North Pakaraima residents benefit from introductory lapidary course

first_imgSome 20 persons from Monkey Mountain, Tuseneng, Kurukabaru, Kato, and Mikwak recently benefited from a two-week introductory course in lapidary. Participants were trained to recognise and gather quality semi-precious stones and more importantly, how to test the various stones to determine their properties and history.The job of a lapidary or stone cutter has to do with the engraving, cutting, or polishing of stones and gems, many of which are found in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). The Government allocated the sum of $10 million in the 2018 Budget to establish a lapidary workshop in Monkey Mountain.In an interview with the Department of Public Information, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, said the residents of the North Pakaraima communities are very enthusiastic about the project.Apart from the introductory course, Minister Garrido-Lowe explained that participants will be trained in jewellery making. Craftsmen and women will also benefit, as they will have to produce unique craft cases out of tibisiri, nibi, wood and spun cotton, to display the different pieces of jewellery.The Minister explained that the residents are in the process of designing the workshop, and identifying the land for its construction. Once the facility is completed, the Ministry will seek to procure the modern equipment to cut the stones.According to Minister Garrido-Lowe, the polished stones will be sold locally in support of the local jewellers. Additionally, when the project is fully on stream, persons overseas will be able to order their pieces online. She said that the Ministry will be working closely with the Business Minister Dominic Gaskin in that regard.Another positive offshoot from this economic venture is tourism. Visitors will be taken on semi-precious stone hunting and gathering trips and will be taught how to recognise quality stones. They will also be able to order customised pieces.This project will create employment for at least 20 persons in each of the five communities that will be involved, and an additional 10 in Monkey Mountain itself.last_img read more

Regions 1, 2 & 7 record highest levels of fuel smuggling – GEA

first_imgRegions One, Two and Seven continue to lead the way in fuel smuggling as the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) seized over 1057 gallons of illegal fuel worth over $1 million between January 1 and May 31, 2019.According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Energy Agency, Dr Mahender Sharma, the seizures were made during four separate operations conducted by enforcement staff.GEA CEO, Dr Mahender Sharma“In Region One, fuel is permitted to enter the country at a lower tax rate but must be utilised solely within that region.  This fuel, however, sometimes filters through to Region Two.  As areas bordering Venezuela, the presence of illegal fuel in Regions One and Seven is notable”, Sharma noted.Guyana Times was told that for the year thus far, the GEA continues to work steadfastly in identifying and tackling the issue of fuel smuggling throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.As of May 31, 2019, inspectors of the GEA would have conducted 5536 site visits and collected a total of 11,492 samples of diesel, gasoline and kerosene throughout the country.Dr Sharma, during the interview, stated that the GEA continues to collaborate closely with its sister agencies, including the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), to identify and “appropriately deal with” persons who are found in possession of illegal fuel.It was also noted that capacity-building through relevant training programmes is presently on-going.Just a few months ago, Commissioner General of GRA, Godfrey Statia stated that billions of dollars in revenues have been recouped from seizures of illegal fuel over the past three years, as the GRA continues to dent the “Black Market” with support from its sister agencies.He had said that being cognisant of the issues, the GRA has taken corrective action to bolster resources and foster more collaboration with sister agencies to safeguard and protect borders from nefarious activities.Statia pointed out that since he took office in 2016, the measures put in place have allowed for billions of dollars in revenue to be recouped from the seizure of illegal fuel alone.“In Region One alone, over $375 million was collected from fuel smuggling in 2018, while the Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) recovered over $600 million in duties, taxes and fines, of which $124 million was a result of fines, and $119 million from sales and auctions from seizures,” he had told the media.Having reinforced its presence at the frontier locations and shifted much of its Revenue Protection and Risk Management focus away from low-risk and trusted traders, the GRA has been able to zero in on high-risk traders and smugglers.last_img read more

Lacazette completes Sh6.2b Arsenal move

first_img0Shares0000Lacazette completes Arsenal move.PHOTO/Sky SportsLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 5 – Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record Sh6.2 b (£46.5m) fee on a five-year deal.The fee – up to £52.6m with add-ons – will surpass the £42.4m Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013. “He has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character,” said Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.The 26-year-old is expected to travel with the squad this weekend for two friendly matches in Sydney next week.Those games will be followed by a match against Bayern Munich in Shanghai the following week.Lacazette, who has won 11 caps for France, was the second-highest scorer in Ligue 1 last season with 28 goals. He netted 129 goals in 275 matches in all competitions for Lyon after breaking into the first team in the 2009-10 campaign.His league tally last season was bettered by only Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, with 35.Wenger added: “We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.“So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”Lacazette has been linked with several top clubs and looked set to join Atletico Madrid before their transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Last week Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis promised fans “top-quality” summer signings during a question-and-answer session.Left-back Sead Kolasinac, who joined from Schalke, is Arsenal’s other recruit since the end of last season.-By BBC-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex-Red Devil says Lukaku is biggest Premier League prospect but Kane is better

