Skeldon’s Heritage & Recreation Park

first_imgDear Editor,While the media is abuzz with the pros and cons of the future of the sugar industry and the fate of its thousands of employees, it is heart-warming to see the development of the Skeldon Estate Heritage & Recreation Park, which is a brainchild of the current estate manager, with support from her principals.This park essentially represents a profit centre, with employment opportunities for many otherwise unemployed staff, converting the liability of the unused Senior Staff Compound with all the sunken costs by renting the many empty Senior Staff Houses, and opening up to the public, at affordable fees, the use of the staff club, swimming pool, children’s playground, tennis court etc spread across the extensive lawns, with beautiful trees and flowers, which must be maintained lest what is now a pristine compound turns into an ugly forest.This initiative is not only financially sound, but it represents the breaking down of an age-old, anachronistic barrier between the privileged classes and rank & file citizens in the community and the country at large, as well as overseas-based Guyanese who return to their homeland for vacations. The body language and expressions of joy on the faces of the men, women and children of the local community and others as far away as Georgetown, as they use the erstwhile ‘forbidden’ facilities, speak volumes for this socio-anthropological breakthrough. (I often recall and recoil at the personal inferiority complex which overshadowed my boyhood days at Blairmont Estate, when the invisible barrier along the public road which runs through the Senior Staff Compound was so strong that I suffered mortal fear when I had to scamper on the lawns to retrieve my bumper ball; lest Mr Edoo, the compound foreman, apprehend me with a good thrashing with his ‘koodari’ (walking stick)!As far as I am aware, the initiative includes use of the Skeldon Heritage House (known as the Big House), conducted tours via empty cane punts through the cane cultivation, as well as walks through the old and new sugar factory, rental of the Training Building for occasional meetings and longer-term residential training activities, conventions etc.Bravo, SkeldonManagement!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Guardiola accepts FA charge over Catalonia ribbon

first_imgThe FA ruled it breached their rules on kit and advertising regulations.Guardiola said in November: “If one day in prison was already too much, look how many days they’ve been there now.“Like everybody knows, hopefully sooner or later I can stop wearing it.”The 47-year-old has been wearing the ribbon in support of the political leaders jailed following the Catalonia independence referendum last October, which was declared illegal by Spain.An FA statement read: “Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted an FA charge for wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations. A paper hearing has been requested, with a date to be set in due course.”His much-publicised stance over the controversy in Catalonia has become a major issue in his homeland where, according to reports in Spain, the City manager’s private plane was searched at Barcelona’s El Prat airport two weeks ago by police looking for exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.Since the charge was issued Guardiola has either covered up the ribbon during games or not worn it.However, Guardiola insists that, even though his protest aims to highlight the fates of a jailed group that includes Catalan politicians Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, it is not a political issue.“When men and women put on a pink ribbon it’s because of the support for the breast cancer initiative,” he said.“The same when I wear the the prostate cancer badge, it’s the same, the idea is the same, there are a lot of ribbons.“I’m pretty sure there are people all around the world in Spain and Catalunya who do not want to be independent, but they are not agreeing with putting people in ‘prevention’ jail.The FA’s stance on the matter differs from European governing body UEFA, who allow the ribbon to be worn. City also believe the symbol is not generally considered offensiveThe yellow emblem worn by Guardiola during Sunday’s Premier League win over Chelsea was the daffodil of the Marie Curie cancer charity.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola wearing a yellow ribbon in supportof imprisoned Ctalan nationalist leaders © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted a charge from the Football Association for wearing a political symbol, the English governing body announced on Monday.Guardiola has said he wears a yellow ribbon to support imprisoned pro-independence politicians in his native Catalonia.last_img read more

