Miss World Guyana to launch Fitness Park, Diabetic Centre

first_img…DeSinco pledges commitment through financial supportAs local beauty queen Vena Mookram gears up for the international pageant in China, the 18-year-old will on Sunday launch Guyana’s first Fitness Park and Diabetic Centre at Avenue A, Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.This announcement was made during a presentation ceremony on Monday, during which DeSinco Trading pledged its commitment to this venture by offering financial support.While addressing the gathering, Mookram explained the objectives of the undertaking: “The Miss World Pageant is not just a beauty pageant, it is a pageant of purpose. All of the contestants are asked to take up a social cause and try their very best to intervene and come up with a solution to reduce this problem. I have decided to undertake the Beauty with a Purpose project of Diabetes PreventionRepresentatives of DeSinco Trading joined by Miss World Guyana Vena Mookram and Inter-Guiana Games gold medallist Jemiecia Scottthrough diet and exercise.”The 2017 queen highlighted that the establishment of the Fitness Park and Diabetic Centre was one of the main components of her project.Presenting the cheque on the company’s behalf was DeSinco’s Marketing Manager, Mark Kendall.“Diabetes is a very chronic disease in Guyana and the more we are educated and the more focus on this platform will make us even more aware of what diabetes really is. Your (Mookram’s) contribution is definitely significant at this time,” he noted in indicating what prompted the company’s involvement.Kendall further extended best wishes to the Miss World delegate as she embarks on her journey to represent Guyana on the international stage, stating, “I know you have been doing a lot of work and your platform tells a lot.”The launch of the Fitness Park and Diabetic Centre is set for Sunday, September 10 at the Diamond location, and will facilitate the staging of a medical outreach.The Park will be opened to the public, while the Centre, which will operate on a weekly schedule, will serve the medical needs of persons within the environs, with the primary focus of preventing diabetes. As such, it will be operated by the Diabetes Association of Guyana.Given that the Beauty with a Purpose Campaign carries the most weight at the Miss World Pageant, this grand venture will be a significant boost as Mookram competes along with scores of beauties from across the world. The Guyanese queen is set to take the international stage on November 18 as she vies for this year’s Miss World crown.Meanwhile, also awarded by DeSinco Trading at the ceremony on Monday was Jemiecia Scott, the daughter of an employee.Scott, a student of The Bishops’ High School, has represented Guyana at the Inter-Guiana Games for the past two years. On both occasions, the young woman copped gold medals in the shot-put and discus events.She too expressed gratitude to the business establishment and thereby indicated that she would continue to represent Guyana at the annual games.last_img read more

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Mancini wants swift end to Nasri saga

first_img“I hope we can close it very quickly now, but I don’t know the last news about him because my concentration is on the game,” Mancini said.“But I hope – also because the market finishes in the next 10 days.”Mancini said he was unaware of any possible glitch in the deal.“I don’t know – this is not my job,” he said. “I don’t know why, but it is probably because Nasri is a good player, or because there is some problem.”Meanwhile Mancini declined to expand on speculation that City may soon offload striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Spurs, saying only that it was “possible” the Togolese international may be sold.Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger faces a disciplinary hearing for allegedly breaching the terms of his touchline ban during the Gunners’ 1-0 Champions League win over Udinese, UEFA confirmed on Friday.Wenger, who was banished to the stands for Tuesday’s tie as a result of his spat with match officials during last season’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, is accused of passing messages to the Arsenal dugout.“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger for not abiding by the decisions of the UEFA control and disciplinary body in relation to the one-match suspension he served during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League play-off game against Udinese,” a UEFA statement said.During Tuesday’s match, Wenger appeared to be relaying messages to the Arsenal bench via an assistant sitting next to him at the Emirates.Arsenal immediately confirmed they plan to contest Wenger’s case on Monday.Wenger had earlier stated that he had sought clarification about the terms of his touchline ban and been told he could communicate to the bench via a third party.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, August 19 – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is optimistic that the club will complete the signing of Samir Nasri “very quickly” as the Arsenal player edges closer to his departure from the club.Negotiations between the two clubs have rumbled on for several weeks and Mancini is keen to acquire the French international as quickly as possible.last_img read more

