JN banking on Racers Grand Prix

first_imgJN Bank confirmed that they will continue as title sponsors of the JN Racers Grand Prix over the next two instalments in a move that Carlene Edwards, the institution’s sales, promotions and events manager said was an indication of its commitment to athletics and sports development in general.The June 10 event is set to unfold at the National Stadium with the likes of Usain Bolt, David Rudisha, Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekerk expected to pull massive crowds.Edwards, who was speaking at yesterday’s launch event ahead of the second instalment of the Glen Mills-inspired meet, noted that her company was determined to play its role in pushing the growth of the sport in the island, and bringing world-class level athletics to the Jamaican track and field supporter.”The important thing for us is to ensure that we have the opportunity to bring the biggest international stars of the sport here, and paired with our own icons and standouts, we are certain that the JN Racers Grand Prix product will continue to push the sport forward,” Edwards told The Gleaner.”We are tremendously excited, JN Group has been sponsoring sports and athletics and so it was an easy decision for us to again come on board with this event knowing the track record of Glen Mills and the Racers Track Club, so it was really a no-brainer for us,” Edwards added.She added that JN Bank will be engaging those in attendance at the meet in various activities involving JN Group products.PROMOTION COMING SOONEdwards noted that JN Bank will be launching a promotion in early April for JN Bank Visa Credit Card customers, who will have a chance to win tickets to the JN Racers Grand Prix and all-expense paid trips to the IAAF World Championships in London this summer.”We will be activating our JN Bank Visa card, we will be using social media to give persons the chance to win tickets to JN Racers Grand Prix, with what we are calling the JN Bank Visa Credit Card VIP experience, where they will be treated like stars in the stadium,” said Edwards.”In early April, we will launch our JN Bank Visa credit card promotion and for persons with the Classic card, all they have to do is spend at $10,000 per month within the promotional period and persons with the Gold card; we are asking them to spend at least 15,000 to get an entry into the grand prize draw for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to the World Championships,” Edwards concluded.last_img read more

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Commerce Ministry Releases Commodity Prices

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce has released its bi-monthly critical commodities bulletin highlighting the prices of key commodities in the country.The commodities include rice, the national staple, petroleum, a political commodity, and other food & non-food items.In a release issued recently in Monrovia, the Ministry indicated there were over 35,856 metric tons of 50 kg rice in the country which is expected to last up to the 21 of September.The retail price for rice is US$14 to 16/25kg in Montserrado and its environs while the retail price in the rural area is US$19 to 20/25kg.The pump price of Petroleum products (diesel and gasoline) is US$4.26 and $4.18 respectively.Cement, which is now being widely used in the country by everybody for infrastructure building, is now being sold at US$8.50 to 8.75/50kg in Monrovia while rural is US$9 – 10 /50kg. According to the Ministry, the bi-monthly bulletin is a product of the Ministry developed to inform the public on key commodities inventory and pricing on a bi-monthly basis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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5 in custody after ‘Operation Restore Order’ on Essequibo Coast

first_imgFive persons have been taken into custody as the Guyana Police Force continues with its operation to restore order in the country.The Force took the operation to the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Saturday where the exercise was conducted between 04:30h and 07:30h. They carried out a cordon and search at the Onderneeming Sandpit area and at Pamona.The operation was led by Assistant Superintend of Police (ASP) King.During the exercise, the party of Policemen searched five houses and arrested five people.Among those arrested were 35-year-old Ron Norton, an electrician of Lot 8 Onderneeming Sandpit; 22-year-old Azaad Hussein, called “Egg man”, a labourer of Lot 28 Middlesex, Essequibo Coast; 19-year-old Mahase Persaud, a labourer of Lot 106 Pomona; and 20-year-old Nazir Hussain, a labourer of Lot 28 Middlesex. They were all arrested on break and enter and larceny offences.In addition, 24-year-old Delon Adonis, also a labourer of 21-22 Pamona, was arrested on a possession of narcotics charge after he was found with six grams of cannabis.During the operation, Adonis was searched, and the suspected cannabis was found in his right-side pants pocket. He admitted to ownership and he along with the other four suspects were placed in custody.Meanwhile, a bicycle was found in a trail leading further into the backlands.According to the Police, there was no incident during the exercise.last_img read more

