Heritage Month proposals to be submitted by May 27

first_imgAhead of Amerindian Heritage Month, annually observed in September, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry has published a request for proposals to be submitted for activities for the month-long celebration, as well as a theme.According to the Ministry’s Communications Officer, Alethea Grant, the proposals must be sent in before May 27. She noted the importance of the public’s participation in proposing not only the activities for the celebrations, but the theme as well.Grant told Guyana Times, “We are meeting as a committee and we are still in planning mode. We hope to get new and vibrant ideas for this year’s Heritage celebrations.”The outstanding proposals submitted will be featured in this year’s Heritage activities. The call for proposals is nothing new to this Ministry since Grant said it usually did this every year.Persons seeking to submit their proposals can do so by clearly labelling their packages “Heritage 2018” before dropping them off at the Ministry’s 251-252 Thomas and Quamina Streets, Georgetown office.The Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry launched the annual Heritage Festival at the Umana Yana, in Georgetown last year, under the theme “Guyana’s first peoples; sustaining a rich cultural environment”. The launch was done in the spirit of International Day of World Indigenous Peoples.It saw the participation of all six ethnic groups at its many activities.Amerindian Heritage Month grew out of the commemoration of the day Stephen Campbell became Guyana’s first Amerindian Member of Parliament on September 10, 1957. On September 10, 1995, then President Cheddi Jagan officially designated September Amerindian Heritage Month.The official opening of Amerindian Heritage Month celebrations usually takes place at the Umana Yana on the first day of September. Every year a Heritage Village is selected, which becomes the focus of festivities.last_img read more

Property tax policy report delayed for two weeks

first_imgDr. Stanley Hamilton has been given a two week extension to present his recommendations to City Council. He was scheduled to present his Property Tax Policy Review Commission Report to council on March 9th, but will now give his report on March 23rd. Dr. Hamilton will be making his 10 minutes presentation at the regular council meeting at 3:05p.m.- Advertisement – The comprehensive report will be presented on March 23rd at the Committee of the Whole open meeting. It will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.last_img read more

Visitors marvel at SA’s natural wonder

first_imgThe Mother City and her mountain worked their magic on a group of foreign journalists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who were on a flying visit to South Africa.They were here as guests of Brand South Africa, the agency responsible for marketing the country abroad, on a fact-finding mission and to build relationships between the two regions.Fresh from an interesting and informative few days in Johannesburg and keen to sample the famed delights of the Cape, they had just two days in the city to network, gather information and, of course, fit in some sightseeing.On day one, Tuesday 13 March, the weather in the morning was glorious – sunny blue skies, a light breeze and temperatures that Capetonians consider on the hot side – at least hot enough to hit the beach and dive into the cold ocean.Calling the Gulf states your home, though, means that 33 or so degrees is “comfortable”, in the words of Bahaa Alawam, a Syrian journalist working out of the Gulf.He was joined by Mahmood Saberi of Gulf News, a Dubai publication; Peter Smith of Dubai Gulf Business; Hala Saqqa, a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dubai; and Roger Romanos, a senior editor at the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group.The plan was to spend the morning at presentations indoors, with the Department of Trade and Industry.On the agenda were South Africa’s industrial policy, priority industry sectors and Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) exports and agri-processing businesses that export to the UAE/GCC, namely Western Cape fruit and juice exporters, beef and fishing, fruit and vegetables, processed foods, and franchising.The next item on the itinerary was a trip on the cableway up Table Mountain. Cape Town’s weather, however, is nothing if not fickle. By noon the wind had picked up and by 1pm the clouds were cascading over the southern side of the mountain.Closed on account of the weatherA cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain is always a treat.By 2pm the cableway was closed for the day as the wind howled and clouds poured over the mountain and down the gorges. On the upside, the group did get to see her dressed in her famous tablecloth.Instead of the planned trip energetic tour guide, Irwin Horsban of Kaylin Tours, packed the group back into the bus and took them on a memorable drive down Kloof Nek and into Camps Bay, on the western side of the Cape peninsule .A stop for lunch and refreshments on the beachfront was a real treat, said Saberi. Romanos, who is originally from Lebanon but has been working in Saudi Arabia for six years, agreed. “What a fantastic place,” he gushed. “It was beautiful, spectacular.”On the way back to the hotel the ever-affable Horsban took the group on a detour through the Bo-Kaap, with colourful houses and history, followed by a splendid seafood dinner at the popular V&A Waterfront that was variously described as “good”, “delicious” and “expensive”.Wednesday – and Mother Nature came out to play, offering a glorious day without a breath of wind. Again, the morning was taken up with presentations and information-sharing, this time at the Oil and Gas Expo.The historic Robben Island was on the agenda for the afternoon, but everyone opted for the mountain instead. Walking on one of the new seven wonders of nature trumped heritage.On the mountainThe cableway was open, and cars were parked for several kilometres down the winding mountain road. But with tickets pre-booked online and a taxi ride to the cableway station there was little delay before the group was ushered into the large and airy cable car.The car takes 65 people at a time, which can be a bit of a squash. There is no need to hog the windows though, as the floor rotates during the ascent, giving each passenger a 360° view.Romanos spoke about investments. His company organises conferences between businesses, and he believes there is much scope for the two regions to work together. “Arab businesses are looking for opportunity,” he said.When the group stepped out at the top the views took their breath away and they spent a good two hours wandering around, taking pictures and marvelling at the cute dassies, or rock hyraxes – these little animals are closely related to the elephant.“I am half-way between happy and depressed,” said Saqqa, “happy to be here, but depressed that soon I have to return to civilisation.”Her sentiments were shared by the other members of the group. Smith said: “I see Johannesburg is for business, but Cape Town is more for pleasure.”There was time for some cold refreshments before a walk on the white sands of Camp’s Bay beach and dinner at a traditional restaurant in the city bowl.“We are sad to go, but have enjoyed our time here,” said Alawam.  Source: Mediaclub South Africalast_img read more

