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first_imgUnfazed by the cold and blustery weather on Thursday morning, a group of volunteers combed the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail near Devine Road to rid the greenway of trash and debris.After a short winter break, Thursday was the first day of cleaning season along the trail for the local walking and exercise club the Vancouver USA Volkssport Club.At a quick glance the area looked clean, but it didn’t take long to see that some trail users leaving their trash behind.Within the first few minutes of combing the area around the trailhead parking lot on Devine Road, volunteers found a skateboard and a small makeup bag full of hypodermic needles, as well as the regular mix of broken glass and cigarette butts.“The good news is, that’s not normally what we encounter,” club president Tom Baltes said of the needles kit.Baltes describes the Volkssporters as civic minded and regular users of the trail.The Volkssporters are now in their second year of cleaning 2 miles of the trail on a monthly basis from February to October.Last year, some of the members noticed graffiti and trash building up along the path.Baltes said a few members asked the city to put greater emphasis on cleaning and patrolling the trail, and then they realized they could pitch in, too.last_img read more

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first_imgA turbulent day on Wall Street ended Tuesday with stocks climbing nearly all the way out of a steep, broad sell-off that at one point erased more than 500 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average.Even with the late-afternoon rebound, stocks extended the market’s recent string of declines, giving the benchmark S&P 500 index its fifth-straight loss. Bond prices rose, sending yields lower, as investors sought out safer investments.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sank 3.1 percent. European markets also closed sharply lower.The latest selling came as investors grew unsettled over slowing economic growth in China and increased signs that President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade policies are beginning to weigh on corporate earnings. Caterpillar and 3M slumped Tuesday after the companies warned of rising costs related to tariffs.“That’s the story, it’s not the current quarter results, but the commentary going forward, the impact of tariffs and what that means in terms of costs,” said Willie Delwiche, an investment strategist at Baird. “If tariffs didn’t come up in earnings calls and commentary, then maybe you could say we were moving away from that, but the opposite is happening.”The S&P 500 fell 15.19 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,740.69. The Dow lost 125.98 points, or 0.5 percent, to 25,191.43. The average had been down more than 540 points.last_img read more

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first_imgPresident Adama Barrow has reviewed the Report and Recommendations of the Independent Fact-Finding/Investigative Panel on the crisis involving Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC).  Having closely reviewed the report, the following decisions have been taken:That administrative leave of the Managing Director, Muhamadou Manjang will be lifted and that Mr. Manjang will be duly notified in writing by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (the line Ministry) to resume duties;That the services of Mr. Momodou Camara will be terminated with immediate effect and the termination to be compliant with corporate policy;That the Board of Directors of the Corporation to receive further advice on the staff that were culpable in the saga and who have to be subject to disciplinary actions in line with the panel’s recommendations; andThat the Board of Social Security through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs will be provided with the Recommendations of the Panel’s Report so that these are adopted and fully implemented.It could be recalled that in July this year President Barrow tasked an Independent Fact-Finding/Investigative Panel on the Crisis involving Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC). The task force presented its report in October after three months of fact-findings.last_img read more

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first_imgAntonio Conte believes that Manchester City are capable of dominating the Premier League for yearsThe Citizens were recently confirmed as the new Premier League champions, last Sunday, after local rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to lowly West Brom.City have now equalled United’s record from 2001 by winning the league title with five games remaining and are on course to break two further records at the end of this season with Chelsea’s record points tally of 95 points under threat with Pep Guardiola’s side on 87. Also up for grabs is their own goalscoring record at 103 goals during the 2009/10 season with the current squad on 93 goals.Conte, who won the Premier League with Chelsea last season, believes that City stand above every club in the league and are the one side that are truly capable of mounting a challenge both domestically and in Europe.“Manchester City is one club that can continue to dominate, to win, not only in England, but also to fight for the Champions League.” said the Chelsea boss, according to Football365.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“They have the possibility to do this. It is a very strong club, they have an important squad with great players and are a club that want to invest and improve. There are a lot of things that are right.”Although they do have a game in hand against Tottenham in the league standings, Conte admits it will be difficult to recover from an eight point gap to their London rivals at this stage of the season. But the Italian insists that, despite the odds, Champions League football is still the target for Chelsea.“We have to try until the end to reach this target.” admitted the 48 year-old.“If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it’s not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not?“We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won’t be easy to get three points.”last_img read more

