The Mashramani “All-Stars Concert”, on Saturday evening left the residents of Lethem and surrounding communities clamouring for more. The performers captivated the audience with their boundless energy and songs on social issues, politics and the economy among others.Melissa “Vanilla” RobertsHosted by the Ministry of Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion at the Tabatinga Sports Complex Ground, the show featured artistes like Michelle “Big Red” King, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo, Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts, Reigning Soca Monarch Brandon Harding and Reigning Chutney Monarch Bunty Singh and Kwasi Ace among others.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton told the residents that the initiative is aimed at ensuring nationwide inclusion in the Mashramani festivities.“We had activities in Region One, Two, Six, Five and Nine here tonight. This is the idea to take the celebration to the different regions so that you can be part and parcel of what everybody is enjoying in Guyana. We look forward to seeing you in the capital city…” he said.The Minister said that he was impressed with the turnout at the event and the participation between the singers and audience who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.Brandon HardingRegional Chairman Brian Allicock noted his satisfaction with the support shown by residents.According to Allicock, discussions are ongoing to host similar events in Lethem in the future. Minister Norton also gave his nod of approval to this move.Last year’s Calypso semi-finals were hosted for the first time in Lethem and received rave reviews from the spectators. In previous years calypso competitions were held in the capital city, Georgetown, which meant hinterland communities missed being entertained by this extraordinary eventAs Mashramani activities continue across the country, persons are invited to attend the Banks Calyspo Semi-Final at Union No 53 Village Community Centre, the Carib Soca Monarch Semi-Finals at the Linden-Georgetown Municipal Bus Park and the Chutney Dance Competition in Region Three.
BAGHDAD – Bomb deaths have gone down 30 percent in Baghdad since the U.S.-led security crackdown began a month ago. Execution-style slayings are down by nearly half. The sound of weapons has been reduced from frequent to episodic, and downtown shoppers have returned to outdoor markets, which are favored targets of car bombers. There are signs of progress in the campaign to restore order in Iraq, starting with its capital city. But while many Iraqis are encouraged, they remain skeptical how long the relative calm will last. Each bombing renews fears the horror is returning. Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents are still around, perhaps just lying low or hiding outside the city until the operation is over. The rattle of automatic weapons fire or the rumble of distant roadside bombs comes less frequently. Traffic is beginning to return to the city’s once vacant streets. “People are very optimistic because they sense a development. The level of sectarian violence in streets and areas has decreased,” said a 50-year-old Shiite, who gave his name only as Abu Abbas, or “father of Abbas.” “The activities of the militias have also decreased. The car bombs and the suicide attacks are the only things left, while other kinds of violence have decreased.” In the months before the security operation began Feb. 14, police were finding dozens of bodies each day in the capital – victims of Sunni and Shiite death squads. Last December, more than 200 bodies were found each week – with the figure spiking above 300 in some weeks, according to police reports compiled by The Associated Press. Since the crackdown began, weekly totals have dropped to about 80 – hardly an acceptable figure but clearly a sign that death squads are no longer as active as they were in the final months of last year. Bombings too have decreased in the city, presumably due to U.S. and Iraqi success in finding weapons caches and to more government checkpoints in the streets that make it tougher to deliver the bombs. In the 27 days leading up to the operation, 528 people were killed in bombings around the capital, according to AP figures. In the first 27 days of the operation, the bombing death toll stood at 370 – a drop of about 30 percent. U.S. military combat deaths have also declined, according to an AP count. Twenty-four members of the military were killed in Baghdad from Feb. 14 through March 14, compared with 29 from Jan. 13 through Feb. 13. Overall nationwide, there were 68 U.S. military deaths from Feb. 14 through March 14, compared with 112 from Jan. 13 through Feb. 13. Figures alone won’t tell the story. In Vietnam, generals kept pointing to enemy body counts to promote a picture of success even when many U.S. soldiers and civilian officials realized the effort was doomed. True success will be when Iraqis themselves begin to feel safe and gain confidence in their government and security forces. Only then can the economy, long on its heels and with unemployment estimated between 25 and 40 percent, rebound and start providing jobs and a future for Baghdad’s people. A long-term solution also must deal with the militias that sprang up after the ouster of Saddam Hussein. Much of the relative calm may be due to a decision by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to remove his armed militiamen, known as the Mahdi Army, from the streets. U.S. troops rolled into the Mahdi stronghold of Sadr City on March 4 without firing a shot – a radical change from street battles there in 2004. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! U.S. military officials, burned before by overly optimistic forecasts, have been cautious about declaring the operation a success. Another reason it seems premature: Only two of the five U.S. brigades earmarked for the mission are in the streets, and the full complement of American reinforcements is not due until late May. A Pentagon report released Wednesday in Washington even used for the first time the term “civil war” to describe some of the violence here. But it stressed that the term does not capture Iraq’s complex situation, and its assessment was based on the final three months of 2006, which it said was the most violent three-month period since the U.S.-led invasion. U.S. officials say that key to the security crackdown’s long-term success is the willingness of Iraq’s sectarian and ethnic political parties to strike a power- and money-sharing deal. That remains elusive: A proposal for governing the country’s main source of income – oil – is bogged down in parliamentary squabbling. Nevertheless, there are encouraging signs. Gone are the “illegal checkpoints,” where Shiite and Sunni gunmen stopped cars and hauled away members of the rival sect – often to a gruesome torture and death.