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Champions League round-up: Bayern and Barcelona win big to book semi-final places

first_img1 Bayern Munich overturned a two-goal deficit in fine style to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals, thumping Porto 6-1 in a rampant display at the Allianz Arena.Porto ran out shock 3-1 winners in the first leg in Portugal, where they took advantage of a number of key absentees for the German giants.But five-time European Champions Bayern made amends for that poor defensive display with an electric attacking performance in front of their home fans, as they sealed a 7-4 aggregate victory.The tone was set after 14 minutes when Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring with a leaping header at the near post, with Jerome Boateng nodding the hosts level just moments later.Bayern were completely dominant in a commanding first half, with Porto rarely touching the ball at all, and Robert Lewandowski netted his first of two goals on 27 minutes – again with his head – before the provider, Thomas Muller, also got in the act to make it 4-0 with a deflected long-range strike which left Porto goalkeeper Bruno Indi helpless.And barely five minutes had passed before the keeper had to pick the ball out of his net again, the Porto defence making it far too easy for Lewandowski as the Polish star turned his marker and completed his brace with a crisp finish into the bottom corner.The tempo predictably slowed after the break, which allowed the visitors to pull a goal back through Jackson Martinez, the Premier League target netting his seventh goal in eight Champions League matches to leave Porto just two away from claiming an away goal victory.But no more came, with Pep Guardiola’s men only making it worse with a sixth goal in the closing stages, Xavi Alonso curling a free-kick over the wall and into the net after Ivan Marcano’s dreadful tackle on Thiago saw the defender shown a straight red card.Bayern will be joined in the semi-final draw by Spanish giants Barcelona, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Nou Camp in a 5-1 aggregate win.Luis Suarez was the first leg star with two well taken goals, but it was the Uruguayan’s strike partner Neymar who grabbed the headlines this time around, as the Brazilian’s fine double capped a one-sided tie against the French champions.Leading 3-1 from the first leg, it was game over by half-time as Barca went further ahead through Neymar’s 14th minute opener.It was a delightful move orchestrated by captain Andres Iniesta, who burst on a majestic run, making it look easy as he drifted past four players, before playing the striker through with an inch-perfect through ball.Neymar still had plenty to do, but it seemed mere child’s play as he darted past highly-rated goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to slot home, and he was completely unmarked to head in his second ten minutes later, taking his season tally to 30 goals.PSG were boosted by the return of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from suspension but the Swede endured a frustrating evening against his former team, seeing a first half goal disallowed for offside before seeing another good effort easily saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The visitors’ best chance of the match fell to Edinson Cavani late on, but the Uruguay international failed to hit the target as the Catalans progressed to a seventh semi-final in eight years. Bayern Munich celebrate Thomas Muller’s goal against Porto last_img read more

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Hull City BLOW! Curtis Davies ruled out for eight weeks with hamstring injury

first_imgHull’s Premier League survival bid has suffered another blow with the news that Curtis Davies is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.Having seen key players Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore leave the club in recent weeks, the Tigers will now be without defender Davies for around eight weeks.The club announced the news on Monday evening following scans on the hamstring which Davies damaged just eight minutes into Hull’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday. Curtis Davies will be out of action for about eight weeks 1last_img read more

