Richards-Porter Happy Earning From Chess

first_imgWhile some Jamaicans may not earn a comfortable living from their professional sporting pursuits, Woman International Chess Master Deborah Richards-Porter says that chess has taken her places and has given her a business from which she can live comfortably. Richards-Porter is the first Woman International Chess Master in the English-speaking Caribbean. Besides playing the sport she loves, she operates her own business, teaching chess to over 100 students. It is set up at different schools, while during summer and Christmas holidays, she has specific programmes tailored for her clients. “I have a chess business; I have chess as a profession, and seasonal programme for students who are interested in learning every day,” Richards Porter told The Gleaner. “You can make a decent living from chess, because I graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI). I was doing research, and I stopped it to come and teach chess,” she outlined. Like most things, however, the flag-bearer says it depends on who you are and how you go about marketing and doing it. “It (chess) takes up a lot of my time, most of my life is chess right now, and working is more fun than work for me,” she reasoned. NOT ENOUGH RECOGNITION According to the veteran, Jamaicans need recognise chess as a sport. “No, I would not say I have gotten adequate recognition as a player. I think most people don’t know what is happening in and round chess. More has to be done from our side in terms of pushing sports that are not track and field and football so that we can get our recognition,” she underlined. The player began her career at 16 and described it as kind of a coincidence” how she started, as she was a former table tennis player. “Seven months after playing, I became national champion, and about a month after that, I was on my first plane ride going to Slovenia to play the chess Olympiad at the time,” she continued. Richards Porter added, “I found out within the first year that chess could take me places.” She has represented Jamaica at five Chess Olympiads, dating 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. She was named the RJR Sports Foundation Woman Chess Player of the Year. – S.F.last_img read more

Alfalit’s Support to Grassroots Women in Liberia

first_imgEnrollment statistics captured in Alfalit Factsheet says Alfalit educational interventions in Liberia have benefited more women than men in ten years. Though Alfalit has no gender discriminatory policy, women unpredictably have taken advantage of Alfalit Youth & Adult Literacy Program than their male counterpart. Ninety percent (90%) of the student enrollment since 2006 has been women with different age range. The high enrollment of females in literacy, basic education programs of Alfalit in Liberia all demonstrates the readiness of females to transform and influence their destiny. The power of literacy is an impetus to enhance the commitment of women to the education of their children. It is important to highlight the value market women and farmers have possessed and exhibited for the care and support to their children’s schooling. Literacy added will only enable Liberian women to increase their care, support and supervision to their children. The dominance of women as lead beneficiaries of the Alfalit Literacy Program in Liberia is very glaring. Right at the head office of Alfalit Liberia is an effective literacy class comprised of women. That class is referred to as “The Director’s Class”. It’s an energizer and a symbol-class of the Alfalit workforce in Monrovia. The Director’s Class is a bulk reflection of literacy activities ongoing throughout the country. Interestingly, Alfalit’s commitment to women empowerment echoed its support to several women groups. Since 2008 Alfalit has extended its partnership support to the peace and prayer advocacy women’s organization, Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET). In fact a cross section of women at the Director’s Class at Alfalit Head Office comes from WIPNET. The women advocate for peace and pick chance to attend their literacy class at Alfalit Office. Alfalit-WIPNET partnership has an objective of helping the women to improve their skills and living standard. The ongoing visit of the President of Alfalit International, Dr. Joseph Milton has rekindled Alfalit’s support to WIPNET. Women of Grace, an emerging women enablement center in Paynesville currently benefits from Alfalit/L-GM support. The idea of spreading support to different women groups and organizations is to help lift many women as much as possible out of desperation and give them hope. The vulnerability of women and children in Liberia deserves improved interventions like what Alfalit and its sister organization, Liberia-Ghana Missions (L-GM) have been offering to individuals and groups. Published and unpublished testimonies of Alfalit female students over the ten years have revealed the transformative power of literacy and skill development. An example of female empowerment is demonstrated in Governor Assatu Saysay, a member of the National Governor Council. Governor Saysay ascended to this position with confidence having completed her basic literacy program and advanced to Basic Education. Education has enabled women on the extremity of society to live their aspiration and divine potential. Literacy for women deserves the interest and attraction of not only literacy organizations like Alfalit. Women political groups, activists and funding agencies on women livelihood improvement all need to connect to this dimension of activism and empowerment. This is not intended to discredit existing excellent and vigorous efforts and initiatives on women’s rights and support. Rather, the call for joint efforts against poverty that sterns from illiteracy only intend to lift women from darkness to the light of literacy. Alfalit Skill Training program is experiencing another dominatingly women enrollment. Rarely four male students can be found at skill training literacy centers based in Montserrado and Margibi Counties for now. Again, nothing procedurally stops more male enrollment, except that female are more zealous to take advantage of learning opportunities of humanitarian nature, like what Alfalit offers. For instance, the Old Road Skill Training Center hosts only one male student, whose determination is extremely high to function as a skilled father before he’s retired. Similarly, the 72nd Skill Training Center has one male who ascended from basic literacy to skill training. One admiration I hold for the two gentlemen is their courage to keep focus in a female denominated center given the prevailing cultural sentiments. As it stands, on this 10th Anniversary of Alfalit Liberia, our profound gratitude goes to all women who have found themselves in the Alfalit program. Their zests have motivated Alfalit to reach out to more Liberians including women and children who need more empowerment for nation building. There are females within the workforce of Alfalit Liberia. They are courageous and steadfast to the mission of Alfalit. Congratulations to the many women who professionally and committedly have worked in ten years to impact Liberia through community development program like literacy. Thanks to all local and international partners of Alfalit for helping the literacy giant to empower more women in Liberia. Happy 10th Anniversary to Alfalit and Team!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New faces anchor boxing

