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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_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratAs a child, one of the things that scared me the most but I also looked forward to was the masqueraders visiting our home on Christmas Eve night, beating their makeshift drums and dancing for our entertainment and their cash incentive. What made these masqueraders scary was their attire as well as their masks or ‘facies’, as we called them.As the years progressed, I got involved; at that time, dancing masquerade was something only the guys did. We would start making our masks weeks before December 24 and start scouring the garbage heaps for discarded bottles and old kerosene stoves to make drums. On the day of the masquerade, we would go through our sister’s or mother’s clothing basket to find the right dress, stuff our chests, and venture off.Timing was essential since there were a number of groups vying to see who would make the most money so that we could buy toys or whatever we wanted. The first group was the one most likely to make the most money, since people were usually more generous to that group. Over the years, the wearing of masks has fallen by the wayside, but masquerade persists.Looking back at the history of masquerade in Guyana, it is said to have been a part of the traditions of the African slaves who were brought here during the slave trade. Slaves, who were forbidden to practise their traditions, were slightly less restricted during the Christmas season and were allowed to visit other plantations and revel with other slaves, with drumming and dancing in the streets also allowed at this time.The dancing, drumming and elaborate costumes and effigies of the colonial masquerade bands reflected religious festival traditions of the Ibo and Yoruba tribes of West Africa during the time of the Harmattan (dry, dusty November–March winds blowing from the Sahara towards the west African coast) and harvest celebrations.According to research, the Ibo and Yoruba believed that this was the time when their gods, dressed in costumes and masks, came to visit and perform dances.While the slaves danced for entertainment, many of the spiritual traditions were retained in the masks and symbols that represented ancestors and gods, along with the acrobatics and costumes, which represented, or perhaps theatrically portrayed, stories of strength, agility, fertility, battle, evil and terror.One of the few features that survived to contemporary times is the acrobatic agility displayed in the past by Koo Joo or Actor Boy. The stilt dancer performs these feats, as does the wild cow dancer. To a certain extent, the flouncers are expected to have similar skills.The spectacle that was masquerade at Christmas declined over the years, particularly by the late 20th Century.  Recent efforts to revive the dying art form and tradition have seen collaboration between civil society and Government to host a symposium that looked at improving knowledge of the history of the tradition and its development and future in Guyana.The masqueraders are becoming fewer and fewer as the years progress since many of the youths do not want to take on the tradition; however, there are a few who are fighting to preserve the masquerade’s rich history in Guyana.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHowever, the only appeal the schedule seems to have engendered is an appeal from the club managers for a more reasonable approach to the international schedule while the friendlies have also been further weakened with a whole swathe of withdrawals because of injuries.Leading the calls for reason to prevail were the usual suspects of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, who are even more furious because these friendlies don’t even serve a purpose for preparing for 2014 World Cup qualifiers as the next batch are in March.“Friendly games at this time of year don’t mean a thing to me,” said Ferguson.Wenger’s main concern is his star midfielder Jack Wilshere who was recalled by England manager Roy Hodgson, after only playing three matches since a 17-month layoff with injury.“It is as it is. He has played three games now, and of the three games only one was a full game. He has been out 17 months but I think it’s good to have a little break after three games.”“You know what I think, that it is too early for him,” he added.Hodgson for his part tried to calm Wenger’s fears over how long Wilshere will play.“It will be a part of the game — it won’t be a question of him starting the game and playing 90 minutes, which might be a bit much for him at international level at this moment,” said Hodgson.Wenger and Ferguson’s criticisms have been the least of Hodgson’s problems as he has to do without several key players including Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.The Dutch will also have to do without a United star in the English Premier League’s joint leading scorer Robin van Persie, who pulled out because of injury despite showing no signs of it in playing the entire match in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.Klaas-Jan Huntelaar — who has a better record than van Persie for the national side and was unhappy that the United man got the nod ahead of him at the disastrous Euro 2012 campaign — should start up front.The Germans — who are seeking to put behind them memories of letting slip a 4-0 lead over the Swedes in their World Cup qualifier last month and being held to a 4-4 draw — will also have to improvise up front as Mario Gomez is still coming back from injury and veteran Miroslav Klose picked up an injury at the weekend.Coach Joachim Loew is likely to put Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus up front and whilst club managers may denigrate the worth of the friendlies they will not find German manager Oliver Bierhoff a sympathetic listener.