An emergency response rally of over 150 people demanded freedom for the 16-year-old Palestinian woman Ahed Tamimi in New York City’s Grand Central Station on Jan. 5. Organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, it was attended and support by many organizations that fight for the freedom of Palestine, including Workers World Party.Following a raid on her home in Palestine, Tamimi was arrested on the morning of Dec. 19 by Israeli occupation soldiers. She is a Palestinian freedom fighter from a family with a history of defying the Israeli occupation.At the rally, signs read “Free Ahed Tamimi and All Political Prisoners” and “Stop Kidnapping Palestinian Children.” A banner read “Free Ahed. Free Palestine.” The rally continued strong for hours as speakers addressed the issues regarding oppression of Palestinians.Tamimi’s case is sadly a continuation of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children. The apartheid state of Israel has arrested over 12,000 Palestinian children since the year 2000.The rally marked an impressive demonstration of the various Palestinian liberation forces in NYC. Free Ahed Tamimi! Free Palestine!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
On Monday, the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) hosted their third annual Research Day, which promoted interdisciplinary communication and featured cancer research from laboratories across campus.Undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students presented 80 research posters at the event, which also included addresses from several speakers, program coordinator Angela Cavalieri said.“This year, we had posters representing cancer research from 28 HCRI labs,” she said. “The presenters are ND undergraduates, IUSM-SB [Indiana School of Medicine-South Bend] medical students, technicians and post-doctoral fellows. We’ve also had local oncologist participation as well as affiliated institutions such as RiverBend Cancer Services.”Cavalieri said presentations at the event involved both keynote speakers and local oncologists.“There will be presentations from ENSCII Fellows and then from faculty recipients of the Walther Cancer Foundation’s ABC Grant funding,” she said. “This year we were pleased to be host Dr. Christoph Reinhard, Sr. Director, Lilly Oncology, Pre-clinical Oncology Tailoring [as keynote speaker].”The three-year-old Harper Cancer Research Institute is the result of collaborative efforts between Notre Dame and IUSM-SB, Cavalieri said. The event, which was open to the public, was important to increasing awareness of the research being done on campus, she said.“This event was a logical answer to presenting research in the areas of chemistry and biochemistry, biological sciences, engineering, applied mathematics and psychology,” Cavalieri said. “Each year the event grows in scope and attendance.”Junior Matthew Metzinger placed second in the undergraduate category for his poster investigating the link between obesity and ovarian cancer. He said he was honored the judges viewed his research as worthy of an award.“My poster presentation focused on how CT scans can be used to quantify and visualize body fat in mice,” Metzinger said. “This work is important because we use CT scans in many of our projects that study the correlation between obesity and ovarian cancer.“While we know this correlation between obesity and ovarian cancer exists, very little is known in terms of how having a higher body mass index increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.”Sophomore Katrina Burgos, an intern at the Institute, said the day was a great success and important to the greater Notre Dame community.“We had a great turnout,” she said. “I believe that Research Day is a great event for the campus and the community to see what researchers are working on at Harper, especially undergraduates who can be found in every lab.”Cavalieri said she attributes the success of the event to the teamwork of everyone involved.“We have a large number of very active Harper Cancer Research Institute members who assist with everything from judging the poster contests to emceeing the research presentations and a cast of behind-the-scenes people who make the event successful each year,” she said.“Collaboration is vital in scientific research, especially when it comes to cancer,” Burgos said. “Events like Research Day give scientists the opportunity to learn more from each other.”Tags: Harper Cancer Research Institute, Research Day
A Pittsburgh Pirates fan holds up a towel handed out at a Pirates pep rally in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Voting is now open on suggested names for Morgantown’s new professional baseball team.Voting on the 10 nicknames is being held through Oct. 17 at www.morgantownprobaseball.com .The names include the Black Bears, Black Diamonds, Canaries, Coal Kings, Coal Sox, The Energy, Moonshiners, Muskets, Wild Ones and The Wonder.The Pittsburgh Pirates’ short season Class A affiliate will start playing next summer at a ballpark currently under construction. The team will share the stadium with West Virginia University’s baseball team, which plays its home games in the spring.