first_imgDion Dublin has heaped praise upon expected Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku, calling him the ‘biggest prospect in the Premier League’.However, the former Red Devils striker does not believe Lukaku is yet at the level of Tottenham forward Harry Kane.It was announced on Saturday that United have reached an agreement with Everton concerning the transfer of Lukaku to Old Trafford, subject to a medical and personal terms.Should the deal go through, the Belgium forward will link up with the Red Devils having scored 71 goals for the Toffees over the last three seasons.He is one of the most prolific goalscorers in English football, but Dublin believes he is still ‘half a notch’ behind Kane, who has won the last two Premier League Golden Boots and has netted 94 goals in the same timeframe as Lukaku’s 71.Speaking to talkSPORT, Dublin said: “As a centre-forward, I don’t think there’s a box he (Lukaku) doesn’t tick.“Harry Kane, for me, ticks every single box. Lukaku is maybe just half a notch off Harry Kane.“I believe Lukaku is the biggest prospect in the Premier League, and can get better – a lot better.”It was expected Lukaku would leave Everton for Chelsea this summer, not UnitedHis relationship with Jose Mourinho was said to be rather fractious given their shared spell at Stamford Bridge, but Dublin believes both men will get the best out of one another at Old Trafford.“Maybe he wanted a change,” Dublin said, when asked why Lukaku did not return to Chelsea. “Maybe he was thinking ‘I was there for a while and you didn’t want me then’.“Mourinho must have seen a difference in him, a change in him. I don’t think Mourinho is stupid enough to say ‘I’ve had him before; I’m not going to have him again’.“He just wants to win, and I think Mourinho will find a way to get the best out of Lukaku, as Lukaku is a very, very good centre-forward. Supply him, and he will score goals.“In a Man United shirt he’ll get more chances than at any other club in the Premier League, so now all he’s got to do is get his numbers up and he’ll be one of the best in the world.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MAGICAL END TO SUPER WEEKEND FOR TERMON

