Atlético follows Issa Diop

first_imgIt is not the first time that his name has flown over Atlético’s future plans. The one of Issa Diop, French with Senegalese nationality of 23 years and 1.94 of height, who militates in West Ham. With the present frozen by the coronavirus crisis, the rojiblanco club does not stop thinking about what is coming, beyond the resumption of competitions when the crisis passes. And one of those names is once again Issa Diop, according to the English press. The center-back is being one of the great sensations of the Premier League this season. He has played 2,226 minutes, 26 games, and has scored three goals. Undisputed, stands out for his physique and his forcefulness in the cut and in the aerial ball and would serve Simeone to prop up a defense that this season trembles in some games with set pieces, when it rains lateral centers. And that has Felipe, his best signing of the summer, who cuts every ball that flies over the area, but does not reach everyone, it is impossible, and he is 30 years old. Diop’s are seven less. His physique is overwhelming. It imposes. And Cholo seeks that for the next Atlético in a line that, although now stable, has also suffered injuries throughout this season, with the losses for months and games of Giménez, called to be the head of defense without Godín, and de Savic.last_img read more

ONE: Edward Kelly out to prove he can beat Christian Lee the conventional way

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Kelly has split his last four fights but he believes a definitive win over Lee, who is being groomed for a title rematch against featherweight champion Martin Nguyen, would be a big step towards a title shot.“If I’m not mistaken, Nguyen will be watching our fight live and if I win over Lee, I guess I will only need to win one to two more fights to get a crack at Nguyen.”Four of Kelly’s teammates at Team Lakay have world titles wrapped around their waists and he can’t wait to have his own.“They’ve been pressuring me, telling me, ‘The featherweight title is the only thing missing,’” Kelly said with a smile.“But I take that as an inspiration. I’m really well-motivated to show them. I want to prove to myself that I can do it and I hope to start showing it on Saturday.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 34-year-old Kelly is eager to prove he can beat Lee the conventional way in their rematch on Saturday in ONE: Eternal Glory here.“A win is a win but it’s like our fight didn’t have the right closure so I’m willing to show that I really won,” Kelly told reporters in Filipino Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKelly also said he likes that Lee is the favorite to win so that him winning would make the victory much sweeter.“I like it more when I’m the underdog. It makes a victory more satisfying.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Edward Kelly. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino featherweight Edward Kelly knows his win over Christian Lee four months ago has an asterisk beside it.Kelly was awarded a victory after Lee was disqualified due to an illegal suplex in the opening round of their first fight.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gregg Popovich ties Pat Riley for road wins as Spurs beat Wolveslast_img read more

There are no real criminal cases to be made (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,There have been adverse criticisms of our entry into direct negotiations with Mr. Jerry Gouveia and sale to him of adjacent properties for extension of his hotel and hospitality business. We had done similarly and somewhat earlier with Mr. Michael George, for the expansion of his Herdmanston hotel. The unit selling price of land to Movietown seems to occasion another of the recent charges of malfeasance, but the sale of land in the same area to Giftland was at a somewhat lower unit price; and the sale of land in the same area to Mr. Boyer (another malfeasance case) for a middle to upper end housing development was by open bid, which he won and at a price above our minimum required price. I can express the assurance that we, PPP/C, were in no way less warm and encouraging to Mr. Beepat through his much-extended construction period, and as he sought allocation and/or a say in the use of adjacent land in a way which would have enhanced and not detracted from his project. I recall happily touring the construction site at least twice with him, and freely expressing my appreciation of his determination to bring a new, upgraded shopping experience to Guyana and his fellow Guyanese.Editor, there are three reasons for me to state again my concern and consequent call on our Government to put aside, as soon as we could, those unfounded, grossly grossly exaggerated allegations of huge corruption.Firstly, as I see it, our Government, seemingly believing its own propaganda, has been misdirecting itself. How else can I think of their unquestioning rush, on entering office, to greatly raise their own levels of pay (as if billions of dollars were to appear), but later extending to our public servants much less than they had promised them; pleading that after their increases to themselves, it became evident that there was not enough money to provide rank and file public servants with the increases they had promised them!Further, the approximately fifty corrupt scandals that we, PPP/C, have documented during the three years of our Coalition Government seem to suggest that our Coalition Government, relying on their allegations of huge PPP/C corruption, have been behaving as if they had licence to do as they pleased.How else can we understand the transactions of the drug bond and the perverse frustration of the notice to end that lease early. Again, they have tainted appropriate approaches to our taking responsibility for our development, such as the Berbice Bridge as well as the key development Agency – NICIL – created by the PNC in mid-1980s on returning to Private Sector-led development. We can recall the different positions and ambiguities on the continued existence and role for NICIL which do not augur well for its successful operation.Secondly, until our Government can resolve and clarify these grossly exaggerated allegations of corruption, there would be so much smoke and confusion around, our country would be set for real corruption – a real concern with the prospects of huge flows of money from oil.Thirdly, without an earnest resolution of those corruption allegations, the prospects for a less acrimonious, more constructive relationship between us, PPP/C, and the Coalition are slim, even as we, PPP/C, persevere in that desire and concur with former President Carter’s recent call for such. It is pertinent to recall here the conciliating suggestion made some time ago by our much maligned Leader of the Opposition, that our Coalition Government retain an external, agreed, hopefully impartial accounting group to review those forensic audits, so that together as a nation we could conclusively deal with them in a timely way and get them off the table, removing that major distraction from the development of people and country, which should be our common bonding concern.Yours truly,Samuel AA HindsFormer PrimeMinisterand Former Presidentlast_img read more

