In two weeks’ time, telecommunications giant Digicel will be celebrating its 10th year of operations in Guyana, and the company has kicked off its celebrations with a massive charity drive.According to Digicel Marketing Executive Jacqueline James, the company will be focused on giving back to its customers throughout the year.“For this year we are focusing on charity; we are focusing on giving back to community, so that will be our main thing for our anniversary celebrations thisSt John Bosco Orphanage was the first stop as Digicel Guyana embarks on a massive charity drive ahead of its 10 year anniversarymonth and there is no better way to start.” The first stop of the charity drive was at the St John Bosco Orphanage in Plaisance, East Coast Demerara on Tuesday morning. During the drive, the company donated items such as books (both exercise and reading), back packs with pencils, and school shoes to the 50-odd young boys at the orphanage.James, along with the Digicel team, interacted with the boys and even assisted some of them in trying on their new pair of much-needed school shoes. The boys, whose ages range from four to 16 years, were delighted to accept the acts of kindness and thanked the company for remembering them. The children were also treated to a light snack early in the morning before heading off to school with their new gear. In addition, Digicel also presented the administrators of the orphanage with a brand new washing machine.According to the company’s Marketing Executive, Digicel will be undertaking several similar initiatives in commemoration of its anniversary.“So, this year, for Digicel’s 10th anniversary we are doing 10 charities prior to our anniversary celebrations on February 14th. So, 10 days prior to that, we will be doing charities. So, every day, we will be out doing something, somewhere within Guyana…So we have a lot of places we gave to visit – all in 10 days.”Moreover, James noted that during this charity drive, the company would also be focused on the special needs schools such as Gifted Hands, Tuschen Deaf Academy, New Amsterdam Special Needs and the Linden Special Care Projects.Furthermore, Digicel’s Marketing Head has pledged the company’s continued commitment to charity, noting that it could be called upon at any time.The St John Bosco Orphanage, which has been providing a home for orphaned boys since 1879, is run by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy, which is represented by Mother Superior Julie Matthews, who is the Director and Grace Daniels, the Administrator.
President David Granger met on Wednesday with China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, at State House to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries. The Ambassador was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Mission, Yang Chenqi, and Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy, Shen Huiyong. Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Patrick West, was also present.During the meeting, President Granger explained that poor infrastructure,President David Granger in conversation with Ambassador Cui Jianchun and his delegation at State Houseparticularly in the hinterland, has impeded the development of tourism, agriculture, and the extractive sectors, and has been a deterrent to foreign investors. Noting that there is an existing cooperation agreement between the GDF and the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Head of State said Guyana could benefit tremendously from infrastructure development training for GDF officers.“We want to develop a strong engineering corps at the GDF, so that they can make a bigger contribution to infrastructure development in this country,” the Head of State said.The Ambassador has informed the President of his plan to convene a forum to further engage the Government of Guyana in discussions, so as to identify priority areas in which the two countries can collaborate.
Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan 1 Bayern Munich are ready to battle Manchester United for the signature of Ilkay Gundogan.The midfielder will have one year remaining on his contract with Borussia Dortmund in the summer and is expected to leave the club.Manchester United have already been linked with a £20m bid as manager Louis van Gaal looks to bolster his squad for next season.However, according to Bild, Bayern Munich have now contacted Dortmund to express their interest in the 24-year-old.The German champions have poached Dortmund’s star players in both of the previous summer transfer windows – signing Mario Gotze in 2013 and Robert Lewandowski a year later.And they are now determined to make it three in a row with Pep Guardiola placing Gundogan high on his list of summer transfer targets.
