Guyana’s 50th Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced final plans for its one week “Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC” from June 4-12, in the Tri-State area.This will be the largest celebration outside of Guyana.The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 4, at 13:00h with an interfaith service at the York College Performing Arts Theatre, at 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, Queens. This will be preceded by an inter-county cricket match at 09:30h, at the Idiewild Park Springfield Blvd & 149th Ave, Rosedale, Queens.A symposium on Guyana’s independence journey is planned for Sunday, June 5, at 09:00h at the York College Large Lecture Theatre, at 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd, Queens, while on Monday, June 6, there will be an exhibition of Guyanese art from 10:00h at Aljira Centre for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad St, Newark, NJ.The following day, June 7, will see a live radio broadcast from the famous Sybil’s Restaurant at 13217 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, Queens, at 19:00h.On Wednesday, June 8 – which is Guyanese Volunteer Day – Guyanese medical doctors, nurses and lawyers will provide free medical and legal services at various locations in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.Locations are listed on the Committee’s website, www.celebrateguyana50thinnyc.com.On Thursday, June 9, there will be the official flag raising ceremony at Newark City Hall Square, at 920 Broad St, Newark, NJ. This will be done by the Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka.Friday, June 10 is “Invest Guyana” Business and Investment conference at 09:00h, at the Harvard Club of New York, located at 35 W 44th St, New York, NY.Speakers include Guyana’s Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally and Agriculture Minister Noel Holder.On Saturday, June 10, there will be the President Cup Soccer Tournament at the South Shore High School Park, located at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenues) at 10:00h.The Black Tie, Red Carpet official Jubilee state dinner will take place on Saturday, June 11, at 20:00h, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and Towers, located at 811 7th Avenue & W 53rd St, New York, NY. Keynote Speaker is Guyana’s Head of State David Granger.The grand finale of Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC, the Independence Parade, is on Sunday, June 12, in Brooklyn. The parade will start at 11:30h, at the intersection of Church and Utica Avenues and will proceed West to Ralph Ave, turn South into Ralph Ave and ends at Ralph and Flatlands Avenues – a 3.3 miles route.A grand after parade, unity concert will take place at 16:00h on Sunday, June 12, at South Shore High School Park, at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenue).The New York Jubilee Committee is asking all Guyanese to showcase the Golden Arrowhead (Guyana’s flag) during Guyana Jubilee NYC from June 4 – 12. For more information of the New York celebration, visit their website or call 929-263-2556 or 212-947-5115.
The forum will be chaired in its inaugural year by the United States and Brazil. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012. US President Barack Obama, speaking at the launch, said that open societies, economies and governments together made the “strongest foundation for human progress”. He added that the Partnership came at a good time, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and serve them, and with emerging democracies worldwide showing how “innovations in open government” could increase prosperity and justice.Constitution, press freedom Zuma, in his address to the gathering, said South Africa’s Constitution “specifically provides for the establishment of independent institutions to safeguard and enforce openness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and ethical governance in the public and private spheres.” The country’s “Chapter 9 institutions” – the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission, Auditor-General, Independent Electoral Commission, Gender Commission and Commission on Traditional, Linguistic and Religious Communities – were “an important armoury in promoting and protecting the rights of our citizens,” Zuma said. The country also prided itself “on having freedom of expression and media freedom that are enshrined in the Constitution.Informed citizens, efficient public service “We also regard the development of an efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an informed and empowered citizenry as key tools in the promotion of open government,” Zuma said. “We promote citizen engagement and participation through direct contact with citizens by undertaking visits to hear their suggestions and concerns and to monitor service delivery.” South Africa also had a number of institutions specifically mandated with “preventing and investigating acts of corruption, as this is one of our key national priorities”. Zuma said the government was consulting with civil society in drafting an open government country action plan, and would also continue to in the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, which encourages governments to improve governance, including openness and service delivery to their populations. SAinfo reporter Increasing the availability of information about governmental activities.Supporting civic participation.Implementing the highest standards of professional integrity throughout their administrations.Increasing access to new technologies for openness and accountability. 