Guyana Coconut Festival days awayThe world’s first Female coconut monument was on Sunday unveiled to the public as Guyana prepares to celebrate the inaugural Coconut Festival under the theme “Awakening a Sleeping Giant”.Lady Coco, the mascot of the festival, standing tall gracing the night’s skyLady Coco was commissioned at the entrance of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre by a small gathering.Agro-Tourism Specialist Gemma Wenner who was tasked with providing insight into the significance of Lady Coco, stated that the first ever monument signifies “A tree of life”.“This iconic sculpture signifies the versatility, strength and nurturing women provide in society”, she statedShe noted that the monument was partially made of coconut, among other natural materials.Wenner underscored the relevance of the coconut and its usefulness to mankind, noting that over 67 products can be made from coconut.“We can use the oil from coconut, branches and every other part of the coconut,” said Wenner.She pointed out that a coconut tree is “like a woman”, stating that the tree can weather any storm and still be fruitful.Miss Universe Guyana 2016 Soyini Fraser, as the special ambassador of the Coconut Festival, paid tribute to the artist Gerry Gittens for his invaluable work.The Beauty Queen stated that Gittens is no stranger to the arts industry, noting that he was awarded sometime back with the Icon of the Arts.Fraser stated that Gittens did an amazing job over a short period and he should be recognised for his creativity.Vilma Persaud, no stranger to the coconut industry, delivered the feature address and had the honour of unveiling Lady Coco.Persaud, who owns one of the largest coconut farms in the country and supplies regional markets, delivered an inspiring story about how she was able to be successful.“Firstly I was never a farmer; I was married to the farmer but what I realised in the community is that farmers only farmed for subsistence. I did not want that for my family so I decided to go to all of the forums and agricultural activities to gain knowledge to better my farm.”She added that she encountered many challenges in her family life since she is a mother and a wife. However that never stopped her and today her family is proud of what they have accomplished.According to Guyana’s Director General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, Lady Coco will not be permanently located at the entrance of the Convention Centre since the coconut industry committee will be seeking a place of permanent residence, at a craft shop.“We will be moving the monument to various locations around the country then after we will be looking to place it in a craft shop.”Gittens, with the crafty hands behind the monument disclosed that Lady Coco is an invaluable piece of work that he and his team are extremely proud to have created. However he indicated to this publication his dissatisfaction with the allotted time to complete the work since he had to toil day and night to meet the deadline. He further signalled that had he more time there would have been more creativity.Guyana Coconut Festival is scheduled for October 28 to 30 at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre. The Guyana Coconut Festival was officially launched at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel on Thursday 21st April last.
The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is still investigating the recent calls made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for protests and “war break” at the Government outreach held in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) some weeks ago.Finance Minister Winston JordanPrime Minister Moses NagamootooChairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission, Dr John SmithThe high-ranking Government officials made those comments following the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling that the No-Confidence Motion filed by the Opposition was validly passed, thus toppling the Government. During the meeting, which was held in Bartica the same day as the Court’s ruling, the ministers pointed out that the David Granger-led administration is not prepared to call elections unless House-to-House registration is carried out, regardless of what the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) or anyone says. It was then that the ministers called for protests with Finance Minister Winston Jordan taking a step further saying “war break”. These statements led to the Opposition – Peoples Progressive Party – filing complaints with both the Police and the ERC.On Wednesday, Chairman of the Commission, Dr John Smith, explained to Guyana Times that such complaints are usually forwarded to a special unit to conduct the probe.“What normally happens when these complaints come in and they have been quite a number, we pass them on to one of the units we have— Investigative Unit— and they do the investigation and then they report back to the commission,” he said.However, the Chairman was unable to say exactly when the probe will be completed but assured that the report by the Opposition is being acted upon.