President Weah’s Definition of E-Government Was Clear and Concise

first_img– Advertisement – Now We Must Design and Implement An E-Government Plan that Draws from the “Draft E-Government Strategy 2016-2018”.By: Dr. Darren Wilkins (DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.Com| Phone: 0886703789/0777129092) A few days ago, I listened to the President as he launched the mobile tax payment system developed by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). I was very impressed with his definition of e-government, (specifically, e-revenue). More importantly, I have been impressed and very happy about the tone in which he speaks regarding the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development. From the way he handled his phone at the event, you could tell that the President is a “gadget person” and someone who has tremendous love for technology. It is clear that the President is a fan of ICT, hence, I am not going to dwell on that. But what I have chosen to discuss today, is his obvious “embrace” and support for electronic government or E-Government.President Weah referred to e-Government as the use of ICTs by governments to deliver services to the people. He was clear and absolutely concise about the impact of e-Government on the people! With such a clear definition and strong support, the path has been set for the implementation of a full e-government program; something we’ve been working to achieve for many years. And, since the Government of Liberia has adopted a pro-poor agenda, we must, to quote President Weah, “use our resources wisely”. Indeed, we have made strides in the ICT sector that are “resources” that could be used wisely to achieve the President’s agenda.In a previous article I mentioned that one of the many achievements made in our ICT and Telecommunications sector over the past 10 years is the development of legal and regulatory instruments to guide the deployment and use of ICT in Liberia. I listed these instruments as: The Telecommunications Act of 2007, the National ICT and Telecommunications Policy 2010-2015, the .Gov.Lr policy, the “Draft E-Government Strategy, E-Government Web Strategy document, the E-Government Enterprise Architecture document, etc. I know of all these documents because I co-authored a few of them.To further help the President achieve his goals through e-Government we must begin with a plan. This plan must draw from previous policy and regulatory documents and works done. For example, the plan must incorporate the Chief Information Office (CIO) and the CIO regime which, combined, are responsible for e-Government.A few years ago, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on Liberia’s e-Government program with focus on the E-Liberia project. The E-Liberia project was a World Bank initiative that was subsequently turned over to the GoL through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. This project suffered serious setbacks because the Ministry did not have the human, financial and technical resources required to sustain it. In my dissertation I used my experience working as the manager of the E-Liberia Project Management Office to delineate some of the challenges facing our e-Government initiatives. I listed some of the challenges as the lack of trained staff and training opportunities; the lack of technology infrastructure and the lack of political will. The “lack of political will” in this case specifically referred to the GoL’s inability to prioritize ICTs and empower the CIO regime even though it (CIO) had national mandate.Enshrined in the National ICT and Telecommunications Policy 2010-2015 is a mandate for the creation of a CIO regime that would govern the GoL’s e-government programs. Within that same Policy was another mandate for the formation of a Project Management Office (PMO) which would serve as the implementing arm of the Government’s e-government programs. In addition to the now “outdated” National ICT and Telecommunication Policy 2010-2015, there exists a “draft” E-Government Strategy that proffers 26 e-Government projects including e-Health, e-Procurement, e-Commerce, etc. Unfortunately, that “draft” E-Government Strategy never made it the cabinet for approval; the very reason why it is still referred to as “draft”.The CIO regime which was initiated to govern the Government of Liberia’s (GoL’s) e-government programs did/does not have the carte blanche and capacity to implement its mandate. Since it was “buried” within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications where the Chief Information Officer had to report to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, who also was the only person from that entity with a seat at cabinet meetings, the CIO regime suffered several setbacks. The setbacks occurred because ICTs were never advocated for, nor were they made a priority at cabinet level. Methinks more focus was placed on Posts than ICTs at cabinet level. The absence of an ICT or e-government “Champion” at cabinet level is primarily the reason for what seems to be the gradual demise of CIO regime and GoL’s e-government programs. Regrettably, this has also affected the entire ICT sector.A New Government and a new Sheriff have come to town. This means we must all channel our collective IQ and energy into a refreshed mission, in order to achieve the much desired “e-government”. For this to work though, support must be given to the CIO and the CIO regime. The CIO should be the “Champion” for e-government. This “Champion” will need to report directly to the Office of the President as compared to the current structure. A “champion” who is a “direct” report to the President will force heads of institutions to adhere to the e-government strategy rather than build siloed ICT systems at their institutions.Another thing that should be part of the plan is the alignment of new ICT projects with policies developed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (the Policy Maker). This, not only supports our effort to achieve a robust e-government ecosystem, but also impacts the Government’s pro-poor agenda. Anything otherwise, would lead to a waste of financial resources; something Government already lacks.Finally, e-government seeks to achieve greater efficiency in government, reduce cost and provide better and faster services for the people. Using online interactive services such as online petitioning, paying taxes online, registering a business, obtaining a driver’s license or birth certificate via a click of the mouse, etc, are but few of the services e-government aims to offer. Our “new” government now has the opportunity to pick up from where the old regime left off, correct the mistakes made by the previous regime, and move towards achieving a robust e-government program. Let’s first start by re-organizing and supporting the CIO regime. The most important thing to do now is to change the reporting structure to empower the CIO to do his/her work.Until next week, Carpe diem!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Peace Secondary offers Time and Support

