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GHDS unveils packed calendar of activities for Phagwah 2017

first_imgThe Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha has a number of activities planned in the lead up to Phagwah or Holi, which will be celebrated on Monday, March 13.Commencing this evening, the Rama Krishna Dharmic Sabha Mandir in Barr Street Kitty, Georgetown, will be hosting its annual evening of Holi melodies – Holi Sangam. This will start at 19:00h.On Saturday, March 4, the annual Phagwah Mela and Bazaar will be held at the Dharmic Kendra in Prashad Nagar, Georgetown from 16:00h. The highlight of this event will be a spectacular stage programme which will feature finalists and top performers of the recently held Emerging Voices competition, and outstanding Guyanese singers Rekha Singh, Sookrane Bookdhoo, Mona Gowkarran and Ganindra backed by the Dax New Generation Band.  The Dharmic Nritya Sangh of Naya Zamana fame will be presenting several new and exciting dances choreographed by Dr Vindhya Persaud. There will also be a special dramatic presentation written and directed by Travez Piaralall.In addition to fabulous entertainment, there will be delicious local, traditional and authentic Indian foods, mehendi, games and great shopping deals. Tickets cost $800 with children under 10 being given free admission. The event is supported by Digicel, ICEE, NTN, Rent-a-tent, E-Networks and GBTI.Chowtaal Samelan, an initiative of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, is also being held in the Sabha’s Praants countrywide. Chowtaal gols or groups from Mandirs in each region will converge at the various venues to share in spirited singing reflective of the festival. There will also be beautiful Phagwah melodies and pulsating tassa drumming.On Sunday, March 5, Chowtaal Samelan will be held at the Number 3 Vishnu Mandir, Berbice, at 10:00h; Enmore Hope West Mandir, East Coast Demerara at 10:00h; Lesbeholden Dharmic Mandir, Black Bush Polder, Berbice at 11:00h; Bushlot Vishnu Mandir, Central Corentyne at 11:00h; and at the residence of Mrs Dookie’s – opposite the Soesdyke Mandir, on the East Bank of Demerara at 18:00h.In addition, the West Coast Demerara Praant’s Dharmic Naujawaan will present Naujawaan Utsav 2, their Hindu youth concert, at the Ocean View Mandir Compound, West Coast Demerara on Sunday, March 5.The programme will feature songs, dances and dramatic performances from youths across Guyana. Admission is free.On March 9, the East Berbice Praant’s will host their Chowtaal Samelan at the Reliance Abandon Mandir beginning at 18:00h.On Saturday, March 11, the East Berbice Praant’s Golden Om Dharmic Youths will present its Phagwah Mela and Katahar Curry Competition at the Rose Hall Estate Welfare Ground in Canje, beginning at 15:00h. There will be an exciting stage programme which includes an enactment of the story of Bhakta Prahalad, songs and dances along with a number of Holi related activities. Admission to this event will be $200. Holika Dahan – the Burning of Holika – will be observed by mandirs countrywide on Sunday, March 12.  Phagwah or Holi will be celebrated on Monday, March 13 and will be commemorated with the annual Holi Utsav at the Everest Cricket Club Ground at 16:00h.In addition to scintillating performances by top Guyanese singers, the Dharmic Nritya Sangh, Dax New Generation Band and a cultural group from Trinidad, there will also be powder giveaways, countdowns, colour throws, dance instructions for the crowd, food stalls and other exciting activities at this family event.Holi Utsav will also be held at the Bath Community Centre Ground on March 13, beginning at 16:00h. In addition, the Essequibo Praant will host its Phagwah Mela at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground at 14:30h on Phagwah Day.last_img read more

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Yancy De Ocampo to retire if San Miguel wins Grand Slam

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books “I’ve said before that if I get the Grand Slam then I will finally retire, I hope this year that happens,” said the 39-year-old De Ocampo in Filipino during San Miguel’s fans’ day Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.“I’ve been with this team for almost four years, and I think there’s a big possibility that we’ll get the Grand Slam this season but that depends on the performance of the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDe Ocampo arrived in San Miguel in 2015 from NorthPort in a four-team trade.He has since played as a backup center for five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and has won six championships as part of the Beermen. De Ocampo now has 11 championships in total, tying him for the most number of championships among active players with Rafi Reavis.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsDe Ocampo, who played two games in 7.5 minutes in the elimination round, said he doesn’t mind if he’s not on the floor for too long since he’s already content giving the team the moral support it needs while also becoming the coaches’ extension on the bench.“We’re a powerhouse team, but there’s also a tendency to relax but once we need to win, we can overcome our struggles,” said De Ocampo. “This team is intact, us as veterans we’re always here for our teammates.”“If we see something wrong that the players don’t notice we approach them.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Beermen legacy will last for a long time, says Arwind Santos Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Yancy De Ocampo is ready to call it a career but under one condition.San Miguel’s veteran center said he will retire at the end of the season but only if the Beermen win a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila cardlast_img read more