“You can reach any community, any population, any small target group with the right expertise, the right media resources,” said Givi Topchishvili, chief executive of New York-based Global Advertising Strategies, which helps develop niche ethnic markets for Lufthansa and other corporate clients. By working with advertising consultants who understand a group’s unique values and spending habits, he said, firms aim to deliver a relevant message at the right time, in the right place, in the right language. “You can be effective not only with larger communities, like the Latino community,” he said. “You can reach the Polish community in Chicago or the Greeks in New York.” Ten years ago, advertisers did target broad groups like Hispanics or Asians, said Greg Anthony, senior vice president of Alloy Access, the multicultural division of the marketing firm Alloy Inc. But today’s clients want to go deeper, beyond such broad descriptions, and reach the more than 35 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. who hail from more than 400 countries, according to the U.S. Census. MoneyGram International Inc., a company that allows customers to wire money around the world, used International Women’s Day on March 8 to reach out to Russians, Armenians, and other immigrants from countries that celebrate the blend of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Ethnic radio programs and newspapers from New York to San Francisco carried ads wishing listeners a happy Women’s Day. And on March 8, Moneygram representatives fanned out into neighborhoods handing out carnations, a flower symbolizing admiration and devotion in those cultures, and discussing the company’s products in relevant languages. Lufthansa tried ethnicity-specific advertising in the United States to promote its online booking system, weflyhome.com, which was created with immigrants in mind.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A singer croons in Farsi while musicians strum their instruments before an audience of families gathered in a park for an Iranian holiday feast. A banner looms over the crowd wishing them all a happy Norooz – the Persian New Year – from Lufthansa, the German airline. Such scenes are becoming part of the marketing landscape as global companies look beyond Cinco de Mayo and Chinese New Year in their efforts to reach immigrant consumers that might miss a more mainstream message. Just as Norooz offers firms a window into an untapped community, so too does the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; or Malanka, when Ukrainians celebrate the coming of spring.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr smiles on the touchline in a previous Kenyan Premier League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has praised his players’ attitude and team spirit as they near conclusion of their two-week training camp in Egerton, the outskirts of Kenya’s fourth largest city Nakuru.Kerr says the rate at which the new players have integrated into the team has surpassed his expectation and believes they are getting into brilliant shape ahead of the new season. “I am really proud of these players and what has been achieved over the past two weeks. There has been a great sense of togetherness and the team spirit is impressive. There is no division like one group not talking to another. It is one close knit family,” the tactician said.The club has been hit with the departure of two key players skipper Musa Mohammed and midfielder Kenneth Muguna who will be joining Albanian second tier side KF Tirana but they have duly replaced them.Among the high profile faces which have joined the team include winger Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi Stars, midfielders Cersidy Okeyo and Humphrey Mieno from Tusker, defender Charles Momanyi from Kakamega Homeboyz and Lawrence Juma from Nzoia Sugar among others.Kerr says the new boys have shown great hunger and have integrated well with the rest of the squad.AFC Leopards defender Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah wins the ball against Ulinzi Stars forward Samuel Onyango during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobul“We have made some very good progress at this camp but there is still so much to do. This is the third week of pre-season and we have one more week before we play AFC Leopards. We will look to fine tune on a few areas when we get back to Nairobi and we will be ready,” the tactician added.K’Ogalo will have their sternest pre-season test yet when they face Ugandan champions Kampala City Council Authority in a friendly match at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Saturday. The Ugandans arrived in