Starlets down Uganda in AWCON qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets striker Cynthia Shilwatso attempts to go past a Ugandan opponent during an African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 4- Harambee Starlets kicked-off their 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualification campaign with a slim 1-0 win over a much improved Uganda in the first round, first leg qualifier in Machakos on Wednesday.Right-back Lilian Adera scored the all important goal in the 53rd minute with a sumptuous strike from almost 40 yards to give David Ouma’s side a slim edge ahead of the return leg to be staged at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on Sunday. Starlets are looking to qualify for their second consecutive AWCON and a win over the two legs against Uganda will book them a slot in the final qualification round with a match against Equatorial Guinea in June.It wasn’t the best of halves from Starlets, who on the last meeting with the Crested Cranes put four past them. Throughout the opening 45 minutes, they couldn’t master a shot on target, save for three efforts that were far from troubling the keeper.The front three of Esse Akida, Mwanahalima ‘Dogo’ Adam and Neddy Atieno, supported by Under-20 sensation Cynthia Shilwatso had struggled to open up the Ugandan backline, especially with their tact of playing in crosses from width.The Ugandans showed a much improved game from the last time they met the Kenyans and their first attempt at goal came in the 18th minute when skipper Hassunah Nassifa attempted a shot from range which however went behind.On the half hour mark, Kenya had their first effort at goal when Akida collected the ball from 25 yards but her effort went over.Harambee Starlets striker Neddy Atieno stomps forward against Uganda’s Shadia Nankya during an African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree minutes later, Starlets were forced to clear the ball off the line when Asia Nakibuka collected the ball from the right and shot at goal with the Kenyan defense caught off guard.Towards the end of the half, Kenya had another half chance when Adam collected the ball on the left, drove in, but her shot went wide.-Second Half- In the second half, Ouma started off with changes, bringing on Corazon Aquino for Shilwatso in a bid to build up the forward line.Starlets broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half with Adera’s strike from range, having noticed the Ugandan keeper off his line and going for the shot.It was a goal that injected some spirit and belief for Starlets and they should have gone ahead on the hour mark with two great chances.First, Adam controlled the ball beautifully on the right before going past his marker with some deft footwork, breaking into the box and shooting low with the keeper palming away the effort. Aquino picked up the rebound from 12 yards out but her low effort went inches wide.The hosts had picked some rhythm after the goal and Ouma made two more changes to boost the attack, Sheryl Andiba coming on for Cherish Avillia while Mercy Achieng was brought on for Akida.The home side continued pushing and in the 73rd minute Dorcas Shikobe came close with a header off an Adam cross, but the keeper saved at her near post.Starlets kept pushing, but the final cutting edge always let them down and they will now be looking for an improved performance in the return tie on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, July 3

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have no intention of budging from their £35m valuation of David De Gea – despite him having only 12 months left on his contract – and insist they have yet to receive a formal offer from Real Madrid for the goalkeeper. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United will use Jonny Evans as bait in a bid to lure Everton star Seamus Coleman to Old Trafford. The Toffees insist Coleman is not for sale and that United are wasting their time making a bid for the Republic of Ireland international. But United bosses remain hopeful of landing Coleman and are set to tempt the Toffees with a cash offer plus Evans in a bid to secure a deal. (Daily Star)Stoke chiefs have told Chelsea they want one of their fringe players on loan – on top of the Blues’ improved £8million offer for Asmir Begovic. Jose Mourinho wants the Bosnian keeper as back up to Thibaut Courtois to cover Petr Cech’s departure to Arsenal and Begovic wants to move to Stamford Bridge. But Stoke want winger Victor Moses, 24, forward Patrick Bamford, 21, or 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan as part of a deal. (The Sun)Chelsea want to sign Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger this summer although the 22-year-old would prefer to stay in Germany, the player’s agent has claimed. (London Evening Standard)Tottenham are to launch a bid for Everton midfielder James McCarthy. The Ireland ace is frustrated at Everton who have yet to approach him about discussions over a new, revised contract, and Spurs are ready to make an offer for him. (Daily Mail)Southampton and Marseille have made counter offers for Aston Villa target Idrissa Gueye. The Lille midfielder was poised to join Villa after Lille accepted a £9million offer but Saints and Marseille are understood to have bid £10m. (Daily Mail)Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Dennis Praet, the highly rated Belgium international who is also attracting interest from Southampton and Everton. Praet is set to leave Anderlecht this summer for a fee in the region of £10m and Villa have made an inquiry about the possibility of making an offer for the midfielder. (Guardian)West Ham have made a move for exciting Argentine playmaker Manuel Lanzini. The 22-year-old plays for the Al Jazira club in the United Arab Emirates. The Hammers are seeking a loan deal for next season with an option to buy him if he impresses at Upton Park. (Daily Mirror)Middlesbrough are looking into the possibility of launching a hugely ambitious bid to sign Stewart Downing. Boro’s local rivals Sunderland had a £6million bid knocked back earlier this summer. And the Championship side would make Downing the best paid player at the club and are willing to offer him a four-year deal. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest headlines…Manchester United are forcing Robin van Persie out of the club, claims former teammateBayern Munich have NO interest in Manchester United flop Angel Di Maria, claims Pep GuardiolaReports – Decision day for Chelsea winger amid Serie A rumoursArsenal and Liverpool could still land Barcelona defender despite Inter Milan switchEx-Manchester City defender set for Fiorentina exitWest Ham co-chairman David Gold confirms club ‘working hard’ to land Arsenal defenderArsenal and Manchester United target set for Real Madrid exitLeicester set to miss out on Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante after Nigel Pearson’s sackinglast_img read more

