20 Labour Day projects registered in Portland

first_img20 Labour Day projects registered in Portland CultureMay 17, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO — As plans for Labour Day gain momentum in Portland, a total of 20 projects have so far being registered for the parish. The plans were extensively discussed at a Labour Day Committee meeting, held at the Portland Parish Council, on May 13. Labour Day will be observed on Monday, May 23, under the theme: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. The Port Antonio Hospital has been identified as the parish project, and the children’s and maternity wards will be painted, as well as the exterior of the building;  debris will be removed from the hospital compound, and the hospital grounds will be beautified. Other projects include the repair, cleaning and beautification of a number of basic schools in the parish; the painting of police stations; cleaning and beautifying communities, and building bus sheds.  Work will also continue on the Muirton Boys’ Home in Manchioneal, which was the parish project for Labour Day 2010. Speaking at the meeting, Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, exhorted all persons, agencies and members of the local business community in the parish, to support the parish project, as the hospital belongs to everyone. “We want Portland’s project to be the best national project, and so I am encouraging everyone to give it their best support,” the Mayor said. Meanwhile, Locksley Johnson, representing the ‘Friends of the Hospital’, said  the Portland Ministers Fraternal has said that 50 volunteers will participate in the parish project, and explained that members of police youth clubs, the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs will also be providing volunteers. Persons are being invited to attend the Labour Day Church Service for the parish, which will be held at the Shiloh Apostolic Church on Mannings Avenue, Port Antonio, on Sunday, May 15, beginning at 11:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Among the agencies present at the meeting were the Portland Fire Department, the Social Development Commission, the Jamaica Information Service, the Police, the Portland Parish Council and representatives of the Port Antonio Hospital. By LORNA WILLIAMS, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE Related20 Labour Day projects registered in Portland Related20 Labour Day projects registered in Portland Advertisements Related20 Labour Day projects registered in Portlandlast_img read more

Stryker Family Overwhelmed by Support Following Fire

first_img“We never expected any of this support, much less this much support from the community,” Jim said. “I mean we don’t know a lot of people here.” But that’s just how people in the area, said Heather Greenwood, who owns Pamper Your Pooch in Eureka. After the fire, Greenwood took in the Pohls’ two dogs and has begun gathering household items for the family. “They’re just the kind of people that once you meet you want to bend over backwards to help. They’re just wonderful,” Greenwood said. “And the donations have been rolling in, everything from furniture to microwaves, to toilet paper and toothbrushes.”In less than a week, Greenwood had already delivered multiple truckloads of supplies to the Pohl family. A fund has also been set up at Glacier Bank for the family.“It’s overwhelming, but in a good way,” Amanda said. “We’re really taken aback by all of the people who are trying to help us.”As Jim and Amanda looked at the burned out house, a fresh layer of snow now covered the ground. Just about everything they owned was either destroyed or damaged, but Jim said it’s only material things. “I could care less about all the stuff we lost, because I still have my wife and kids,” Jim said. “All the stuff we lost is nothing compared to what we saved.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. STRYKER – A week after the fire, 12 stockings were still hanging over the fireplace at Jim and Amanda Pohl’s home in Stryker – each one still heavy with the smell of soot and smoke.The Pohls and nine of their 12 children had just spent their first Christmas together as a family, when a fire broke out on New Year’s Eve, destroying their home. What wasn’t burned in the blaze was heavily damaged by smoke. “It’s sad,” Jim said. “I mean this is our home and we had made memories here and planned to make many more.”But as they walked through the charred remains of their home, Jim and Amanda remained positive and said that this is just a “bump in the road.” In recent days an outpouring of support from the Eureka and Stryker communities has overwhelmed the family.Originally from Minnesota, Jim and Amanda moved to Montana in 2011 and were married in January of last year. Together, they have 12 children from previous marriages, ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old. Both of them are self-employed; he as a handyman and she as a photographer. Last July, when the family moved into the home along the Stillwater River in Stryker, they began working on the property in hopes of opening a family campground. They already had a sign erected along U.S. Highway 93 and hoped to open on Memorial Day weekend. Early on the morning of Dec. 31, an electrical fire sparked in the basement. Jim woke up to the smell of smoke, dressed and opened the bedroom door. He found the entire house engulfed in smoke. He quickly turned to his wife and told her the house was on fire. The parents ran to the other side of the house to wake the nine sleeping children.“Get up, get up, get up,” Jim yelled as he ran. Amanda gathered all of the children with just the clothing on their backs and ran for the truck outside. Jim then went back inside to recover his guns and to try to find the family’s two dogs. Meanwhile, Amanda counted the nine children over and over again just to make sure everyone had gotten out of the house. “We were just bawling and praying inside the truck,” she said.The family then drove to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Three fire departments responded to the blaze, which destroyed most of the interior and damaged nearly everything inside. “(The kids) didn’t have a lot to open on Christmas and so to lose what they had was tough,” said Amanda, standing outside the home last week. “It’s just weird to look at; I mean we could have died.” Since the fire, the family has been staying at a home Jim worked on near Fortine, but they are currently looking for something more permanent. Because they rent their home, they are unsure if they will be able to rebuild. One positive that has emerged from the fire is the outpouring of support the family has received. Jim and Amanda Pohl describe how they and nine of their children made it safely out of their home that caught fire on New Year’s Eve. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beaconlast_img read more

