Miss Guyana Universe 2016 delegates sashed

first_imgThe 14 delegates vying for the coveted title of Miss Guyana Universe 2016 were on Sunday sashed by their respective sponsors during a sensational ceremony at Gravity Lounge.The grand finale will be held at the Marriott Hotel on September 17, 2016. A rumour circulating on social media has it that a prince and celebrity will be attending the grand finale.Miss Guyana Universe 2016 delegatesThe 14 beauties were first unveiled to the public earlier last month and they have since been promoting themselves on social media.At the sashing ceremony, franchise holder Jyoti Hardaat announced that one can expect an extravagant event with multiple items on the programme, in addition to the pageant.She explained that a preliminary competition will be held at a yet to be decided venue which will incorporate a swim wear segment by renowned “Kandice Pelletier” a usual sponsor of Miss United States of America (USA).Hardaat said that she was proud of all of the delegates and expressed confidence that they will all bring their ‘A’ game throughout the competition.The contestants are Soyini Fraser, Rafieya Hussain, Ariella Basdeo, Malika Russell, Ashley John, Keleisha Kelly, Xameria Kippins, Meleisa Defreitas, Iman Jaisingh, Odessa Grogan, Ayana Whitehead, Denisha Rogers, Ashley Cameron and Aysya Kelly.Fraser, who has several national titles under her belt , including an international one, told this publication that the Miss Universe is the most elite pageant that exists, which provides a wider spectrum for her many advocacies.Hussain who has been successful in many pageants, most recently the Miss World where she copped a place in the top ten, explained that it was largely due to the fact that she won a Beauty with a Purpose award for her focus on domestic violence.She explained that she sees the Miss Universe pageant as another way to advocate for women.Russell caught the attention of the audience with her drive towards women’s empowerment in the agricultural sector while noting she is aspiring to become an Agriculture Minister.The delegates have been involved in intense training for several months. The fashion guru Dereck Moore was present at the ceremony and cheered all the beauties.The delegates after their sashing took time to mingle with special invitees. The amazing delegates are all optimistic about winning the coveted title, claiming that they have been training hard to get the perfect posture for the big night.last_img read more

Military-style flag-raising ceremony for independence anniversary

first_imgThe Director of National Events, Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Bess, on Monday announced a week of events slated for Guyana’s 51st independence anniversary celebration, with the high point, the flag-raising ceremony at the controversial D’Urban Park.“Slated for D’Urban Park on the 25th May, commencing from approximately 22:30hrs, there will be a military flag-raising activity commonly known as flag raising,” he said.The week of activities kicks off from May 21 and runs until the 27th. It includes the launching of Youth Week-under the theme, “Inspiring our youths, celebrating our achievements”; an award ceremony to honour those who were born on May 26, 1966 along with sponsors and contributors that supported the 50th anniversary celebration last year; a fine art exhibition; a housing expo and a farmers’ market.The flag-raising ceremony at D’Urban Park on May 25 is billed to include a cultural display aimed at showcasing Guyana’s rich cultural diversity. Lieutenant Colonel Bess highlighted that printed flyers and flash cards would also be distributed to sensitise the populace on the Administration’s green state agenda.The farmers’ market billed for D’Urban Park will be providing fresh and processed agricultural produce, as well as livestock. It is also aimed at providing youth farmers with an avenue to showcase their entrepreneurial knowledge.Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael said the department has confirmed the participation of some 56 organisations that will help youths in their career choices, employment and even provide scholarship opportunities. She added that some of the organisations will be equipped to hire on the spot as well as provide assistance to youths seeking employment in various sectors.Minister with responsibility for culture, Nicolette Henry informed that the Administration planned to undertake an extravagant independence celebration every five years. She added that although she was yet to receive the final cost attached to hosting the event, she was very certain that the overall bill would be minimal.The Guyana Defence force at D’Urban Park on the 25th May, for Guyana’s 50th anniversary celebrationThere were reports that the Stabroek Market Square was selected as the venue to host the flag-raising ceremony, but it was never confirmed. However, the Minister clarified that they indeed considered the area, but no final decision was made.As usual, the Police presence at the venue will be beefed up and they are advising that there will be no parking allowed on Homestretch Avenue between Vlissengen Road and east of D’Urban Park during the flag-raising event.last_img read more

