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.
Over €104,000 has been awarded to over 55 Donegal groups by SSE Airtricity as the Community Fund tops €1.1million since 2007.SSE Airtricity presented the money to community groups located close to Meentycat Wind Farm this week.In September, 45 community groups and bodies took part in Meentycat’s Community Fund Sponsored Walk. A record-breaking 1,200 community members walked through Meenycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey.With the sponsored walk now in its 12th year, community groups have benefitted from almost €781,000 to date.On Monday, the company presented €52,249 to local groups, topping-up the €80,000 raised by community members from this year’s Sponsored Walk.The following day, Tuesday, the firm awarded a further €53,000 for 11 local projects through its Community Fund. Both presentations took place in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. Pictured are representative from the community groups who collected their cheques on Monday last in the Villa Rose Ballybofey front from left are Eugene Gallagher, Sean MacCumhaills, Seamus Herron, Service Manger SSE Airtricity, Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer and Cora Harvey, Cappry Rovers. Back from left Brian Anderson, Twin Towns Boxing Club, Coulter Blackburn, Raphoe Congregational Church, Stephen Hasson, Illistrin Football Club, Sean Bonner, Glenfinn GAA, Ciaran Mac Ruaidhrí, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, John Willie McNulty, Cappry Rovers, Ruth Blackburn, Raphoe Congregational, Sammy Devenney, St Ninians Convoy and Roy Kennedy, St. Ninians Convoy. Photo Clive WassonThis presentation will bring the total funds awarded to over €1.1 million between the Community Fund and Sponsored Walk.A large number of this year’s Community Fund recipients are putting the funding towards improving their energy efficiency measures, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports. Letterkenny Rugby Club and St. Ninians’s Convoy Parish Church will improve the insulation of their buildings, while Raphoe Congregational Church, Illistrin Football Club and Sean MacCumhaill CLG will upgrade the lighting for their premises. Twin Towns Boxing Club will upgrade their electric showers in the club. Gairmscoil Chu Uladh will upgrade their heating system for the school. CLG Ghleann Fhinne will undertake roof repairs and insulation for the clubhouse. Cappry Rovers will improve their astroturf facilities at the club. Elsewhere the Green Residents Group and Green Residents Admiran Group have received funding towards landscaping in their area.€104,000 awarded to over 55 Donegal groups near wind farm was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:AirtricityBallybofeyCommunity FunddonegalMeentycat and Culliagh Wind FarmSponsored walk
A clampdown is under way in Jammu & Kashmir to contain circulation of fake news on social media platforms, especially through instant messaging service WhatsApp, as the police on Sunday identified several social media groups that were “responsible for” rioting in Srinagar last week.A police spokesman said several Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and individuals using social media and circulating rumours had been identified in the July 12 case of arson during clashes in Srinagar’s Soura area. “A rumour was circulated on social media about security forces setting ablaze handcarts in Soura’s Anchar area. An investigation has been able to trace the rumour-mongers,” said the police. The authorities were adopting a multi-pronged strategy to end fake news and rumours on social media platforms, responsible in many cases for deterioration of the law and order situation in the Valley. Superintendent of Police (Kishtwar) Abrar A. Chowdhary has directed the administrator of a WhatsApp group ‘Youth for peace’ to register with the Deputy Commissioner. The police have warned of action if WhatsApp group adminstrators fail to register. The administration has invoked the Information Technology Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in its order. Around 25 WhatsApp groups have registered with the Kishtwar administration already.“People glorifying militants on WhatsApp groups could face prison up to two years under the UAPA,” said the police.Sources in the police said the authorities will strictly implement the 2016 order that makes registration of administrators of WhatsApp groups with the deputy commissioner mandatory. Intrusion of privacy However, users and administrators of the social media claimed it was intrusion into their privacy. “We have family groups, sports groups and the groups where we share news to a closed group. What kind of a group is treated as a news platform remains undefined,” said a WhatsApp group admin.Without defining the social media news platforms, the Jammu and Kashmir government, in its order, has also warned action against the administrators of social media groups “for all the comments and remarks posted and for its repercussions.” The State has also regulated the usage of social media by its employees. “No government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government,” reads an order of the General Administration Department.
In a departure from the norm, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday announced that question paper packets will be opened in front of Class X candidates shortly before the commencement of the examination. “From 2019, the sealed question packets of Madhyamik examination (Class X board exam) will be opened by invigilators in front of students in the examination hall and distributed accordingly,” Board president Kalyanmoy Ganguly said. Sources said the decision came in the wake of reports that the headmaster of a Jalpaiguri school, during the 2018 secondary examination, opened sealed question papers 35 minutes before the scheduled time. The headmaster was suspended by the board later.