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Appellate Court upholds Justice Patterson’s appointment as GECOM Chairman

first_img…as PPP signals intention to appeal decisionBy Shemuel FanfairPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha lost his appeal to the acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s decision regarding the appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) when the Court of Appeal handed down its ruling on Thursday. The PPP was seeking to have the court reverse Justice George’s June 8, 2018, ruling which followed Mustapha filing his case in October last year.Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appellate Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud unanimously agreed that Justice Patterson’s appointment was not unconstitutional, saying the President was empowered to appoint a Judge, retired Judge or someone with theAttorney Anil Nandlallqualifications if he judged the Opposition Leader’s list unacceptable. Justice Gregory in her determination opined that the three lists as submitted did not achieve consensus.“My finding is that to submit lists with three sets of names and simultaneously ask the President, in submitting those names to choose a Chairman; in my mind, that could not have been contemplated as achieving consensus,” the Appeal Court Judge observed.She also said the manner in which the lists were submitted was not reasonable, adding that the submission of the three lists without engagement could not have led to the selection of a “consensual candidate.”Justice Persaud, focused on three aspects on the interpretive process of Guyana’s Constitution, having observed that while it was earlier framed with a view of giving the President unilateral power to appoint a Chairman; was moved toward a consensual approach. He said that initial engagement with the President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo showed an “appreciation” for the consensualGuyana Elections Chairman, retired Justice James Pattersonnature for GECOM Chairman’s appointment.Justice Persaud said too that any move towards unilateralism is wholly unacceptable and this could lead to abuse and would not be motivated by good faith. He outlined that there was nothing to suggest that the President acted “unconstitutionally, illegally or unreasonably in appointing Justice Patterson.“The appointment of a former Judge results itself in impartiality and fairness and can only lead to establishing the intended balance prescribed for as a whole,” the Judge highlighted.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards who announced the unanimous decision spoke extensively in giving background to applicant’s case. Included in the salient points she addressed was that the appellant’s case had no bearing in affecting the elections process as the challenge to Justice Patterson’s appointment was filed well before the date before Local Government Elections (LGE) was proclaimed.She therefore determined that both the High Court and Appeal Court had jurisdiction to hear Mustapha’s case. She also harped on the point of the unilateral position being changed to one of consensus. Justice Cummings-Edwards reminded that the Constitution had earlier outlined that the President was required to select a Judge, retired Judge or one that holds the qualifications to be a Judge. This was later amended when the late Desmond Hoyte was the Opposition Leader and Hoyte could have submitted a list with any other “fit and proper” person.The country’s most senior Judge outlined that once he found the list, in what theAttorney General Basil Williamsframers of the Constitution opined as “not acceptable”, he could select a Judge, retired Judge or one that holds the relevant qualifications. Justice Cummings-Edwards held the view that this decision was in keeping with the proviso to Article 161(2) of the Constitution declaring that Justice George’s High Court decision upholding the appointment was correct. She observed too that the retired Judge was qualified to serve in the Chairman’s post, having served in the Commonwealth, with Guyana being included in this category.The Attorney General in reacting to the ruling, meanwhile, said he was pleased with the court’s decision though he said the local courts have being ruling against him. He held that both the President and his acts have immunity, saying the appointment of GECOM Chair is Granger’s decision. The Chancellor had moments before ruled that the President’s acts were not immune.“We can’t have you personally exempted and then any Tom, Dick and Harry could go to a court and attempt to examine and dissect them and you’re not present,” the AG stressed.He said he is prepared to defend the case further even as the applicant’s Attorney Anil Nandlall confirmed to members of the media that he will be soon be taking the case to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). He expressed his disappointment over the Judges agreeing with many of his arguments, while still ruling unfavourably toward his client.“The Judges demonstrated an understanding of the history of the provision; an understanding of what was required in the interpretation of the provision; they understood what the powers of the President were and the powers of the Leader of the Opposition was and then suddenly as they were about to make that crucial ruling, there was a mental, judicial, jurisprudential collapse in their reasoning,” Nandlall opined.No court costs were awarded by the Appeal Court after Thursday’s decision.last_img read more

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Santa Photo Fundraiser with The Canadian Grind

first_img100% of the proceeds from this event go to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. – Advertisement -Sessions are $20.00 per sitting. Call 250-785-2711 to book sessions. The Canadian Grind is unable to take bookings on Facebook. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Annual Photos with Santa Fundraiser to raise funds for the FSJ Hospital Foundation is approaching. center_img Bookings have begun with openings on November 29th, November 30th, December 6th and December 7th, 2019. To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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AUDIT INTO CHILD ABUSE IN RAPHOE DIOCESE DELAYED AS BOARD SEEKS MORE INFORMATION