Bob Baffert581371022%52%$1,036,855 Richard Baltas60109617%42%$718,404 John Sadler4466414%36%$317,115 FINISH LINES: Jockey David C. Lopez escaped serious injury after he was unseated aboard favored Icona nearing the three-eighths marker in Friday’s eighth race. Tied for third with 20 wins through 28 racing days, Lopez was “beat up and super-sore,” Saturday according to his agent, J.R. Pegram, who added that X-rays were negative and his status is “day-to-day.” Lopez took off his seven scheduled mounts today . . . With four wins Friday including one for trainer Steve Miyadi who won three on the day, two at Santa Anita and one at Golden Gate, Santiago Gonzalez moved into a first-place tie with Rafael Bejarano in Santa Anita’s standings. Each has 29 wins through 29 days . . . Congrats to jockey Kyle Frey, who won five races at Golden Gate Friday, including a wire-to-wire score on Scathing for Miyadi in the fourth race . . . Santa Anita-based jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Drayden Van Dyke, Santiago Gonzalez and Mario Gutierrez ride in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate today . . . Suggested reading: a feature story by John Cherwa on the brothers Desormeaux and Exaggerator in today’s LA Times. J. Eric Kruljac2342517%48%$91,100 Mark Glatt5266212%27%$278,310 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jose Verenzuela1731218%35%$95,360 Edwin Maldonado99188918%35%$663,105 Santiago Gonzalez14429211520%45%$1,136,904 Fernando Perez1051091710%34%$555,354 Steven Miyadi3677519%53%$226,159 Peter Eurton50814816%60%$579,228 Brayan Pena2830411%25%$64,020 Patrick Gallagher2152524%57%$419,688 Gary Stevens3966315%38%$803,113 Kent Desormeaux52713613%50%$662,290 Jack Carava2043120%40%$95,420 Flavien Prat11820151617%43%$1,301,213 Mario Gutierrez11412201611%42%$789,056 Ron Ellis2142219%38%$129,930 Agapito Delgadillo4885617%40%$198,557 Alonso Quinonez544837%28%$198,230 EXAGGERATOR ‘READY NOW’ FOR SAN VICENTEIf the Kentucky Derby were run on Monday, Exaggerator might be worth a bet.As it is, the Run for the Roses is not until May 7, but Keith Desormeaux has the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin set for a top effort when he takes on Eclipse Award two-year-old champion male of 2015 Nyquist and four others in Monday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.“I told the owner a couple weeks ago after his six furlong work from the gate that El Nino could open its doors now and rain until February 15; this horse is ready now,” Desormeaux said, speaking of Texas native Matt Bryan, who campaigns as Big Chief Racing, LLC.“Exaggerator was ready two weeks ago and he’s had two works since then and both were outstanding,” Desormeaux said. “The horse is absolutely raring to go. He’s a little different from most Derby horses, because you always worry about fitness or readiness for the big race, but he’s ready to go now.“Eventually, I hope he can show his class. I don’t think weather will affect us here at all.”Nyquist owns two victories over Exaggerator, by three lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and 9 ½ in his maiden victory last June, but Desormeaux is inclined to dismiss them. “We’ve got Nyquist right where we want him now,” Desormeaux said, a sly smile crossing his face.As to the origin of Big Chief Racing, Bryan says, “Keith has always called me chief and sometimes big chief, since I’m 6-4 and 240 pounds, so I suggested the name to him for the stable. It seemed to fit.”The San Vicente, which goes as race five on a nine-race program: Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 4-5; Electrifying, Tyler Baze, 20-1; El Charro, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Denman’s Call, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2; and Sheikh of Sheikhs, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1.In addition to the attractive racing card, Santa Anita will celebrate Presidents’ Day with another of its popular Dollar Days. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be available for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Doug O’Neill9413151714%48%$682,087 Victor Espinoza443837%32%$492,305 Steve Knapp2141219%33%$138,600 EXAGGERATOR HAS NYQUIST WHERE HE WANTS HIMUPTOWN TWIRL MAKES GRASS DEBUT IN SWEET LIFEGONZALEZ WINS FOUR, TIES BEJARANO FOR LEAD William Spawr2265327%64%$159,227 Jeff Bonde2162329%52%$143,340 Mike Smith5774912%35%$851,540 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 BREEDING FAVORS UPTOWN TWIRL ON SUNDAYUptown Twirl makes her turf debut in The Sweet Life Stakes Sunday for three-year-old fillies at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course, but if breeding means anything, she’ll handle the going well.“Turf is still a question mark,” said John Sadler, who trains the daughter of Twirling Candy for the Hronis brothers, Kosta and Peter, “but she had a nice win here in her previous start, so this looks like the spot for her.”Uptown Twirl won an overnight race at six furlongs on the main track Jan. 18 by a half-length after prompting the pace into the stretch.