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Pilot offers plane to help the needy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“Dave” is Dave Stefko, who has transported everyone from cancer patients to children en route to burn camps. Stefko, 48, a Canyon Country resident whose Cessna is based at Van Nuys Airport, said it’s a way he can use his skills to help others. On one trip, several pilots banded together to fly different legs of a young woman’s journey from Santa Fe to San Francisco to visit her toddler who was hospitalized with a rare bone disease. “She was trying to get there to be with her child and had insurance but no means for transportation,” Stefko recalled. “The hospital made arrangements for her to be picked up at the Oakland airport.” Passengers, who are often ill, must be able to walk unassisted and not require in-flight medical care. Sometimes there is levity. While ferrying a burn patient from Fresno to Palm Springs about three years ago, Stefko learned something about his grandson – who was still inside his mom’s tummy. Stefko’s daughter Lisa, then 21, kept Stefko company on the flight. “(Lisa) was about seven months pregnant and her son was doing flip flops,” Stefko said. “He loves to fly now and when Luke sees an airplane he runs in the house to come get me.” Sometimes, others save the day. Stefko’s 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, knew some sign language when she sat next to two deaf children on their way to a camp near Yosemite two years ago. The flight was uneventful – even joyful. Stefko glanced over his shoulder to see the kids, who had never met before, signing away rapid fire. “On the way back, Hannah spotted smoke. We made a pass back around and saw a small fire starting in the mountains,” Stefko said. He called air traffic control, who notified the U.S. Forest Service. “Soon after, we saw water-dropping helicopters heading over to put out the fire,” Hannah said. Air traffic controllers called them to say thanks. Not long ago, Stefko said, he was a co-pilot on a flight with Stuart Bloom, a Bel Air resident who flies the caring missions almost weekly. Bloom, an anesthesiologist, likes helping hands-on. “You are directly giving of your time and yourself rather than writing a check to a nameless entity where you don’t know where it’s going,” Bloom said. “You’re providing a service directly to the recipients … people who, without Angel Flight, would not be able to get the medical care they need.” Stefko caught the flying bug when he was 7 during an overnight flight to Santa Barbara with his dad. He began flying at 20 and juggles dual careers as a private pilot and roofing contractor with offices in Van Nuys, San Diego and Las Vegas. In his spare time, he flies. On Labor Day weekend, Stefko took supplies on behalf of the Mexican Red Cross and the Chandler, Ariz.-based Baja Bush pilots to victims stranded by Hurricane John in Mexico. The landing strips were anything but asphalt. “We landed on deserts, remote mesas, dirt runways … and beaches on sand runways,” he said. “These people literally lost everything.” He removed the plane’s back seats and stowed diapers, food, sleeping bags, clothes, shoes, pots, pans, dishes – much of it donated by his friends and neighbors. Janet, Stefko’s wife of 25 years, said her husband likes to spread his blessings. “If he hears about a needy family, someone who’s ill or (even) a family suffering because someone is ill, he’ll support them financially or he’ll gather our family together and say, `Let’s brainstorm what we can do for the family,’ ” she said. This story even has a Hollywood ending. Each year the Stefkos adopt a needy family and head out together to shop for them. “This year we adopted a new family who we learned about through a friend,” Janet said. “It’s a grandmother raising four grandchildren.” For more information about Angel Flight, visit www.angelflight.com or www.angelflight.org. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA It almost sounds like a holiday movie: Pilot fills up the tank, revs the twin engines and transports people who are sick or in need to their destinations for free. Only this is real, and volunteer pilots do it every day. “Dave has been scheduled as the pilot on 25 missions in the past five or so years,” said Jim Weaver, executive director of Angel Flight West, a nonprofit organization that partners private pilots with passengers. last_img
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MSP wants Love sacked or suspended after racism ban

first_imgLabour MSP Anas Sarwar believes Clyde’s Ally Love should have been suspended by the club or even sacked after being found guilty of racially abusing an opponent.Love was banned for five games by the Scottish FA after a disciplinary tribunal found that he had directed a stream of racist abuse towards Annan’s Rabin Omar during a league match in January.Clyde later said that disciplinary action had been taken against the player and, in a statement on their website, said: “This incident has highlighted the importance of ensuring that the club provides adequate training and support in the areas of managing conflict and equality and diversity, for all employees.”Sarwar, who has recently launched a campaign against “every-day Islamophobia”, criticised the punishment and said that further action should have been taken. “During the game he called him a P B, you can probably guess what I am referring to,” he said.“I am sick to death of hearing diversity training being used as some kind of excuse or some kind of punishment. Diversity training should be mainstream for every single one of us. “Ally Love should be suspended by his club, if not expelled altogether.”The MSP also levelled criticism at the Scottish FA, saying their sanction was too lenient. “Managers get suspended for five games when they argue with the referee and are sent to the stand,” he said. “This is a much more severe incident than just being suspended for five games.”last_img read more

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Kearns ruled out of Rovers’ trip to Cork

first_imgManager Gerard Lyttle said: “We played well in parts of the game on Tuesday but we struggled to create enough chances.“You need that rub of the green or for the ball to drop in the box and we just haven’t had it. On the back of the FAI Cup defeat, we did take some positives, but ultimately wins are what we need.“I thought we were very solid and have been in the league for some games now and that gives me hope that we can get out of trouble. But if we don’t create more clear cut opportunities then we’re not going to get three points.“One point isn’t good enough for the position we’re in and this game is like the Dundalk one where we were written off somewhat.“We need to find that fighting spirit from that night. We’ll take the game in stages and we’ll have to take some risks at times in the game.“It’s a place the players have done well in before, we competed well with Cork last time out and were very unfortunate to lose the game in the end, so we go there with belief and with ambition of getting that win we’re chasing.” Sligo Rovers travel south on Friday night to take on leaders Cork City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.The Bit o’ Red drew 0-0 with Bray Wanderers last Tuesday and remain in the relegation zone going into this encounter.Jamie McDonagh returns from suspension but Daniel Kearns is absent with a hamstring problem.last_img read more