Chatham man arrested after found with syringe full of meth

first_imgA 40-year-old Chatham man, who has a court order to not possess or consume illegal drugs, is facing charges after Chatham-Kent police found him with a syringe full of methamphetamine.Police said the accused was released from court on May 16 with several conditions, including the drug prohibition.He was believed to be under the influence of drugs when found by police in a parking lot on Wellington Street in Chatham just before noon on Thursday.Police said he also had a loaded syringe containing methamphetamine in his possession.The accused was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his release conditions and drug possession.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Failing to complyTwo men were taking into custody by Chatham-Kent police Thursday night pending a bail hearing in connection to separate incidents of not abiding by court-imposed release conditions.Police said a 29-year-old Chatham man was released from custody on Aug. 6 with several conditions, including he obey a daily curfew of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.An officer on general patrol saw a cyclist fail to stop at a stop sign on Cornhill Street near Sheldon Avenue in Chatham around 9:30 p.m.The officer stopped the man for this offence and learned through investigation he was breaching his curfew, resulting in his arrest.A 33-year-old Chatham man was released from court on July 30 with several conditions, including he report to the bail supervision program immediately.He failed to do so and was located by police and arrested.Three people arrested on separate warrantsThree people wanted on various warrants were arrested by Chatham-Kent police on Thursday.Police said a 31-year-old Windsor woman, wanted for being in possession of a stolen credit card, breaching conditions of her probation order and failing to attend court, was arrested in Windsor.She was transported to Chatham-Kent and later released with a Sept. 11 court date.Police said a 30-year-old Walpole Island man, wanted for domestic-related offences, turned himself in at police headquarters.He was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, mischief under $5,000, break and enter and failing to comply with his release conditions.The accused was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.A 29-year-old Walpole Island man, wanted in connection with a traffic stop in Chatham and a shoplifting incident at the Wallaceburg Walmart store, was arrested by police.He is now charged with impaired driving and theft and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000.He was released with a Sept. 6 court date.Break and enterChatham-Kent police are investigating a break and enter that occurred at a Wallace Street apartment in Wallaceburg some time between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.Police said about $700 damage was caused by the apartment being ransacked.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Wright at kylew@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87310.Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Bang Bang club lives on in film