the country on Friday evening.Kerr has disclosed this match will be key in setting the season’s agenda, including finding the right balance on his best eleven as well as trying out different technical and tactical aspects of his side’s readiness for the season.He has also intimated that he will give all players a chance to prove themselves.After the KCCA match on Saturday, the team will travel back to Nairobi to prepare for their season-opening Super Cup match against arch rivals AFC Leopards on January 28 before playing their final pre-season friendly against Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman on January 31.Meanwhile, KCCA who are preparing for the CAF Champions League will play former champions Tusker FC on Monday in Nairobi travelling to Nairobi then proceed to play AFC Leopards in Machakos on Wednesday and finally Sofapaka in Narok on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Poland had already been relegated to League B.Roberto Mancini’s Italians needed a win to keep their hopes of advancing to the final four next June alive, but despite pushing Portugal for over an hour in front of 73,000 spectators at the San Siro, could not find a way through.Instead, they earned a goalless draw which echoed the stalemate against Sweden a year ago that ended their hopes of reaching the World Cup in Russia.“It’s really satisfying to reach the final phase of this competition,” said coach Fernando Santos.“But it was a very difficult match, above all the first half when I have to admit we had a lot of difficulties.”Portugal host Poland on Tuesday in Guimaraes, in a match that has no significance for either side.But Santos insisted: “The final match against Poland will be important because it will be in front of our supporters, who are always with us.“We have to have a great match and to win.”Santos’ side had beaten Italy 1-0 in Lisbon and withstood early pressure from the hosts with Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile both going close in the first half.Portugal threatened after the break as William Carvalho was denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma and substitute Joao Mario fired over the bar.“I think we played an excellent match but we didn’t manage to score which is an important detail,” said Mancini.“We dominated Portugal and then had a drop in tempo after 70 minutes, which is only to be expected, as we can’t play in their half for 90 minutes.“Even if we’re disappointed at not winning I think we have everything and little by little we’re going to also put the attack into place,” added Mancini after Italy maintained their record of never having been beaten at the San Siro.– Chiellini’s 100th cap –Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini (R) earned his 100th cap. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOItaly captain Giorgio Chiellini celebrated his 100th Italy cap, exactly 14 years to the day since his debut against Finland.Insigne forced a save from Rui Patricio after five minutes firing in from a distance with the Portuguese goalkeeper clearing into the path of Immobile.But the Lazio forward sent the rebound over the crossbar, with Alessandro Florenzi also sending an effort wide from an angle.Former AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, whistled by the crowd every time he touched the ball after moving back to Juventus this season, headed onto the side-netting from a free-kick.Federico Chiesa came close on 53 minutes after a cross from Cristiano Biraghi following good work from Marco Verratti but the Portuguese defence cleared.“I think we’re on the right path, as we controlled it for 70 minutes with a lot of great play and chances, but we must make more of our scoring opportunities,” said defender Chiellini, who is the Azzurri’s top scorer with eight goals.“We worked so hard and then in the final half-hour we were exhausted, which took away sharpness and meant we were risky at the back.“We’ve got the foundations, we dominated the reigning European champions and the issue of not scoring goals will improve with time.”Italy play a friendly against the United States in Genk on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portugal reached Nations League semi-finals with a game to spare. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Nov 18 – European champions Portugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals on Saturday after holding Italy to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro.The Portuguese — despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo — progressed with one match to play, and are sure to finish top of Group A3, with Italy’s hopes in the tournament over.