“We want to end this year in good fashion and win this prestigious duel here in the Netherlands,” said Germany manager Oliver Bierhoff.“It is important to be tested like this. Regarding planning for the season, we intend to face opponents like them often.”France coach Didier Deschamps has little time for the modern day footballer — his predecessors in the national hotseat Raymond Domenech and Laurent Blanc would probably concur — telling AFP last month they were the ‘Why? generation’.His conviction will only have been strengthened by comments made by one of the more senior players in his squad for the Italy game, one of their few world class players Franck Ribery.“Here (at his club of six years Bayern Munich) it is always good, here I am happy and here it’s fun.“That is more important for me than the national team.”Ribery’s remarks will only add grist to Wenger and Ferguson’s mill.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France November 13 – Several high-profile European friendlies are set for Wednesday but friendly would not be the term to be used with how they have been viewed by hard-pressed club managers.The 2006 World Cup final rematch of France and victors Italy, Germany taking on old rivals the Netherlands and England playing Sweden in a rematch of their thrilling Euro 2012 clash where the English prevailed 3-2 would normally have great appeal.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUPDATE – As of 7 p.m. Friday the RCMP report Destiny Hunt has been located.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP needs your help to find missing person Destiny Hunt.Hunt was last seen on October 10, 2017 when she went out for a smoke and never returned.  Hunt is known to live what the RCMP call a high risk lifestyle, but the RCMP are unsure if she has returned to that lifestyle.- Advertisement -Hunt could be travelling to Fort St. James and is described as:A caucasian female22 years-old5 foot 4 inches190 poundsBrown wavy hairA “Daddy” tattoo on her left forearmShe was last seen wearing a camo winter jacket.  Anyone with information about whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

January 6, 2020 | | Post a Comment
first_imgBush’s validation of al-Maliki, inserted at the last minute into his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, stole the spotlight from Bush’s attempt to buttress support for the war by likening today’s fight against extremism to past conflicts in Japan, Korea and Vietnam. The president’s speech – and another one like it next Tuesday – are intended to set the stage for a crucial report next month on the progress of the fighting and steps toward political reconciliation in Iraq. Democrats in Congress and some Republicans are pressing to start the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Today, the nation’s intelligence agencies will issue a new assessment expressing doubt that al-Maliki’s government can overcome sectarian divisions or meet benchmarks toward achieving political unity, The New York Times reported on its Web site Wednesday night. The report cited unidentified officials. Arguing that the buildup of U.S. forces was showing results, Bush said, “Our troops are seeing this progress that is being made on the ground. And as they take the initiative from the enemy, they have a question: `Will their elected leaders in Washington pull the rug out from under them just as they’re gaining momentum and changing the dynamic on the ground in Iraq?”‘ Comparing Iraq with earlier wars, Bush said, “The question now before us comes down to this: `Will today’s generation of Americans resist the deceptive allure of retreat and do in the Middle East what veterans in this room did in Asia?”‘ By Deb Riechmann THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – President Bush, scrambling to show he still backs embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, offered him a fresh endorsement on Wednesday, calling him “a good guy, good man with a difficult job.” “I support him,” Bush said a day after he acknowledged frustration with the Iraqi leader’s inability to bridge political divisions in his country. “It’s not up to the politicians in Washington, D.C., to say whether he will remain in his position. It is up to the Iraqi people who now live in a democracy and not a dictatorship.” Bush had appeared on Tuesday to be distancing himself from the Iraqi leader when he said at a North American summit in Canada: “Clearly, the Iraqi government’s got to do more.” The White House denied Bush was backing away from al-Maliki, but it was lukewarm validation compared with Bush calling al-Maliki “the right guy for Iraq” last November in Jordan. Al-Maliki, on a trip to Syria, quickly lashed back at U.S. criticism. He said no one has the right to impose timetables on his elected government, and that Iraq can “find friends elsewhere.” Without naming any American official, al-Maliki said some criticism of him and his government in recent days had been “discourteous.” On Monday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., urged