Guyana Learning Institute hosts suicide symposium

first_imgThe Guyana Leaning Institute (GLI) on Sunday hosted a one-day suicide symposium at the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) in Kingston, Georgetown. Scores of mainly young participants attended, and at the end of proceedings received certificates for their participation in the event. The GLC Principal, Opposition Parliamentarian Ganga Persaud, called for more programmes to be implemented to tackle the scourge of suicide, as he observed that suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Guyana.Jennifer Persaud gave an overview of the various forms of suicide and their accompanying statistics. She noted the high numbers that relate to Guyana, with latest reports indicating that one person attempts suicide every 5 hours in Guyana.It was also highlighted that between 1,500 and 2,000 persons attempt suicide each year in Guyana.This country currently ranks fourth for highest suicide per capita, and has the highest rate among people in South America and the Caribbean. Persaud iterated that the male suicide rate is higher than that for female. She highlighted that suicides are frequently attempted by age groups 12-18 and 9-25.Other speakers underscored how suicide affects wide sections of the social classes.The participants also gathered in four groups and engaged in spirited discussion, and two presentations on suicide-related issues were followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Sheila Veersammy. A representative of the Caribbean Voice was also present at Sunday’s symposium. A similar exercise was held in Berbice on Sunday.last_img read more

KFC and Hero CPL work together to bring fans “Chicken Played Louder”

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League and KFC will partner for the 2018 tournament which runs from 8 August to 16 September. They will be working with the Biggest Party in Sport to bring the flavour of CPL cricket to their outlets with KFC being the food of choice for fans leading up to, and during, the matches.CPL Commercial Director Jamie StewartKFC will be introducing innovative and exciting sales promotions based on their involvement with CPL as they bring their customers “Chicken Played Louder” to celebrate their partnership with the Cricket Played Louder T20 event. There will be Big Hit Buckets, Big Hit Boxes and other exciting ways for KFC customers to get involved with competitions with CPL prizes.Simon Hardy, CEO of Prestige Holdings Ltd, franchise holder of KFC Trinidad and Tobago said: “The ethos of CPL is to bring the excitement and energy of cricket to the fans and create the biggest party in sport – at the game or while watching at home. At this year’s CPL KFC brings the biggest flavour to this cultural extravaganza with our “Chicken Played Louder”. This promotion promises to fuel our customers with not only our great tasting chicken in our Big Hit Bucket catering for families during the holidays but with captivating weekly prizes. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come.”Jamie Stewart, Commercial Director of CPL said: “KFC is a brand that is synonymous with T20 cricket via other sponsorships around the globe. It is an exciting moment for Hero CPL to welcome an iconic global brand like KFC, one whose cricket-centred fan promotions have won accolades globally, on board as a partner for the Biggest Party in Sport.”last_img read more

Students send books on a journey

first_imgWith financial help from the Benton PTA, Los Coyotes teacher Tracy Ayer and local businesswoman Carol Roberts, Chiapparine and Benton Middle media technician Marsha Chotiner purchased 100 books and pizza for a rally Wednesday to kick off the BookCrossing project. “Nothing like this has ever been done here before,” Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck told the students. “But anything we can do to get kids excited about literacy and reading is fabulous.” Chiapparine and Chotiner each gave out 50 copies of Ann Martin’s “A Dog’s Life” and Patti Sherlock’s “Letters from Wolfie.” The books have a yellow note on the front cover. In six languages, it reads: “I’m not lost – I’m on a journey!” On the inside are instructions directing finders to BookCrossing.com. On the site, the finders will be able to learn where the book has been, tag its current location and make a journal entry. “I think it’s a really cool idea to know about the people in other places who are reading not just the same story, but the exact same book you read,” said Benton sixth-grader Mark Pedace, 12. Once a new owner tags the book, an e-mail will be sent to Chiapparine and Chotiner so they can inform students about the book’s whereabouts. And with students about to go on cruises and trips to New York, Texas and Mexico for spring vacation, the books could end up anywhere, Chotiner said. “Some have gone as far as China,” she added. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Dozens of sixth- and seventh-graders from Benton and Los Coyotes middle schools put a new literary twist Wednesday on the old saying, “If you love someone, set them free.” Over the next few months, 100 students from the two schools will read books, then leave them strategically in public places for others to find. The program is part BookCrossing.com – a sort of “pay it forward” literacy project, said Los Coyotes media technician Debbie Chiapparine. “When I first heard about it, I just thought about how much fun it could be,” said Chiapparine, who runs the library at Los Coyotes. “We’re so excited to be able to do this for the students.” last_img read more

Crews battle fires near Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Crews battled two fires near Charlie Lake last night, that have been successfully contained and extinguished on Monday.Acting Fire Chief Dale Widsten side the fires were just down the road at 281 road, where it meets Highway 29 — and another was between 281 road and 283 road.One started around 2:30 p.m. and one just after 5 p.m.- Advertisement -Widsten said the fire was a holdover from the one that started on April 18, and resparked that fire.last_img