21 September 2011 The principles of openness, transparency and accountability are built into and guaranteed protection by South Africa’s Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the Open Government Partnership – of which SA is one of eight founding governments – in New York this week. Zuma joined 45 other world leaders on Tuesday in formally launching the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments, in partnership with civil society, to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the launch, the eight OGP steering committee governments – the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK – delivered their OGP action plans, signed a declaration of principles, and welcomed 38 new countries into the effort.Open Government Declaration Zuma joined the leaders of the other seven national founders in declaring their respective governments’ commitment to:
Backstroke, breast stroke or even doggy paddle – it’s all welcome at the Midmar Mile, the annual gathering acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the largest open water swim on the planet. It’s a happy, vibrant community event, with champions swimming alongside newbies, and everyone out to have fun. (Image: www.midmarmile.co.za ) • Wayne Riddin Race Director Midmar Mile +0861 643627 firstname.lastname@example.org • A Mad Swim from Mozambique to Madagascar • World first for South African extreme swimmers • Swimmer’s memoir up for award • Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher • ‘Human polar bear’ makes Himalayan swim for peaceMelissa Jane CookThe sun shone brightly, the atmosphere was charged, and just metres away from the lapping water, throngs of swimmers and supporters milled about, doing exercises, eating hot dogs, adjusting their swimming caps, slathering on sun screen, and all waiting in anticipation for their race to begin.It was time for the Midmar Mile, sponsored by aQuelle water, the world’s biggest open water swim. A momentous charity fund-raiser, it took place on 8 and 9 February this year. It is held annually in February at the Midmar Dam, north of Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, and attracts thousands of individuals, from serious international athletes and Olympic medallists to recreational swimmers and disabled swimmers.In 2009, the event, in which 13 755 competitors finished the race, was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest open water swimming event. Its operations are among the most professional in the sport and its budget is the largest in the world.The distance swum is roughly one mile – Wayne Riddin, coach, administrator and the race director, says a unique feature of the swim is that while the distance covered is always a mile, depending on rainfall and the water levels in the dam, the distance swum varies from year to year. “In years with poor rainfall, competitors are subject to the infamous Midmar sprint start: a bedlam of bodies sprinting across the muddy lake-shore and through the shallows until the water is deep enough to swim.”Ridden, who has led the operations to a level unprecedented in the open water swimming world, was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. “It’s extraordinary to see champion swimmers laden with medals swimming alongside novices. The atmosphere is so exciting and alive. Swimming is on such a high here, with much inspiration from Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Bergh.”Sadly, despite the many safety measures – on hand are 120 professional lifesavers, the South African police diving unit and the navy – a swimmer went missing this year and is presumed to have drowned. Johannesburg businessman Herman van Straten never returned from the water after taking part in Race 3 on Saturday. The search for Van Straten was continuing on Monday. In 2011, Nico Mellet, 45, drowned while swimming the Mile.HistoryRiddin says the race was first held in 1974, with 193 competitors. “Over the next 10 years this grew to over 1 500 people and it was proposed that the entries stopped at 2 500. I got involved 22 years ago as an organiser and there are now over 18 000 swimmers. The numbers are growing and international people traverse continents to participate.”The more social swim is for families on the Saturday, and the highlight is the competitive events on the Sunday. There is a swim for everyone: a family event, a company event, a non-company event, which promotes the development of swimmers, among others.On race day, to handle the vast number of competitors, five groups of swimmers, divided by cap colour, are set off in batches of people, 600 in each, three minutes apart. The cap colours determine whether the competitor is a novice swimmer, a champion or is bobbing in-between. The group division the swimmer is assigned to is based on a qualifying time in a previous qualifying event, with the fastest group leaving first. The range of age groups varies from five-year-olds to the more mature octogenarians. In all, there are eight events split over two days.Mother Nature was in a playful mood this weekend, and decided to turn the tranquil dam into a sea of swells. As a result, the under-13s were unable to participate, and others would have preferred lilos urging them on instead of mouthfuls of water and a course that constantly veered off line.CompetitorsEach event included champions and a phenomenal tenacity to succeed. Mentally impaired Craig Groenewald continued his remarkable Midmar Mile run, claiming his 15th consecutive victory in the disabled category. “The vibe and all the people is amazing. I enjoy open water swimming and I am getting into it more and