Guyana Learning Institute offering CSEC, other training courses

first_imgIn an effort to attain more desirable results in the core subject areas, the Guyana Learning Institute (GLI) will soon offer classes in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). Plans are also in the pipeline for the commencement of Certificate and Diploma level courses.Members of the GLI management committee on Thursday related that from Tuesday 15 June, the Institute will be offering CSEC classes in Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies, Biology, Spanish and Information Technology. CSEC subjects and courses relating to the field of Agriculture will also be offered in future.The classes will be conducted at the General and Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) Labour College and each subject will be offered once per week. Between June 14 and July 22, all classes will be free of cost but when that timeframes passes, students will pay a $4000 fee per subject monthly. It was also stated that courses in Public Management, Industrial Relations and Project Management are being planned.Coordinator of the management committee Ganga Persaud likened the Certificate and Diploma programmes to that of the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE). Persaud stressed that GLI’s courses are in keeping in the guidelines of the University of Guyana.“Once you have successfully completed both components, then your certificate will reflect your degree of achievement,” Persaud explained. The profiles for the degree of achievement will reflect Distinction, Credit and Pass. It was noted that the classes will cater for 35-40 students. It was also noted that GLI seeks to plan and implement specific training programmes to meet the needs of citizens through an “open education learning system”.Present at the launch were Hydar Ally, former Ministry of Youth, Culture & Sport, Dr Frank Anthony, and educator Mohandatt Golsarran.Over the years, calls have been made for measures to be implemented to improve the low pass rate of core subjects, especially Mathematics and English Language. These sentiments were also echoed by Chief Education Officer (CEO) Olato Sam who observed that despite an increase in results, much more work was needed.At last year’s announcement of the CXC results, the CEO disclosed that the pass rate for Grades One to Three in English A at 49.36 per cent, compared to 46.98 per cent for 2014 while the Mathematics pass rate rose to 45.07 per cent from 38.75 per cent in 2014.The 2015 CSEC results also revealed that the overall pass rate at the General and Technical proficiencies for Grades One to Three was 62.72 per cent. Of the 35 subject areas that 12,606 students wrote, 15 subjects recorded performances with the Grades One to Three passes exceeding 75 per cent.last_img read more

Dreher moves on to next round of LPGA Q-School

first_imgDreher followed up her 67 on Thursday with a round of 71 Friday and finished tied for 25th at one under par.  With the finish in the top 70, Dreher will now compete in the final Q-School event this November in Daytona Beach Florida.If Dreher can finish in the top 40 at the tournament in November, she will be able to play on the LPGA tour in 2012.- Advertisement –last_img

Another Force gets her shot in the seat

first_imgMelanie Troxel and Hillary Will were part of the Top Fuel field, Erica Enders was in Pro Stock while Sampey and Karen Stouffer competed on the motorcycles. That number will grow in 2007 by one – a high-profile one. Ashley Force, daughter of 14-time Funny Car champion John Force, will make her pro debut this weekend at the Winternationals in Pomona. For the past several years, she has competed in the sportsman ranks. The younger Force will join her dad, Robert Hight and Eric Medlen as part of the John Force Racing team. It’s an event her father has been waiting for, although admittedly very nervous. “I’m excited because, number one, I look at the next generation – I’m not getting any younger,” said the 56-year-old Force. “I want to continue to win. That’s why Ford pays me. But, bottom line, I’m building three kids – Eric Medlen; Robert Hight, my son-in-law; and now Ashley, driving for Castrol and Ford – and of course we’re all under the Ford Mustang brand. The first victory by a woman in NHRA history actually occured at Pomona Raceway in 1966 when Shirley Shahan won the Stock class. In 2006, five women competed in the series there, the largest total ever. “Truth is, it’s kind of your legacy, that the company will go on long after I’m out of the driver’s seat. I’m in the game, I’ve just come off a 14th championship, but to see my daughter out there in this category, it’s the first time in NHRA history that they’ve had four women, one in every category.” Ashley has been under the media glare since announcing her future in January. In reality, she has grown up under such surroundings. “I grew up from within this team, so it’s not really any different from any other year, only now I’m a professional driver,” she said. “I was part of the team when I was younger. I would go to the team meetings, I would take in a lot of what (John Force) taught his team and his crew chiefs. I think the main thing that I’ve learned from him is coming together as a team – we’re one team, helping each other out.” The expectations are high, perhaps unfair, because of her background and her team’s history. “We want to qualify, we’d love to go as many rounds as we can, but it’s going to be tough,” Ashley said. “We just want to get through this weekend and not make mistakes, and if we make a mistake, not repeat it, fix it. Just be how we’ve been testing, not let all the extras of a national event get in our head.” The difference between tests in Las Vegas and Phoenix and the opener, according to Ashley, will be “fans and media.” “We can’t let it get into our minds,” she said. “We’ve got to continue running our cars just like we would if there was nobody around.” The Force team already has survived a scare during testing. Ashley escaped injury when one of her cars burned. “Ashley burned a car pretty decent at Vegas,” John said. “In the last few weeks, through testing between Vegas and Phoenix, I really watched her evolve as a driver and my other two drivers are telling me the only problem is me. They said the kid is ready to go. Ashley’s ready. She’s ready to win races.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img There is nothing new about women competing in the NHRA Drag Racing Series. Since the sanctioning body was first formed in 1950, 39 women have competed in the four professional classes. In fact, those women have accounted for 73 national event victories – starting with a Top Fuel win by Shirley Muldowney in 1976 to Angelle Sampey’s Pro Stock Motorcycle effort last spring in Columbus, Ohio. last_img read more