Ronaldo to Gunnarsson: You want my shirt? Who are you?

first_img Upd. at 21:10 Ronaldo has also made sensational statments in Bild previously, on one occassion saying: “I receive envy because I’m rich, handsome and a great player.” CEST Cristiano Ronaldo has made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Porutgal’s 1-1 draw against Iceland on Tuesday. It’s well know that the Portuguese star is a world-class striker but he’s also egocentric, and that characteristic reared its ugly head once again at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard. The 31-year-old then continued his childish behaviour after the game, claiming Portugal’s opponent has “a small mentality and won’t get far [in Euro 2016]”.center_img Sport EN “Swap shirts? Who are you?” was Ronaldo’s response to the Iceland midfielder after he was twice ignored in the changing rooms. Revealed by Bild in the aftermath of the encounter, Aron Gunnarsson approached the Real Madrid player and asked to exchange shirts, which was met with what can only be adjudged as an arrogant remark. 17/06/2016last_img read more

Hall of Fame for LVR grad Matt Hopkins

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson  Daily SportsUniversity seems such a long time ago for Nelson’s Matt Hopkins.However, Lindenwood University hasn’t forgot the impact the L.V. Rogers grad had on the Missouri institution.The university recently inducted Hopkins in to the Lindenwood Hall of Fame during the fall.Hopkins, a four-time all conference and all-region golfer, joined nine other individuals and three teams in the 2010 class.“It was a great honour to receive,” Hopkins told The Nelson Daily from Vancouver. “I hadn’t been back to school since I graduated in 2005 and it gave a chance for my family to see where I went to school as well, as they weren’t able to make it down while I was attending college.”Hopkins, 28, attended Lindenwood on a golf scholarship from 2002-2005 after graduating from L.V. Rogers High School where he was a standout on the Bomber golf team. During his four years the son of Matt Hopkins of Victoria and Sheila Hopkins of Nelson, helped the team win four-conference championships and participated in four national tournaments. Hopkins had 24 top-ten finishes and won three tournaments during his career.“It gave me a lot of pride to be honoured . . . anytime you recognized it feels great,” said Hopkins, who now works as an account manager in the ticket operations department for the Vancouver Canucks. “I felt great that people at Lindenwood remembered me, and my accomplishments to the athletic program . . .. Which is moving to NCAA Division II (in 2011).”As a freshman, Hopkins was the regional individual champion and led Lindenwood to a regional championship. The next year, Hopkins helped the team repeat as regional champions. In 2005, Hopkins finished in the top 15 at the national tournament and was named to the All-American team. He set a course record that year with a six-under-par 66 at the national championships.The induction ceremony was hosted by former Lindenwood grad Bob Ramsay, a radio personality from ESPN 101 in St. Louis.Each inductee had a chance to speak about their time at Lindenwood.  There was also the homecoming football game the following day, where all HOF inductees were recognized on the field at halftime.After graduation, Hopkins managed to get his tour card on the Canadian Professional circuit.Despite having the game to compete at that level, the 5’10” scratch player failed to get the financial backing to make it a go on tour.“The issue for me was always one of sponsorship,” admits the former Granite Pointe at Nelson golfer. “I was able to qualify for the Canadian Tour on my first attempt, but was never able to gain much in terms of help making a real go of it.  “I didn’t really have anyone that I knew that had been in the situation locally, so I found it tough to gain any traction.”Despite having to pull the plug on his professional career, Hopkins doesn’t want to forget the people that helped him get off the ground, albeit for a brief time.“To even get where I did I was pretty happy, but I would have been able to do it without a few people — my mom, my sister Shannon, my dad, Lauren Thast, Sandy Renwick, Murray Elias, Howie Hyssop and Grant Arcuri all come to mind,” Hopkins said. “Without those people the dream would have never even got off the ground in the first place.”Spoken like a true Hall of [email protected]last_img read more

