Mandela Washington Fellowship Activities Swell

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has announced other activities in addition to the existing ones characterizing the Mandela Washington Fellowship.The announcement comes following the hosting of another batch of 500 young Africans at various universities in the United States to study in various areas including Civil Service, Public Management and Entrepreneurship.In the President’s pronouncement, he said the Mandela Washington Fellowship (otherwise known as YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) now opens in Accra, Ghana. Additionally, up to 80 Americans will participate in a reverse exchange next year, traveling to Africa to work directly with Mandela Washington Fellow Alumni and other young people and institutions across the continent.As a result of high growth of the membership of YALI Network in the tone of 140,000, members will now have access to expanded online courses, including three new online courses called the “Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute.”President Obama also affirmed that next year the Mandela Washington Fellowship will expand to 1,000 participants.This summer, YALI Regional Leadership Centers have begun providing leadership training to young Africans between the ages of 18 and 35, further expanding YALI’s reach. These innovative and technology rich Centers in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa will reach every country in sub-Saharan Africa. The first Center, located in Nairobi, Kenya welcomed its inaugural group of 80 young leaders in July and hosted President Obama for his civil society town hall during his recent visit to Kenya. In Accra, Ghana, the Regional Leadership Center covering much of West Africa welcomes and begins training 100 motivated and talented young Africans. The four Centers will train approximately 3,500 young African leaders annually. Admission to the Centers is merit-based, broadly representative of each Center’s region and diversity, and will have gender-balanced participation.To ensure that the Centers provide relevant, quality training, each is designed to include a broad array of public-private partnerships, building upon the assets of African institutions and the resources of the United States. YALI RLC partners include Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, and many others who have committed more than $80 million of financial and in-kind resources in support of the Centers. The MasterCard Foundation, a premier partner, recently expanded its contribution to the YALI Regional Leadership Centers by committing an additional $5 million in financial resources. The expansion of YALI programs over the past five years has allowed the U.S. government to connect with more young Africans than ever before. To date, tens of thousands of young African men and women have increased their skills, professional networks, and resolve in driving positive change in Africa. YALI is providing opportunities for young Africans to enhance their leadership skills and create meaningful ties with American citizens, businesses, organizations, and each other. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of YALI, the President’s signature initiative launched in 2010 to deepen the United States’ engagement with the youth of Africa. YALI supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent.Since the completion of their Fellowship experience in the United States, Class of 2014 Fellows are reportedly building innovative businesses, connecting with American and African investors, forging new relationships with young leaders across African nations, and serving their communities with skills developed during the Fellowship. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt pushes CJIA expansion completion date to 2018

first_img– additional work needed on South West runway, as delays continueDespite promises that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project would be completed by 2017, it seems that only one component of the project — the northeast expansion of the runway — will meet that deadline.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson informed the National Assembly that the northeast expansion of the runway will be completed by December, but allAn artist’s impression of the expanded airport at Timehriother components would have to be completed by next year.“Work on the airport expansion project continued in 2017,” he said. “Final completion and commissioning of the facility will take place in 2018, with the newer arrival (terminal) to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.“The departure terminal is scheduled for completion shortly after. The extension of the runway to the northeast will be completed by December 2017, and completion of the southwest expansion will be completed by December 2018.”Patterson noted that one area on the southwest runway had experienced “slippages”. As such, he said, the contractor was asked to do additional work from the foundation upwards to mitigate any safety concerns.The Minister noted that overall completion of the project is at 77 per cent. According to Patterson, the departure terminal is 50 per cent completed, while the new arrival terminal is 70 per cent completed. The northeast runway, he noted, is 95 per cent completed, while the southern runway is 60 per cent completed. The US$150 million project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013. However, Thorne noted, the deadline was extended to December 1, 2017, since the project would have experienced several delays.In 2012, Guyana, under the leadership of former President Donald Ramotar, had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued.Last year, Project Manager of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Carmichael Thorne, had been optimistic of the project being completed by 2017. At a project update briefing, Thorne noted that of the US$150 million, only US$37.3 million had been expended to date. Of this amount, some US$33 million was spent by CHEC, which included US$1.9 million of local funds put up by the Government of Guyana. As it relates to the works being done, the Infrastructure Ministry’s project manager told media operatives that while the initial plan was for the northern end of the runway to be extended, because of difficulties with the terrain, a decision was taken to extend the runway from both the northern and southern ends, in order to minimise the cost.last_img read more