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The report into sex abuse in the Diocese of Raphoe has been delayed after the man carrying out the investigation asked for more information from church authorities.The church-run National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church has spent months carrying out a review of all allegations made against priests here in Co Donegal.The long-awaited report was due to be published by Chief Executive of the NBSCC, Ian Elliott, either this week or at the beginning of September. But Donegaldaily.com now understands the audit will not be made public until October at the earliest.It is understood Mr Elliott has contacted the church in Donegal seeking further information on certain matters which has now caused the delay.However a spokesman for the Board said they could not comment on any aspect of the report until such time as it is published.When the report is complete it will be forwarded to the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr.Philip Boyce, who will decide when to make it public. The communications director with the Raphoe Diocese, Fr Paddy Dunne, said he understood it would be “some time” before the report was released to Bishop Boyce.“There is a lot of speculation. It was supposed to be soon but I understand it could be some time. I do not know when.“I am not privy to that information. When the Bishop receives the report he will decide when to make it public,” he said.Raphoe is the sixth of Ireland’s 26 dioceses to have an audit into alleged sex abuse by priests carried out.The diocese of Raphoe contained some of the country’s most notorious paedophile priests including Fr Eugene Greene. Fr Greene was jailed for 12 years in 2000 for the rape and sexual assault of 26 boys but was released in 2008.A total of six priests from the Raphoe Diocese have so far been brought to justice for their crimes.The board, which was formed in 2006, was tasked with uncovering the full extent of all complaints or allegations, knowledge, suspicions or concerns of child sexual abuse, made to the Raphoe diocese by individuals or by the civil authorities in the period 1 January 1975 to the present day, against Catholic clergy.Its objective will be ‘to confirm how known allegations have been responded to and what the current arrangements for safeguarding children are’ in the Raphoe diocese. It is not believed the Raphoe report will feature priests involved in abuse before 1975.A recent report which claimed there were “hundreds and hundreds” of sex abuse victims who were abused by up to 20 priests in the diocese of Raphoe was dismissed by Bishop Philip Boyce who said it was simply not true.EndsAUDIT INTO CHILD ABUSE IN RAPHOE DIOCESE DELAYED AS BOARD SEEKS MORE INFORMATION was last modified: August 29th, 2011 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:auditBishop Philip Boyceraphoe dioceselast_img read more

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DD LOCAL: NOVEL BASED ON OILEÁN NA MÁRBH BEING LAUNCHED THIS WEEKEND

first_imgJimmy Duffy’s Annagry Community News August 28th to 31stBOOK LAUNCHThe launch of the book Oileán na Márbh will take place in Leo’s Tavern Meenaleck on Saturday August 30th at 9.30pm. Oileán na Márbh is a novel set in the Lower Rosses in 1897. It’s a story of landscape and history, of love and loss, of change and challenge to cultural norms, of clergy and community, of misunderstanding and rumour, of responsibility and redemption. Music on the night will be provided by Clann Mhic Ruairí and Brí. Everyone is welcome.  CLASSES AND ACTIVITIESThat time of year is upon us again. Coiste Forbartha Anagaire will launch their programme of winter classes and activities in September. We hope to start the same classes and activities as last season but we are open to ideas for the community. We hope to hold an Art class on Saturday around noon, if this time suits and you are interested in taking part in the class contact us at annagryhall@gmail.com or by mobile 087 1935066. Other activities will include Hip Hop, Crochet, Gaeilge, Set Dancing, Music, Pilates, Aerobics, Genealogy, Social Media, Currach Building, Flytying and much more.  RECORD POTATOHugo Sharkey had a surprise discovery this week when digging his potato crop at his lakeside croft in Annagry West. Measuring over nine inches in length, it must be one of the largest specimens ever to be grown in the region. The variety is Désirée, taken from East Anglia earlier in the season. It certainly has made its self at home in the fertile limestone furrows of the Murlough shores. TABLE QUIZA Table Quiz in aid of Keadue Band will be held in Caisleain Óir Annagry on Wednesday September 3rd at 10pm. Teams of four €20 per table. Thank you for your continued support.    LOTTOThere was no winner of the €1760 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for August 20th. The numbers drawn were 2-14-20-21. Sarah O’Donnell Keadue and Tony Doherty Carraig a’ Choill Rann na Feirste matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on August 27th is €1820. If you’re not in, you can’t win!   DD LOCAL: NOVEL BASED ON OILEÁN NA MÁRBH BEING LAUNCHED THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Annagry Community NotesJimmy DuffyLeo’s Tavernnovellast_img read more

