Social Cohesion Ministry launches Mash band

first_imgThe Social Cohesion, Culture and Sport Department on Monday launched its Mash band for the 2018 float parade at the ER Burrowes School of Arts.Present at the event was Social Cohesion Minister, with responsibility with culture and sport, Dr George Norton.Social Cohesion Minister, with responsibility with culture and sport, Dr Norton as he inspects the Ministry’s costumes at the Mash band launching on MondaySpeaking to the small gathering, the Minister expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming celebrations for Guyana’s 48th Republic Anniversary.“I’m looking forward to see what you have out there to display but not only that, I want to be a part of that which you will be displaying, and I’m looking forward to it,” he stated.This year, the band, which was designed by students of the ER Burrowes School of Arts, will be featuring approximately 300 revellers, including a king and a queen. The coordinator of the costumes, Volda Ramsammy, revealed that the band had a simple theme which highlighted the celebration of Guyana.“We have decided to choose our theme based on our national theme, our sub-theme is “celebrating republic 48”, but the reason I have decided to stick to such a simple theme is, because I want to focus and to emphasise on the importance of this celebration,” she said.She added that the costumes featured the national colours of Guyana. The king costume is a vivid representation of the Golden Arrowhead and features national symbols such as the Victoria Regia Lily, the Canje Pheasant and the Cacique Crown.Meanwhile, the queen costume was designed to complement the king. It features a giant hibiscus flower surrounded by local creatures like the hummingbird, which is very popular. It was designed with the intention of showcasing cooperativeness and celebration.When all of these elements are put together, they depict cohesion among the people. The Social Cohesion, Culture and Sport Department will be displaying its float on Republic Day and is confident that it will capture the first prize in the costume category this year.last_img read more

Power outages near Charlie Lake

first_imgBC Hydro is reporting three power outages near Charlie Lake.The largest outage covers 121 customers West of the 271 RD, East of Lakeshore Drive and North of the Alaska Highway.  The power should be restored in that area by 8:30pm.  The power was knocked out by trees across power lines.- Advertisement -The other two outages are smaller and affecting 20 customers.  One is the 264 RD and the other is near the Upper Halfway Road.  Power in those areas should be restored by 9pm and 7pm.For more details you can visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img read more

NHL notes: Smyth, Guerin, Bertuzzi changing sweaters

first_imgThe Sharks sent left wing Ville Nieminen, college forward Jay Barriball and New Jersey’s first-round pick, which they acquired last year, to the rebuilding Blues for Guerin. Bertuzzi was traded by the Panthers after playing only seven games with them in an injury-plagued season. The Panthers acquired forward Shawn Matthias and up to two conditional draft picks in the deal. If Bertuzzi signs with Detroit after this season, the Red Wings will part with one pick this year and another next year. Bertuzzi, acquired by Florida from Vancouver for top goalie Roberto Luongo on draft day last year, hasn’t played since he had lower back surgery in November. The Buffalo Sabres took a big step toward replenishing their injury-ravaged lineup by making four deadline-day deals. The biggest brought forward Dainius Zubrus to town from Washington. The Sabres also dealt backup goalie Martin Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick and then acquired Columbus Blue Jackets’ backup goalie Ty Conklin for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. The big deal trumped those made earlier in the day that sent Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues to the San Jose Sharks and Todd Bertuzzi from Florida to Detroit. New York sent first-round picks Robert Nilsson (2003) and Ryan O’Marra (2005), along with the Islanders’ first-round choice in this year’s draft to Edmonton for Smyth, who has 31 goals and 53 points in 53 games this season. Along with Zubrus, a consistent offensive forward, Buffalo also landed prospect defenseman Timo Helbling. The Sabres dealt rookie forward Jiri Novotny, who’s ready to return from a high ankle sprain, and a first-round pick to the Capitals. The New York Rangers, on the outside of the Eastern playoff race, made two deals. They sent Aaron Ward to the Boston Bruins for fellow defenseman Paul Mara, and traded newly acquired forward Pascal Dupuis to the Atlanta Thrashers for a third-round draft pick and prospect Alex Bourret. The Pittsburgh Penguins took steps to win now, acquiring 40-year-old Gary Roberts and noted fighter Georges Laraque. To land Roberts, who waived a no-trade clause, Pittsburgh sent defenseman Noah Welch to Florida. Forward prospect Daniel Carcillo and a 2008 third-round pick were shipped to Phoenix for Laraque. The Penguins then dealt Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a third-round pick and acquired defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski from Florida for a fourth-round choice. Oilers retire Messier’s No. 11: Mark Messier skated onto the ice at Rexall Place in full equipment and hoisted the Stanley Cup for an Oilers crowd that seemed to cherish him more than ever. After his No. 11 jersey had been raised to the ceiling on Tuesday, Messier took a final lap of the ice in the old building where he helped turn the Oilers into a dynasty. The sold-out crowd roared loud enough to shake the arena. “I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your support,” Messier told the 16,839 in attendance. “(The Oilers are) an institution in the world of sports.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The New York Islanders kept their leading scorer and stole the one that makes the Edmonton Oilers go. Just minutes before the NHL trading deadline expired Tuesday afternoon, the Islanders plucked Ryan Smyth away from the Oilers after deciding to hold onto Jason Blake. last_img read more