Teacher won’t face charges

first_imgThe teacher was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the sheriff’s investigation. But Thursday night, sheriff’s detectives began calling parents of the students involved to say the District Attorney’s Office had declined to pursue charges because of insufficient evidence – specifically, that the students’ testimonies were inconsistent, parent Larry Puentes said. “To put it plainly, we’re \ off,” said Puentes, whose daughter Jazleen was injured in the incident. “We do not like this outcome. We’re upset she hasn’t been charged and we don’t want to have her back at the school.” Now that the sheriff’s investigation is complete, Genis has agreed to organize a town hall-style meeting between authorities and the parents, who have been asking for such a meeting since the incident took place. When asked whether the teacher will return to Meller Elementary or face any disciplinary action from the school district, Genis said he was “not at liberty to say much” because of confidentiality laws regarding personnel issues. PICO RIVERA – A teacher accused of attacking several fifth-graders during a physical education class at Meller Elementary School last month will not face criminal charges in connection with the incident, authorities said Friday. For the past two weeks, investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau had been probing the Feb. 15 incident at Meller between an unnamed teacher and about a dozen fifth-grade students. The incident began during a morning PE class as fifth-graders were running laps and the teacher was outside with her first-grade class. The fifth-graders said as they got closer to the teacher’s class, she began hitting and kicking several of them, resulting in bruises and scratches. But the teacher claimed she was only trying to protect the younger students from the oncoming group of fifth-graders, El Rancho Unified School District Superintendent Norbert Genis said. “But in general, when an instructor or employee is cleared of wrongdoing by the Sheriff’s Department, they do return to work,” he said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week, Tom Rennie is joined by the former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson who says Brendan Rodgers still has the support of plenty of Reds fans. He says it’s probably about 50/50 for those that want him and those that don’t… with Rodgers future dependent on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool head to Goodison this weekend for the Merseyside derby, with the Toffee’s equalling their best start under Roberto Martinez after beating West Brom on Monday.Also on the show, the current Norwich City goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely, also once of West Brom, Charlton & the Republic of Ireland. Dean’s got concerns about the Baggies ahead of the ‘Tony Pulis Derby’ on Saturday, as West Brom go to high-flying Crystal Palace. Dean also tells us that Norwich City are adapting well to Premier League life ahead of their game against Leicester.The former Liverpool & England midfielder Danny Murphy gives us his ‘three to watch’, there’s tweets of the week & Gareth Wheeler from TSN 1050 in Canada (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img read more