Donegal Donkey Sanctuary are running a fundraising barn dance this Friday night July the 4th to help towards replacement of vital equipment stolen in a robbery at their premises in early April.Supporters may remember that lots of equipment, such as the quad trailer and feed barrow along with a lot of smaller day to day animal handling equipment were heartlessly taken from the sanctuary buildings as well as extensive amounts of items from the family home.The Barn Dance, which has an American Independence Day theme will be held in the new barn and is an opportunity for people have a look at the facilities available at the centre and get some idea of how it operates to rescue and rehome hundreds of otherwise unwanted animals. Music is by the very popular David Craig and his Band with supporting disco.BBQ and bar on the night, starting at 10pm ‘til late!Garth Brooks tickets to be raffled on the night, western style dress optional!So come on cowboys and cowgirls join the fun this weekend and make it a night to remember! See you there! 🙂 INDEPENDENCE DAY BARN DANCE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 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:barn dancedonegal donkey sanctuaryFeaturesfundraisingnewsNotices
talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium Getty Images Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 9.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester United have contacted West Ham over a potential deal for Declan Rice, according to reports.The 20-year-old made 34 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season and his form resulted in a senior England debut in March. LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED JIBE Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa REAL DEAL 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder deals Rice, who was lauded by Man City boss Pep Guardiola last year, only signed a new long-term deal in December.“Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come,” Guardiola said.The former Chelsea academy player insists he is fully focused on the Hammers, but revealed his desire to play Champions League football one day.Last month, he said: “I know that there’s speculation but during the season last year I just signed a new five-year contract with West Ham. punished latest whoops IN DEMAND Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Football’s top transfers from the 2019 summer transfer window so far Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to view Rice as an ideal replacement for departing midfielder Ander Herrera, who leaves the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.But The Sun claim West Ham would only be tempted to sell their most prized asset for around £80million. England Under-21s vs France Under-21s (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTJapan vs England (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTScotland vs Argentina (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2England Under-21s vs Romania Under-21s (Friday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star “So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans, the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment.“I’m not thinking about anything else.“You want to play in the Champions League. If you were in football and you didn’t want to do that there’d be no point playing.” boost Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January
getty targets Lukaku and Dybala swap clubs before next Thursday’s transfer deadline Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, talkSPORT has been told.Spurs have been linked with an interest in the highly-rated Argentine all summer, with reports in Spain claiming the transfer was ’80 per cent done’ at the start of July, but the long-awaited move has yet to happen. three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Dybala was linked with a surprise move to Tottenham but looks more likely to join Man United 3 That has led to frustration from Spurs fans and manager Mauricio Pochettino, who made his feelings about the club’s lack of summer incomings loud and clear earlier this week.The boss rekindled the speculation over his long-term future in charge at White Hart Lane by revealing he ‘knows nothing’ about, and has no input in, the club’s transfer plans.But, according to talkSPORT correspondent Alex Crook, Tottenham are finally set to land playmaker Lo Celso in a €60million deal – welcome news for the disgruntled supporters and boss. 3 Meanwhile, Crook brought us the latest on Manchester United and their discussions over a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Juventus forward Dybala.That deal now appears to be off, with the clubs now considering separate transfers for both players.And negotiations are said to be ‘progressing well’.He added: “This is an interesting one because it’s looked all the way that this would be a swap deal, maybe with a bit of cash going from Manchester United to Juventus. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Getty Images Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Speaking on talkSPORT host Jim White’s transfer round-up on Thursday, Crook said: “It looks like Tottenham are edging close to the signing of Giovani Lo Celso.“Sources in Spain are saying they are going to pay €60m and that Lo Celso will be offered a five-year contract.“Real Betis are more willing to do business now after they snapped up Nabil Fekir from Lyon.“And what a big boost this is going to be for Tottenham, particularly on the back of those comments from Pochettino earlier in the week when clearly he was getting frustrated by the lack of activity.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Getty TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER NEWS AND GOSSIP Giovani Lo Celso scored 16 goals for Real Betis last season and has been compared to Christian Eriksen The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets REVEALED 3 LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? “But my understanding is this could now end up being two separate transfers, all to try and speed up the process.“Talks between the clubs are progressing well and Inter Milan, who were the frontrunners to sign Lukaku, have all-but given up hope now as they believe he is off to Juventus.“But it wont be a swap deal from what I’m being told, it will be United paying for Dybala and Juventus paying money the other way for Lukaku.“Also, Manchester United still have to pay Everton some additional money from the original Lukaku transfer due to clauses in his deal.”
