National awardees urged to strive harder

first_imgFive hardworking staff members at the Ministry of the Presidency were on Tuesday honoured at an appreciation ceremony.The event served as a precursor to a national ceremony slated to be held later this year. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who hosted the event for the Ministry of the Presidency’s National Awardees congratulated the awardees on their dedicated service.“Here at the Ministry of the Presidency, we do appreciate the work you’ve done to get to this level,” Harmon is quoted as saying.The Minister of State explained that these awards were indeed significant, and he opined that they indicated that the recipients had the capacity to perform at an even higher level.He further related that the awarded staffers would serve as “good examples and role models” for other staffers who may be striving to achieve the same recognition. Harmon also related that their dedicated service has elevated the Ministry.The awardees are Maureen Lynette Stephenson, Deputy Secretary to Cabinet who was honoured for her long service with exceptional dedication in the Public Service, more particularly the Ministry of the Presidency; Nancy Ferreira, Senior Confidential Secretary to the President, awarded for her long service with exceptional dedication in the Ministry of the Presidency; Ingrid Cecilia Forde, Office Manager, Ministry of the Presidency, who was honoured for her long and dedicated service; William Victor Cecil Cox, who serves as Senior Public Servant and Political Assistant to the President, and Reginald Brotherson.last_img read more

Matthews Jr. part of drug investigation

first_imgMatthews had two at-bats in an intrasquad game Tuesday. “We talked to Gary and made him aware of the article and right now there are no details,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We didn’t really know what happened or what’s going on. We have to see what’s going on.” Matthews was not the only athlete linked to the investigation. Former heavyweight Evander Holyfield also was named and allegedly used the name “Evan Fields” when placing orders. Admitted steroid user Jose Canseco also was named by the Times Union as an alleged client of Applied Pharmacy Services. A number of unnamed NFL players also were linked. In addition to the Mobile, Ala., provider, a pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., also has been under investigation by a special grand jury in New York for over a year. A top physician with the Pittsburgh Steelers allegedly ordered $150,000 worth of testosterone and human growth hormone on a personal credit card through Signature Pharmacy. Because he is a physician there was no law broken. The retail value of those drugs is said to be worth $750,000. Another alleged customer of Signature is former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley, who had mail-order steroids seized at his home last year. Intrasquad news Kelvim Escobar pitched well, John Lackey looked rusty and Dustin Moseley was roughed up. Nobody was worried about the results, though, as the Angels took the field for an intrasquad game. Pitchers only worked an inning.On offense, Casey Kotchman had a two-run single while Mike Napoli homered. TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr.’s name has surfaced in the investigation of a Mobile, Ala.-based internet pharmacy accused in the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including human growth hormone. In a report Tuesday in the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, the newspaper credited “sources with knowledge of the investigation” for linking the Angels’ new outfielder to the situation. The report did not reveal what types of products Matthews ordered, if any, although he was labeled a customer by the newspaper. center_img Finally … Hector Carrasco has emerged as the likely starting candidate in case Jered Weaver is not ready at the start of the season. He didn’t pitch well, though, in his inning of work, giving up a hit and two walks. 3B Chone Figgins failed to make a play to his left on a hard-hit ball by Maicer Izturis. Figgins committed 10 errors at 3B in 34 games (32 starts). “It wasn’t an easy play,” Scioscia said. “On the practice field, Figgy has been very impressive. It’s just going to take some balls being hit to him and feeling good about making plays. He’ll settle in and play at a high level at third base.” 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

‘The new Everton kit is sexy!’ Toffees’ new home strip draws plenty of comment

first_img Everton’s new home kit – what do you think? 1 It must be difficult designing a new football kit, because you simply cannot please everyone.With strips changing virtually every season, there is a need to come up with something different… but not so different with the home shirt that it ignores tradition.Play it too safe, though, and it’s deemed boring.It’s a fine line, and Everton’s new home shirt has definitely tried to break the mould. But have they missed the mark?Take a look at a selection of the reaction to the Toffees’ latest kit, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.//[View the story “Everton’s new kit – reaction” on Storify]last_img