first_imgIt never changes, infinite in its carnival barkers, in its shamelessness, in its legal feuds, in its double-crossings, in its grossly hyperbolic monologues. Oh, the faces change, or at least those now gracing center stage on the fistic landscape have, as Don King and Bob Arum, rulers so long, have moved into the shadows to reluctantly make room for people like Richard Schaefer, Gary Shaw and Dan Goossen, who’s actually an old standby. “This is the biggest fight in the history of boxing,” said Schaefer in what easily could be filed away in the National Archives as the most outlandish statement ever uttered in a sport overflowing with such outlandish statements. Perhaps I’m overly skeptical, but I have a hunch this country was slightly more intrigued when a couple of undefeated heavyweights, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, mixed it up in 1971. And I think the passion of sporting patrons was a little more stirred by Ali-George Foreman, Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard I, Leonard-Thomas Hearns I, Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Joe Louis-Max Schmeling, Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney, Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks, Aaron Pryor-Alexis Arguello and countless other matches. To refer to the May 5 debate between De La Hoya and Mayweather as a historic showdown is sheer nonsense, since De La Hoya has been semi-retired since September of 2003 when he lost a decision to Sugar Shane Mosley and then surrendered meekly a year later in the ninth round against Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya did knock out Richardo Mayorga last May in his last fight, but an asterisk should be put next to that victory since the undersized, woefully outmanned Mayorga wasn’t sound of body, soul or spirit. Oscar De La Hoya has emerged as one of the most fascinating figures ever in his occupation, not because of the skill of his fists but because of the lure of his persona. Because of a masterful marketing campaign orchestrated early in his career by Bob Arum and his Top Rank organization, De La Hoya instantly became a office phenomenon, which somehow he has remained even at age 34 despite having lost twice to Mosley and despite his ignobly raising the white flag against Hopkins. There is a certain charisma about De La Hoya due I’m sure to his handsome features and to the appealing words that flow smoothly out of him, a trick of presence that was on display at the Chinese Theater session, as his delirious fans reacted to his every banality with loud cheers, as opposed to loudly jeering Mayweather’s posturing antics earlier. There is no doubt despite his modest achievements in recent years in the ring–he was handed a gift decision over a German middleweight named Felix Sturm in June of 2004 to set up the Hopkins meeting three months later – that he is easily the biggest draw in boxing. In his first fight after the Hopkins debacle against Mayorga, there were more than 900,000 pay per view purchases on HBO. “It was astonishing,” admitted Ross Greenburg, president of HBO sports. “We figured it would be around 400,000 and it was more than twice as much.” Greenburg has no idea how many will pay to watch the De La Hoya-Mayweather match, but it won’t be surprising if it nears the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis record of 2 million, if the ticket scramble for the fight is a yardstick. The 15,000 put on sale by the MGM Grand Garden were sold out in one day, and choice ringsides are now being peddled for prices approximating Super Bowl tickets. I marvel at Oscar De La Hoya’s astonishing staying power. Other fighters lose stature after humiliating losses. Not De La Hoya. “The man absolutely quit against Hopkins,” charges Mayweather. “Look at the film. He’s pounding the canvas right after the ref stops it. How could a guy be pounding the canvas if he’s too hurt to get up. He didn’t get up because he didn’t want to get hit with anymore punches from Hopkins. And then a few weeks later, I saw the two men at a fight with their arms around each other, and they suddenly had a business arrangement going. Go figure.” Oscar De La Hoya is a 2 to 1 underdog against Mayweather, and the feeling here is that it should be 4 to 1. If De La Hoya had problems coping with Sugar Shane Mosley’s quickness, then what chance does he have of landing lethal punches against Mayweather, the world’s consensus best pound-for-pound fighter who’s not only a better defensively than Mosley but also faster? But what difference does it make? Oscar De La Hoya is guaranteed of making $20 million for this fight–and probably will wind up earning closer to $30 million. And a grateful Floyd Mayweather Jr. is guaranteed of making $12 million for this fight–and probably will wind up earning closer to $15 million. “How often do fans get to see two of the greatest fighters of all time mix it up?” said Richard Schaefer, as he rambled on and on the other day with his scandalously inflated rhetoric. It could have been Don King talking. Or Bob Arum. Nothing changes in boxing. Especially not the public’s fawning attitude toward Oscar De La Hoya, who has earned more for doing less than many in the history of his mean profession. Doug Krikorian can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But the deportment is the same. I can swear as I listened to Schaefer, a one-time Swiss banker who somehow came out of nowhere to become a friend of De La Hoya and become CEO of his Golden Boy Productions, drone irritatingly on at the De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. press conference the other day in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater that he sounded hauntingly like King or Arum hyping one of their events. last_img read more