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have raised concerns over the Challenge Cup semi final scheduling to the SPFL.The Highlanders are due to play Northern Irish side Crusaders on Sunday, February 18th at 5.15pm with the game shown live on BBC Alba.Inverness have published the full letter chairman Graham Rae has sent to SPFL secretary Iain Blair, stressing the club’s disappointment.They cite loss of income due to their time in the Championship and say the challenging cup arrangements have been “less than satisfactory.” Inverness have only had one home game on a Saturday at 3pm in the competition so far. They opened their campaign against Aberdeen Colts at Glebe Park in September and knocked Falkirk out in a 5.15 kick off.They are concerned they will now struggle to market the semi final which would normally attract “significant interest.”Rae says he does not expect the SPFL to change the fixture but felt it was important to stress “it certainly does not suit supporters of either club.”While questioning if the tournament will still go ahead next season, Rae hopes the governing body will not make the same mistake again in the future. “I thought it was important to bring our concerns to your attention and trust that the arrangements for next year’s tournament, should it go ahead, are significantly more advantageous to clubs and supporters,” he said in the closing line of the letter.An SPFL spokesman said: “We have received Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s letter and will address the points raised directly with the club.”The New Saints and Dumbarton will meet in the other semi final on Saturday, February 17th at 7.35pm.
This week our fitness columnist and owner of Rushe Fitness Emmet Rushe provides healthy Halloween recipes on your bank holiday Monday.We are coming up to Halloween. It is one of the best times of the year and is great fun for children and adults alike.People will be having parties to celebrate and there will be all kinds of tricks and treats, especially treats. I am going to give you some recipes that I usually keep exclusively for my clients, that you can use over the weekend that will be the perfect treat and there won’t be any tricks after eating them.You can get these and more in the free 130-page cookbook that you get when you sign up to my Christmas Countdown challenge.They start on October 30th and there are limited spaces available.Butternut Squash Soup When it is cold outside, this will keep you warm insideMakes 8 – 12 servingsIngredients:2 tablespoons salted butter1 medium onion, diced3 carrots, cut into chunks2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced in 2-inch cubes8 cups water or stockDirections:In a large soup pot, warm the butterCaramelize onion in the pot, sautéing 8 – 10 minutes until golden brownAdd the squash cubes and carrots. Cook for 10 more minutes until the outside of the squash cubes are a bit soft.Pour the water over the onion/squash mixtureBring the entire mixture up to a boil and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until squash and carrots are soft.In a blender, puree soup in very small batches (as not to scorch yourself and have soup splattered on your ceiling) at low, then working up to high speed until mixture is smooth and creamy.Serve piping hot! White Chocolate & Red Berry Vampire Cookies These cookies are cram-packed with dried berries, crunchy nuts and tiny white chocolate morsels.I dare you to eat just one!Here’s what you need:4 cups crushed almonds2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup raw honey2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon almond extract1 cup pecans, chopped1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips1/2 cup dried red berriesDD Fitness: Spooktacularly healthy halloween recipes was last modified: October 28th, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare 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:emmet rusheHalloweenhealthy eatinghealthy halloween recipesrushe fitness
My Reading Light will enable children to continue with their homework after the sun goes down. The unit is durable and robust. A group of Maasai with the portable,rechargeable lantern.(All images: Philips)Janine ErasmusElectronics giant Philips has developed an environmentally-friendly solar-powered reading light that is targeted at the education sector in Africa, giving schoolchildren the means to carry on with their homework after darkness has fallen, especially in communities where electricity supply is erratic or non-existent.In rural communities especially, many children are assigned family chores to do after school, resulting in a race to finish schoolwork before the sun sets. Not only does unfinished homework have to cease, but life in general grinds to a halt in many parts of Africa during the night, affecting economic activities and quality of life.According to Philips, about 1.7-billion people around the world have to choose between total darkness