Grace Kennedy Education Run targets $9.5 million

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of GraceKennedy Don Wehby said that the company is looking to use its GK Education 5K Run/Walk to aid its plan to send 10,000 children to school in the next few years. The Run/Walk, which is also officially sponsored by The Gleaner Company (Media) Ltd, gets under way at 6 a.m. on Sunday July 9 in downtown Kingston. Wehby said this year’s target is primarily to raise more funds. “We have set an aggressive target of $9.5 million to continue to assist children with their education,” Wehby said, during the media launch at GraceKennedy offices located at Harbour Street yesterday. “GraceKennedy is committed to education. We currently send 5,000 students to school, so I want by 2020 to send 10,000 students to school,” he added. “Every Jamaican should get the opportunity to be educated and that is what GraceKennedy stands for – helping to improve Jamaica. These events are my favourite,” the CEO said. Race Director Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis outlined the route for the meet. “The 5K road race starts at the corner of Port Royal Street and St George’s Lane, then left on to Duke Street, continuing on to Ocean Boulevard, left onto Port Royal Street on to Marcus Garvey Drive, turn around at the intersection of Rum Stores Road, then on to Water Lane. Then right on to Pechon Street, left onto Harbour Street, right on to Fleet Street, then right on to Port Royal Street to the finish line at the Hanover Street intersection,” he said. Francis added that the event that started 38 years ago, is the primary fundraiser for the educational programmes undertaken by the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation. The activities will not be exclusive only to the roadways, as it was also announced that there will be a boat race. The entry fee for the 5K is $1,200 and awards will be presented immediately after the race. 5K ROUTElast_img read more

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People’s National Congress Reform

first_imgThe People’s National Congress Reform extends greetings, best wishes and divine blessings to our Hindu community, as well as to Guyanese generally on the national holiday of “Deepavali”. This religious festival is unique in its spiritual context and significance, which it holds for our nation.As the rows of diyas are lit, it is time to focus on changing the lives of all Guyanese for the better. Falling standards and moral decay must be arrested in order to bring our nation to a level acceptable to the world and to heaven.On this occasion, it is hoped that the lighted diyas will usher in light, love, unity, prosperity and happiness to all Guyanese, especially the underprivileged.Let Deepavali, this year, be a time of deep reflection, and the making of a solemn resolve to bring our nation out of the darkness and into the light.A joyous and Happy Deepavali to all Guyanese!last_img read more

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SuperSport United Malawi ace injured

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31- South Africa SuperSport United striker, Atusaye Nyondo picked up an ankle injury in training to present Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri fresh headache before Saturday’s Nations Cup qualifier against Harambee Stars. Nyando had to be to be stretchered off from the Co-operative College Training Grounds in Nairobi as Phiri, who brought only 20 players to Kenya for the match faced the prospect of missing yet another key player for his team.Nyondo has scored six times in 13 appearances for SuperSport whom he joined last year. The injury scare prompted The Flames boss to lambast the training facilities his team was offered by hosts Football Kenya Federation (FKF) ahead of the Group F opener that will be contested at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.“This ground is not conducive to conduct proper training with its tall grass and uneven surface; we actually had our striker limp off the field after he tripped into one of the holes“We came with a squad of 20 since the rest are still recuperating after taking part in their gruelling league matches and will have to wait the decision from the team doctor on his fate,” Phiri complained.He went on to accuse FKF of lacking proper preparation and co-ordination for the visitors since their arrival on Wednesday.“The boys are somehow upset since we had to wait for long before we could get the correct information concerning our preparation grounds facilitation“We feel that Kenya and Malawi have always had a proper relationship and it’s not fair for them to play mind games, those should maybe arise when you are facing teams from the West or North but not your immediate neighbours,” Phiri charged.Besides been satisfied with the hosts’ security arrangements that includes Police escort during their travels, Phiri said he could not understand why the officials they were in contact with could not speak in one voice. “I don’t know whether your federation has a parallel set of groups running it since one person comes and talks to us then disappears before another comes and pretends to be in charge of our plans, before leaving and resorting to phone calls that were not bearing fruit,” he stressed.FKF Technical Director Patrick Naggi who arrived at the venue minutes before The Flames absolved the federation from blame citing the heightened state of security mounted in the country following a spate of terrorist attacks from outlawed Somali group Al Shabaab.“We admit there are certain logistical challenges which I attribute to the security concerns from the Government after the recent attacks in the City.“We were instructed by authorities to shift our visitors’ camp to the Karen surroundings after their arrival to guarantee their safety which made it difficult to get suitable training venue in time,” Naggi told.Malawi consequently moved to the nearby Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Karen Campus for their afternoon training session before getting the feel of the match venue on Friday afternoon. After the weekend tie, Malawi will face Nigeria in their next World Cup qualifier before hosting Chad for their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations return leg qualifier as Kenya travel to play Namibia and Togo away in their respective qualifiers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea apologise ‘profusely’ to Johnson over abuse