first_imgThe cover of the book written by GregMarinovich And Joao Silva on which thefilm is based.(Image: Axis gallery) The haunting eyes of Kevin Carter abovethe Pulitzer Prize winning picture thatultimately cost Carter his life.(Image: HBO)Khanyi MagubaneFilming of The Bang Bang Club, a movie which reveals the lives and times of four photojournalists who captured the harrowing violence of the apartheid South Africa, is underway in Johannesburg.Based on the lives of photographers Ken Oosterbroek, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Greg Marinovich, the movie tells the true story of the four men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering.Hollywood stars who signed up for the feature include, Ryan Phillippe (Greg Marinovich) Taylor Kitsh (Kevin Carter) and Malin Akerman (as photo editor, Anna).The film follows the journey of the four photographers as they venture into dangerous territory to capture the images that shocked the world about the brutal violence during the apartheid era.South African documentary producer Steven Silver is directing the film.Silver, who began his career in the South African film industry, before writing and co-producing Gerrie & Louise, an international Emmy award-winning, feature-length documentary for the US TV channel CBC in 1997.He has directed several documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery Channel.Silver is also respected for the critically acclaimed The Last Just Man, which won over 14 international awards.To his movie credits, Silver has written and directed six films for movie studio Barna-Alper Productions, including Box Car Rebellion; Doctor’s Strike; The Last Just Man; The Anglo Boer War; and The Dark Years.He has a law degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.Telling real life storiesThe film has been adapted from Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva’s book, The Bang Bang Club, and it recounts true stories of the four men.The plot tracks the relationships with each other, the stresses that came with the job and surviving both as humans and journalists.Between the four journalists, they have captured images of iconic moments in South Africa’s history like the Boipatong massacres, as well as the Shell House massacres, which made front-page news across the world.The photos illustrate the brutality inflicted on black South Africans by the police and armed forces, as well as the clashes between African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party supporters.In 1994, during the famous Thokoza township hostel violence outbreak, Ken Oosterbroek, who was on site to photograph the incident, was shot dead in the cross-fire. Marinovich was injured in the same riots.Kevin Carter committed suicide in the same year that he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his famous photograph of a Sudanese child and a vulture ominously standing behind the bone-thin child.In as much as he celebrated his win of the Pulitzer, Carter was also devastated by the amount of criticism about his picture.According to a Time magazine feature entitled, The life and death of Kevin Carter, some journalists in South Africa called his prize a “fluke,” alleging that he had somehow set up the picture.Others questioned his ethics. “The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering,” read the St. Petersburg Times, “might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.”Even some of Carter’s friends questioned why he didn’t help the starving, barely alive child.Two months after receiving the award, Carter was found dead inside his truck, where he had gassed himself.Greg Marinovich also won a Pulitzer for his image of an ANC member hacking to death Lindsay Tshabalala after he had been set alight.Speaking to The Times newspaper, Marinovich expressed his excitement about the Hollywood production.“I have some mixed feelings because you never know how the movie will turn out. But it is exciting to know our story will be told,” he said.Silva, who now works for The New York Times, said the movie would contribute in “keeping the memory of Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter alive.”He said it was important to him that the movie kept the truth about their experiences,“The plan is to guide the producers into bringing a real portrayal of what it was like in those days to the screen. The book was in many ways a token of love for what we went through.”In preparation for their roles, Marinovich and Silva are working closely with the directors, “We are being consulted on the final script because the producers want it to be authentic,” he said.The two photographers will also meet the actors before shooting starts to familiarise them with the story’s historical context.They will also show the actors what went into a typical day in the life of four almost recklessly brave photojournalists, to assist them in understanding the true nature of being journalism in tumultuous conditions.Useful linksThe Bang Bang Club – the book The death and times of Kevin CarterThe Pulitzer prizelast_img read more

Remembering Clive Rice: South African cricket great 1949 – 2015

first_imgWith his trademark moustache and humble but forthright nature, former South African cricket captain Clive Rice will be remembered not only as one of the game’s greatest players, but also as a South African cultural icon. Clive Rice played 482 first class matches as a consummate cricketing all-rounder and bold but humble captain from 1969 to 1994. (Image: ESPN cricinfo) CD AndersonFormer South African cricket captain Clive Rice passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with a brain tumour, aged 66. With his trademark moustache and humble but forthright nature, Rice will be remembered not only as one of the game’s greatest players, but also as a South African cultural icon.Rice started his cricketing career in 1969, just as South Africa’s sporting isolation began. While his international experience was limited to the later years of his career, his effect on the game as a captain and a personality has been an enduring influence on how South Africa plays cricket. In a way, Rice epitomised the typical South Africa cricketing philosophy: head down, eye on the ball and always be the best, despite the circumstances.Fellow South African cricketer Mike Proctor told News24 yesterday that Rice had “a heart the size of Africa. He’s a remarkable man. When he made up his mind to do things he did them. Everyone knew where they were going with him… a fighter of note and a true, true gentleman.”In 1991, when South African sport returned to international competition, Rice proudly led from the front during the emotional historic tour of India. Most South Africans of a certain age will recall the fuzzy television pictures beamed from the subcontinent of Rice and the team arriving at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium to a rapturous, rowdy response from Indian cricket fans. Respectfully, Rice and his team greeted the crowds with the traditional “namaste” hand gesture. India may have won the match that day, but South Africa won the hearts and approval of the international cricketing world after decades of isolation. Clive Rice captained South Africa’s first One Day International against India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in November 1991. (Image: ESPN cricinfo)Shortly after the tour, Rice, who always spoke his mind on the political influence on sport, was controversially dropped from the team before South Africa’s first World Cup appearance in 1992.It was in the domestic game where he made the biggest impact. He played 482 first class matches for Transvaal, Natal and the English county Nottinghamshire, scoring over 25 000 runs, including 48 centuries and 137 fifties. A consummate all-rounder, Rice took almost a thousand wickets, including 23 five-wicket hauls, at an impressive economy rate of 2.58 runs per over. No slouch in the field either, he took 401 catches. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1981 and won numerous South African and international sport awards.Rice cut a formidable figure as captain. With a lanky, fit frame, the iconic moustache and the ever-present wraparound sunglasses, he led Transvaal to three Currie Cup titles and several one-day competition trophies. Never a fan of on-field sledging or excessive displays of emotion, Rice conducted the game with a quiet grace but workmanlike determination. His captaining style, both on and off the field, can still be seen in the styles of later South African captains, most notably Shaun Pollock. He spoke comfortably to fans and the press alike about the intricacies of cricket, with a measured but knowledgeable tone.Despite his lack of international experience, Rice was considered one of the best all-rounders of the 1980s, along with England’s Ian Botham, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Kapil Dev from India.Far-reaching influence After pasturing for the Natal side during the early 1990s, he retired from playing in 1994. Rice returned to Nottinghamshire as coach in 1999. He was best known during this time for encouraging a demoralised South African-born Kevin Pietersen to join the English county side, which led to the latter’s meteoric rise in the English national team.Pietersen called Rice a great early influence on his playing style. “He saw in me more than I saw in myself. He gave me the confidence, ability and opportunity to fulfil a talent I didn’t know I had,” Pietersen told the BBC yesterday.In his later years, Rice remained part of the cricketing community as administrator of South Africa’s National Cricket Academy, selector for the national side and television analyst. He also managed his own sports tour company and communications business.Born on 23 July 1949, Clive Edward Butler Rice died on 28 July 2015. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and a son and daughter.last_img read more

