Highest percentage of teenage pregnancies recorded in Regions 1, 7, 9

first_imgA recent report on practices of adolescents revealed the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the country were recorded in Regions One, Seven, and Nine.This is according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who made this disclosure on Friday during the launch of a three-year India-United Nations Development Partnership Fund Project aimed at reducing adolescent pregnancy in Guyana.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence“Our situation is critical … some of the contributory factors being lack of access to contraceptives and comprehensive sexual education, risky sexual behaviour and early sex, and there is also another overriding factor that many times we overlook and that is the cultural differences. And that is something in everything we do we must take into account, whether it is in Region One, Region Seven or in Region Nine, we will find that as we move from one tribe to the other that their cultural differences stand out,” the Minister said.As such, the three-year project can be seen as a timely intervention since the issue of teenage pregnancy continues to be a thorn in the side of the Guyanese populace, she noted.“Our adolescent fertility rate being above average especially among our Indigenous girls. Seventy-four out of every 1000 in Regions One, Seven and Nine between the age group of 15 to 19 years old,” Lawrence said.UN Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka highlighted that this project sought to increase the use of quality adolescent sexual and reproductive health services by adolescents, empower adolescents to prevent teenage pregnancy and contribute to a 10 per cent annual reduction in pregnancy rates among adolescents aged 10-19 in Regions One and Nine by March of 2022.“An investment such as this is much needed. The Government of India and the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana deserve special credit for the realisation of this initiative,” Tanaka remarked.Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatchalam Mahalingam stated that this was the first project of its kind in the entire Caribbean.“We are happy that the Ministry of Public Health of Guyana and the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association will be the local partners in this project. We are proud to say that India’s development cooperation framework mainly embodies the principles of the South-South Cooperation.”This project comes at a cost of over $500 million, and is expected to significantly reduce the occurrence of teen pregnancies in Regions One and Nine over the three-year period.While Region Seven has been identified as the other region with a high rate of teenage pregnancies, the Government is expected to address the issue, since the project does not cater for that region.last_img read more

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Four candidates running in Peace River South

first_imgFour candidates are in the running for MLA in Peace River South.Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Blair Lekstrom will take on Pat Shaw from the NDP, Grant Fraser from the Green Party and Donna Young, who will run as an independent.Friday was the nomination deadline for candidates all over the province. – Advertisement –last_img

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Three Americans advance at the Pacific Life Open

first_imgINDIAN WELLS – Young Americans Vania King, Ahsha Rolle and Bethanie Mattek advanced to the second round of the Pacific Life Open on Thursday. The 18-year-old King, from Long Beach, beat Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; the 21-year-old Mattek, from Miami, routed Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1; and the 21-year-old Rolle, also from Miami, beat Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The men’s field did suffer one loss Thursday when Xavier Malisse of Belgium, a winner of two tournaments already this season, withdrew because of a right wrist injury. center_img Other Americans weren’t as fortunate, though. Ashley Harkleroad retired because of a left abdominal strain while trailing Vasilisa Bardina of Russia, 6-0, 3-0, and Lilia Osterloh dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 decision to Italy’s Romina Oprandi. Top-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia, the defending champion, will open play tonight against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands. last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges following a traffic stop

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – During the early morning hours of July 29, Grande Prairie RCMP conducted a traffic stop as a result of an ongoing investigation.According to the RCMP, as part of the investigation, they were able to locate weapons, illegal drugs and Canadian Currency within the vehicle.The following items were seized as a result of the investigation:32.74 grams of Methamphetamine13.11 grams of Cocaine1.73 grams of Fentanyl1.5 litres of GHB23 Oxycodone Pills1 loaded shotgunover 200 rounds of ammunitioncell phoneCanadian currency- Advertisement -Michael Jay O’Bee, of Grande Prairie, is facing the following charges:Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 8Unsafe storage of firearmUnauthorized possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm when knowing possession is unauthorizedPossession of a prohibited weapon with ammo without licencePossession of property obtained by crime less than $5000Possession of firearm/magazine/ammunition in a motor vehicle x 3Possession of Weapon Contrary to an Order x 9Police say O’Bee has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on August 14, 2019.If you have any information or need to report a crime, you can contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at  780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man United starlet tempted by permanent Dinamo Zagreb switch