first_img“It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely,” read the statement.Johnson is one of around 350 people to have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport.Chelsea also explained they had felt with the original agreement with Johnson a confidentiality clause was normal procedure but had revoked it after the slew of allegations of sex abuse across English football had emerged in the past fortnight.Johnson has told them through his lawyers that there were other cases of abuse at the club while Heath was employed there but had been unable to find any other players.“We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view” and are “fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises”.Ex-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was “common knowledge” that Heath was a paedophile.“It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a ‘nonce’ (slang for paedophile),” Hudson wrote on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.“I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense.”Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, have also come forward about his predatory behaviour.Jimmy Scott, former skipper of Orient where Heath worked during the 1950s and 60s, said he had retorted he would punch him when he was propositioned whilst a former trainee from Charlton, where he worked in the early 1980s, claimed in The Times he had ‘touched up’ two of his team-mates.– ‘Insular’ –Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn’t believe the Football Association (FA) were in a good position to investigate how their predecessors had dealt with the matter.Sutcliffe, sports minister in the Labour Government from 2007 and 2010, said there was concern during his tenure about how the FA dealt with governance of the sport and with youth development.The 63-year-old said it would be preferable if an independent body, such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the issue rather than the FA investigating itself.“What I’ve seen in football over the years is that they’re very narrow, very insular, and may not do a proper job even though with the right intentions,” he said.According to reports, a former employee of Southampton Football Club accused of abusing young players in the 1980s is still working in the sport.BBC’s Radio 4 said it understood the employee, who faced allegations from four former players, left Southampton after concerns were raised about his conduct with youth team members, but went on to work for other clubs one of which asked that he leave as well.He was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a former Southampton youth player — the fourth one to come forward but who wished to remain anonymous — on the same programme on Saturday.The club said Friday it had been contacted by police “following information supplied to us in relation to historical child abuse within football”.Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy — in charge from 1973 to 1985 and winning the FA Cup as a Second Division side in 1976 beating Manchester United — — said he was ‘shocked and disgusted’ by the claims of grooming and sexual abuse.“Certainly if I’d known that was happening in my time — and I don’t think it did happen in my time — I would have got it killed straightaway,” he told the BBC.“If I thought for one minute that sort of thing was happening, I’d have acted … certainly I’d have gone straight to the police.”Former England captain and Southampton star Alan Shearer also urged footballers to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the recent revelations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Around 350 people have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches © AFP/File / Alfredo EstrellaLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Gary Johnson received a public apology from English football giants Chelsea on Saturday over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.The club — who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 ($63,000) by them not to go public with his allegations — issued a statement praising Johnson’s courage in talking about the traumatic experience.last_img read more

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Rooney reveals amazing Capello World Cup blunder

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed former England manager Fabio Capello cheered for Italy at the 2010 World Cup while he was leading the Three Lions to a miserable exit.The Italian guided England to the 2010 finals in South Africa but, after underwhelming in the group stage, they crashed out in the second round with a heavy defeat to Germany.And Rooney says watching Capello and his coaches cheering on Italy during the tournament was probably the final straw for his reign.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Rooney said: “Capello’s English wasn’t great, and it just didn’t feel right. He brought his backroom staff in and they were all Italian and it just didn’t feel right. “I remember at the World Cup in South Africa, Fabio and his coaches were watching Italy play and they were cheering when Italy scored, and he was there as England manager. “I don’t think that was right. It didn’t work and we had to move on.”Listen to the full interview with Wayne Rooney here, or download the podcast from iTunesWayne Rooney FoundationWayne set up his Foundation to use his status to help vulnerable children and young people and improve their lives. He chose the NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation as beneficiaries. WR organised for all profits from his United testimonial against Everton last year to go to these chosen charities. So far he has raised £1.2m and aims to generate more income and awareness for the charities to go towards lasting projects for children in the north west and nationally.SEE ALSOWayne Rooney Exclusive: Everton star reveals he’d like to be England managerIt’s over! Wayne Rooney insists there will be no u-turn on England retirementWayne Rooney reveals Everton return was almost ruined!Wayne Rooney insists England got it all wrong with Paul Scholes and cost themselves a trophyWayne Rooney insists England would have won Euro 2004 if he’d stayed fitWayne Rooney calls for top players to be fast-tracked through their coaching badgesWayne Rooney vows to teach ‘arrogance and belief’ to Everton’s kids for famelast_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp says there is no pressure on Emre Can to sign new Liverpool deal