Iraq’s Parliament to oust al-Maliki and replace his government with a more unifying one. Iraq is so divided along sectarian and ethnic lines, however, that there’s doubt as to whether any other politician could do a better job. Then on Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker echoed Bush’s frustration, saying progress on national issues had been “extremely disappointing and frustrating to all concerned.” Slow political progress in Iraq is at the heart of the U.S. military troop buildup Bush announced in January. The president justified sending more troops to increase security and give Iraqi political leaders the breathing space to reconcile. Bush’s speech was the first of two speeches on Iraq in the run-up to the Sept. 15 report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBrendan Rodgers retains the confidence of his Liverpool bosses and will not be shown the door this summer, talkSPORT has been told.With the Reds missing out on Champions League football and enduring a dismal end to the season, there are big question marks over Rodgers’ future.But, according to leading football journalist Dominic King, none of the Fenway Sports Group, which includes Boston Red Sox owner John W Henry and fellow American businessman Tom Werner, are in a hurry to make a managerial change or bring in an experienced figurehead to assist Rodgers.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, the Daily Mail reporter claimed:  “At the minute, the structure is going to stay the same. The message from Boston is Brendan Rodgers is still very much their man.“The transfer committee that we have heard so much about, I don’t think there is going to be too many changes to the structure of that and a director of football is not something that they anticipate going back to.“The summer is going to be intriguing to see what action they take after such a disappointing season.”last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S been 17 years since the Daily News first exposed contamination of extremely toxic dioxins, mercury and other heavy metals at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. And over the course of those 17 years, we have learned, bit by bit, of the extent of that contamination and the danger it poses – all the while waiting for the various authorities to do the job of cleaning the site up. Last week, Boeing, which currently owns the site, reported that former owners had detonated hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic liquids in a so-called burn pit during the 1960s, 1970s and even as late as 1990. And so with this revelation, cleanup efforts have been put on hold while regulators examine the potential hazards. Los Angeles County supervisors are demanding an independent investigation within the next 30 days. All of which is necessary and appropriate, but none of which excuses decades of secrecy and foot-dragging. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIt’s time for all parties involved, public and private, to offer a full disclosure of all the hazards at Santa Susana – as opposed to the drib-drab of information we’ve been getting. And seeing that in the end, it’s the public that’s going to foot the cleanup bill, it’s time to stop the squabbling over who’s responsible and get the job done once and for all.last_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBooking Date:08-05-2017 – 11:20 pm Booking #:97389 Booking #:97386 View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Charges:3 Out of County Hold Booking Date:08-05-2017 – 11:03 pm Charges:7.1-5-7-7 (2) Minor-Consumption of Alcohol Bond:$1505 Booking Date:08-06-2017 – 5:45 am View Profile >>> Mangrum, Susan J Booking #:97390 Booking #:97392 Booking Date:08-05-2017 – 8:22 pm Bond:No Bond Booking #:97394 Booking #:97387 Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:07-09-2017 – 8:00 pm Charges:35-38-2.3 Probation Violation (Adult) Bond:No Bond Charges:16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe35-43-4-2 A Theft35-44-3-3 Resisting Officer Charges:35-43-5-2(a) Counterfeiting16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe Funes-Brizuela, Rene B Charges:3 Out of County Hold Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-30-5-1 BAC .08% to .14% View Profile >>> Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Bond:$355 Booking #:97391 Brown, Derrick T Charges:35-45-2-1 Intimidation35-47-4-3 Pointing A Firearm Cornett, Billy D Charges:35-43-4-2(a)(1) Theft >$750 <$50000 or prior Booking #:97388 Bond:No Bond Hulse, Timothy L View Profile >>> Release Date:08-05-2017 – 5:46 pm Booking #:97393 Booking Date:08-05-2017 – 1:26 pm Saylor, Stephanie M Charges:35-45-1-3 Disorderly Conduct Booking Date:08-06-2017 – 3:35 am Booking #:97224 View Profile >>> Roark, Rafe A Booking Date:08-05-2017 – 3:52 pm Lakins, David C Booking Date:08-05-2017 – 3:10 pm Booking Date:08-05-2017 – 3:33 pm Ulrey, Eric J Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Schlatterer, Zachary A View Profile >>>last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair In recent months, we’ve seen Dell Computer take incremental steps in the server appliance field, most recently through acquisitions. KACE management appliances have paid off well so far, for a company that has desperately needed to reassert itself in the data center where its servers once ruled.This morning, Dell is taking another step in that direction, and with another company that data centers are already familiar with: SonicWall. It’s