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first_imgTo succeed in life, a one time greatest boxer of all times, Mohammed Ali said, “ The will must be greater than the skills”. I have come to realize as well that what we become in life is contingent on the choices we make, the opportunities we take and how we react to the challenges we face. The universe would be better places for all if our operating ethos were centered on peace, love, understanding and tolerance. We need to respect the dignity of human beings. As we continue our piece on peace and security from the perspective of young people, we would like to present the views of a young volunteer peace messenger, Nathan N. Gbelee who combines skills, determination and will to succeed. Nathan is 19 years old and is an outgoing senior at the Salvation Army Len Miller High School. Below are his views on the Amman Youth Declaration on Peace and Security-(Gwendolyn Myers-Executive Director/Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc)Nathan N. GbeleePersonally my definition of peace is the ability of living without fear with yourself, your peers, community dwellers and others at large. It is not only the absence of war but living in harmony in societies free from diseases, famine and any form of violence.Peace is very important to me because it is indispensable. We all can’t live without it or co-exist without peace, it is only in a peaceful environment that things get improved, developed or standardized, it is very impossible to have a developed mind or society without peace, therefore peace is very important.On the roles of young people in peace and security, it is important to get involved. In line with this philosophy, I became a volunteer peace messenger because of the need to serve and to live the world a better place for generation after me. I am motivated by the great contribution of men and women like, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan of Arc, Madam Leymah Gbowee and other freedom fighters not only by what they did but the great messages of encouragement put in place. Though I have never volunteered before, Messengers of Peace Liberia will help train me and expose me to opportunities that would unleash my many abilities and create a path or an avenue where I will explore my many abilities. I have an important role to play in my police Academy Community in Paynesville city. To the young people of Liberia, we are people who will be needed to operate state and other important affairs and a prerequisite to that is high level of preparation, one thing we must remember is this, “prepared things are for prepared people”. The messages of peace and participation in peace based initiatives should be the cardinal pillars for young people.In the next five years I dream of a Liberia that will be a place of opportunity for everyone not looking at religions, political affiliation, or status in society, managed and operated by prepared young people.Until next week, when we come back to you with Nathan’s review of the Amman declaration, peace first and May peace prevail in our time! Youth, Peace and Security. #Youth4PeaceShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) on Friday hosted a simple ceremony to bid farewell to six work-study students who completed their six-week stint with the organisation.Officials along with the work-study students at the closing ceremony on FridayThese students, who completed secondary and tertiary institutions, benefited from the experience of working with staff within multiple departments of the National Standards body.Completing the work-study were: Rawle Douglas, Ayeshia Carter, Avanelle Meusa, Letecia Hassan, Shennisa Daniels, and Ashley Mohanlall.Speaking at the ceremony were the various Heads of the Departments (HoDs) to which the trainees were attached. The HoDs commended the students for their demonstrated commitment to the GNBS, shown by their punctuality, attendance and their desire to participate and become knowledgeable about the activities conducted by the organisation.Lisa Ahmad, Head Human Resource and Administration commended the students for aligning and conducting themselves with the GNBS core values of accountability, synergy, professionalism, innovation, respect and efficiency. She encouraged the students to take these values with them throughout their professional and personal lives for continued success.Further, the trainees were encouraged by Shailendra Rai, Head of Product Compliance Department to take note of what is occurring in the local oil industry.He urged them to do their research and to be engaged in the relevant studies to align themselves for employment in this major industry or supporting industries.On behalf of their counterparts, Meusa and Douglas thanked the GNBS for the amazing experience they had with the organisation.They both alluded that during this first experience of work they benefitted significantly from the knowledge freely imparted by staff of the GNBS.last_img read more


