Arya Samaj donates land for new Gurukula

first_imgThe community of Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara will see the construction of a new Gurukula (learning institution) which is expected to be completed by the year 2020. A ground-breaking ceremony was consecrated with a havan on February 4, 2018, to commence the construction of the building. The land, measuring 300 feet by 100 feet, was donated by the Uitvlugt Arya Samaj.According to Dr Satish Prakash, who spearheads the operations, the building will function as a residential school but following the lines of an ashram as it relates to discipline. The curriculum will be dual-secular and religious and students will live at the institution.The proposed plan of the completed buildingThe aim of the secular curriculum will be to assist those persons who were not successful at their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and wish to rewrite eight of them, so as to gain admission at a university. Dual curriculum caters to CXC subjects, Hindi, Sanskrit, Shastras, yoga and music.Another objective of the organisation is to make it a centre for social service, and also function as a health centre, providing basic health care.Around 400 persons were present at the ceremony. Funds were donated for the construction and many have pledged to donate in the future to complete the institution.Dr Prakash aims at improving the moral values amongst Guyanese which have been diminished under the influence of suicides, broken homes, alcoholism, school dropouts, crime and economic slide. He will also lead the recruitment of teachers. This institution will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean and students will set across Guyana after studying to serve their society.last_img read more

GCAA Director General expresses dissatisfaction with Fly Jamaica

first_imgOne day after Fly Jamaica announced plans to implement an operations recovery plan after leaving hundreds of its passengers stranded for days, it has now made a commitment to set up a 24-hour call centre for passengers in Guyana to get updates and other information regarding their bookings.This decision was made after a team representing the airline met with the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Egbert Field. Representing Fly Jamaica at the meeting were Commercial Operations Manager Carl Bowen and Wings Aviation Director Patricia Reece.GCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Egbert Field (third from right) with officials both from the GCAA and Fly Jamaica AirlineThe meeting was chaired by Field. However, there was also a large contingent of several other GCAA officials including: Air Transport Management Director Saheed Sulaman; Aviation Security Manager Abraham Dorris; acting Aviation Safety Regulations Director, Captain Christopher Kirkcaldy; Air Transport Officer Dinello Mahabir; and Public Communications Officer Rashan Reid.During the meeting, Field expressed the GCAA’s dissatisfaction with the prolonged delays and cancellations being experienced by passengers. However, the airline officials informed the GCAA that mandatory scheduled maintenance checks on its fleet were part of the reason for the delays.It was also explained that during this period, the operation, which continued with the use of at least four charter services, was intermittently disrupted by crew shortages in those companies. In addition, the adverse weather conditions in New York affected scheduled flights with the aircraft that were leased to continue operations in the absence of the regular fleet.In addition to Fly Jamaica committing to operationalising a 24-hour call centre for passengers in Guyana, Fly Jamaica officials also committed to contact passengers and provide them with updates of their flight bookings.According to the GCAA, the airline is expected to have its own Boeing 767 aircraft in operation on January 11, 2018 to relieve the backlog of passengers left stranded in Guyana and other destinations. Additionally, Fly Jamaica has arranged to lease a B757 aircraft from National Airlines to operate between Kingston, Jamaica and John F Kennedy Airport in New York.This newspaper was told that Fly Jamaica agents were inaccessible over the past week and had left hundreds of passengers stranded in Guyana.Meanwhile, passengers travelling from Toronto to Guyana have also been stranded at the Pearson International Airport.This is not the first time that Fly Jamaica has experienced major delays. In December 2017, a few days before Christmas, frustrated passengers had complained that flights between Georgetown and New York were cancelled as a result of technical problems the airline was experiencing. In that instance, passengers had taken to social media and bashed the airline for keeping them in the dark.In July last year, passengers of the same airline had vented their frustration, again on social media, over the poor communication from airline employees.last_img read more