“I think she’ll handle turf,” Sadler said. “All the Twirling Candys so far seem to be able to run on either surface, and he was undefeated on the grass.”The Sweet Life: Do the Dance, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; How Unusual, Stewart Elliott, 15-1; Pageant Material, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Corps de Ballet, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Uptown Twirl, Abel Lezcano, 6-1; Jeremy’s Legacy, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Swift Lady, Martin Garcia, 5-2; and Nodiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1. Abel Lezcano3642211%22%$182,105 Vladimir Cerin2281236%50%$236,020 Peter Miller6893713%28%$335,365 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 12) Alex Solis1630319%38%$193,613 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer80861210%33%$631,381 Joseph Talamo12115151612%38%$748,059 Tyler Baze14114222110%40%$805,886 Martin Pedroza5264312%25%$161,605 Tiago Pereira543846%28%$217,574 Kristin Mulhall2452221%38%$218,645 Drayden Van Dyke83881210%34%$516,939 George Papaprodromou2552520%48%$120,730 Martin Garcia66106815%36%$584,114 Philip D’Amato6815111222%56%$856,465 Rafael Bejarano13229281122%52%$1,369,750 Brice Blanc3032710%40%$367,895 Carla Gaines2942214%28%$291,760 J. Keith Desormeaux2753619%52%$156,680
The United Nations has established and new agency known as United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).The establishment comes following UN Security Council meeting in New York which adopted a resolution to urgently and promptly respond to the Ebola crisis in four West African Countries including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.The UN General Assembly having adopted the resolution on Monday, September 22 following the Security Council’s resolution, the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, “I have now established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).”The mission, according to a dispatch from New York will be headquartered in Ghana to oversee Ebola activities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that are highly hit by the Ebola virus.“I have issued instructions that UNMEER advance teams deploy to the mission headquarters in Ghana and to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by Monday, 22 September 2014,” Mr. Ban noted.The mission will be responsible to provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure the rapid, carry out effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, to treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread to countries currently unaffected.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council of recent held an emergency meeting in New York where it came out with proposals to make a quick response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that are gravely affected.The response to Ebola in West Africa is recorded in the UN history to be one issue that has gained more support. During the discussion chaired by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, 130 persons gave support to the adoption of a response to Ebola in West Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Do you have a complaint about your bank? Are you being ripped off by a loan shark, or threatened by a debt-recovery agent? Protect yourself from unfair practices, get to know your rights, find out if your lender is registered, or check your credit rating.Consumers have legislative protections against misleading credit practices. (Image: Brand South Africa/Graeme Williams)Brand South Africa reporterNational Credit RegulatorThe National Credit Regulator (NCR) is responsible for the regulation of the South African credit industry. It is tasked with carrying out education, research, policy development, registration of industry participants, investigation of complaints, and ensuring the enforcement of the National Credit Act.The Act requires the regulator to promote the development of an accessible credit market, particularly to address the needs of the historically disadvantaged, low-income earners, and remote, isolated or low-density communities.The NCR is also tasked with registering credit providers, credit agencies’ and debt counsellors and handling disputes between consumers and agencies. You can lodge complaints against any institution offering credit, against a debt counsellor and a credit bureau provided the NCR has jurisdiction.Debt counselling: you may apply to a debt counsellor to be declared over-indebted. See the NCR’s Consumer Assistance section.Call centre: 086 062 7627Ombudsman for Banking ServicesClients with complaints against their banks can approach the Ombudsman for Banking Services (OBS) for assistance.Got an unresolved dispute with your bank? A complaint about a banking service or product?The Ombudsman for Banking Services provides an independent, free, informal and confidential dispute resolution service.You