Sigma Run turns spotlight on cancer

first_imgThe Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, set for Sunday, February 21, is ready to raise $50 million to contribute to three worthy causes. Sagicor Group raised a record $26 million in 2015 and the aim for the 18th staging this year is to double the target of $25 million set last year. This year’s beneficiaries are Children with Cancer across the island, as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit in St Elizabeth. President and CEO of the Sagicor Group, Richard Byles, challenged Jamaicans to donate and pledge funds towards Sigma Run 2016. “Over the years, we have raised $166 million mainly for children and institutions,” Byles disclosed at the media launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Last year, we raised the most money in one year of $26 million. This year, we hope to raise $50 million. We have some special contribution cards in order to reach the target,” Byles added. “This year, we are focusing on cancer. We could not want a more worthy cause,” he disclosed. “We plan to give most of the funds to the Jamaica Cancer Society. We also want to help the children with cancer and the Black River Hospital,” Byles said. This year’s patrons for the event are track and field stars Asafa Powell and Novlene Williams-Mills and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills, a relay gold medallist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, said she could not turn down the opportunity offered by Sagicor. “It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of this year’s Sigma Run. I’m a proud breast cancer survivor going back to 2012 when cancer became a part of my life,” an emotional Williams-Mills stated. “I know what it is for a family with a breast cancer survivor. It is a burden. I have to look in the mirror and see the many scars on my body. It is hard to deal with this thing called cancer, it will rip you apart,” she said. “Cancer has been a part of my family, as my sister died from ovarian cancer and my mother is also a cancer survivor. I ask for support for other survivors as they need help,” Williams-Mills added. Sheryl Lee Ralph revealed that cancer took away her father. “In 2013, prostate cancer took my dad, he fought every minute of the disease. I’m very happy to be partnering with Sagicor to help educate others about the disease. Health really matters,” the actress said. DONATION TO HELP CHILDRENlast_img read more

Rifle found under Stabroek Market canopy

first_imgA rifle was on Wednesday evening discovered during an operation by members of the City Constabulary under the Stabroek Market canopy.The rifle was reportedly seen in the possession of a man who dropped the weapon and made good his escape after Police ranks swooped down on him.Assistant Superintendent of the City Constabulary, Gordon Langevine, when contacted, explained that based on intelligence, City Police searched a bag that was in the possession of the man. During the search, the disassembled firearm was discovered, but there was no ammunition.The weapon was handed over to the Guyana Police Force. Ballistic tests are expected to be conducted on the weapon to determine if it was used in any criminal activities.Chief Constable Andrew Foo related that in the past, the area where the weapon was found was known to be flooded with criminal elements who either robbed citizens or were involved in narco trafficking.As such, the Constabulary had recommended that vendors plying their trade in that particular area be removed permanently.This, however, can only be done once areas are identified for their relocation. Presently, City Hall is in receipt of a number of plans to accommodate the vendors at Bourda. On this note, Town Clerk Royston King is expected to meet with the vendors as early as today.last_img read more

New Surinamese Ambassador to Guyana appointed

first_img…pledges to deepen cultural ties with GuyanaPresident David Granger on Wednesday accepted a letter of credence from Ebu Jones at the Ministry of the Presidency, accrediting him as the new Surinamese Ambassador to Guyana.With the appointment of the new Ambassador, both Guyana and Suriname are seeking to improve their bilateral relationship through initiatives for sustainable development.In the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen Cummings and Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Audrey Jardine-Waddell, Ambassador Jones posited that his country is looking at deepening cultural ties with Guyana.According to him, both countries have displayed mutual respect and understanding for each other since the establishment of their bilateral relationship in 1975, which has witnessed continuous collaboration in a number of sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, forestry and health. Going forward, Suriname is also seeking to boost trading operations with Guyana with the prospects of other collaborations.“The Government of Suriname believes that the main focus and coopFrom left: Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen Cummings; Suriname Ambassador to Guyana Ebu Jones; President David Granger; and Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Audrey Jardine-Waddelleration should be placed on achieving sustainability and in the pursuit of the development of country and people. It is therefore important and necessary that an atmosphere of peace, togetherness and friendship is being sustained. Emphasis should be placed on what binds us rather than what divides us,” the newly accredited Ambassador related.He added, “There is even more potential for collaboration in the sustainable use of our natural resources as well as exploring environmental tourism and agriculture opportunities both countries have to offer. Suriname also looks forward towards deepening the cultural relationship and intensifying economic trade activities.”President David Granger acknowledged his letter of credence, adding that the main focus will surround regional peace. This includes the elimination of illegal migration and money laundering among other issues which are seen as threats.“Guyana is committed towards ensuring that the South American continent remains a zone of peace. Peace in our region could be endangered by transnational threats such as trafficking of illegal weapons, narcotics and people; illegal migration; money laundering, environmental hazards and territorial controversies,” the president said.The idea of eradicating these issues were welcomed by both countries, who saw the appointment as an opportunity to combat difficult challenges faced in the past. As was mentioned, there is a large count of persons from the Guyanese Diaspora, who have been residing and contributing economically to Suriname.“Guyana looks forward to working with Suriname within the ambit of the Caribbean Community and the Guyana Suriname Corporation Council, to continue to improve trade, to intensify cultural, economic, environmental and social cooperation to combat transnational threats.”The new Ambassador had previously held the position of Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Next year, the countries will celebrate 45 years since the establishment of bilateral ties.last_img read more