at night, or the potentially dangerous alternatives of candles or kerosene lamps. Of those, about 500-million live in rural Africa, with a scant 2% having access to any electricity in these far-flung areas. In South Africa’s informal settlements hundreds have lost their lives in shack fires caused by uncontrolled flames.Besides the health and safety risks, there are other disadvantages associated with kerosene lanterns – oil-driven prices fluctuate, and low luminosity makes it hard, if not impossible, to read.Light in the darkIn poor homes lighting is one of the biggest expenses, typically accounting for 10-15% of total household income, according to the World Bank. This is an expenditure that gives little in return.As part of a new range of sustainable lighting solutions developed by Amsterdam-based Philips for those with little or no access to electricity, My Reading Lamp is set to eradicate these problems and make a real difference in the lives of many disadvantaged people.My Reading Light is a lightweight reading light with a built-in rechargeable battery that charges under the sun’s power during the daylight hours, and allows its user to read and write in the dark. Children who are forced to close their books when the sun goes down will now have more time to devote to their homework.Sustainable and durableThe sustainable range consists of three solar powered lighting products and a wind-up torch. The former include My Reading Light, a portable lantern with two light level settings that will work for up to four hours, and a complete home solar lighting kit which can provide light for a whole evening.The reading light is constructed in such a way that night reading does not strain the eyes, with patented LED light sources softly and evenly dispersed by an anti-scratch Perspex sheet that covers the page. The battery, once fully charged, provides light for between 3.5 and nine hours, depending on the brightness level. There are three brightness settings, and the battery can be charged more than 500 times.The wind-up torch is powered by a dynamo that provides 17 minutes of light after just two minutes of winding by hand. Light is provided by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which are bright and energy efficient, thus draining the battery at a slower rate than a normal bulb.The three lighting products are expected to be available from mid-2009, while the torch is already on the market. Being portable, all products are of necessity extremely robust and, according to Philips, affordable. The reading light will be available in two versions: a standard and a slimmed down, low-cost version with a consumer price of less than R150 ($15).Still, this amount is almost certainly beyond the budget of those who need it most. However, there is a credit model available that allows customers to pay for the product in small instalments.Win-win situationPhilips Lighting CEO Rudy Provoost said that the new LED-based solar-powered solutions offer a double benefit – “the lives of people in Africa will be generally improved, and LEDs result in a very low carbon footprint”, he commented.Philips has partnered with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa (Sesa) project. Established in July 2008, Sesa’s aim is to provide 10-million people in 10 sub-Saharan countries with affordable and sustainable energy services for lighting, cooking and water purification, by 2015.This is in keeping with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project, a set of eight goals agreed on by developed countries to improve the lives of people in emerging countries.Philips is working on the technology and distribution, while the ministry is focusing on market development, including entrepreneurial training and support of finance and micro-lending mechanisms.“Giving things away for free often proves unsustainable,” said Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. “People in rural Africa currently use kerosene and batteries. They will soon be able to buy solar lamps, paying for them in instalments with the aid of micro-credit. After one or two years, they will have paid for their sustainable lamps and the only costs they incur (minor ones) will be for maintenance.”Lighting AfricaPhilips is also involved in the World Bank initiative known as Lighting Africa. Launched in 2007, the programme is jointly managed by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank member.Lighting Africa seeks to involve corporations in developing innovative ways of bringing non-fossil fuel lighting sources, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and light emitting diodes, to Africans who are not connected to any power grid. The World Bank has set the target of bringing affordable lighting to 250-million people by 2030.Related articlesA power plant in your home Power from the South African sunTapping into ingenuityUseful linksPhilips South AfricaUN Millennium Development GoalsLighting AfricaWorld Bank – Lighting AfricaInternational Finance Corporation
