3 Guyanese appointed to Women Deliver 2018 class

first_imgThree Guyanese youths have recently been selected to participate in the Women Deliver 2018 class of young leaders. The Women Deliver is in the habit of hosting global conferences which seek to discuss and create policy relative to women and girls’ rights and the advancement of gender equality.This auspicious conference, held every three years, is reputedly the largest gathering of feminists, sexual reproductive health and rights’ advocates, maternal and child health advocates, government, and UN agencies with interest in women and adolescent health.In excess of 3000 social advocates from around the world had applied for this year’s class. From which a handful of 300 were selected for the conference, 20 of which are Caribbean advocates and 3 are Guyanese.The Guyanese delegates are Dr Faqueeda Watson, Dennis Anthony Glasgow and Kobe Juwan Smith, all of whom are advocates for women’s and sexual and reproductive health rights in Guyana. The trio will first participate in an online university throughout the course of this year, and will travel to Vancouver in 2019 for the Women Deliver global conference.The global conference will see three hundred advocates from across the world gathering to discuss a plethora of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights; LGBTQ + rights; peace and security; water and sanitation; gender-based violence; education; maternal health, and political participation. At the fifth convening of the Women Deliver global conference in Vancouver, the class will collectively participate in a series of seminars and workshops to share their stories and build their capacity as advocates. The class will also have the privilege of networking with influencers, business owners, and other key stakeholders in women’s related issues.The 2018 class of young leaders is said to be the most diverse class, with delegates hailing from 121 countries and speaking 98 languages. The class also includes 66 persons who have been affected by humanitarian emergencies, 29 self-identified indigenous persons, and for the first time in the history of the conference, 18 adolescents. The Women Deliver conferences have so far been held in London, Washington, Kuala Lumpur and Copenhagen.last_img read more

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Bandits chop Linden fireman

first_img― victim in critical conditionA Lindener who was severely chopped on Wednesday, remains in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). The victim has been identified as Masimba Sampson, 30, a fireman from Wismar, Linden.According to reports, Sampson was chopped about his body, including his face and head, by four armed bandits who lured him out of his home. Reports indicate that the four bandits were armed with a gun, but the victim during the scuffle, managed to secure the weapon. It was at this point that the bandits carried out the cutlass attack. They then fled the scene and Sampson was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) but was transferred to the GPHC.Following the incident, ranks from the Wisroc Police Outpost were summoned to the scene, but the perpetuators had already fled.One of Sampson’s neighbours reported hearing a commotion around 22:00h but noted that they did not suspect that anything sinister was amiss. According to a resident, the fireman was also involved in the sale of lands and it is widely speculated that the bandits were of the opinion that he had lots of cash in his possession.It is unclear whether any cash was taken from the home.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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Woodpecker continues to show loyalty

first_imgAll the sponsors associated with the 2nd annual Guinness ‘Cage’ Street ball Championship have come on board in terms of delivering on their commitments as the tournament approaches its final leg on Friday, September 7.Maria Samaroo (right), representative of Woodpecker Trophies and Sports, handing over the 4th place accolade to Three Peat Promotions’ representative Loreann BaptisteWoodpecker Trophies and Sports, of Fourth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, have also continued their loyal support of this tournament by providing the fourth place trophy.At a simple presentation ceremony held at the company’s Alberttown location, Woodpecker Trophies and Sports delivered as expected.Loreann Baptiste, representative of the Three Peat organisation, has said the promotional group is grateful for the continuous support of Woodpecker Trophies and Sports, and the company’s gesture will help make the tournament a success. Baptiste also said the company has been very supportive of the country’s sporting culture, and the coordinators of this tournament are striving to achieve a similar status on these local shores.This tournament has been dubbed “East Coast versus the Rest”. It is currently being contested at the Haslington Market Tarmac.The semi-final matchups will see home side Uprising taking on Broad Street, and the experienced side Sparta Boss going head-to-head with Leopold Street.The victors of each match will face off in the finale, while the losers will play in the third-place playoff.Among the other entities in support of the event, and for whom the organisers are very appreciative, are: Banks DIH under its Guinness and Power Wine brands; Clarks footwear giants Chetsons; E- Networks Inc; KSM Investments; Yhip’s Bakery; Brass, Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry [BACIF]; Ray’s Auto Sales; Insurance Brokers Guyana Limited [IGBL]; Y.K. Investments; Trophy Stall; Express Shipping; Woodpecker Products; National Sports Commission; ‘C’ Division of the Guyana Police Force; Jai Signs & Auto Designs; Gaming Authority; Julius Variety Store; T&J Bookstore; and C & C Prestigious Styles.last_img read more