Bank of America Suffers DDoS Slowdowns

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts The outages were described as “sporadic” and what harm was done seems minimal but down, at times, they definitely were. Bank of America was targeted by Anonymous because it joined other financial companies PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, in refusing to work with Wikileaks. Discussion has been intense on whether this sort of limited interference constitutes non-violent civil disobedience or whether unwillingness to stand up and be counted disqualifies the actors from membership in such a group. Other sources: The Street Tags:#privacy#web Today the Bank of Americareportedly experienced slowdowns based on distributed denial of service, or DDoS attacks. The hactivist group Anonymous, Tweeting as Anony_Ops, announced the attack with the hashtag #OperationBOA. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgZada, who lost her husband who fought against Taliban saidZada, who lost her husband who fought against Taliban said most women in Afghanistha were engaged in eking out a livelihood since they had lost their husbands or other male members in conflicts.”Some are involved in bead-making, some are involved in carpet making, some in making cloth out of silk and many other. The ladies of my villages are supporting their families and contributing to the income along with taking the responsibility of household works,” she said.Suman Khanna, who heads Delhi operations of Amrapali said, “After being trained here, Zada, has been able to teach 360 women and many of them are supporting their families with this skill. So in this way our results are multiplied. It was a great opportunity for us to be able to do something away from commercial, to be able to do something for women.”Meanwhile, the NGO Future Brilliances jewelery line Aayenda, that means future in the Dari language is a collaboration between three international designers –Paul Spurgeon, Anna Ruth Henriques and Annie Fenstustock and the 36 Afghan artisans.It is now an acclaimed fair-trade brand, selling at 40 leading retailers internationally, including Donna Karans iconic store in New York besides being a popular among the cognoscenti from Los Angeles to Ibiza. The jewellery also appeared on the front cover of Cosmopolitan magazine globally this April sported by supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio.Before the exhibition in Delhi, Amrapali also assisted Aayenda Jewellery to showcase its collection at an event in New York. PTI NKS ANS ANSadvertisementlast_img read more

Paks participation in Jr hockey WC depends on govt clearence

first_imgKarachi, Oct 7 (PTI) With diplomatic tensions between the two countries flaring in the wake of recent developments at the border, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has sought clearance from its government to send the hockey team for the FIH Junior World Cup to be held in Lucknow in December. PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed told the media that the junir hockey team would only travel to India if the government gives the green signal. “Given the existing relations between the two countries we have asked the Pakistan Sports Board to get us clearance for the tournament,” he said. The former Pakistan captain said that the Junior World Cup was a very important tournament for the future of Pakistan hockey but Indias reaction after the Uri attacks was not a very encouraging sign. “We will go if the government says we can go but we are concerned specially after the way the Indians didnt allow Pakistan to send its team for the World ongoing Kabbadi Championship in Ahmedabad,” the PHF secretary said. Hostilities between the two neighbours have escalated after India said last week it conducted surgical strikes in against militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK). The strikes came after alleged Pakistani millitants staged a deadliest attack on an Indian army base in Uri. Relations between the hockey federations of India and Pakistan have not been cordial since the 2014 Champions Trophy when Pakistani players went overboard with their celebrations after winning the semi-final against India. Hockey India, the national federation, has been demanding a formal apology from Pakistan and also threatened not to play any bilateral matches until then. Shahbaz said that the chapter was closed as the PHF officials at that time and even the head coach of the national team had expressed their regrets over the matter. “We are now focusing on the Junior World Cup and the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia this month because in both events India is involved,” he said. Pakistani Olympians have already expressed their disappointment at some of the statements coming from few Indian players about avenging the Uri attack by defeating Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy, starting October 20. Shahbaz said that in the past Pakistan hockey teams had been regularly visiting India and faced minor issues but overall they were well looked after. “If the government feels we can go and play there it is fine for us because security of our players and officials is responsibility of the FIH and host nation,” he added. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Spartak charged over racist behaviour

