Students granted UG, 6th Form entry under “temporary” arrangement

first_imgAnnandale Secondary’s CSEC resultsBy Shemuel FanfairEven as the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) continues its investigation into the reported technical glitch that caused several students of the Annandale Secondary School to be issued with incorrect grades, the students are now being allowed to attend Sixth Form classes and the University of Guyana.Guyana Times was on Tuesday informed that this was a temporary arrangement, pending the release of the actual results by CXC. When this publication called CXC’s Headquarters in Barbados, the Head of Examinations was at the time unavailable and could not be reached for a comment.When contacted, Superintendent of Examinations, Sauda Kadir explained that the Education Ministry was collaborating with the Examination Council to ensure that the missing grades were sorted out. She could not, however, give a definite timeframe as to when the results would be likely released.“It is collaborative effort between us and CXC, and we are working to get it completed in the shortest possible time,” Kadir told this publication.On Sunday, acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, pointed out that he could not definitively say when the error would be corrected. He assured that he has been employing strategies to ensure students could move forward with their studies.“I can’t say definitively [when the students would get their results], but I told those responsible that we need those results… because our children are waiting those results to know how they would have performed from a holistic perspective,” Hutson recently told this newspaper.It has been reported that a “technical glitch” was responsible for the students not seeing their correct grades. In some cases, students were seeing “ungraded” and others were not seeing results for some subject areas. It is still not yet clear just how many students have been affected.Last week, parents of the affected students had called off a planned protest after they were told by the school’s management and operatives of the Education Ministry that the matter would have been resolved.It was in August that Guyana Times first reported that many of the students were unable to obtain passes in certain subjects owing to the school’s alleged non-submission of the SBAs, but the Education Ministry later denied that this was the case.“This is not a situation that the teachers did not do what they had to do, it was a technical glitch,” Hutson had indicated.When this publication spoke to Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine on the sidelines of the Education Month launch on September 1, he indicated that he would personally investigate the matter since, at that time, he was “not aware of the report”.Guyana Times had further reported that the school’s teachers had received the requisite training in sending the SBA grades via the Internet to CXC, but they did not adhere to the deadline. This publication also reported that many of the secondary school students were disappointed since their grades, as published, had barred them from proceeding with their studies.last_img read more

Race for the Liberian Senate

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UPDATE – Power out in Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John

first_imgOct 06 16:21 Two separate power outages are affecting more than 800 B.C. Hydro customers in Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.- Advertisement -An outage north of Campbell Way around the Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd area affects approximately 730 customers.B.C. Hydro reports the outage is due to trees that have fallen across its power lines.Power is expected to be up by 4:30 p.m.Another outage in Fort St. John is currently affecting 83 customers in the area west of 287 Rd. and south of 151 Rd. This outage is still under investigation and the company has not reported when power is expected to be back on.Advertisement 206 157 RDView on Map # Out < 5 Wind storm Oct 06 14:15 MI 63 1/2 SUB L4View on Map Oct 06 18:00 UPDATE:  As of 4:30pm there are more power outages around Fort St. John.  See the full list at the bottom of this article. Fort St. John Oct 06 15:55 Oct 06 22:00 West of 249 RD, East of 255 RDView on Map Oct 06 22:00 Fort St. John Fort St. John Oct 06 13:07 Oct 06 16:20 Fort St. John North of 254 RD, East of RD 289View on Map Is this information helpful? Please give us some feedback. Oct 06 22:00 Oct 06 18:00 Oct 06 15:21 Under investigation < 5 Oct 06 16:20 13000 – 13200 block 264TH RD, 264 RD, 277 RDView on Map Oct 06 16:20 Fort St. John Fort St. John 49 34center_img Oct 06 14:16 < 5 Oct 06 16:20 Est. Time ON Oct 06 15:50 Oct 06 22:00 Last Updated: Oct 06 17:15 PDTPlease note: momentary outages are not tracked by BC Hydro.All times are stated in Pacific Time.While BC Hydro updates online outage reports as quickly as possible, not all outages may be listed. Fort St. John Cause Oct 06 22:00 Wind storm North of RED CR RD 658 , South-East-West of ALASKA HWYView on Map Oct 06 17:12 Last Updated 357 Fort St. John Date Off Below is a full list of outages near Fort St. John.  For more up to date information, visit www.bchydro.com/outages Oct 06 15:37 Under investigation West of RD 277 , South of 256 RDView on Map Oct 06 22:00 Oct 06 16:27 117 RD KM 64View on Map Wind storm 5 Area Wind storm Oct 06 16:20 Wind storm Wind storm Municipality Oct 06 16:07last_img read more