first_img1 The Germany international has just seven months remaining on his current contract Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he will not put pressure on midfielder Emre Can to sign a new contract despite the threat of him leaving in the summer increasing.The Germany international has just seven months remaining on his current deal and, with negotiations at an impasse, there is the possibility, as Juventus are heavily linked with an approach, he could sign a pre-contract agreement with a European club in January.“What could I do now? I could say ‘Yes, it is a big problem’, but it isn’t,” said Klopp.“I could say it is a big problem which we have to resolve now and put pressure on the player, put pressure on the club, but it makes no sense.“We have to respect his contract is ending and that is how it is.“I’ve said it a few times and I’ll say it again: it is our job to make this club as exciting as possible.“He is also allowed to sign a contract (with Liverpool) in May as a player who is still already here. I have no problem with that.“As long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign his mind is somewhere else I don’t have to talk about this, it is a normal thing in football.”Asked about January’s opening of the transfer window, and Can’s ability to strike a deal with a European club, Klopp added: “That is part of football. If it happens like this we can’t change it.“If a player (belonging to another club) is ending his contract next summer and he is good then we should try to do the same so that is an opportunity for all of us.”last_img read more

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Play time in the park

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Photos by John Kennedy / Staff Brothers Jonathan Paez, 10, right, and Andrew Paez, 6, toss buckets of water at each other in a water fight at the water fountain at Michigan Park in Whittier on Tuesday. The brothers came out to the park with their mother, Gina Paez, to enjoy the last days of their vacation before they return to school. Jonathan will be in the fifth grade and Andrew in the first grade. Julia Ruiz, 3, left, runs through the refreshing water drops of the Michigan Park water fountain Tuesday. Below, Robert Varley, 3, right, kicks a ball back to his mother, Marci Varley, left, at Michigan Park. Bottom, a man takes a nap Tuesday in the shade of the trees at Michigan Park. 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

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S.D. County runs out of ballots

first_imgSAN DIEGO – About 5,000 voters received photocopied absentee ballots this week because the San Diego County Registrar of Voters ran out of regular ballots. The county sent the photocopies after demand for absentee ballots in Tuesday’s election proved unusually high and a printing order wasn’t completed fast enough. Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas said, “Their votes will be counted.” When the photocopied ballots are returned, registrar’s employees will copy votes onto regular ballots. These will be then run through optical scanners and counted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’To remake a ballot, one registrar’s employee reads it, another marks a new ballot, then both check the results and sign off on it. The Democratic Party has asked for observers to be on hand when the ballots are remade. Ballots are remade every election, for instance after military personnel deployed overseas fax their votes in. It’s not illegal for a registrar’s office to issue copies of ballots.last_img read more