first_imgThe first day of school for all Grade 10 students only is Tuesday September 8th from 8:45am to 12:45pm.  Please meet in the gym foyer at 8:45am. Vecchio says students will have an opportunity to catch up on homework and ask questions during the 45 minute sessions.He also says he hopes the program will encourage better attendance, because attendance and poor grades go hand-in-hand.[asset|aid=1826|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=01ae8579f60f49813f5e979b26f15e18-Vecchio 2_1_Pub.mp3]Half of the school’s teachers will be monitoring during the Time and Support. Now, the other half will be collaborating during this time.Advertisement The first day of school for all Grade 11 and 12 students is Wednesday September 9th starting at 8:45am.  This will be a full day of instruction ending at 3pm. Notice to Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students at North Peace Secondary School.center_img The North Peace Secondary School is welcoming the upcoming school year with a new idea called Time and Support block.This new concept was implemented to encourage students to do better in school.The Time and Support block is a mandatory session that Grade 10 Students will take from 8:45 in the morning until quarter after nine. The session is not held on Monday mornings.- Advertisement -Principal Daniel Vecchio says the course is optional for grade 11 and 12 students.[asset|aid=1825|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=01ae8579f60f49813f5e979b26f15e18-Vecchio 1_1_Pub.mp3]However, if a student in Grade 11 of 12 falls below 60 per cent in a course, the student will be ordered to go to the Time and Support block.Advertisement Vecchio says that part is unique because it gives teachers time to help each other learn together and share teaching techniques.There will be a parent information session on Tuesday 8th at 7:00 in the gym. Vecchio will be there to address any questions or concerns. For more information visit read more