Arsenal ‘ready to make third summer signing’

first_img1 Jakub Jankto Arsenal are set reignite their interest in Udinese star Jakub Jankto, according to reports in Italy.The Gunners have been monitoring the progress of the 21-year-old over the past year but are yet to lodge a bid.It was thought that they might have moved onto other targets but, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the promising Czech is still very much on their radar.Some reports have suggested that there is a minimum fee release clause set at just £6m which would represent good value for somebody who would start as a squad player.Arsenal have made an unusually early start to their transfer dealings this summer with both Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette already through the door.And now Arsene Wenger could be about to make Jankto his third signing of the window.last_img read more


first_imgAN upcoming GAA star from Co Derry has confirmed that he has signed for Rangers.Catholic Aaron McGregor, 17, is a regular with Limavady Wolfhounds GAA club and has just signed a two-year professional contract.And it seems Rangers are going after more players from Ireland with a GAA background. For Aaron won’t be the only player with a GAA background in the Rangers reserve and Under-19 squads he’ll initially be joining.“Rangers is full of lads who have played Gaelic: there are five in the squad that Aaron’s joining, three Dublin fellas and one from Omagh, and three or four of the Rangers scouts had Celtic tattoos on them,” said his dad Michael.“At this level it’s all about professionalism.“The reaction locally has been brilliant, from all sides of the community. We have had so many phone calls wishing him well. “We had a going away party for Aaron at the weekend and the turnout was mixed right down the middle. Everybody is very proud of him,” he said.Said Aaron: ”“I was delighted when Rangers made an approach, it’s an opportunity to make a career as a full-time professional footballer,” he said.“When you see Rangers’ facilities and their coaches, it’s a fantastic set-up. I’d been on trial with a few other teams — Bradford, Burnley and Aberdeen — but the Rangers set-up was the best.“Bradford actually put a deal on the table, they offered a contract straight away. I was over three times with Burnley and they were in the process of bringing me over again when Rangers moved in between times. They moved very quickly once they had made their decision.” So the prospect of a GAA-playing Co Derry man scoring against Celtic for Rangers has moved a step closer.Times have changed.SHOCK FOR HOOPS FANS AS GAA STAR SIGNS FOR RANGERS! was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:aaron mcgregorCelticRangerslast_img read more

Announcing the September ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Announcing the September Featured Geocacher of the MonthOctober 3, 2012In “Community”Announcing the First ‘Geocacher of the Month’August 20, 2011In “Community” Congratulations to all the Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees for September. The geocaching community is comprised of inspirational individuals – who go above and beyond in geocaching innovation, creativity, respect for the environment and helpfulness. Each nominee should be congratulated as an exceptional geocacher and individual. We are proud that each of the cachers is part of our worldwide community.SuperGoober, Featured Geocacher of the MonthThe choice for the September Featured Geocacher of the Month was difficult. A panel of Lackeys, relying on voting and community comments, could ultimately choose only one.SuperGoober is the September Featured Geocacher of the Month. Dozens of geocachers wrote in to share stories about SuperGoober’s humble dedication to geocaching, geocachers and his local community. He has hosted and attended numerous events, led many geocachers on their first outings, and is involved in local geocaching organizations. According to one nominee, “Jeff is a model geocacher who all of us in the area and beyond can be proud of. He is always willing to lend advice/help to any cacher that approaches him or contacts him.”SuperGoober will receive a collectors Geocacher of the Month geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for Geocacher of the Month, send an email to Every nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the October Geocacher of the Month must be received by October 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

