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first_imgSOUTHAMPTONVS EVERTONEverton last won at Southampton in April 2002; since then, in six visits, they have lost three and drawn three. And they have failed to score in their last three games. Saints are still without Ryan Bertrand, while there are doubts over Jordy Clasy, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Everton Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Gerard Deuloeu, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar.SUNDERLANDVS NORWICH CITYSunderland lost 4-2 while Norwich were beaten 3-1 last weekend, but Norwich arrive with confidence; they are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League games against the Black Cats. Sunderland test Gomez and Yann M’Vila while the Canaries are without Youssef Mulumbu and have doubts over Kyle Lafferty and Martin Olsson.SWANSEA CITY VS NEWCASTLESwansea City held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw last weekend and face Newcastle, a team they are unbeaten against in their last six Barclays Premier League meetings, winning five. However, Papiss Cisse scored twice at the Liberty Stadium to steal a draw for Newcastle. Swansea test Ki while Newcastle have doubts over Anita Vernon, Remy Cabella, Paul Dummett, Emmanuel Riviere, Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux.TOTTENHAMVS STOKE CITYBoth teams lost to Championship contenders last weekend; Spurs were beaten at Manchester United while Liverpool won at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke beat Spurs home and away last season but for this game they miss defender Ryan Shawcross and have doubts over Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic, Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters. Tottenham test Danny Rose, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend.WATFORDVS WEST BROMNewly promoted Watford bring Premier League football back to Vicarage Road after drawing 2-2 at Everton. The last time the teams met there in the top division, Watford won 5-1, in August 1985. Watford’s Miguel Britos and Giedrius Arlauskis complete two-match bans. Albion, meanwhile, are still without goalkeeper Ben Foster.LIVERPOOL VS BOURNEMOUTHAfter losing narrowly at home to Aston Villa in their first ever Barclays Premier League game last weekend, Bournemouth travel away for the first time in the competition. It is the first time they have ever played Liverpool at any league level; Liverpool won 3-1 at Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup in 2014, and in a total of six cup clashes, Liverpool have won four and drawn two.last_img read more

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Teen slapped with wounding charge

first_imgA Lindener was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on an unlawful and malicious wounding charge, when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.Martin Fraser Junior, 18, of Constabulary Compound, Mackenzie, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Javick Dennis on March 29, at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground at Wismar, Linden.He was granted bail in the sum of $40,000 with the case continuing on June 29.last_img


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Myeonway Designs CEO to Attend TEF Forum

first_imgWilhelmina Cooper, CEO, Myeonway Designs.As part of UBA Rewards ProgramThe management of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 announced Ms. Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper, chief executive officer (CEO) of Myeonway Designs, a Liberian-owned business entity to attend an all-expense paid trip to Abuja, Nigeria.Ms. Cooper will depart the country today, July 24, to connect with her counterparts from across the Africa continent and represent the Liberia at this year’s 2019 UBA Marketplace and the launch of a side event of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship (TEF) forum.This amazing giveaway is an opportunity to pamper Ms. Cooper and give her a unique, unforgettable and priceless experience including flights, 5-star accommodation, and tickets to sell at the UBA Marketplace and attend the TEF.The forum, which will be launch on Friday, July 26 to 27, is dubbed “UBA Marketplace” and will bring together over 120 African Entrepreneurs from across the African Continent on an all-expense paid trip to sell their goods and products to over 5,000 guests at the largest gathering of African Entrepreneurs, the TEF Forum.Wilhemina Cooper’s company, Myeonway Designs, produces high quality African print handbags and accessories.Taking place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, the event will expose African Entrepreneurs to UBA special products and services that will support their business and personal development.TEF is the brainchild of UBA Group Chairman Mr. Tony Elumelu, with the vision of empowering 100,000 African Entrepreneurs on the African Continent through his foundation.The selected entrepreneurs for the TEF Entrepreneurs Program are placed in a twelve weeks online entrepreneurship-training program to learn various business techniques and methodology, which climaxes with the Forum every year in Nigeria. Following the Forum, each entrepreneur is given US$5, 000 as seed capital (grant) to invest their business.Since the inception of the entrepreneurship program in 2015, Liberian entrepreneurs have form part of beneficiaries of the programme. This year, 32 Liberian entrepreneurs are selected to represent Liberia at the TEF.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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NIS seeking to change pension payment system

