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Culture Minister should apologise for holiday mix-up – Norton

first_imgRegardless of the perceived magnitude of the blunder, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton believes the Culture Minister, Nicolette Henry owes the Hindu community a public apology for mixing up their religious holidays.Henry, the Junior Minister within the Education Ministry with responsibility for culture, youth and sports, confused Phagwah with Diwali and was seemingly oblivious to her mistake.“I would begin by saying Happy Phagwah, Happy Holi. On Sunday, March 12th, here in Guyana and around the world, Hindus will be celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights,” she stated, not realising her blunder as she continued her prepared speech.A minute later, she made the mistake again.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George NortonWhen compared with her Diwali speech last year, her Phagwah speech this year bore much resemblance – causing many to conclude that it was recycled.Public outcry surround the Minister not realising her mistake, not apologising for it and not finding it important enough to take the time to write a fresh speech about Phagwah.Interestingly also, the Culture Minister was absent from major cultural events hosted on March 12 in observance of Phagwah, including those at the IndianJunior Education Minister with responsibility for culture Nicolette HenryCultural Centre (ICC) and the Providence National Stadium where other Government Ministers had gathered.The Social Cohesion Minister, during an interview with Guyana Times at the Phagwah Mela at the ICC, suggested that Minister Henry was probably busy.Commenting on the Culture Minister’s holiday mix-up, Dr Norton conceded that the situation warranted an apology.“There is nothing wrong in an apology…I went public, and I apologised to the whole of Guyana because the occasion called for it,” he stated.last_img read more

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Virgin Australia to launch wi-fi

first_imgVirgin Australia may have a solution to one of the perennial problems of flying – missing the end of a movie when a flight ends – as it moves to introduce Wi-Fi on its domestic international flights from the middle of next year.The airline is keen to avoid bandwidth-gobbling video streaming so passengers can quickly download popular functions such as email and web-surfing when it starts the new service.One way it may do this is by bolstering the content held in on-board computer servers and allowing passengers download personalised entertainment packages.This would allow them to watch a film or box set series and pick up a program where they left off on their return journey.“Basically you’ve got the storage technology in aircraft that now actually allows you to hold a lot of the content so you can have anyone on a 300-seat aircraft with literally their favourite movies without them having them stream it over the satellite.’’ said John Thomas, the incoming head of the airline’s domestic and international operations.Mr Thomas said inflight internet performed best when passengers were not using expensive satellite bandwidth to stream video. A better idea would be store the films on board and keep people’s preferences for a period of time, say 24 hours. “I can start watching the series on the Sydney-Melbourne in the morning and on the way back I can actually pick up where I left off in what’s in the services on the way back,’’ he said.Virgin chief executive John Borghetti announced the decision to introduce the inflight Wi-Fi at the US launch of the airline’s new international business class in Los Angeles.The new service will be introduced across the airline’s Being 737-800, Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft and Mr Borghetti promised it be “‘one of the world’s leading connectivity and entertainment services’’.“We are determined to give Virgin Australia consumers the best possible connectivity and entertainment experience in the air,” Mr Borghetti said. “As well as providing access to email and social media, inflight Wi-Fi will improve the travel experience by providing guests with up-to-date information about connecting flights and their travel plans.’’Australian airlines have been relatively slow to adopt inflight internet, mainly for technical and cost reasons.  Internet access on aircraft in the past has been slow and a trial of the technology by Qantas several years ago   produced a lukewarm response from passengers.But improvements in technology and a greater desire among consumers to remain connected has made access an increasingly important differentiator among competing airlines.Qantas is also looking at Wi-Fi and has announced it will install it on domestic flights but also has yet to announce details.Qantas has said its service will be free while Virgin could follow the lead of other carriers and charge for access.Virgin will have the impressive new business class suite on all five of its B777 international aircraft by September and the Virgin boss said the airline had already started a marketing campaign to convince Perth passengers to connect via its Airbus A330 services to Sydney.The A330 service has a similar suite so well-heeled Perth passengers can enjoy the upmarket amenities through to the US and Mr Borghetti said there had already been a good response.Virgin also revealed that it would be moving from the Tom Bradley International Terminal to the nearby facilities run by alliance partner Delta Air Lines next year. The move will allow faster and more convenient connections between the two airlines. Delta is spending almost $US2 billion renovating its T2 and T3 terminals.Steve Creedy travelled to Los Angeles courtesy of Virgin Australia.last_img read more