Mayor of Kitimat says LNG industry likely for his community

first_imgMayor Phil Germuth remains optimistic about the Liberal’s boasted LNG dream, and he’s focused primarily on two of the close to 20 proposed northwest coast projects backed by Shell and Chevron.“They [Shell] has everything in a row. They have the upstream supply; they have the customers already built into the project, so that one looks very favourable,” says Mayor Germuth. “Chevron of course, the Kitimat LNG project, we’ve got just as much hope for that one too, of course.”Mayor Germuth adds, “So we’re still very confident that one for sure is going to go, and we’re doing everything we can to see both of them go.”- Advertisement -He expects either company will break ground on LNG the following year.“They’re both expecting their FIDs [final investment decision] for next year, being 2016.”The Liberals were re-elected in 2013 on their dream of a multi-billion LNG industry, which Premier Clark still predicts will create 100,000 new jobs.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNala is described as a gentle giant.An unusual breed of dog appears to have become the latest victim of dognappers in Inishowen.Nala, a dogue de Bordeaux, disappeared from its owners property on Cassey Road in Buncrana early this morning.The dog’s owner was alerted when his other three dogs began barking. But when he checked on his dogs, Nala was missing from her locked enclosure.The dog may have escaped itself but the owners feel the dog may also have been taken.Nana is a very much loved family pet and they describe her as a “gentle giant.”If anybody spots the unusual dog they are asked to leave a message on our Facebook page or contact us at and we will pass on the information to the family.  FAMILY HEARTBROKEN AS ANOTHER PEDIGREE PET GOES MISSING was last modified: January 25th, 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:buncranadogue de BordeauxNalalast_img read more

Donegal community to get a new Resource Centre

first_imgDonegal is to get a new Resource Centre.The centre in Raphoe will be one of eleven new centres across Ireland,Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, and Tusla’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Gibson, today announced the locations of 11 new centres during a visit to the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in Dublin’s north inner city. The additional Family Resource Centres will be supported due to additional funding provided to Tusla as part of Budget 2018.In a strong demonstration of interest, 47 applications from around the country were received and assessed by Tusla. The 11 new Family Resource Centres are:Raphoe Springboard, Co. DonegalMountmellick, Co. LaoisTeach Dara, KildareAthy, Co. KildareNorth Tipperary Community Services, Co. TipperaryAster, Balbriggan, Co. DublinLaytown, Louth/MeathFinglas West Barnardos Dublin North CityCarrigtwohill, Co. CorkRoscommon Leader Partnership CompanyBallybeg CDP, Co. WaterfordSpeaking at the announcement, Minister Zappone said “Family Resource Centres are the very hub of the communities which they serve – I have seen this at first hand in every part of the country. They provide a huge range of services by working with people from cradle to the grave. They also support those going through a difficult period in their lives including bereavement, unemployment and addiction. The demand for new centres speaks for itself and underlines their important role. This year I am delighted to increase funding by 21% to €16.37 million for centres nationwide.”Jim Gibson, Chief Operations Officer, Tusla said “We’re delighted to announce the 11 new Family Resource Centres today. The expansion of our Family Resource Centre Programme will see 11 more communities supported through a range of community services including family support work, counselling, education and training courses, and youth groups.Family Resource Centres are rooted in and part of local communities and as a result they can identify need in families and communities early and offer appropriate interventions and supports. Tusla’s Family Resource Centre Programme is an important part of our work to prioritise early intervention across our services.”The announcement is part of a range of initiatives announced for Family Resource Centres as part of Budget 2018. Tusla is investing a total of €16.37 million into the Family Resource Centre Programme in 2018, an increase of 21% compared to 2017.The Family Resource Centre Programme is a national programme core funded by Tusla, which currently provides funding to 109 Family Resource Centres in Ireland. This number will rise to 120 in 2018. The principal objective of the Family Resource Centre Programme is to combat disadvantage and to strengthen and empower children, families and communities. A Family Resource Centre is a service which provides supports to families such as family support work, counselling, education and training courses, and youth groups.Each Family Resource Centre is established as a voluntary community group and operates autonomously working inclusively with individuals, families, communities, and both statutory and non-statutory agencies. There are currently 109 communities supported through the Family Resource Centre Programme, covering a catchment area of nearly one million people.The 11 new Family Resource Centres will be supported by Tusla to join the Programme in the coming months.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher paid tribute to Raphoe Springboard for the very comprehensive application submitted by them, resulting in today’s good news as announced by the Minister. Donegal community to get a new Resource Centre was last modified: March 12th, 2018 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:donegalRaphoeResource Centrelast_img read more