first_imgAs the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) celebrates its 50th anniversary, the agency is now moving to upgrade its pension payment system and is appealing to pensioners to submit their bank account numbers so that their monthly payments can be made through the banking system.This was related to Guyana Times on Saturday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NIS, Dianne Lewis-Baxter, who was at the Giftland Mall, attending the entity’s public day.“What we’ve been pushing also is for pensioners to have their monies sent to their bank accounts which is a little easier because of the crowds,” she said.In this regard, the PRO explained that the NIS has already been forced to buy tents and additional chairs for some locations as pensioners generally crowd the locations, on a specific date to receive their monies.According to her, the new pensioners are being encouraged to submit their bank account numbers so that their monies can be paid through that system. Asked how the response to this initiative has been, the official informed that the younger persons are already au fait with this system, as most are paid through banks, so no complaints have been recorded so far.She, however, added that “The trouble is with the older folks who are on string for about 20 years now and here it is that NIS is now saying to get a book or send their money to the bank. Some of them are saying ‘we don’t have a bank account’ and so in that case we need to allow it to remain as it is,” she said.Since some pensioners are comfortable with the old system, persons will be given a choice to receive their monies through a bank, or at post offices.Public dayMeanwhile, scores of persons seized the opportunity of the public day to have free blood sugar and pressure testing, by the trained medical team. Free advice on healthy sleeping and eating habits was also shared.Other persons were able to check on statuses of claims that were made, while others even had their lost NIS card replaced.Although the NIS will observe its 50th anniversary in September, the agency has begun celebrating its golden jubilee. The celebrations kicked off on Thursday last with a prayer service which will be trailed by several others leading up to September.Financial statusSince the dismissal of thousands of sugar workers and the firing of about 2000 Amerindian Community Support Officers (CSOs), financial analysts have outlined worry about the financial status of NIS.Last week, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram in an interview with this publication on Guyana’s unemployment rate said that this may impact payments to NIS and income tax. According to the accountant, many persons do not see their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) deductions in the positive light of being a contribution to their future pension, but rather, they see it as a deduction from an already small salary.Tax collection is not the only thing taking a hit when there is large-scale unemployment, as NIS contributions are also affected. For instance, concern has been expressed that layoffs in the sugar belt could undermine the Scheme’s position.This is particularly so if the Scheme were to pay unemployment benefits. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the idea of paying out these benefits did not take into account the current financial status of the Scheme and its ability to meet its current obligations.He noted that the last actuarial report recommended that focus be placed on building the reserve to avoid a deficit. In fact, it was disclosed in that report that the life of the Scheme should come to an end by 2022 unless strategic plans for revenue earnings and expansion of the investment portfolio were effectively implemented. Jagdeo also referenced the thousands of dismissed sugar workers.“What has happened since is that this Government has fired 7000 sugar workers, many others. Let’s say maybe 20,000 more have lost their jobs. Take of the 20,000, just take another 8000 who were paying NIS, so those are people who are not contributing to NIS,” he explained.This translates to decreased inflows for NIS and payouts that would remain constant or increase. In the last financial statement issued by the Scheme, it had showed a deficit of over $800 million.last_img read more


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Taxi driver leads defence in illegal gun, ammo trial

