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 House of Representatives has passed a Bill to establish the Liberian Institute for Road Building and Maintenance, which would traditionally be known as “Road College.”The House Plenary unanimously voted for the enactment last Thursday, August 27, owing to a report from the Joint Committee on Public works and Education.The report from the Public works and Education Joint Committee says that Liberia, at 168 years old, is still seriously challenged by the lack of basic infrastructure, specifically a network of roads.The proposed law for the Liberian Road Institute has since been forwarded to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.In order to tackle the lack of motorways during the 1970s, the Government in partnership with the German Government established the Liberian Road Maintenance Training Center in District #2, Grand Bassa County. The center was damaged during the 1990 civil crisis.“The reactivation of the Road Maintenance Training Center would significantly help in training middle level road technicians in road building and maintenance,” the report said.“Mr. Speaker and distinguished colleagues, the Joint Committee on Education and Public Works… now recommends, that plenary endorses this report with its recommendation for the passage of the Bill seeking the creation of the Liberian Institute for Road Building and Maintenance.”The Bill is sponsored by Grand Kru County Representative Numene Bartekwa and co-sponsored by the Representatives of the Grand Bassa Legislative caucus.The Bill defines a road as a basic infrastructure that influences national growth and development and the lack of road connectivity in our country has served as one of the greatest drawbacks to our national growth and development.“The category of roads shall include railroad, runway/airport and motor road,” the report specified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Tucville, Georgetown, man who stabbed his sister with a pair of scissors in the vicinity to her heart was on Friday sentenced to three months imprisonment by City Magistrate Leron Daly.Daniel Boutrin, 20, reportedly whipped out the scissors and inflicted the injury on his sister, Jeverie Boutrin, on April 10 at their Tuchville home. According to the facts, on the day in question, Daniel was verbally abusing his grandmother after she refused to give him money. The enraged man got more upset after his sister intervened in the matter and told him to find a job in order to support his family.In retaliation, the suspect pulled out a pair of silver and black scissors and inflicted a stab to the young woman’s chest causing her to receive eight stitches.Daniel Boutrin admitted to the offence but told the court that he and his sister are in the habit of fighting.He further begged for mercy but instead he was handed down the sentence.
Getting rid of old tires couldn’t be easier. Tire Stewardship BC will be holding a Tire Round-Up in Fort St. John on Saturday.The ‘Buy Black Go Green’ helps recycle old tires for various projects and keeps them out of the landfills.The program takes the old tires and recycles them for use as products like playground surfacing, coloured landscaping mulch and athletic tracks.- Advertisement -Residents can drop off up to four tires at Kal Tire off the West Truck Bypass between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday. The tires must be clean and off their rims. Tire Stewardship BC will also be accepting motorcycle and bike tires.For more information on the program, residents can visit the Tire Stewardship’s website.
He said the pilot began working for Sky Dive Lost Prairie about 10 days ago and was experienced, with more than 500 hours of flying time. He had a commercial rating, Morrill said. A woman acquainted with one of the experienced skydivers told The Daily Inter Lake newspaper of Kalispell that she went to the crash site and “wanted to go out there and pull out my friends, but I couldn’t.” The plane crashed while the woman, Deana Schrader, and her son were in a cabin nearby. The boy, 14-year-old Joseph Skokan, said he was watching television in the cabin, heard a plane take off and “a minute later I heard a boom, looked out the window and saw the plane burning.” The skydivers were heading off to tandem jumps in which trainees are attached to instructors, who control the parachute that carries both people to the ground, Morrill said. The parachutists were to fly for about 30 minutes, free fall for 30 seconds or so and then have a 5-minute “canopy ride” to the ground, Morrill said. MARION, Mont. – A plane crash killed five members of a skydiving group Saturday in northwestern Montana, authorities said. The crash happened late Saturday morning in a field about 30 miles southwest of Kalispell, in an area known as Lost Prairie, Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan said. The Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle said the plane went down shortly after takeoff, then burned. The pilot of the Cessna 182 operated by Skydive Lost Prairie was carrying two skydiving instructors and two trainees to jumps, said Michael Morrill, a manager of the company. He said the plane took off in good weather. Names of those killed were not released immediately. All were from Montana, Morrill said.
