Health threat at schoolAlthough students of the Diamond Secondary School — in Second Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD — are reportedly being sold contaminated food, the Education Ministry, in a statement to this publication, disclosed that nothing can be done to address the issue until an official complaint has been received by the School’s Board of Governors.The Ministry disseminated this statement one day after the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) of the school complained bitterly of the issues affecting the children there.While the Ministry acknowledged that it had indeed received a letter from the PTA in regard to the matter, it said, “A letter was prepared by the School Board Coordinator of the Ministry of Education advising the PTA of the school to shareThe Diamond Secondary Schoolthe concerns with the School’s Board of Governors.”According to the Ministry, the letter detailing the issues was also directed to the School’s Board of Governors, which to date has not responded. The Ministry is adamant that the issue cannot be addressed until an official complaint has been filed by the School’s Board of Governors.The disgruntled members of the PTA recently penned a letter to this publication expressing grave concern about the present health threats existing at the institution.The PTA is threatening to take legal action — and even protest action — as the body believes the students are being exposed to harm, and even diseases, as food which is being sold to the children is allegedly contaminated.They are also complaining about parapets which have been destroyed – a situation which bothers parents who wish to park their vehicles as they await their children; and the non-highlighting of speed bumps in the streets, which results in great inconvenience to both drivers and pedestrians.They claim that several letters have been sent to the Education, Communities, Public Infrastructure and Public Health ministries, but their complaints have always been ignored.The PTA threatened: “If no action is taken by your Government, we shall initiate protest action, starting at the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation) office, and we shall be meeting shortly with our attorney…to explore legal remedies.”According to the PTA members, relevant letters were sent to the various ministries before the beginning of the new school term in September. In one of the letters, addressed to Education Minister Nicolette Henry and seen by Guyana Times, the PTA complained of the food vendors who sell outside the school’s compound.The body stressed: “Since 2011, at PTA meetings, we have repeatedly raised the issue of the school’s administration allowing vendors to sell food items over the front drain of our school to children.”It was explained that parents are especially concerned as there is a septic tank which drains sewage directly into that very drain which is in front of the school.The PTA members are now calling on UNICEF and PAHO representatives to visit the school to get a first-hand look at the issues affecting the students.They are even calling for the Head Mistress (HM) and teachers to be investigated, as they accused the head teacher of accepting money from the vendors to sell outside the school’s premises.
SACRAMENTO – So far, the campaign to pass a $600 million bond for library construction across the state has been as quiet as, well, one of those places where you check out books. While high-profile bond and ballot measure efforts often spend millions of dollars for massive ad campaigns, backers of Proposition 81 say they don’t expect to air a single ad, and they’ll be more than happy if they can raise and spend $500,000 by Election Day. And opponents are spending even less, with their main campaign activities consisting of setting up a Web site and filing a ballot statement. Supporters say they hope the issue itself is enough to spur voters June 6 to back the measure, which would authorize the state to borrow $600 million in bonds for library construction and renovation projects. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsLibraries, they say, are in greater demand for services that go beyond loaning books and now include providing free Internet access to poor communities, literacy programs for adults and non-English speakers, and places for kids to go after school to do homework. Backers of the measure include education groups like the teachers unions, the state PTA, the League of Women Voters and librarians throughout the state. “There are outstanding library service needs and facility needs here in Los Angeles and Southern California and all throughout the state,” said Los Angeles city librarian Fontayne Holmes. “The library is absolutely instrumental in kids succeeding in school. We are the after-school place, in terms of homework resources and help, and really, the place that bridges the digital divide in our economy.” Opposition to the measure is led by fiscal conservatives and taxpayer groups, who argue the state should not increase its bond debt and communities should pay for their own local projects. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said that if state leaders believe libraries are a priority, they should tap some of the billions of dollars in additional revenue the state has reported recently rather than impose debt on future generations. “Certainly (libraries) do do new things, like Internet access,” Coupal said. “But quite frankly a lot of that is libraries looking for something to do, rather than being a tremendous demand for these kinds of things. Most people have some sort of Internet access today without libraries. “I’m not suggesting libraries aren’t a good thing. It’s just that the nature of libraries over the course of time is changing and I think that’s a legitimate question to be raised, particularly in light of the higher priorities.” Other opponents include Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, and Lew Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee. They also argue that the state could adjust its spending priorities, such as cutting services to illegal immigrants and reducing other welfare benefits, to pay for library projects without borrowing. But proponents say libraries, especially in urban areas, are overwhelmed with people looking to use some of those newer services like Internet access and literacy programs. And they provide a greater benefit to society by helping create a more productive and educated work force. “Libraries contribute to a better-educated society,” said Les Spahnn, spokesman for the “Yes on 81” campaign. “A more educated society produces goods and services more efficiently, the underlying wealth of our economy grows, creates more tax revenue without increasing taxes, and the money’s paid back to pay back the bonds. The notion we’re creating debt without any means of providing the revenues to pay that debt without increasing taxes is preposterous.” California voters last passed a library bond measure in 2000, with the $350 million Proposition 14. That money has been spent and there is a long list of projects that still need funds. More than 50 projects that were eligible but shut out of Proposition 14 funding will be the first in line for the first $300 million out of Proposition 81. That includes two projects in the San Fernando Valley – new libraries in Burbank and Topanga. Proposition 81 would provide up to 65 percent of the cost of a project, with the rest expected to be matched by local communities, leading supporters to say it will actually lead to more than $900 million spent on library projects. Los Angeles county and city officials said there is still demand for more libraries and the variety of services they provide. The city of Los Angeles recently completed a major library building and renovation project last year, at a cost of about $210 million from state, local and private sources. But the city library system already knows it has additional needs and will likely apply for Proposition 81 funds if it passes, Holmes said. She said the city library system has identified at least 15 projects including expansion of nine branch libraries and six communities that are not served by nearby libraries. In the San Fernando Valley, those include two branches that are considered too small – Granada Hills and Van Nuys – and four communities that need a library – Arleta, Mission Hills, West Hills and the west Van Nuys/Lake Balboa area. Holmes said city voters have generally been supportive of library projects. A 1998 city bond for $178 million, which paid for most of the recent local projects, received 73 percent support from voters, and the state bond in 2000 got 69 percent support in Los Angeles, she said. That previous state bond provided $5.7 million to the city to help build a new branch library in the Harbor area. The Los Angeles City Council, the city’s library commission and the nonprofit foundation that supports the library also support Proposition 81. The county Board of Supervisors also supports the measure. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Charlie Austin is among the QPR substitutes for new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first match in charge.Austin has been nursing a calf injury and Rangers again start without a recognised striker, although Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is included on the bench having been overlooked during Neil Warnock’s time in interim charge.Hasselbaink has restored Karl Henry to starting line-up. The midfielder replaces youngster Michael Petrasso.Joey Barton starts for Burnley – his first appearance at Loftus Road since leaving Rangers during the summer.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Hoilett, Sandro, Faurlin, Henry, Fer, Phillips.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Luongo, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas, Austin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
ALAMEDA — Brandon Parker hadn’t played a single offensive snap in the NFL before Sunday’s game against the Browns.The rookie offensive tackle, who the Raiders traded up to take with the first pick of the third round in April, logged eight special teams snaps in the first two games and was inactive Week 3.But when veteran right tackle Donald Penn went down with a leg injury after playing only 35 of 92 Raiders offensive snaps on Sunday, Parker stepped in for the final 57 and performed …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 1. Clinton County Fair swine flu frustration, misinformation and lessons learnedAfter long hours of work and extensive investment in time and money to get to the show ring, emotions can run high, especially when things do not go as planned. That was certainly the case when, unfortunately, swine influenza was lab confirmed at the Clinton County Fair in July.The Clinton County Fair Board worked closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society and local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the hog population by making it a terminal show. State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said it was a tough, but necessary, decision. And, as the story described, the decision was not without controversy.