Gritters ready for another freezing night as temperatures drop to -2C

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that its gritters are to be out in force tonight and tomorrow morning.Met Eireann is forecasting a cold and dry night with lowest temperatures of -2C.Widespread frost will develop in the north west, and motorists are advised to take extra care on the roads. Gritters will be on all main roads from 9pm tonight (Monday) and at 6am tomorrow (Tuesday):06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1Check Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesGritters ready for another freezing night as temperatures drop to -2C was last modified: October 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

South Africa reflects on battle to curb HIV and Aids

first_img10 June 2015South Africa had turned the tide on HIV, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said in opening the seventh SA Aids Conference yesterday.“That is an undeniable fact. The advances we have made, have been made together. Many emanate from public programmes, but still others have been made by grassroots activists. Many of whom are present in this room today.”The conference is running from 9 to 12 June at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban. Discussions centre on the latest developments regarding the treatment and prevention of HIV, Aids and tuberculosis in the field of scientific research, vaccine development and human rights issues, with a particular focus on the epidemic in the country.Global leaderSouth Africa was acknowledged by UNAids and others as global and continental leaders in the HIV response, Ramaphosa said.“We have the right policies in place and the political will to see them implemented. South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3 million people on life-saving antiretrovirals, moving on to 5 million,” he added.“Thanks to the progress we have made, thanks to partnerships we have forged, thanks to the resources we have mobilised, we now know that the fight against Aids and TB can be won.”However, the question to be answered at this conference was whether “we have the means, the will, the knowledge and the courage to prevail”.He called on people to renew their commitment to fighting the diseases: “We renew our commitment, we renew our determination, we renew what I would call our social compact, which has been forged over many years of shared struggle.“We renew our commitment to the achievement by 2030 of a generation of under- 20s that is largely free of HIV,” Ramaphosa said.In unpacking the successes in South Africa so far, he said that in 2010, the country launched a national HIV counselling and testing campaign in which 20 million tests were conducted over 20 months; more than 700 million male condoms were distributed in 2014, and over 1.6 million medical male circumcisions had been conducted in public facilities since 2010.“The results have been significant. People are living longer and fewer people are dying of Aids and TB. Life expectancy as attested by a few speakers before me, increased from 53 years in 2006 to 62.2 years in 2013. This is a great achievement.”In addition, HIV associated deaths in pregnant women, infants and children under five had also declined, as had new HIV infections since its peak in 2004, especially among those under 15.“We have reduced mother-to-child transmission dramatically, to less than 2.6% in 2012.”More work to be doneThese statistics were encouraging, Ramaphosa said, but there was still more work to be done.“Our country has more than 6.4 million people living with HIV. That by any number is a huge number. That is where the challenge is. More than 1 in 5 people with HIV in the world live in our country.“We have about 450 000 new HIV infections and 360 000 new TB infections each year. That is a challenge that lies ahead of all of us. We need to find the resources to expand further what is already the largest HIV treatment programme in the world and ensure better adherence to treatment. Then we need to be able to sustain it for many years to come.”South Africa had ambitious goals to have at least 90% of HIV-positive South Africans on treatment, and 90% of those on treatment to be virally suppressed.“Simply put, as a country we cannot afford not to invest in HIV prevention, treatment and care.”However, new infections also needed to be stopped.“We need a massive HIV prevention campaign that begins with the promotion of condom use and the reduction of multiple concurrent partnerships, but that also addresses sexual coercion, transactional sex, intergenerational sex, risky sex linked to the use of alcohol and drugs, lack of access to work for young women, ignorance, powerlessness and poverty.”Behaviour change in menMost importantly, there needed to be behaviour change among men. One in four new infections occurred among young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.“We must confront the reality that the astonishingly high infection rates among young South African women has much to do with the behaviour of men. It has much to do with how men of that age – and older – relate to women. It has much to do with the forms that social interaction takes and how sexual relations are conducted.“It calls for greater awareness, greater respect and greater responsibility.”Stigma indexThe theme of the conference is Reflection, Refocus and Renewal. Held every two years, it is a barometer of the advances made in confronting and controlling HIV infections, in South Africa and in the regional states.On the first day, South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index was launched. It found that 7% of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40% reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals.The index, commissioned by the South African National Aids Council, also found that 5% of respondents did not seek health services at their local clinic because of stigma. It surveyed about 10 500 people with HIV across the country in what is the world’s largest survey of its kind.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Create Quick and Easy Vignettes in Premiere Pro