Canal No 1 bus driver charged for dangerous driving

first_imgMinibus operator Aubrey Sealey of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was on Thursday placed on $10,000 bail by Magistrate Rushell Liverpool on a dangerous driving charge.The prosecution’s case is built on the evidence of an investigating rank who claimed that Sealey was speeding at the time his minibus, BRR 6909, suffered a blowout and collided with motorcar HB 9113 on the Nismes Public Road, WBD on February 11, 2018.Sealey had initially entered a guilty plea, but after the magistrate had heard the prosecution’s contention and enquired from the 45-year-old accused if he was indeed speeding, Sealey contended otherwise and a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.Sealey’s contention is that he was driving at a normal rate when he suffered the blowout.Magistrate Liverpool disclosed that the prosecution has to establish that the accused had driven dangerously at the time he suffered the mechanical defect.The matter continues at the Wales Magistrate’s Court, where report and fixtures are set for June 7, 2018.last_img read more

Local squad ready for battle at National Paintball Championships

first_imgThe paintball team earned entrance into the national tournament by making it to the podium in four paintball tournaments held in Grande Prairie this summer. During those four events, Active Adrenaline finished in first place twice, while also earning two third place finishes.Those results earned the team free entrance into the upcoming competition.The team, which was only formed last summer, worked hard for this achievement, practicing weekly on their homemade practice field, where they honed their skills enough to become a competitive team.- Advertisement -Currently, the team is also looking for sponsorship to help establish themselves in some of the nation’s premier leagues, such as the Canadian Professional Paintball League.last_img

STEMGuyana hosts 3rd Annual Tullow Oil Robotics Exhibition

first_imgSome 500 young people flocked the Arthur Chung Conference  Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, on Sunday for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Third Annual Robotics Exhibition and prize-giving ceremony.In preparing Guyana’s young people to be the country’s next generation of innovators and leaders, the Office of the Frist Lady collaborated with the public and Private Sector to bring the event to life.Students of Zeeburg Secondary School building their robot at STEMGuyana’s competition and prize-giving ceremonyThe event saw representatives of local technology companies, along with representatives of STEM clubs from all ten 10 of Guyana’s administrative regions.The Tullow Third Annual Robotics Exhibition will allow persons the opportunity to learn about drones, solar power, oil and gas and other technologies that will impact their lives in the future.Speaking with Guyana Times, Esha Persaud, a teacher at the Greenwich Park Primary, East Bank Essequibo, explained that the STEMGuyana programme is a great initiative since it creates opportunities for students.“It helps in creative thinking, reasoning and finding solutions to problems”, she explainedAnastacia Pau Ferro, a student of Tucville Secondary, also stated that the event will assist to promote their creativity along with making adjustments to some of the country’s projects.The STEMGuyana team“This [is] going to benefit our school because we will put this out there and we will be showcasing the importance of this, it will bring to people’s attention and we hope that they will recognise what is going on here, how important soil erosion is…” she vocalised.Just recently, the STEM team placed 10th after battling against 164 other countries from around the globe in Dubai. The team had only four months to prepare for a competition that was new to them.Nevertheless, prizes were awarded to several of the outstanding performers whose contributions were critical to the success of the programme in 2019.Platinum prizes of $100,000 each were given to the two outstanding STEM club coaches, while four cash prizes of $25,000 each were awarded to runners-up in these categories.The outstanding librarians were rewarded with $25,000 in prize money, while ten robot kits were given to 10 schools that had the most students at the exhibition.In contrast, ten laptops were awarded to the 10 outstanding STEM clubs, while all the participants received medals and certificates of membership and participation in the National Robotics League.last_img read more