Chetwynd team takes first spot at 28th Hudson’s Hope Lifestyles Tournament

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – It was an exciting weekend of slo-pitch in Hudson’s Hope for the 28th Annual Lifestyles Softball Tournament.The invitational tournament saw 12 teams from across the Peace, including Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge competing over the weekend for softball glory.In the end, it was the Chetwynd Giants who took home the trophy in the tournament after an exciting final game late Sunday afternoon.- Advertisement –last_img

BC Forestry Losses

first_imgCanadian forest companies continued to bleed red ink in the third financial quarter.PriceWaterhouse-Coopers analyst, David Thompson says, the companies lost 552 million dollars, on top of more than one billion, in the first six months of this year.Domtar was the only publicly-reporting, Canadian company, to show a third quarter profit…45 million.All Western companies lost money — a combined 230 million, compared to 132 million, in the same quarter a year ago.Locally, Peace Valley OSB plant, general manager, Chris Baby, is scheduled to hold a Year in Review news briefing, tomorrow morning, which we’re told will include a markets and mill outlook, for 2009.Recall last year the plant shutdown, from December 24th to January 2nd, with the slowdown in the wood product’s industry cited, as the reason. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Los Osos, Etiwanda, Upland finish tied for first

first_imgOr all of them, for that matter. Instead, all three did just enough to win and finish with 7-3 records, making Los Osos, Etiwanda and Upland tri-champs in the parity-filled league. The topsy-turvy Baseline League was close all year long, so it seemed entirely possible that with three boys basketball teams tied for first place heading into the final night, at least one of them could be upset. Photo Gallery: Los Osos High vs Rancho Cucamonga High The three games on Thursday night were decided by a combined seven points. Los Osos beat Rancho Cucamonga 58-56; Etiwanda defeated Claremont 65-62 and Upland got past Alta Loma 57-55. The Grizzlies had to survive two potential game-winning 3-point attempts by RC in the final seconds – including one at the buzzer. A nearly-identical sequence occurred in Etiwanda’s game – although Claremont’s two last-second 3-point attempts would have only tied the game. And Upland overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 2:30 to pull out its victory. center_img At Rancho Cucamonga, the final sequence left Los Osos coach David Smith holding his breath on the sideline. “That, and a few prayers,” he said. “For whatever reason, we always seem to play like that at Rancho.” Los Osos’ Cameron Khoury made sure the Grizzlies’ cross-town rivals didn’t ruin their back-to-back title hopes, scoring 20 points to go with 18 rebounds. Upland didn’t have to worry about going on the road, but the Highlanders still found themselves trailing by three possessions in the final minutes. The school’s all-time leading scorer, senior Willie Trimble, tied the game at 53 on a pull-up jumper with 1:07 remaining. Trimble still wasn’t done, giving Upland the lead for good shortly thereafter on another jumper. The Highlanders extended their lead to four before Alta Loma’s basket in the last second. “I’m happy we showed the fortitude to come back,” Upland coach John McNally said. “I felt if we could just hit a shot, it would get our energy up a little (for a comeback).” McNally liked seeing his players celebrate with the students and fans after winning the school’s first title since 2003. “We haven’t been real successful the past few years,” he said. “We wanted to let the kids enjoy it.” Etiwanda won its fourth straight league title thanks to 23 points from Rome Draper and 19 from Erick Ellis. The Eagles led by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter, but had to hold off the Wolfpack’s late comeback attempt. “Everybody’s going out and giving their best performances,” Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner said. “Everybody should be proud of the way they competed, regardless of where they ended up. It’s a sign of the strength of our league.” The tiebreaker for playoff seeding purposes will be decided on a coin flip today between Los Osos and Etiwanda. Upland is the No. 3 seed. 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

Future of gymnastics club remains an unknown

first_imgAt Monday’s City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the North Peace Gymnastics Association made a presentation to City Council. Aside from talking about the role of the club within the community, the future of the organization was also discussed.The club is looking for a temporary facility where it can carry on its usual activities. In particular they would require a structure that has at least 4,000 square feet of gym space, although more would be preferable as programming was previously maxed out at 6,000.A ceiling height of 18 to 20 feet would be needed for safe use of a trampoline and uneven bars. Washrooms and changing rooms for male and female members would also be needed.- Advertisement -As for where things stand currently, the City admitted the fate of the gymnastics club gym is unknown as the insurance company has not reviewed the site. There is also no timeline as to when the process will be completed.“Does the City intent to rebuild or repair the building which housed the gymnastics club? I don’t think we know yet,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said. “I’m not sure if the insurance has even taken a look at things because a report has not come to Council yet.”Ackerman added the City will work with the gymnastics club as much as possible moving forward and will keep them informed once it’s determined what will happen to the gym, as well as potential temporary solutions.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘We controlled the game but didn’t have the luck,’ says Van Gaal after derby draw