David Ginola ‘fine’ following quadruple heart bypass

first_img1 David Ginola won 17 caps for France David Ginola declared himself ‘fine’ on Friday after regaining consciousness following a quadruple heart bypass operation overnight.A tweet from Ginola’s account said he had ‘never slept better’ after his dramatic collapse while playing football on Thursday.The 49-year-old former Newcastle and Tottenham winger was attending a celebrity golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Riviera.He was taken to the Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Centre, where he was operated on by Professor Gilles Dreyfus.Professor Dreyfus, quoted in local newspaper Var-Matin, clarified Ginola had not suffered a heart attack but said the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart had been affected.“He arrived in a catastrophic state,” the surgeon said.“He was unconscious and did not remember anything.“But it is going well. I have been able to talk to him. He does not show any neurological after-effects.“He did not have a heart attack but he had very complicated coronary lesions which required us to perform a quadruple bypass. We began the operation at 1900 and finished between 0100 and 0130 (local time, from 1800 to between midnight and 0030 BST).”A tweet from Ginola’s account then read: “Hello world, never slept better. I’m fine, just need to rest a bit. Thank you so much all of you for your magnificent support.”Ginola won 17 caps for France and also had spells at Aston Villa and Everton before his retirement in 2002. He regularly appears on talkSPORT, as a co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.center_img Hello world, never slept better. I’m fine, just need to rest a bit. Thank you so much all of you for your magnificent support.— David Ginola (@teamginola) May 20, 2016last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Youth Council and Donegal Youth Service World Wide Voices group have partnered up to host a “Lets Talk” Pre-Election event in the LYIT Lecture Theatre 1101 in Letterkenny next Thursday 18th February.There is an open invite to all candidates running for the General Election in Donegal on 26th February to come along to hear and discuss directly from young people and some other youth groups what they feel are the big issues for young people in the county going into the next 5 years. A number of candidates have already confirmed their attendance.The event is being funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland through the partnership “Breaking Through” project between Donegal Youth Council and World Wide Voices. The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal. The Donegal Youth Service World Wide Voices group is a youth project committed to building an equal and socially just Ireland where people from different backgrounds feel part of their communities. They promote equality and social cohesion by connecting with people from different ethnic backgrounds via social education initiatives.Donegal Youth Council Chairperson Bridget McDyer says it will also be an opportunity to see those who are serious about representing everyone in the county.“A lot of young people are very aware they don’t have a vote but we think its important young people’s views and opinions are taken on board too. We are planning a mix of serious and fun at the event too though and we would really urge all candidates to come along on the day and join in and mix with all the young people.”Any candidates or members of the public who would like to come along to the event can RSVP to or telephone or text 087-6806676. The event gets underway from 6pm with food and refreshments served when people arrive. DONEGAL YOUTH GROUPS HOLD ‘LET’S TALK’ PRE-ELECTION DEBATE was last modified: February 12th, 2016 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