more,” he said.At 81 years old, Mike Arbuthnot, founder of the event, is a Midmar Mile legend. He completed his 81st crossing and continued his run as the only man to have competed successfully in every Midmar Mile since its inception. Arbuthnot also congratulated the oldest female finisher, Lorna Cochran, who successfully completed her crossing at 90 years old.Chad Ho and Ashley Twichell were again the overall Midmar champions. Ho, 23, is a veteran of open water swimming, with various victories over the years in marathon swimming, including four consecutive wins before this year’s Mile.Entries for the seeding races this year had grown by about 15% and Ho said he was excited to see the direction in which the sport was moving in South Africa. “Definitely, I’m excited. I want to see the sport grow. I want to see development come through or local talent or youngsters coming up. So it’s exciting to see the potential emerging. Hopefully one day we’ll see someone else in my shoes, trying to go for five wins in a row, six in a row.”Twichell won a thrilling women’s race to take the title for the second consecutive year. The American finished in a time of 19:45, two seconds ahead of seven-time winner Keri-Anne Payne, the 2012 Olympic Games open water silver-medallist from Great Britain.PinkDriveCharity is a major element of the Midmar Mile which this year raised funds for the breast cancer community carer, PinkDrive. Its name was displayed on swimmers bodies. Bright pink costumes for women and swim shorts for men were the order of the day for people swimming in support of the public benefit organisation.PinkDrive is South Africa’s first mobile mammography and educational unit. To date, it has provided over 5 000 free mammograms, done over 54 000 clinical breast examinations, educated over 79 000 people about breast cancer, and distributed over 90 000 educational materials.Described as the most extravagant, innovative, comprehensive open water swimming event in the world, the Midmar Mile has it all. It’s a phenomenal magical space with thousands gathering in one beautiful location.Wendy Schulze, who has competed nine times, summed up the feeling: “So many people coming together, swimming together, the young and the old swimming side by side, children swimming with their parents for charities, this heightens the emotion. Days like this offer the perfect opportunity for reflection and immense fun, among a huge family of swimmers. It doesn’t matter if you are swimming back stroke, crawl or the Macarena to the end, there is always encouragement and a sense of achieving something extraordinary.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-10-17Not a lot of change in the overall forecast pattern this morning, but we do have a few tweaks to our forecast…mostly finessing the timing of our next two rain events. Today we should start with decent sun, but clouds will building this afternoon as our next system pushes across the western and central Corn Belt. Rains will actually begin in Indiana sooner today, and that means we need to be on the lookout sooner here too.Rains will start this evening and overnight over the state and will fill in nicely through tomorrow as well. We are leaving rain totals alone this morning for the entire event. That means we are looking at rain totals of .25”-1” over about 70% of the state. We are pulling back on the coverage of this rain event because it looks to try and pull a little farther north and may leave out southern parts of the state from any significant rains. And, while we still look for the best rains to be north, we are going to expand it to the entire northern part of the state, rather than just saying the northeast gets the best rains. Minor changes to be sure, but still, worth making them this morning. Rains will finish off in most areas by sunset tomorrow. The map above shows potential rainfall through tomorrow evening.We still look for a dry Thursday- Friday-Saturday period over the state, but have some concern this morning about lingering clouds at least Thursday into Friday. WE do not think these clouds deliver any new precipitation, but it may lead to slower drying due to less than full sun. Still, it should not be a bad period, and we do continue to see temps normal to above normal along with increasing winds as we finish the week and start the weekend. This should back up our claim of good drying weather ahead of our next system.That system is on track for Sunday arrival, but we are limiting rain Sunday to the northern third of the state. This rain and thunderstorm action on Sunday likely fires off along a pseudo-warm front boundary, and will act as such. Rains over the northern third of the state will be from .25”-1”, with coverage at nearly 80% of areas north of US 30. South we see nothing. But, a cool front does sweep through very early Monday morning through Monday midday, and will bring a few hundredths of an inch to .25” to most of the state. That means we see most of our concern about field work delays staying up north, and a large part of southern Ohio will not see a lot of rain this weekend.Behind that system we are back to dry weather for all of next week. WE have a strong high pressure dome taking control from Monday through Friday. Temps will be near normal, and sunshine should aid drying. However, winds are not going to be as strong as before the Sunday system. Our next front to watch should be remains in our peripheral vision for late the 21st and mostly the 22nd. This front still looks great to our west, and as long as it holds together, will bring us rain potential of at least .25”-.75” over 75% of the state.