first_imgTERMON GAA NOTESThere is only one place to start with this week’s news, and that’s in Austin Stack Park in Tralee which was the venue for the John West Feile 2016 Division 1 final between the boys from Termon and Castleknock from Dublin on Sunday last.What an end to a magical weekend of football, fun and new friendships. 5 victories in a row from Friday evening in Glanmaire over Celbridge and then the hosts, on Saturday over our hosts Carrigaline and then O Donovan Rossa from Derry before an incredible Semi final win over Douglas on Sunday morning. The stuff of dreams but these boys showed that they play football to a very high standard and they are magnificent ambassadors for their families and for our Club. The near 2000km Circuit of Ireland was a pleasure from start to finish and will live long in the memories of all those fortunate enough to be there. A huge thanks to Dungloe native Kevin Joyce, now resident in Carrigaline, and to all involved with Carrigaline GAA club for the fantastic hospitality over the 4 days. Well done to James Cassidy and Paddy Gallagher and all 23 boys who played their part and who made history with some superb performances against the best in the Country. Our u12 boys are determined not to be outdone by their U14 counterparts and now face off with Cloughaneely on Thursday night 6.30pm throw in at The Burn Road. A win will secure a place in the NRB Div 1 final. Good luck to Paddy Hugh and Eddie and all the boys. Come along and give them your support.U6 and U8 coaching continues this Saturday morning 10.30-11.30 at The Burn Road.Our U10s will play Fanad Gaels at 11.30 on The urn Road. David will be in touch to confirm details during the week.Our U14 boys return to action on Thursday night in Muff in the first of the Div 1 Championship play offs. Game two takes place in Gaoth Dobhair on Monday evening, both games throw in at 7.30. Good luck boys. Our U16s will make their season entry on Friday night in Newtowncunningham and game two next Wednesday night against Glenswilly. PJ Mc Fadden has worked this small group hard and we wish them well for the season ahead.Our Minor boys will travel to Letterkenny Gaels on Monday next to play Rd 1 of their Arena 7 NRB Div 2 Minor Championship games. Good luck boys. Well done to Enda Mc Cormick and all involved in the Donegal minor team victory in the Ulster Semi Final on Saturday last.The TOPAZ Cash for Clubs is back for 2016 so we will be seeking your support with this. Last year we won €1000 so hopefully with your help we can collect enough tokens to enter this years draw. You can register online on topaz.ie or contact any committee member.We ask that all parents and members LIKE our “Termon GAA Minor Board Boys and Girls” facebook page. It is the best way to keep in touch with whats happening at underage level for all age groupsAll Underage coaches are reminded to contact Jimmy Mc Elwaine 086 3345878 to book The Burn Road for any coaching or matches.LADIES: Féile Fever hit the club last week when both the girls and boys teams headed down south for one of the largest youth tournaments in Europe. The girls made their way to Mungret St. Paul’s who were their hosts for the weekend and what hosts they were! We would like to send them the sincerest of “thank you”s for not only taking such great care of our girls, but also making sure that the managers, parents and supporters were well and truly looked after, ensuring that everyone had a fantastic and enjoyable weekend from the moment they landed to the moment they left. Lifelong friendships were definitely made. Also a huge congratulations to the girls on such an amazing achievement in making it to the All Ireland cup semi final, after playing some of the best teams in Ireland, unfortunately their weekend ended there. Thank you to everyone who came out to welcome them home and to let them know how proud the whole club is of them. Thanks to the girls for providing us with 5 exhilarating games of football over the weekend, reaching the cup semi final of Féile 16. This was no mean feat and the girls were terribly unlucky to lose by a point to Russell Gaelic Union of Downpatrick who went on to win the final. Termon club was impeccably represented by these girls and huge thanks to them and their parents for being such great ambassadors over the weekend. There are great things to come from this group of girls and if they keep up the hard work they could no doubt bring another All Ireland title back to the club.We would also like to congratulate the boys on making it as far as the All Ireland cup final and again there’s no doubt that great things are to come from the boys as well.Back to business now at home in Donegal where training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm and we await our date for the semi final against Glenties.The U14 ‘B’ girls: played Bundoran in the fair play county final in Convoy on Tuesday evening where after a few unlucky missed chances they were unsuccessful. Jodie Mc Fadden, Orla Mc Laughlin and Chelsea Gorman were among those who played exceptionally well.Annual 5KA massive thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday night to walk and/or run in the 5k. Congratulations to Ivan Toner, Letterkenny AC who was first over the line in a time of 15:50 and to Fionnuala Diver, first lady home on a time of 17:57. A special thank you to our club members who organised the 5k, who helped with stewarding, food and refreshments afterwards, and a particular thank you to Don & Rosaleen Gallagher for the dozens of loaves of sandwiches which fed the troops afterwards. Finally, thank you to race director Charlie Kerr and to Grace Boyle in once again ensuring the smooth running of our annual event. Lotto:This week’s lotto draw takes place in the Lagoon, with Kath McSharry and Nicola Doherty co-ordinating and a jackpot of €1,700.And finally, don’t forget that BINGO continues every Friday night at An Craoibhín, commencing at 9pm.GAA NEWS: MAGICAL END TO SUPER WEEKEND FOR TERMON was last modified: June 29th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

L.A. to speed police use-of-force probes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The seven recommendations presented Tuesday ran from the noncontroversial – moving to digital equipment for recording witness interviews – to stickier subjects, including the balance of criminal and administrative functions. Officials have repeatedly sought more money to buy digital recorders. The commission said it would step up efforts to secure the required $150,000. Noting that relatively few use-of-force cases make it to criminal prosecution, the task force recommended that the department shift more resources to the administrative reviews that end up at the Police Commission and can result in discipline. Other recommendations included using civilian employees more, changing some work rotations for investigators and conducting interviews with officers involved in force incidents in two phases. That drew some concern from a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, although officials said the initial interviews would be thorough and officers would not be allowed to coordinate their stories between conversations. Deputy Chief Michael Berkow, who oversees the Force Investigation Division, said he appreciates many of the recommendations although he has concerns about the tension between speed and accuracy. Berkow noted that the division is relatively new, having been created in August 2004. It inherited a large backlog of cases from its predecessor agency, he said, and the past year has seen an unusual amount of high-profile cases. “My sense is on some of these recommendations I would like to have a better sense of what the workload is six to eight months from now,” he said. The commission adopted all the changes, though, and on the recommendation of Commissioner Alan Skobin the panel asked the task force to continue meeting to produce reforms. “Despite (police officials’) best intentions, it’s not working and it’s unfair to everyone,” Skobin said. “We get cases on a Friday that we need to decide on a Tuesday.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to shave months off use-of-force investigations, police officials rolled out a raft of changes Tuesday that drew the unanimous approval of the Police Commission, which has made speeding up such probes one of its top priorities. Last month, the Daily News reported that the panel was still waiting to consider multiple cases from 2004 that were approaching a one-year deadline for imposing discipline on police officers. “Now we’re looking at a year-plus of our backs against the wall, running up against statutes,” said John Mack, president of the commission. “It frustrates the officers involved, it frustrates the community, it frustrates everybody.” The commission appointed a task force to recommend ways the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division can streamline its process so cases make it more quickly to the commission. last_img read more