first_img Angelo Henriquez in action for Dinamo Zagreb 1 Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez has revealed he would be open to making his loan move at Dinamo Zagreb a permanent one.The Chilean is currently on a season-long loan with the Croatian club, having been sent out to Real Zaragoza last year.Despite moving to Old Trafford in 2012, Henriquez is still yet to appear for Manchester United’s senior team.And the 20-year-old has confessed that he would be tempted to stay at Dinamo, where he has so far scored four goals in seven games.“I heard something about this, but I honestly don’t know what to say about it,” Henriquez told Tutto Mercato.“Basically I would not mind staying at Dinamo because it is a great club. If things go well I’d like to stay after the end of the loan.”last_img read more

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Districts mull new bonds

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As new tract homes bring more students, Antelope Valley school districts are building new schools, planning others and thinking about asking voters to approve more taxes and bond issues.s new tract homes bring more students, Antelope Valley school districts are building new schools, planning others and thinking about asking voters to approve more taxes and bond issues. Antelope Valley Union High School District, Westside School District, Lancaster School District and Muroc Joint Union School District officials are all thinking about putting bond measures on the June or November ballots, though none have made final decisions yet. Voters in all four of those districts have passed tax measures in the past eight years, but officials say those moneys have been exhausted by building other schools. Antelope Valley Union High School District in Lancaster is building the new Eastside High School, whose first class started this fall in temporary quarters. A ninth high school is proposed to open in 2008 in east Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Lancaster School District is planning two new elementary schools and a middle school. Westside officials want to build at least six schools within the next decade. Muroc officials are considering a bond to help pay for school-modernization projects and for new facilities at West Boron Elementary and Boron Junior/Senior High. ANTELOPE VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACTON-AGUA DULCE UNIFIED DISTRICT Schools: Two elementary, one middle, one high school in Acton and Agua Dulce Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 23-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 86.5 percent One-year dropout rate: N/A Average SAT scores: 478 verbal, 456 math Web site: aadusd.k12.ca.us ANTELOPE VALLEY UNION HIGH DISTRICT Schools: Eight comprehensive high schools, two continuation, one community-day in Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz Hill and Littlerock Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 25-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 75.5 percent One-year dropout rate: N/A Average SAT scores: 479 verbal, 456 math Web site: avdistrict.org EASTSIDE UNION DISTRICT Schools: Three elementary, one middle, one community-day school in east Lancaster Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 23-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 86.2 percent Web site: None HUGHES-ELIZABETH LAKES UNION DISTRICT Schools: One K-8 school in Lake Hughes Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 21-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 90 percent Web site: www.helusd.org KEPPEL UNION DISTRICT Schools: Five elementary, one middle in Littlerock, Pearblossom, Sun Village and Lake Los Angeles Year-round calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 21-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 89.8 percent Web site: www.keppel.k12.ca.us LANCASTER DISTRICT Schools: Twelve elementary, five middle, one alternative, one community-day in