Family day

first_img The members of The Womens Circle, worked hard behind the scenes to make the event possible. Little Muthayyibah Salie, 4, had a good time time with her grandmother, Amina Rajap. Levona Jason and Washiela Bassier, from Community Action Towards a Safer Environment (Case), were on hand to explain what their organisation does. The Women’s Circle held a family day on Sunday November 25 at the Nantes Urban Park, where the community learnt about health and safety issues as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.. Enjoying the entertainment, are, from left, Kashief Dunjana, Drew Reid, Ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams with Aden Lodewyk, 7, on his lap, Bevan Rosen, Charlton Taylor and Nathan Lodewyk.center_img Levona Jason and Washiela Bassier, from Community Action Towards a Safer Environment (Case), were on hand to explain what their organisation does. 1 of 4last_img read more

Society: private practice gender pay gap widens

first_imgThe gender pay gap for solicitors has increased with women earning 30% less than men, according to figures released by the Law Society today.For solicitors in private practice, the gap widened from 27% in 2012 to 30% in 2013. It remained at 28% for those in-house. The statistics came from the Law Society’s annual earnings factsheet, which is based on a survey of 1,506 randomly selected individual practising certificate holders working in private practice, government and the private sector in-house.  The findings show that men out-earn their female counterparts at each grade in the profession. For assistants and associates the median salary was £50,000 for men and £38,000 for women. For equity partners, the median earning for women was £60,000, compared with £70,000 for men.The figures also reveal a racial earnings gap. White men had the highest average earnings – 29% more than their white female counterparts and 25% more than male solicitors from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background (BAME).Overall average earnings differed by 14% between white and BAME solicitors.Responding to the figures, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said while the disparity in pay had many contributory factors, the increase is a ‘worrying trend’ which needs to be addressed by the profession.   ‘A solicitor’s salary should reflect their experience and skills, not their gender. We encourage employers to judge a solicitor on merit rather than on their background or the number of hours clocked up each week,’ said Hudson. He said: ‘A culture of transparency with salaries, along with a proactive approach to flexible working can narrow the gender pay gap but clearly there needs to be a change of thinking within the profession for this to have a significant impact.’The Law Society is preparing advice and support for firms on how to address the issue. The Society also has a range of initiatives to assist firms with working practices including the Diversity and Inclusion Charter, the Procurement Protocol, a Business Case for Diversity and a Flexible Working Protocol.  More than 400 legal service providers have signed up the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, committing to pursue best practice on all aspects of diversity and inclusion across their businesses.last_img read more

Trains reach Modi’in Merkaz at last

first_imgISRAEL: ISR General Manager Yitzhak Harel visited the new central station in Modi’in on April 1 to mark the start of revenue services on the final 6 km section of the new line from Ben Gurion Airport which opened as far as Modi’in Outskirts station on September 1 last year. A formal opening ceremony had been scheduled for April 8, with Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, the ministry’s General Manager Gideon Sittermann and the mayor of Modi’in Moshe Spector, but the event has been postponed to a later date. The four-platform Modi’in Merkaz station lies 30 m below ground, and has three levels. It has cost US$42·5m to build, which is approximately 10% of the total cost of the new line. The station provides interchange with three Veolia-operated bus routes which serve the whole of Modi’in city. The line is currently served by 29 trains each way per day, between 05.30 and 23.15, with a half-hourly frequency at peak times. Journey time from Modi’in Merkaz to and Tel-Aviv Hahagana is 27 min, including intermediate stops at Modi’in Outskirts and Ben-Gurion Airport. Some trains run through from Tel Aviv to destinations on the coastal route as far north as Nahariyya.During the opening, Harel described the new line to Modi’in as ‘the biggest and most complex infrastructure project built in Israel in recent years, with far reaching macro-economical implications’. He said that ISR had decided to open the station despite the fact that the Ministry of Housing had not yet finished the related development works around the new terminus. ‘I’ve decided to open the station for the public good, and I expect that the ministry will do all to accelerate and finish the works as soon as possible’, he explained.ISR expects the line to carry around 1 million passengers in 2008, rising to 1·2 million in subsequent years, which is an average of more than 4 000 passengers/day. More than 800 passengers rode the trains in the first 2 hours of service.last_img read more