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first_imgNews report coming in from Barca suggests the club could be on the verge of securing the services of Arturo Vidal.Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has admitted that the club are close to securing the services of Arturo Vidal from Inter.Earlier it looked like Inter were closing in on a deal for Vidal, however, it suddenly emerged on Thursday that the Bayern Munich midfielder had agreed terms on a €30m switch to Barca.The 2019/2020 betting odds for La Liga Stuart Heath – August 12, 2019 Going into La Liga kick-off, we take a look at what the bookmakers think.La Liga season is less than a week away and we’re…“It seems negotiations are at the final stage,” the former Milan executive told RMC Sport via Football Italia.“However, contracts can be null and void if there are no signatures, plus this is the transfer market. We hope there will be no surprises.”After starting his career with Colo-Colo, Chile’s most successful club, Vidal joined Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, where he played for four seasons. He then moved to Juventus in 2011, where he won Scudetti in all four of his seasons.last_img read more

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first_imgFC Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup this season after 2-1 victory over fellow Spanish side Sevilla courtesy of a fantastic strike from Ousmane Dembele, according to Evening Standard.The league and Cup champions came from 1-0 down to overcome Sevilla thanks to goals from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.Sevilla had the chance to level the game after Dembele’s goal as the referee awarded them a penalty but Wissam Ben Yedder’s tame effort was well dealt with by goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen.Barcelona won the league and Cup double last season, defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa Del Rey final but Pablo Machin’s side went ahead through a well-curled effort from Pablo Sarabia.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Seville based team looked set to take the lead into halftime until Spanish defender Gerard Pique scored the equalizer after he pounced on the rebound of a Lionel Messi free-kick to tap in from close range.Dembele secured the win for the Catalan club when he scored an absolute goal to secure the Super Cup for Ernesto Valverde.Barcelona begin their La Liga title defence this weekend. The Spanish champions will be hoping to win their second consecutive La Liga trophy.last_img read more

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first_img24 teams will play in France next year to see which is the strongest nation in women’s football on the planet24 countries will play from June 7 to July 7 in France for the chance to lift the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.The draw took place today at La Seine Musicale in Paris.France and South Korea will open the tournament on June 7, as the hosts were seeded as leaders of Group A. They are accompanied by Norway and Nigeria.Steph Houghton, Manchester City, Manchester UnitedHoughton looks to create more history with the City Women Manuel R. Medina – September 4, 2019 Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play in the Women’s Super League this Saturday, and for skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.Germany leads Group B, with China, Spain, and South Africa. Meanwhile, Group C is made up of Australia, Italy, Brazil, and Jamaica.England, Scotland, Argentina and Japan make up for Group D. While Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, and the Netherlands are on Group E.And current champions, the United States, will take part of Group F together with Thailand, Chile, and Sweden.The 24 teams will play in nine different cities in France.last_img read more