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READ spreads literacy around South Africa

first_imgMathiba MolefeResources like books and other learning materials are few in South Africa’s underprivileged communities. Enter the READ Educational Trust, working to improve education across South Africa by catering to this exact need. (Image: READ Educational Trust, via Facebook)What started as a small group of volunteers in Soweto in the late 1970s has now grown into one of South Africa’s most recognised educationally focused NGOs, the READ Educational Trust.Just five years after its creation the READ Foundation had spread to all provinces in the country apart from what was then known as the Northern Transvaal.Now, more than three decades later, the NGO continues to put education and literacy at the front of its agenda, providing much-needed reading materials and learning aides to underprivileged children around the country.Highlighting the importance of literacy, READ’s fundraising manager, Lizelle Langford, said: “The ability to read and write is essential to ensure success at school or later, career advancement and tertiary study.”Over the years the trust has partnered with a number of different bodies that share their view, these include the Rally to Read initiative which aims to deliver books to some of the country’s most remote locations.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.HELPING TEACHERS HELP LEARNERSAt first the organisation visited schools and delivered books hoping it would kickstart the learning process, but they soon realised that having books wouldn’t necessarily get learners to read.“From thereon it evolved to not only giving out books, but giving training, making sure that there’s an understanding and assisting teachers in the classroom on how to teach people to read so that they can become lifelong learners,” Langford said during an interview on SABC 2.After realising what schoolchildren really needed, READ identified educator development as a key area that needs to be addressed in order to improve education around the country.The organisation works alongside various government departments to implement teacher training where it’s needed most. By improving the educator’s ability to teach, they in turn improve the learner’s chances of success.“READ is not bringing a different project into the schools,” explained Langford, “we’re helping the teachers actually deliver the curriculum.“So it’s a systemic change that we are trying to bring about and for that we need a partnership, not only with the departments but with the teachers, with the community, with everybody. Otherwise you’re not going to get sustainability.”During the training period, trainers from READ join teachers in the classrooms to identify areas that can be improved.Once these have been identified the trainers then take the teachers through multiple exercises to help improve their teaching methods. “It’s a very intensive process and it’ll probably be longer than three years before you see the product, but it’s a partnership right from the start,” said Langford.GET INVOLVEDIf literacy and education are causes close to your heart you can have a look at the READ Educational Trust’s get involved page for details on how to do so.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.Play a part and help fulfil dreams.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

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Panathinaikos Whips Malaga, 76-58