first_imgA range of exciting programmes is being rolled out for children and young people living in the Donegal South West area, with the assistance of the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme.The initiative is supported by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health partnership. The programmes have been developed by the CAWT Donegal South West Local Planning Group, which was set up over a year ago to improve outcomes for children and young people living in the Donegal South West area and is comprised of community, statutory and voluntary sector representatives.Outlining the background to the initiative, Dr Aisling Gillen, National Specialist Family Support at the HSE said: “As a member of the CAWT cross border partnership, the HSE is delighted to be supporting this initiative for young people in the Donegal South West area. “The range of programmes on offer were determined by a process of combining the information available about the well-being of children and young people, along with the views of children, young people and their families themselves in the area.“The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that all children and young people are valued, connected and participate in their community.”The programmes include:§         Support for the establishment of a Youth Centre in Carrick in partnership with Foróige and South  West Donegal Communities Partnership Ltd which will reach out to young people by providing a range of activities in a safe, supported environment; §         Multi-media programme for young people to enable them to explore and display their lives in their community through computer and photography technology;§         Camps for younger children to promote their overall health and well-being in partnership with Tir Boghaine Teo;§         Provision of resources for pre-school children to promote play and learning in a safe and healthy environment, and for older children to encourage connection and participation within their community, in partnership with Dunkineely Methodist Church; and§         Support to a carnival arts group to promote community connections in partnership with Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille.For further information about the programmes or about the work of the Donegal South West Local Planning Group, please contact: Úna Collier, Community Development Worker, CAWT Outcomes for Children Project, Tel: 087 0996999, Email: una.collier@hse.ie. Photograph captionsCAWT 1: TOP: Young people using the new climbing wall at the Dunkineely youth club as part of the programmes delivered by the CAWT Donegal South West Local Planning Group. CAWT 2: MIDDLE: Rev John & Vanessa Purdy (right) and members of the Dunkineely youth club who participated in programmes delivered by the CAWT Donegal South West Local Planning Group. CAWT 3: BELOW: Zia McClean, Foróige and Daveth Fox who facilitated multi-media training programme for young people in Killybegs with the support of the CAWT Donegal South West Local Planning Group.ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LAUNCHED was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:CAWTDINKINEELYlast_img read more


first_imgParticipants getting ready to take part in Friday’s event.The people of Donegal are being urged to take a stand this month and dance to demand an end to violence against women by joining the One Billion Rising day of action on February 14.The Donegal event will take place in front of the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny between 1pm and 2pm on February 14, forming part of a massive global campaign.Local organiser Kate Brown said she is hoping a huge crowd will attend to join forces with people all across the world coming together to rise, release, dance in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women and girls. “We hosted the first One Billion Rising event in Donegal on Valentine’s Day last year and we were delighted with the response. A very large crowd came to sing and dance in front of An Grianán Theatre.“It was a celebratory event, in that we celebrated our freedom to dance and to get our voices heard, but the campaign carries with it an important message – that violence against women and girls must end.”Kate says this year’s event does not clash with mid-term break holidays and she is encouraging students and their teachers to come and lend their support to the lunchtime rising campaign. Music, dance, song and poetry will form part of the hour-long event.She explained that the One Billion Rising name for the campaign comes from the fact that one in three women and girls will be beaten and raped in their life time. With a current female global population of three billion, that adds up to the staggering one billion figure. In 2013 activists in 207 different countries came together for the biggest mass action in human history to demand an end to violence against women and girls.“This year, the focus is on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence,” she added.The event though is not just for women and Kate says she would love to see as many women, girls and the men and boys who love them to gather to make their voices heard.“Last year we had people from across the spectrum, young and old, male and female, all prepared to show their support through dance for a campaign that aims to end violence against women and girls and this year we’re hoping for the same broad range of people and hopefully bigger numbers.”Across the world the campaigns will take place outside courthouses, school administration buildings, work places, places of worship, military courts, embassies and in other public gathering spaces. “This year’s campaign is about rising for justice. It is about deepening last year’s campaign and bringing, as so many wonderful agencies in Donegal are doing on a daily basis, information into the public arena about what survivors of gender violence need and deserve.” Kate added.For more information about One Billion Rising you can find details on the One Billion Rising Donegal Facebook page and by logging on to the global campaign website – www.onebillionrising.orgDONEGAL EVENT CALLS ON PEOPLE TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE TO WOMEN was last modified: February 12th, 2014 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:One Billion Risinglast_img read more