Technology: What Does it Take to Build a Cloud?

first_imgA lot. Take Microsoft’s Data Centers. One estimate derived from Microsoft public information is 220,000 servers. In January 2008 Microsoft reported 15 data centers, 17,406 racks with a total power comsumption of 72,500KW.Microsoft data centers are located in places like Washington, Dublin, Singapore, Beijing, Amsterdam, Puerto Rico and Tokyo. They say that they are expanding by adding 10,000 new servers every month. At that rate, Microsoft has 220,000 servers going into September.Google is still leading the cloud race. Estimates for the number of servers that Google has are all over, somewhere from 500,000 to more than a million.last_img read more

How to Keep Tabs on Facebook’s F8 from Afar

first_imgTags:#Facebook#news#web Om Malik’s F8 Preview explains “How Facebook Plans to Take Over The Web”.Marshall Kirkpatrick anticipates that a Facebook Firehose May Be Released at Developer Conference F8.Inside Facebook’s Eric Eldon also gives a round-up of all the rumors leading up to the F8 conference that helps put everything in context.Marshall Kirkpatrick also expects that Facebook May Launch Recommendation Service For Other Websites. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… So, while we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on our own cultivated lists of who’s who on Twitter, Almost.at will likely be the main browser tab we keep open alongside the live-streaming broadcast that we’ve embedded at the end of this post.But before you get to watching today’s F8 conference, you may want to catch up on what we’re expecting, so here are a few links to that end: Facebook’s F8 developer conference starts today and, even if I had a plane ticket, I couldn’t be there. The same went for Twitter’s Chirp conference last week and the iPhone OS 4.0 release the week before that. It just wasn’t in the stars and, more importantly, the budget – but that’s what technology is for, right?On that point, we’d like to look at a few ways you can keep up with the news coming out of today’s F8 conference and other events you might not be able to attend in person but want to watch, in real-time, nonetheless. And for your convenience, we’ve embedded streaming video of the F8 Keynote after the jump.First, for more less secretive events like today’s F8 conference, there’s the fully authorized, sponsored live-streaming video. And often a search on sites like UStream and Justin.tv get a number of somewhat shaky but nonetheless informative smartphone videos of the events. Often, these sites are the place to go for streaming video of less open events, like most any of Apple’s clamped-down product releases. Then there’s the old faithful hashtag, the identifier that shows you tweets that are (supposedly) related to the same topic, though sometimes fall short on that point. And lets not forget any number of live blogs.But beyond all of these standard tools, we were reminded of an aggregator of all these different ways of remotely monitoring a real-time event that’s been around for a bit more than a year now and is just as useful as ever – Almost.at. Almost.at is a sweet looking tool written in Cappuccino by David Cann for the express purpose of “Following People at Real-World Events in Real-Time”. The service can be used on the web or in a standalone browser for Mac OSX 10.5+ and gathers all the content it can about a specific event from a number of services: Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, TwitPic, TinyURL and Bit.ly. Streaming in real-time, Almost.at shows a number of different events in the left-most column, pulls in related tweets in the next, pictures and videos after that, and then related articles and external links in the final column. Even better, the web app offers a minute by minute timeline at the bottom of the screen, showing when the conversation was most active and allowing you to browse everything by the timeline. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img mike melanson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

