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Timehri Film Festival announces 2018 film line-up

first_imgThe third annual Timehri Film Festival (TFF), which will commence later this month, has announced its 2018 line-up of films and activities which will be featured at the series of events to highlight local Guyanese filmmakers.The Festival, which is presented by the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA) and Rewind and Come Again (RACA), will be focusing this year on the celebration of regional Diaspora and storytelling and will be primarily hosted in the capital city, Georgetown. It is expected to last from May 30 to June 3.The festivities will comprise 40 feature-length and short films from 15 different countries around the world. Festival Director, Romola Lucas, explained that even more so than in the past two years, this year’s festival reflects on the maturation of the filmmaking talent in the Region.The activities will commence on May 30 with a cocktail party and musical performance by Gavin Mendonca, after which attendees will witness the screening of a slate of Guyanese films at Moray House. In celebration of Guyana’s Pride Week, TFF and the Guyana Rainbow Foundation (GuyBow) will co-present Pride Cinema Night, screening queer-themed films.For the second consecutive year, TFF will partner with Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Screen Environmental Film Festival to present the Environmental Film Festival, a special one-day screening of films highlighting environmental issues of particular concern to the Region.As part of TFF’s community outreach, it will be working with several local schools and prisons to present private screenings to their students and populations.The line-up that is scheduled for screening includes ‘Play the Devil’, ‘Brown Girl Begins’, ‘Bad Lucky Goat’, ‘Kafou’, and ‘Amsterdam: Traces of Sugar and many more’.The Timehri Film Festival is an annual festival with a mission of showcasing the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers. The films will be screened at various locations in Georgetown from May 30 to June 3.last_img read more

Govt Minister, others cashing in $M from GPL contract – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is claiming that a Government Minister is cashing in on millions of dollars on a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) contract that was awarded for rehabilitative works on the company’s distribution network.Jagdeo claimed the power company, with the blessings of the Minister in question, awarded a contract that was over a billion dollars above the second ranked bidder.“We heard that a Minister drew down more money on this contract because it’s a US million difference between what they awarded it for and what they shouldOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeohave awarded it for – a substantial sum. And we heard that the GPL money is being used for all sorts of things,” the Opposition Leader told reporters during a press conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office on Wednesday.When asked during the press conference to name the Minister whom he is making the allegation against, Jagdeo noted that he will do so only after being in receipt of the supportive documents.He was referring to the US$23 million (G$4.6 billion) contract awarded to China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation and China Sinogy Electric Engineering Co Limited Consortium for the rehabilitation of the low and medium voltage distribution network for GPL. The contract was reportedly awarded more than $1 billion over the engineer’s estimate and is currently in litigation before the courts.The rehabilitation of 328km of GPL’s low and medium voltage network is part of the Power Utility Upgrade Programme, which also includes the procurement and installation of smart meters throughout the network, intended to enhance the company’s operational efficiency. The project is being funded through a multibillion-dollar Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and European Union (EU) loan agreement.Moreover, during Wednesday’s press conference, the Opposition Leader sought to address GPL’s Chairman, Robert Badal, denouncement that there are some $20 billion sitting in one of the company’s accounts.Jagdeo, at a previous press briefing had contended that the monies were earned, “… because (GPL) did not lower the price of electricity when the price of fuel fell on the world market (proportionate to the drop in fuel prices).”In fact, he noted that “… (GPL) have collected from ordinary citizens, and our businessmen, some $20B more than they should have collected in two years from us, and it is sitting in an account at GPL.”GPL Chairman Robert BadalIn response, however, the Chairman of the power company merely said “…GPL has achieved a significant improvement in its financial position.”According to Jagdeo on Wednesday, Badal opted not to provide the actual figure since he is cashing in big on the extra earnings.“I believe he does not want the public to know the figure – because he refused, he said Jagdeo is wrong but I can’t tell you what the figure is – is because they are busy drawing down from the $20 billion through a series of corrupt practices,” he asserted.The Opposition Leader went on to to say, “We heard that the GPL money is being used for all sorts of things… so Badal needs to tell the people of this country how much money is in that account. If I’m wrong and it’s not $20 billion, then how much is in the account and what it was over the last several months so you will see the movement in the amount.”last_img read more