Investment Puts Boreland Carriage Drivers On Firm Footing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA top of the range synthetic surface has been installed at the Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre near Lockerbie.The surface, part of a major refurbishment of the indoor school, will not only improve the carriage driving experience at the Centre but also allow more people to use the facilities. Chariots of Fire provides carriage driving and riding lessons and, in partnership with the charity Sports Driving Unlimited, specialises in working with people with disabilities and additional needs, many of whom had been unable to use the indoor school because of the dust kicked up by ponies.The new surface, called Activ-Track, is a mix of sand, wax and man made fibre. It’s dust free and has transformed both the appearance of the indoor school and the experience of driving carriages within it. “The previous surface was very dark and make the school rather gloomy”, says Chariots of Fire’s Liza Pern.“It’s now much brighter, it stays cleaner because the dust has gone and the carriages roll across the ground so much easier. We’re enjoying the building much more and you only have to look at the ponies to see how much they love it.” The refurbishment of the indoor school to make it more suitable for people with special needs has been funded by Sports Driving Unlimited, thanks to a 50% grant from Sports Scotland, and support from The Morrison and Hedley Foundations, Annan Rotary Club, Scott Young of Boreland, Grange Quarries and Hire & Supplies Ltd Dumfries. The synthetic surface was supplied by the Berkshire-based Martin Collins Enterprises who can list Zara Phillips, The Royal Horse Artillery and the London International Horse Show among their other clients. A spokesman for the company said they were so impressed by the work being carried out at the Boreland yard, they’d offered to supply the surface at a substantial discount. “Everyone has been so supportive”,according the Rosemary Flexney of Sports Driving Unlimited,  “from the suppliers and funders right down to the volunteers who turned out to help clean and paint the building.  It has made a big difference to the building and to the people who will be able to use it for the first time.”  To that end, a ‘taster day’ is being arranged for December 30th (12-3pm) when members of the public are invited to try their hand at riding and carriage driving, regardless of age, ability or experience. “I know people are always looking for things to do between Christmas and New Year”says Liza “so we hope that they’ll come out and visit us, look around the yard, meet the ponies, and have a shot at riding or driving if they’d like to.”   The yard is also offering Christmas Gift Vouchers which can be redeemed for driving and riding lessons, or simply a scenic drive out in the countryside. This year Chariots of Fire has been restructured following the death of the yard’s founder Amanda Saville in February. It is now run as a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise, working in partnership with Sports Driving Unlimited.last_img read more

Zimbabwe central bank says cash shortages affecting tourists

first_imgA vendor sell tourists a bunch of worthless bearer’s cheque notes on June 29, 2018 in the resort town of Victoria Falls. – After nearly two decades in the doldrums, Zimbabwe’s tourism sector is enjoying a rebound, with visitors returning in droves to see the majestic Victoria Falls and explore unspoilt safari reserves. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images) A vendor sell tourists a bunch of worthless bearer’s cheque notes on June 29, 2018 in the resort town of Victoria Falls. (Photo credit ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images)Zimbabwe’s central bank on Friday said the ongoing cash shortages are affecting foreign visitors to the country.The bank is controlling the supply of money in the economy to curb inflation that has begun to rise rapidly in recent months, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya said in his 2019 midterm monetary policy statement.“The increase in the demand for physical cash has worsened cash shortages, as reflected by unending queues at most banks in the country,” he said. “In addition, visitors to the country, including tourists, are failing to access cash for their domestic transactions, as they are supposed to buy local currency cash from banks or bureaux de change.”Failure to get cash is undermining confidence in the local currency and forcing economic agents to resort to illegal transactions in foreign currency and to selling cash at a premium, Mangudya said.As part of monetary reforms, Zimbabwe in June banned the use of the multi-currency regime that was introduced in 2009, and reintroduced the local currency that is currently made up of electronic money known as the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), bond notes and coins.Early in February, the central bank introduced the inter-bank foreign currency market to curb rampant foreign currency trading on the parallel market and to harness foreign exchange through the formal market.As a result, Mangudya said, about 799 million U.S. dollars worth of foreign currency had been traded on the inter-bank market since its introduction.The central bank said it is moving toward bringing inflation under control and to lower it over time.To tame inflation, the central bank raised its overnight lending rate from 50 percent to 70 percent.“The bank expects inflation to start declining after the current high inflation cycle ends, as attested by ebbing exchange rate depreciation pressures, following the removal of the multi-currency system,” Mangudya said.He said the monetary reforms are aimed at easing current inflationary pressures.Inflation, at 5.39 percent in September 2018, surged to 175.5 percent in June 2019, mainly reflecting the exchange rate price indexation in an environment of high premiums in the parallel market.“The policies being pursued by government will undoubtedly tame the inflationary pressures currently bedeviling the economy,” Mangudya said.Related Zimbabwe’s central bank governor to get second term Zimbabwe’s Central Bank unveils eight measures to fix the cash crunchcenter_img Zimbabwe central bank eases forex rules for fuel, chrome minerslast_img read more