first_imgUse the effect masking tools to create quick vignettes in Premiere Pro!The effect masking tools in the latest version of Premiere are super powerful. An obvious use is to create face blurs, but it can be used for so much more!vIn previous versions of Premiere, one of the only ways to create a vignette effect without buying a third-party plugin was to create a vignette in SpeedGrade, save it as a preset, and import it using the Lumetri engine (you can read more about this process here). With the effect masking tools in the latest version, you can do this using a simple Luma Curves effect!We’ll start with this image that we want to put a vignette on:Next, we’ll add a Luma Curve effect:We’ll add a point and increase the contrast by pulling it down a little, then we’ll click the “Create Elliptical Mask” button on the effect:Clicking “Create Elliptical Mask” will add an oval mask that you can see and interact with in the Program Monitor, which limits the effect to that area:To create our vignette, we’ll set the feather to around 400, check the “Inverted” box so that the effect is applied outside the mask, not inside, and we’ll click and drag the points of the mask in the Program Monitor to be close to the edges of the frame:There you have it! It’s super easy, and uses just the built-in tools of Premiere:Unfortunately, you can’t save mask setting with effect presets, so you’ll have to set it up each time you want to create a vignette. On the plus side, you can now adjust and control your vignette setting right in Premiere, and it’s super fast to set up!Here are a few more Premiere Pro tips. Take a look!Premiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Timelapse FootageThree Quick Tips for Editing in Premiere ProQuick Tip: Nudge Clips in Premiere ProDid you find this quick Premiere Pro tip helpful? Got any examples of vignettes you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Extra Visa Power For US Officers to Hurt IT

first_imgThe Donald Trump administration’s decision to give arbitrary powers to officials to reject requests for fresh H-1B work visas or extensions could dent the revival in business that Indian outsourcing companies are witnessing in their main market. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Scary sight for fans, players as chaos ensues after Ginebra awarded the title

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kobe wants to be presented in Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The post-game security was so disorderly that Ginebra players, coaches, and staff, together with their loved ones, had to walk over the LED board at the sidelines and then to the table of officials just to go back to the dugout area.READ: Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yetThat raises the question if there was indeed a planned crowd control as the bouncers, together with their ropes that surrounded the awarding area which was supposed to cordon off the masses from the players, seemingly was useless as fans pushed their way to the center of the court.Of course, no security detail is perfect, but the near-stampede which ensued necessitates further planning, and maybe more security, to protect the players from events like these.Luckily, no one got hurt from the turn of events as the Gin Kings got a chance to celebrate their back-to-back title conquest in the season-ending conference without any worries.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar was in the middle of the wave of people as he tried to get his loved ones back to safety. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Lost in the shuffle of Ginebra’s championship celebration was the near chaos that ensued afterwards.After the Gin Kings received the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup trophy and LA Tenorio was awarded the PBA Press Corps – Cignal Finals MVP, the back-to-back champions faced another problem: the throngs of fans who stormed to the court.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img View comments A record 54,086 fans came to the massive Philippine Arena on Friday, and a handful of giddy fans tried to get as close to their basketball idols, eager to get their selfies and photo-ops, to the extent of some people pushing each other off and a select few almost engaging in a fist fight.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was a scary sight for the players, who celebrated the awarding ceremonies with their loved ones, as they tried to protect their relatives, especially the children, from getting trampled by the wave of people who converged on the court.The same was the case for the PBA staff, the mediamen, and the photographers who were in the middle of it all as everyone tried to get themselves back to the dugout area fearing for safety. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more