Report: How industry leaders are using email marketing in e-commerce

first_img HomeDigital MarketingReport: How industry leaders are using email marketing in e-commerce When you are determining the right email marketing strategy for your business, it’s natural to wonder how the industry leaders are conducting their campaigns. After all, if they’re on top, then they must be doing everything right…right?To glean email campaign best practices, Iterable analyzed the email marketing strategies adopted by the top 100 e-retailers in the United States to study how they engage with their customers. This report from Iterable presents insightful statistics about the e-commerce industry and includes real-world examples of marketing emails from the country’s leading businesses. Visit Digital Marketing Depot to download “The User Engagement Top 100 Report: Email Marketing in E-Commerce.”From our sponsors: Report: How industry leaders are using email marketing in e-commerce Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 2nd March 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Report: How industry leaders are using email marketing in e-commerceYou are here:last_img read more

WFI stands firmly behind Narsingh one eve of CAS hearing

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 18 (PTI) The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) today stood firmly behind dope-tainted Narsingh Yadav, whose fate in the Rio Olympics would be determined by the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) here tomorrow. WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh today said Narsingh has every chance to compete in the Olympics. “We have done our homework. Narsingh has come here only after he was given the green signal from the International governing body. Is it some kind of a joke?” Singh told PTI at the wrestling venue of Carioca Arena 2, on the eve of Narsinghs hearing. “As a matter of fact, an athlete is not allowed inside the Olympic Village unless his name is not cleared. Hes got a valid athlete accreditation as his name is cleared for the 74kg mens freestyle competition,” he pointed out. Asked about the speculation of Narsingh facing the prospect of receiving a career-threatening four-years ban, the WFI chief: “Its all creation of a section of media who want to end his career. He will very much compete and return with a medal.” It has been learnt that the hearing is postponed by two hours and will be held at 11 am local time at an undisclosed city hotel here tomorrow. Asked whether Narsingh would be present at the hearing, Singh said: “He has weight-in around the same time here tomorrow.” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta along will be there during the trial which will be fought by Narsinghs legal counsel Vidushpat Singhania via video-conference from New Delhi. Narsingh got clearance from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on the basis a sabotage theory to his positive dope test but it was challenged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which had moved the CAS to determine the fate of 2010 Commonwealth Games champion. Narsingh will now have to eagerly wait for the CAS verdict a day before his bout. MORE PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

VIDEO: Fekir, Pogba & the UCL Ones to Watch

first_imgThe UEFA Champions League is back!And with eight more mouth-watering ties on Tuesday, the big boys are coming out to play.But who will emerge as the star of the show? Who will rise up above the rest and be crowned the UEFA Champions League Player of the Week, sponsored by Banco Santander? Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Will Nabil Fekir lead Lyon to glory once more after inspiring a victory over Manchester City that saw him become the club’s first player to both score and assist in a UCL match since September 2016?Or will Paul Pogba shine? It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the World Cup winner this term, but he has been directly involved in four of Manchester United’s last six UCL goals (two goals, two assists).And for all the established stars, let’s not forget the host of newcomers, like 21-year-old Ajax sensation Donny van de Beek. On Matchday 1, he became the first Dutch player to score on his UCL debut for more than a decade.Voting for Player of the Week opens on Thursday .Follow Football Santander on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for continued coverage of the UEFA Champions League.last_img read more