It takes a (geocaching) village to Love Big

first_img SharePrint RelatedShare big smiles and win fun prizes with Love Big!January 8, 2019Similar postInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”Author, dreamer, geocacher — Interview with Kat KronenbergMarch 21, 2019In “Community” Have your trackables achieved their dreams? February through May 2019, geocachers worked together to move bestselling author Kat Kronenberg’s Love Big trackables towards their goals. Although the official promotion and the #GeocachersLoveBig photo contest ended, you can still share in the fun when you find a Love Big trackable in a geocache.With your help, Kat Kronenberg’s message, “‘with kindness, sharing, listening, and care – we can overcome anything and achieve extraordinary dreams together” will continue to spread throughout the geocaching community for years to come. Here’s a snapshot of the highlights from the Love Big trackable promotion.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Banni’s bane: Drought in Great Rann of Kutch

first_imgSituated near the Great Rann of Kutch, Banni, the largest grassland of Asia, spread over 2,717, is in the grip of a severe drought as winter sets in. While the area is known for its scarce rainfall and semi-drought conditions, it is for the first time in 13 years that the Maldharis, the nomadic natives of Banni, are leaving their villages in droves as water gets scarce. Banni, divided into eastern and western parts, is separated by National Highway 341, which leads to the India-Pakistan International Border. Even the bird sanctuary at Chari-dhand, which boasts migratory birds such as flamingo, is facing an acute water shortage.Habib Sajan Jat, along with his four brothers and their 25 family members, is forced to leave their village of Mota Sarado, one of the 47 such habitations at Banni. “More than 45% of the residents have left their villages,” Hussain Jat, 22, says. He fears that his village will be abandoned in the coming days if drought persists.There is no evidence of relief measures on the ground. Maldhari Jilubha Jadeja of Bibbar village in west Banni, travels 25 km every day with his 500 sheep to the Narmada Canal in search of drinking water. Sameja Mubarak, a 60-year-old Maldhari from Dhori village, has been camping near the canal for the two months.“The situation at the onset of winter is so bad that we dread the summer when the temperature soars above 42 degrees Celsius in the shade,” says Abdul Rauf Jat, 24, from Gorewali. (Text and images by Vijay Soneji)last_img read more

Goa Police sends team to Uttarakhand to get back Israeli criminal: Police

first_imgGoa Police on Wednesday dispatched a team to Dehradun to take custody of an Israeli national Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, who was arrested by Indo Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) when he was allegedly trying to slip out of the country into Nepal, along the Uttarakhand border.Goa Inspector General of Police(IGP) Jaspal Singh told The Hindu on Wednesday evening that Goa team left for Dehradun as Atala was wanted in Goa in connection with an assault case in north coastal Goa, last month. He said that ITBP later handed him over to Uttarakhand police who arrested him under 41(c) CrPC and informed the Goa police.Atala was arrested by immigration officials in Uttarakhand while he was trying to allegedly smuggle himself into Nepal via the border district in Champawat in Uttarakhand late on Tuesday. He was formally arrested by the Uttarakhand Police under section 14 of the Foreigners Act after they discovered that he had been staying in India for seven years without a valid visa. “He is wanted in Goa in connection with an assault case which was booked under section 326 of the Indian Penal Code (grievous assault) at Anjuna police station in North coastal belt. We have sent a team to Dehradun to take custody of the accused,” Mr. Singh said. Atala first came into focus in the coastal tourist State of Goa in 2009 following a video viral online, in which he boasted that his contacts in the police helped him source drugs and narcotics substances.He was later arrested and his interrogation led to arrest of several police officials and helped unearth a police-politician-drug mafia nexus in Goa. A senior Minister in the then Congress-led government in Goa came under a cloud following allegations by Atala’s girlfriend that Minister’s son was associated with drug mafia.Atala fled the country after he was out on bail and was later extradited from Peru after he was arrested by local authorities in 2011 for travelling without valid documents. Atala was arrested once again by Goa police in 2014 under section 427 IPC (mischief) after he damaged a car in Vagator village in North Goa.last_img read more