Doolittle, Gallegly fend off primary challenges

first_imgRepublican Rep. John Doolittle of Rocklin, whose close friendship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff brought him unwanted scrutiny, easily beat back a GOP primary challenge Tuesday. He was among a handful of incumbents in California’s 53 congressional districts fending off primary challengers. Most attention focused on the San Diego race to replace former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham and the contest against House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo of Tracy, both Republicans. But with voters frustrated over congressional corruption and business as usual in Washington, several other contests were being watched. In the conservative 4th Congressional District, Doolittle defeated Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes. Early returns showed Doolittle with a commanding lead over Holmes. On the Democratic side, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown was favored against Lisa Rea and Mike Hamersley. Brown was leading Rea and Hamersley in early tabulations. In Southern California’s beach-hugging 36th Congressional District, anti-war liberal Marcy Winograd generated political buzz with a longshot challenge to hawkish incumbent Jane Harman of Venice. Harman, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, supported the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act. Winograd, running under the slogan “A Real Democrat for the People,” supports withdrawing U.S. troops. In early absentee balloting, Harman showed a commanding lead over Winograd. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, beat back a primary challenge from first-time candidate Michael Tenenbaum, an attorney. Gallegly tried to drop out of the race on the day of the filing deadline in March, citing unspecified health problems and wrongly thinking the deadline for other candidates to file would be extended. It wasn’t, briefly leaving the field clear for Tenenbaum. GOP leaders urged Gallegly back in, but Tenenbaum stayed in the race. With early absentee ballots counted, Gallegly had an overwhelming lead over Tenenbaum. Meanwhile, in the state’s U.S. Senate race, Sen. Dianne Feinstein easily beat two little-known opponents to secure the Democratic nomination. Conservative former state legislator Richard Mountjoy ran unopposed on the Republican side.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

Tottenham striker Harry Kane keen to seal Golden Boot with further goals

first_img The 23-year-old is two goals ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane admitted the Premier League golden boot was on his mind as he hit four goals in Tottenham’s thumping 6-1 win at Leicester.The Spurs striker now leads the scoring charts on 26 league goals – two ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – heading into the final weekend of the season.Son Heung-min scored twice for the visitors, while Ben Chilwell’s first Leicester goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.England international Kane, who hopes to add to his tally against relegated Hull on Sunday, told Sky Sports 1: “I’ve been thinking a lot about getting on the scoresheet this week.“It’s the first time I’ve scored four goals and it was a good moment to do it.“I was looking to get one or two goals at least and then hopefully take it into the last game, now I’m in the driving seat at the minute but there’s still one game to play so I’m not resting on my laurels.“I’ve got to get out there against Hull and try and score more goals.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he has no concerns about holding on to Kane during the summer transfer window.“We will keep the players that we want to keep,” he said. “Maybe we will sell the players that we want to sell.“I think we are so, so, so calm about our big players and they are so happy here.“We are building a very exciting project.” 1last_img read more

USL: COCKHILL CELTIC GO SIX POINTS CLEAR WITH WIN OVER SWILLY ROVERS

first_imgCockhill2015.16 USL Results & Reports 06.03.16ResultsFour Lanterns USLSwilly Rovers 0 3 Cockhill CelticDerry City Res. 2 1 Letterkenny RoversReportsChampions Move ClearSwilly Rovers 0Cockhill Celtic 3On a cold day in Swilly Park Cockhill Celtic emerged victorious over their hosts with a clinical second half display. This win leaves Cockhill six points clear of 2nd placed Letterkenny Rovers with the same number of games played and seven points clear of 3rd placed Derry City Res., however the Candystripes reserve outfit have 2 games in hand on the Inishowen kingpins with the teams due to meet a couple of times before the season concludes. Indeed champions Cockhill also must meet 2nd placed Letterkenny on a couple of more occasions before they can turn their current advantage into another league title under first year manager, Gavin Cullen.The first half was beginning with a young Swilly side weathering pressure from the reigning champions. Both teams played the conditions and adopted a more direct style of play with Cockhill having the more success but failing to make the break through. The first half finished goalless.The second half began in a similar fashion as the first with Cockhill continuing to pressure the Swilly defence but failing to take advantage. With half an hour left to play the champions turned to former Ulster Senior League player of the year Gerry Gill and Gill was on the pitch a matter of minutes before he made the difference. A quick throw by Cockhill found the Swilly defence napping and Gill punished the Swilly defence with a tidy finish past the Gareth Wade in the Swilly goal. One soon became two as 3 minutes after Gill opened the scoring Paul McKinney joined him on the score sheet. In the 73 minute McKinney added his second and Cockhill’s third. The game finished Swilly 0-3 Cockhill.League Table 28/02/16Team P W D L F A +/- PtsCockhill Celtic 10 7 3 0 32 5 24 24Letterkenny Rovers 10 5 3 2 27 17 10 18Derry City Res. 8 5 2 1 20 11 9 17Bonagee Utd. 11 4 3 4 27 26 1 15Swilly Rovers 11 1 3 7 15 33 -18 6Fanad Utd. 11 1 2 9 8 37 -29 5Next Sunday, March 13th sees the Q-Finals of the Knockalla Cup taking place (Drumoghill v Derry City Res. will take place on the following Sunday, March 20th). There are no 4 Lanterns USL fixtures scheduled. USL: COCKHILL CELTIC GO SIX POINTS CLEAR WITH WIN OVER SWILLY ROVERS was last modified: March 6th, 2016 by John2Share 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 read more

Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home

first_imgLouis Maqhubela, Composition, 1972. Oil on paper. 51.7 x 58.7 cm. Collection: Johannesburg Art Gallery (Image: The Heritage Agency)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo-Anne DugganThe Heritage Agency+27 83 285 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • House firing up Swazi art scene • South African art • Beautiful Game caught on canvas • Art for all at Joburg art fair• Top price for Tretchi paintingChris ThurmanIf, as the Biblical saying has it, a prophet is never recognised in his own country, then it seems the same is true of artists living in exile. Many South African writers, actors, musicians and visual artists who left the country to escape the constraints of apartheid were acclaimed in their adopted countries but were largely forgotten at home.This, certainly, seems to have been the case with Durban-born Louis Khehla Maqhubela. Resident in London since the 1970s, Maqhubela has only occasionally had his work prominently exhibited in the land of his birth; consequently, its significance in both the development of so-called township art and what might be termed modernist abstraction in South African art has rarely been acknowledged.All that is changing thanks to A Vigil of Departure, a retrospective exhibition covering Maqhubela’s career over the course of half a century. In her catalogue essay and the material accompanying the exhibition, curator Marilyn Martin – director of art collections for Iziko Museums of Cape Town – situates the artist’s output within a fascinating biographical narrative.While still a teenager at a Soweto high school, Maqhubela attracted attention for his experiments with watercolour and oil paints, charcoal and ink.In the late 1950s, he enrolled as a student at the Polly Street Art Centre in central Johannesburg – a vitally important establishment in South African art history where, under the mentorship of Cecil Skotnes and others, talented young black artists mastered their technique and were given a platform for promoting their work.Maqhubela – who contributed to the Homage to Skotnes portfolio paying tribute to this elder statesman of South African art after he died in 2009 – has described Polly Street as “our magical password, our ID, to break into the exclusive echelons of the Johannesburg art scene”.Once he was part of that scene, Maqhubela was identified by various reviewers as “an artist of great imaginative strength” who demonstrated “a boldness and control of composition”. At that stage, his paintings were predominantly depictions of everyday life in what was then becoming a generic setting, the black township created by racial segregation.This form of township art has become somewhat denigrated by critics who see it as a formulaic and clichéd theme among many black South African artists. Martin is one of those who affirms the limitations of the genre, and she places greater value on the work that Maqhubela would subsequently produce.Nonetheless, visitors to the exhibition should not gloss over the early pieces. For one thing, township art from the 1950s and 60s valuably documents certain details from this period that might otherwise fall away from our collective memory. Maqhubela’s 1961 watercolour One Bottle One Orange is good example.There are also striking images such as the haunting charcoal drawing Little black boy lost in a white wood, and photographs of the mosaics that Maqhubela produced for various public spaces in Soweto.Turning pointThe years 1966 and 1967 marked a turning point in Maqhubela’s career: he was awarded first prize in the annual competition hosted by Johannesburg’s Adler Fielding Gallery and spent three months in Europe. During this trip he encountered the work of Paul Klee and other European artists, who would prove to have a strong influence on him; he also met South African expatriate artists such as Gerard Sekoto and Douglas Portway.Martin notices an immediate shift in Maqhubela’s style upon his return to the country: paintings such as A Township Scene and Houses and Fences from 1968 veer away from mimetic representation. Maqhubela would increasingly focus on the inherent aesthetic appeal of colour, line, shape and form – abstraction as opposed to realism.Of course, there are numerous pieces pre-dating the trip to Europe that indicate the artist’s fascination with geometry and fragmentation: his portraits Labourers, Wood Collectors and Man and Dog, for instance, along with the prize-winning work itself, Peter’s Denial. One could argue that his European experiences did not so much change his style as confirm an already-existing, albeit latent, inclination.Confident artistIn the 1970s Maqhubela produced a steady stream of untitled compositions in which he dabbled with combinations of shapes, colours and textures overscored by long, unbroken, shaky black lines that sometimes do and sometimes do not trace the outlines of identifiable figures. From the 1980s onwards, there is evidence of brighter and bolder brushwork – a confident abstract artist making the most of his palette.It would not, however, be fair to say that Maqhubela’s abstract work is simply a revelling in aesthetic delight. His paintings and etchings give expression to a complex symbolic universe. The recurrent images of birds and fish seem to be allusions to Christian metaphors for aspects of religious faith.Maqhubela has, from a young age, been a disciple of Rosicrucianism, that somewhat obscure but potent enquiry into esoteric knowledge and enlightenment. As such, his triangles and circles are not simply geometric forms but sacred images, manifestations of “beautiful, simple, universal laws”.While Maqhubela recalls that “abstract art by a black practitioner was a declaration of war against being stereotyped”, he is also insistent that abstraction is not a mode of expression exclusive to European modernism – far from it.“Abstraction has, for centuries, always been Africa’s premier form of expression,” he declares. Looking at recent works such as Ndebele Gate, Shield, Inyoka (isiZulu, meaning “snake”) and the Isiqhaza series (designs for Zulu round earrings), it’s hard to disagree with him.These resonances help to elucidate the title of the exhibition. Maqhubela feels that, even though he has lived abroad – in Spain and then England – since 1973, his imagination continues to be fired by South African cultural traditions and current affairs alike. He has been “keeping a vigil” for his homeland. Now, thanks to Martin and others, South African art lovers are able to return the favour.A Vigil of Departure showed at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until 18 September and will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town from October before moving to the Durban Art Gallery in February 2011. read more

