20-day ban for Henry

first_imgFormer champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry was slapped with a 20-raceday suspension by the stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in accordance with Rule 200 in the fourth race at Caymanas Park on Sunday, July 26.The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to 30-1 outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden condition race. The stewards, however, were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on Tuesday last.Henry’s suspension takes effect on Saturday, October 10, and he will then be out of action for the rest of the year. He has appealed the ban and $10,000 fine.This is the second lengthy suspension imposed on Henry by the Jamaica Racing Commission in his career, the first for his ride aboard Richard Azan’s JAZZY JET eight years ago.Henry resumed riding at Caymanas Park in June following a four-year riding stint on the North American circuit. He came straight out of Florida to ride at Caymanas and since his return, has ridden 17 winners.Henry, 41, started riding in 1996, winning his first and only championship as an apprentice the following year.last_img read more

Health Expo 2019 to focus on preventable diseases

first_imgAn idea of the many booths which will be on display during the expoThe Public Health Ministry on Friday launched a number of activities for this year’s Health Expo, which will continue as a biannual event to develop communication among the general populace while supplying persons with adequate healthcare services.The event is slated for June 5 to the 8, at the Sophia Exhibition Center, Georgetown featuring private and public partners from the medical arena. Some will be conducting medical checkups and tests, while others will be featuring their pharmaceuticals.Speaking at the event, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Colette Adams revealed that there will also be a career day activity, whereby persons can seek training in several medical field. This year, they are seeking to have more local organisations on site to offer on the spot healthcare.“We will be having a career fair, identified to introduce students to a career in a health field and will give them the opportunity to seek training in various areas such as nursing and other allied profession,” she revealed.The Food Policy Division will be introducing the food based dietary guidelines along with the launching of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) risk-factor reduction campaign.“This year, we expect to have more local and international organizations, practitioners, manufacturers and suppliers participating in the health expo. Exhibitors who are eager to showcase what practices and services in health you have,” said Adams.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence emphasized on the scourge of maternal mortality and cancer deaths, which places Guyana at the top of the list in negative ways.Back in 2017, Guyana had the highest mortality for premature cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in the Americas, followed by Trinidad and Tobago. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the statistics for Guyana was a whopping 52,400 at that time.Last year, Guyana emerged at the top of the list for the number of recorded cancer deaths, with a mortality rate of 21 per cent for every 100,000 persons. Each year, some 100 women die as a result of cancer.As such, Lawrence stated that this initiative is critical in meeting the sustainable development goals and reducing cases of preventative diseases. She noted that child obesity is also on the rise.“Health Expo 2019 provides yet another opportunity for us in the health sector wage war on the alarming statistics on preventable diseases that constantly bombard us. Child obesity is also on the increase as the consumption of sweetened beverages and sugary substances take a strong hold on our young population,” the Minister informed.She added, “We have that strong will to reverse this trend of negativity. Too many of us are becoming statistics and our young people seem to be at the worrisome top of the list.”last_img read more