Go ahead: Deduct the therapeutic tuba lessons

first_imgThe key is whether the expense involves the diagnosis, cure, treatment or prevention of a disease or health condition for you, a spouse or a dependent. Don’t stretch it too far. Health clubs, therapeutic dance lessons, marriage counseling, tattooing, sex-change operations and diaper services don’t qualify as medical expenses. Divorce costs, even if recommended by a psychiatrist, don’t qualify. Also not deductible: funeral and burial expenses, toothpaste, toiletries, cosmetics and most cosmetic surgery, unless necessary to improve a disfigurement from disease, birth or accidental injury. Still, legitimate expenses do add up. They can include air conditioners for relief of allergies or breathing problems, hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses, Braille books, adapters for closed-caption service for the deaf, orthopedic shoes, crutches, wheelchairs, wigs for those who’ve lost hair through disease, and legal fees for guardianship of a mentally ill spouse. Deducting clarinet lessons was permitted because a dentist recommended them to treat tooth defects, LeValley noted. Traditional health expenses – doctor visits, laboratory tests and prescription drugs – qualify, but so do alternative procedures such as acupuncture, Navajo healing “sings,” electric shock, whirlpool baths, hydrotherapy and heat treatments. (Marijuana isn’t deductible.) WASHINGTON – What do doctor visits, Navajo healing ceremonies and clarinet lessons have in common? All can qualify, under the right circumstances, as tax-deductible medical expenses. It’s not that easy to take the deduction – medical expenses must exceed 7.5percent of adjusted gross income before they can be deducted. On the other hand, taxpayers can cast a wide net to reach that threshold, making it easier than you think. Costs for elastic hosiery, seeing-eye dogs, stop-smoking and weight-loss programs, lead paint removal, special mattresses for relief of arthritis or spine problems, reclining chairs prescribed by a doctor – all have been permitted by either the Internal Revenue Service or the U.S. Tax Court, where tax disputes are heard. “If it was prescribed for a medical purpose or to alleviate a condition, you have a good chance of getting it through,” said Donna LeValley, a tax attorney and contributing editor of the J.K. Lasser tax publications. Childbirth classes for expectant mothers are deductible, and so are remedial reading expenses for a child suffering from dyslexia and the wages of a blind person’s guide. Health insurance premiums, including Medicare B supplemental insurance and Part D prescription drug insurance, are deductible. But you can’t deduct insurance premiums paid by an employer-sponsored health insurance plan unless the premiums are included in Box 1 of your Form W-2. Also, be sure to subtract insurance company reimbursement from the expenses you submit for the medical expenses deduction. Keep in mind that no medical expenses can be deducted until the 7.5percent adjusted gross income threshold is reached, and even then only by taxpayers who itemize deductions. (For more information, see the IRS Publication 502, “Medical and Dental Expenses.”) Here’s a list of some deductible medical expenses: Fees paid to doctors, dentists, surgeons, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists and Christian Science practitioners. Hospital services, certain long-term care services, nursing services and laboratory fees. Acupuncture treatments or in-patient treatment at a center for alcohol or drug addiction. Costs of stop-smoking programs and drugs prescribed to alleviate nicotine withdrawal. Costs of participating in a weight-loss program for a specific disease, including obesity, diagnosed by a physician, but not the cost of purchasing diet food items. Transportation expenses for trips to doctors’ offices, health care facilities and laboratories. Ambulance fees. Meals and lodging charged by the hospital if you’re there for medical care. Insurance premiums for accident and health or qualified long-term care insurance. False teeth, prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses, laser eye surgery, hearing aids, crutches, wheelchairs, and guide dogs for the blind or deaf. Canes, walkers, orthopedic shoes and other equipment for the disabled. Nursing home expenses incurred for medical care. Over-the-counter medical supplies. Costs of home renovation to improve handicapped access.last_img read more

Juventus register interest in Aston Villa’s Vlaar

first_imgJuventus are ready to join the race for in-demand Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.The 29-year-old starred for the Netherlands at the World Cup, helping them securing a third-place finish.However, with just one year remaining on his contract, Vlaar is reportedly considering a move away from Villa Park.Lazio and Roma have been touted as possible destinations, while Southampton have also been tipped to make a move, but now Juve have also expressed an interest.Villa are thought to want £8million for Vlaar, who made 32 league appearances last season for the club. Ron Vlaar [right] in action for Aston Villa 1last_img read more