HP budget session likely to be stormy

first_imgThe last budget session of the Congress government is going to be a stormy affair in view of the latest round of allegations and counter allegations on the issue of corruption and mafia rule in the hill State. Both the government and the Opposition are planning to have their legislature party meetings on February 28 to chalk out their strategies.The BJP legislature party meeting will be addressed by Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Prem Kumar Dhumal at the State Guest House in Peterhoff. The party will focus mainly on the issue of corruption and raise the charges levelled against the various Ministers and MLAs in past four years. The party had recently submitted a detailed chargesheet on the Congress government’s misdemeanours, during the present tenure, to Governor Acharya Dev Vrat.Forest mafia The BJP is already running a campaign against the Congress government and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for ‘patronising’ various drug peddlers, mining and forest mafias in the State. The Chief Secretary and Director General of Police admitted a few days ago that there had been a sharp increase in the number of drug and narcotic seizures in the State.Though the police have denied any political patronage to the drug mafia, the manifold increase in its trade has raised many eyebrows.last_img read more

Congress stares at strife over support to Sena

first_imgFault lines were visible in the State Congress on Wednesday over the party high command’s reluctance to extend a helping hand to the Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra. A large group of the party’s 44 elected MLAs is in favour of backing the Sena if approached by the saffron party. Despite discussions between the party’s leaders in the State, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the high command is of the opinion that the Congress should sit on the Opposition benches. The decision has upset several newly elected MLAs, old and young, and the State leadership is now forced to pacify their anger. The younger lot is unhappy over Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge’s blunt comments against aligning with the Sena without seeking the opinion of elected representatives. ‘Baseless speculations’State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat, however, has denied any such discontent within the party. “While we believe that the people’s mandate is against the Bharatiya Janata Party in this election, it is up to the high command to decide the party’s position. We work as per the party ideology under the leadership of Soniaji Gandhi. The speculations are baseless and hold no truth,” he said. The denial notwithstanding, the State Congress leadership convened a meeting late on Wednesday to discuss how to pacify the disgruntled MLAs. Six MLAs to whom The Hindu spoke were in favour of joining an alternative government, irrespective of the Sena leading it. ‘Ayodhya no roadblock’“The Ayodhya verdict is going to be a court decision and every party will have to accept it, irrespective of its political stand. That cannot be the roadblock [to forming a government with the Sena]. Similarly, the Congress has received the Sena’s support in the past. Nobody objected to it then,” said one MLA, on the condition of anonymity. The MLAs said they will accept the high command’s decision, but said it will be after taking elected representatives’ opinion.Party secretary and State in-charge Ashish Dua, meanwhile, said the leadership can take the decision only if it receives a proposal from the Sena. “All this talk is in vain as there is no such proposal. How can our leadership decide whether to support the Sena or not before that?” he asked, dismissing reports of discontent within the party.last_img read more

Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’01:37Protesters 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 San Miguel’s jovial center raised his fourth MVP trophy during the Leo Awards on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, basically cementing his reputation as the greatest player of his era.Fajardo also did what neither Fernandez nor Patrimonio was able to achieve, and that was to win his fourth MVP in four straight years.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 shutout“I’m thankful to my parents because I’ve achieved so much in life because of them, they are my inspiration,” said Fajardo in Filipino.The 27-year-old edged out San Miguel teammates Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos, TNT’s Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar, and Meralco’s Cliff Hodge. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next LATEST STORIES Fajardo accumulated a total of 2,886 points  that include statistics and votes from other players, the media, and PBA officials.And even though he just achieved a feat nobody in the history of the PBA did, Fajardo said he doesn’t want to be remembered for the hardware he collected in his career.“I want to be remembered not just for the championships or awards I won, I want to be remembered for the person I am in the PBA,” said Fajardo. “I want to be remembered as someone who was a good example to the youth. That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.”The Beermen, meanwhile, made history with four players making it to the First Mythical team. Teammates Ross, Cabagnot, Fajardo and Santos was included in the the prestigious selection along with the Kings’ Aguilar .Fajaro had the most points in the First Mythical Team with 753 with Aguilar at far second with 474.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took the legendary Ramon Fernandez 16 years to claim his fourth PBA MVP, while Alvin Patrimonio played nine years to earn his fourth.June Mar Fajardo needed just five.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Beermen Ross, Santos, and Cabagnot had 441, 437, and 423 points, respectively.Castro and Williams, Tenorio and teammate Joe DeVance, Cliff Hodge made up the second Mythical team.TNT’s point guard had 371 points to lead the second team with Tenorio close behind at 348 while Devance had 330.Williams amassed 287 points while Hodge had 262. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA: Pogoy is Rookie of the Year, Ross the Most Improved player View commentslast_img read more