Singer Tara O’Grady turns epic US road trip into new novel

first_imgIrish-American Tara O’Grady has released a new book of tales from an adventurous road trip combined with fond memories of family in Donegal.Tara, the daughter of a Donegal woman, is a New York-based jazz singer and author who was inspired to follow in her late grandmother’s footsteps on a soul-searching trip across the States.Tara’s journey began in 2011 when she was laid off from her office job and suddenly had all the time in the world to travel. She had always wanted to go on a great American road trip, following the same route that her daring grandmother took in a pink Chevy in 1957. With the help of Chevrolet, Tara was able to make the same 3,000 mile trip and document the adventures for her new novel, Migrating Toward Happiness.Tara O Grady, Migrating Towards HappinessTara is a Queens woman who will always think of Donegal as her Irish home. Her mother Mary Connaghan left her Mountcharles homeland at the age of 17 and took the boat to New York. She settled down with a Bronx-born Irish man Tom O’Grady, but the family always came back to Inver in the summertime.While Tara’s ‘Donegal granny’ Nora Gallagher remains in her heart in many ways, it was her other ‘Waterford granny’ Catherine O’Donnell whose independence spurred her on the Chevy journey.Catherine was a woman ahead of her time. This was defined by her 3,000-mile solo journey from New York to Seattle. Catherine O’Donnell learning to driveTara said: “My grandfather forbade her from getting a driving licence. He told her she could walk anywhere she needed to go.“But one Easter he went home to Roscommon on the boat. In those weeks he was away, my grandmother asked his coworkers to teach her how to drive. When he came back she told him: ‘I can drive now, I have a licence, I’m taking the car and I’m going off on this adventure’.“So he stayed in the kitchen, which was very rare. No woman would even dare leave her husband in the 1950s to cook for himself.”Catherine, with her two kids in tow, travelled across America in seven weeks to visit her brother in law in Washington. When Tara regaled this story to Chevrolet on the year of their 100th anniversary in 2011, they were so amazed that they loaned her a Silverado for three weeks.Taking a breath of fresh air from her old office job, Tara and her co-pilot Lauren ventured across the States, all the while discovering that the American dream was still alive. They dubbed themselves Thelma and Louise, but instead of finding Brad Pitt lookalikes they found the meaning of life, which Tara said was so much better. The book details to duo’s road trip adventures alongside Tara’s flashbacks to rural life in Donegal.Tara said: “I have so many delicious memories of my summers in Donegal. Of being this country kid in the summer and city kid in the winter. Those parallel universes balanced me. Sometimes it’s hard to live in New York there are so many distractions. I feel connected when I live in Donegal. It’s peaceful and you can breathe.”Tara has previously held the title of New York Mary from Dungloe and performed at the 50th anniversary of the festival in 2017.Tara O’GradyStories of family, music and spiritual connections to her grandmothers are interwoven into Tara’s journey, which eventually set her on an entirely new path into music. She is now a full-time jazz and blues singer leading a band in Manhattan with five recorded albums to her name.Music was always a part of Tara’s life, as it was inspired by her Granny Nora who always sang in her Donegal kitchen.“Music was in me but I wasn’t pursuing it before. After I got laid off I had to sing for my supper, because literally if I didn’t sing in a pub or restaurant I didn’t eat,” she said.Tara O’Grady with her ‘Donegal granny’ – the late Nora GallagherTara used her Irish background to develop her own unique style of music. Her dad Tom O’Grady is a traditional fiddle player while her brother Tom studied jazz in university. Tara’s party piece was always singing.“I would take Irish songs and swing them in the style of jazz music. I sang in the voice of Billie Holiday, who I felt really connected to,” she said.“If you put all your energy into one thing, obviously something is going to come out of it. I focused on creating music and making people happy with my songs. It was a lot of hard work and I struggled for a long time.“But it was meant to be. I’m now letting the universe guide me and I’m constantly guided by my grannies.”Tara O’Grady at the 32nd Annual LEAD EAST Car Show. Photo by Richard J VelascoTara hopes that, through her books and her music, she can inspire other people to go out and find their soul purpose in life.“There are so many people suffering from depression and anxiety. In my books, I want to help them by sharing my experiences and how they can actually be living the life they are meant to. I have found pure joy and I want to share that.”Tara is planning a return trip to Donegal this June for a book launch, with details to be announced on her website: www.taraogradymusic.comSinger Tara O’Grady turns epic US road trip into new novel was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Migrating Toward Happinesstara o gradylast_img read more

Writing Your Annual Report in 5 Easy Steps

first_imgTerrified at the prospect of writing your first nonprofit annual report? Relax! Follow these five basic steps and you’ll be on your way to creating an annual report that impresses your donors and other supporters.How to Write an Annual ReportDefine Your Accomplishments:What difference did you make? What has changed in your community or field as a result of your work over the last year? Take all of your activities over the last 12 months and convert them into three to five major accomplishments.Learn from twelve fantastic annual reports.Interview Your Supporters:Make a list of people who have great stories to tell about your accomplishments or who will share positive comments about your organization. Interview them and turn their words into personal profiles that help tell the story of your accomplishments and testimonial pull-quotes to sprinkle throughout your design.Raise more money with smarter donation pages, peer-to-peer campaigns, and donor management.Boil Down Your Financials:Even if you choose to include your full financial statements (and you don’t have to, as long as you tell people how to get them), you should still include some graphics like pie charts and a few paragraphs of text to explain in plain English where you get your funding and how you spend it.Compile Your Lists:Your annual reports should always include the list of your board of directors and your executive staff. Most organizations also print a list of financial supporters. Depending on how many donors you have and the range in gift size, you may want to set a minimum donation level for inclusion in the annual report.Put it All Together:If you have the resources to produce a full-color, 20-page publication with lots of great photography, that’s great. But a much shorter and more modest 4-page newsletter format can work just as well. You’ll find more resources and training on writing nonprofit annual reports at https://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/nonprofit-annual-report-examples/About the Author: Kivi Leroux Miller provides training and personal coaching on all aspects of nonprofit marketing and communications to organizations big and small across the U.S. If you want to write newsletters and annual reports that your supporters will love or create websites and blogs that educate and inspire, visit www.NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, where you’ll find a free e-newsletter, articles, webinars, e-courses, and more.last_img read more