The interview is an important aspect of documentary filmmaking. Check out these must-know interview tips before starting your next project.Top image via Pat MillsThe importance of conducting a solid interview can’t be overstated when it comes to documentary filmmaking. But every filmmaker is different in terms of how they approach and capture that interview. The way Errol Morris conducts an interview is vastly different from the way Werner Herzog conducts an interview. With that said, let’s run through a few interview tips every documentary filmmaker should know.1. Prepare Accordingly, but Remain AdaptableImage: documentarian Laura Poitras researching, via The New York TimesResearch is an absolute must before ever attempting to produce a documentary film, let alone an interview. For example, I researched my last documentary film for nearly a year before we ever rolled on a camera. By researching your film, you’ll be better able to intelligently adapt your questions to match your subject’s responses.2. Avoid “Yes” and “No” QuestionsImage: documentary filmmaker Nel Shelby and crew during interview, via Nel Shelby ProductionsWith research and planning done, it’s time to craft questions for the interview. For this you’ll want to ensure that you have a solid dialogue going with your subject before the interview. Just be mindful not to prep them — you want their responses to be real and authentic, and that doesn’t happen if you conduct a preinterview.Develop your questions from your research and correspondence with your subject. The key to creating these questions is to ensure that they aren’t “yes” or “no” questions. Your questions need to be structured and framed in such a way that they invite the subject to talk and give quantitative responses. We also want to ask them to restate the question before answering.The secret to asking revealing questions is to ask about the subject’s “feelings and emotions” and to ask the subject to tell you a story full of details. – The Wild Classroom3. Ensure Your Subject Is ComfortableImage: Fredrick Wiseman’s crew before filming National Gallery, via DVDExoticaWith a foundation based on research and expansive questions, you’re ready to actually conduct the interview — and while you may be completely comfortable around running cameras, your subject might not be. Because of this, you need to ensure your subjects are comfortable before you ever start rolling.I’ve found a technique learned from filmmaker Scott Thurman to be helpful for this. Thurman recommends giving your subject your undivided attention while the crew prepares the gear and set. Make small talk and chat about anything. Ease their mind and make them feel as comfortable as possible. When you’re finally ready to go, they’ll feel much more at ease with the process. Be respectful of your subject and remember they are accommodating you, so be sure to accommodate them.4. Be Engaging With Your SubjectImage: documentary Filmmaker Errol Morris during an interviewYour subject is feeling positive, confident, and ready to roll. You hit record. Now, it’s absolutely crucial for you to remain engaged with both energy level and eye contact. If your energy level is good, your subject’s is likely to be as well. Having an engaged subject can make a huge difference for your interview.One quick note about eye contact. I like to maintain eye contact with my subject throughout the interview. There will be moments when you write a note about something they said, but try to bring eye contact back immediately. If the filmmaker doesn’t maintain eye contact, the subject’s eyes will drift around the space and likely become disengaged.5. Leave Spaces to BreatheImage: documentarian Clio Barnard on set of The Arbor, via IMDbFinally, we have solid questions, an engaged subject, and rolling cameras. This is the perfect mix for a great interview, minus one thing — breathing room. When conducting an interview, you need to make sure you leave plenty of space for edits. I like to tell my subjects to give me a beat or two before starting in with their answer. Then when they finish, I’m going to let there be an awkward pause — a place for the interview to breathe.This technique is, of course, for the editing phase of the film. Don’t feel that you need to stop recording immediately after you finish your questions. I’ve been able to capture some of the best bits of my interviews during post-question conversational moments.What approach do you take to interviews? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday seized assets including immovable property worth Rs.1.95 crores belonging to two former Goa Chief Ministers Digambar Kamat (Congress MLA) and Churchill Alemao (NCP MLA ) under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, in connection with Luis Berger Consultancy scam.The two leaders have been named accused in the scam.Alemao was out on bail after being in police custody for 15 days along with another former official of Goa Anand Wachasunder.
Tej Pratap, elder son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and former State Health Minister, will marry Aishwarya, daughter of RJD MLA Chandrika Rai and grand-daughter of former State Chief Minister Daroga Prasad Rai. Mr. Rai told mediapersons seeking confirmation of the news, “Yes, it is true.” Mr. Rai said the date is yet to be decided, although some sources said the wedding will take place on May 12 and the ring ceremony will be held at the end of this month. In the previous Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) government, Mr. Rai was the Transport Minister. His father Daroga Prasad was CM of Bihar for less than a year, from February 16 to December 22, 1970. Tej Pratap is an RJD MLA from the Mahua Assembly constituency of Vaishali district.