first_imgLouis van Gaal believes his United side should have won the 170th Manchester derby.The Old Trafford contest ended in a stalemate and both sides had few chances to win the match.Joe Hart made a late save to deny Chris Smalling, while Morgan Schneiderlin and Jesse Lingard also had good opportunities for the home side.The Red Devils manager said: “I am very proud of my players [and I have told them that], but also disappointed that we could not win this game.“We have controlled the game and Manchester City didn’t have any chances, we had a few chances but not too much.“It is also difficult when you are playing so organised like Manchester City did.“They have adapted their line-up [from the win over Sevilla], they played with another midfielder and one striker.”One key moment in the game was when Ander Herrera was brought down in the City box by Raheem Sterling, with referee Mark Clattenberg waving away the home side’s appeals, and the Man United boss feels they deserved a penalty.He added: “We were not lucky, I believe Herrera deserved a penalty but we didn’t get the penalty, you need the luck that the referee sees that.“I am not interested in moral victories, I am only interested in scoring goals to win the game.”last_img read more

Reiner takes 5 from First 5 to campaign

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Hollywood director Rob Reiner has taken a leave as chairman of a state commission that spent $23 million on ads touting the value of early education programs while he is promoting a statewide preschool initiative. In a letter Friday to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Reiner said the leave will last until June 7, the day after voters cast ballots on Proposition 82. The proposition would establish a state constitutional right to preschool for all 4-year-olds and raise income taxes for wealthier households to fund preschool programs. Reiner is stepping down from the state’s First 5 California Children and Families Commission, a state agency that uses tobacco taxes for early childhood development programs. He has chaired the commission since its inception in 1999. Reiner has said he and the commission have done nothing wrong, but he is stepping aside for the good of the commission. 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 State Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman, of Irvine, and Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, a candidate for state controller, urged Controller Steve Westly on Friday to audit the commission. They cited concerns that the panel used tax money to aid the preschool initiative. Tony Strickland, a Republican also running for controller, also called for an audit earlier this week. Westly, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, has ordered a review and will use that to determine whether to conduct an audit, his spokesman, Yusef Robb, said Saturday. From November to January, the First 5 commission, which was created by a 1998 initiative that increased taxes on a pack of cigarettes by 50 cents, spent $23 million on television ads promoting preschool. The ads aired as Reiner was launching the Proposition 82 initiative for the June ballot. If successful, it would raise taxes by $2.4 billion a year to pay for universal preschool. State law prohibits the use of public funds for campaign activities.last_img read more

GAA NEWS : ST.MARY’S JUNIORS BEAT NAOMH COLUMBA

first_imgBingo continues in hall at 8.30PM on Tuesday.Lotto results are MN,WX,LS,DB. Four matched two and they were P.Mailey Convoy,W.Bonner Bingo,E.Fylnn ,P.Martin Raphoe. Next week’s jackpot is €1200Training for Ladies Wed from 7 -8.15 Fri from 7.30 and sun 12.30 New Players are always welcome. The Junior team won at home v Naomh Columba a great performance from the St Mary’s girls in very hot conditions they went in at half time down by 2 points 1-01 to 0-2 scores from Lydia and Caoimhe .St Mary’s came out the stronger in the second half and with a goal from Emma Mc Namee and scores from Caoimhe Browne,Lydia Fowley and Erica Wilson seen the girls take the win Final score 1-7 to 1-05 Scorers St Mary’s Emma Mc Namee 0-1 ,Caoimhe Browne 0-3 Lydia Fowley 0-2 Martina Mc Daid 0-1 and Erica Wilson 0-1Gaelic for Mothers and Others takes place on Wed at 8.30 new players always welcome best wishes to all involved playing at half –time at the ladies finals day in Derry .Training for Underage continues on Friday evening from 6-7 new Players welcome.U 8 had their final blitz away to Castlefin well done to all and thanks to Coaches and parents that have helped out and especially the Children who took part. U 10 away to Termon for their Final Blitz on Sat times etc will be given out on Fri.U12 away to Red Hughs on Mon bus times Drumkeen 5.45 Convoy 6 and Raphoe 6.10U 14 girls were beaten away to Lifford next Game on Thurs at home to CastlefinU 16 were beaten at home by a strong St Eunans side.ALL Guess the Score sheets must be returned to Laurence Mc Mullan, Coaches or Committee members by Fri 19th July. Best wishes to Club Girls in the All-Ireland Semi-final minors Ciara Gallagher, Nadia Mc Gee and Sarah Allan.GAA NEWS : ST.MARY’S JUNIORS BEAT NAOMH COLUMBA was last modified: July 14th, 2013 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)last_img read more