Forrester looks to improve at BACC

first_imgGuyana’s very own Winston Forrester continues to impress in his striving to attain the glory of donning those West Indian maroons.Winston ForresterSpeaking with Guyana Times Sport, the Georgetowner explained that cricket was something that had always captivated his interest as a child, but he began to take serious interest in the sport only when he began residing with his mom on Regent Street at the tender age of thirteen.He revealed that what made his love for cricket grow even stronger was that his next door neighbour was Guyana’s national player Robin Bacchus, who at that time was one of the country’s best youth batsmen.He said he and Bacchus would play a lot of cricket, and this helped to mould and influence him into the cricketer he is today.He said Bacchus then took him to join the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) which was only 2 minutes’ travel from where he lived; and the rest is history.Throughout his promising cricket career, Forrester has played for many clubs overseas. He has had stints in Trinidad, Canada, and currently New York.Forrester recalled that as a young man growing up, he played a lot of two-day cricket and took quite a number of five-wicket hauls. He even recalled his spell of 6-33 against Everest Cricket Club, and the 178 he scored against Couva Sports Club while in Trinidad.Forrester is currently in New York, where he represents the Big Apple Cricket Club. According to the all-rounder, “The Captain of the club, Jamal Hinckson, asked me to play with them. I knew Jamal from back home in Guyana; he played for DCC. He told me his club needed a batsman, and offered me the chance to come and play cricket in the US”, Forrester revealed.Forrester says his team recently won the 40 overs title in the Eastern American Cricket League, where he was adjudged man-of-the-match for contributing a brilliant all-round performance of scoring 49 and taking a wicket for 18 runs from seven overs.last_img read more

Police chief plans to retire

first_imgSAN MARINO – After 27 years with the city’s police department and just over a year after he was promoted to the top job, Chief Gary Isaacs says he is ready to hang up the uniform. “It’s been a long career,” he said. “I feel great, I still love what I do, but you know what? It’s time.” Isaacs, 53, was made head of the department in March 2006 after former Chief Arl Farris resigned. He had been serving as interim chief for about six months prior. He joined the department as a police officer after transferring from Baldwin Park Police Department, and has held every position in the San Marino department. Some city officials said they were surprised at the timing of Isaacs’ retirement. “I was a little surprised,” said City Manager Matt Ballantyne. “But I also recognize that he’s had more than 30 years in law-enforcement experience.” Mayor Matthew Lin said he did not know if the topic of retirement came up when former City Manager Rob Wishner interviewed Isaacs for the job. Wishner had announced that he would be leaving for the city of Walnut about five months after Farris resigned. “I \ that he was going to retire in five or six years,” Lin said. “Under the circumstances, he was the best choice for the police chief.” Based on the public employees retirement system, Isaac retires with roughly 80 percent of his current salary of about $145,600. As captain, he made about $121,800. That means he’ll be getting over $116,000 a year in retirement instead of the $97,000 he would have received as a retired captain. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Muyoti confident Thika will evade relegation axe