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5 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgWhen I was working my way up through a sales organization, I looked forward to growing from running my territory to leading an entire region. When I was promoted to vice president, my first big priority was recruiting.I inherited a region with two open territories. There was a sense of urgency in getting these two under-performing markets on the right track, and it was also my big opportunity to immediately add value as a new leader. I worked closely with HR to screen candidates and schedule interviews in each market.Following the initial interviews, I scheduled some time out of the office with my two best candidates. We had lunch and dinner meetings in an effort to do some relationship building, answer questions and assess fit. We checked references and conducted background checks. HR administered our pre-hire assessment to determine if each candidate was projected to perform in accordance with expectations. We extended two offers to my two top candidates and they both accepted. I was ecstatic.Four weeks later, I knew I’d blown both hires. It didn’t take long to see that neither candidate could hit the ground running. What they offered in the interview wasn’t supported with deep enough competency to excel on the job. They could fake it for a couple of hours, but neither candidate was going to make it.I fired one of the new hires within his first 90 days on the job. His behavior earned him the early exit and it was an easy call to make. What wasn’t easy: recovering from the setback. We had introduced him to our best clients. Now I had to rally the troops and somehow maintain a semblance of confidence from our client roster. I lost months of potential sales productivity in a territory that was already running well below performance standards. This was an expensive mistake – only to be outdone by my misstep in the other territory.In the other territory, I didn’t have the courage to confront a situation that I knew was going to result in underperformance. Instead of acting quickly, I invested an inordinate amount of time coaching and counseling someone that really wasn’t right for the role. He wanted to succeed. I wanted him to succeed. But it just wasn’t going to happen. My months of waiting cost our organization far more than the new hire I terminated in 90 days.Today I coach leaders on how to effectively address performance issues and take corrective action. My rookie mistakes around hiring and accountability are the same mistakes I see managers make today. In a large organization, those mistakes, while detrimental, are often absorbed.But, in a small organization, the same hiring and management mistakes can be catastrophic to the business.Learn from the mistakes I made. Avoid these 5 hiring missteps:I hired impatiently: I didn’t spend enough time assessing the competency of each candidate. I learned the hard way that an open position is better than the wrong hire.I oversold the job: I am all for leading with a strong employment value proposition. But, I didn’t provide enough realistic insight into how much hard work and effort goes into becoming an extraordinary sales professional. Sure, top sales producers in many organizations can earn well into the six-figure range. Sounds great. Trouble is, many people simply aren’t willing to make the commitment required to achieve that level of sales success.I tried to hire people like me: This one is still hard to admit, but in hindsight it was my biggest rookie management mistake. The candidates looked good on paper and dressed the part. That didn’t transfer into results. My top producers were always very likable, but most of them weren’t very much like me at all.I trusted my instincts: Hiring well isn’t a gut decision, no matter how well you “know people.” Unless you have specifically worked with someone before (or received an impressive referral by someone you know well), don’t trust your gut.I waited too long to take corrective action: Is this the best person for the job? It’s a very useful question for a leader. I knew my answer and I didn’t take action quickly, which only pushed the territory further behind. That wasn’t in the best interest of the business and actually wasn’t in the best interest of the employee, who simply wasn’t in a role that aligned with his strengths.Hiring well is hard and important work. Avoid these 5 mistakes when considering and evaluating candidates.last_img read more

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Web Crystal Ball: Obama and Paul Will Win Tonight

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The use of social networking and web-based organizing tools in politics has been a major story over the past year (in fact, we named it as our 6th most important story of 2007). Tonight, when a number of Iowans gather to decide who they think should represent the two major US political parties in the upcoming presidential election, we will begin to see if all that web campaigning paid off.In August, we wondered if the the Internet really made a difference in election politics. Beyond the obvious ability to generate donations (as evidenced by the record funding numbers reported by Ron Paul last month), there are serious doubts as to whether Internet popularity can translate to success at the polls.We noted in August, that looking at YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook popularity predicted an eventual head-to-head between Ron Paul and Barack Obama. But in every national poll at the time, neither candidate came out on top. In November, the Compete “Candidate FaceTime” metric showed Paul and Mike Huckabee way out in front, with Obama and Hillary Clinton leading on the Democratic side. The national poll results still don’t bear out the online popularity. National polls still have Clinton way ahead of Obama, and Paul in a distant sixth place.We’ve speculated that one reason might be that much of the attention anti-war candidates like Obama and Paul are receiving is coming from overseas — where anti-war and anti-Bush sentiment is generally greater than in the US. American politics are profoundly important across the globe, so people outside of the US pay attention, but though their votes in online straw polls and visits to candidate MySpace pages are counted, they cannot vote in US elections and are left out of local polling.Yesterday, Hitwise released numbers showing which candidate’s official web site was most popular among Iowans. That means these numbers can’t be influenced by people from other countries — this is the Internet election as predicted by the very people who caucus to start the process tonight. Tags:#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Surprisingly, Iowa predicts wins for Barack Obama and Ron Paul — both of whom received far more Internet visits from Iowa connected computers in the past month than their next closes rivals (Clinton and Huckabee, respectively). Hitwise is seeing similar results nationally (though with Paul and Huckabee ahead of Obama and Clinton). These results are in line with what the web has been telling us all year.The latest polls out of Iowa, however, still disagree with what the web predicts. Real Clear Politics, which averages major polls to come up with a single number, shows a statistical dead heat in Iowa between Obama, Clinton, and John Edwards. On the Republican site, Huckabee and Mitt Romney are neck and neck, but Paul is sitting in 6th place, well out of contention.So which is right? While Obama and Paul continue to rack up the wins online, the offline poll numbers show a tougher road to the White House for both. At this point, it’s probably best to dispense with the predictions, and guesses, and analysis and wait to see who actually wins in the morning — then we’ll have a clearer picture of how much the Internet matters in campaign politics. At least until Tuesday, when we get to do it all over again in New Hampshire (where, incidentally, Hitwise shows John McCain and Mike Huckabee both leading Ron Paul, and the latest polls have McCain in the lead).Image via: AAAS. Related Posts last_img read more

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