“It’s been sent to the unit. I can’t remember if the investigation is complete because I don’t want to give you the wrong information but it has been sent and action is being taken on that matter; that I can say with certainty,” the ERC Chairman said.Further, he explained that the Investigative Unit usually goes to the part of the country where such statements were made to investigate thoroughly.About two weeks ago, the Chairman acknowledged that the body was in receipt of the letter and it was forwarded to the Investigation Unit. After the evaluation is completed, commissioners will make their input to determine the final outcome.Asked whether the Commission had expressed concerns over the series of events, Smith noted that it is too early to determine since the letter was sent just a couple of days ago.One-line responsesOver the weekend, former Chief Whip for the Opposition, Gail Teixeira, said she has since received one-line responses from the ERC and Police with regards to her complaint made in relation to the troubling statements by members of the Government.Teixeira told this publication, “I just got one-line acknowledgement letters saying they would be looking into the matters from both the ERC and Commissioner of Police”.“War break”During an outreach in Bartica last month, Minister Jordan called on supporters to go out and protest for House-to-House registration, noting that if that doesn’t happen, then there would be “war break”.This is despite the fact that this exercise is likely to further delay the elections that were constitutionally due since March 21 of this year.“Comrades, be on the ready! Because we will be able to call you out to picket for House-to-House registration. No registration, no elections”!“And CCJ or no CCJ, they can’t tell us that we must tinker with that list to call an improper election. Elections must be free, fair, and proper,” the Minister said in gross disregard for the ruling of the highest Court in the region.Jordan added, “From today Comrades, war break. Because we got to go to elections before the end of this year, hopefully. I say hopefully because we can only go to elections when GECOM says it’s ready. So don’t let anyone tell you anything”.“And I’m putting the Police on notice. Mischief will be afoot between now and when the elections are called. You have to be on your guard and your lookout. Your intelligence has to be upgraded. Because already there is talk about bringing people on the street,” he said.Nevertheless, similar sentiments were also expressed by Prime Minister Nagamootoo who declared that there would be “trouble” without House-to-House registration and urged street protests.
A meeting was held on Monday between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to forge collaboration in an attempt to better secure the capital city, Georgetown. The meeting was held at the chambers of the M&CC with Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken, Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Marlon Chapman, Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King, Chief Constable Andrew Foo and members of the Council.Commander of A Division Marlon Chapman, Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Chief Constable Andrew FooThe Town Clerk said the M&CC is seeking collaboration with the GPF in light of the recent prison breaks. King said while the M&CC was aware of the incident, they were not formally notified of the chain of events.According to him, while there are discussions between the City Constabulary and the Police Force, information sharing needs to be more formal. This, he believes, is important because Councillors were elected and have a responsibility to secure the communities which elected them.“What we are asking for is something that is more institutionalised, something that is more formal, something where we can meet on a regular basis and have discussions so we too can be involved in detecting and preventing crime in the city, because we have a responsibility,” he explained.Assistant Police Commissioner Hicken said the initiative is one which he welcomes since it will help lower the crime situation in the city. Hicken also noted that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will have to be crafted for the collaboration to be effective.However, he pointed out that while the MoU is being crafted, there are some immediate actions that will be undertaken. “By the time we are developing the MoU, we can do some standard operating procedures (SOPs) which can start almost immediately,” the Assistant Police Commissioner stated.He further added that “the MoU gives both sides of the organisation their roles, responsibilities, the if, what and how. In terms of the Standing Operating Procedures, that can work now and we have this collaboration conducted through the Commander of A Division”. The way in which information is shared is expected to be ironed out in the MoU.Assistant Commissioner Hicken also noted that the collaboration will help to maximise the use of limited resources as it relates to the deploying of officers in and around the city. According to the Assistant Commissioner, “No organisation should be working in isolation because it takes all the resources in one organisation. If we work in a collaborative effort it gives us more resources generally, not just the human but vehicle and every other aspect of it”.The immediate action taken by Assistant Commissioner Hicken was hailed by Mayor Chase Green, Commander of A Division Marlon Chapman, Chief Constable Andrew Foo and other members of the Council.