first_imgLiverpool Spartak defender charged for ‘racist behaviour’ towards Liverpool’s Brewster Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 22:45 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rhian Brewster_cropped Matt King/Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Premier League The Russian defender will go before UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary committee following an alleged incident involving the England youth star Spartak Moscow’s Leonid Mironov has been charged with racist behaviour following an alleged incident in his side’s UEFA Youth League match with Liverpool.UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the 19-year-old defender after he was accused of abusing Rhian Brewster in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Prenton Park on Wednesday.Brewster, a member of the England Under-17 squad who won the World Cup earlier this year – reported the issue to referee Mohammed Al-Hakim towards the end of the game, while Liverpool also lodged a complaint after the final whistle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body will now deal with the case, though a date for the hearing is yet to be confirmed.Spartak were charged with racist behaviour following issues in the reverse fixture. The Russian club were ordered to partially close their academy stadium following inappropriate chants from a section of supporters. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Young Innovators to Benefit from Venture Capital Programme

first_imgThe venture capital programme, being developed by the Government, will provide the opportunity for local technology experts to access funding to develop their innovative ideas into sustainable business ventures.State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said that there are a number of creative young people, who will not be able to access loans from traditional lending institutions because “they simply don’t have the collateral to access funds.”Through the venture capital fund facility, they will be able to use their innovative ideas as collateral for funding.“The target group that we want to attract is youngsters, some of them are in high schools, some in tertiary institutions…the Government, through our Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), has begun work on developing a venture capital ecosystem that will provide the institutional framework to facilitate private funding of venture capital,” he stated.Mr. Robinson informed that a consultant has been engaged for the initiative, and “by the end of the year or next year, the programme will be launched”.The Minister, who was addressing the recent opening of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) conference in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, said the Government continues to give priority to Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a key plank in the development process.ICT, he said, is “a vital area that will shape our future development, and allow for significant economic growth. We have a vision for Jamaica being a knowledge-based society, and in order to get there, the Government is engaged in a number of important initiatives to move our country in that direction.”Venture capitalis financial capital provided to early stage, high potential and high risk start-up companies. The venture capital fund makes money by owning equity in the companies, in which the investment is made.The Jamaica Venture Capital Programme will provide a conducive system, focused on facilitating the legal and structural imperatives, capacity building of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and fund managers, and the establishment of a Venture Capital Park.The programme will also give focus to the establishment of an initial private sector-managed fund, with a target of $1 billion for investment in high potential SMEs.It is agreed that the availability of venture capital through the provision of long- term equity financing to new ventures and new entrepreneurs with good ideas, can contribute to the creation of jobs and greater economic growth.Contact: Garfield Anguslast_img read more

Senate Passes Legislation To Absolve Certain National Heroes From Criminal Liability

first_img The Senate, on Friday (February 9), passed the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, with five amendments, during its sitting at Gordon House.The Bill, which seeks to clear certain National Heroes including the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle and Samuel Sharpe, and their supporters of criminal charges arising from their involvement in the fight against slavery, was passed in the House of Representatives last October.Friday’s debate was piloted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who reiterated the Government’s stance of the need for the Act to come into effect to facilitate the restoration of the dignity and integrity of those deemed to have suffered much for Jamaica’s long-term good.“We may not have been (at) Tacky’s rebellion in 1760, one of the most significant fights for freedom in Jamaica’s history…an uprising where hundreds of enslaved persons revolted against unspeakable conditions in which they live. We may not have been around when Samuel Sharpe took a stand in leading the Baptist war in 1831 to 1832, also known as the Christmas Rebellion.“We were not around when Paul Bogle and George William Gordon were executed…(or) when Marcus Mosiah Garvey was tried, sentenced and convicted for contempt of court in 1929,… but we are here today. Today we will play our part and right (the) many wrongs,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith said the Bill’s passage in February was timely in light of its observance as Black History and Reggae Month. She also noted that the legislation’s passage in the Lower House last October coincided with the commemoration of Heritage Month.Government members supporting the Bill during their contribution to the debate included: Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., Don Wehby, Kerensia Morrison, and Kavan Gayle. Story Highlights The Senate, on Friday (February 9), passed the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, with five amendments, during its sitting at Gordon House. “We were not around when Paul Bogle and George William Gordon were executed…(or) when Marcus Mosiah Garvey was tried, sentenced and convicted for contempt of court in 1929,… but we are here today. Today we will play our part and right (the) many wrongs,” The Bill, which seeks to clear certain National Heroes including the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle and Samuel Sharpe, and their supporters of criminal charges arising from their involvement in the fight against slavery, was passed in the House of Representatives last October.last_img read more