must, however, first complain to your bank – the ombudsman will need your complaint reference number, as well as copies of correspondence between you and your bank.Micro Finance Regulatory CouncilThe Micro Finance Regulatory Council is a private, non-profit body originally set up to regulate the micro-lending industry and protect the interests of consumers. Many of its functions and responsibilities now fall under the National Credit Regulator (see above).The council’s website offers information on what your rights are and ways to protect yourself from unfair practices. If you would like to lodge a complaint against a micro lender, you will need to contact the NCR.Credit problemsYou can check your credit rating or get advice on credit problems from either of two major credit agencies’. The National Credit Act entitles you to one free credit report a year. Additional reports will set you back a small fee.ExperianTransUnionThe recently opened Maponya mall. The R650 million ( approximately $100 million ) is the third, and now largest, shopping center to be opened in Soweto. Johannesburg South Africa.Credit Information OmbudIf a credit bureau (see above) is unable to resolve your credit problem, your next line of recourse is the office of the Credit Information Ombud. A voluntary, independent association reporting to an industry council, the Credit Information Ombud seeks to resolve complaints from consumers and businesses that are negatively affected by credit information.Call centre: 0861 OMBUDS (0861 662837)Association of Debt Recovery AgentsA non-profit industry regulated body, ADRA will investigate complaints against its members.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of any we’re missing? Let us know in the comments.You can import individual events in the Events Guide into Google Calendar using the link beside each entry, or download the entire thing as an iCal file (which is importable into Google Calendar, Outlook, Windows Live Calendar, etc.) or even view it as a world map. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us. 5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.29 – 30 March 2011: LondonSocial Media World Forum EuropeSocial Media World Forum Europe: Two days of interactive & engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.Social Media World Forum Europe is continuing to evolve and deliver an event which is second to none, ensuring our audience receive the maximum potential from attending our shows. New for 2011 we have introduced interactive panel discussions, live streamed debate sessions, collaborative learning, break-out group discussions, open Q&A portions in every session, open workshops, with group discussions and interactive zones within the exhibition hall. We have introduced the Online Marketing Toolbox Workshops, educating in all elements of the online marketing mix, such as SEO, Paid Search, Affiliate, Mobile & Apps. The perfect toolbox to complete your online marketing strategy.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Blake Chandlee, VP & Commercial Director, EMEA, FacebookNicki Kenyon, Vice President, Digital Marketing APMEA, MasterCardReynold D’Silva, Global Brand Marketing Manager, UnileverPooja Arora, Brand Manager, P>homas Crampton, Asia-Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations WorldwideLito S. German, Marketing Director, BMW Group AsiaRanjeet-Shandu Singh, Digital Project Manager, Ogilvy One SingaporeDerek Yeo, Head of Marketing, Tiger Airways Tags:#Events Guide#web 24 August 2010: New York CityFundingPost Summer Venture and Angel EventFundingPost has hosted 165-plus sold-out venture events in 19 cities over the past 9 years. At our next NY event, the panel of investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check!We will be discussing trends in Early-Stage Investing, hot sectors, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an Investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists, both before the panel & after the panel at the Cocktail Party! Register here.13 – 14 September 2010: Sydney, AustraliaOpen Source Software Pacific-Asia ConferenceOSSPAC is focused on helping enterprises of all sizes – businesses and government – learn how open source software can be used to reduce costs and increase efficiency in a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective way. Even though it provides plenty of technical sessions, the main audience for OSSPAC is IT managers, project leads, and executive management who are looking at leveraging open source in their organizations. We’re offering over 30 sessions on topics ranging from Cloud Computing to the Economics of Open Source. For more information, please visit www.osspac.com. 22 – 23 September 2010: SingaporeSocial Media World Forum AsiaSocial Media World Forum Asia is back for 2010. The event will be taking place at the larger venue – The Suntec Conference Centre – before the F1 Singapore night race. Two days of interactive and engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking. Speakers include:
By Dr. Barbara O’NeillIn 1999, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 10 months of treatment, my doctor described my physical health status as NED, which is doctor-speak for No Evidence of Disease. The same acronym can be applied to financial health: No Evidence of Distress. Financially healthy people with financial well-being are comfortable in the present (e.g., paying bills and freedom to make choices) and on track for a secure future (e.g., resilience to absorb “ shocks”and savings for retirement and other goals).Financial health gives people options, opportunity, and the capacity to bounce back from life’s inevitable challenges. Like unemployment or disability or a car breakdown…or breast cancer.Unlike physical health challenges, I’ve been fortunate to have good financial health throughout my adult life. By most metrics, I am doing very well. I count my blessings because 57% of Americans struggle financially and 43% have trouble paying bills and credit payments according to research by the Center for Financial Services Innovation.I’ve had several key advantages to build my financial health including higher education, health insurance, and steady employment. I’ve also worked hard (i.e., “leaned in”) and made frugal spending choices. I was the only person in my immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree. My American Dream Score is 63. This means “the majority of factors [but not every factor] have been in my favor.”How can Americans build financial health? By doing something- anything- that improves their finances. Any step forward is progress. Learning something new about personal finance every day, saving something in a 401(k), and building an emergency fund $1 at a time, if necessary. It all adds up.Savings is a key factor in financial health. One of my favorite action strategies is completing a savings challenge. I’ve personally created five challenges, from $100 a month to $2,500 a year, and I’ve done them all. Challenges give you a template to follow and progress points to celebrate along the way.Other things that build financial health:Planning– Studies done by me and others have found an association between planning behavior (e.g., setting goals and making lists) and positive financial practices.Prevention– Financially healthy people increase their resilience with low debt-to-income ratios and adequate insurance and emergency savings.Progress– This means “moving the needle” forward every day with positive actions such as saving spare change and reducing expenses to “find” money to repay debt.Persistence-It generally takes hard work, optimism, and discipline to become financially healthy. Perserverance during tough times and some pain (e.g., spending less to save more) is necessary.Paychecks- Financial health requires income from an employer and/or self-employment. In later life, savings helps people create a “retirement paycheck.”With financial health comes….Peace- Knowing you are not a paycheck away from the financial “edge.” Unfortunately, 46% of Americans don’t have enough money to cover a $400 emergency.I count my blessings that I am financially healthy and hope to remain so. Nothing is guaranteeed, however. The Poverty Risk Calculator says I have a 25% chance of being poor during my lifetime. Just being a woman is apparently a risk factor.My passion is helping others achieve financial health through my writing and teaching. My greatest hope is that the financial health status of every American will become NED.
Freddie Roach, the famous American trainer who pushed Manny Paquiao all the way to full superstardom, says he wants the legendary Filipino warrior to do a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn—then hang up his gloves.Nothing new there. It was not the first time Roach had voiced that wish for Pacquiao, the only eight-division world title winner in boxing.There was more urgency in what Roach told ESPN Deportes over the weekend: “I hope he (Pacquiao) goes forward with that fight, and after that, he retires.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Lady Realtors notch 1st win First things first: Does Pacquiao honestly want to fight on?Next: Would Pacquiao, who claimed he had been set up in that losing stand against Horn, still care to return to Australia?It would help if they could get Pacquiao’s side on the Roach proposal.So far, there has been no reported conversation or dialogue between Roach and Pacquiao after the fighting Filipino senator lost his WBO crown to Horn in Brisbane last July.Based on a postchampionship dugout report, Pacquiao and Roach failed to talk to each other. The beaten Filipino superhero stood before the mirror attending to his hairdo, while Roach stayed at a distance and cooled his heels inside the dressing room.Anyway, it was reported later that Pacquiao had agreed to do a rematch (last Sept. 12) in Brisbane.However, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum would next report that Pacquiao had suddenly pulled out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere are two sides to the proposed rematch.One side says Horn urgently needs the fight in order to culminate his championship victory, which continued to be questioned by various sectors.Pardon this, but there are also experts who felt Roach needed the rematch in order to clear the landscape. These experts felt that the Pacquiao-Horn fight could’ve gone either way; unfortunately Roach, who insisted on a KO finish, was clearly outplotted and outclassed by Glenn Rushton, the millionaire trainer who molded obscure Horn, a former schoolteacher, into a world-class boxer.