one of the better-known names in firewall appliances, and it’s already built on that reputation more recently with plug-and-play backup appliances and security solutions such as anti-spam tools. Dell’s intent to acquire SonicWall could give it a marketing angle against both HP and emerging contender Oracle, countering their out-of-the-box solutions with mix-and-match options that play more to Dell’s historical customer base: custom buyers.In a statement to investors this morning, Dell’s investor relations director David Mehok clarified his company’s intention to acquire the SonicWall company, not just its intellectual property – as Dell senior executives implied earlier in the morning. “SonicWall generated approximately $260 million in revenue on a trailing 12 month basis,” stated Mehok, “and has approximately 950 employees with the majority of them residing in Research and Development.”To say SonicWall’s appliance lineup will “complement” Dell’s is to give in a bit too much to public relations spin. For example, Dell acquired the intrusion prevention service iSensor from SecureWorks in January 2011, though its attempt to market iSensor as both an appliance and a service didn’t put SecureWorks on the radar against competitors like SonicWall. Depending upon whom you asked at the time, the SecureWorks acquisition intended to either expedite enterprises’ migrations to the cloud or impede enterprises’ migrations to the cloud.Anyone seeing half the picture could get a little confused – perhaps SecureWorks is a cloud service, and perhaps it’s a box one plugs in. From data centers’ vantage points, however, SecureWorks was a column on a features chart – the one missing a lot of the checkmarks. Meanwhile, Dell itself was reselling SonicWall’s appliances to its own customers. Related Posts scott fulton Tags:#enterprise#news Assuming the deal closes in the third quarter as Dell projects, one of the more intriguing SonicWall appliances it will add to its arsenal is an e-mail security appliance that serves as an all-purpose portal, including for recipients who don’t have public keys. “With any e-mail encryption solution the crux is key management,” reads an excerpt from a SonicWall instructional brochure. “When an Internal User (one whose company has deployed both SonicWall E-mail Security and PGP) desires or is required by policy to send an encrypted e-mail, any encryption system must know the recipient’s public encryption key or provide an alternative method to deliver confidential information. However, many recipients do not have a public encryption key or do not know anything about how to get one. This issue can cause a situation where the Internal User, in order to get their job done, will forgo encryption altogether.”The portal appliance utilizes policy tools to enable the sender of a message through Outlook and/or Exchange to encrypt outgoing messages anyway, triggering the mechanism simply by embedding the word encrypt in the subject line. The recipient, even if he doesn’t have a public key, will receive a link to SonicWall’s portal, which is actually run inside the appliance. That link will launch a secure session where the recipient can read the message as decrypted by the appliance.This is, of course, assuming everything works just fine and no other appliances are involved in the communication. In our tests of this SonicWall tool just this morning, existing policy tools elsewhere on three different networks filtered out the incoming link to the SonicWall test portal as spam, sending back “Undeliverable” messages to the test server.One other area of overlap that may be trickier for Dell to resolve concerns backup appliances. SonicWall is a leader there too, and Dell didn’t really mention SonicWall’s backup tools in its literature this morning. Dell’s latest self-branded dedupe backup appliance, which features what it calls Fluid Data Architecture, premiered just two months ago. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

December 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe White House is not expected to release a separate tax reform plan from that of Republican lawmakers, a senior official within the Trump administration has said. The White House will likely turn to congressional taxwriting committees for the unveiling of a tax reform proposal and legislation, according to several reports.The White House has been working closely with top Republican lawmakers on tax reform in a partnership known as “The Big Six.” Those key players include House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on August 24 that the White House will make specific announcements related to tax reform as early as the week of August 28″ I think you can expect some of that to take place in the very short order, probably next week, and following through to the fall,” she said.The White House and top GOP lawmakers are expected to first release a three-to-five-page tax reform outline in early- to mid-September (TAXDAY, 2017/08/15, C.1). White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short has said he anticipates that tax reform legislation would be on the House floor for a vote in October, leading to Senate consideration in November (TAXDAY, 2017/08/01, C.1). The Big Six released a joint statement on July 27 outlining their shared views on tax reform and predicting that legislation will move through committees this fall (TAXDAY, 2017/07/28, C.2).By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more