China’s assistance to Dominica’s human resource highlighted

first_img Share 228 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsTertiary China’s assistance to Dominica’s human resource highlighted by: Dominica Vibes News – July 31, 2015 Minister for Foreign affairs and CARICOM Affairs, Francine BaronMinister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Francine Baron says the relationship between Dominica and China has been one of genuine friendship, communications and trust.Addressing the awarding ceremony of Chinese Government Scholarships to thirteen Dominican students on Wednesday 29 July 2015, the minister hailed China as one of Dominica’s most significant bilateral partners.“This may not be as clearly visible as the various infrastructural developments such as the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, the Roseau to Portsmouth road rehabilitation project, the new Dominica Grammar School or the housing projects funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), however China’s contribution to Dominica’s human resource development is one of the major landmarks of our relations,” Minister Baron said.She added that the People’s Republic of China has provided dozens of opportunities to Dominican nationals for short term training in multiple disciplines. Dominica established diplomatic relations with China on 23 March 2004.“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations over one thousand (1000) Dominicans public and private sector professionals have benefited from such training opportunities in China,” Minister Baron stated. 2015 Chinese Government Scholarship recipientsMinister Baron added that approximately one hundred and forty (140) scholarships have been awarded to Dominica by the People’s Republic of China for students to pursue graduate and post graduate studies since the program commenced.“We have seen the number of scholarships increase over the years from five annually and this year thirteen candidates will leave to pursue tertiary studies in China. These training opportunities provided by the government of China are significant. They seek not only to fulfill Dominica capacity building needs, but also to promote people to people contact, increase cultural exchanges and develop proficiency in a foreign language”.Thirteen students were presented with admission notices to attend universities in China on Wednesday, They are Metsi Didier, Tess Honore, Monique Anthony, Kezia Augustine, Darron Georges, Vilma Lewis, Kimeron Lazare, Kerchard Guiste, Kershel George, Ithoma James and Kimone Ferrol who will be pursuing bacherlors degrees and Shanita John and Dr. Shane Mc Intyre who will be pursuing Master’s degrees.Minister Baron encouraged the students to emulate the culture of hard work that has served to propel China forward.“Take advantage of the varied experiences that you will be exposed to, whether in the field of technology, art or culture,” Baron said and urged them to quickly adapt to the new environment.“Do your outmost to excel in our studies, be good representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica and make your families and your country proud,” Baron advised.She reminded the students that as ambassadors of Dominica, they should “conduct themselves in a manner that will do, not only themselves and their parents proud, but Dominica as well”.last_img read more