Lancaster Traditional and year-round calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 21-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 89.7 percent Web site: www.lancaster.k12.ca.us/schools.htm MOJAVE UNIFIED DISTRICT Schools: Three elementary, two middle, one high, one alternative, one continuation, one community-day in Mojave, Cantil and California City Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 23-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 85.6 percent One-year dropout rate: N/A SAT scores: 496 verbal, 501 math Web site: kcsos.kern.org/schoolsaz/ MUROC JOINT UNIFIED DISTRICT Schools: Three elementary, one middle, two high, one continuation at Edwards Air Force Base, Boron and North Edwards Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 20-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 91.0 percent One-year dropout rate: N/A SAT scores: 501 verbal, 511 math Web site: www.muroc.k12.ca.us PALMDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT Schools: Eighteen elementary, five middle, one alternative, one special-education, one opportunity in Palmdale Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 24-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 86.5 percent Web site: www.psd.k12.ca.us SOUTHERN KERN UNIFIED DISTRICT Schools: Two elementary, one middle, one high, one alternative, one continuation in Rosamond Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 85.5 percent One-year dropout rate: N/A SAT scores: 490 verbal, 517 math Web site: kcsos.kern.org/schoolsaz WESTSIDE UNION DISTRICT Schools: Eight elementary, two middle in Quartz Hill, Leona Valley, west Lancaster and west Palmdale Year-round calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 22-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 82.9 percent Web site: www.westside.k12.ca.us WILSONA DISTRICT Schools: Two elementary, one middle, one community-day in Lake Los Angeles Traditional calendar Pupil-teacher ratio: 21-to-1 Credentialed teachers: 83.2 percent Web site: theav.com/schools/wilsona.htm ANTELOPE VALLEY PRIVATE SCHOOLS Accelerated Learning, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, (661) 940-1636, Grades k-12. Antelope Valley Adventist School, 45045 Date Ave., Lancaster, (661) 942-6552, Preschool-10. Antelope Valley Christian, 3700 W. Ave. L, Lancaster, (661) 943-0044, Preschool-12, Web site: avcs.edu. Bethel Christian School, 3100 W. Ave. K, Lancaster, (661) 943-2224, Preschool-12, Web site: bethelchristian.net. Desert Christian Schools, 44648 15th St. W., Lancaster, (661) 948-5071, Preschool-12, Web site: www.desertchristian.com. Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster, (661) 948-3766, Preschool-8. Grace Lutheran School, 856 W. Newgrove St., Lancaster, (661) 948-1652, Preschool-8. Lancaster Baptist School, 4020 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, (661) 946-4668. Grades k-12. Lancaster Christian School, 44339 Beech Ave., Lancaster, (661) 942-2137, K-8, Web site: lancasterchristianschool.com. Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Quartz Hill, (661) 943-3255, 9-12, Web site: paraclete.pvt.k12.ca.us. Pearblossom Private School, P.O. Box 847, Pearblossom, (661) 944-0914, K-12. Pinecrest Schools, 2110 W. Ave. K, Lancaster, (661) 723-0366, Preschool-8, Web site: www.pinecrestschools.com/lancaster. Sacred Heart Catholic School, 45002 Date Ave., Lancaster, (661) 948-3613, K-8, Web site: sacredheartlancaster.org. St. Mary’s Catholic School, 1600 E. Ave. R-4, Palmdale, (661) 273-5555, K-8. Westside Christian School, 40027 11th St. W., Palmdale, (661) 947-7000, K-8. CHARTER SCHOOLS Desert Sands, 701 W. Ave. K, Lancaster, (661) 942-3357; 3030 E. Palmdale Blvd., (661) 272-0044, grades 9-12. Guidance Charter School, 1125 E. Palmdale Blvd., (661) 272-1701, K-8. Opportunities For Learning, 2505 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale, (661) 265-1957; 1160 Commerce Center Drive, (661) 951-3646, 7-12.last_img read more