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Not looking at domino effect

first_imgDear Editor,It is clear to me that this regime’s handling of the situation in the sugar industry is largely motivated by sheer bias in the form of racial and political discrimination. This is blinding the administration to the grave hardships which will follow all Guyanese on the effective closure of the sugar industry.It will boomerang on the Government!It is obvious that with the dismissal of such a large body of workers — approaching 7,000 in number — the Government’s collection of income tax will suffer.The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is another institution that would see a significant decline in its revenues. This can put that institution at risk, since there are not many upcoming investment possibilities presently being realized in the economy. This suggests that the regime would have to raise workers’ and employers’ contributions significantly.The administrators are obviously not looking at the domino effect of this ill-advised decision on itself and the whole population. Maybe the regime is just putting all its hopes on oil. However, we are told that the direct employment from oil will not be that great. Most of the high-paying jobs will go to foreigners; what the locals would mainly get are the lower-paying jobs.We would not get — at least not in a hurry — benefits from the by-products of oil, such as fertilizers, grease, engine oil, etc. since we will not be doing any refining. All of that would be lost to us.The Guyana sugar industry remains unmatched in job creation, both directly and indirectly. The realization of new revenue streams coming on due to the by-products of sugar would be able to provide high paying jobs for the highly skilled, as well as the labourers. Many other industries can be created off the by-products of sugar.Even though it is late, the regime can still change course; it is not too late!Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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BLUES FALL TO RAVENS IN EXHIBITION ACTION

first_imgHOW IT HAPPENED: The Ravens scored two powerplay goals in the first six minutes of the game to get out to an early lead in the exhibition match up. UP NEXT: The Blues wrap up their Ottawa road trip versus the Gee-Gees tomorrow afternoon (Sept. 21) at 2 p.m. U of T netminder Mark Manolescu made 28 saves in the loss. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to the Carleton Ravens on Friday, September 20 in Ottawa. Blues forward Kevin Lavoie rounded out the scoring with an even-strength goal with 13 seconds remaining.center_img First-year Blues defenceman Brendan Bornstein got U of T on the board 3:51 into the second frame, but the Ravens responded three minutes later to restore the two-goal advantage. Carleton notched their third powerplay marker of the game late in the second to take a 4-1 lead into the final frame. Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

first_img– Phoenix Recovery Project on a campaign to raise awarenessBy Rennella BourneIn observance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is celebrated worldwide on June 26, local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Phoenix Recovery Project (PRP), has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of the facility to rehabilitate persons who are victims of drug abuse.According to the PRP, in light of the prevailing drug abuse problem plaguing our society, efforts are being made to raise awareness of the existence of rehabilitation centres across the country for those seeking help.The PRP is the only rehabilitation residential centre that caters to both males and females in Guyana and is located in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.PRP Coordinator Clarence Young told Guyana Times that despite the International Day being observed, the NGO was unable to conduct any programmes that would deter drug abusers. “We had rigorous training with the staff, so unfortunately, we would not be keeping any programme to facilitate the day being observed; however, we are still keeping with the theme, “listen first” that we will apply here. We will use the theme sometime in the … week.”He noted that the Education Ministry had reached out to the rehabilitation centre requesting its partnership at some schools to speak on the topic of drug abuse.According to Young, the PRP opened its doors to the public in 2000, serving approximately 450 persons from then to the present. The PRP has a population of 22 residents – 6 females and 16 males.Young related that the success rate over the years at the rehabilitation centre was between 40 and 60 per cent. He said, “We don’t necessarily view relapse as a failure, because some persons [who relapsed] have fixed themselves up and have become successful.”The coordinator added that the clientele at the PRP usually fluctuated, but the centre remained optimistic towards rehabilitating many other drug abusers. After 17 years of being a drug addict, Sandra, who was known as “Granny” in the streets of Albouystown, is now one of the many recovered drug abusers PRP has produced.For 17 years, Sandra felt the brunt of the effects of the most debilitating substances, which left many persons battered and unchanging.Young told this publication that Sandra was doing excellently and has returned to normalcy. “She has been clean of drugs for eight years now and has become an employee of the same rehabilitation centre.”last_img read more

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Five-goal Ronaldo destroys Espanyol