Donated blood in Guyana guaranteed 100% safe – CMO

first_img…working towards 5% voluntary donors countrywide By Rupa SeenaraineThe National Blood Transfusion Service has recorded over 10,000 voluntary blood donors in Guyana through several collection mediums, all of which have displayed a 100 per cent safety regulation in the process in which the blood is obtained and administered to patients.This was shared by Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, during the global celebration of World Blood Donor Day 2019 on Friday.He recognised that a large population of Guyanese are voluntary donors, which enhances the donation exercise. So far, they have managed to extend the collection network beyond the centralised location in Georgetown. However, a principal operation base allows for increased safety regulations.Blood Donor, Angelica Holder rewarded for her contributions by Dr Pedro Lewis of the NBTSPresently, the Blood Bank has set the target to achieve 30,000 voluntary donors or five per cent of the population to facilitate the ever-changing modernised healthcare, catering for all medical needs.“Our services are centralised for a good purpose to try to bring the standards of blood safety in all its facets. So, every time you donate blood, more than 11 markers are looked at on every unit to make sure that we’re not giving you a disease that you don’t have and we can guarantee a 100 per cent safety of the blood. We also do some other checks which amount to 17 or 18 [regulations],” the CMO stated.He added, “We’ve passed that 10,000 mark. I think last year we even exceeded 12,000 so we can reach for the 30,000 mark in terms of collection. Remarkably, a large proportion in excess of 90 per cent voluntary donors so very few persons are going through a family replacement.”Most populated areas in Guyana are used as stations for blood donation. With the Georgetown Public Hospital established as the primary site, the activity continues at regional hospitals in areas such as Bartica, Mabaruma, Lethem, Mahaicony, Fort Wellington, Diamond, Suddie, Linden, New Amsterdam, West Demerara and others.Persaud reminded that while some persons might display resistance towards the idea of donating or receiving the fluid, it has no adverse effect on the health of an individual. Contrarily, it has proven to improve the body’s operations.“What we really don’t want to have is for anyone to have to lose their life because they needed blood or some support and it wasn’t available…There is still a lot of fear among the population…Giving blood does nothing adverse to your health. We know that persons who donate regularly have some of the best health indicators,” he insisted.Blood DemandGenerally, some persons require blood units as a result of accidents, medical conditions, surgeries, genetic disorders among other causes. In Guyana, a large proportion is used to save the lives of pregnant women. As such, the need for these donations is fundamental.Head of the transfusion centre, Dr Pedro Lewis related that they currently have a chain of over 450 collaborators to amplify collection statistics.With talks to open a trauma centre, it is estimated that Guyana’s blood demand will significantly increase. While there has been a number of constraints, Lewis signalled that they have been able to supply the needs of private and public medical institutions.“We try as much, of course with our constraints, so that we can collect as much units as possible. If you’d ask if we have enough blood, I would say I’m not satisfied. We have to realise that the Ministry of Public Health is moving towards establishing a trauma centre very soon and we’re talking trauma, we’re talking a lot of blood units and we need approximately five per cent of Guyana’s population,” Lewis explained.It was highlighted that there is a need for more education and awareness among the general populace on the quest to save lives through adequate blood contributions.On Friday, a number of persons were recognised for their donations to the Blood Bank. One of the recipients, Angelica Holder, emphasised the importance of such blood, since it eliminates the waiting time before a patient can be treated.last_img read more

Officers cordon off Grande Prairie RCMP detachment – Update

first_imgHowever, regular policing services are still available through 780-830-5700. UPDATE:  As of 6:20pm, the Grande Prairie RCMP have destroyed the suspicious package.  Click Here, for more informationUPDATE:  Police continue their investigation into the package. The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit from Edmonton will be in Grande Prairie to lend their expertise. Free FM, a radio station in Grande Prairie, is reporting that the package contains a pipe bomb. Police say as a precautionary measure, supervisors at neighboring buildings inclusive of the courthouse, were advised of the situation, so they could take measures to have their employees leave prior to 4:30 p.m. Of the 100 staff at Grande Prairie Detachment, various levels of administrative staff were evacuated from the building between 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. This measure is a safety precaution as well as being under taken to minimize foot and vehicular traffic in the area while the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit works.  (last updated 5:20 p.m.)The Grande Prairie RCMP has closed its detachment, after a concerned citizen brought in a suspicious package on Tuesday morning.- Advertisement -Officers say 99th Street North at 101 Avenue and 99th Street north of the detachment are now closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.The front counter is also closed until future notice.As the investigation continues the public is discouraged from attending the detachment until further advised.Advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United starlet signs new four-year contract