Budget 2016: Tough balancing act in a tough global environment

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2016 National Budget was tabled in challenging global economic conditions, with low growth at home, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at a media briefing on Thursday.“It’s a tough Budget,’ he said. “We are finding ourselves in a very difficult global economic environment with lots of doubt on whether the developed world will continue to grow . We’ve seen that currencies of emerging markets have been affected and commodity producers have been affected.’The Budget, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, comes at a time when high unemployment levels and slow growth have demanded greater investment by the government.“We have our own internal difficulties as South Africa,’ Gordhan said. “We’ve been growing too slowly. Our unemployment levels are too high, poverty and inequality levels are also high … Government has, for the last six years or so, been carrying the substantial burden of investing in infrastructure, for example.’He said the country must come up with new answers.“At the same time, we’ve borrowed a lot since 2009 in order to sustain, in particular, our social services and invest in infrastructure and the economy more generally. We haven’t grown at the same level as we borrowed.’This, he said, means South Africa must rein in spending.“This means we have to tighten our belts, tax a little bit more without hurting the economy and cut expenditure within government as well. That’s the balancing act temporarily. I hope that we have to perform it until all of us can put our heads together and say: How do we grow this economy? How do we get more investment? How do we create more jobs?’Tax relief and tackling debtThe 2016 Budget makes tax proposals that include a personal income tax relief of R5.5-billion, partially compensating for inflation, focused on lower- and middle-income earners.Gordhan pointed out that South Africans’ household debt is high.“Indebtedness in South Africa is a serious problem,’ he said. “Unsecured lending, at one stage, was a serious problem. The message is, we will try to do whatever we can, as we have done this time. Where there are possibilities of tax relief, we will direct the tax relief at the lower end. For example, to mitigate inflation, the money that we’ve put in (R 5.5-billion) is going to the lower income brackets.’He urged South Africans not to overextend themselves financially. “Like government, everybody needs to balance their budgets as well until we can get the economy to start growing.’On the nuclear build programme, Gordhan said the Budget stance is that nuclear will be expanded at a scale and pace that is affordable following a thorough and transparent tender process.“We are at the very early stages of the programme. We will phase in the implementation of a programme like that in accordance with our affordability. We have to go through a proper, transparent procurement process.’Investment and structural reformGordhan also spoke of the need for investment to grow the economy.“For the purposes of growth, we require more investment both from government and from the private sector. We need more creative energy from our own people, we need entrepreneurs on a large scale and support for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.’In his Budget speech on Wednesday, Gordhan emphasised that structural reforms – such as those detailed in the National Development Plan – were needed to “turn the South African economy’s direction towards hope’.“The Budget tabled today is guided by the NDP,’ he told Parliament. “It is a Budget for inclusive growth, it emphasises partnerships among role players in our economy, it prioritises education and infrastructure investment, it supports employment creation and it contributes to building a capable, developmental state.’Source: South African Government News Agency and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Refer a Friend – Help Kids Learn about GPS