Italian star shuns Tottenham move to stay in Serie A

first_img1 Cagliari defender Davide Astori Tottenham transfer target Davide Astori has shunned a Premier League move in favour of signing a three-year contract extension with Cagliari.The Italy international had also been linked with moves to Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and, more recently, Championship club Leeds, who are now owned by Cagliari’s former president Massimo Cellino.But the 27-year-old defender, who made his debut for the Sardinians in 2008, has opted to extend his stay at Stadio Is Arenas.Astori told Cagliari’s official website: “I’ve been here six years now and I’ve grown up and matured while in Sardinia.“I wanted to show my gratitude to Cagliari. I thank president [Tommaso] Giulini: it is a decision we took together.”Cagliari director of sport Francesco Marroccu added: “We are extremely proud we have kept hold of one of our greatest professionals.“Davide was in the last year of his contract and so the fact he wanted to renew with us shows he has great faith in the club.”last_img read more

Chelsea warned: Write off Man City at your peril!

first_imgChelsea have been warned the Premier League title is not in the bag just yet.The Blues are five points clear at the top of table following a hard-fought win at West Ham on Wednesday and have a game in hand on second-placed Manchester City.But City have produced a late charge twice in the past three seasons to steal the crown, and Paul Dickov reckons his former club have it in them to do it again.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Scotland striker said. “Chelsea are absolutely flying, but with ten games left it wouldn’t surprise you if Man City went on a run.“It is going to be really difficult for them, but twice in three years they have come from behind to win it and a lot of players are still in the changing room that know how to do that.”With City falling behind in the title race and on the verge of a Champions League exit, manager Manuel Pellegrini is coming under increasing pressure.But Dickov believes the club’s hierarchy will want to give the Chilean every opportunity to get it right.“I know the owners at Man City are really loyal people, they want to give people a chance,” he said.last_img read more

Family friendly slimming starts here

first_imgFamily life has changed so much over the past 30 years. Gone are the days when mum stayed home to cook, clean and walk the children to school.Now for a lot it is early starts, breakfast in the car and, at the end of a long day, collapsing in front of the TV or computer with a takeaway. The result: we are facing an obesity crisis – most worryingly, among our children. At slimming world we understand the need for a family friendly approach – and that’s where Food Optimising comes in. It’s a healthy way of eating and living, based on making small, simple changes to how you shop, cook and eat. It doesn’t just help you lose weight – it lays healthy foundations for the family that last a lifetime.So if you think losing weight means eating ‘diet’ meals on your own and cooking ‘normal’ meals for the rest of the family, Slimming World will amaze you! Weather its mum, dad, nan (or the whole lot of you) coming to group we guarantee you’ll enjoy fabulous and filling food that everyone will love – from toddlers to teens.Helping our Young Adults!Our family affair programme helps young people at a time in their lives when they start to take more control over their eating and exercise decisions. With guidance from a GP or nurse it offers free membership to 11-15 year olds who attend group with a parent or adult member who has the main responsibility for their meals at home. Family affair helps young adults make healthier choices, and learn new habits that will stay with them for life. 16-17 year olds are also welcome into our groups and pay a reduced fee. Four reasons Slimming Worlds a family favourite!With support from your Consultant and fellow members, you’ll soon find you’re making changes that make a big difference. You’ll find:You can eat and enjoy! With Food Optimising’s Extra Easy plan, you can fill up on everyday foods that are filling and naturally low in calories, like fruit and veg, lean meat, poultry and fish, pasta and rice. We call the Free Food because you can eat them in unlimited amounts.Nothing’s off the menu. We know that a little of what you fancy does you good, so with Food Optimising you can enjoy your favourite things every day, whether its’s chocolate, crisps or a glass of wine. We’ll help you make the best choices when you eat out too.You will save money as well as losing lbs. At Slimming World, you’ll swap expensive ready meals and takeaways for simple home-cooked dishes the whole family will enjoy, and you’ll pick up money saving hints and tips in group every week.You’ll get more active. Our Body Magic programme is a simple way for the whole family to get moving more. What counts? Anything you like, frisbee at the park, active games on the console, walking to school, swimming.. If its a way of getting active that works for your family, its Body Magic! To find out more about how Food Optimising can work for you and all the family, you can contact one of your local consultants via their facebook page ( or just come along to any of their groups.Men & women are welcome in all groupsFamily friendly slimming starts here was last modified: July 24th, 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)Tags:Slimming Worldlast_img read more