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Sanchez demands £400,000-a-week mega money deal to remain at Arsenal

first_img1 Alexis Sanchez is demanding a whopping £400,000-a-week to sign a new deal at Arsenal.  Negotiations have hit the buffers after Sanchez turned down the Gunners most recent offer of £275,000-a-week. Manchester City are keen on signing the Chilean international, who could leave next summer on a free transer if he is allowed to run his contract down. He hinted at possible exit during the Confederations Cup, but as yet nothing has materialised and no bid has been receieved for him. Sanchez said: “My future is clear in my mind.“I know what it is — but I cannot tell you at the moment.”The Gunners are desperate to keep their prized-asset even following the arrival of record signing Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette will play the central striker’s role, linking up with Sanchez coming in from wide positions, if Arsenal can persude the Chilean to stay. Sanchez has been on international duty with Chile at the Confederations Cup last_img read more

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Junior gymnasts set to make international debut

first_imgFinesse Gymnastics Display Club’s Junior Squad has been working extremely hard over the past number of months in preparation for their first ever international competition. The club’s Junior Squad which consists of 15 young gymnasts will be competing at the Sapphire Festival of Gymnastics, in Glasgow on 8th October.The girls will be performing their carnival themed routine entitled, “Let the Show Begin” alongside the top teams from all over the UK and Ireland. The gymnasts, who hail from all over Donegal, along which their coaches; Meganne Herron, Linda Bennett and Connell Herron will be travelling to the event hoping that their endeavours and hard work pays off.The team hope that their routine which combines gymnastics, dance and sports acro will impress the judges so that they may end up on the podium; following in the footsteps of Finesse’s Senior Team who previously took Best Overall Senior Team at the event in 2014.Junior Squad Team Members: Cáit Mc Garvey, Seda Gercek, Mia Mc Garrigle, Kayleigh Gallagher Kenny, Brooke Gillen, Ciara Mc Devitt, Ola Rzymska, Julia Migut, Nicola Canning, Sequoya Mc Menamin, Lauren Mc Menamin, Ellen O Connell, Ella Mc Bride, Ruby Mc Bride, Ella Martin.Junior gymnasts set to make international debut was last modified: September 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:competitiondonegalFinesse GymnasticsGlasgowGymnasticslast_img read more

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DONEGAL KEEPER LINKED WITH PREMIERSHIP MOVE

first_imgA RISING star in English soccer has been linked with a big money move to the Premiership.Ipswich Town’s second-year Academy keeper Conor O’Donnell is being eyed by Premier League trio Stoke, Blackburn and Bolton, according to one of this morning’s tabloids.Irish U17 international O’Donnell joined the East Anglia Championship team from his local club Buncrana Hearts in the summer of 2010. A regular for Town’s U18s this season, the 18-year-old is yet to feature in a first-team squad, although his Christmas break was cancelled so he could stay behind as cover over the festive period with Richard Wright and Cody Cropper both injured. DONEGAL KEEPER LINKED WITH PREMIERSHIP MOVE was last modified: February 10th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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Voters to Zamora: `You’re needed’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – She did not campaign, received no major endorsements and even dropped out of the election.Re-elected Little Lake City School District board member Hilda Zamora’s voice cracked with emotion Wednesday morning after she learned she received the second-most votes in Tuesday’s election.“It’s wonderful how the people have responded,” Zamora said. “My son called at 6 a.m. and said, `Mom, guess what? You came in second place.’ I started crying, turned around and did my prayers to the Lord.”Zamora came in second behind challenger Gina Almanza-Ramirez, despite the fact that Zamora dropped out of the race in October, citing health reasons.So what is her next move?Zamora said she will not announce until next week whether she will serve on the board. However, on Wednesday, she hinted she likely will accept the will of the voters.Diagnosed with diabetes and ulcerative colitis, or inflammatory bowel disease, Zamora found herself struggling to meet the demands of her office over the summer, after she had already filed for re-election.Her condition causes debilitating pain, Zamora said, making it difficult for her to meet all school board obligations.She also is the primary caregiver of her 27-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy, she said.“I have so many commitments – open houses, events, meetings. I have to appear to so many things and it’s impossible,” Zamora said. “I’m the type that, if I’m committed, I’ll give my all.”Although Zamora said she likely will not be able to attend every meeting and school-related function, she said she plans to do her best.“If a parent calls me and there’s a need, or something we need to do in a school, I’ll redirect them. I’ll tell them to first talk to the teacher or principal about their problem,” she said. “We have two school board meetings per month to attend, and that will be no problem for me.”Matthew Spies, business services coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, said that public school board members, under the law, cannot miss meetings and other duties of office for more than three months without permission from their board colleagues.“If the board decides it’s justifiable that the person can miss meetings and is capable of resuming their duties” they can remain in office, he said.Zamora’s next step will be to take the oath of office before the first Friday in December, when her new term begins.Zamora said Wednesday if her health problems make her unable to fulfill her duties, she will step down.For now, however, she is savoring an unexpected political victory.“I think the people have spoken. Even without campaigning, I was elected,” said Zamora. “I left it to the Lord’s hands. His message is there telling me, `You’re needed.”‘ sandy.mazza@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img
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