first_imgFIRST it was frozen beef burgers to be hit by the horsemeant scandal.And then last week it was revealed that 100 per cent horsemeat was found in Findus lasagne products.Now Tesco Letterkenny’s Frozen spaghetti bolognese products have been found to contain up to 60 per cent horse meat. The company said today that a week ago it withdrew a frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese product from sale.“We did this as a precaution because Findus products from the same factory were reportedly at risk of containing horsemeat,” said Tesco.“Since then, we have carried out a number of tests on the product and those tests identified the presence of horse DNA.“Of the positive results, most are at a trace level of less than 1 per cent but three showed significant levels of horse DNA, exceeding 60 per cent.” The supermarket retailer has also carried out further tests to ensure that there is no danger to customers’ health through the presence of potentially harmful bute in the meat. The test for bute was clear.Tesco commented: “The frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese should contain only Irish beef from our approved suppliers.“The source of the horsemeat is still under investigation by the relevant authorities.“The level of contamination suggests that Comigel was not following the appropriate production process for our Tesco product and we will not take food from their facility again.Last week it was discovered that Findus frozen lasagne was taken from Tesco shelves due to the recent horsemeat scares. Testing in the UK showed that the lasagnes contained up to 100 per cent horsemeat in some instances.This evening Tesco apologised for what had occurred, saying: “We are very sorry that we have let customers down.“We set ourselves high standards for the food we sell and we have had two cases in recent weeks where we have not met those standards.“Our DNA testing programme is underway and will give us and our customers assurance that the product they buy is what it should be. This evening it emerged that as many as 16 countries could be affected by the horse meat scandal, with French ministers holding emergency talks today.Seven French supermarket chains have withdrawn frozen beef meals made by Findus and Comigel – a French company – following the discovery of horsemeat in the food products.The controversy initially began when it emerged that the Food Safety Authority had found as much as 30 per cent horse DNA in frozen beef burgers sold in supermarkets.An investigation is underway with the FSAI, the gardaí and the Department of Agriculture all involved in trying to uncover how horsemeat ended up in products labelled as beef.YUCK! TESCO LETTERKENNY WITHDRAWS SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE AS 60% HORSE MEAT FOUND was last modified: February 11th, 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:YUCK! TESCO LETTERKENNY WITHDRAWS SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE AS 60% HORSE MEAT FOUNDlast_img read more