– Advertisement -Nobody in the Grand Prix was seriously hurt but, police say an undisclosed number of occupants in the pickup suffered non-life threatening injuries.They were taken to Fort St. John Hospital and, police closed the highway at the crash site just north of the city, for about an hour.The accident occurred at about 4.30. If you witnessed yesterday afternoon’s crash on the Rose Prairie Road, at the intersection with the West Bypass road and, haven’t done so yet, police would like to talk to you.They’re taking calls at the local RCMP detachment number, 787-81-40, hoping to learn more about the collision, between a Ford F-150 pickup and a Grand Prix.Initial investigation suggests the latter, collided head-on with the southbound pick-up, while attempting to pass a northbound vehicle, waiting to turn left onto the bypass road.Advertisement
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0Shares0000Supporters hold a banner calling for Iranian women to be allowed to enter football stadiums, during a match between Sweden and Iran in Solna near Stockholm on March 31, 2015 © AFP/File / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDTEHRAN, Iran, Sep 6 – The website of Iran’s main stadium was hacked on Wednesday with a demand that women be allowed to watch football matches, a day after female lawmakers were permitted to attend.Iran’s nail-biting World Cup qualifier against Syria in Tehran’s Azadi stadium was notable for more than just the last-minute equaliser by the visiting team. The presence of at least two female lawmakers was thought to be the first time Iranian women were allowed to watch a men’s match since the 1979 Islamic revolution.The next day, the ISNA news agency said the stadium website had been hacked, with a banner placed across the front page for several hours saying: “Let Iranian women enter their stadiums”.It emerged that the Ministry of Sport had granted special permission for female members of parliament to attend the Syria match following a request by lawmaker Tayebeh Siavoshi.Some women MPs rejected the offer.“At a time when girls of this country have no choice but to dress as men to get into the stadium, I as a representative of these people would not like to be present in the stadium by receiving a special permit,” Parvaneh Salahshouri, another member of parliament, told the reformist Shargh newspaper.“I go in when they too can come in,” she said.But Siavoshi accepted the invitation, saying it was a sign of progress.“I believe we should make officials hear our demands through proper channels. I went to the stadium for this very demand,” she told the Etahmad newspaper.Sports Minister Masoud Soltanifar suggested further change could be coming.“We will try to pave the ground for the presence of families in stadiums by consultation and coordination,” he said, according to the Tasnim news agency.“I am confident that the fans would respect boundaries which need to be respected.”– ‘A shame’ –A supporter of Syria’s national football team attends a World Cup qualifier with Iran at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on September 5, 2017 © AFP / ATTA KENAREFemale foreigners are allowed to attend matches, and many noted the presence of Syrian women in the crowd at Azadi stadium on Tuesday night.That prompted a rare comment by one of the announcers on state television, saying it was “a shame” that Iranian women were barred.Women are not allowed to watch men’s football — and some other sporting events such as wrestling — because the atmosphere is considered too vulgar for them.Some gather outside the stadium during matches as a protest, while many also sneak through the gates in disguise.President Hassan Rouhani has vowed greater freedoms for women as part of a liberalising agenda that helped secure him re-election in May.He has faced criticism from reformists after failing to appoint a single female minister, but his defenders say he is trying to avoid too direct a clash with the conservative establishment and has appointed several women outside the cabinet.The issue of women and sport remains fraught and unpredictable, with females suddenly banned from volleyball matches in 2014 only to be gradually allowed to return in segregated seats.This week, there was joy and surprise for female football fans when they were allowed to buy tickets for the Syria match on the Azadi stadium website, only for officials to say this was due to a “technical glitch” and that their tickets would be refunded.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Premier John Horgan will be in Dawson Creek Monday to meet with the Peace River Regional District about the Caribou Recovery Program.The Premier’s office confirmed Sunday the Premier will meet with the board during a closed meeting at 11:30 a.m.Following the meeting, the Premier will hold a media availability at 1 p.m.- Advertisement -The Regional District, local municipalities and residents of Northeast B.C. have expressed their frustration with the lack of local consultation with the Caribou Recovery Program.Closures proposed in the draft agreement with local First Nations, the Province and Federal Government could have significant economic effects on the B.C. Peace.