first_imgJames Wilson has signed a new four-year contract at Manchester United after manager Louis van Gaal told the teenage striker he would have to wait until December for a decision on whether he should go out on loan.Van Gaal said earlier this month that he planned to send the 19-year-old out on a temporary basis so the player could get some experience, but he remains at Old Trafford and now, the club have announced, has a fresh contract which runs until 2019, with an option for a further year.The teenager was not in the squad for Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Ipswich in the Capital One Cup, but there is no loan move pending for the striker, Van Gaal confirmed on Friday.Wilson scored two goals on debut against Hull in Ryan Giggs’ interim spell in charge of the club in May 2014, but the striker has started just two league games under Van Gaal.The Dutchman still has faith in the teenager, however.Van Gaal said: “James is one of the brightest young English prospects and we are delighted he has signed a new contract.“He is a very talented forward player and has a keen eye for goal. “His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him.”The academy graduate hopes to continue his development at United over the next few years.He said: “I have been at United since I was seven years old and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Growing up at the club has been an incredible experience and I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract and look forward to playing a part in the team for many years to come.” 1 James Wilson last_img read more


first_imgAn ‘old rocker’ gave something back to some ‘young rockers’ when Cllr Dessie Larkin donated €2,000 of his personal political fund to the BEO project.BEO is the brainchild of pupils and teachers at a number of Letterkenny school spearheaded by Colaiste Ailigh.The project encourages students to organise, promote and stage their own rock concerts and battle of the bands contests. After this year’s inaugural concert, BEO will again host the concert on March 15th.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Larkin, said he was delighted to donate the money for such a worthwhile project.To mark the occasion, BEO held a gig in The Green Room at Voodoo which was headlined by rockers Mojo GoGo, Jamaican Vampires and Insanity.  IT’S OFFICIAL – DESSIE LARKIN ROCKS! was last modified: December 21st, 2012 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) Tags:BeoCllr Dessie Larkinlast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Stages Dramatic Comeback, Advances to MVC Semis

