January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSidney Onwubere attacks Rod Ebondo and the Cafe France defense. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not every day that you see Sidney Onwubere shooting the lights out from rainbow country.But when he does, the Fil-Nigerian forward makes sure that he gets the win for his side.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 7 LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homecenter_img His game-winner was just the fitting end to his memorable outing, as he shot 5-of-10 from three to finish with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the victory.But Onwubere bared that his hot shooting is not just one off, saying that has put in the work enhance his range.“I put time on my shooting. The coaches told me that I have to develop that if I want to progress in the pros. They gave me tons of confidence and I’m truly thankful for that,” he said.Despite the win, Onwubere resisted celebrating too much with the job still not over as Racal needs another win to clinch the Finals berth.“The coaching staff tells us that if we get Game 1, we’re already leading,” he said. “But for me, I just want to show what I can do. I want to give my best since this is my first time playing in the D-League.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot On Tuesday, the Emilio Aguinaldo standout drilled the back-breaking trey to win the game for Racal, 88-86, and deliver a 1-0 lead in their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals series against Cafe France.READ: D-League: Onwubere saves Racal for 1-0 semis leadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The coaches just told me, ’Sid, this is for your family and for your team. Do this for your future.’ I just wanted to step up,” he said.And Onwubere did, drilling the shot from 25-feet out from an inbound pass from Allan Mangahas to save the day for the Tile Masters. View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards MOST READ The Tile Masters seek to advance to the Finals when they meet the Bakers anew on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.last_img read more

January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica is home against T&T.Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972. The U.S. was 0-19-1 in Mexico City — getting outscored 81-14 — before a 1-0 exhibition win in 2012. The U.S. held Mexico to 0-0 in qualifiers at Azteca in 1997 and 2013,With Estadio Azteca at 7,820 feet above sea level and just two off days between games, Arena paid close attention to recovery time and tested his roster’s depth.Bradley, one of just four holdovers in the U.S. starting lineup from Thursday night’s 2-0 home win over Trinidad, stunned the boisterous crowd of about 81,000. Hector Moreno passed to Hernandez, who passed back for Herrera in the center circle.Reading the play, Bradley quickly stepped up and knocked the ball toward Mexico’s goal. Bradley sprinted to catch up with the ball, and when he reached it lofted a right-footed shot from about 40 yards over goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s outstretched left arm and under the crossbar. An exuberant Bradley ran to the endline and raised the badge on his jersey to the several thousand red-white-and-blue-clad fans.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Carlos Vela tied the score in the 23rd minute with a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post, and Hector Herrera nearly put El Tri ahead in the 71st with a 30-yard free kick that rebounded off the crossbar.With its second draw in three road qualifiers, the U.S. continued to recover from its awful 0-2 start last fall and prompted chants of “U-S-A!” from the American Outlaws section in the upper deck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“It’s a shame to give away the goal that we did,” Bradley said. “Any time you can get a point here it’s great. … Now we can move ourselves forward.”Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 14 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), the U.S. (seven), Panama (six), Honduras (four) and Trinidad and Tobago three. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig incenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite He became just the fifth American to score at Azteca, joining Michael Orozco (2012), Charlie Davies (2009), Eddie Lewis (2005), Ricky Davis (1980), Willy Roy (1972).Bobby Wood failed in to knock in an open shot from close range that could have made it 2-0, and Vela scored on a counterattack. Ochoa made a long outlet throw to Hernandez, who passed to Vela on the right flank. He dribbled around DaMarcus Beasley and across the top of the penalty area, and from the arc beat Guzan.Fans booed and whistled “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as usual when the Americans play in Mexico, and there was an occasional T-shirt disparaging U.S. President Donald Trump.A downpour began during second-half injury time.Guzan took over in goal from Tim Howard, and Beasley, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez joined the back line in a 5-4-1 formation. Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola were in midfield and Wood at forward. In addition to Bradley, 18-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic remained in the lineup along with right back DeAndre Yedlin and center back Geoff Cameron.Beasley at 35 became the first American to appear in qualifiers of five World Cup cycles. He had not started for the U.S. since the October 2015 loss to Mexico in a playoff for a Confederations Cup berth..Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972.Bradley is encouraged by the Americans’ progress under Arena.“Look, we were pretty honest with ourselves and we had let a lot of little things drop,” he said. LATEST STORIES LeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates United States’ Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring against Mexico during a World Cup soccer qualifying match at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — Michael Bradley scored a stunning early goal from about 40 yards and the U.S. hung on for a 1-1 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday night, gaining only its third point at Azteca Stadium as coach Bruce Arena changed seven starters and used a five-man defense to overcome the thin air and short recovery time.Bradley put the U.S. ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s an old basketball adage that says, “shooters keep shooting.”Anthony Semerad did just that on Tuesday night, giving TNT a huge lift in a 107-103 win over top seed Barangay Ginebra and a 2-0 semifinals lead.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “That’s why we got him. Number one, it’s because of his defense, he’s physical and at the same time, he’s also a floor spacer,” Racela said.“I just want to give it all my best, give every shot that I can take and hopefully we can get there this time [championship], for me it’s my first time [in the PBA],” Semerad, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the payoff period, said. “If I can do it again, why not. I’ll come back in confident and if it’s open, take it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “I just wanted to stay focused. I took a couple of shots in the first quarter and I missed those,” Semerad said.READ: Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Fil-Australian forward was never discouraged despite missing his first three shots from the 3-point area.Semerad stayed confident and he was rewarded late, burying four triples in the final five minutes and 18 seconds. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ TNT blasts Gins, up 2-0; Pivotal Game 3 duel for San Miguel, Star Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte His final 3-pointer proved to be the game-winning basket, 105-103, with 52.7 seconds remaining.“The ball came to me and I just hit those shots,” he recalled. “I mean for all of us, if we have an open shot and it’s a good shot, within the system, [we] take it.”READ: TNT blasts Gins, up 2-0; Pivotal Game 3 duel for San Miguel, Star“Tony spends so much time shooting even after practice, working with the guys. That’s why he was able to hit those,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, who believes Semerad’s fourth-quarter explosion was a testament to his hard work.At one stretch, he hit three straight to counter the Gin Kings’ punches.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Last year’s losing finalists, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, have been hit with two player withdrawals ahead of next Wednesday’s start of the Caribbean Premier League. Eighteen-year-old leg-spinning sensation Sandeep Lamichhane has been ruled out of the latter half of the tournament as he is now set to link up with his national side, Nepal, on August 26. Experienced Zimbabwe all-rounder Graeme Cremer will take no part in the tournament because of injury. Lamichhane will be replaced in the squad by South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen while Antiguan leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr comes in for Cremer. “It is always sad to lose players that we drafted, but in Hayden Walsh Jr and Rassie van der Dussen, we have two players that we are very confident will succeed at this year’s Hero CPL as we look to go one game better than last year and win the tournament in 2018,” said Patriots head coach Donovan Miller. Patriots, who feature superstar opener Chris Gayle, open their campaign against Guyana Amazon Warriors in Georgetown next Thursday.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAll preparations are in place for the hosting of the biggest Diwali motorcade organised by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha on Saturday evening. More than 30 floats have confirmed their participation in this year’s event that will see million distributed in cash in addition to cash and other prizes. The fabulously decorated and well illuminated floats will assemble at the Shri Krishna Mandir, Campbellville, Georgetown, from 18:00h and will move West along Campbell Avenue into Sandy Babb Street, North into JB Singh Road and East onto Seawall Road, to the La Bonne Intention Community (LBI) Centre ground, East Coast Demerara.At the LBI Community Centre ground, the stage programme starts at 19:00h with special performances by ZEETV’s Saregamapa, 2016 winner, Kushal Paul and finalist Jyotica Tangri.In addition, the Dharmic Nritya Sangh and Sookrane Boodhoo along with others are slated to perform.Admission to all motorcades is free and no alcohol is allowed.