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first_img Related Items:beaches resort and spa, breakfast Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn efforts to promote healthy eating among students at the Enid Capron Primary School, Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Beaches Resorts, joined forces with Registered Dietician Tamika Handfield of Nutrition-in-Demand to bring a healthy eating seminar to hundreds of students this week. The foundation has been very active in promoting healthy eating at its sponsored schools in Providenciales. Together with Mrs. Handfield the Sandals Foundation took the opportunity to not only provide whole-wheat and brand cereals to over five-hundred and thirty-three students at the Five Cays based school but also to provide them with healthy fruits and water. Students were taught the importance of a balanced nutrition and the benefit of healthy eating so that they can make the healthy choices for themselves. The entertaining health seminar hosted by Mrs. Handfield was geared towards empowering, encouraging, and motivating students to get fit. “It is always a pleasure working in collaboration with Beaches Turks & Caicos in giving back to the community. It is especially so being that March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month.” Said Tamika Handfield speaking on the initiative, “Nutrition in Demand’s main mandate is to provide credible, factual and scientifically proven nutrition education to the community. Working along with Beaches afforded us the opportunity to speak to over 500 students of the Enid Capron School about the importance and benefits of eating a healthy breakfast each day.”The mid-morning session saw a group of enthusiastic students who all expressed interest in several exercise routines and asked questions about their favourite foods. The Foundation is no stranger to the health and wellness arena. Over the years the charity teamed up with the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the Wellness and National Health Planning to bring health awareness and distribute fruits and low-fat yogurts to over 1,500 students in providenciales. PR Manager for the Beaches resort Elanor Finfin Krzanowski who spear headed project for the Sandals Foundation also commented on the importance of the event by saying the following, “Teaching the importance of healthy eating to the students of our sponsored schools is a priority for the Sandals Foundation.” She continued, “A well-rounded education not only includes academics but also the knowledge of how to maintain a physical healthy lifestyle. It is the goal of the Sandals Foundation to promote healthy nutrition as well as the importance of a balanced diet and our first step is to provide the fruits to every student of Enid Capron while teaching these basic life-altering skills.”last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – Seven years of work in the bushes has created a new nature trail experience in Middle Caicos which the crafters of it are calling, the Caicos Pine Yard Trail. Bryan Naqqi-Manco is the Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager and he explains in the announcement issued yesterday that it is a .45 mile long trek, with 16 stopping points within a native pine yard. Bryan says it a new experience which unravels the life and habitat of the Caicos Pine, found primarily in Middle Caicos. “Each stopping point is related to the corresponding text in the trail guide brochure, providing an explanation about the plants, animals, habitat, threats and conservation measures. The trail can be self-guided (brochure available on site) or guided tours by local ecotourism companies and local guides can be arranged by contacting DEMA’s office in Providenciales.” The Caicos Pine is the national tree of the Turks and Caicos and it is listed in the IUCN Red List of threatened species as ‘vulnerable.’ Related Items:Bryan Naqqi-Manco, caicos pine, Caicos Pine Yard Trail, middle caicos, Nature Trail North to Middle Caicos Causeway behind schedule; residents concerned over Joaquin flooding Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Middle Caicos has a new man in charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 4, 2017 – The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is encouraging Jamaicans, particularly parents, guardians, teachers and counsellors to tap into its programmes that have been implemented to assist with the prevention and cessation of youth smoking.   In an interview with JIS News, Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, highlighted two programmes that the organization has embarked on to deter young people from smoking.The Fresh Start Smoking Cessation Programme is one that is offered by the JCS in association with the American Cancer Society to help smokers quit.   “This is a comprehensive four-session group based course that covers topics such as Nicotine Addiction, Managing Withdrawal Symptoms, Weight Control, Stress Management, Recognizing and Planning for Possible Obstacles to Quitting, Staying Tobacco Free and Enjoying Being a Non-smoker,” she explained.  In addition, she said that an Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum has been established to target Jamaican high school students, to educate them on the dangers of smoking.The forum, which is held in February each year, seeks to educate the youth about the harmful effects of tobacco smoking which kills more than five million people each year.  A wide variety of presentations are made to the students and teachers who attend to increase their knowledge of the effects of tobacco smoking.Past presenters include Pulmonologists, officials from the Caribbean Public Health Association (CARPHA), counselling psychologists and representatives from the Tobacco Control project.  Presenters have used material from the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Biology syllabus, in an effort to allow students to make the connection with what they have been taught in school, as well as to clarify any myths associated with tobacco-related illnesses.Meanwhile, Mrs. Gordon outlined the dangers of smoking by young people, explaining that the short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and non-respiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the associated risk of other substance abuse.  “The long-term health consequences of youth smoking are manifested in the fact that most young people who smoke regularly continue to smoke throughout their adult years,” she said.She added that tobacco can affect youth activities and athletic performance as it narrows blood vessels and puts a strain on the heart.  It also leads to a lack of oxygen and shortness of breath she said, while pointing out that it has been proven that athletes who smoke do not perform as well as those who do not.The JCS is encouraging persons to get informed about the dangers of smoking and its effect on the health and well-being of their children and students.   “It is also important to make time to communicate with them on matters of peer pressure, stress relating to relationships and challenges in the home which go unresolved.  These are all matters which may lead a young person to start smoking. Unfortunately, many young persons are under the mistaken impression that cigarettes eliminate stress,” she warns.The Executive Director encourages students to seek help from their parents and teachers to resolve any issues that they may be facing and not turn to smoking for answers.  Statistics provided by the JCS show that approximately 80,000 young people across the world become addicted to tobacco each day.  According to the Executive Director, public education is imperative, as an alarming 600,000 second-hand smokers die each year, inclusive of 165,000 children. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Photo credit: Jamaica Observerlast_img read more

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