Changes Coming to Third-Party Stroller/Mobility Aid Rentals

first_imgShare This!Okay, readers — want the good news or the bad news first?The good news is that you still can have strollers and mobility aids (such as wheelchairs and ECVs) brought to your resort by a third-party vendor of your choice.The bad news is that it will be less convenient to do so, thanks to some new rules going into effect on October 1, 2019.As being reported by several local vendors, Disney has now changed their policy such that third-party vendors for items like strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs can no longer be dropped off at bell services prior to your arrival, and they cannot be left by you at bell services to be picked up by the vendor at the end of your trip.What this means is that you’ll need to contact your third-party vendor to arrange for a time to personally accept delivery and pickup of your item.As of right now (3 PM on Friday, September 27), third-party grocery vendors are stating that they have asked if this impacts their deliveries and have been told that it does not — that grocery orders will still be accepted at bell services. That said, this is certainly an ever-evolving situation. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open to let you know of any additional changes to Disney’s policies.Update: 5:00 PM, 9/27/19Some companies have issued statements with different information, so if you have a rental coming up, the best thing to do is contact the company.From Kingdom Strollers:Disney has changed their policy for service providers starting October 1st. All orders PLACED after October 1st will need to meet with a representative for the delivery and return pick up of their rented item.Orders placed before October 1st will still be allowed to be delivered and picked up through the resorts luggage desks.So any order for Oct, Nov, Dec, etc that was placed before Oct 1st will continue to go through the luggage desks. Any future orders placed after Oct 1st will need to meet with us for delivery and pick up.From Orlando Stroller Rental:Walt Disney World has changed their policy for their stroller rental vendors. If you placed your reservation prior to November 2nd for travel before OR after November 2nd, your stroller will be waiting for you in your Walt Disney World Resort’s luggage room. You may also return your stroller to the luggage room on your last day without meeting us. No change is needed.Starting in October, we are very excited to say that our customers will be able to pick up and return their strollers to and from the Orlando International Airport. The pick up and return counter will be on level B1 of the airport which is the same level as Disney’s Magical Express. Therefore, customers will have a few options where we can best meet their stroller needs. They will be able to choose:•Orlando International Airport (MCO) more details soon•Orlando Stroller Rentals store, located at 3232 Rolling Oaks Blvd in Kissimmee just minutes away from Animal Kingdom•Delivery to and pick up from your Walt Disney World Resort’s luggage room. (Then starting November 2 any new orders placed for future travel will need to be a meet and greet at your hotel if you do not select one of the first two options) From Buena Vista Scooter and Stroller Rentals:As many of you may have heard, through the rumor mill, there have been some developments, over the past few days, regarding the “preferred provider” program @ Walt Disney world.We can confirm that the rumors are in fact correct.Disney HAS eliminated the preferred provider program, which means Buena Vista will eventually be converting to a “meet and Greet” operation.However, ALL reservations that are placed prior to October 1st will be grandfathered in and will not be effected by these changes. If you are in need of a rental and DO NOT want to be affected, it is very important that you book before 10/1, regardless of when your rental is set to begin.last_img read more