Spectacular sights of the supermoon caught over Donegal

first_imgThe expected views of the rare supermoon in the sky last night were sadly blocked by heavy cloud cover across the county. But when the clouds broke, some talented photographers caught great snaps of the phenomenon over Donegal.Last night’s full moon was the closest, brightest and largest moon since 1948. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov 25, 2034, so this was a very special sight. Check out these stunning photos from last night’s lunar show. Send in your photos to be featured in this picture special.Photo from Kerrykeel by Shaun EganAnthony McGlynn’s supermoon capture over Whitecross Raphoe. 10,30pmSupermoon rise from Ballyshannon by Chris DykesPhoto by Michael Mc DaidSpectacular sights of the supermoon caught over Donegal was last modified: November 15th, 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:donegalmoonPhotographysupermoonweatherlast_img read more

Top five things to do this Easter at Century Complex!

first_imgWith the rain never far away, parents are being forced to plan for the mid-term break with all the military precision of an army!Well, panic not.Century Complex in Letterkenny has put together its top five things to do in its complex this Easter. 1. CENTURY CINEMAS TOP SIX CINEMAS IN IRELAND According to Century Cinemas is one of the top six cinemas in Ireland. ‘The International Union of Cinemas says that Ireland has the most cinema goers of any country in the EU. Below are six of the best cinemas in the land’. Needless to say Century Cinemas, Letterkenny were delighted to be on that list. www.centurycinemas.ieWhich kindly leads into the second on the Century Complex things to do this Easter.2. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST & THE BOSS BABY AT CENTURY CINEMAS Beauty and the Beast has been enchanting Irish audiences since St. Patricks Day. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.Beauty and the Beast will be shown every day throughout the Easter Holidays at Century Cinemas.The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.The Boss Baby will be shown every day throughout the Easter Holidays at Century Cinemas.For all movie times or purchasing tickets online please or Download the century cinema app.3. KID’S PLAY AND DINE DEAL AT CENTURY PLAY – €10PPThe Century Play and Dine Deal consists of 90minutes in the play area and a kids meal for just €10.00pp.Century Play facilities have been designed with all of the family in mind to ensure maximum fun and excitement. With a junior area, toddler area, baby area and sports areas all under the one roof and an arcade entertainment area. Century Play is host to six themed VIP Party Rooms each tailored to suit your little one’s needs and party size.A safe supervised area combined with a delicious adjoining coffee dock for parents to relax and unwind.Century Play is open as normal throughout the Easter holidays.Daily – 10.00am – 7.00pm 4. BACKSTAGE BAR & GRILL MOVIE MEAL DEALBackstage Bar & Grill Movie Meal Deal is available all day every day at Century Complex. Enjoy a two course meal consisting of one starter, one main and admission to a movie of your choice for just €24.95 per person.Reservations are advised for the movie meal deal: 074 91 21976Check out the Backstage Movie Meal Deal Menu:Backstage Bar & Grill also have a €5.00 breakfast and lunch time special available from Monday – Friday , 10.00am – 3.00pm.5. Easter Egg Hunt & Spot Prizes on Easter Sunday This Easter Sunday April 16th, Century Play will be host to fun, excitement, Easter egg hunts, prizes and lots more.Century Play will open as normal on Easter Sunday from 10.00am – 7.00pm with a full day of Easter egg hunting and amazing spot prizes to be won throughout the day.Who knows there might even be eggs in the ball pool!Century Complex is open all day everyday as normal over the Easter holidays, including Good Friday. That includes Century Cinemas, Backstage Restaurant & Century Play.The ideal base to spend your Easter break in Donegal.For further information or reservations please contact Century Complex:T: 00353 74 91 21976E: info@centurycinemas.ieW: www.centurycinemas.ieF: five things to do this Easter at Century Complex! was last modified: April 11th, 2017 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