Safaricom offers unlimited data for Kwesé iflix World Cup streaming

first_imgCustomers will also have the option to stream any of the matches to their TVs through the Kwesé iflix app on the Safaricom BigBox and Digital Box.The Giga Football Passes will be available from June 14 to all Safaricom customers, including for TV viewing through the Safaricom Digital Box.  To access the service, customers will need to dial *544# on mobile and *400# for the Digital Box.Safaricom acting director for consumer business Charles KareWanjohi(R) and KweseiFlix CEO Mayur Patel sign the Giga football Pass Contract. The Giga Football Passes are data bundles that will empower customers to stream live all World Cup matches in their mobile devices.“The recently concluded first edition of Chapa Dimba has proved Kenyans have a deep passion for sports. This passion has informed our decision to partner with Kwesé iflix to give our customers an opportunity to watch the biggest sports spectacle in the world on their mobile devices for the first time ever,” Charles Kare, Acting Director – Consumer Business, Safaricom, said.Safaricom’s 4G+, 4G and 3G broadband network now reaches 86 percent of the Kenyan population, and was recently rated Kenya’s fastest by Speedtest by Ookla.“Today is an important milestone for Kwesé iflix. Not only are we able to offer customers the best in sports and entertainment through a personalised and localised service on our Kwesé iflix app that suits our customers’ lifestyle, but are thrilled to announce a deeper partnership with Kenya’s leading communication service provider Safaricom,” Mayur Patel, CEO, Kwese iflix, stated.“Leveraging Safaricom’s superfast 4G+, 4G and 3G networks, subscribers will have the option to stream Kwesé iflix’s world-class programming, including the FIFA World Cup 2018 to any device of their choice, download or stream live for an unbelievable price of KES 99, which includes for the first time ever, unlimited data and unlimited Kwesé iflix access for 24 hours.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Safaricom acting director for consumer business Charles KareWanjohi (R) and KweseiFlix CEO Mayur Patel pose for the photo holding a football during the Giga football Pass Contract signing. The Giga Football Passes are data bundles that will empower customers to stream live all World Cup matches in their mobile devices.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 7 – With only six days to the 2018 FIFA World Cup showdown in Russia, Telecommunications service provider Safaricom has launched data bundles, dubbed ‘Giga Football Passes’ to enable football enthusiasts stream all the World Cup matches on Kwesé iflix on their smart phones.With these passes, customers can stream any of the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup live games on Kwesé iflix at Sh99 for 24 hours, inclusive of all data charges.last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Costa fires Chelsea back to winning ways as Vardy equals scoring record