first_imgRoss Wherity in action for Donegal against Kerry todayDONEGAL 1-12, KERRY 0-06 DONEGAL weren’t at their best here in Ballybofey today – but they were too good for a poor Kerry side in this Division One clash.And the visitors task after trailing by five points at half-time was made much harder after Kerry’s Tomás Ó Sé was sent off by referee Derek Fahy in the 42nd minute for kicking out at Ryan McHugh.Donegal dominated proceedings in the first half, storming into an early lead. Michael Murphy fired home a penalty after just six minutes, making up for the one he missed against Tyrone in Omagh a week ago.Murphy also fired over a point, with scores from McBrearty and McFadden.Donegal should have had a second penalty, but the referee waved away the appeals.Kerry did managed three points, against the run of play in the first half with Brosnan one of the few players showing any sort of form. Leo McLoone and Neil Gallagher joined Murphy in adding some excellent scores early in the second half to push Donegal 1-08 to 0-03 ahead before Rory Kavanagh pointed instead of going for goal to extend the lead to nine points.It was the 18th minute of the second half before Kerry could score again, Darren O’Sullivan with the point.Michael Murphy added his third point of the day from a free after being hauled to the ground to extend the lead again to 1-10 to 0-04 before adding his fourth a couple of minutes later to put Donegal ten points ahead.Matthew Smyth joined the fray for Donegal, replacing Rory Kavanagh as Jim McGuinness took advantage of Donegal’s superiority.Kieran O’Leary was then denied a goal after a superb save by Paul Durcan before Johnny Buckley finally scored Kerry’s fifth point to reduce the deficit. And Durcan was the hero against five minutes from the end when he pulled off a fantastic save from a penalty.Ciaran Donaghey was pulled down in the box but Durcan denied O’Leary again; this time from the spot.Buckley hit a point soon after – only for Murphy to score again to take his tally to 1-05.It was a decent display from Donegal against an under-strength Kerry team. Donegal: Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamonn McGee; Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn, Ryan McHugh; Rory Kavanagh (0-01) Neil Gallagher (0-01); Ross Wherity, Leo McLoone (0-02), Ryan Bradley (0-01); Patrick McBrearty (0-01), Michael Murphy (1-05, 1-00 pen, 0-02f), Colm McFadden (0-01, 0-01f).Subs used: Martin McElhinney for Wherity (53 mins), Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy for McBrearty (55), Matthew Smyth for Kavanagh (60); Gary McFadden for Gallagher (65).Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane McEnright; Tomás Ó Sé (0-01), Killian Young, Peter Crowley; Kieran Donaghy, Eoin Brosnan (0-01); Jonathan Lyne, Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley (0-03, 0-02f); James O’Donoghue, Darran O’Sullivan (0-01), Michael Geary.Subs used: Brian McGuire for M Ó Sé (28 mins, inj), Fionn Fitzgerald for J O’Donoghue (47), Jack Sherwood for Crowley (53), Kieran O’Leary for O’Sullivan (60), Andrew Garnett for Donaghy (69, inj).DONEGAL JUST TOO GOOD FOR POOR KERRY SIDE was last modified: March 10th, 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:DONEGAL JUST TOO GOOD FOR POOR KERRY SIDElast_img read more