Young statisticians gather in SA

first_imgThe ISIbalo programme, an initiative ofStatistics South Africa, is aimed atencouraging more young South Africansto consider statistics as a career.(Image: Statistics South Africa)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s official statistics body Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will host the first conference for the continent’s young statisticians in Pretoria in July 2008.The Young African Statisticians Conference will prepare attendees for the 57th session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in Durban in 2009. This is the first time in the 122-year history of the ISI that a session is taking place in sub-Saharan Africa.Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel will deliver the opening address, while keynote speeches from Prof. Denise Lievesley, the president of the ISI executive, Prof. Ben Kiregyera of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and Prof. Richard Mkandawire of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development can be expected.The conference falls under the umbrella of the ISIbalo (Nguni, meaning mathematical sum) programme, a capacity-building initiative of Stats SA designed to draw in a new generation of statisticians and encourage more interest in maths and science at school level.Africa does not have a consistent history of achievement in the science of statistics and ISIbalo seeks to redress this situation. The programme has been developed as an integral part of the upcoming ISI session, the primary focus of which is to develop human statistical capacity in South Africa, the Southern African Development Community and Africa as a whole, beyond 2009, with a special focus on young statisticians and women.“The fact that the global statistics community will convene their conference in South Africa is recognition of the work Stats SA has done, especially on the African continent,” says Howard Gabriels, chair of the Statistics Council.Striving for excellenceIn 2004, at the jubilee of the South African Statistical Association, Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel named various challenges facing South Africa in its efforts to achieve statistical excellence. Two of the most crucial issues are, firstly, that the statistics body must inspire greater faith in official statistics among South Africans, especially after the inaccuracies of the apartheid regime and a number of errors made by Stats SA in more recent years.The second issue is recognising the importance of building capacity in statistics to sustain the country’s growth and competency in this field on an international level.The current lack of statistical skills among South Africans is a legacy of the apartheid era, during which education for black learners was inadequate and maths and science were not taught in black schools. This has resulted in the loss of an entire generation of potential statisticians and scientists.“There are too few South Africans who love statistics or have a passion for it,” says Pali Lehohla, South Africa’s Statistician-General and patron of the young statisticians conference.However, says Lehohla, the road map to beating these challenges is becoming clearer. “Central to this road map is the role of Africa’s young statisticians whose intellect and ability are key to overcoming many of the technological and measurement issues in Africa.“A focus on Africa’s youth in the statistical community is a first step towards building Africa’s foundation for managing better data for better results in the face of these challenges. The first Africa Young Statisticians Conference will therefore bring together young African statisticians from across the continent to deliberate on the pertinent issues of statistical development.”The conference will give Africa’s young statisticians a taste of what they can expect at the 57th session of the ISI. Previously, according to Stats SA, African participation in ISI sessions has been minimal but this is to be addressed through exercises in research and development, training in survey methodology and census analysis, workshops in scientific writing skills and preparation of research papers for presentation. In this way Africa’s statisticians will be better equipped to play a significant role in the international statistical fraternity.Supplying quality dataStatistics South Africa is the country’s national statistics board and was established after the Statistics Act of 1999 was passed by Parliament. The function of Stats SA is to further democracy and economic growth through the delivery of accurate and accessible statistical information across a range of key indicators such as the Consumer Price Index, Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, population, manufacturing, tourism, and retail, trade and vehicle sales.Stats SA undertakes official censuses and surveys for demographic, economic, environmental and social purposes and has produced two national censuses to date, in 1996 and 2001. In keeping with its vision to be the preferred supplier of quality statistics, the body has adopted a number of operating principles relating to impartiality, professional standards, accountability and transparency, legislation, cost effectiveness and confidentiality. It also cooperates with statistical producers both inside South Africa and abroad, and adheres to international standards to promote consistency.Stats SA is assisted by a Statistics Council, which comprises 25 members appointed by the minister of finance. Members serve for a maximum of three years and collectively advise on major data-gathering activities. They also comment on the quality of censuses and make recommendations regarding Stats SA’s annual work plan, which documents the broad strategic approach and key priorities to be adhered to over the medium term.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .Useful linksStatistics South AfricaYoung Statisticians ConferenceInternational Statistical Institute 57th sessionSouth African Statistical AssociationInkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centrelast_img read more