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Real Madrid CF at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, September 12- Cristiano Ronaldo opened his account for the season in spectacular fashion with five goals as Real Madrid thrashed Espanyol 6-0 on Saturday.The Portuguese dispelled any doubts over his form by slotting home the opener from Luka Modric’s wonderful pass before doubling his tally from the penalty spot after Gareth Bale had been felled inside the area. Bale crossed for Ronaldo to complete his 32nd hat-trick for Madrid and the World Player of the Year then turned provider himself for Karim Benzema to tap home a fourth before half-time.Ronaldo then rounded off the scoring with two more smart finishes after the break.Victory moves Madrid to the top of the table, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona who face off later on Saturday.Ronaldo’s five-goal haul takes him ahead of Madrid legends Raul and Alfredo di Stefano to become the club’s all-time leading scorer in La Liga with 330 goals.“Someone who scores so many goals has their place in history forever like Raul or Di Stefano,” said Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.“I think we are speaking of three historic players and I hope Cristiano continues adding to his tally for his good and the good of the team.”Los Blancos were in action for the first time since their botched deal to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea collapsed due to the paperwork between the clubs being completed minutes after the Spanish transfer deadline.However, Keylor Navas proved he can be a worthy successor to Iker Casillas with a fine save from Felipe Caicedo to prevent Espanyol getting off to a flying start.The result was never in doubt once the visitors took the lead seven minutes in, though, as Ronaldo controlled Modric’s brilliant through ball before placing the ball inside the far post.Bale was playing once more in a central role behind Benzema in attack and produced his best performance in a Madrid shirt for some time as his driving run into the box was cut short by Alvaro Gonzalez.Ronaldo converted the resulting penalty confidently and was the beneficiary of another Bale assist moments later to complete his hat-trick after just 20 minutes.Another surging run from Bale helped set up the fourth as he fed Ronaldo and the former Manchester United man squared for Benzema to apply a simple finish.Benzema could have even added a fifth before half-time as his driven effort was brilliantly tipped onto the post by Espanyol ‘keeper Pau Lopez.Bale was the creator once more when the fifth did arrive just after the hour mark as he unselfishly teed up Ronaldo to roll home his fourth of the afternoon.And Ronaldo matched his own personal record of five goals in a game when Madrid smashed Granada 9-1 last season by thumping home Lucas Vazquez’s pass 10 minutes from time.Bale was the creator once more when the fifth did arrive just after the hour mark as he unselfishly teed up Ronaldo to roll home his fourth of the afternoon.And Ronaldo matched his own personal record of five goals in a game when Madrid smashed Granada 9-1 last season by thumping home Lucas Vazquez’s pass 10 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Liverpool defender agrees season-long loan with Burnley

first_imgLiverpool defender Jon Flanagan has signed for Burnley on a season-long loan deal, the Clarets have announced.The 23-year-old full-back – who can play on either side of defence – links up with Sean Dyche’s men with the reputation as one of the most promising Liverpool youngsters, although injuries have done much to stall his recent development.Flanagan managed just eight first-team appearances last term, and heads to Turf Moor to ensure he plays consistent competitive football this coming season.The loanee is Burnely’s third signing of the summer, following the additions of Charlton duo Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope. 1 Jon Flanagan played just eight times for Liverpool last season last_img read more

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Burbank to build fire simulator as regional trainer

first_img“Here, you’re able to do it in a nice, controlled environment. It allows the firefighters to witness all stages of fire development, from ignition to fully involved – or flashover.” The training facilities, made from steel shipping containers, are designed by Draeger Safety Systems Inc. and were based on a concept developed in Sweden in 1987 by the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, an arm of the government. The idea was brought to the United States in 1991 by Swede Survival Systems. There are 180 such facilities across the country, with more than a dozen in Southern California. “The whole idea behind these systems is to show firefighters the kinds of conditions that they may encounter in structure fires,” said John Hunter, product manager for Draeger Safety Systems Inc., based in Encinitas. “It’s really their laboratory in fire behavior.” Firefighters undergo a realistic simulation inside what is known as the burn room. The walls and ceiling are lined with sheets of particle board. An instructor lights a 55-gallon drum filled with wood, and firefighters – in turnout coats, protective gear and masks – watch as the fire spreads and smoke banks down. Once the room’s fully heated, gases and smoke accumulate until the room is completely dark. Then flames shoot through the smoke – or flashover. “It’s bright. It’s hot. You can feel the pressure once it lights up,” Nielsen said. “You can hear the rush of flames, almost like a freight train sometimes. You’re going from complete darkness to instant flames completely over your head.” jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It becomes a living inferno in there,” Burbank Fire Battalion Chief Bill Sanders said. “It feels extremely hot. It’s untenable. That’s what we’re trying to prevent, to prevent those conditions from building up.” Sanders’ department this past week received a $157,000 grant from the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. to build its facility, likely near Brand Park in Glendale at the base of the Verdugo Mountains. Details are being finalized between fire agencies and the city. Construction is expected to begin in the next three months. Once it’s done, Burbank will share the facility as a regional training center with Glendale and nine other San Gabriel Valley area fire agencies. In a letter requesting the grant, Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini wrote that the new facility goes to “the heart of firefighter safety and training in the most dangerous activity we face – interior structural firefighting.” “The only experience you got as a firefighter was by going to an actual emergency in the past,” said LAFD Capt. Craig Nielsen, who helped start the department’s live-fire training program four years ago, a program that trains the department’s 3,561 firefighters throughout the year. For 30 minutes inside a converted shipping container, 20 Burbank firefighters battled the flames, 1,400 degrees of intense heat. When they emerged, they knew what it would be like to encounter such conditions in the field, and had survived their flashover-fire survival training. That was last year at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s version of the program, called the Live-Fire Training Facility, at the Van Norman Dam in Mission Hills. Now, Burbank is getting its own flashover facility, possibly as early as November. The facility will give firefighters a close-up look at a fire phenomenon – known as rapid fire progress – that kills on average about five firefighters a year in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. last_img read more