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‘Rewind’ show has different feel to it

first_imgDid you see Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter apologize to USC quarterback Matt Leinart for the late hit delivered by the Sun Devils’ Robert James in the first quarter of Saturday’s game? Not if you watched ABC’s regional telecast. But it was definitely some of the compelling stuff of the weekly “USC Rewind” on FSN West 2 that debuts each Tuesday night. As this, as well as the “UCLA Rewind” that airs Monday nights, begin to hit their stride, they’ve become one of the can’t-miss weekly shows for local college football fans looking for more than just a half-hour rehash of the previous week’s game. “The premise of each show is that when you think about how much goes into a game, with so many more dramatic elements, we try to pick out 20 plays that were the backbone of the actual game and then elaborate with different camera angles and edit in reaction from coaches and players,” explained coordinating producer Mark Walton, a USC film and television school grad who oversees the Trojans’ show and actually shoots much of the game footage himself. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE “We want to show what captures the essence of what it feels like on the field.” The key to pulling this off also involves a labor-intensive edit turnaround in a limited time frame. Dave Sobel, who coordinates the UCLA show, has a much shorter window. But post-game locker room footage he has obtained from his crew for the last two Bruins games showing an animated Karl Dorrell should dispel any notion that he’s a coach who can’t be inspiring. Walton hopes by the end of the season, similar USC locker room scenes will be included, but for now, Trojans coach Pete Carroll has been protective of that getting out on a weekly basis. Those kind of scenes have been the highlights of recent USC season-in-review DVD presentations. – Tom Hoffarth center_img 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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Dakota Dino Reveals Skin Cells

first_img“Absolutely amazing” and “absolutely gobsmacking” are exclamations made by scientists analyzing the fossilized skin of a hadrosaur known as Dakota.  The researchers found cell structures and organic matter in the skin and layers that resemble the skin of birds and crocodiles.    The specimen was uncovered in 1999 on a North Dakota ranch and is still being analyzed.  Photos on the BBC News show clear scales and cross sections of microscopic tendon structures.  The article said, “Tests have shown that the fossil still holds cell-like structures,” adding, “although the proteins that made up the hadrosaur’s skin had degraded, the amino acid building blocks that once made up the proteins were still present.”    How could soft tissue structures and details survive intact for 66 million years?  The BBC article and National Geographic News repeat the researchers’ claim that this dinosaur was buried rapidly in a low-oxygen environment that prevented decay.  Even so, it was unexpected to find this much preservation over such a long time.  Derek Briggs, a Yale paleontologist who studies exceptionally-preserved fossils, said, “This kind of discovery just demonstrates very clearly that soft tissue does survive, that the processes involved are unusual but not absolutely extraordinary – so there’s no reason why this kind of material won’t be discovered again.”    Briggs told the BBC News that one reason paleontologists have not found soft tissues before recently is that they were not expecting to find them: “in many cases these kinds of skin impressions have gone unnoticed and people have gone after the skeleton, which is of course what you’d expect to be preserved.”  Phillip Manning, author of a new book Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science expects a lot more soft tissue could be out there awaiting discovery: “Who knows?” he said.  “The elusive dinosaur mummies of the fossil record might be more common.”    The National Geographic article, true to form, emphasized the similarity of Dakota’s skin to that of birds (cf. 06/18/2009).  “There’s no evidence of goosebumps just yet,” quipped reporter Christine Dell’Amore, “but a remarkably preserved dinosaur reveals that the prehistoric reptile had skin like that of birds and crocodiles, a new study says.”Why are the scientists so sure that an oxygen-free environment would preserve amino acids and mummified skin from degradation for 66 million years?  This should be a testable hypothesis.  There are anoxic bacteria, after all.  Could they not be capable of degrading organic matter?  And Dakota was not found in an underwater oxygen-free tomb, but in rock.  Someone should put two identical dead animals in two tanks, one with oxygen and one without, simulating plausible burial environments, and measure the differences in decay rates.  Besides, whatever organic material was left after the environment changed to rock should have decayed completely.  Unless, that is, the fossil is nowhere near as old as the consensus believes.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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6 Marketing Tips for Wedding Videographers

