first start as he chased down Allan’s grubber.The 21-year-old Treviso centre had a clear run at the line but the ball hit the cushion around the post and frustratingly slipped out of his hands.Italy went into the dressing room 6-10 with Allan converting a penalty goal to close to one point shortly after the restart as Yacouba Camara knocked the ball out of Andrea Lovotti’s hand.But Huget broke through racing down to the left crossing over the line to touch down under the posts, with Ntamack converting.Tebaldi replied by making a subtle break around a ruck, getting Italy’s first try on 52 minutes for 14-17 but Allan missed the conversion after earlier failing with a penalty attempt.Toulouse hooker Ghiraldini, 34, was stretchered off with a knee injury to thundering applause for his final home game after 104 caps.Italy looked to have closed the gap when Zanon touched down but he knocked the ball on after a superb last-gap tackle from Penaud.It was 22-year-old Penaud who sprinted through for his third try in 11 Tests to make sure of victoryNtamack missed the chance to convert, his only slip-up of the afternoon.Italy remain waiting for their first win in the tournament since February 2015 with more disappointment for the long-suffering fans in their 100th Six Nations match and 500th in their history.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Damian Penaud scored his third try in 11 Test matches in the victory over Italy © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIROMA, Italy, Mar 16 – France beat Italy 25-14 to finish their disappointing Six Nations campaign with a second win, condemning the hosts to a 22nd straight defeat in the tournament.Three tries from Antoine Dupont, Maxime Medard and Damian Penaud and ten points from youngster Romain Ntamack sealed victory in the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy between the two nations.last_img read more

‘My mum used to buy me a Celtic kit!’ – New signing happy to join

first_imgEngland starlet Patrick Roberts has joined Celtic from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal.The 18-year-old winger follows in the footsteps of Belgium defender Jason Denayer who won a Scottish Premiership and League Cup double during his spell away from the Citizens last season, as well as the PFA Scotland young player of the year award.Speaking at Celtic Park, Roberts, who signed for City from Fulham last summer for a fee reported to be up to £12million, was keen to move to the Scottish champions as soon as he became aware of their interest but also valued Denayer’s experience.“Man City know that I need to be playing football and they were happy for me to come here,” he said.“Jason Denayer did it last year and he did very well.“I spoke to him and he said it was a very, very good club. So I was happy with what he said and I was really excited.“He said he never wanted to leave. He enjoyed it so much he kept bragging on about it every time I asked him.“It is the biggest club in Scotland. They play in Europe, they play in a massive stadium like this, what’s not to know about them.“I am here for a long time and I want to be as successful as anyone else and win trophies.“I am very direct, I am very quick, I like to get them (fans) off their seats, which I hope to many, many times.”Roberts, who revealed he wore the Celtic kit as a kid – “my mum used to buy me one” – had his move ratified only hours before Manchester City confirmed that Pep Guardiola had agreed a three-year deal to become manager in the summer. Patrick Roberts in action 1last_img read more