Iowa football locker room has visiting team thinking pink

Tradition is an important part of college football, especially in the Big Ten. From the Ohio State Marching Band playing “Script Ohio” to Michigan football players running out of the tunnel and jumping up to touch the “Go Blue” banner, traditions make every school unique. Saturday, the No. 9 OSU football team will play at the University of Iowa, where players will encounter another unique tradition. The visitors’ locker room is painted pink. “I honestly don’t know anything about Iowa, the state or just anything to be honest. I know that they have a pink locker room, that’s about it,” OSU senior kicker Devin Barclay said. The pink locker room for visiting opponents is a tradition started by former Iowa coach Hayden Fry in his first season in 1979. “Our facilities were a little bit dilapidated when I arrived, and every place I’d gone to that had a losing program, we tried to change the image,” Fry said in an interview with Iowa TV station KWWL. Fry put linebackers coach Howard Sissel in charge of changing everything from the equipment to the facilities. When it came time to improve the locker rooms, Fry said, “The only paint that Howard could find was pink paint. So we applied that to the visiting team’s locker room.” Fry graduated from Baylor University with a degree in psychology, so he knew the pink color scheme could provide a small advantage for his football team. “Me, being an old psychology professor, knew that would be relaxing, cool, calm,” Fry said. “If I wanted to fire the opposing team up, I would have painted it red.” OSU coach Jim Tressel will be making his third trip to Kinnick Stadium, where he holds a 1-1 record. In Tressel’s first trip to Iowa City in 2004, the Hawkeyes dominated OSU 33-7. The Buckeyes’ last game at Iowa in 2006 had a much better result for Tressel — OSU won 38-17. Tressel doesn’t think the pink locker room will be too much of a distraction for his team Saturday. “They’ve renovated their stadium, and the locker rooms are nice but they are a different shade, and that’s one of the old tradition things that was done so long ago,” Tressel said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “Last time we were there, I didn’t notice it as a problem. Now, maybe two times ago that was the problem, I don’t know, but I’d like to think that won’t be the problem.” read more

Joshua Perry Buckeyes take part in Whipping Childhood Cancer

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia.Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it. read more

Matthaus Achraf Hakimi is the Bundesligas best leftback

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus believes Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi has already become the Bundesliga’s best left-backThe 20-year-old arrived at Signal Iduna Park in the summer on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, where he spent the majority of his time playing back-up to Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez.Hakimi has started 12 of Dortmund’s 17 league matches and even provided three assists on his Champions League debut for the club in their 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in October.The Morocco international’s performances have been so impressive in Germany that Matthaus reckons the national team coach Joachim Low would love to have him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Hakimi has played a crazy first half of the season,” Matthäus wrote on his Sky column.“For me, Hakimi is the best left-back in the league right now. It would make ‘Jogi’ Löw happy if he had someone with his dynamics, pace and technical ability.”Dortmund will return to action away to RB Leipzig on January 19 in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Solari Ramos is fit for Real Madrid game

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has given fans a welcome piece of news on Sergio Ramos ahead of Copa del Rey clash with Girona on Thursday.There had been fears over Ramos’ well-being after a challenge by Sergio Garcia in Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win over Espanyol had forced the Real captain to be withdrawn with a heavy knee sprain.Tests on Monday, however, revealed that it was not a serious issue and Ramos returned to training with the rest of his team-mates at Real’s training base in Valdebebas.The return of their skipper is a welcome sight for everyone at Real given that a derby against Atletico Madrid and a Champions League last-16 tie with Ajax is not far away now.Speaking in his pre-match news conference, Solari confirmed that Ramos will even be making a quicker than expected return to action in time for their second leg at Girona in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.“Sergio is fit,” said Solari, via Fox Sports.“It was a scare when it happened – it was a tough blow – but he’s recovered and has been training with the rest of his team-mates. That’s good news.”Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has returned to training following a long spell on the sidelines due to an adductor problem with defender Jesus Vallejo being the only absentee for Solari on Thursday.The Argentine also praised Vinicius Junior’s impressive form of late once more, but refused to say whether he will get the nod over Gareth Bale in the starting line-up.“It depends on the game,” replied Solari, when asked to pick between Vinicius or Bale.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Every game has a different script. We have many games coming up.“The great news is that all the players – apart from Vallejo, who has started training – are fit and available.“We’re going to have that healthy competition in the squad, which can only benefit us going forward.“We’re delighted with [Vinicius’] progress. He’s just arrived at the club and he’s already done very well.“We have such a great squad. Everyone’s working so hard. All but Vallejo are training and working hard.”The quarter-final second leg between Girona and Real will begin at 21:30 (CET) on Thursday.🆚 4 matches against @GironaFC✅ 3 wins⚽ 15 @RealMadrid goals#RMCity pic.twitter.com/P3QaA8Wc68— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 30, 2019last_img read more