first_img Live Stats vs. Missouri State 11/15/2019 – 1 p.m. Bartlett weighted his delivery perfectly as it snuck over the hands of a backpedaling Holst and under the crossbar to level the game at one and eventually send the contest to overtime. (View the goal here.) The No. 4 seed Bulldogs advance to take on No. 1 seed Missouri State on Friday in Chicago. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version “We had a clear gameplan and the guys showed patience and discipline to stick to it even though it took until the later stages of regular time,” Smith said. “We then pushed on a level and found the game-winner through good link up play and final actions in the final third.” Watch Live It was Enzugusi’s team-leading eighth goal of the season, matching his total from 2018 when he was named first-team All-MVC. The Bulldogs tied a season high by peppering 17 shots, outshooting the Crusaders by 11 attempts. Antonio Sanchez set the tone in the second minute with a curling shot that narrowly avoided the top-right corner of goal before settling into a snow bank behind the net. The wind chill at kickoff was seven degrees, and 20 mile an hour winds swirled over the frozen playing surface. The elements played a factor as Valparaiso struck first with a goal in the 17th minute. Full Schedule Roster Fahner hit side netting on a shot in the 57th minute, and moments later Cole Poppen took a free kick that forced a remarkable save by Valpo’s Edvin Holst. Drake’s steadfastness paid dividends in the 87th minute when Lucas Bartlett delivered what is surely one of the longest goals in program history. Allen’s precision and Enzugusi’s pace put Holst in a bind, and the keeper’s split-second hesitation was enough for Enzugusi to beat him to the ball, take a touch past him, and fire home the game-winner. (View the goal here.) ESPN+ Anderson made two clutch saves in the 82nd and 83rd minutes to keep the Bulldogs in the game. “It was great to see Lucas get us back into the match, and Leroy showed up when it counted,” Smith said. “That’s what upperclassmen do. Now we prepare for Missouri State.” Next Game: Bartlett sent shockwaves through Loyola Soccer Park with his 50-yard equalizer in the 87th minute, and Enzugusi sped past defenders to deliver the game-winner in the 103rd minute, sealing Drake’s 2-1 win over Valparaiso in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Valparaiso withstood intense pressure applied by Drake to take its 1-0 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs did not relent after the break, as Erik Fahner recorded a shot just 13 seconds into the second half. The defender collected a pass 50 yards from goal and launched it forward, the ball gaining steam with the wind behind it. “I am delighted with our performance today,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “We knew it would be tough as Valpo dropped off, defended deep, and played on the counter. We dominated the possession, created 17 attempts on goal, and managed their counterattack well.” Drake’s prospects seemed dim in the 77th minute when Enzugusi couldn’t convert a quality look from the top of the box, and the Crusaders stemmed the tide to apply pressure of their own. “With the elements, today was about finding a way to win, and our guys showed our winning mentality in difficult conditions,” Smith said. CHICAGO, Ill. – Highlight-reel goals by Lucas Bartlett and Leroy Enzugusi completed a dramatic comeback for the Drake men’s soccer team and propelled the Bulldogs into the semifinals of the MVC Tournament. Enzugusi and Bradan Allen connected on a give-and-go early in the second overtime, and Allen placed his pass so Enzugusi could get to it just outside the 18-yard box. Mason Marcey settled into a soft spot in the defense and unleashed a shot from distance. The ball twisted and turned as it knuckled toward goal, trickily evading Luke Anderson and kissing the right post before finding the back of the net. As it began each half, Drake started quickly out of the gates in the first overtime. Austin Smythe forced a sprawling save in the 92nd minute, and Enzugusi nearly called game on a free kick a minute later. Preview Valparaiso did well to see out the first 10 minutes of extra time, but the Crusaders couldn’t keep the floodgates shut much longer.last_img read more