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New kids on block

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY Principal Bob Messina had some advice Wednesday for incoming freshmen at Canyon High School: Don’t believe the hype. “You’re going to hear that, (as) a high school freshman, any trash can on campus, you’re going to get dumped into it,” Messina told students as they stood crowded on a hill opposite an outdoor stage. “Believe me, we take care of things here at Canyon, and that sort of stuff doesn’t happen.” Wednesday was freshman-orientation day at Canyon High School, when incoming ninth-graders fresh from Sierra Vista Junior High down the street looked around the campus. Before going on a scavenger hunt to learn the campus layout, freshmen were encouraged to get involved with clubs and attend pep rallies as ninth-graders. Messina, chatting with parents in a modular building, answered questions about instruction and whether the school has gangs. Messina told parents most of his discipline problems are with freshmen because they tend to be more impulsive. Parent Cary Singleton, 40, said he has few worries about his daughter as she prepares for her high school career. “I know this is going to be a turning period for her where she’s going to want to be a little bit more cool, maybe want to ride in a car, … so I have a little bit of concern about that,” he said. “But overall I think that we’re OK.” Andrew Roche, 13, was in a group asked to make a tower out of plastic straws as a team activity. The incoming freshman admitted to being nervous about getting lost on campus. But he was happy to be at Canyon High “because I’m that much closer to getting out of school,” he said, “and being able to sleep in in the morning.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Index shows slowing housing market

first_imgNEW YORK – Prices of single-family homes across the nation rose in October at the slowest rate in almost a decade, a housing index released Tuesday by Standard & Poor’s showed, giving more evidence of the housing market’s deceleration, which has affected many parts of the broader economy. The S&P/Case-Shiller composite index showed a 2.4 percent year-over-year increase in the price of a single-family home based on prices of existing homes tracked over time in 10 metropolitan markets. For its 20-city composite index, prices grew 2.9 percent, the slowest rate ever for that data, according to the S&P index committee chairman, David Blitzer. “Home price gains are continuing their steep deceleration,” said Chief Economist Robert Shiller of MacroMarkets LLC. “We can clearly see that the monthly price declines are widespread nationally.” The growth rate of the 10-city composite index is sharply below the 3.7 percent rise posted in September and the slowest since a 2 percent growth rate in February 1997, according to S&P. Meanwhile, the inventory of unsold homes in October reached the second-highest level ever recorded. At the pace homes were being sold in October, it would take 7.4 months to sell the currently available homes. The Federal Reserve has been closely watching the housing market as it tries to slow the economy’s growth without pushing it into a recession. The Fed has left rates unchanged for the past four meetings, after raising rates 17 straight times since 2004. At its last meeting on Dec. 12, a statement from the Fed said, “Economic growth has slowed over the course of the year, partly reflecting a substantial cooling of the housing market.” In recent quarters, economists had said the housing slump was creating a drag on the economy and pulling down gross domestic product growth. U.S. GDP fell to 2 percent in the third quarter amid a cooling real estate market.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeIn addition to the overall composite index, the housing indicator also measures the health of existing home sales in 20 major markets in the U.S. The S&P added 10 additional markets this month. Among the worst-performing markets were Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, San Diego and San Francisco. Seattle and Portland, meanwhile, posted strong annual returns. Analysts predict continued slowing of sales amid a bloated inventory of homes. The data are consistent with a report from the National Association of Realtors, which showed a tiny increase in sales of existing homes in October as the median home price fell by a record amount. The Realtors association showed that the median sale price dropped to $221,000 in October, a decline of 3.5 percent from a year ago. That was the biggest year-over-year price decline on record. last_img read more

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