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Yucaipa falls to Murrieta Valley

first_img“I kind of got this feeling going into this match and after they scored the goals in the first quarter, I started to know it,” said Yucaipa senior Melissa Morris. “I knew we had to step it up, but we just couldn’t. They beat us with decent speed and their counter attack.” The match, a home game for Yucaipa, was played at Redlands East Valley High School because the T’birds do not have a pool in accordance with CIF guidelines. “We play and practice in a pond compared to this,” said Yucaipa coach Brian White. “It was not the reason for the loss.” White hopes his team learns from the experience. “It was kind of hard to tell exactly what Murrieta Valley did because they did whatever they wanted. I told our team not to quit.” Yucaipa (15-14) could not get by the Nighthawks’ defense until sophomore Kim Carr scored with three minutes left in the match. Murietta Valley took an 8-0 lead after all-CIF goalie Kristen Stragier heaved in a length-of-the-pool shot at the buzzer to end the half. REDLANDS – Yucaipa’s inexperienced girls water polo team was able to stop the Murrieta Valley scoring machine on its first four possessions, but couldn’t do much after that as the Thunderbords were routed 17-1 by the the Nighthawks in a CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinal match on Tuesday. Murrieta Valley (29-1), which holds D5’s top ranking, was led by all-Southwestern League players Sydney Sonoda and Torrey Kylander. Sonoda scored four goals and Kylander had three and three assists. center_img Yucaipa got to the quarterfinals after defeating Colony High School 9-3 in a first-round match last week. The Nighthawks scored on 17 of 26 shot attempts while Yucaipa mustered only one goal on 15 attempts. Murrieta Valley advances to play the Cathedral City-Corona Centennial winner in a semifinal match on Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Nanny laws’ chip away at freedom

first_imgTHERE is a domestic emergency, of sorts, in California these days. Unlike the popular television shows, however, the nanny is the problem, not the solution. No, California’s problem is much worse than a misbehaving toddler; it is the overzealous politician (and those nosy neighbors who support them). Some might call these audacious au pairs petty tyrants, but they are tyrants nonetheless. Having failed to resolve such serious problems of the day as the state’s structural budget deficit, crumbling infrastructure, declining public education, and public-pension funding crises, impetuous politicians have taken it upon themselves to decide for us what kind of light bulbs we should buy, what kind of food we should eat, and even that ever-present grocery store conundrum: paper or plastic? Yes, today the state Legislature is rife with so-called “nanny bills.” The following are just some examples of the nanny measures that are currently working their way through the legislative process in Sacramento: AB 722 would “phase out” the sale of incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs (despite the fact that harmful levels of mercury from fluorescent bulbs can add up in landfills, contaminating the soil and making their way into the food supply). SB 7 would ban smoking in a vehicle – moving or stationary – in which there is a minor. AB 86/AB 90/AB 97/SB 490 would restrict the use of trans fats in restaurants and school cafeterias. SB 120/SB 180 would require caloric, trans fat, saturated fat, and sodium content information to be printed on restaurant menus. AB 1634 would require dog and cat owners to spay or neuter their animals by 4 months of age. Then there is the recently passed San Francisco ordinance that will require the city’s larger grocery stores to use recyclable paper bags (costing 3 to 5 cents apiece) or biodegradable plastic bags (4 to 10 cents apiece) instead of the traditional plastic bags (about 1 cent apiece). Adding insult to injury, Supervisor and ordinance author Ross Mirkarimi said it would be “mean-spirited” for retailers to pass on these higher costs to consumers instead of dutifully licking the hand that beats them and absorbing the losses. At the state level, a new law that takes effect July 1 will require retailers to provide plastic-bag recycling containers, print a recycling message on bags, and offer reusable bags for sale. On their own, each of these bills might appear to be merely a minor trespass on our liberty. As such, many might not lift a finger to fight them, and instead quietly acquiesce. But that is what makes them so dangerous. Those small transgressions quickly add up. One day we may realize that all those minor violations of our liberties amounted to a large loss of freedom. By then it will be too late. As philosopher and economist David Hume said, “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” In short, government is turning into the homeowners association from hell. It is time to ask ourselves again what the proper role of government should be. Government should exist to protect the lives and property of its citizens against those who would violate these most basic of individual rights. It is not to make every decision for its citizens and dictate the course of their lives. As Assembly Republican leader Mike Villines has astutely argued, “Could you imagine the Founding Fathers dealing with – I don’t know – wearing a helmet when you’re in the buggy? We all know you can’t mandate behavior; it just does not work. It creates criminals of people for things that are not criminal behavior.” The point is not that recycling grocery bags or abstaining from smoking in the presence of children or spaying/neutering your pets are bad ideas. It is that we should not have the power to compel everyone else to live their lives the way we think they should. We must be free to make our own decisions (even the bad ones), so long as we do not infringe upon the rights of others. If we turn over all our decision-making power to politicians and bureaucrats, we have become nothing more than a bunch of sheep blindly following our shepherd master. Then again, perhaps that is what those in power in government ultimately want. Adam B. Summers is a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sunnier, Drier Conditions Allow Fire Crews To Begin Burnout Operations