first_imgPanathinaikos Athens recorded its fifth consecutive win in Group E by downing Unicaja Malaga 76-58 on the road on March 3.Panathinaikos improved to 6-3 while Unicaja dropped to 2-7. Elliot Williams paced the winners with 16 points, Miroslav Raduljica added 12 while James Gist and Nick Calathes each had 10 for Panathinaikos. Calathes added 10 assists for a double-double. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Unicaja with 15 points and Edwin Jackson added 13 for the hosts. Panathinaikos opened the game with great defense and used a 2-18 run, which Calathes capped with a fast break layup to get a 4-20 lead. Three-pointers by Antonis Fotsis and MarQuez Haynes boosted the Greens’ margin to 7-26 after 10 minutes. Kuzminskas singlehandedly brought Unciaja within 21-32, but Williams and Calathes stepped up for Panathinaikos and gave their team a 27-42 margin at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Panathinaikos boosted its margin to 46-64 after three quarters and cruised to a well-deserved win.First quarter: Great defense puts Greens in chargeBoth teams struggled to score early until Williams stepped up for Panathinaikos with a reverse layup. Fran Vazquez got Unicaja going with an alley-oop dunk, which Ognjen Kuzmic erased with a put-back slam. Calathes followed a driving layup with a mid-range jumper to boost the Greens’ lead to 2-8. Vazquez banked in a close shot, but Sasha Pavlovic copied him at the other end and added a fast break slam to put Panathinaikos ahead 4-12. Unicaja called timeout, but free throws by Kuzmic made it a double-digit game. Raduljica banked in a jump hook and followed that with a layup, as Unicaja kept struggling to score. A fast break layup by Nick Calathes made it a 16-point game. Kuzminskas struck from downtown, but Antonis Fotsis also hit one from beyond the arc. Haynes joined the three-point shootout to give the Greens a 7-26 margin after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Unicaja tries, but Panathinaikos keeps safe leadJackson nailed a triple early in the quarter and free throws by Kuzminskas gave Unicaja hope at 12-26. Raduljica scored around the basket, but Kuzminskas shined with a big basket off a spin move. Dimitris Diamantidis added a driving layup, which Carlos Suarez matched with free throws to make it 16-30. Nelson and Pavlovic exchanged power layups and a three-pointer by Kuzminskas brought Unicaja even closer at 21-32. Williams swished a five-meter jumper and added an off-balance basket. Suarez hit foul shots and Jackson added a catch-and-shoot jumper that brought the hosts within 11. After Diamantidis found Calathes for a backdoor layup, Kuzminskas and James Gist exchanged baskets and an acrobatic jumper by Haynes boosted his team’s lead to 27-42 at the break.Third quarter: Williams, Calathes give Panathinaikos full controlCalathes nailed a one-handed jumper in the lane soon after the break, which Gist followed with a layup to break the game open at 27-46 soon after the break. Williams shocked the crowd with a two-handed dunk and Raduljica added his own slam to make it a 23-point game, capping a 0-12 run. Nelson tried to change things with a three-pointer and Kuzminskas also struck from downtown to bring Unicaja within 33-50. After Pavlovic joined the three-point shootout, Jack Cooley and Gist exchanged free throws. Jackson brought the hosts a bit closer, 38-55. Diamantidis struck from downtown and a huge dunk by Gist boosted the Greens’ lead to 38-60. Richard Hendrix split free throws and added a layup, but Raduljica kept Panathinaikos way ahead, 41-62. Jackson shined with a fast break layup and bettered Williams’s free throws with a bomb from downtown to make it 46-64.Fourth quarter: Greens seal big road winWilliams shined with a driving layup early in the quarter. Dani Diez split free throws, but Williams took over with another big slam, good for a 47-68 Panathinaikos advantage. Nelson scored in penetration, but didn’t find much help. Raduljica shined with a jump hook in the paint that practically sealed the outcome at 49-70 with six minutes left. Cooley scored down low and matched Williams’s power layup with a tip-in. Diez buried a three-pointer, but everything was said and done already; Panathinaikos kept its winning streak going and returned home with a valuable road win.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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AFN National Chief Bellegarde admits he is in conflict employing girlfriend as