ITSS empowering students through ‘Girl Power Rocks’ movement

first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary ITSS empowering students through ‘Girl Power Rocks’ movement by: Dominica Vibes News – February 26, 2016 A new movement aimed at encouraging and inspiring young ladies to follow their dreams, has been launched at the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School (ITSS) in St. Joseph.The movement dubbed ‘Girl Power Rocks’ was founded by Bernice Maronie; a teacher at the school.According to Mrs Maronie, there is an epidemic of negativity which has infiltrated schools, churches, communities and the country on a whole. As such, girls are targeted, objectified and seen as a liability which has allowed them to be more susceptible to social evils like harassment, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and pornography.Hence this empowerment program, which Mrs Maronie had been contemplating on for a long time, “is something that is very, very necessary,” she told Dominica Vibes on Friday 26 February 2016.“This club empowers the young ladies to be role models in society…We want to bring people from across the country, and not from across the country alone but from across the world, so that students can see women and their accomplishments and they can try to be like them, they can be role models to the students,” Mrs Maronie explained.Therefore, they are on a mission to identify accomplished women “to assist the girls, to come to speak to them, and the girls can work with them, ask questions, interact, so they themselves can see that a girl is not somebody who is weak but somebody who has potential”. Among the role models identified so far are Jodie Dublin Dangleben, Dr Valda Henry, Miss Dominica 2016 Tasia Floissac and Former Prime Minister Dame Mary Eugenia Charles.The movement is also planning a symposium during the summer break which will take the format of a day retreat to which primary and secondary schools students from other schools will be invited to attend.“So we’re going to have women to come in to speak to them, to show them stuff, we’re going to do events such as how to comb your hair, how to appreciate natural hair, how to make stuff, how to sew buttons on their dress if it comes out, how to even ride bicycles,” Mrs Maronie informed.Next week Friday 4 March 2016, the Girls Power Rocks movement will host a special discussion on the topic ‘Nobody Listens To Me’ which will be the club’s first session since it was launched on Friday 19 February 2016.This will provide an opportunity for the young ladies to speak up about things that are affecting them as well as to ask questions on various topics. Mrs Maronie indicated that this discussion will also provide her with an opportunity to “get a feeling of the girls” and an idea of the areas of concern to them which will prove useful for the upcoming symposium.Photographs compliments of Mrs Maronie– / 16 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 193 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Kaya Iloilo stays on top in PH Football

first_imgYannick Tuazon has been aggressive early for Kaya Iloilowith four early chances but was either misdirected or was foiled by thedefense. Marvin Angeles had an opportunity to score for Green Archers but hewas blocked by Kaya’s keeper Louie Casas. CARMONA, Cavite – Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo was forced to ascoreless draw by Green Archers United FC in the 2019 Philippines FootballLeague on Saturday at the PFF Training Center here. Green Archers had another opportunity courtesy of JimuelAriola but misfired his try from the edge of the box. Eric Giganto nearlysurged Kaya-Iloilo ahead at the half but his curl hit from outside the box justhit the crossbar. Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo’s Yannick Tuazon controls the ball during their match against Green Archers United FC. KAYA FC Ilonggo Jovin Bedic was inserted by Kaya Iloilo head coachNoel Marcaida in the second half in hopes of breaking the deadlock but thedefense were firm on him. Jordan Mintah got a try from the outside but wentwide.center_img Even with the outcome, the Ilonggos remained on top of thestandings with 16 points on five wins and a draw, while Green Archers United isat fourth spot with 11 points after seven games. Kaya Iloilo made its last push in the final minutes butMintah’s hit from Chy Villasenor’s pass was wide, while Darryl Roberts had hislast chance for the Ilonggos but his header was saved by the defense. Meanwhile, the match between defending championsCeres-Negros FC and Stallion-Laguna FC scheduled on Saturday afternoon at theRizal Memorial Football Stadium has been postponed to a later date due toinclement weather./PNlast_img read more