first_img“I have not given up hope and I remain confident that we will be able to get good results and avoid relegation. We have done well so far and the only problem is that we have not been scoring. If only we can improve on that, then we will be good to go,” Muyoti said.The Thika based side will be making the short trip to Nairobi where they are scheduled to face Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on Saturday afternoon with high hope of breaking a five match winless streak.Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey welcome back Nigerian forward Onwudi Chibueze who has missed almost three months of action with injury and the presence of the imposing forward is expected to give Thika a massive lift.They come up against a Posta side which has failed to win in their last eight games, picking up three consecutive draws.The first leg between the two sides at the Thika Stadium ended in a 2-2 stalemate and Muyoti expects an even tougher assignment when they lock horns in Nairobi. Of the last nine matches played between the two sides, Thika has won only twice.Of the four times the two sides have met in Nairobi, Thika has lost thrice and won once, leaving the odds hugely stacked against them.Meanwhile, in the late kick off, Mathare United will come up against the side that has subjected them to their biggest loss this season, Ulinzi Stars. The soldiers smacked Mathare 5-1 in the first leg in Nakuru and they meet exactly five months since that huge loss.The Slum Boys are stuck in the relegation zone, their back-to-back losses against Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker FC pulling them to 15th spot on 25 points, three away from safety.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi ponders on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan premier league clash against AFC Leopards at the Nyayo Stadium on June 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHowever, head coach Francis Kimanzi retains his stance that Mathare will not be dragged into the second tier and is confident they will pick maximum points by earning revenge against Ulinzi.The soldiers will not be taking the match lightly as they also have title ambitions of their own, partly pushed by the fact they can narrow the gap with leaders Gor if they win both their matches at hand.Head coach Benjamin Nyangweso does not expect to have an easy tie against Mathare.“I know they will be coming for revenge after that loss in Nakuru. We are heading into this match very cautiously because above all, Mathare is one of the most tactical teams in the league. We want to narrow down the gap with the leaders and so three points will be important,” Nyangweso offered.The military side will be buoyed by the return of midfielder Daniel Waweru who missed the last match against Posta Rangers with a knock. However, left back Omar Mbongi who dislocated his shoulder during the military games in Burundi remains sidelined.Ulinzi are 14 points behind leaders Gor Mahia and with a win, they can narrow down the gap to 11 pending their two un-played matches, one of which is against K’Ogalo.-Gor v Tusker-Gor held by Tusker 0-0 to drop second in the Kenyan Premier LeagueThe league leaders will be away in Kericho taking on a resurgent Tusker FC who have managed to rise back all the way to third after three wins on the trot.The Brewers were slowly sinking down the rankings but have managed to move to within nine points of the leaders though they have played a match more.“We have not given up on the title and especially now that we are playing against the leaders, winning will be very key for us. If we can get three points, the gap comes down to six points and you never know what might happen upfront. We are going there to give our best and get three points,” Tusker head coach George Nsimbe says.Gor’s Dylan Kerr walks into the match on the backdrop of a pretty decent run that has seen him drop points only twice, the latest being last weekend’s barren draw with Thika United.Kerr anticipates a tough tie against the defending champions but has called on his charges to pull up their effort especially upfront and ensure they win.The record 15-time champions will be ‘fresher’ compared to Tusker who will be playing their fifth match in 10 days. Gor were not involved in midweek while Tusker travelled to Mombasa to take on Bandari where they won 3-0.The first leg tie ended 0-0. Overall, from the last 18 matches played between the two sides, Gor has won seven of them, Tusker winning four while the remaining seven ended in draws. Meetings between the two sides have been goal shy with a total of 21 goals only scored in the ties.KPL weekend fixtures;Saturday: Posta Rangers v Thika United (2 p.m.), Mathare United v Ulinzi Stars (Ruaraka Complex, 4 p.m.), Kakamega Homeboyz v Sofapaka (Mumias), Gor Mahia v Tusker FC (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).Sunday: Bandari v Chemelil Sugar (Mbaraki), Western Stima v Nakumatt (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho v Nzoia Sugar (Kericho).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti gives instructions to his team at half time during their match against AFC Leopards on September 20 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22- Thika United are increasingly moving closer to the danger of their first ever relegation from the Kenyan Premier League, currently sitting at 16th in the standings with 22 points, six away from safety with nine rounds of matches left.Head coach Nicholas Muyoti is however, wearing a brave face that his young side will manage to survive and has pegged his hope on giving a 100 percent effort in seven of the remaining nine games of the season.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union is calling on parents to spend some time this week talking to their children about being sensible with money and why it’s important to save for a rainy day.The call comes as the Irish League of Credit Unions launches its annual National GR8 Savers Week. The initiative aims to highlight the need to provide children with a healthy attitude to money and savings and underlines the important role that parents can play in assisting children to develop a savings habit.GR8 Savers week will run from the Monday 11th – 17th  May in Letterkenny Credit Union.A 2015 Teens & Money survey undertaken by the ILCU showed that 7 in 10 teens receive pocket money from their parents; of these, 74% receive it on a weekly basis with 18% of teens receiving more pocket money than 12 months ago. 75% save approx.A third of their pocket money with 51% saving with their local credit union. 45% say they are saving money to buy a new phone /or computer. With the majority of children receiving pocket money it has never been so important that parents play a role in assisting children to develop a savings habit.There is great potential here to further develop the idea of educating children to be sensible with money. Letterkenny Credit Union together with parents and teachers from the local community can play a big role in this regard.Commenting on the initiative, Eva Mc Closkey, Youth officer of Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily,  “It has never been more important to provide a solid financial education to our young people.“A healthy attitude to money is crucial to ensure that children don’t develop bad habits when it comes to money management.“If money skills are learned at an early stage, it is likely that they will stay with you for life.“The benefits of teaching children about money early on are both immediate and long term. “In the short term, they may develop strong saving habits, learn how to make smart purchases and learn why they can’t immediately get everything they want.“In the long term, we can help them avoid getting into debt. And by teaching the value of saving for the future, you can put them on the road to financial security.”Eva added, “Letterkenny Credit Union wants to help local parents to give their children a solid financial education from a young age.“I would invite any member of the community to call into our offices to join in the fun and activity. “We are a not for profit organisation offering fair and affordable financial services locally with your best interests at heart.”TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP SMART MONEY HABITSConsider rewarding children for regular saving.The amount saved isn’t critical; rather it is the savings habit which it is most important to nurture.Helping children to save small amounts on a regular basis helps to imbed the habit.Encourage children not to buy on impulse but to take time to consider their decisionHelp children to identify savings goals – both short term and long term.In many cases, the concept of saving only becomes real when the child can see the rewards at the end.Develop a savings plan or calendar to highlight when the goal will be achieved.Give pocket money in small denominations to encourage children to put a little aside.Consider linking pocket money to chores. This helps to embed the idea that money must be earned.The more effort required by the child to earn pocket money, the less likely s/he will be to squander it.If pocket money runs out at an early stage, don’t rush to replace it.Providing additional money at the drop of a hat will defeat the purpose of providing a set allowance to the child.Give children a piggy bank or better still, bring them down to the credit union to become a GR8 Saver.WHY SAVING AT LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CAN BE ‘CHILD’S PLAY’! was last modified: May 12th, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Credit Unionnewslast_img read more