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde admits he is in a conflict of interest by employing his long-time partner as a senior adviser.Bellegarde, however, says the national chief position gives him the authority to hire “a number of political staff to support my vision and mandate,” according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.The arrangement is not sitting well with Six Nations Chief Ava Hill who wrote the national chief in March asking him to “rectify this conflict of interest situation.”Hill said in an interview with APTN that Bellegarde’s decision to hire his “girlfriend” simply reinforces the perception the First Nations leadership is not accountable or transparent.“I can’t hire my spouse. What would my community think of that? What if the prime minister hired his wife? It is a plain conflict of interest,” said Hill, whose Iroquois community sits south of Hamilton, Ont. “Chiefs are being criticized for this and that and the other thing and you have the national chief hiring his spouse.”Six Nations has the largest population of any First Nation in the country.Letter from Six Nations Chief Ava HillDownload (PDF, Unknown)The AFN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In the response letter to Hill, Bellegarde said he has tried to address the obvious conflict by having his partner Valerie Galley report to the AFN’s chief executive officer Peter Dinsdale.“You rightly acknowledge that there is a conflict of interest as Ms. Galley is my partner,” said Bellegarde, in the March 23 letter. “To ensure that all administrative and human resources issues are addressed, I have directed that Ms. Galley report to the (CEO) who will be overseeing all supervisory responsibility.”Dinsdale reports to Bellegarde and the AFN executive of chiefs.Dinsdale told the Turtle Island News, the Six Nations newspaper which first reported on Hill’s concerns, that Galley was already Bellegarde’s adviser when he was Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and AFN regional chief.“So when he came into office here with his staff, his partner was on that staff,” said Dinsdale, according to the Turtle Island News.Turtle Island News also reported Bellegarde isn’t the first national chief to hire a partner. Former national chief Phil Fontaine appointed lawyer Kathleen Mahoney as AFN negotiator and adviser during Indian residential school settlement talks while the two were sharing a home, the newspaper reported.Letter from AFN National Chief Perry BellegardeDownload (PDF, Unknown)Hill said Bellegarde and Dinsdale have tried to “spin” her concerns as personal in nature because her daughter quit the AFN after Bellegarde transferred her to a new position.Hill said Bellegarde made the argument to Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus and Dinsdale mentioned the same to Ontario AFN regional Chief Isadore Day.Hill said her concerns have nothing to do with her daughter’s past employment with the AFN.Day issued a statement through a spokesperson that he is aware of the issue, but would not be commenting on it publicly.“There are other priorities,” said Day’s spokesperson.Day later tweeted that he wanted to allow for due diligence.“Affording respect and due diligence is prudent,” Day tweeted. “Seeking opportunities to address issues constructively is a responsibility.”affording respect and due diligence is prudent. Seeking opportunities to address issues constructively, is a responsibility.Eramsus did not immediately respond to requests for comment from [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Defense weather dampen Ohio State offenses performance during Saturday scrimmage

When it rains, it pours, and Saturday’s dreary scrimmage proved true figuratively and literally for the Ohio State offense, which failed to score a single touchdown. The defense won the scrimmage, 74-62, (unofficially), before heavy rain and lightning caused an abrupt finish. With no completions and only two first downs in the first seven possessions, the offense could never get going against an inspired Buckeyes defense. The offense gave the ball away four times and mustered only 171 yards on 17 possessions. Leading the way for the defense was sophomore defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins, who had a tackle for loss, a sack and numerous stops on third-and-short, which the offense failed to convert four times. The scrimmage began with kick returns. Sophomore running back Jaamal Berry electrified the crowd with a 95-yard return for a touchdown up the right sideline. Jordan Hall also took a kick back to the 40 and Chris Fields had a return to the 47-yard line. When the offense took the field, it began backed up against its own goal line. It went three-and-out under senior quarterback Joe Bauserman, thanks in part to great pass defense from junior cornerback Travis Howard, who turned in yet another stellar performance. The next offensive set, Jaamal Berry rumbled for nine yards and had a huge collision with sophomore safety Jamie Wood. Wood left the game shortly after and did not return, saying his shoulder “popped out.” Redshirt freshman Taylor Graham continued to put the ball on the money, but numerous drops (five, unofficially, on Graham throws) bogged his stats down to 3-for-10 for 27 yards. Braxton Miller, the highly touted freshman quarterback, was 2-for-4 for 22 yards. The other quarterbacks fared no better, with sophomore Kenny Guiton going 3-for-7 for 31 yards with one interception, and Joe Bauserman hitting 1-for-4 for 11 yards, with one interception. Both interceptions were recorded by redshirt freshman cornerback Bradley Roby, both going through the hands of Corey “Philly” Brown and Jaamal Berry to reach Roby. The offense did not find any more luck on the ground. The leading rusher was redshirt freshman Roderick Smith, with six carries for 30 of the offense’s 80 total yards rushing. The entire defense looked stout, but freshman safety Jeremy Cash might have had the most impressive day. The Florida product had a number of tackles, including a big hit that jarred the ball loose from Verlon Reed, and was recovered by Dorian Bell. Cash also looked impressive in pass coverage, breaking up several passes. There were many hits that drew hoots and hollers from the crowd that braved the weather. Senior Florida State transfer Dionte Allen unloaded on Berry from his cornerback position, and sophomore defensive end Melvin Fellows drilled Guiton on a pass rush. Players out with injuries were Terrelle Pryor (he threw some in sweats), Donnie Evege (out for season), Zach Domicone (was seen icing his calf), Tyler Moeller (in full pads), Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown (in sweats) and CJ Barnett (in full pads). read more