SATURDAY Van Nuys Clean Up Day, 7 a.m.-noon. Volunteers meet at Church on the Way, 14300 Sherman Way. Walk for Kids to benefit the L.A. Ronald McDonald House, 8 a.m., Griffith Park Picnic Area, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. Call (310) 597-1930. Relay 4 Life to fight cancer, 9 a.m., Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-0081. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Pacific Islander Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 320 Golden Shore Drive, Long Beach. Free with museum admission. Call (562) 590-3100. Foster and Kinship Care Education Program, 10 a.m.-noon, Interface, 1305 Del Norte Road, Camarillo. Free. Call (805) 378-1400, ext. 1891. Antiques Appraisal Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. Call (818) 548-2147. Traffic Safety Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 756-9204. Feria del Libro (Family Book Fair), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. Call (213) 484-2870. Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday, 2200-2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue and 3600-3800 blocks of Ocean View Boulevard. Call (818) 248-3889. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Nice have snubbed a second offer from Roma for Arsenal and Tottenham target Jean-Michael Seri.The north London rivals are both reportedly in talks about potentially signing the highly-rated midfielder this summer.But they are not the only European clubs currently hopeful of landing him, with Roma firmly in the hunt too.However, the Italian club’s latest bid, said to be around £22m, has been snubbed by Nice, according to RMC.Nice insist the 25-year-old will not be sold unless a club activates his £35m release clause, which should not be a problem for Arsenal and Spurs.However, there is also interest from mega-rich Chinese club Beijing Guoan, who are reportedly ready to offer the Ivorian a staggering take-home annual salary of £9m. 1 Jean-Michael SerI is a wanted man
Lotto numbers for 30 January were 6,5,3,7,2,1,8,4. There was no winning sequence, congratulations to Anne Lynch, Ard McCool, who receives €30 in the lucky dip. Next weeks Jackpot is now €3600. If you’re not in – You can’t win!!The first 100 Club draws for 2014 will take place on the 6th February.A Foundation Level Coaching Course is being held in St Marys GAA Convoy on Friday 21st of February: Child Ethics 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm and Saturday 22nd of February: Coaching Practical 9 am – 3 pm. Anyone interested can contact Maura Mc Crudden on 0861635726. Cellí Dancing Classes will commence in the clubhouse this Tuesday night 4th February from 8 pm to 10 pm. Admission €3, Tea included. Adults only.Jiving lessons will also commence in the clubhouse on Thursday 13th February @ 8 pm. Cost €5. For more info contact Teresa on 04881679247 or 00447724932581. A date for your diaries – The Red Hughs Ladies are hosting “A Come Dine With Me “ fundraiser in the clubhouse on Saturday the 22nd February. Check our facebook page in the next week for more information.Club membership for 2014 is now due, prices remain unchanged adults €30, couples €50. The Underage registration is now open at €10 and €20 for a family.All club executive & coaches will this year need to fill out a Garda vetting form. The forms can be obtained from Maura Mc Crudden or Kathy Kelly and need to be filled in and returned ASAP.The club have GAA National Club Draw tickets on sale @€10 each. Prizes include a Trip for 2 to Australia for the 2014 International Rules Series, A €1000 Shopping Voucher at a retailer of your choice, a full list of the 10 prizes can be seen on our Facebook Page or contact Andy 087 6843311.The Club are taking part in The Strictly Come Dancing, which takes place in The Villa Rose on Easter weekend. 3 couples are required, anyone interested in representing the club can give there names to Andy 087 6843311 or Kathy 087 7647168.Congratulations to the boys and girls in 6th class from both Dromore and Gleneely National Schools who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday morning last in St. Patricks Church, Crossroads.Next club meeting is Wednesday the 12th February in the clubhouse @9pm. All club members & executives please attend. Training for Seniors/Reserves: Tuesdays & Thursdays @7.30 & Sunday mornings. Senior Ladies: Mondays & Fridays @7.30 & Sunday mornings @ 11am. U14 Boys Fridays @5.45. The Underage Training will commence at the beginning of March for u6s up to and including u12 boys and girls. All new players are welcome. Check Club Facebook page for changes/updates.GAA NEWS – RED HUGHS COOKING UP A STORM WITH ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ NIGHT was last modified: February 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Red Hughs GAA news