The Argentine’s lightning strike after just 73 seconds was followed by a second from the spot to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s English side reeling.But the 30-year-old missed two further chances to hammer home Juventus’s advantage in the first half, with striking the crossbar with a second penalty on the stroke of half-time.Kane had pulled Tottenham back into the tie, beating veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon on 35 minutes with Eriksen whipping in the second with a 70th-minute free-kick to leave it all to play for in London next month.“The team showed real character to come here and challenge a team like Juventus,” said Pochettino who blamed the inexperience of his side for their sluggish start.“I think we weren’t focused and it was difficult to manage the first seven minutes. I’m very happy that it’s still open and we’re going to play the second leg in London.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri warned they would be ready to challenge again for a place in the quarter-finals after extending their unbeaten run at home in Champions League fixtures to 23 games.“I don’t think there is any need to be depressed. If someone thought that Juventus could win 4-0 they were way off,” said Allegri.“Tottenham had a great game and turned things around.“After going 2-0 up we stopped playing, but part of that was also down to Tottenham’s performance. They are a very physical and technical team.”– Higuain’s lightning start –Pochettino’s side looked down and out after the first ten minutes with Miralem Pjanic lifting a free-kick into the penalty area and an unmarked Higuain volleying past Hugo Lloris, despite being in an offside position.Juventus took control thanks to Higuain’s double, but the striker later missed a penalty © AFP / Miguel MEDINAHiguain’s second came from a penalty after Ben Davies fouled Federico Bernardeschi, with Lloris diving the right way but unable to stop the powerful drive.Higuain almost had a hat-trick, picking up a Pjanic pass to outfox two Spurs defenders only to shoot just wide.Buffon twice saved from Kane, including a header from point-blank range, before the striker finally broke through.Spurs began to take control, only for Serge Aurier to concede another spot-kick by hacking down Douglas Costa, but Higuain was denied a treble by the crossbar.Kane pulled Spurs back from the brink, latching onto a Dele Alli pass to round a helpless Buffon who had advanced off his line, making no mistake in front of goal.It was 24-year-old Kane’s seventh goal in Europe’s top club competition this season and puts him level with Steven Gerrard for the most scored by an English player in a single Champions League campaign.Kane was delighted to take two valuable away goals into the second leg at Wembley, meaning Juventus have to outscore Spurs to win.Asked if he feared his side were about to sink without trace after Higuain’s double strike, Kane told BT Sport: “We could have done, away from home in the Champions League. It showed character.“It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. Great result.”Dane Eriksen got the second from a free-kick after centre-back Giorgio Chiellini fouled Alli, sending it low past a wrong-footed Buffon, who should have done better.“We are sure we will have chances at Wembley,” said Eriksen.“We go into that game full of confidence and we’re looking forward to it.”Jan Vertonghen did well to prevent a late Higuain winner when he slid to intercept a Costa cross to prevent the Argentine tapping in.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eriksen’s second-half free-kick completed a stirring Spurs comeback © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Feb 14 – Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pulled Tottenham back from the brink to hold Juventus 2-2 in Turin, spoiling what had looked set to be a Gonzalo Higuain one-man show in the Champions League last 16, first leg in Turin on Tuesday.Higuain had put Juventus — losing finalists twice in the past three seasons — two goals up within the first nine minutes at the Allianz Stadium.
Simon Kjaer in action for Denmark 1 Monaco have made contact with Chelsea and Liverpool target Simon Kjaer.Both Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the centre-back, who is expected to leave Fenerbahce this summer.But, according to Fanatik, Ligue 1 side Monaco are also hopeful of landing the Dane when the window opens.It has been suggested that they have made contact with Kjaer’s representatives and are willing to make him a substantial offer to join them.The 28-year-old is rated at around £10m, a fee which should be no problem for any of the chasing pack.Reports have claimed that Kjaer is currently happy in Istanbul but he may decide the time is right to move should Fenerbahce accept an offer.
THE boss of a Donegal health insurance company pocketed an incredible 70 MILLION EURO last year in his salary.Stephen Hemsley is the Chief Executive of the United Health Group which has a base in Letterkenny.The American-based boss made a whopping €5.83M every month! The figure makes him the best paid chief of any company, according to American magazine Forbes.Hemsley makes seven times more than the man who runs the global fast food giant McDonalds.The company announced 200 extra jobs for Letterkenny last year.UnitedHealth group, which is based in Minneapolis, is a Fortune 100 company with operations in 63 locations worldwide. It currently employs 340 people at its Letterkenny site processing medical claims and working as IT technicians.At the time of the extra jobs announcement, US Vice-President of Operations, Jim Becker, said it was ‘a proud day’ for the Group.‘The Letterkenny facility stood out for us,” he said.‘Their unquestionable ability to succeed each and every day, along with their strategic location and passionate workforce made our decision very easy.”BOSS OF LETTERKENNY COMPANY HAS €70 MILLION SALARY was last modified: April 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Stephen HemsleyUnitedHealthGroup€70million salary