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Prayer service kicks off Amerindian Heritage celebrationsPrayer service kicks off Amerindian Heritage celebrations

first_imgThe Indigenous community countrywide is eagerly awaiting the commencement of activities for Heritage Month 2018. The month-long activities will commence with a religious service at the Heritage Village in Sophia on the evening of Friday, August 31, and will culminate with the Annual Fund- raising Dinner on September 29.On Opening Day Friday, the religious programme will feature a “Hallelujah Group” from Region Seven. Coordinator of this activity, Valary Dorrick, recently explained that the only indigenous faith that exists in Guyana is the “Hallelujah Religion”, and as such, the service would embody activities in accordance with this religion.This form of worship is predominantly practised by several villages in Regions Seven, Eight and Nine.It would be the second time Hallelujah Worshippers would be participating in the religious service. Last year, a group of six from Kangaruma Village, Middle Mazaruni and another six persons from Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni, RegionOne of the activities hosted during the Amerindian Heritage celebrationsSeven, for the first time led the religious service with prayer and divine worship in their native Akawaio language.This year, a twelve-member group from Jawalla Village, Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven, will lead the service. Dorrick said the service will begin with a “Wada Boo Call,” or the sound of a horn traditionally used by the Indigenous nations across Guyana as a signal to assemble.“That’s how we are going to start, along with a welcome dance into the service. This is a religious dance, so we are doing the dance (using) religious songs. So you can come out and be a part of the service”, Dorrick noted.Reflecting on last year’s service, it was recalled that the Guyanese populace was, for the first time, given opportunity to witness first-hand activities surrounding worship by this group, when all present participated in a religious dance after joining hands in a large group setting and moving orderly in a circle, stopping periodically to conduct various acknowledgements in accordance with the religion.This exercise lasted for approximately half of an hour, with Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe’s full participation. This was not the first time Minister Garrido-Lowe would have experienced this form of worship.Given that she is in constant contact with the Indigenous peoples, this is often the kind of welcome she is graced to experience.Additionally, for many Guyanese who are unfamiliar with this faith, now is the opportune time to experience and share in the indigenous form of worship.Ministers of the Government, members of the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries will be in attendance and share in the experience of the Hallelujah Worship. The service begins at 17:00h on Friday, and will be broadcast live on the National Communications Network (NCN) Radio and Television.last_img read more

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Guyana ranks poorly on Intl Business indexGuyana ranks poorly on Intl Business index

first_img…on par with war-torn Pakistan, TanzaniaGuyana has dropped several places on the international scene, when it comes to the ease of doing business. The country currently ranks in the same region as war-torn Pakistan and Tanzania, according to the 2016 World Bank’s Report.The recently released report rated 189 countries across the world, with Singapore proving to be the most relaxed, scoring 87 points on the World Bank index.Guyana Scored 52The country did pick up favourable remarks for establishing its Credit Bureau in May last year.Guyana was also flagged by the international report as being among the countries where entrepreneurs would have to resort to hiring an attorney for its business registration.According to the World Bank, “among regions, Latin America and the Caribbean has the largest share of economies where entrepreneurs hire lawyers for company registration…It also has the highest average cost of doing so, with fees ranging from roughly US$70 in Guyana.”This represents the sixth consecutive year that Guyana’s ranking on the international business index has plummeted.Four of the top five ranked economies remained in the Asia Pacific region.Brunei, Costa Rica and Kenya each moved up 21 positions, the most; Albania declined 35 positions, the worst in the 2016 report.Since its launch in 2002, the Doing Business project has aimed to provide objective measures of the regulatory environment applicable to the life cycle of a typical small- and medium-size company. A higher ranking confers a more conductive business climate to local entrepreneurs.The news comes on the heels of the Guyana Financial Mid-Year Report.Kaushik Basu senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank, in providing an overview of the report said that a quick look at the list of economies at the top with the ease of doing business reveals that the best 30 performers are not those with little regulation but those with good rules that allow efficient and transparent functioning of businesses and markets while protecting the public interest.Guyana has over the years also been ranked poorly on the annual Transparency International Corruption perception Index. Basu in the 2016 World Bank report noted too that the data in this year’s report also show that economies that have efficient regulatory processes as measured by Doing Business have high regulatory quality.In addition, the economies that rank high on Doing Business indicators tend to perform well in other international data sets, such as the Global Competitiveness Index and Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.last_img read more

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Taylor Gold Panning Championships a success in 2016Taylor Gold Panning Championships a success in 2016

first_imgThey instead had the opportunity to sit around the campfire and interact with people. Something Councillors said was great compared to watching a movie and not interacting.They ended up having 2 silver sponsors, and 3 major sponsors which were: Spectra, EGS and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union which gave a total of $6500 just from those 3.Considering the economy, the District of Taylor was very excited with the outcome of this years event. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Gold Panning Championships were a success in Taylor this year, seeing many areas where money was saved and enjoyment all together.There were 22 juvenile competitors according to Sheena Taliefer, something she says is very exciting because it means a lot of families are coming to the event. She did say some of the children were to small, and they plan on making a minimum age for next years participants.There was also a major change to the meal situation at the event. Usually, it was a steak dinner, but this year, it was chili and buns, something Taliefer says went extremely well and saved them a lot of money.“We were losing money on the steak dinner in the past. We decided to try chili and buns. Instead of paying per plate, we paid for the food we used, so this year it only cost us $360.”- Advertisement -They usually were paying $2500 to $3000 a year for the steak dinner. She says the chili and buns dinner was well received overall. It is something they will continue with next year.There was also no movie night as they couldn’t get anyone to actually do the movie night, with one company bailing at the last minute.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Zimbabwe deny boycott threat for AFCON openerZimbabwe deny boycott threat for AFCON opener