Khwezi Oils shakes up South Africa’s green fuel market

first_imgBrian Sibusiso Mpono is Playing his Part in ensuring that South Africa has a cleaner, greener future. His company, Khwezi Oils, is exploiting a new niche in the South African fuel market by making biofuel, refined from waste cooking oil, and it’s proving a hit with local trucking companies.Brian Sibusiso Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils Biodiesel and Brand South Africa ambassador. (Image: Brian Sibusiso Mpono)Brand South Africa reporterThirty-year-old Mpono, from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, recognised the knock-on effects of volatile crude oil prices on the South African market, and that fossil fuels are creating environmental problems.He says, “I came to learn that biodiesel was the next big thing in the fuel industry and understood the volatility of the crude oil price and its effects on the South African economy. Too, that it was the prime answer to global warming and climate change as an alternative environmentally friendly energy fuel; this I researched and got from the rest of the world.”In 2011, Mpono founded Khwezi Oils Biodiesel and Khwezi Biodiesel; “At this point I realised that my business was to pioneer an innovation that did not exist commercially, by a young black South African … in the history of ‘petro-fuels’ at a refinery level.“The scale and enormity of the industry of my business is a colossal; Brent crude supplies are dwindling, and South Africa relies heavily on Brent crude oil for its refineries, which is why the price of fuel is out of control in South Africa. However, bio-diesel on the other hand uses sunflower oil (waste), collected from hospitality industry hotels, restaurants, fast food franchises and the like so dependency shifts from Brent crude to oil that is always available and also environmentally friendly, saving the ozone from carbon emissions and ultimately global warming.”Mpono is turning “trash-into-cash” now, supplying mainly the construction and trucking and logistics industries for the past three years. In its first year of trade Khwezi Oils generated R1.2-million in turnover, of which 30% was gross profit.When speaking about his love for the environment and his green initiatives, Mpono said he simply looked at where the “world is going and where it will be over the next 50 years”, and his common denominator was “green energy”.“The sulphur content in fossil fuels was the main cause of global warming because of carbon emissions, and biofuels was the answer.”He said he had always had the ability to meet communities’ needs.“The Wright Brothers revolutionised aviation; they foresaw that soon air travel will be necessary, whether they would still be living in that century or not didn’t matter; Jimmy Dunlop saw it necessary that just like human beings vehicles need ‘shoes’ and invented the rubber tyre; William Burton, the father of petroleum fuel, burnt oil at extremely high temperatures to refine fuel; Karl Benz and his wife, [created] the first petroleum powered engine. Just like all these pioneers, I have always had a knack for providing solutions for what the market wants and needs and meeting that.”Khwezi Oils Biodiesel began after a conversation about eco-friendly biofuels. (Image: Brian Mpono)Kwezi Oils starts upInitially Mpono ran a communications company, Khwezi Communications. He’d studied in the field, but the company didn’t succeed and he found himself unemployed.Then in early 2011, Mpono says,”I met a gentleman who ran a business with a fleet of trucks; we were just having a casual chat and he said to me he makes his own diesel! I said ‘nonsense’, because only Sapref, Engen and Chevron have refineries making fuel from brent crude oil.”“He said he makes it from sunflower oil, ok! He said come see it; I went to see him and yes he was making biodiesel as a hobby. Then me and my media knowledge I start going on telling where what and how, then he turns around and says to me; ‘Brian, if you can commercialise this biodiesel plant and make a business concern out of it, I will assist you in making it happen. Put your ideas and plans on paper and come see me tomorrow; I will teach you everything there is to know about biofuels’.“The next day I was back at his office; we sat down and spent a couple of hours going through formalities. By the close of business that day I had a fully-fledged biofuel business… he backed me to the tune of R300 000.”Despite the company’s early success, biodiesel was still relatively unknown in South Africa; Mpono says, “Overseas it was as common as spring water; maverick approach; I took my product to where it was needed; taxi and bus ranks, trucking companies; my product was not tried and tested, but I did it anyway risking the impact it might have on the engines on my clients’ vehicles. I did it anyway because I rested on the vision that come 2013 it will become a hot topic… I pursued with trial and error with an existing business concern.“Others shunned it because they were surprised by a black South African involved in fuel production; unheard of between Cape Town and Limpopo; those who tried it, tried it and were happy; those who weren’t, well I just didn’t convince them so I soldiered on.”Khwezi Oils is a two-fold business; creating profits for Mpono and his suppliers, many of which are local households. Mpono pays R4 per litre for waste oil, which would usually be thrown away.“In effect, waste cooking for me is liquid oil, and these households are throwing away money they could get back passively but they don’t know. Through Play Your Part, I have always envisaged educating communities, schools, universities about the environmental impact of ‘waste oil’, and how trash can be turned into cash.“Using open areas within these townships, set up recycling stations for disposing of used cooking oil, I would then pay that community for … each litre they dispose of. Through this initiative I am empowering and developing that community through environmental education at the same time – awareness for the environment they live in; because the very same waste cooking oil they dispose of for me, is the same ‘waste’ that will contribute to developing their community through the money generated from the oil; essentially I am subsidising their spend on cooking oil.“I am conscientising these communities to contribute actively and positively to saving the country and world from global warming by being environmentally friendly. But it takes a game changer like me to make them aware.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Callejon to join Hamsik in China?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli forward Jose Callejon could reunite with Marek Hamsik and Rafa Benitez at Chinese club Dalian Yifang in January, it is claimed. The Spaniard has been a virtual ever-present at the San Paolo since his move to Napoli from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. However, his contract expires at the end of the season and President Aurelio De Laurentiis has already made it clear that he will not match the winger’s salary demands.  Now, Il Mattino reports the 32-year-old might follow in Hamsik’s footsteps and join Dalian this winter – providing they come up with a similar bid. If no deal is agreed in January, Callejon could still be on his way once the season concludes in May. Dalian are also managed by Benitez, who was in charge of Napoli between 2013 and 2015.last_img read more

Dude, Cold Calling Is For Losers (Video)

first_img Originally published Sep 22, 2008 11:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Inbound Sales (Marketing) What do you think?  The stars of the video are Mark Roberge (inbound) and Dan Tyre (outbound) both from HubSpot.  If you like it (or if you don’t!), send the YouTube Link to a few friends, leave comments and ratings at YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3yCB7AvvAkEmail this link to a friend. last_img read more