first_imgKarlaThis is Karla. She is a student at a low income elementary school in Texas and a member of the after-school technology club, Tech-Click.In 2009, Groundspeak was able to provide three GPS devices to Karla’s club through DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects teachers with donors to fulfill classroom needs.These three GPS devices allowed Karla and others in her club to learn about latitude, longitude, spatial concepts and more. Karla sent us this letter to thank us for the donation:Now, you can help others like Karla learn about GPS technology simply by telling people about geocaching. From June 1- 30, 2011, for each new member that you refer to Geocaching.com, we’ll donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org.How it works:You introduce someone new to geocaching. You can take them out on the trail with you, send them our new “tell a friend” email, write a blog or simply shout about it from the rooftops.The person that you introduced to geocaching signs up for an account (Basic or Premium) between June 1 and June 30 and fills out the “referred by” field on the account creation page. (Make sure to give them your Geocaching.com username so that they can fill out this field.)He or she logs at least one geocache between June 1 and June 30.We give US $1 to GPS-related projects on DonorsChoose.org. SharePrint RelatedGeocachers Support GPS Education through ReferralsJuly 7, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Geocaching.com Refer a Friend Challenge – 2012June 27, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 18, 2012July 19, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” The more people you refer, the more money we can donate to classrooms in need, up to a total of $10,000 USD!Teach your friends about geocaching and help provide students like Karla with the tools they need to have engaging learning experiences.We will be providing regular updates on the number of referrals here on Latitude 47 and on Facebook. Thank you for helping!We also wish our brother was as nice as you.Cheers,The Groundspeak Lackeyscenter_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Tweetmeme Serving 500M Buttons Daily, Adds Language and Translation Support

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#international#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification While the majority of Twitter users reside within the United States, there is also a massive international population of users sharing info and links in various languages around the world. Tweetmeme, a service for sharing and tracking links on Twitter, announced today that it serves a half of a billion retweet button impressions each day on nearly 200,000 websites worldwide. To keep up with this growth, and the international Twitter community, the service is rolling out support for languages on buttons as well as automatic translation for retweets made on its site.The buttons now support seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese. For international users, the words “tweets” and “retweet” have been translated into these various languages, making the process of retweeting links via Tweetmeme more accessible. According to a blog post today, the service will include more languages in the future, and it plans to leverage its community of international users to help them do so. Additionally, using Google Translate, Tweetmeme will now automatically translate tweets users wish to share in their native language. “This automatically detects if translation is required and prompts you when it has made the change, it is a simple one-click to revert the translation if that is not what you desire,” said Tweetmeme in a blog post today.It’s encouraging to see language support reaching more third-party services as the international Twitter community grows. Personally I am still waiting for the popular desktop and mobile applications to begin automatically translating tweets from users I follow who tweet in multiple languages. This, of course, is challenging due to the shorthand slang that Twitter’s character limit produces, but it would be an invaluable feature to users like myself who happen to follow people who often tweet in a language other than my own. chris cameron A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Opposition cry foul in Punjab rural polls