DD Travel: Five ways to live it up in Las Vegas

first_imgThe majority of people who haven’t been to Las Vegas might base their idea of the city on The Hangover, but there’s so much more you can do other than gambling and losing your friends on rooftops. The city is a playground for adults – especially fun-seekers and risk-takers. Packing the most into a short stay is easy if you have the energy to keep up with this ever-exciting place. Here’s how you can savour the city:1. Lavish in the luxury Las Vegas’ main hotel casinos are huge resorts catering to all your indulgence and entertainment needs – with shopping centres, restaurants, bars, clubs and concert venues all within the complexes. Many are themed on world cities and faraway lands, while others are simply gleaming modern structures. The Las Vegas Strip is a thoroughfare of bright lights and fake settings – but the scale and beauty of all the hotels are just so mesmerising. Where else in the world can you go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, marvel at the Trevi Fountain and then take a gondola ride through Venetian canals? Fool everyone at home by sending Snapchats from a different city every hour.The Venetian hotel is one of the most beautiful city tributes, where recreations of St. Mark’s Square, the Venezia Tower and the many canals are just as grand as the real Italian city.Inside The Venetian, Las VegasThe Wynn lobby contains ornate upscale carnival features, while New York-New York has its very own roller coaster whizzing inside and outside the casino. There are so many whimsical and playful worlds to be found, and it’s well worth taking a day to explore them all. Top tip: Once you’ve entered a hotel, it’s often tricky to find your way out again as they are designed to ensnare you. Doors are hard to come by, but follow the signs for registration and lobby areas to find the exits once you’re done exploring these decadent palaces.New York-New York Hotel, Las Vegas2. Stay out LateIt seems like it’s always the weekend at Vegas, and every night is cause for a party. Bright lights draw crowds to clubs, concerts and shows – and there’s never a quiet moment. Panoramic views from Drai’sThe nightclubs here are not just clubs. They are multi-floor venues with stunning light and sound systems. If you’re looking to go all-out (Vegas is the place to do it), book a table for your own bar service and prime views of the DJ booths and dancefloors. The world’s best DJs play at these clubs, and you can catch the likes of Calvin Harris, Tiesto or Alesso on specific nights. Check out Omnia, Hakkasan, Intrigue, Marquee and Drai’s for some of the best spots to let loose. Top tip: Ladies often get free entry and reduced rates to clubs – promoters on The Strip will get you on the guestlist.Top tip 2: Drinks in nightclubs are not cheap. It’s a good idea to check the prices before ordering some sips. Happy hour runs in most bars and restaurants in the early evenings, with $5 drinks and 2 for 1 deals to start off the night.3. See the SpectacularsLas Vegas shows are world-renowned. The city seems to be built on the idea that if you’re not constantly entertained then they’re doing something wrong. Cirque du Soleil is a permanent fixture in Vegas – this acrobatic sensation has several shows running every night throughout the city. The classic Mystère at Treasure Island is a complete mystery, with amusing and amazing acts that will have you gasping and giggling at their every leap. Mystère is a contrast of baffling baby-themed scenes set among inexplicable shows of strength from the performers. Every part of the theatre is in perfectly coordinated motion, and it’s hard to know where to look in order to catch all the stunts.Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure IslandConcerts here are in a league of their own. Most recently, the biggest stars performing in Vegas include Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion. Britney: Piece of Me liveGo to see Britney Spears residency at Planet Hollywood for the ultimate girls’ night out. The Axis theatre where she plays becomes a festival of dancers and stage effects for two hours as she performs all her hits. ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ is all about the visuals – with fire, neon lights and confetti filling a room which is more like a nightclub than a concert hall.There are so many magic, music, comedy, dance and tribute shows in Vegas every night that there can be no excuse to say you’re bored.Top tip: You can see some Vegas spectaculars free of charge too. The Fountains of Bellagio on The Strip is an iconic music and water display running at certain times of the day. In the evenings, the outside plot of The Mirage casino alights with a fiery volcanic explosion. Many bars have live bands too, or you can chill out listening to street entertainers as the sun sets on The Strip. 4. Have a Grand CelebrationVegas is full of man-made wonders, but just two hours outside the city lies the Grand Canyon – one of the seven natural wonders of the world.Sunrise over the Grand CanyonIt really is something you have to see for yourself, and there are tours running from Vegas every day to the gigantic gorge. Allow up to 12 hours for a bus tour to the canyon, with a chance to do a daring skywalk over one of the impressive drops.One of the best ways to take in the canyon in all its glory is from the skies. You can take the opportunity to raise a toast to the beautiful landscape on the Grand Celebration helicopter tour by Papillon.Champagne breakfast with the Papillon Grand Celebration tourThe company run an early morning tour which allows you to fly across the canyon as the sun rises and catch the stunning luminous glow on the orange and red rocks. The six-seater helicopters offer amazing open views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the West Rim as you soar overhead.The pilots provide a personalised guide to the sights before landing in an Indian reserve for breakfast. The champagne is free-flowing for the 30-minute visit, before you’re up in the air once more to return to base. The tour lasts for four hours – from the hotel pick-up to the return, but it’s those 70 minutes in the sky overlooking the phenomenal scenery that are unforgettable.Papillon’s luxury helicopters5. Flash the CashThe gambling capital that is Las Vegas is going to take your money in whatever way it can, so why not leave with something nice to show for it? Many of the hotels along The Strip have their own sprawling, sparkling malls, with high-end designer boutiques and couture creations. Caesar’s Palace, The Wynn and The Palazzo are made for extravagant purchases.Fashion Show – Las VegasYou can find more affordable brands at the Fashion Show mall and Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood. A trip to the North or South Premium Outlets is a must for bargain hunters. It’s always a lucky day at these malls when top brands are offering huge discounts.Top tip: Save up some extra dollars for shopping by taking the bus along The Strip. You can buy a three-day pass on The Deuce line for $20 – allowing you to travel to the outlet malls and hotels all day and night. It’s a much cheaper option than taxis.Ready to live it up? How to plan your own unforgettable Vegas experienceThe variety of Vegas is endless. Whether it’s the people, the shows or the places, there’s going to be something that amazes you. The locals do actually utter the phrase “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, but your experiences are definitely not going to be memories you want to leave behind.To find out about all the latest happenings in Vegas, check out It’s the best way to discover all the best hotels and restaurants, book tours and get tickets to the hottest shows in town.DD Travel: Five ways to live it up in Las Vegas was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:dd travelEntertainmentholidaysLas Vegasnightlifelast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal auctioneer who is offering “two houses for the price of one” has received phonecalls and emails from around the world about the first revealed last Friday how estate agent Brendan McGlynn offered house-buyers the chance to buy a house for €100,000 and was throwing in the keys for next-door for free.The Letterkenny-based businessman had six houses to sell in all in Letterkenny and Milford and says he has been shocked by the response. “I’m hoping they will be sold in the next couple of days. The response has been incredible.“We have received calls from as far away as Australia and America. One man is travelling over from England in the next couple of days.“People are already on the way up to Donegal from Cork, Naas and Dublin to see the houses.“I would like people to see the houses before they decide to buy them as they are selling “as seen’,” he said. The house-builder gave Mr McGlynn to sell the houses at a bargain basement price in a bid to sell the last houses on two respective estates and allow him to move on to a new project.Mr McGlynn said staff at his office had been busier this morning than they had been for the previous month as a result of the offer!“It’s not a fire sale or these houses aren’t on a ghost-estate. These are good houses which need a small bit of work to finish them – perhaps €10,000.“But what people see is what they get and they will realise they are getting a genuine bargain.“There are people travelling from across the country to see them. When things start to turn around these houses will be worth considerably more than what they are being sold for,” he said. EndsESTATE AGENT GETS CALLS FROM AROUND WORLD ABOUT ‘TWO FOR ONE’ HOUSE DEAL was last modified: September 12th, 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:Brendan McGlynnDONEGAL PROPERTYlast_img read more