UCLA notes: Leaders want to set pace at practice

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Olson said the responsibility falls onto the team leaders to increase the tempo at practice. “I think we, as seniors, tried to motivate people and get them going from the beginning,” Olson said. “You get on people. You let them know just to get moving quicker and to execute faster at the beginning of practice. That’s what I was doing, just encouraging a fast start to practice.” Riding a Benz: Tight end Marcedes Lewis is UCLA’s biggest threat in the passing game, but he still goes through spells where he isn’t utilized much. The Bruins threw to Lewis three times (he caught one) against Cal, and against Washington State the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder had two catches in the first three quarters and three catches in the final quarter. “My coach (assistant Jon Embree) tells me to keep my head in the game, and they’re going to come at me later to make plays,” Lewis said. “That’s what happened. I know when the ball is coming my way, I have to catch the ball and make a big play.” UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner spoke with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr about beginning practice at a higher tempo, and quarterback Drew Olson got on teammates a little more about practicing with increased intensity. It is No. 8 UCLA’s way to try and combat its first-half woes the past three weeks. Although the Bruins won each game, they trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter each time. The goal for Saturday’s homecoming game against Oregon State at the Rose Bowl is not to half the first-half lapses that led to the Bruins being outscored 65-35. “I talked to coach Kerr and talked about that, and he’s open to what I had to say,” Havner said. “I thought maybe that the first three plays in practice, we need to be sharp again, try to make it like that’s the start of the game. I really don’t know. I’m looking for ideas. We need to start faster or it’s going to catch up with us if we don’t. It’s definitely inevitable.” center_img Lewis leads the Bruins with 28 catches and four touchdowns, and his 15 career touchdown receptions are the most by a UCLA tight end. Horton’s return: It took about one play for free safety Chris Horton to make his first hit in his first practice since injuring his right wrist in training camp. “That’s what defenders do, hit people. It felt great,” Horton said. “I wouldn’t say I’m at my best, but I feel great.” Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said he expected Horton to play in the secondary, and possibly on special teams this week. London rests: Linebacker Justin London sat out practice because of soreness in his surgically repaired right ankle, something brought on perhaps by playing Washington State’s artificial surface. “His ankle is really sore,” Dorrell said. “Playing on that surface probably made it more significant.” However, Dorrell said he didn’t expect London to miss any game time. Odds and ends: Receiver Junior Taylor underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Taylor is expected to be awarded a medical redshirt and return as a fifth-year senior in 2006. … Havner was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 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

Women’s Soccer Clips South Dakota State, 1-0, For First Win of 2019

first_img Live Stats Story Links Next Game: UMKC 9/8/2019 – 1 PM Preview Watch Live ESPN3center_img Drake’s first goal came courtesy of a well-executed set piece started by junior goalkeeper Kelsie Stone. After a foul by the Jackrabbits, Stone delivered a booming free kick from midfield that Bormann headed far post for the Bulldogs’ first goal of the season coming in the 61st minute (60:15). Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team earned its first win of the 2019 season with a 1-0 victory over South Dakota State Friday, Sept. 6 evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Junior Hannah Bormann scored the first goal of the season for Drake (1-4), which hosted its annual Kick Cancer event.”We weren’t great tonight, but we did enough to get the shutout,” Drake head coach Lindsey Horner said. “Vanessa Kavan and Audrey Vidmar were fantastic for us. Hannah Bormann was a spark and great to have back on the field, and Ali Burke gave us a solid shift in the midfield.” Stone notched three saves in the first half, including two in quick succession in the 35th and 37th minutes, to stave off the South Dakota State (2-3) attack. She finished with seven saves in the victory.”We did a good job of keeping South Dakota State’s forward pair in front of us, but when the game became frantic as they pushed numbers forward for the equalizer, we didn’t manage the lead as well as we would have liked,” Horner said. “Kelsie’s worked at her distribution and range, so that was exciting for her to tally an assist.”The night was extra special for the Bulldogs as they honored their special family member Breslyn pregame. Breslyn became a part of the Drake women’s soccer family in 2018 as part of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3, but rang the bell in 2018 signaling her final chemo treatment. Breslyn and her family founded Breslyn’s Blankets of Love to help other children in their fight against cancer. For more information on their foundation, visit”I’m really pleased that we earned a result on a night we were playing for Breslyn,” Horner said. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, October 11.Matthew Ignatius MANNERINGThe death has occurred of Matthew Ignatius Mannering, (Kilcock, Co. Kildare, formerly of Glenties, Co. Donegal and Caretaker of Confey Cemetery, Leixlip) October 9th, 2017 (peacefully) at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Beloved father of Christopher Ian, dear brother of Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, Tony, Rose, Francis, Julie, Catherine, Deirdre, Edward, Michael and Christopher and partner of Glenda. Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, Lucan on Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Removal to the Church of St. Charles Borromeo, Confey, Leixlip on Thursday morning arriving for Requiem Mass at 11am followed by cremation at Newlands Cross Crematorium.Francie COLLThe death has occurred of Francie Coll, 394 Ard Baithin, St Johnston, Donegal. Lovingly missed by his wife Olive, his daughters and sons Ann, Kate, John (Packie), Pat, Trish and the Late James RIP, Francis (Faf) RIP. Sadly missed by his sons-in-laws, daughters-in-laws, grandchildren, relatives and friends.Francie is reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Thursday morning at 10.20am to St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston for 11 o’clock Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time, please, from 11pm to 11am and on the morning of the funeral. Madge WARDThe death has occurred at her own home of Madge Ward, Milltown, Burtonport.Reposing at her late residence from 2pm today, Wednesday, October 11th. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am in St. Columba’s Church, Acres with burial in Belcruit Cemetery. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to The Pallative Care, care of any family member or Shaun McGlynn Funeral Director, Dungloe.Peggy MOLLOYThe death has occurred at her residence of Peggy Molloy, Mully, Glenties. Her remains will repose at her home from 4pm Wednesday (11th Oct).Removal from there on Friday morning (13th Oct) to The Church of The Holy Family, Edeninfagh, Glenties, for requiem Mass at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Glenties Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Alzheimers Society c/o James Mc Guinness & Sons Funeral Directors, Glenties.John CONWAYThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of John Conway, 24 Naomh Conaill Clois Glenties and formerly Dunbarton, Scotland. Remains will repose at his residence from 10am on Wednesday (11th Oct).Removal from there on Thursday morning (12th Oct) at 10.30am to St. Conal’s Church, Glenties, for requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Family time from 11pm and on the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to Donegal Hospice c/o James Mc Guinness Funeral Directors, Glenties.Nellie WARDThe death has occurred of Nellie Ward, Coolvoy & formerly of Classey, Doochary, in her 101st year. Funeral Mass took place this morning, in St. Colmcille’s Church, Fintown, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