Miles not thinking about QB in 2015

first_imgBATON ROUGE – Les Miles has proven to be an expert at several things as LSU’s football coach the last 10 years – fakes, fourth down conversions, fourth quarter comebacks, double-digit winning seasons, frequent national championship contention and how to win without much at quarterback.This is why he is not concerned with the future of his struggling quarterback position. He is just worried about No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0), which will be in Tiger Stadium at 6:15 p.m. Saturday to play his rising, No. 23-ranked Tigers (6-2, 2-2 SEC).“We’re going to have to play that position next year, too? Damn,” Miles said sarcastically on Saturday after interrupting a questioner asking about developing a quarterback now for 2015 following the 41-3 win over Kentucky.“I thought we were going to get away with it. (Expletive deleted), next year, too? God,” he said smiling. “We’re just trying to beat Ole Miss next week. Damn, I don’t know.”LSU did go 9-4 in 2009, 11-2 in 2010 and 13-0 in 2011 to reach the BCS national championship game with poor numbers at quarterback with the exception of the first eight games of 2011 when Jarrett Lee was No. 1 in the SEC in passing efficiency.Sophomore Anthony Jennings, a first-year starting quarterback for the Tigers this season, was 7 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Kentucky. He has completed double-digit passes just three times through seven starts this season.He is second to last in the SEC and 64th nationally in passing efficiency at 132.1 on 64-of-128 passing for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions. LSU is 11th in the SEC and 96th nationally in passing offense with 194 yards a game.Miles was asked the same “long-term quarterback plan” question at his press luncheon Monday.“I think it’s an equality plan even in the short term,” he said in more serious tones. “It develops the future, and I think that is what our thought process is.”True freshman quarterback Brandon Harris became a favorite of fans and some in the media with his late performance in the loss to Mississippi State and in the win over New Mexico State. But after earning a start at Auburn, he was 3 of 14 for 58 yards in the 41-7 loss with several overthrows and game management issues in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage. Harris did not play in the win at Florida last week and was 0-for-1 with an interception against Kentucky.“We have to develop the position, if you will, and make sure that we’re preparing to win this game and developing that position as we would go forward,” Miles said. “In a snap, you just never know who the quarterback is. So we’re doing both, as best we can.”Jennings, meanwhile, has already engineered three fourth quarter comeback victories with long completions or long touchdown passes against Arkansas last season and against Wisconsin and Florida this season. For his career in five fourth quarters beginning with the Arkansas game last year, Jennings is 14 of 30 for 311 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Included are game-winning touchdown passes of 49 and 36 yards against Arkansas and Wisconsin and an 11-yard pass for a go-ahead touchdown at Florida after a third-and-25 completion of 41 yards.Miles did admit after the Kentucky game that the pass game needs improvement.“We want balance in our attack,” he said. “We want to be able to throw it and run it. We’re going to continue to work on that. It was unfortunate for Brandon to throw a deep pick. You get a guy in there and we want to practice some throwing, and it’s just one of those things. He was pressing to make a play just because it’s his time, and it didn’t quite work out that way.”Jennings admitted after the Kentucky game that he missed some open receivers.“I’m trying to fix some things this week,” he said.“I don’t know that it’s so much his accuracy as it was the decision where to go with it,” Miles said. “He could’ve really played better than he did. There were a number of guys he could’ve thrown to and didn’t. I think he’ll see that and learn from that. I think he will be a better quarterback when he gets to next Saturday. We’re still working to improve that spot with Anthony and Brandon. Just the way it is.”last_img read more

Gossip: Chelsea linked with Jordan Lukaku, speculation over Falcao and Hazard

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…The Daily Star claim Jordan Lukaku, brother of former Chelsea striker Romelu, is wanted by the Blues, while Radamel Falcao’s father has told Colombian radio his son will not be moving to China.Tottenham are also said to be interested in 21-year-old left-back Lukaku, who plays for Belgian club Oostende and could apparently be available for £3m. Everton were also recently linked with him.AdChoices广告Meanwhile, Falcao, who has been linked with a big-money move to China, will instead see out his loan spell at Chelsea and is close to returning to action, according to his father.Falcao had been tipped to leave Chelsea during the January transfer windowRadamel Garcia said “Let me tell you, Falcao will be back on the pitch in 10 days.“A lot of things can happen, but he will keep playing in Chelsea until the end of the season.“He is not thinking about moving to China at all. He is just thinking about playing for Chelsea.”And Eden Hazard is widely reported to have cast doubt on his Chelsea future with comments he made about speculation linking him with a potential move to Paris St-Germain.He told Le Parisien: “[It is] difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League. PSG are now in that category. And for me, winning the Champions League is my main aim.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more