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Albion Community Centre Ground will definitely come alive on Saturday, June 22 when Little Angels Feeding Programme hosts its fundraiser in the form of a chutney concert. The event titled “Chutney Blast” will feature some of the best local artistes around.The line-up includes Mona Singh, Vicadi Singh, Nishal B, AW Lyrical, HD Singh, Mr V, Michael, Ganesh, and others to be added. Also performing at the event will be Jenny Dance Troup and the B3 Dance Group.Apart from the live musical performances, there will be lots of other entertainment since Leza Singh, also called Radika, will be in the house as well as Chris Gopaul and Sean Thompson. Tickets for the event cost $500 and will be available at the gate on the night of the show.All proceeds will go towards the feeding programme. The show will commence at 20:00h. Music, stage and lighting will be provided by Crown Vibes. The event is made possible by Office Express, Crown Vibes, Little Angels, Poonai Pharmacy and Balram Shan General Store.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe current anxieties about the Granger Administration have much to do with the real fear that Guyana is undergoing a return to People’s National Congress (PNC) excesses. For those of us who lived through the Burnham era, the signs are clear as the country’s economy grinds to a halt, and as we watch the return of institutionalised racism, State corruption, cronyism and nepotism, and worry over the scarcity of the US dollar.Unfortunately, we have been here before and when the PNC/Alliance For Change (AFC) coalition was drumming its elections campaign message about forgetting the past, I and others pointed out the inherent dangers in that message: that it was ominous and signalled an intent to return the country to that inglorious period of Guyanese history when the PNC was last in power.Commercial business in the city has fallen off about 30 to 50 per cent. Business is down even from January which is usually the slowest month for sales after the year-end holiday spending.With sugar and rice, the traditional export earners, attracting no Government support to keep them viable until there is restructuring to replace any revenue loss, there is real concern about the growing number of taxes that are being designed to make taxation the country’s main revenue earner.Winston Churchill said, “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Just so.Every good government tries to lower the burden of taxation on its citizens. They accomplish this by crafting policies to spur manufacturing and industry through tax incentives and tax holidays, and by attracting new investments that would create employment and expand the country’s home-based and export portfolios.What currently obtains is the direct opposite. A shrinking business and manufacturing sector will result in retrenchment of workers, less spending power, higher crime, less imports, less duties collected, and the beginning of a vicious cycle that will result in progressive economic retardation.Oil revenue earnings are years away. And why, when the country can be a food producer and a value-added manufacturer if provided with cheap energy or subsidised power and tax incentives, would any Government forgo present certainties for a future probability?What happens to Guyana and all its potential while we wait on the oil to gush? Or is the squeeze on rice, sugar and the business sector informed by more sinister motives?Because of the Granger Government’s serial corruptions and financial mismanagement, it is not surprising that opinion polls project a win for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) at the 2020 general elections.Understandably, many balk at this idea given the PPP/C’s own alleged corruptions and highhanded manner of doing the people’s business while in office. However, another round of PPP Administration might well be faced with an electorate that is now willing to coalesce across ethnic and party lines on issues that affect them.The protests against the city parking meters, the Wales Estate closure and Value Added Tax (VAT) on private school fees have attracted supporters from every race, class and political group who have united in peaceful demonstrations for a common cause.This is a marked change from the Burnham era when any dissent was met with State-sponsored thuggery, terror and violence. But the young people who went out to “vote like a boss” and to forget a past they never experienced are still managing to get a first-hand taste of that period.President David Granger is doing enough – the militarisation of the State; the ethnic cleansing of the public service; the economic mismanagement – to place the PNC stamp of identity on the country’s governance and peaceful protests that do not threaten the power base actually puts a kindly, indulgent face on his Administration even as responsible, lawful and accountable Government is steadily eroded away.Still, in a country where criticism and dissent have almost always translated into violence and feral blasts, the indulgence is a welcome departure as new methods of keeping Government honest are tested. The issues being currently protested are legitimate and not based on spurious political claims as happened during the PPP/C Administration when public protests were mostly PNC-led and scarred by ethnic violence and arson.Whether this new brand of protest action will be sustained and can develop into an effective tool to deter unjust public policies and actions in a truly non-partisan and democratic manner will be the true test of the support for issue-based politics.The PPP, if it expects to be the next elected Government, should take note and be prepared to be held just as accountable.