South African men are urged to grow theirfurriest, funkiest moustaches to spreadawareness for prostate cancer.(Image: Grow Your Mo’)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nelia BlumrickGrow Your Mo’ campaign+27 82 316 email@example.com RELATED ARTICLES• SA scientist leads cancer fight • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Top award for Rhodes scientist • Vaccine hope for SA womenKhanyi MagubaneSouth African men are being encouraged to ditch their razors and grow their thickest, furriest moustaches to get people talking about prostate cancer, a highly stigmatised condition that affects one in every six men.The first-ever Grow Your Mo’ drive, a quirky initiative of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), is intended to help protect men across South African by raising the public’s awareness of prostate cancer-related issues and generating support for the PCF’s cancer-fighting efforts.PCF is hoping that this humorous and light-hearted idea will help spread the message to as many man as possible in a non-threatening way.All proceeds raised by the campaign, which runs from 15 to 30 September 2009 to coincide with Prostate Awareness Month, will be donated to the PCF.Campaign coordinator Nelia Blumrick says the drive got off to a great start: “This is the first time we’ve launched such a campaign. It’s actually been going really well, and once people started talking about it, it really started picking up.”“We started out by putting up the [Grow Your Mo’] Facebook group, and then the website, and then it started spreading by word of mouth,” says Blumrick.The campaign encourages participants to submit photos of their manly facial hair to the Grow Your Mo’ website and enter the Best mo’ on show competition. The best moustache each week during the 15-day campaign will be displayed for all to see in the Man of the Mo’ment frame on the site.“Every aspect of ‘Mo’-craft’ will be taken into account: length, shape, colour, grooming, luxuriance, novelty and so forth. The men who make names for themselves in this competition will go down in history as some of the finest specimens humanity has ever produced,” reads the website.At the end of the month there will be grand prize-winner, although the booty is being kept a secret.For those not so keen to sprout their whiskers, there’s a Mo money draw, which can be entered by sending a text message with your name to 40026 – the number is applicable only in South Africa, though. Messages cost R20 (US$2.69), which will be donated to PCF. Alternatively you can send a cash pledge to the organisation, the banking details of which are on the website.The campaign can also be followed on the social networking site, Twitter.What is prostate cancer?According to PCF, prostate cancer is the leading cancer among men in South Africa and more than 4 000 men are diagnosed with it every year.It occurs when cells within the prostate – a gland in the male reproductive system – grow uncontrollably and form a number of small tumours.If caught early surgery or radiation can effectively eliminate the tumours, but in its early stages the cancer produces few or no symptoms and can be difficult to detect.If untreated and allowed to grow, the cells from the tumours can spread in a process called metastasis. Prostate cancer cells are transported through the lymphatic system and the bloodstream to other parts of the body, where they lodge and grow secondary tumours.Once the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, chances of it being treated successfully are reduced.Early detection vitalAbnormal cell growth in the prostate can be detected early if men go for regular medical check-ups, where a digital rectal exam or Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is carried out.If a blood sample reveals high levels of PSA, a protein produced in the prostate, there could be cause for concern.PCF says it’s unfortunate that men often know more about breast cancer than they do about prostate cancer, as it’s not as widely publicised.“I think most men are aware of it, but they don’t want to talk about it, because it has to do with their genital parts. I think if it were any other part of the body, it would be easier to talk about,” Blumrick adds.The older the man, the more susceptible he is to prostate cancer. In the US more than 65% of cases are found in men over the age of 65. Men who have had a parent or brother with prostate cancer, and those with a poor diet and lifestyle, are also more at risk.Although there are no clear-cut signs of prostate cancer, PCF says men should see a doctor promptly if the following symptoms occur:• A need to urinate frequently, especially at night• Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine• Weak or interrupted flow of urine• Painful or burning urination• Difficulty in having an erection• Painful ejaculation• Blood in urine or semen, or• Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.