Serie A: Roma out to compile Fiorentina’s misery

first_img Tags: AS RomaFiorentinaItalian Serie A The last 8 meetings between the two sides have produced 32 goals. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Fiorentina vs AS RomaArtemio Franchi, FlorenceFriday, 20-12-2019 @10:45pmRef: Daniele OrsatoA last-gasp Dusan Vlahovic goal saved Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina job, but he immediately faces another difficult test with fourth-placed Roma.The coach had looked to be on his way out of the Stadio Artemio Franchi when falling to a fifth consecutive defeat against Inter, but teenage substitute Vlahovic came to the rescue with a stunning stoppage-time equaliser. That was only a reprieve, though, as Montella remains very much on the chopping block.Franck Ribery is out for at least 10 weeks following ankle surgery, while Federico Chiesa has not looked anywhere near fully fit for some time now. That equaliser means Vlahovic is increasingly likely to get into the starting XI rather than Kevin-Prince Boateng.Roma are sitting pretty in fourth place after three wins in their last four, as around them Atalanta and Cagliari have faltered. It’s remarkable Paulo Fonseca has achieved such good results with a near-constant injury crisis on his hands and that doesn’t look like slowing down.Javier Pastore, Davide Santon, Bryan Cristante, Antonio Mirante and Davide Zappacosta are still out of action. At least Chris Smalling and Justin Kluivert return, while Gianluca Mancini has completed his one-match ban.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is edging closer to the starting XI as he recovers from a long-term injury and is challenging Diego Perotti for his spot in support of Edin Dzeko.Roma will be out for revenge because they have a dreadful recent record against Fiorentina. Their last victory over the Viola, home and away in all competition, was a 4-2 thriller here in November 2017. That was followed by two draws and two defeats, including a humiliating 7-1 Coppa Italia quarter-final loss at the Stadio Franchi in January 2019.Montella spent much of his playing career at Roma and started out as a coach at their youth academy, taking on the main job as the caretaker for a few months too. His record against the Giallorossi as a tactician is very poor, managing just two wins, four draws and 10 defeats.There have been 32 goals in the last eight competitive games between these teams.The other Serie A match-day 17 fixturesSaturday, 21-12-2019-Udinese vs Cagliari @5pm-Inter Milan vs Genoa @8pm-Torino vs SPAL @10:45pmSunday, 22-12-2019-Atalanta vs AC Milan @2:30pm-Lecce vs Bologna @5pm-Parma vs Brescia @5pm-Sassuolo vs Napoli @10:45pmComments last_img read more

49ers suspend announcer for saying Lamar Jackson’s skin tone gives him advantage

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla — The San Francisco 49ers suspended radio announcer Tim Ryan for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, after he said on a KNBR radio show that Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson’s dark skin gives him an advantage on the playing field.Ryan’s comments came during his weekly appearance on the “Murph and Mac” morning show, when he was describing Jackson’s ability in faking handoffs in last Sunday’s 20-17 win over the 49ers.“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you …last_img read more