They’ll be joined by the CF-18 demo team that will show off the supersonic fighter aircraft. Stepping away from military planes, paraplegic hang glider Dan Buchanan will wow the crowd when he launches from a moving vehicle, while Kent Pietsch lands his Jelly Belly covered Interstate Cadet onto a moving RV (but not at the same time!). The team of Ken Fowler and Eric Hansen will be doing aerobatics in their self-made Harmon Rockets, followed by Dave Mathieson in the world’s most advanced aerobatic aircraft called the MX2. Lastly, Pete McLeod, the youngest pilot and first Canadian to compete in the elite Red Bull Air Race World Championship, will show off his “smooth and precise” flying. Making them all look good will be April Zalesky and her team of special effects experts AV8FX on the pyrotechnics. – Advertisement -The two shows will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m., with gates opening two hours prior. $15 advance tickets are available online until 11 p.m. Friday, July 26, and $20 tickets will be available at the gate. Tickets for seniors and students cost $10 in advance of $15 at the gate, while tickets for children up to 6 years old cost $5 for the Saturday show and are free Sunday through the ticket they received with their report card. Veterans receive free admission. Residents are encouraged to take a free shuttle bus from the North Peace Arena that will run two hours prior to each show. Parking on site is limited, and costs $15 per day per vehicle, with partial proceeds going to North Peace Search and Rescue. Access to the parking lots is via 100th Avenue or the 255 road through Baldonnel, and the Swanson Lumber Road will be closed to general traffic during the show. Advertisement Bringing lawn chairs and blankets to sit on is recommended, along with a small umbrella in case it rains. There will be food and drink vendors, that will accept cash. Pets and smoking are not permitted on site, along with hard sided coolers.For more information, visit www.fsjairshow.com.
A website featuring the complete published works of Charles Darwin went public today at Darwin-Online.org. This adds to an earlier site featuring all of Darwin’s correspondence, at Cambridge. Access is free to the public. Students and researchers will be able to search, compare and cross-check different versions of The Origin of Species and other things. Nature1 noted that Darwin’s first use of the phrase “survival of the fittest” was in 1868, nine years after the first edition of the Origin, and that was in the first edition of another book, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication. A year later the phrase showed up in the 5th edition of the Origin. Henry Nicholls quoted John van Whye (historian, U of Cambridge) with an admonition to creationists:The creationist faithful would do well to take a look, says van Wyhe. “If people feel so strongly about Darwin, they should actually take the time to read his own words rather than relying only on the interpretations of others.” Even if this doesn’t convert them to evolution by natural selection, it should expose the popular misconception that Darwin had an anti-Christian agenda, he says. “This was not what he was about,” says van Wyhe. “He was simply a scientist trying to explain how the world works.”Nicholls contrasted Darwin’s attitude with the ”defiantly irreligious Francis Crick who, enraged by the decision of Churchill College, Cambridge, to build a chapel, wrote a letter to the college’s namesake Winston enclosing £10 towards the building of a brothel to go with it.” Other scientists and prominent personages have their own online archives, too, including Sir Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, and Albert Einstein. Sponsors of the site will be interested not only in providing Darwin’s works for easy access, but also in monitoring how visitors use it. See also the announcement on the BBC News.1Henry Nicholls, “A life online,” Nature 443, 746-747 (19 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443746a; Published online 18 October 2006.It’s a fair request that creationists consult the actual words of Darwin instead of relying on the interpretations of others, as long as that same request cuts both ways. Darwinists routinely misquote and misunderstand the points of creationists and those in the intelligent design movement. Many Darwinists don’t understand Charlie, either—including Mr. van Wyhe who thinks Darwin had no anti-Christian agenda and “was simply a scientist trying to explain how the world works.” Read Janet Browne’s biography of Darwin for some disturbing details that provide more finesse than a quick either-or judgment on Darwin’s motivation. Critics of Darwin should welcome this site. Now it will be possible to trace the evolution of Darwin’s own ideas, including his loss of faith in the Bible. For instance, early editions of Voyage of the Beagle are said to indicate he still believed the Bible and creation, and supported Christian missionaries for some time after his voyage, till gradually his faith wore away under the influence of ideas from Lyell and others who cast doubt on the historicity of Scripture. His mind began to interpret what he had seen in terms of slow, gradual change over long periods of time. Now that the uniformitarian foundation that caused this slide into apostasy has been undermined, it is well to consider the lesson of building a world view on fallible ideas. A digital archive is not the same as a book. With the advantages come some disadvantages. One can only hope the administrators of both websites will have high standards of integrity, and will not surreptitiously expunge politically incorrect words or passages from the documents. Van Wyhe need not fear creationist faithful will avoid taking a look. When some uncomfortable details come out, the question will become, will the Darwinist faithful take a look?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