South Africa to host WEF Africa 2013

first_img12 April 2013 South Africa is to host the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa in May, having last hosted the meeting of regional and global business, political and civil society leaders focusing on the continent in 2009. The meeting will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 8 to 10 May under the theme “delivering on Africa’s promise”. According to the WEF, the three-day event will provide an important platform for delegates “to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development”. “With an expected annual growth of 5% in 2012-2013, sub-Saharan Africa continues its transformative journey from a developing continent to a hub of global growth,” the WEF says on its website. “According to the World Bank, almost half of Africa’s countries have attained middle-income status. At the same time, the continent’s positive outlook is threatened by fluctuating commodity prices, rising inequality and youth unemployment. “To build on its achievements, Africa’s leaders need to strengthen the continent’s competitiveness, foster inclusive growth and build resilience in a volatile global environment. Accelerating economic diversification, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking talent are critical success factors in this new leadership context.” South Africa’s Presidency said on Thursday that forum participants would engage with issues such as strengthening the continent’s competitiveness, creating inclusive and sustainable growth, and accelerating infrastructure development and economic diversification. “The above themes consolidate the previous ones discussed during the 22nd World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which focused on leadership, innovation and shared opportunities as well as increasing investment in frontier markets,” the Presidency said in a statement. “The government of South Africa expresses its full support and commitment to the event, and encourages all relevant participating sectors to take part in making this event a resounding success.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Your Greatest Assets?

first_img“Our people are our greatest assets.”These are easy words to say. There are not a lot of people who would disagree with this idea, and it appears on walls and on mission statements and in annual reports. It seems to be a universal truth for most companies, even if it is more often honored in the breach.Assets show up on a balance sheet. Expenses show up on a profit and loss statement. The money that employees are paid shows up on the profit and loss statement, and not a balance sheet. The words “our greatest assets,” might sometimes be in conflict with the reality that in some cases people are treated more like “a necessary evil.”Deep CaringA company can’t make people feel as if they are cared about. Only people can do that. Leaders can act in ways that make people know they are cared about. A person’s direct manager can make them feel as if they are valued. This is, in fact, what is necessary if people are truly your greatest asset.If no one cares about you at work, you are not going to feel like an asset. You’re going to feel like a number. Like a cog in a wheel. Deep caring for and about people is necessary.Investment in GrowthCompanies that believe people are the greatest assets invest in those assets. Some companies invest money to improve what they believe to be their greatest asset, their actual human resources. They train, develop, educate, and coach their people, helping them achieve greater and greater capabilities, confidence, and success. More still, they invest time and energy with the people who work for and with them.If you believe training and development is too great an expense to invest in your “greatest assets,” your behavior doesn’t match your professed beliefs.Meaning and PurposeThe most important things you can provide cost nothing and produce the greatest returns.Your “assets” want to do meaningful work. They want to do work that is purposeful. If your mission is to improve shareholder value, you are severely depriving people of both meaning and purpose.Many mission statements written on company walls are about as inspirational as the dust collecting on their frames and the even dustier and long forgotten binders the consultants gave the executive team when they were written.You have to help people understand how and why you create value, as well as how people benefit from their doing so.People are your greatest assets. But saying it doesn’t make it so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more