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDuring last week, there were two new press releases on the foreign currency matter. It is therefore vital that I turn my attention to these new developments and seek to incorporate them in my analysis for today. In the context of these articles and my own workings over the past few weeks, my emphasis is on the need for capital controls and improved macroprudential regulations. At this point, I wish to make it crystal clear that my position on this is specific to foreign investments by commercial banks. It is crucial that I ensure clarity in this respect, because capital control covers a very broad spectrum.I am of the strongly held view that the central bank should consider setting a ceiling limit on the amount of foreign currency commercial banks are allowed to invest in overseas markets.In reference to my first article, published on April 23, 2017 to establish whether my findings and conclusion were correct, you would recall I provided evidence in support of this. The evidence showed that commercial banks’ foreign holdings at the end of 2015 were US$ 273.7M, and at the end of 2016, were US$278.1M, which gave rise to an increase of US$4.4M in 2016.We also saw that commercial banks’ foreign investments for 2015 were US$204.3M, which in effect left US$69.4M available to accommodate foreign currency transactions in the domestic market. In 2016, foreign investments increased to US$247.9M from US$204.3M in 2015, which left a meagre US$30.2M available to accommodate foreign trade transactions in the domestic market. As you can see, demand did in fact remain constant, and therefore the reduction to US$30.2M in 2016 from US $69.4M in 2015 ultimately caused the distortion in the domestic market and the depreciation of the exchange rate. This is thus a classic illustration of financial arbitrage, to which I alluded last week.With this in mind, how did the exchange rate stabilise? And where did the excess US currency come from that has stabilised the rate? Noting that there was no substantial increase in export earnings recently, where did it find its way back into the system? Here’s where we could make a safe assumption as to where it came from: Up until February 2017, if you were to examine the statistical bulletin published by the Bank of Guyana for March 2017, you will find that total commercial banks’ foreign holdings stood at US$282M, which is virtually within the same range it had been as at December 2016.In March 2017, however, commercial banks’ net foreign holdings decreased by US$29M (substantial) to US$256M. At this point, it would be difficult to ascertain definitively how much of this amount was utilised for investments abroad by the commercial banks. Normally, these figures can be extracted from the annual reports of the commercial banks, as they are not stated anywhere in the statistical bulletin published by the central bank. Restating the figures for the last two years, nonetheless, in order to draw a reasonable inference: in 2015, foreign investments stood at US$204.3M, and in 2016, it was a whopping US$247.9M. We can therefore safely assume that the commercial banks broke their investments abroad in the month of March 2017 and brought back US$29M into the local market, which also includes a US$7M injection by the Bank of Guyana, thereby stabilising the exchange rate.In conclusion, if I were to suggest anything to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana, I would quite frankly be an advocate to have the commercial banks bring back into the domestic market those sums of foreign currency invested in foreign markets, as there is where one important element of the problem lies. This validates my contention in regard to instituting controls on the amount of foreign assets commercial banks are allowed to invest in foreign markets. Additionally, I wish to say this rather boldly, and perhaps in defence of the Central Bank Governor, whose professional stature one of the articles this week sought to discredit. The Governor is not the one to be penalised. It is the commercial banks that are employing financial arbitrage tactics at the cost of distressing the domestic economy. The task of regulating and supervising the financial sector, which is the heart of an economy, is indisputably challenging, especially when it is expected to be done within the framework of a rather deteriorating economy, which is miraculously being kept afloat on only one productive and export sector.