BY EMMET RUSHE: This article is aimed at men. It is going to be blunt and straight to the point and may offend. We live in an age where everything is computerised.You name it; you can do it online.The trouble with this is that the majority of our lives are being spent in front of a computer. As men, we sit too much, drink too much coffee, stress too much, don’t sleep enough, have pretty awful diets and don’t exercise enough.Once upon a time, when food was food and there were no computers or video games, people used to go outside.You heard that right kids, OUTSIDE.You know that place where you go to get into the car, so you can drive to the gym and walk on a treadmill, or spin on a bike. What is the result of the last few years of prosperity and technology?We have a generation of men who are skinny fat!This new body type is probably the most unhealthy that we as men are facing.Skinny fat looks like this: The extremities (arms and legs) are completely normal looking. In some cases they are actually thin, whereas the trunk of the body is carrying quite a bit of excess body-fat.When you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt you will look relatively normal. It won’t look as if there is a problem. However, when you remove the t-shirt it will look as if you are wearing your grandfather’s skin for a shirt.You will have “moobs”, belly fat and probably a muffin top.To put it bluntly, you are beginning to look like a woman!This is not an insult to women. It is natural for women to carry fat on certain parts of their bodies. Men simply should not be holding fat in the same areas. This might seem a bit extreme, but when you look at the health and hormonal issues that are being studied regarding this issue, this is no laughing matter.A recent study in Journal of the American Medical Association found that;If you are skinny fat and get diagnosed with diabetes, you are twice as likely to die as if you are overweight and get diagnosed. You simply do not have the muscle mass that an overweight person has to protect you.Testosterone levels in skinny fat men were also found to be extremely low, with oestrogen levels being overly high.A simple test: when you wake up in the morning, are you flaccid?If you are in your twenties and you consistently wake up like this, something is not right.Stress levels are also extremely important in the issue of skinny fat.Most people these days have stressful jobs, stressful commutes to work, and stressful lives outside of work.They survive on coffee and energy drinks, are always on their phone or computers, never get into full deep sleep, which leaves nearly every situation they face feeling stressful.This leaves cortisol levels high which in turn, will hamper the body’s ability to build muscle and to burn fat.So let’s round this up;If you recognize yourself in this description, you probably have moobs, belly fat and a muffin top, the testosterone levels of a 16 year old girl and the stress levels of a mortgage broker when the 2008 crash happened.So what do we do?How do we fix this problem and get men back to being MEN?The first step is cleaning up your nutrition.Stop eating pre-packaged and processed foods and reduce your consumption of refined carbs.Reduce your consumption of carbonated drinks and alcohol.Eat protein at every meal.Increase your intake of healthy fats.Take a multi vitamin, quality fish oil and a vitamin D supplement.Doesn’t sound fun? Enjoy having Moobs!Start lifting weights, aim for reps of between 6-10 reps and 3-6 sets per exercise.Concentrate on the larger muscle groups and hit the big lifts like the squat, chin ups/lat pull down, deadlifts, bench press and overhead press.STOP DOING CARDIO, you do not need it.Trying to burn fat with excess cardio without building muscle will only leave you a skinnier fatter version of what you previously were.Reduce you time online, especially before bed.Preferably, there should be no screen time for 2-3 hours before bed.What could you do instead?Here’s a few ideas: GO OUTSIDE, GO TO THE GYM OR READ A BOOK.Sooner or later you will have to face up to the fact that, if you are skinny fat, you are on the road to severe health issues in the near future.How you deal with this is your choice, try and make it a good one.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT? was last modified: September 28th, 2014 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)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnMenskinny fat
Aine hands over her cheque to the Donegal Hospice.A young Donegal girl was so moved after watching a TV programme highlighting the plight of kids with cancer that she decided to act.Áine O’Leary aged 10 from St Johnston is a 5th class student from St Baithin’s NS.Áine decided to make these ribbons from loom bands after she watched “Stand Up To Cancer” programme on television before Christmas. And this week Aine handed over a cheque for more than €350 to the Donegal Hospice.She was touched by the stories she saw especially from the young people who are battling cancer.Her parents Seamus and Julie O’Leary supported her in her decision and are extremely proud of her. SCHOOLGIRL AINE ‘BANDS’ TOGETHER WITH SUPER CHEQUE FOR HOSPICE was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)