first_imgOne week after Kacey Chapman was told to lead his defence against the illegal guns and ammunition charges, he took the witness stand to give his testimony into the matter.Kacey ChapmanLast year, Chapman was charged alongside Sheldon Andrews and Adam McDonald with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and two counts of illegal possession of ammunition. The charges against Andrews and McDonald were dismissed after the prosecution failed to prove the case against them. However, Chapman was called upon to lead his defence as sufficient evidence was found against him regarding the charges.The charges against Chapman alleged that on November 26, 2018, at High and Princes Streets, Georgetown, he had a .32 Taurus pistol in his possession while not being a licensed firearm holder. It was also alleged that on the same date, he was in possession of a 9mm Glock pistol without being the licensed firearm holder.The two final charges stated that on November 26, 2018, at High and Princes streets, Chapman had in his possession 12 live 9mm rounds of ammunition and 7 live rounds of .32 ammunition, without being a licensed firearm holder.Chapman, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, was called to the witness stand as the defence took over the case before Magistrate Rondel Weaver at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Chapman in his address to the court said that he was driving motorcar HC 6573 around the city when he was stopped by a lone dark-skinned man, who he later identified as McDonald, and asked if he (Chapman) was working. Chapman related that he observed that McDonald had a black haversack on his back.He went on to say that after he told McDonald that he was working, McDonald told him to take him to “the Gumdac music place”. Chapman claimed that upon arriving at Gumdac, McDonald, who was on the phone at that time, directed him to the Infinity Gas Station on High and Princes Streets. In the vicinity of the said gas station, Chapman said that he was once again directed by McDonald to stop next to a white car at the side of the road.Chapman claimed that after parking the car at the said location, McDonald told him to “hold on” after which he left, leaving his haversack on the back seat of the car as McDonald was yet to pay him for the drop. He related that as McDonald was walking to the white vehicle, he noticed other vehicles along with the police vehicle heading in their direction in a line. He stated that after McDonald noticed the police vehicle, he began to hastily walk north towards another street.“The police stopped beside the car and the door opened on the right side and the driver and another rank jumped out and ran and chased behind him [McDonald] and he began running away,” Chapman further stated. However, McDonald was subsequently caught and brought back to the car.During the time when all of that was happening, Chapman said he noticed Andrews walking along the road. “I saw Sheldon walking and ask where his car was cause I know he does wuk taxi at Confidential Cabs,” Chapman stated. In his response, Andrews reportedly told Chapman that he just came off of work at Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI). “It all happen in two minutes,” Chapman claimed.Chapman testified that the police then turned their attention on him and Andrews, and told them to submit themselves to a search. As the police were searching the car, Chapman said, he observed that they took out a black plastic bag from the haversack, which was on the back seat of the car at the time.He said that apart from the plastic bag, he noticed that a cap, a pair of boots and a jersey were found in the haversack. The police then reportedly tore open the plastic bag and wrapped in a black jersey were the two firearms. During that time, according to Chapman, McDonald was acting like he wasn’t in the car and telling the police that he isn’t acquainted with the two men, referring to himself and Andrews. “Adam McDonald came into the car with the haversack,” Chapman adamantly ended his testimony.Thompson then asked Chapman if he was videoing the police as they searched the car. “A colleague of Sheldon was passing same time and he video the thing,” Chapman replied. The video, which Chapman had readily in possession, was subsequently shown to the prosecution and the magistrate. Replying to the question of whether he had knowledge that firearms were in the haversack, Chapman said, “I have no knowledge that a firearm was in the haversack”.Prosecutor Simone Payne then took over and cross-examined Chapman. She asked him how long was he working as a taxi driver and how long he has known Andrews to which he replied four years and eight months respectively. Payne contended that Chapman was not stopped by a passenger nor did someone get into his car. Chapman in response stated that he was stopped and McDonald entered his car.He admitted that he was alone in the car when it was parked near the Infinity Gas Station and recalled part of his story of McDonald telling him to wait for him. Payne further contended that Chapman had knowledge of the firearms that were in the haversack. “I didn’t know. How can you work taxi and drive around with firearms in the car?” Chapman retorted. In conclusion, Payne asked Chapman how long he spoke to Andrews and he replied, “I didn’t talk to him long, just asked him where his car was and then we were intercepted by the police while the two others ran after McDonald”.The defence has one more witness.The case was adjourned for July 8, 2019.last_img read more


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King uncertain of returning to City Hall as Town Clerk

first_imgDays after the High Court reversed the dismissal of Former Town Clerk Royston King, paving the way for him to be reinstated at the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), he is yet to make a decision as to whether he will return to the post.Former Town ClerkRoyston KingKing made this revelation during an appearance on local radio programme “Hot seat” hosted by broadcaster Stan Gouveia on Tuesday. When asked directly if he will be returning as Town Clerk, King firmly asserted that this decision is yet to be made since he is leaning on the guidance of his lawyers.“As far as my returning to the Council is concerned, I am guided by the advice of my lawyers. So, I haven’t made that decision as yet, I’m being guided by the advice of my lawyers.” He saidBut even as he expressed uncertainty towards same, King reminded that his contributions to the city’s development when he held the previous post, was done out of “passion and great initiative”.“I must say though that I believe that I’ve made contribution and restoration and in some aspects of the city of Georgetown. And I must say that I did that with passion and I did that with great initiative and with strength and with wisdom, and I believe in part that, that is responsible for what transpired during the period in which I was sent off on administrative leave”, the former town clerk noted.Furthermore, in pointing out the functions of the Local Government Commission – that is to protect public officials from political excesses – King made it clear that he holds no animosity for the LGC or its officials, despite its decision to fire him back in January of 2018.“There is no bad blood between me and the members of the Local Government Commission, the Commission has its work to do and the Commission had certain responsibilities, rights and power which they must exercise…the Local Government Commission was set up to protect public officials, Local Government officials from political excesses not to facilitate such excesses, not to enhance such excesses” he pointed out.Last Friday High Court Judge, Justice Simone Ramlall in handing down her ruling, found that the former Town Clerk was unlawfully dismissed. She also ruled that the CoI in its entirety was unlawfully established hence all of its decisions and findings are null, void and of no effect.This includes King’s dismissal, which was based on the findings and recommendations of the probe.According to the Judge, the Commission is only permitted under the Local Government Commission Act to delegate its powers within the Local Government system and not investigative bodies outside such as the CoI that was set up to look into the operations of City Hall.This ruling comes after the 2018 CoI conducted by ret’d Justice Cecil Kennard found King guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds. He had also stated that King performed the duties of treasurer and other officers of the Council, which were not his designated duties.last_img read more