first_img1 Leicester striker Jamie Vardy celebrates his record-equalling Premier League goal Chelsea handed under-fire manager Jose Mourinho a lifeline as the Blues ended a run of three consecutive defeats by beating Norwich at Stamford Bridge, but the story of the day belonged to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as he equalised a Premier League record.There were suggestions failure to beat the stubborn Canaries really would be the final straw for the Blues boss, but below-par striker Diego Costa returned to the scoresheet at the perfect time to seal a 1-0 victory.It seemed it would be another day of frustration for the struggling defending champions as Costa fired what seemed to be a simple sidefooted finish over the bar and then had an effort well saved by John Ruddy.A dominant Chelsea maintained pressure throughout with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willian all lively, though the final ball often let them down with countless crosses either miss-hit or easily cleared.But their persistence paid off as Costa finally broke the deadlock on 64 minutes, beating Ruddy with a sweet curling finish into the bottom corner following a neat turn from Fabregas’ clever pass into the box.Late chances came and went, with Kurt Zouma rattling the crossbar with a backheel flick, but the one goal was all Chelsea needed to seal a much needed three points, as they rise above Norwich into 15th place.However, the headlines will rightly be dominated by England international Vardy who scored in his tenth consecutive league game – equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s long-standing record in the process – to guide Leicester to a 3-0 victory over Newcastle.There were doubts over the striker’s fitness after Vardy was forced to sit out of England’s double-header against Spain and France, but the 29-year-old showed no lack of sharpness as he put Leicester in front with a routine goal on the stoke of half-time, with second-half goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki sealing a comfortable win.Meanwhile, it was a miserable afternoon for Arsenal, whose late penalty miss proved costly as they suffered a shock defeat away to West Brom and also had two more names added to their already lengthy injury list.The game was barely ten minutes old when Francis Coquelin was replaced by Mikel Arteta after picking up an injury, though the away fans’ mood was soon lifted when Olivier Giroud nodded the Gunners in front after 28 minutes from Mesut Ozil’s free-kick.The lead meant Arsenal went top of the as-it-stands Premier League table, but it lasted only a matter of minutes as James Morrison lobbed Petr Cech with a miss-hit volley to level, and it got even worse for Arsene Wenger’s side when an Arteta own-goal handed the Baggies the lead.The Spaniard was later also forced off with injury, with Mathieu Flamini coming on in his place.It was all Arsenal in the second-half, but they were made to play for their wastefulness in front of goal as West Brom escaped with a memorable win.Mesut Ozil hit the post from close-range, while substitute Joel Campbell scuffed his lines to miss with the goal at his mercy, and Santi Cazorla then wasted the chance to claim a point late on when he sent a penalty over the bar – slipping à la John Tery in the Champions League final.Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley scored two goals apiece as Everton thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 at Goodison Park, leaving the Villans rock-bottom of the Premier League, while Stoke star Bojan marked his return from injury with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Southampton.Finally, Swansea fought back from 2-0 down to rescue a point with a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth and perhaps save Garry Monk from the chop.The manager is reportedly on the berge of the sack following the Jacks’ poor run of form, and it seemed it would continue when goals from Joshua King and Dan Gosling, both the result of poor Swansea defending, put the Cherries ahead at the Liberty Stadium.But, in what was a frantic first-half, Swansea battled back valiantly as Andre Ayew caught Bournemouth unawares with a brilliant backheel to pull one back before Jonjo Shelvey’s thumping penalty sealed a share of the points.last_img read more

A year after mudslide, town holds its ground

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “You just get caught up in doing whatever needs to be done,” said Beck, who lost four longtime friends. “You don’t cry; the adrenalin kicks in. Today, there’s nothing to be done. You just feel your emotions and cry for everyone and hope we get help.” Geologists have called the sandy bluff above La Conchita – whose name means “the little shell” in Spanish – one of the most slide-prone areas in the nation. But the 300 or so free spirits who live there want to save one of California’s last coastal communities affordable to the middle-class. “The 10 beautiful souls who lost their lives here, they loved La Conchita,” said Rodleen Getsic, 30. “So do we. This is home.” Heavy rains in 1995 collapsed the bluff, covering nine homes in 10 minutes. No one was hurt. Ten years later, during Los Angeles’ second-wettest year on record, the bluff slid again. In 20 seconds on Jan. 10, 2005, 10 people – including three sisters ages 2 to 10 – were buried under 450,000 tons of soil. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to make their community safe, but not a dime has been spent to shore up the cliff. Though the Federal Emergency Management Agency pledged $5 million this winter to buttress a Laguna Beach hillside where 20 homes were damaged and destroyed, La Conchita residents complain FEMA has done nothing to protect La Conchita. The fix is estimated to cost $5 million. The holdup, say homeowners, are Ventura County attorneys who say they won’t request state or federal funds until expected lawsuits are filed and litigated, which could take years. “They’ve done nothing so far,” said Mike Bell, president of the La Conchita Community Association. Meanwhile, residents are staying put. Of the 171 homes in La Conchita, only two homeowners took federal offers to move – and they kept their homes for summer use. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CONCHITA – A year after a mudslide killed 10 of their neighbors, La Conchita residents gathered Saturday to mourn their friends and to pray for their seaside town. More than 200 people, including a phalanx of media, assembled on Santa Barbara Street next to a makeshift memorial beside a cross-studded, towering earthen mound – the remains of the Jan. 10, 2005 mudslide. “In your sorrow, you are remembering them as they would have wished: with your unbroken faith and in the celebration of their lives,” Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, told the crowd. For 30-year-resident Janell Beck, Saturday’s ceremony was harder than the day of the mudslide, when her focus was on helping others. last_img read more