Campaign cash reform championed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Candidates would qualify for public funding by collecting a set number of $5 contributions from people in their district to prove they have support, and by promising not to accept other private funds. Additional money would be available – up to a cap – if the “clean money” candidates are being outspent by privately funded candidates, proponents said. “Candidates are freed from the task of fundraising,” said Eric Tang, a spokesman for the nonprofit California Clean Money Campaign. “It is where candidates can focus on the needs and concerns of their constituents rather than dialing for dollars.” The local group will propose the measure to council members at Wednesday’s meeting. The financing mechanism for the local law has not been worked out yet, Lutness said. If council members are not receptive, the committee may gather signatures – 9,000 are needed, Lutness said – to qualify the measure for the November ballot. The statewide organization is working with the Los Angeles City Council to craft a clean-money proposal for that city, which currently offers partial public campaign funding through matching funds. The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution 11-0 in support of creating the proposal. If the Los Angeles City Council approves the measure, voters would have to vote on it. SANTA CLARITA – Residents fed up with ballooning campaign spending will ask local officials to follow lawmakers in Los Angeles and Sacramento who are considering public campaign finance plans. Even if the City Council embraces the measure, it would be too late for the April 11 City Council election, where three seats are up for grabs. “Money should not buy elections,” said Carol Lutness, who heads the Santa Clarita Valley Clean Money for Better Government Committee. “I’m not blaming people who are in office; I’m blaming the way the political system is structured. The structure of how we elect all of our politicians has to be changed or we’re going to lose the power of the people to have a real say in government to backroom deals and big-money interests.” The nonprofit California Clean Money Campaign proposes providing qualified candidates with money deemed adequate to run their campaigns, in return for the candidates promising to reject other contributions. Tang said his organization is aiding the Santa Clarita Valley committee, which is seeking bipartisan community support. Lutness, who is chairman of the 38th Assembly District for the Democratic Party, is joined on the steering committee by Joan and Ed Dunn, who are middle-of-the-road Republicans. Ed Dunn has served on two local water boards. He and Joan lost their bid for water board seats in the 2005 election. Dunn’s experience fuels his passion for the measure. “Strong special interests locally did not want us on the water boards,” Ed Dunn said. The couple raised $5,000 to $7,000 in campaign funds between them, he said. “The opposition raised more than $40,000 to push us off the board. That says it all, why we need the clean money.” Not everyone agrees. Since 2000, a voluntary clean-money system has funded campaigns in the state of Arizona. An analyst at The Goldwater Institute in Arizona said clean money’s promise to increase the number of candidates and competition, and to lessen the influence of special interests, has fallen flat. Analyst Benjamin Barr cited a study in 2003 that found no statistical difference in the slate of candidates before and after Arizona’s clean-money measure took effect. “We were unable to back up empirical claims that clean elections are working,” said Barr, an analyst at the institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. The center’s own study scrutinized whether clean-money candidates voted differently than their privately funded opponents, but found no difference, he said. “When it comes down to it, the ideology of the legislator and the need of the constituents was most controlling,” Barr said. Legislators in Sacramento are considering Assembly Bill 583, which would provide “clean money” to candidates running for statewide office: up to $60 million for governor candidates, $1.8 million for state Senate bids and $900,000 for Assembly bids. The measure, which is before the Senate, could cost taxpayers more than $100 million a year, legislative analysts have said. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, who must give up his Assembly seat under state term limits and who is campaigning for state treasurer, abstained from voting on the bill. Richman said he is philosophically supportive of public financing for campaigns, but many details in this bill had not been fully worked out. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said he favors immediate reporting of contributions so voters will know who backs whom. “Disclosure and disclosure as fast as you can is the best way to see how money is flowing into the campaigns,” he said. Spending limits on the clean campaigns may be cumbersome, and may spawn independent financing campaigns not by candidates but by their supporters who are bound by fewer rules, Runner added. Some question whether taxpayers should be paying to elect candidates they do not support. The maximum contribution now allowed for individuals and businesses alike in Santa Clarita elections is $360. For April’s race, as of Feb. 1, Councilman Frank Ferry had raised $108,000, Mayor Laurene Weste raised $48,000 and Councilwoman Marsha McLean, who is in line to be the next mayor, had raised nearly $22,000. Challengers Henry Schultz had raised $1,200, Michael Cruz raised about $2,590 and Mark Hershey had raised $2,860. While many are looking to the future for answers, Goldwater Institute analyst Barr suggested looking back at James Madison’s writings in the Federalist Papers. Madison’s answer to dealing with factions was to allow them to flourish and cancel themselves out. “Allow various interests to collide, and provide for full disclosure,” Barr said., Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 IF YOU GO The Santa Clarita City Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s famous amateur weatherman has predicted the county is set to shiver from a series of cold snaps this winter.Postman Michael Gallagher has said he is “99% sure” the country will suffer heavy falls of snow – before Christmas.Mr Gallagher, who makes his predictions by studying plants and animals, has written a best-selling book ‘Traditional Weather Signs”. In his first prediction this year, the postman says the country will shiver in the coming weeks.“I have never seen as many berries on the trees in the mountains and the birds are singing very loudly in recent days.“I have never seen as clear a day as I saw this week and that is not a good omen.“The abundance of berries is a sure sign that temperatures are going to plunge in the winter. We’re in for a cold one. And I’m 99% sure we’ll have plenty of snow,” he said. Mr Gallagher famously forced bookmaker Paddy Power to pay out more than €70,000 when he correctly predicted a white Christmas three years ago.However the forecaster from Glenfin says it is too early to say whether we are in for a white festive season.“I don’t think it will be as tough as a couple of years ago but it will get cold very soon.“I can’ say just yet if we will have a white Christmas but we’ll almost certainly have plenty of snow before Christmas. DONEGAL’S FAMOUS WEATHERMAN PREDICTS SNOW BEFORE CHRISTMAS! was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 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:CHristmasMichael Gallagherpredictionsnowlast_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Conference helps young cattlemen develop industry leadership skills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) hosted 18 cattlemen and women for a 3-day leadership development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas, Aug. 18-20. The conference was made possible by Farm Credit Mid-America and the Ohio Soybean Council.YCC kicked off Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus with a beef dinner and participants were present for the 2016 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show carcass contest awards presentation. Guest speaker, Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director of Supply Development for the Certified Angus Beef Brand, discussed the challenges and opportunities currently facing the beef industry.Conference attendees also participated in a spokesperson training program by Daren Williams, Senior Executive Director of Communications. Williams lead participants through a media training session that strengthened their communication skills, taught attendees how to tell their beef production story, and become a more effective cattle industry leader.Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) staff discussed the value of membership and the role OCA plays in representing the interests of beef producers on legislative and regulatory issues. The Ohio Beef Council staff presented an overview of checkoff funded beef promotions designed to increase consumer demand for beef.Participants had the opportunity to have lunch at Cameron Mitchell’s The Pearl restaurant in Columbus to learn about the checkoff’s partnership with the restaurant chain built around beef promotions. Following lunch, participants traveled to the Ohio State House where they met with Senator Bob Peterson (District 17). Senator Peterson, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke about current Ohio legislation affecting the beef cattle industry and answered questions from the group.The group was able to attend a Columbus Clippers baseball game, where they gained firsthand experience in telling their beef story to game attendees, while promoting beef at the ballpark.The final day included a session with Dr. Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, for a Mini-BEEF 509 class. Dr. Garcia provided hands-on learning on how meat is graded, fabrication of wholesale and retail cuts, and other issues that can affect beef quality and pricing. Participants also viewed champion carcasses from the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Participants also heard from Hank LeVan, OSU’s recent addition to the Animal Sciences staff. LeVan is also serving as the Livestock Judging Team coach and provided goals set for the upcoming teams and avenues provided to achieve them.A special tour of the Ohio State University Woody Hayes Athletic Center was a highlight of the program thanks to a continuing relationship between OCA and the OSU football team. OCA annually prepares and serves beef for the Champions Dinner and other team events. Participants learned about the history of OSU football and toured the training and practice facilities.The purpose of the YCC is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. Young beef producers interested in attending the 2017 YCC should contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or email read more