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Roy Hodgson rues Palace missed chances

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is gutted with his side’s inability to capitalise on their first-half opportunities after going down 1-0 to Wolves.Palace were undone by a Matt Doherty’s goal which happened to be the solitary strike in the game despite an array of chances.“They took a goal chance at a time in the game where they hadn’t really created anything, and we dominated the play, and then after that, they were able to defend very well.“Our game became more desperate as we chased that goal and gave them the chance to look more solid than they did at the start of the game.“I think if we really put our hands up and look for why we lost, it was because in our very good first half performance where we had not only the best of the possession but the best of the game, we weren’t able to create those clear-cut goal chances that would have put us 1-0 in front.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Had we got the goal that I thought our play certainly deserved in the first half, then it would have been harder for Wolves. As it was, they got it, and it made it harder for us.”“They played very deep, so we knew it was going to be difficult but we still created chances and had some good ones.“In the first half there were a couple of balls that flew across the six-yard box that could so easily have been goals, and there was a big scramble in the six-yard box and there were several of those in the second half, so it wasn’t as if we played for 90 minutes without creating opportunities.“It was difficult for us to get those clear-cut chances because there was no reason for them to push out or flood people forward.“They could quite happily sit behind the ball and rest on their laurels after taking the lead and then look for the obvious counter-attacking opportunities that would present themselves later on in our desperation to get an equaliser.”last_img read more

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Traditional Beats of the tribal community

first_imgIn her exhibition titled Traditional Beats, Anuradha Thakur depicts the life and culture of tribal communities across India through her paintings. They portray tribal culture rooted in tradition and tribal life ever blossoming in accordance with the realities of existence.’The selection of paintings in the my collection focuses on rituals that create bonding, whether it be for newly-weds or for the community. Rituals, formal or informal, generate togetherness. The textures, patterns, forms, shapes and hues represent the regional flavour of traditional art from different areas of India and their combination is such that the rawness and dignity of tribal life are juxtaposed to create a spontaneous pleasing expression,’ said Thakur. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Thakur’s signature style is the use of black and white that defines strength complemented by earthen colours. The colour Black represents strength and sense of community that the people enhance by holding on to tradition and the earthen hues reflect the diversity of individual experience and expression. The use of black is generally considered to be heavy and hard and difficult to balance, but Anuradha effortlessly renders a lightness and grace, just as she does with the peculiarity of dance forms, the footwork, the costumes, the hairdos, the prints, decorations, ornaments and musical instruments. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer earlier 11 collections were Autumn Harmony, Music of Life – Kutch, Colours of Life – North-East, Festive Rhythm – Jhabua, Songs of Nature – Nature, Earthen Harmony – Colour painting of Tribal Life, Ethereal Accords – Abstract, Transcending Rhythm – Maharashtra Managalagauri, Ethereal Rhythm – Abstract, Rhythm of the Seasons – Traditional Dances and Serene Harmony – Rajasthan.Anuradha has been awarded the All India Lokmanya Tilak Award at Pune. She has held 12 solo shows and 14 group shows in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Goa, Jaipur and Sofia( Bulgaria). Traditional Beats being her 13th.DETAILAt: Gallery No-6, Lalit Kala Akademi, Mandi House When: 8 -15 NovemberTimings: 11 am – 8 pmlast_img read more

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