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the weather turns sunnier and milder in the coming days, crews battling wildfires in the North Peace will begin to conduct controlled burns to mitigate the possibility of four wildfires of note from spreading.The Beatton Airport Road Fire burning 45 kilometres north west of Fort St. John is 45% contained at 15,000 hectares in size, while the Halfway River Fire has also stayed steady at just over 58,600 hectares. Crews have that fire 30% contained, and Evacuation Alerts issued by the PRRD remain in effect in the areas surrounding both fires.The drier and warmer weather means that crews are anticipating that they will commence controlled burnout operations on both fires possibly as soon as today, which means members of the public could see a large increase in the amount of smoke emanating from both wildfires. Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula says that members of the public need not be alarmed about the increase in smoke, but that should new smoke plumes become visible to call the BC Wildfire Reporting line at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.- Advertisement –The Beatton Airport Road Fire from the air on May 11th. Photo credit Chris NewtonThe Beatton Airport Road Fire from the air on May 11th. Photo credit Chris NewtonThe Beatton Airport Road Fire from the air on May 11th. Photo credit Chris NewtonThe Beatton Airport Road Fire from the air on May 11th. Photo credit Chris Newtonlast_img read more

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District of Taylor raises flag in support of MS Awareness Month

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor raised a flag outside of the District Office on Wednesday, May 1, in support of MS Awareness Month.On hand to raise the flag was Acting Mayor Michelle Turnbull.At a Council Meeting on April 15, Council proclaimed May to be MS Month.- Advertisement -Sherri Mytopher, of the MS Society of Fort St. John, presented the request to Council to proclaim May as MS Month.“Members of the Northern Regional Chapter of the MS Society of Canada urge you to proclaim the month of May as MS Awareness Month in the District of Taylor in order to call attention to the exemplary efforts of the 100,000 Canadians who live every day with the challenge of this neurological disease. B.C. has the third highest concentration of people with MS in Canada.”Since 1948, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has been a leader in funding vital MS research into the cause, prevention and treatment of MS while providing services and support to people with MS and their families.Advertisement The flag will be flying on the flag pole outside of the District Office throughout the month of May.last_img read more

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Call to Rudy – his wife or a stunt?

first_img“I love you, and I’ll give you a call as soon as I’m finished. OK?” Was the call a genuine intrusion by an adoring wife? Or a campaign stunt meant to soften his image before a potentially hostile crowd, and show Judith Giuliani in a warmer light? The campaign insisted Friday that the call caught Giuliani off guard. But it was not the first time Giuliani has interrupted a campaign stop to take a call from his wife just as he was making a speech. In June, visiting a community of largely Cuban immigrants in Hialeah, Fla., almost the exact same scene played out. After The New York Times noted the previous cell-phone interruption in a blog posting Friday after the speech to the NRA, the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wasted no time in finding video and sending reporters links to YouTube, where both calls could be seen side by side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Rudolph W. Giuliani was making a very serious legal point in a very important speech on Friday before some very skeptical members of the National Rifle Association. Then, a call came in on his cell phone. “This is my wife calling, I think,” he said as the crowd looked on in silence. “Hello, dear. I’m talking – I’m talking to the members of the NRA right now. Would you like to say hello?” He paused, she said something inaudible, he laughed. last_img read more

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LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED AS SURFER GETS INTO TROUBLE

first_imgA SURFER who got into trouble off Bundoran yesterday managed to make it safely to shore as a lifeboat raced to the scene.The man was unhurt and did not require hospital treatment.The lifeboat was launched after a call from a member of the public.  LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED AS SURFER GETS INTO TROUBLE was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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Warriors’ big man Kevon Looney prepping for life as a sneaker ‘free agent’

first_imgDuring the chaos of Warriors media day this week, Kevon Looney stood calmly inside the team’s practice facility, staring at his blue retro Adidas T-Mac 3s.For now, the four-year forward finds himself wearing the brand as a matter of preference. Two months after signing 1-year, $1.5 million deal with the Warriors, Looney now finds himself on the market for another venture: his second sneaker deal.Looney, whose deal expired Aug. 31, has worn the brand consistently since he started at UCLA, …last_img

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