Charter to improve healthcare

first_img12 July 2005The government has introduced a draft health charter aimed at improving access to and quality of healthcare in the country, as well as raising black economic empowerment in the sector.“We must ensure our health system reflects the diversity of our society and meets the various health care needs of the total population of South Africa,” said Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang at Monday’s presentation of the charter.The document was compiled by a task team with representatives from both the public and private health sectors.Currently, the minister said, inequalities in health services meant the health and life expectancy of the poor were far worse than those of high-income groups.The state spends R33.2-billion on health care for 38-million people, while the country’s private sector spends some R43-billion servicing 7-million people.Some 15% to 20% of the population have excellent access to health services, while 75% to 80% of South Africans have limited or no access.“Due to our sad history, access to and distribution of health care and ownership of health establishments remain grossly unequal,” Tshabalala-Msimang said. “We cannot remain silent about this issue.”The vast majority of South Africans are disadvantaged because of their race, gender and economic status, she said. For this reason, the minister hoped that the charter would be implemented to significantly rectify the wrongs of the past.“The charter requires us to achieve the most efficient use of resources in the health sector, to adequately address the health needs of South Africans,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.Medical aid unaffordableShe also highlighted that medical aid schemes had become increasingly unaffordable, resulting in a widening gap in healthcare access between high-income and middle-income groups.Another area of major increase in expenditure by medical schemes is non-health items such as scheme administration fees (at R4.5-billion in 2003), managed care initiatives (R1.1-billion) and brokers’ fees, which increased by 64% from R354-million in 2002 to R581-million in 2003.The draft health charter also emphasises another kind of equity – that of service provision, ownership and control.BEE targetsIt requires the development of a human capital programme that plans for and meets the human resource requirements of the country over the next 15 years.“We have put together programmes for the broader representation of historically disadvantaged groups, including women and people with disabilities, in the workplace,” said the minister.The proposed targets are that, across the value chain, 60% of the workforce should be black and 50% women by the year 2010. The aim is to increase these figures to 70% black and 60% women by 2014.The document proposes that there be 26% ownership and or control by black people, a process to start immediately.By 2010, each business in the healthcare sector should at least be 35%-owned and or controlled by black people, while equity ownership by black people should increase to 51% by 2014.The terms of the draft charter were well received by health sector stakeholders. However, they have requested that some technical adjustments be made. These and other submissions are to be put to the National Department of Health by 15 August.Tshabalala-Msimang will present the document to Cabinet by the end of August or beginning of September.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why do you have to put the window shades up for landing and takeoff?

first_imgIt’s all about “situational awareness,” or the ability to readily identify threatening situations in an emergency. Passengers must never open an exit if there is a fire outside. Use another one on the opposite side of the aircraft.last_img