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFrom stall to grocery store to supermarketThe name “Mattai” has long signified Indian spices in Guyana. In any culture, the food is the most persistent trait that survives: but it can only do so if the ingredients are made available. Mattai was one of those that identified this need and had the entrepreneurial drive to take the risk to become directly involved in importing the spices that distinguished Indian cuisine and also just as important, move to the Stabroek Market, which was the bazaar of Guyana.The beginning: sugar and riceFounded by Nuckshed Liliah Mattai and Shamdayee Mattai, N&S Mattai started from very humble beginnings. Nuckshed’s parents arrived in Guyana from India asN&S Mattai original sign, which still hangs inside the store on 4A Water & Hope Streetsindentured labourers. Starting out at the Uitvlugt Estate on the West Coast of Demerara, the family eventually moved to Hague Backdam where they started a rice mill to service the rice farmers who had bought plots of land on the ex-sugar estate. The father would have plugged all his hard-earned savings into this venture.Nuckshed worked with the family business for years until the passing of his parents. This was one of the foundations of Indian entrepreneurship: the entire family supplied their labour to the enterprise. N&S Mattai and Company was formed in 1949 with the opening of a stall in Stabroek Market. This was a bold and risky move, but the young couple appreciated that the greater number of shoppers meant greater opportunities. The risk was taken. Nuckshed and Shamdayee worked tirelessly to supply the public with basic groceries. This hard work paid off as the business steadily grew and the Mattai family moved from owning one stall at the market to owning seven.In the early 1960s, Nuckshed was able to achieve his dream of owning a businessNuckshed Liliah Mattai and Shamdayee Mattaiin Water Street – the epitome of the Guyanese business community. He purchased the building and land at 4A Water & Hope Streets, where N&S Mattai and Company still exists today. But the couple still remained rooted in the market for a number of years. Nuckshed often managed the seven stalls in Stabroek Market while Shamdayee managed the business in Water Street.Upheaval and migrationShamdayee and Nuckshed, along with many Guyanese, faced incredible difficulty in the 1970s and 1980s, when most basic food items became banned. The business was hit especially hard since unavailability of these goods undermined the company’s survival and their family’s livelihood. The couple made the decision to move with their children to Canada.Continuing the inculcated commercial drive for success, the family ran a small convenience store in Mississauga for approximately five years, which culminated in the opening of a supermarket in the heart of Toronto. During this time, the family also managed to run N&S Mattai & Company in Guyana, since the sons stayed in Guyana for months at a time with their families to run the store via a shift-like system. Nuckshed and Shamdayee regularly travelled to Guyana to oversee the business and to ensure that the company’s reputation in quality and service continued.The returnShortly after Nuckshed’s passing in 1994, Nuckshed and Shamdayee’s third son, Harry, returned to Guyana with his wife Bharati and their three children to run the business full time.After Harry returned to Guyana, he was able to demolish the existing building in Water Street and construct a new building. Over the years, additional stories have been added to create the extensive building that sits on Water & Hope Streets, and today, Harry and Bharati are proud to add to the burgeoning success of the family business with the introduction of what currently stands as the largest supermarket in Guyana: Mattai’s – The Food Market, at 13-15A Water and Hope Streets, Georgetown.Mattai’s, The Food Market, aptly named as a callback to its roots in Stabroek Market, was conceived as a means of expansion to accommodate Guyana’s diversified dietary needs and desires, offering hundreds of products from around the world, while still preserving its core specialty of spices, dhalls and masalas.N&S Mattai was the first company in Guyana to import Indian foods, spices, pickles, seasonings and snacks, catering to the growing Indian national community, as well as the wider Guyanese population, and Mattai’s continues to lead the market in this area today. In fact, on entering the new establishment, customers are met with the ‘Spice Market’, designed to resemble a time old market ‘souk’, brought to life by the aroma of various spices displayed against wooden shelves and jute bags. It is these touches that reaffirm the family’s claim over their history and inherent cultural pride. Anyone who spends five minutes with Harry and Bharati can plainly witness the contentment they feel by living the legacy and carrying on the family’s name and traditions. As if mirroring family succession, Harry and Bharati’s son, Suraj, has joined the business full time, bringing a sense of modernity and current technological trends, while their daughters, Indira and Kiran, remain involved in an effort to market, create and build on their ingrained understanding of family pride.Today, N&S Mattai and Company continues to stand proudly as a testament to the power of hard work, determination and prayer, while Mattai’s – The Food Market stands across from it as a nod to continuity, belief in progression and loyalty to a country that has provided a life for each of its generations.