In this 4 December photo guardians of the students, who study at Viquarunnisa Noon School and College, are seen protesting in front of the school campus on Bailey Road against the suicide of a student on 3 December. Photo: UNBThe students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstration on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.A group of students, including the classmates of Aritree, took position in front of the main gate of the educational institution with placards and were staging demonstration till filing of the report around 10:40am.Earlier on Tuesday night, a case was filed against its principal Naznin Ferdous, morning shift in-charge Jinat Ara and class teacher of Class-IX Hasna Hena over the suicide of Aritree Adhikari.Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed the case with Paltan police station on Tuesday night accusing the trio of prompting Aritee to commit suicide through their actions.Amid the widespread criticisms over the incident, the school authorities issued a show-cause notice to morning shift in-charge Zinnat Ara in this connection.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.Amid the protests, the High Court on Tuesday made an observation that the suicide by the student of Viqarunnisa Noon School is heart-rending and termed the insult of her parents a ‘very bad example’.Meanwhile, two separate probe committees have been formed to probe the suicide incident.The government formed a probe committee led by Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office. The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days.Besides, the school authorities formed a three-member probe committee which was asked to submit its report within three days.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom (L) welcomes Yemen delegates at the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on 6 December 2018. The Sweden talks mark the first attempt in two years to broker an end to the Yemen conflict, which has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Photo: AFPYemen’s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war for years, traded mutual accusations Thursday as they sat down for hard-won talks the UN envoy described as a “critical opportunity”.The talks in Rimbo, Sweden—a picturesque village some 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of Stockholm—have been months in the making, the first time in two years warring parties sit down together in a nearly four-year war which has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of mass starvation.While the days leading up to the talks looked promising, with the Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels agreeing on a prisoner swap deal and the evacuation of wounded insurgents for medical treatment in Oman, ties between the two sides were tense as the talks opened.Yemeni foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani, who heads the Saudi-backed government’s delegation to the UN-sponsored talks in Sweden, told AFP his team would follow through with a planned prisoner swap with the Huthi rebels—but refused to compromise on the flashpoint city of Hodeida, home to Yemen’s most valuable port.“The Huthi militias must withdraw from the city of Hodeida and its port and hand it over to the legitimate government, and specifically internal security forces,” Yamani said.Hamid Issam, a member of the team of Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Sweden, dismissed Yamani’s role in the talks altogether.“We came here with the intention that these talks would succeed,” Issam told AFP.“But it is not up to Khaled al-Yamani… It is up to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.“If they could have taken Hodeida four years ago, they would have. They have not been able to take it, and they will not be able to take it as long as the people of Yemen are fighting.”‘Critical opportunity’ -Hodeida is on the agenda at the talks, slated to run for one week. Not on the table are negotiations on a solution to the conflict between the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, based in southern Yemen, and the northern Huthi rebels, according to UN envoy Martin Griffiths.A Saudi-backed military coalition, which includes troops trained by the US and UAE, has for months led an offensive to retake Hodeida, the last rebel stronghold on Yemen’s Red Sea coast and the conduit for 90 per cent of vital food imports.The move has sparked fears for more than 150,000 civilians trapped in the city as even hospitals were seized by militants.Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse the rebels of smuggling arms from Iran through Hodeida, a charge Tehran denies.More than three years since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s fight against the Huthis, Yemen is now home to what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people facing imminent mass starvation amid war as a frail economy crumbles.Griffiths, who flew to Sanaa to personally escort the rebel delegation to Sweden, said he hoped for small but concrete measures.“During the coming days we will have a critical opportunity to give momentum to the peace process,” Griffiths told reporters as the rival delegations gathered in Sweden.“There is a way we can resolve the conflict,” Griffiths said, adding that the Security Council was “united” in its support for a resolution to the conflict.“Remember these are consultations. We are not yet beginning the process of negotiations.”‘Humanitarian pipeline’ -Griffiths said the UN was willing to step in in Hodeida, an offer the Saudi-led coalition has rejected unless the rebels withdraw completely from Yemen’s western coastline.“The UN is willing if the parties so desire to play a part in the port and city. We’d like to take Hodeida out of the conflict because … it’s the humanitarian pipeline to the rest of the country,” he said.“We would like to see that airport open, but it needs to be assessed,” he said. “We’d like to see progress on this.”The head of the Huthis’ political council, Mohammed Ali Huthi, threatened Thursday to bar UN planes from using the Yemeni capital’s airport unless the talks led to its full reopening.“Unless the airport is opened to all our wounded and sick … then it will remain closed,” said Huthi delegate Issam, referring to demands the rebels be allowed to evacuate more fighters for medical treatment.Sanaa international airport, located in the rebel-held capital, has been largely shut down for years. It has been the target of air raids by the Saudi-led coalition, which also controls Yemeni airspace.International pressure to end the Yemen conflict reached unprecedented heights in recent weeks, as all eyes turned to Saudi Arabia’s policies following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Griffiths’ plans to host talks in Geneva in September collapsed on the opening day after the rebels refused to leave the Yemeni capital, saying they feared they would not be allowed to return.