first_img“We may get as much as a half inch to an inch, but it’s too early to tell.” Elevations above 6,500 feet may see small amounts of snow, Sirard said. Then the system will move out by Saturday, leaving partly to mostly cloudy skies through the weekend. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Skies were mostly clear and temperatures pleasant Wednesday, but a Pacific storm front was hiding just off shore. By Friday afternoon, the weather will turn mostly cloudy, with a chance of as much as a half-inch of rain in the forecast, officials said. There could even be some thunder and possibly even flooding in some areas in the higher elevations, said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “We don’t predict any flooding but there could be a slight possibility of floods if we have heavy rain over the burn areas, like north of Burbank,” Sirard said. last_img read more


first_imgBY NEIL BARRETT: Some of you may be reading these articles relating to child & teen health and think “doesn’t that apply to all of us”?Well yes, in a way it does, however the importance of all this information is even more relevant to children & teens.Recent evidence relating to sustainable weight loss implies that once you reach a certain level of obesity, your body will always strive to reach that level again. Let’s put that into context. Once you reach certain body fat percentage that is considered to be outside that of a healthy normal range, willpower, motivation, planning & hard work may not be enough, your body could be sabotaging your efforts!Take this for example, if we were to take mono zygotic twin children (genetically identical) and give twin A a healthy diet & rigorous training regime for one year and we give twin B a sedentary lifestyle with poor eating habits for one year it is quite obvious that twin B will end up with a less than desirable body composition (excess body fat) and compromised health.If we then apply the healthier lifestyle to twin B in an attempt to reverse the damage we may or may not see the desired effect.Twin B will always have to work harder and eat healthier than twin A and that still might not be enough. During early development we form cells called adipose tissue, these are the cells that house fat; think of them like honeycomb & fat is the honey we fill them with.Develop too much of these (through sedentary behaviour and poor eating habits) we increase our potential of becoming obese. We are able to burn off the excess fat tissue housed in the adipose tissue, however, we are unable to get rid of adipose tissue once we develop it.This tissue secretes hormones that not only increase our suceptability to unhealthy foods but also interferes with normal fat storage and metabolism.You have these cells & tissue for life! So no matter what you try and do in adulthood, the implications of an unhealthy lifestyle in early stage development will hinder you efforts.So what to do for your teens and children now? Use the information, tables (Fig.1.) and tools enclosed to calculate what your child or teen needs to consume each day and plan around it.These are the difficult decisions that will make you less than popular with your children in the short term, but parenthood is not a popularity contest, it is a duty of care!Garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, fish & eggs, nuts & seeds, some fruit, a little starch, and no sugar.Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% (between.7g/kg body weight and 1.9g/kg of bodyweight depending on activity level) of your total calorie intake. Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycaemic – follow the link – and account for about 40% of your total calorie intake.Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.Glycaemic Index: (http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods)Fat index: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/choosing-healthy-fats.htmYou must understand what a healthy eating plan is before your child can.Eliminate all the guess work, follow the simple instructions and help your family become healthy. It is easy, but time-consuming. Get a solid foundation in place and monitor the results. You don’t want your child to end up like twin B.Neil Barrett is a nutritionist and coach with Fit-Hub Letterkenny(Whether your teen is looking for a stand-alone strength and conditioning program, or additional training to supplement their sport specific training, Fit-Hub Teens is committed to helping them achieve their goals in a fun, judgement free environment surrounded by their peers & supervised by trained professionals) For more information contact Ruairi on:086 1970 325Email info@fithubletterkenny.comNEIL BARRETT: BALANCING YOUR CHILD’S NUTRITION – THE WAR ON SUGAR PART 2 was last modified: June 24th, 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:childrenhealthy eatinglifestyleNeil Barrettnutritionistsugarteenagerswar on sugarlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Bay Cycling Club is holding a Family Fun Day this Sunday, June 16.The event starts in the Diamond in Donegal Town at 3pm where a range of activities and entertainment, including face painting, slow bicycle races, bike maintenance and cycling skills demonstrations, will be provided.A 10km (6mile) cycle starting at the Diamond will take place at 4pm. The cycle, which will be at a slow and controlled pace, will go along Quay Street, past the Abbey Vocational School and along as far as the Tullyearl roundabout. From there the cycle will continue along the hard shoulder of the by-pass as far as the Donegal Road (Lidl) roundabout and from