(AMAZED: US President Donald Trump stood and applauded the splendid presentation by select Filipino artists during the Asean Summit gala dinner at MOA in Pasay City on Sunday. Among the performers was the multiawarded Mandaluyong Children’s Choir of City Mayor Menchie Abalos. Mabuhay!) CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
As the nation observes Road Safety Awareness Month, IGL Blue’s ‘Top Gas Truck Driver of the Year’, Mr. Devon Campbell, has a message for all drivers and road users – “drive with care and be responsible on our roads.”Although this call has been made for years, Mr. Campbell tells JIS News that it is not too much to stress, as with six months into the year, over 160 persons have died because of road crashes.He believes all road crashes which occurred since the start of the year could have been prevented, had those who died or drivers responsible for road fatalities, heard the message more often.“I’ve been driving since 1982 and I practise defensive driving. I do a lot of that and I do proper overtaking… but I remember to be responsible on our roads because I remember the message,” Mr. Campbell says.Just like members of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining and the National Road Safety Council, Mr. Campbell believes road fatalities can be brought down significantly if all drivers, riders and other road users obey the nation’s road rules.“If we all follow the rules of the road and adhere to the laws, then I believe we would have much less road crashes and road fatalities, and perhaps no fatalities at all,” he says.Mr. Campbell was awarded IGL Blue’s Top Driver of the Year at the company’s sixth annual Health, Safety and Environment Road Safety Incentive Awards Ceremony on June 13, at the company’s office located on Spanish Town Road, in Kingston.Health, Safety and Environment Manager, IGL Blue Limited, Mr. Dwight Campbell, says Mr. Campbell practises what he preaches regarding road safety, thus the reason the Managers selected him as the top driver from the entire group of drivers.“Devon Campbell was the most rounded driver for 2017, incident free, accident free in terms of unsafe acts, reporting potential incidents, training records were about 100 per cent and his attendance 100 per cent. Based on the number of kilometres driven over the last year, he is the top driver for 2017,” Mr. Campbell tells JIS News.Present at the awards ceremony was Accident Analyst/Statistician in the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Ms. Francine White, who congratulated Mr. Campbell.She tells JIS News she is pleased that the message of road safety is what he (Mr. Devon Campbell) will take with him during his reign as IGL’s Top Truck Driver of the Year.“We all must take responsibility for our actions. We must develop awareness for safety and remain committed to attacking this particular challenge as a nation. It is very important that we play our part in advancing proper use of the nation’s road,” Ms. White says.“We at the Road Safety Unit have been totally disheartened by the level of indiscipline being displayed on our roads, causing various forms of tragedy and trauma. It hurts me every time we lose one of our citizens to a traffic accident that could possibly be avoided,” she adds.Annually, the month of June is observed as Road Safety Awareness Month. This year, the launch took place on June 6, staged by the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association at the Total Red Hills Road Service Station, in St. Andrew.The theme for this year is: ‘Leave sooner, drive slower and live longer’. Activities during the month will focus heavily on the most vulnerable road users, such as children, the elderly, motorcyclists and pedestrians. “I’ve been driving since 1982 and I practise defensive driving. I do a lot of that and I do proper overtaking… but I remember to be responsible on our roads because I remember the message,” Mr. Campbell says. Although this call has been made for years, Mr. Campbell tells JIS News that it is not too much to stress, as with six months into the year, over 160 persons have died because of road crashes. As the nation observes Road Safety Awareness Month, IGL Blue’s ‘Top Gas Truck Driver of the Year’, Mr. Devon Campbell, has a message for all drivers and road users – “drive with care and be responsible on our roads.” Story Highlights