30 June 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama emerged from their meeting in Pretoria on Saturday speaking in one voice on increased trade and investment in Africa. Zuma received Obama and his delegation at the Union Buildings at the start of the US president’s three-day visit to South Africa. Their talks focused on boosting trade, business ties and regional security.Africa ‘on the rise’ Speaking to journalists afterwards, Zuma told Obama that he was visiting Africa at the right time, when the continent was on the rise, shifting from “disinvestment to reinvestments”. Africa was the second-fastest growing region after Asia and had become an attractive market for investment, Zuma said, adding: “Arising out of this visit, we would like to see increased investment in the economy for mutual benefit.” Emphasising South Africa’s position as a financial and logistical gateway to the continent, Zuma tabled bankable projects ranging across infrastructure development, youth skills development, information and communication technology, agriculture and the green economy. He said investment in these projects underpinned South Africa’s drive for regional integration, industrialisation and the localisation of supply and manufacturing. Zuma said the US strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa, launched last year, was “well timed to take advantage of Africa’s growing market”.South Africa ‘critical to US’ Obama said South Africa was critical to the US, as it was the gateway to the continent. Responding to suggestions that the visit was prompted by China’s growing influence on the continent, Obama said: “I am here in Africa because the US needs to engage in a continent full of promise and possibilities”. He said the US administration was not threatened by the interest showed by other regions in the continent, adding: “the more the merrier …. I welcome the attention Africa is receiving … It will help incorporate Africa into the global economy”. Obama noted, however, that relationships should be mutually beneficial and that Africans had to ask questions such as, ‘Are they hiring African workers? How much [is the] profit?’ He noted that the continent had been heavily exploited for its raw materials. Zuma said Africa had to be part of the global movement, adding that South Africa was willing to work with anyone for the benefit of Africa and towards a united continent.Renewing, improving Agoa Showing support for African growth, Obama announced that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which was one of the issues Zuma brought to the table during their meeting, would be renewed, upgraded and improved. “I want to renew Agoa so that we can generate more trade and more jobs,” Obama told the packed press conference. Trade negotiators, however, still needed to work out the details, Obama said. Agoa, which allows southern African countries to ship certain products to the United States tariff-free, expires in 2015, but African countries are pushing for its extension. Regarding to social issues, Obama praised South Africa for how it had managed its HIV/Aids prevention programme, saying it showed that aid was not “just a one-way street”.‘We can work together’ He also commended South Africa for being at the forefront of matters relating to regional security and integration through the African Union (AU). “Our governments don’t agree on everything, but we have seen progress. We can work together,” Obama said, citing successes in areas such as nuclear proliferation and climate change. He believed that South Africa and the United States could stand shoulder to shoulder on issues of security, justice and fraud on the continent – a view that was shared by Zuma. “We would like to cooperate with the US in enhancing peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development, under the umbrella of the United Nations and the African Union,” Zuma said, acknowledging concerns over matters such as the mushrooming of rebel movements in Africa. On international peace and security, Zuma told Obama that South Africa remained concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process. “We unequivocally support the Palestinian bid for statehood and believe in the principle of a two-state solution. We have noted your latest attempts to revive the stalled negotiations, and you have our support in this regard. “At the same time, we are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East would not be possible without addressing the other ongoing conflicts in the region, which are a source of much insecurity and instability.” Zuma also touched on the long-overdue reform of the United Nations Security Council, telling Obama that it remained a high priority for South Africa, the African continent and the developing world as a whole. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Yvonne Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), an organization which aims to create a positive, united image for South Africa to give the country a strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This it does through the promotion of Brand South Africa. Its mission – to articulate a brand for South Africa, which positions the country in order to attract tourism, trade and investment, as well as realise international relations objectives; to establish an integrated approach within government and the private sector towards the international marketing of South Africa and to build national support for Brand South Africa.Pivotal to the success of the work of the IMC is the realization of its mission as this will help the country deal with its socio-economic issues.The IMC has been in existence since 2000 and in her five years at the helm of the organisation, Yvonne is credited with raising the profile of Brand South Africa to the point where it was voted amongst the Top 5 Hot Brands for 2004 by Intelligence Total Business (formerly Business 2.0), an authoritative publication which offers information on next generation business trends, processes and insights.Another highlight was being selected as one of five finalists for the 2005 Business Woman of the Year.She is a widely respected as a leading communications strategist and has played a major role in the training and teaching of strategic media skills in the industry and is a much sought-after public speaker locally and abroad on Brands, as well as the current mood of our nation.Previously, she has worked in the Advertising and Marketing industry in a career spanning over 20 years as a Media Director of leading ad agencies.For 5 years she was Group Media Director of Ogilvy and Mather. This was followed by a stint in marketing, including running her own marketing consultancy, Refreshing Marketing, specializing in experiential marketing and Marketing to Women.She currently sits on the boards of SA Tourism, The African Hall of Fame and The Valued Citizens.
‘Tis the season and all that, and this time of year I find myself thinking a lot about my parents. This is exactly the sort of thing they’d have said (if my childhood had been, oh, 20 or 30 years later), and it would have driven me CRA-ZEE.Funny thing: It’s also exactly the sort of thing I find myself saying to my own kids.And speaking of ’tis the season, thanks and all the best to all of you who’ve read, tweeted, forwarded and commented on Noise to Signal this year. Have a great holiday if you’re celebrating, and just have a lovely week or two if you aren’t. I’ll see you in 2010. More Noise to Signal. Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…