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Olympic speedskater coaching local development camp

first_imgWith high expectations for her students, she feels that young, developing athletes can benefit greatly from experiences like these.”Some of my best memories as a kid growing up in Ottawa is when we had summer camps every year in Ontario. It’s a good way to get in touch with your teammates and your competitors and just train together and keep the sport going.”The development of one’s sport is always important with athletes, and Groves says facilities like the Pomeroy Sport Centre help in furthering the sport of speedskating.”It’s awesome! Speedskating is a pretty marginal sport in Canada in terms of facilities. So to have a facility like this here gives [athletes] more continuity and longer seasons to help develop and grow the sport hopefully.”Advertisement Groves’ appearance in Fort St. John, her first since the early 90’s, came at the request of Fort St. John native and fellow competitive Team Canada speedskater, Jay Morrison, who requested she come to the Energetic City to help put on the development camp with him.The Olympic speedskater agreed, saying it’s a fun way to give back to the sport.She says a focus of the camp will be the importance of proper execution when skating around the oval.- Advertisement -“Speedskating is an extremely technical sport and I think what I can bring at least is years of experience learning proper technique and trying to instill in them what that proper technique is and getting them to work on that.”The camp is divided into two separate age groups, but despite the age differences, Grove says it will be tough love, just like she experienced growing up and learning the sport.”I came from a coach that was pretty demanding and had very high expectations. So I kind of think I’ll be adopting a bit of that attitude. You have to have the right kind of brain and attitude to be good at this sport and there is not a lot of room for bad technique. So that’s what I think I’ll be a stickler for.”Advertisement Groves admits coaching is a side of the sport she is fairly new at, but says the opportunity to pass on her knowledge is something she enjoys.”It’s such a rare opportunity to connect with kids at that level…You kind of underestimate or you don’t even realize the impact you have on kids as an athlete.”Groves brings quite an impressive resume with her to Fort St. John. She won silver medals in both the 1500 metre and Team Pursuit events at the 2006 Turin Olympics, as well as a Silver and Bronze medals in 2010 in Vancouver, for the 1500 metre and 3000 metre respectively, just to name a few of her accomplishments.last_img read more


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Hotel complex on schedule to open

first_img“Not all of their properties have suites in them. It’s an added amenity for the new state-of-the-art buildings,” he said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 02/12: New Howard Johnson PICO RIVERA – Joined by the developer, city officials Monday toured the construction site of a $3.5 million, 50-room hotel that officials consider a key part of redevelopment plans for Whittier Boulevard. Opening day for the new Howard Johnson Inn and Suites is about three months away. It will offer rooms with high-speed Internet access, a community meeting room, a swimming pool and spa, and other amenities, officials said. The project at 9515 Whittier Blvd. also will create local jobs and funnel an extra $25,000 a year in bed taxes into Pico Rivera’s coffers, city Finance Director Bob Ridley said. The hotel replaced a dilapidated mobile home park that had been an eyesore for years. Three years ago, state housing inspectors visited the former Walnut Lodge Mobile Home Park and found numerous code violations, including illegal additions to units and plumbing and electrical violations. Acting City Manager Debbie Lopez said the hotel is among the first of a series of revitalization efforts planned for north Pico Rivera, including beautification projects, street improvements and new landscaping along Whittier Boulevard. She said the bulk of the city’s redevelopment has thus far focused on Washington Boulevard and the south side of Whittier Boulevard. “This is a significant step forward in our vision of the redevelopment of Whittier Boulevard,” Mayor Pete Ramirez said. “This is a rebirth of the Whittier Boulevard corridor as the city’s downtown.” Developer Sharad Patel said the project will include a dozen executive suites that are unique to Howard Johnson hotels. last_img read more