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Swain Community Hospital earns highest NC score on patient satisfaction measure

first_imgSwain Community Hospital, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, has received the top score in the state on a key patient satisfaction measure.The hospital scored higher than any North Carolina facility in the category of nurse communication on a national standardized and publicly reported patient survey known as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), which gauges patients’ perceptions of care. The ranking is a result of responses for calendar year 2015 and represents the latest data available.“The statewide recognition that Swain Community Hospital received is due to the commitment of our nursing staff in communicating clearly and effectively with patients, families and physicians, a measure we believe leads to the best care for those we serve. While we always consider it a privilege to care for our community, we are pleased that our patients have noted our attention to this important element of their care and provided us with high marks on the patient satisfaction survey,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.To achieve this level of success, the nursing staff has implemented a number of proven communication protocols, such as providing patients and family members with updates upon a staff shift change and utilizing a publicly-posted system of identifying and resolving potential safety issues.In addition to the high mark for nurse communication, this past August, Swain Community Hospital was awarded four out of five stars for overall quality by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Quality Rating System. This means the facility is performing above the national average in the categories used to determine the star rating. Swain also earned five out of five stars for patient satisfaction through CMS.Swain Community Hospital serves Swain and Graham counties and the surrounding region with outpatient primary care and pediatrics at Swain Family Care, and includes emergency services, inpatient care, the latest in imaging technology, subspecialty services, laboratory services, physical rehabilitation, and outpatient psychiatry. Swain Community Hospital will welcome a third family practice physician to Swain Family Care in the summer of 2017. For information call (828) 488-2155 or visit www.myswaincommunity.com.last_img read more

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Disneyland News — Week of November 9, 2019

first_imgKey: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual Passport: FX: FlexRefurbishmentsFall refurbs have largely concluded, and everything is showing open this week at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley remains dark until next spring. As always, however, refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. DisneylandSL SC FXSL FXSL FX ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.Passholder blockouts increase this week. Flex reservations are unnecessary Tuesday through Friday of this week, but be aware that some days are unavailable for Flex Passholders, as noted below For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.WeatherWith the exception of a pretty hot Sunday, it should be a pretty pleasant, dry week, with highs between 76 and 82, and lots in the low 50s.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsFrom an entertainment standpoint, the main attractions are Disneyland’s holiday shows, like the new Mickey’s Happy Holidays parade at Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Park’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Disneyland Band, can be found here. Note that with Monday being Veterans Day, there is a more robust show schedule than would ordinarily be expected. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Disneyland8-128-128-128-108-108-118-12 Believe… Holiday Fireworks1111111 World of Color2221112 California AdventureSL SCSL FXSL Mickey’s Happy Holidays2222222 Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Admission and HoursFor those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular pricing ($129/$122) every day except for Friday, which has Peak pricing ($149/$141). Regular park hours are as follows this week: PriceREGREGREGREGREGREGPEAK Fantasmic!2220002 Share This!Veterans Day is Monday, and there’s lots of new stuff happening as Disneyland Resort gets ready for the holidays! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and Notes©DisneyA very special shout out to all of the veterans in our lives! This weekend is Veterans Day, and we’re expecting the parks to be fairly busy as people take advantage of the long weekend to visit Disneyland. It gives me a great opportunity to highlight the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony — they do it every day, and it’s a wonderful, worthwhile presentation. Make sure you check it out when you have the opportunity.Also, it’s November, so Merry Christmas, everyone! That means it’s time for the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure, the celebration of holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment! New this year is Mickey’s Happy Holidays, a twice daily parade/dance party of characters. Over at Disneyland Park, in addition to holiday decor galore, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks are now running nightly, and holiday merchandise is available for sale in the parks as well. Preview some of the latest offerings here!Are you looking forward to the sequel to Frozen? Guests experiencing Frozen — Live at the Hyperion will have an opportunity to check out a sneak peek of Frozen 2. Check it out and let us know what you think!Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service, is also gearing up for its launch on November 12, and starting on that date, there will be pop-up locations in Downtown Disney where you can learn more about the service. You can find more details here.Are you flying into LAX for your Disneyland trip? Be aware that LAX has a new process for travelers using rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. Pickup no longer occurs curbside, it instead takes place in the “LAX-it” area near Terminal 1 (the Southwest terminal). There is a shuttle that will take travelers from their terminals to the pickup lot. Suffice it to say that you should budget a bit more time than you used to for getting out of the airport area. You can find more details here.CrowdsCrowds are predicted to be fairly high for the holiday weekend before tapering off to much lower levels as the week progresses. 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