first_imgThe elections for the 22 zila parishads and 150 panchayat samitis in Punjab concluded on Wednesday even as the Opposition parties levelled allegations that elections were rigged on the behest of the ruling Congress party.State Election Commission spokesperson said that the proceedings for holding elections on some booths in Amritsar, Muktsar and Moga are under consideration. The counting for the elections that were held today will take place on September 22.Soon after the voting was over the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) announced that the party would approach Punjab and Haryana high court, alleging that the right to vote and contest in the polls was virtually denied in the Zila Parishad and Samiti polls, which were rigged by the ruling party.Former Akali Minster Bikram Sigh Majithia and party’s senior vice president Daljeet Singh Cheema alleged that at least 62 polling booths were captured besides people supported by the Congress resorted to bogus voting, large scale violence and threatening the presiding officers with their muscle power.“These election were not conducted free and fair manner as the state election commission had little control of the state machinery and police apparatus, which let itself to be abused under the Congress government,” alleged the Akali leaders.The Aam Aadmi Party also alleged that the Congress workers were involved in booth capturing. “Many Congress workers were caught attempting to cast bogus voting but instead of taking action against them, they were let off,” alleged Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Harpal Cheema.last_img read more

Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura

first_imgBerchelt wobbled Miura in the eighth with a left hook but he couldn’t finish him off.Miura showed he has a steel chin and still had an opportunity to win the fight heading into the 11th round but only if he could score a knockout against Berchelt, who was in excellent condition. Asked if he was interested in a fight with the top fighter in the division, Vasyl Lomachenko, Berchelt said yes.“I beat Vargas, I beat Miura. I am ready to fight the best,” he said.On the undercard, champion Jezreel Corrales got the majority decision over Robinson Castellanos after the WBA super featherweight world title fight was stopped 31 seconds into the 10th round because of an accidental head butt. Corrales won by scores of 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments 14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “I was prepared because I knew I was facing an ex champion,” said Berchelt. “He has the toughest left hand in the division. He was hitting me and hurting me sometimes.“But I was always the better fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe judges scored the fight 116-111, 120-109 and 119-108 for the 33-year-old Berchelt who won the title with an 11th round upset victory over Francisco Vargas in January.Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) was hoping to reclaim the WBC title which he held for more than two years before losing to Vargas in 2015. WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (L) of Mexico connects with a left against Takashi Miura of Japan in round three of their title fight, July 15, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckMiguel Berchelt retained his WBC world title Saturday with a unanimous decision over former champion Takashi Miura in the first defence of his super featherweight belt.Mexico’s Berchelt won almost every round and it showed on the lopsided scorecards but the unflinching Miura fought on pride and looked like he could have knocked the champion out at any moment.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Berchelt set the tone early in the 12-round clash at the Los Angeles Forum as he dropped Miura late in the first round and rocked him with a hard punch in the fifth round that snapped the challenger’s head back.Down on points heading into the sixth round, Miura went looking for the knockout and it didn’t seem like a bad strategy for the Japanese dynamo who had 24 career knockouts coming into the bout.But Berchelt’s defence was too strong and his plan to land a mixture of head and body shots allowed him to score ample points with the judges.Miura took the fight to Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) in the seventh round as the Mexican appeared to tire, pawing at him instead of landing solid blows like earlier in the bout.Berchelt also had to deal the non-stop attack of Miura, who wouldn’t yield an inch, despite taking a massive amount of punishment to the head and body.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Internet suspended following communal clash in Jaipur

first_imgJaipur: Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jaipur for 24 hours after two groups clashed over an attack on a bus carrying pilgrims, police said on Tuesday. On Monday night, a communal clash erupted between two communities here at Eidgah road after some people pelted stones at a bus going to Haridwar in front of the Galta Gate on Delhi Road, leaving 12 people injured, confirmed Police Commissioner Anand Shrivastav on Tuesday. Some policemen were also injured in the incident after which the police used tear gas and force to disperse the crowd. Internet services have been suspended for 24 hours and heavy police force has been deployed as a precautionary measure in Ram Gunj, Transport Nagar and Galta Gate areas, said Shrivastav. Meanwhile, police have registered case against 25-30 people but no arrest has been made so far.last_img read more