Egypt, Zimbabwe get AFCON 2019 underway

first_imgEgypt have won the AFCON a record 7 times. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)AFCON 2019Egypt vs ZimbabweCairo International Stadium, CairoFriday, 21-06-2019 @11pmCAIRO – The long-awaited 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will get underway today, Friday, June 21st at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo.Record winners and hosts-Egypt who were only awarded the rights to host the competition at the start of this year, will take on 4 time participants Zimbabwe in the opening game.The Pharaohs who have won the competition on 7 separate occasions enter into the game as favourites and will have added pressure as the tournament is being hosted on their home turf.With a host of stars in their rooster including Muhammad Salah, Egypt are not only expected to breeze past Zimbabwe but are also one of the strong favourites for the 2019 AFCON.For Zimbabwe, they have already encountered issues even before the kick of a first ball.On Thursday, the Zimbabwe players refused to train on Thursday until they receive their unpaid wages and bonuses. However, intervened and it is highly believed they players will honour the fixture.Zimbabwe players refused to train on Thursday.What the managers are sayingSunday Chidzambwa, Zimbabwe manager “We are among 24 other teams fighting for AFCON.“Now that we are in the AFCON group stages, we will work hard to get the best possible results in all our games.“We know how strong Egypt are especially when they play at home and the fans on their side supporting them throughout the competition.Javier Aguirre, Egypt manager“I’m a very lucky guy because as a coach and an assistant coach, and also as a player, I played a lot of international events.“I started 43 years ago knowing nothing, with no expectations nor dreams, just to play. Now, aged 60, I am almost at the opening game of a massive tournament.“To be honest, though, my mood is quite different this time. I have a lot of responsibility — the head coach of this big project. Also, in Egypt football is almost a religion. Around 100 million people here, they all love the game. It’s incredible. But I prefer it this way, really.Team newsSalah looks certain to start in his favoured right-wing position, with Marwan Moshen leading the line. The veteran striker, who plies his trade for Al Ahly at club level, scored a couple of goals during qualifying.Salah is expected to start on the right of Egypt’s attack.Mahmoud Hassan is another player to look out for in the Egypt ranks, having built up a good understanding with Salah in the frontline.As for Zambia, they are sweating on the fitness of Kharma Billiat. The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, considered one of the Warriors’ most dangerous players, has missed a couple of training sessions and is considered a doubt.Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest ace Tendayi Darikwa is in line to retain his place.Match StatsThis will be the 5th meeting between the two sides since January 2004. In the past four meetings, Egypt has won all of them, scoring 10 goals whilst conceding 4 goals. Only one of those 4 meetings came at the AFCON finals, in Tunisia 2004 with Egypt coming from a goal down to defeat Zimbabwe 2-1.Egypt are seeking a record-extending eighth Africa Cup of Nations title. They are expected to get their campaign off to a winning start against Group A outsiders Zimbabwe, with DR Congo and Uganda the two other teams who Egypt will face in the group stage. Much of their hopes rest on the form of Liverpool’s Champions League winner Mohamed Salah. After a long season he was given time extra time to go off on holiday before joining up with the squad just over a week before the start of the tournament. Egypt won both of their warm-up matches ahead of the competition, a 1-0 victory against Tanzania was followed by a 3-1 win against Guinea last Sunday when Salah came off the bench in the second half and weighed in with two assists.Zimbabwe have yet to progress beyond the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations in three previous attempts. In 2017 they finished at the bottom of their group but gave some very spirited showings against Senegal, Tunisia and Algeria. They qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations courtesy of winning Group G, and in doing so they picked up four points against DR Congo, who they will also face in their final group fixture at the finals. Key players for Zimbabwe are expected to be striker Knowledge Musona and talented midfielder Marvelous Nakamba who has featured in the UEFA Champions League for Club Brugge.The other group A game-DR Congo vs Uganda – Saturday, June 22nd @5:30pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019EgyptJavier AguirreMuhammad SalahSunday Chidzambwatopzimbabwelast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Can 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo do the toughest thing in football?

first_imgThe 49ers are battered and bruised as they head into a Week 12 matchup with the Green Bay Packers Sunday night. It’s the NFL — every team is … It’s commonly alleged that NFL quarterback is the most demanding job in football.It certainly must feel that way to Jimmy Garoppolo right now.The 49ers have asked plenty of Garoppolo as of late, as opposing defenses are daring him to beat them and being downright brazen about it.And even more might be coming his way in the coming weeks.last_img read more

SA, Brazil trade ‘still largely untapped’

first_img25 October 2013 While South Africa and Brazil’s political and business relations are solidly grounded, there is huge untapped potential in trade and investment between the two countries, says Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe. Thabethe was addressing local and South African business people during a seminar in Sao Paulo on Tuesday as part of a five-day mission to Brazil organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). “Both Brazil and South Africa have globally competitive expertise and products in a range of value-adding sectors which we are sharing with global trading partners, but not necessarily yet with each other,” Thabethe said. “As such we are keen to further enhance bilateral trade by also looking at developing complementarities and increasing bilateral sales of value-added goods. It is in the area of value added trade where substantial returns can be found.” Thabethe was accompanied by a delegation of South African business people on her mission to the cities of Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba, which began on Monday and was due to end on Friday. Thabethe told the Brazilian business delegates on Tuesday that South Africa was not only a vibrant and growing economy, but also a unique base for doing business on the African continent. “South Africa has well developed infrastructure and telecommunications as well as a strong banking and financial systems. In addition, South African companies have developed skills and expertise in operating on the continent, while our financial institutions are experienced in funding projects and operations in various African countries.” Africa is one of the fast growing regions in the world, Thabethe said, with a young population of close to one-billion people constituting the new frontier in consumer growth. South Africa’s ambassador to Brazil, Mphakama Mbete, told the forum that “virtually all business activities in South Africa are open to international investors and foreign investments, and they are treated in the same way as domestic investments. “In this regard there are various incentives such as export initiative programmes, tax allowances and trade regulations. This situation provides for a predictable and safe investment environment in South Africa,” Mbete said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more