there, past the hospital and along Main Street, back to the Diamond.At the same time as the 10km cycle is taking place a cycle will take place along a 2km route for younger cyclists.The shorter cycle will leave the Diamond by Tírchonaill Street passing by the post office, turn left at the credit union, turn left onto the Loch Eske Road (near Donegal Town Hardware) and then turn left onto the R925 (on the town side of Mc Intyres filling station) before returning to the Diamond via Bridge Street.Light refreshments and further entertainment will be available for participants on the Diamond after the cycle. There will also be lots of free draws for cycling related prizes on the day as well as prizes for the winner of the slow bicycle event. Entry is FREE and everyone is welcome. The cycle routes are very flat and the pace will be slow. Marshals will be present at junctions along the route. All participants must wear a helmet and ensure that their bicycle is roadworthy. Under 13’s must be accompanied by an adult on the cycle. CYCLING CLUB HOLDING FREE FAMILY FUN DAY was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CYCLING CLUB HOLDING FREE FAMILY FUN DAYlast_img read more


first_imgThe Schools’ Business Partnership is delighted to announce that Donegal Investment Group has concluded the eighth successful year in their Skills @ Work programme for students of Deele College, Raphoe.The initiative provided firsthand insight into the business world to senior cycle students from Deele College, Raphoe and is part of the Schools’ Business Partnership programme run by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). During the year long programme, employees of Donegal Investment Group provided a number of talks on, ‘A Day in the Life of …’ and background of the organisation; they ran workshops on how to build a comprehensive CV and develop good interview skills.The students were also brought on a site visit to Waterwheel Farm, Killygordon and saw the various career opportunities that exist within the agricultural, food and business sectors.“The impact that this initiative has on the students is visible right from day one, it generates an interest and motivation for the students to succeed and to continue to work hard on their studies.“The partnership has been invaluable to the school over this year and develops positively with every successive year.” said Michael Gallagher, Business Teacher, Deele College, Raphoe. Edith Marley, HR Manager, Donegal Investment Group said they are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Deele College.“The commitment from our employees to the programme over this year again has been outstanding. It is an invaluable experience for them, from developing team-building, interpersonal and communication skills to feeling a sense of pride, value and satisfaction in their work.”Elaine McFadden, Regional Co-Ordinator of the BITCI in DOnegal said “BITCI recognises the ongoing support shown by Donegal Investment Group to the programme, the school and the wider community around Raphoe.“Donegal Investment Group has successfully completed the eighth year of partnership with Deele College, Raphoe and their commitment in supporting and advancing the skills and ideas of the students to help them prepare for a work life that they will enjoy and be good at is exemplary. This commitment and engagement not only benefits the school but has far reaching impacts on the local community. It is a wonderful demonstration of an organisation’s corporate responsibility.”  BITCI. The Schools’ Business Partnership is funded by participating businesses with matching funds provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills under the National Development Plan (NDP).DEELE COLLEGE CONTINUE TO DO THE BUSINESS WITH DONEGAL INVESTMENT GROUP was last modified: June 24th, 2014 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:deele collegeDonegal INvestment Grouplast_img read more


first_imgThe FAI are investigating an alleged racist incident that occurred in an FAI Intermediate Cup match between Letterkenny Rovers and Cockhill Celtic last month.Delegates from both clubs have been instructed to attend an FAI hearing regarding the alleged racist incident next week.Representatives from both clubs will meet with officials from the (DCU) Disciplinary Controls Unit. It is believed that a Cockhill Celtic player made racist remarks towards an opponent during their 4-3 win over Letterkenny Rovers.It’s the second time in just over six months that Donegal Soccer has been rocked by racism allegations.In March, national attention was brought to an incident involving Castlebar Celtic’s Thierry Baba.Castlebar Celtic alleged that Baba was the subject of racist chants from a section of the Swilly Rovers support at an SFAI U-15 National Cup tie at Swilly Park. Swilly Rovers were found guilty and fined €1,000, although the fine was reduced on appeal and a donation was made to charity.LETTERKENNY ROVERS AND COCKHILL CELTIC EMBROILED IN RACISM ROW was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cockhill CelticFAILetterkenny RoversnewssoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgEureka >> Without further adieu, the Times-Standard sports desk brings you the 2016-17 Times-Standard Boys All-Star Basketball Team.We’ve debated and discussed, considered everything we possibly could — from stats to intangibles and all other variables in between — and feel like we’ve come up with a list recognizing the top players in the county.While we had to make tough decisions as to players that are on the list and players that just missed the cut, we are confident that the ones chosen …last_img read more