first_img0Shares0000Zimbabwe deny boycott threat for Cup of Nations openerCAIRO, Egypt, June 21 – Zimbabwe’s Football Association (ZIFA) has denied local reports the team is considering boycotting Friday’s opening match against Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt in Cairo over a pay dispute.“ZIFA would like to reiterate that the Warriors have remained focused ahead of opening Group A match against Egypt,” the governing body said in a statement published late on Thursday. “ZIFA and Warriors have signed a contract and both parties will honour and respect all contractual obligations,” it added.According to Zimbabwean media, the national team was threatening to boycott the Egypt encounter over a dispute with ZIFA officials about daily allowances and bonuses.“Warriors have not ventured in any industrial action or strike as reported in some social media circles,” ZIFA said.Zimbabwe are appearing at the tournament for the fourth time and have never advanced beyond the first round.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Personal Trainer slams bodyshaming of nude pensioner by Playboy BunnyPersonal Trainer slams bodyshaming of nude pensioner by Playboy Bunny

first_imgIt was revealed yesterday that Playboy bunny Dani Mathers could face a jail sentence of up to 6 months  after posting an image of a nude pensioner getting dressed at the gym with the caption “if I can’t unsee this then you can’t either”. It has been rumoured that the nude lady in the photo is interested in pressing charges.Posting on Twitter she said; “I’m sorry for what I did. I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing.” Mathers issued a video apology, saying she never meant to send it to her thousands of fans – but to a personal conversation with a friend.Dani MathersDD Fitness columnist and owner of Rushe Fitness, Emmet Rushe, weighed in on the controversy saying;“There are 2 things wrong with what she did. The most obvious one is the invasion of this persons privacy and then posting it on a social media platform.”“The worst part of what she did was, she publicly shamed someone who was at the gym trying to better themselves. It’s a complete contradiction.” “This woman was in there for her own personal goals and what she was doing was benefiting HER.”“The gym should be a welcoming environment”“What Dani did not only knocked the woman’s confidence, but it also sent a message to anyone entering the gym that, if you aren’t training to look like a model, you shouldn’t be there.”“This is nonsense, everyone has their own goals, and no-one has the right to deter you from them.”Emmet explained that a gym should be a welcoming enviornment, and no one should be made to feel ashamed when all they are trying to do is better themselves. Personal Trainer slams bodyshaming of nude pensioner by Playboy Bunny was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:bodyshamingdani mathersemmet rushegymlast_img read more

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First of the ‘Beast from the East’ snow hits DonegalFirst of the ‘Beast from the East’ snow hits Donegal

first_imgIT’S now snowing in parts of Donegal this evening – with around 1cm so far in the Letterkenny and surrounding areas.There has also been a snowfall over large parts of Inishowen.Temperatures have already dropped to -3C with a windchill factor of -7C. The snowfall is a result of a weather system currently travelling from a north-easterly direction through south and east Inishowen and over the centre of the county.Further snow falls are expected overnight, say forecasters.Tonight’s weather will make for hazardous journeys tomorrow morning, especially on secondary routes.Donegal Co Council gritting lorries are being deployed on main routes.   First of the ‘Beast from the East’ snow hits Donegal was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by John2Share 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:donegal weathersnowweatherlast_img read more

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Video: World Cup People’s Bus (2)Video: World Cup People’s Bus (2)

first_imgIs South Africa excited about the 2010 Fifa World Cup? Yes, but not enough – yet! Lesego Madumo chats to some of the people behind the World Cup People’s Bus, as well as some who’ll be riding it around South Africa. Destination: 2010 inspiration.Click arrow to play video.Video: World Cup People’s Bus (1)Published on SouthAfrica.info on 23 February 2010.last_img

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Employment and environment two big worries for India’s economy: Joseph StiglitzEmployment and environment two big worries for India’s economy: Joseph Stiglitz

first_imgNobel laureate and globally acclaimed economist Joseph Stiglitz said that employment and environment are the two big worries for the Indian economy going into the future.He said that India will continue to grow and become a strong economy but job creation will be a concern for its economy as it has managed to create jobs in the urban centres which is a small fraction of the new entrants in the labour force . The Nobel laureate also highlighted the environmentally unsound methods of agriculture in India saying it is unsustainable. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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Indian athletics High Performance Director resignsIndian athletics High Performance Director resigns

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Appointed with much fanfare less than a year ago, Indias first ever High Performance Director for athletics Derek Boosey has resigned from his position, stating that he is no longer “comfortable” continuing in the job. “He has resigned and tomorrow is his last day in office. He has sent his resignation letter to Sports Authority of India. He did not cite any reason and simply said that he is no longer comfortable continuing with the job,” a top Athletics Federation of India official told PTI. Based in the United States, the 73-year-old Boosey, who has worked in many countries in almost similar positions in the past, was appointed just seven months ago. His was meant to be a long-term appointment and was expected to last for five years till the end of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He had been tasked to look after the grassroot development programme, the schedule of national camps, foreign exposure of top athletes and appointment of coaches. Boosey, connected to India through his grandfather who was born in Pune, took part in the 1968 Olympics. He was Director of Athletics for nearly a year in Saudi Arabia in 1976 before taking up the job of head coach decathlon and heptathlon in Australia from 1980 to 1984. Boosey also served as athletics consultant in Korea from 1984 to 1988 before taking up the job of same nature in China for two years (1988 to 1990). PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

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