first_imgShiseido continues its first National Gift with Purchase event in McElhinneys of Ballybofey until Sunday the 12th of May.With the purchase of two products, one to be skincare, you receive either a mini “The Skincare” 123 step kit or a mini Benefiance 123 step kit PLUS a mini NEW Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream and a mini NEW Perfect Rouge Lipstick.And don’t forget McElhinneys will be having a special promotion day with mini facials and makeovers on Wednesday, May 1st. The mini Benefiance 123 step kit is a luxury age-targeting skin care system for a more youthful skin. The range contains mukurossi extract, described as a revolutionary breakthrough ingredient which inhibits the activity of wrinkle-triggering enzyme.I found I got the best benefits from The Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam by being light of touch with the product. This way, I didn’t find it drying and it didn’t make my skin feel tight. A delicate fragrance and light texture, I found the cleanser very fresh.Again, using the Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener, I didn’t feel you had to use a lot of product. It gently cleansed the skin, leaving it soft and hydrated. I didn’t feel it was a harsh toner at all.Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion SPF 15 – This is a light moisturising fluid, perfect under make-up. It wasn’t greasy and didn’t leave any residue. It absorbed quickly and left my skin soft. I loved the Perfect Rouge lipstick. A creamy, rich, moisturising lipstick with a vibrant colour and long-lasting wear.Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream – This is a super luxurious night cream that plumped the skin, leaving it super hydrated and smooth. I loved it. HEALTH & BEAUTY: SHISEIDO BENEFIANCE 123 STEP KIT REVIEW was last modified: April 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily health and beautySHISEIDO BENEFIANCE 123 STEP KIT REVIEWlast_img read more