NEW ANTI-RACISM DVD TO HAVE FIRST SCREENING IN DONEGAL

first_imgA new anti-racism DVD will have its first public screening in Donegal tomorrow, Thursday, 14th March, at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny at 11am.The DVD was produced by Show Racism the Red Card, and is part of a new anti-racism education pack, which will be distributed by Show Racism the Red Card to schools and youth groups throughout the country.The education pack will be officially launched in the North-West region at tomorrow’s event in Donegal, ahead of a national launch event, which will take place in Croke Park next week. Pupils from St. Eunan’s National School in Raphoe feature in the new DVD and education pack, alongside Irish footballer – and Donegal native – Seamus Coleman.At the event, Show Racism the Red Card will present Donegal teacher Anita McMonagle with a plaque to mark her school’s outstanding contribution to Show Racism the Red Card over the past number of years. Ms. McMonagle is a teacher at St. Eunan’s NS.Speaking in advance of the event, Garrett Mullan, Coordinator of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Schools in Donegal have always been very proactive in getting involved in our anti-racism education initiatives, so we’re delighted to be launching our new education pack here, and we are looking forward to a great event tomorrow.”The launch event is being jointly organised by Show Racism the Red Card, Finn Harps and Donegal Sports Partnership. Representatives from Finn Harps, Donegal GAA and other sporting bodies will be in attendance, as well as pupils and teachers from schools in Ardara, Ballyshannon, Letterkenny and Raphoe. NEW ANTI-RACISM DVD TO HAVE FIRST SCREENING IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 13th, 2013 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:DVDShow Racism the Red Cardlast_img read more

REVEALED: SAWN-OFF SHOTGUN MURDER WEAPON STOLEN IN DONEGAL

first_imgKieran McLaughlin was today found not guilty of murdering a man in the NorthEXCLUSIVE: THE gun used in a “brutal and vile” execution-style murder in the North was stolen at gunpoint from a farmer in Donegal.We can reveal for the first time details of the weapon which was used to blast to death suspected drug dealer Barry McCrory in Derry city in October 2013. Police sources have revealed to Donegal Daily that the 12 bore, sawn-off double-barrelled, breach loading, side by side shotgun, marked ”F Williams London and Birmingham’, was stolen three years earlier at a rural farm in Donegal.A police source has told us: “On May 18, 2010 three masked men stormed his farmhouse at the dead of night.“A gun was put to his head and he was frog-marched into a room where he kept his gun cabinet.“He was forced to open it and the masked men made off with three firearms, all shotguns.“When the gun was recovered by police in Derry, detectives from the PSNI asked Gardai to check its records.“The serial number was checked on the Garda computer for missing or stolen guns and the match was found to the raid on the farmhouse on May 18, 2010.”Today, at Belfast Crown Court, suspected dissident republican hitman Kieran McLaughlin was found not guilty of murdering Barry McCrory with the same stolen shotgun.The 60-year-old had denied murdering Barry McCrory, who was shot dead in October 2013.The 35-year-old was found dead in bed at a flat in Shipquay Street in the city centre.The killer shouted at him ‘drug dealing scumbag’ before blasting him twice to the back and then twice to the back of his head from as little as a one metre away.Death was instantaneous, said a pathologist.There was uproar when the verdict was read out acquitting McLaughlin.Tearful relatives of the deceased were at Belfast Crown Court to hear the ruling.One woman ran from the public gallery shouting at McLaughlin in the dock: “You know you f***king did it, you f***king bastard.”Judge Mr Justice Horner, who sat alone without a jury in the diplock case, said there was no forensic evidence to link McLaughlin to the killing.“The court must conclude that the charge of murder against the defendant has not been proven to the requisite standard,” the judge told the court.“The Crown has not discharged the heavy burden of proof placed upon it to prove beyond reasonable doubt the defendant committed the murder of the deceased.”However, the judge found McLaughlin guilty of possessing the loaded sawn-off double barrelled shotgun and a Mauser pistol with intent to endanger life.McLauglin had previously pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms and a quantity of ammunition in suspicious circumstances.He will be sentenced in May following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.Following the murder, McLaughlin had gone on the run and was holed up in Donegal to avoid capture.A massive police manhunt was launched on both sides of the border for him and his picture was issued to the media with a warning to the public not to approach him as he was “armed and dangerous”.However, on October 16, 2013, the game was up for McLaughlin when a police copter fitted with an infrared camera picked up an “unusually large” heat source from underneath a parked car in Derry’s Galliagh district.McLaughlin was arrested and on his person police found newspaper clippings about the murder of Mr McCrory and the manhunt for the chief suspect – himself.REVEALED: SAWN-OFF SHOTGUN MURDER WEAPON STOLEN IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Barry McCroryDerryKieran McLaughlinREVEALED: SAWN-OFF SHOTGUN MURDER WEAPON STOLEN IN DONEGALlast_img read more