AAAS President Rails Against ID

first_imgAlan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of Science, wrote an editorial asking “Why are scientists so upset about the growing movement to bring ‘intelligent design’ (ID) into science classrooms and public education venues such as science museums, zoos, and theme parks?”  He took the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Scopes trial to arouse readers of the journal to oppose the movement.1The problem is that ID advocates attempt to dress up religious beliefs to make them look like science.  By redefining what is and isn’t science, they also put the public—particularly young people—at risk of being inadequately prepared to live in modern society.  Twenty-first-century citizens are regularly required to make decisions about issues that have heavy science- and technology-related content, such as medical care, personal security, shopping choices, and what their children should be taught in school.  To make those choices wisely, they will need to distinguish science-based evidence from pseudoscientific claims.    There is an important distinction between a belief and a theory.  ID is cast by its proponents as a scientific theory, an alternative to evolution, but it fails the criteria for achieving that status.  In our business, a theory is not an educated guess nor, emphatically, is it a belief.  Scientific theories attempt to explain what can be observed, and it is essential that they be testable by repeatable observations and experimentation.  In fact, “belief” is a word you almost never hear in science.  We do not believe theories.  We accept or reject them based on their ability to explain natural phenomena, and they must be testable with scientific methodologies. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He repeats several talking points of the anti-ID position: (1) evolution is just as much a theory as gravity, (2) evolutionary does not attempt to answer the religious questions of whether God was behind evolution, “because it is a matter of belief that is outside our realm,” and (3) ID can rightfully be taught in humanities or philosophy courses but not in the science class; “Redefining science to get a particular belief into the classroom simply isn’t educationally sound,” he says.Just as the scientific community has broad responsibilities to monitor the integrity with which its members conduct their work, it also must take some responsibility for the uses of science and for how it is portrayed to the public.  That requires us to be clear about what science is and to distinguish clearly between scientific and belief systems, in schools and in various public venues devoted to science.  Otherwise, we will fail in our obligation to our fellow citizens and to the successor generations of students who will depend on science for their future.1Alan Leshner, “Redefining Science,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5732, 221, 8 July 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1116621].So he is a naive positivist.  Sad.  That the president of the AAAS would have so little understanding of history and philosophy of science is pathetic.  He doesn’t even realize that he just disqualified Darwinism by his own criteria of science.  Clearly evolutionary theory involves heavy doses of belief, while ID entails sound scientific practices similar to those used in cryptography and archaeology.  Evolution is neither testable nor repeatable, yet is maintained with such tenacity that any observation, no matter how contrary, becomes retroactively forced into the belief system.  And who is Leshner to teach about wisdom, responsibility and integrity?  Did those moral qualities evolve, too?  If so, they are without foundation; if not, he has conceded the existence of moral absolutes, and by extension, a moral Lawgiver.    All his propaganda tactics and fallacies are explained in the Baloney Detector (see especially either-or fallacy, association, equivocation and bluffing).  Leshner should become a political speechwriter where his skills would be more appropriate.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup ‘worth every cent’: survey

first_img7 December 2010Over 309 000 tourists, together spending around R3.6-billion, more than 95% saying they would visit again – a study of the impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ on South Africa’s tourism industry shows that the event was worth every cent invested in it, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.The results of the study, which was conducted by the Department of Tourism, were presented by Van Schalkwyk in Johannesburg on Monday.It revealed a radical change in attitudes displayed by foreigners towards South Africa, with those attending matches at stadiums being happy with the country’s security personnel and hospitality, and more than 95% of visitors saying they would be returning to the country in the future.“The survey results show that more than two-thirds of the tourists who visited South Africa during the World Cup rated the country as an extremely good host … and others felt we were better hosts than other countries they had experienced,” Van Schalkwyk said.Total awareness up by 9%Total awareness of South Africa as a leisure destination increased by 9% following the event, the study found. About 59% of the people interviewed said they were visiting the country for the first time.According to the survey, more than 309 000 tourists arrived in South Africa between June and July for the primary purposes of attending the World Cup, and contributed about R3.6-billion to the domestic economy through spending.Before the global financial crisis of 2008-09, some analysts had put the expected number of visitors for Africa’s first Fifa World Cup as high as 450 000.Van Schalkwyk said, however, that even this final visitors’ figure was good news for the country, adding that it was a “very conservative” figure that excluded the Fifa family.‘Worth all the time and money spent’“There were many numbers that were thrown around before and after the tournament, but what we are announcing today is the figure of people who came to South Africa only for the purposes of the World Cup, and it is good news in terms of our tourism … it was worth all the time, the investment and the money,” he said.The total expenditure in South Africa by tourists who came specifically for the tournament was R3.64-billion, with Europeans leading the pack, followed by the United States. The overall average spend per tourist was R11 800, which was higher than the average tourist spend of R8 400 in 2008.Van Schalkwyk said South Africa had worked tirelessly, from the moment it was announced as the host in May 2004, to make sure it hosted the best World Cup ever.“We planned, invested and implemented our vision in the face of fierce scepticism, even outright disbelief that we could deliver on our commitments,” he said.The World Cup, he said, had been about building a legacy for South Africa and the continent. He called on the tourism industry to be encouraged by the statistics, and to take advantage of the ongoing positive spinoffs created by the tournament.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more