Teens begin training for marathons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Inspired by his mother when she began training for the Los Angeles Marathon, Los Nietos Middle School student Steven Calderon started running when he was in fifth grade. He soon discovered its mental and emotional benefits.Last year, the eighth-grader entered the L.A. Marathon himself, completing the 26.2-mile course in 5 1/2 hours.“When you’re running, it’s kind of like you’re more focused on what you’re doing,” the 13-year-old said. “If something’s going on in your life, running helps you get your mind off of it.”Now Steven and about 20 other students from his school are training for this year’s L.A. Marathon on March 19, running three times a week as part of a new program that turns hundreds of Southern California teens into true marathon runners.Students Run L.A. meets after school and weekends at dozens of middle and high school campuses. Once a month, the students run smaller weekend marathons – all leading up to the Big Run that takes off at 8:30 a.m. from Sixth and Figueroa streets in downtown Los Angeles.Last year, more than 2,000 Southern California middle and high school students trained for the L.A. Marathon through Students Run L.A. – and more than 99 percent of them completed the course.“It’s a commitment,” said Rita Morales, a student counselor at Los Nietos Middle School who is heading up the Students Run L.A. program there.At the beginning of the school year, more than 50 Los Nietos students enrolled in the program; about 20 have stuck it out, she said.Several teachers and adult volunteers train with the students, encouraging them with each step.“We’re teaching them endurance, determination and discipline, and we want them to transfer those skills to their school work,” Morales said.Steven Calderon, whose mother volunteers in the program, likes the support from the adults.“I guess the kids get the teachers to run, and the teachers get the kids to run,” he said.Students who participate in Students Run L.A. receive free T-shirts and two pairs of running shoes. Presbyterian Intercommunity Intercommunity Hospital provides free physical exams; the city of Santa Fe Springs donates bus transportation to events; and a local restaurant, BJ’s Pizza in Cerritos, has hosted pizza parties for the students.“It’s been so enlightening to me to see the people who volunteer their time and effort,” Morales said. 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more