first_imgThe wedding industry is incredibly competitive. Here are some great marketing tips to help you reach engaged couples and book more weddings.Top image from Love to Mary. Remaining images from Shutterstock.The wedding business is one of the most stable markets in existence. People will always get married. As such, engaged couples will always search for a venue, bakery, wedding photographer, DJ, and wedding videographer. This also means that the industry is very competitive. Ranging from your cousin’s roommate’s nephew that just got a camera to full-fledged production houses, you will need to find a way to stand out. Let’s just make it known: You aren’t going to shoot every wedding that you receive an inquiry for. That’s a good thing. You should narrow your focus on the types of weddings you want to shoot. Do you want to focus on local weddings, or will you be willing to travel? Do you only shoot the ceremony and reception or do you shoot all day? Once you’ve decided what you want to do, then you need to target your market.1. Update your website.You have to have a website. Even if you aren’t happy with how the site looks, make sure you have something up. Your site should at least include your most recent video highlight reels, a brief biography, and contact information. You can make the site more interesting by writing blogs about each video you post. There you can talk about the wedding day and link to other vendors that worked the event. When couples look for videographers, they will search for videographers in the same city as their venue. Be sure to list your location on your website, as well as any other locations you have filmed in before. Make sure to update the website with your newest highlight reels. 2. Have easy-to-read materials.When a couple reaches out to you, don’t respond with a novel-length email. Have a nice brochure for them to look through. Even if it’s just a digital single page brochure, send them a nice and informative PDF. Include a breakdown of the pricing, as well as payment options. Even if the prices adjust and aren’t yet fixed, at least offer a starting price. If you offer several different package options, be sure to break down what each package offers.3. Use Facebook Pages.Don’t rely on a personal Facebook account. Have a separate business account. This will help with analytics and target marketing. Whenever you release a new wedding highlight reel, you can use the “Boost Post” feature on Facebook. You can promote your film to show up in various news feeds. The best part is targeting your boost by selecting engaged couples as your target audience.4. Get to know other vendors — even other videographers!Knowing other vendors is crucial to your success. There will be vendors you don’t enjoy working with, and there will be some you wish you could work with all the time. One of the best things you can do is reach out to other vendors, especially the ones you have already worked with. The two of you can cross-promote each other to couples. Some couples will ask you for recommendations.  You will look like a seasoned pro when you offer a list of the best coordinators, DJs, and photographers.Don’t shy away from getting to know other videographers as well. A friendship with them can lead to all sorts of opportunities. Not only can you critique each other, but you can help one another. If you ever need an extra shooter, or, worst case scenario, you get so sick you can’t film, it’s great to have a backup ready. They also make great recommendations when you are already booked on a certain date.5. Don’t rely solely on wedding magazines or websites.You aren’t a photographer. A still photo won’t benefit you and magazine ads are expensive. Wedding magazines can certainly help with name recognition, but you can’t showcase your work. It’s your video highlights that will win a couple over. The same goes for wedding vendor websites. If a vendor site doesn’t allow you to showcase your work there, then you will have to drive the traffic to your own site. You will also have to pay extra to get top billing over other videographers. So if you are putting money into the wedding vendor site, make sure you are getting the most out of it.6. Attend bridal shows.There are tons of bridal shows in every major city, so be sure to do your research before committing to one. The best thing about these shows is your ability to meet couples face to face. It’s a great chance to show off your personality and style. If you and the couple don’t click, then it just wasn’t meant to be. It’s still better to get the right couple for you. These events are also very expensive to attend. No only do you pay fees for a spot, your booth will need to stand out and showcase your work. You will nee to have a tv/laptop/tablet ready to show highlight reels. Also, have plenty of brochures, business cards, or at least a sign up sheet. You have to be proactive at these shows. If you aren’t willing to engage with people, then you are just wasting time.Want to read more about weddings? Check out these posts from PremiumBeat: 7 Tips for Shooting Awesome Wedding VideoHow to Ruin a Wedding in 7 Easy StepsBest Royalty Free Wedding Music for Videos and SlideshowHave you had success with these strategies? Know of more tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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