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWith 22 years in the education profession, 40-year-old Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Educator, La Shanna Anderson has had an exciting and fulfilling career. Anderson who now serves as Education Officer (1) with responsibility for Sub- Region 2 (areas along the Berbice River) currently supervises 19 schools in the Sub Region.The Sunday Times Magazine recently caught up with the Educator at the Department of Education in her hometown of Linden, where she shared her experience in the profession spanning over 20 years.Anderson recalled that she commenced her exciting journey in the Education profession as a classroom Teacher on November 16, 1997, at the Half Mile Nursery School in Linden, Region 10. Thereafter she attended the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), graduating as the ‘Best Graduating Student’ for the Linden Centre in the year 2000. She also copped the National prize for the ‘Best Nursery Teacher’.She then propelled from being a classroom Teacher to Senior Assistant Mistress, then to Graduate Senior Assistant Mistress at the school. Then on September 1, 2009, she was promoted to Graduate Head Teacher of the West Watooka Nursery School in Linden.She later joined the Regional Education Department in September of 2013 where she pursued the Ministry of Education’s Cadet Officer Programme and was later successfully appointed Education Officer (1) on June 1, 2017. Anderson noted that her passion for teaching has always been a motivating factor.“I always had a passion for teaching, ever since I was young. I would teach the plants and I would just teach,” Anderson humorously related.“I can recall one day one of my mom’s friends came to visit and I was teaching the wall, and so she told her, ‘You know she would make a good teacher!’ And so she saw that in me. So I guess it’s just something inside of me to just want to teach. So here I am today- an educator,” she continued with a light chuckle.Outside of her regular job at the Education Department, she is also a Lecturer at the University of Guyana where she has been attached since 2008. There, she lectures in the faculty of Education, working along with students pursuing Early Childhood Education as well as General Education and Administration. She also teaches Education Research, Introduction to Curriculum Theory and Evaluation. Anderson is also a certified Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Assessor for Early Childhood practitioners.She related that earlier on in her teaching career she benefited from good mentorship as she attested her success to all those whom she has learned so much from. One such person, she recalled is a former Head Teacher Brenda Lymerick.She recalled that when she first started teaching at the Nursery level she was just out of high school and untrained, but she garnered much knowledge with the help of those already in the profession. She recalled an enlightening experience when she first started at the nursery school.“I can recall when I first saw all of the ‘manipulative blocks’ and bricks and so on, I packed them up and I said well, ‘I got to clean up’ and I was about to put them away because I thought ‘I had to clean up’. But then Teacher Brenda said, ‘No, that is how children learn, by manipulating’. And so, from then I started understanding that children learn differently from adults and so on and I grew to love Early Childhood. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. It’s fascinating”, she explained.Anderson continued that she has had many experiences with students at the Nursery level, including those who are considered slow learners. She also recalled working at a Nursery school which had a stigma attached to students going over to Primary School since they were perceived to be slow learners. She noted that she and other teachers were able to positively impact and change the perception by instituting an extra hour work programme for the students who were lagging.“We taught them Phonics, we did lots of Numeracy with them and from there we saw growth. When we took those students on the transition visit to Primary School, all of the teachers were fascinated that they were able to read and write”, she mused.As such, she stated her belief that every child can learn regardless of their background or status. She encourages parents and educators to not give up on such students.“You just have to provide the right attitude, the necessary resources, give the necessary support and they will learn”, she advised.Anderson’s passion for community development also leads along the path of community work. She noted, however, that with her increasingly busy schedule these days she is unable to do some of these things any longer.Zeroing in on the Policies of the Education Ministry as it relates to education delivery she noted that the mandatory Cadet Officer programme which was reintroduced in recent years been a great means for appointing Education Officers based on their training. Having been a part of the programme she acknowledged that it provides an excellent opportunity to explore Education Districts and a good learning experience.On the occasion of Education Month 2019, Anderson extends greetings to all Educators across the country as she encouraged all to continue to put their best foot forward to ensure the development of education in Guyana.“If you want to excel, you have to develop the right attitude. It has to be your habit to excel. Education is dynamic. You have to have a passion for education and once you’re passionate about it you’re going to go that extra mile to ensure that those children under your charge excel. You’re going to do whatever it takes and everything in your power. Even if it means that you have to go out of pocket to ensure that they get clothes to come to school or provide a meal for them. Because sometimes those are some of the difficulties that parents have, that cause them not to be able to send their children to school”, she urged.last_img read more