Prominent business executive, Dr Leslie Chin has teamed up with his son, who is based in Canada, to establish a hub that would see them collecting and refurbishing laptop computers for the benefit of visually-impaired students in Guyana, including the blind.The initiative would target donors both here in Guyana and in Canada.The hub was established after it was explained to Dr Chin, on behalf of the blind community, that being the owner of a computer was an essential component toA visually-impaired student utilising a specialised computer to communicate and studybridge the communication gap that existed between the blind and sighted world.It was further highlighted that the computer has made learning, research, employment, social interaction and so on, much easier for persons who were visually impaired. Prior to the advent of the Jobs Access With Speech (JAWS) software, it was extremely difficult for persons who are visually impaired to communicate with the sighted world.The computers received by the hub would be refurbished and equipped with the JAWS software to enable text-to-speech conversion for the benefit of the blind user. The refurbished JAWS-enabled laptops would be given mainly to persons with vision disabilities that are on the path of academic or professional development. Dr Chin and his family made the first donation of a laptop to the Guyana Society for the Blind to benefit the organisation’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Programme. The donation was made in response to the need that arose as a result of the theft of the computer system that was being used for the programme by armed bandits, who stormed the organisation’s headquarters earlier this year. Persons wishing to donate to the computer hub can call (592) 226-5551 for more information.
On the field below, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs a different contest was taking place, this one the on-going waiting game between embattled Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and baseball. It’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased HGH from a pharmacist currently under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement – or non-involvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward from the whole ordeal, and his refusal to do so has steadily raised their frustration level. Moreno, growing angrier every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by opening day. In the meantime, team officials have reportedly discussed everything from a suspension to outright voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the off-season. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday. “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a scintilla of difference between our positions.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Literally and figuratively. Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia, and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he too is hoping for an imminent resolution. “Anytime something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agrees. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids), I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!