8 Lies About Selling

first_imgHere are 8 lies about selling: Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It is enough to just be helpful. It is true that you create value by helping your buyer. You help them discover their needs. You help them determine the cause of their problems. You help them evaluate their choices and the accompanying trade-offs. Providing them with information promptly isn’t enough to help to make you a trusted advisor. You need to have chops.Selling has changed so much that . . . There is no doubt that selling has changed. And so has buying. But the core of selling hasn’t changed much. You still need to be known. You still need to be trusted. You still need to be liked. You still need to know how to help your dream client produce better results than they are now. And you still need to ask for and gain commitments.Salespeople are no longer necessary. You can buy things on the Internet. You can find information on the Internet too. But when the decision you need to make is complex, risky, and expensive, you are going to want to work with a professional.Inside sales will replace the need for field sales. Every week I get an email from a sales consultant who insists that a field sales force is unnecessary. Along with a lot of other folks, he believes that inside sales people are all that any business needs. There is no doubt that there are good reasons to drive the costs out of some sales operations. But because something is the right idea for one business doesn’t make it right for all businesses. Face to face sales isn’t going away anytime soon.The majority of buyers are engaged online. Everyone is online. Everyone is on Facebook. A lot of people are on LinkedIn. But not everyone is online engaging with salespeople. One reason this is true is that using the social tools to engage buyers isn’t easy for a lot of sales organizations. In some industries, like SAAS industries, a lot of people in a lot of different roles are engaged. But in some huge, old industries, not so much.The new “new” thing is the magic bullet. Every couple of years a new process, methodology, or technology is touted as the magic bullet. All of these processes, methodologies, and technologies are valuable. But none of them ever lives up to the hype. None of them ever turns out to be the magic bullet. Because there isn’t one.You must wait for buyer’s to engage. Waiting isn’t a strategy. It’s a particularly bad strategy for a sales organization. No matter how good your inbound marketing efforts are, it’s a bad idea to allow inbound leads to determine your destiny. You still need to target your dream clients and proactively and professionally pursue them.You must wait for buyers to ask to buy. If waiting for your dream client to engage is a bad idea, then waiting for them to tell you that they are ready to buy is an even worse idea. The idea that you need to wait for your dream client to ask you if they can buy is nonsense. You still need to ask for all of the commitments you need. If you’ve earned those commitments, you should have no hesitation about asking.last_img read more