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Britain will begin Iraq pullout within weeks, reports say

first_imgBlair and Bush talked by secure video link Tuesday morning, and Bush views Britain’s troop cutbacks as “a sign of success” in Iraq, said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe. “While the United Kingdom is maintaining a robust force in southern Iraq, we’re pleased that conditions in Basra have improved sufficiently that they are able to transition more control to the Iraqis,” Johndroe said in Washington. Britain has long been the most important coalition member in Iraq after the United States. But Blair knows the British public and politicians from his own Labour Party want the troops out as quickly as possible, and don’t want to see Britain stick with the United States in Iraq for the long haul. Militarily, a British withdrawal isn’t likely to have much effect on the stepped-up U.S. operation in Baghdad or the war with the Sunnis in Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital. However, Iraqi forces could have a tough time maintaining security in mostly Shiite southern Iraq, including Basra city. Blair’s Downing Street office refused to comment on the report, which also said Blair would tell the Commons that if the situation worsens on the ground in Iraq, his new game plan could change. LONDON – Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce today a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, British media reported. Blair will also tell the House of Commons during his regular weekly appearance before it that a total of about 3,000 British soldiers will have left southern Iraq by the end of 2007, if the security there is sufficient, the British Broadcasting Corp. and The Sun newspaper said, quoting government officials who weren’t further identified. The BBC said Blair was not expected to say when the rest of Britain’s forces would leave Iraq. Currently, Britain has about 7,100 soldiers there. The announcement comes as President George W. Bush implements an increase of 21,000 more troops for Iraq, but while some of the other coalition partners are pulling out: The Italians and Slovaks have left, and the Danes and the South Koreans want to start withdrawing. A British government official confirmed that Blair would make a statement to the Commons today the status of British forces in Iraq. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. Johndroe said that “the United States shares the same goal of turning responsibility over to the Iraqi security forces and reducing the number of American troops in Iraq. … President Bush sees this as a sign of success and what is possible for us once we help the Iraqis deal with the sectarian violence in Baghdad.” “We want to bring our troops home as well,” Johndroe said. “It’s the model we want to emulate, to turn over more responsibilities to Iraqis and bring our troops home. That’s the goal and always has been.” At a news conference in Brussels on Jan. 15, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was not bothered that Britain was “planning a drawdown at some point this year in their forces in the south.” Currently, according to the Brookings Institution, besides Britain, the major partners in the coalition include South Korea (2,300 troops), Poland (900), Australia and Georgia (both 800), Romania (600) and Denmark (460). Some say there is little point in boosting forces in the largely Shiite south of Iraq, where most non-U.S. coalition troops are concentrated. Yet as more countries draw down or pull out, it could create a security vacuum if radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stirs up trouble there. Blair, who has said he will step down as prime minister by September after a decade in power, has seen his foreign-policy record overshadowed by his role as Bush’s leading ally in the unpopular war.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


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Teachers win $1,000 provider grant

first_imgThe $1,000 grant she and Shea won will be used to run a toy-lending library, designed to promote exchange of educational toys among child-care providers in Santa Clarita. “It lets them try out what works for their kids,” Gregory said. And for Gregory, the win is symbolic of family child care providers getting more recognition for their valuable work. “Our mission in applying for the grant was to promote quality in licensed family child care,” Gregory said. “I am not bashing on centers; this is just another option (for) … quality child care.” Katie Gentry, 20, says growing up in a day-care environment – as the daughter of a day-care provider – was not only fun but also educational. VALENCIA – More than 25 years after she started her career as a family child care provider, Valencia resident Mary Gregory finally feels like her chosen profession is getting the credit it deserves. A member of the Family Day Care Association of the Santa Clarita Valley, Gregory was ecstatic last week when she and colleague Kathleen Shea won the Betty Brady teacher grant from the Southern California Kindergarten Conference – the first time it has been won by family child care providers. A credentialed preschool teacher, Gregory said her decision to care for kids at home has broad benefits and was a conscious choice. “I like the smaller family environment,” Gregory said. Now Gentry is helping Gregory in her home and said she sees how much work child-care providers do. “I already know a lot of what my classes are teaching me,” Gentry said. Gentry added that the close-knit family environment child care provides can be a better option for many families. “All the kids here go to each other’s birthday parties,” Gentry said. “We are like one big family.” In the past, family child care providers often have been viewed as more like baby sitters than educators. But for preschool teacher Wendy Crann, mother of 2-year-old Hayden, who attends Gregory’s day care, family child care was the best decision. “There is more love and attention there,” Crann said. “I would love my son to be at a center but at such a young age, being in a smaller environment with the nurturing he is getting is more important. “As he gets older and needs more academics, then I can move him there.” On Friday morning, Gregory’s small group of about six toddlers was calling out the letters of each alphabet block Gregory held up; they’re some of the items the grant helps pay for. As 5-year-old Anders Edson yelled out the letters, he also proudly bragged about how well he could count. “I can count to 2,000,” the freckled boy said. Gregory is proud that her children will leave her care not just academically well-tended, but emotionally prepared for educational careers. “My children leave me knowing their state standards and and very prepared for kindergarten,” Gregory said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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