GTA/THAG recommit to supporting tourism development

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) signed a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) to assist in the promotion of sustainable tourism development by fostering professionalism throughout the industry, while collaborating with relevant Government institutions and networking with other related local, regional and international agencies.The objective of this memorandum is to enhance cooperation and collaboration between the Association and the GTA.The parties agreed to continue supporting tourism development at all levels and also to engage in the preparation of strategies and action plans for the development of sustainable tourism while undertaking a thorough analysis of the tourism value chain in all regions. This is to identify how the local economy can gain maximum advantage from tourism and to design and implement measures to strengthen local empowerment and engagement in the sector, including access to training.According to the tourism bodies, the areas of cooperation will include cross marketing and information sharing, marketing, database development, fund development, capacity building and training and product and cluster development.The MoU was signed at the launching of the 8th annual Guyana Restaurant Week 2018 earlier this week at OMG Restaurant, Sheriff Street, Georgetown.GTA’s Director Brian Mullis in his brief remarks told media representatives on Thursday last that even though the two organisations have been partnering with each other, it was never “formal”.Meanwhile, the tourism bodies also shared that they will also be launching “Resort Week”, where locals and foreigners will get a chance to experience Guyana’s resorts at an affordable price.Even though the event is still in its planning stage, both THAG and GTA promise to launch the initiative before the festive season.This initiative will be one of several that the bodies will be launching together following their formal partnership.last_img read more

Energeticcity.ca to broadcast Olympic Torch Relay LIVE

first_imgThanks to the City of Fort St. John and Motion Media, you’ll now be able to watch the Olympic Torch Relay in Fort St. John, live on Energeticcity.caWith the help of ground breaking technology, you’ll be able to watch the Olympic Torch Relay when it visits Fort St. John this Sunday January 31st, 2010.  The relay will start at approximately 5:48pm at Heritage Manor and travel throughout the community until it reaches Centennial Park at approximately 6:30pm.In order to watch the relay all you have to do is click here.   There is also a link to the page on the front page of Energeticcity.ca.- Advertisement -If you can’t help line the streets of Fort St. John this Sunday, you can watch the Torch Relay live thanks to the City of Fort St. John, Motion Media and Energeticcity.calast_img

Gonzales’ deputy says he’ll step down

first_imgWASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, becoming the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys. McNulty, who has served 18 months as the Justice Department’s second-in-command, announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of U.S. attorneys in San Antonio. He told them he would remain at the department until late summer. “I thought this made a lot of sense,” McNulty told The Associated Press in a phone interview after talking to the prosecutors. “The U.S. attorneys have been very supportive. I’ve got a good relationship with them, and they were very kind, and I appreciate that.” He also sent a one-page letter of resignation to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose own job has been put in jeopardy by the firings and their aftermath, noting “financial realities of college-age children” as one factor in his decision. The letter did not mention the firings controversy. Neither did Gonzales, in a responding statement that praised McNulty as “a dynamic and thoughtful leader.” McNulty has been considering leaving for months, and he never intended to serve more than two years as deputy attorney general. His decision to step down was hastened by frustration over the prosecutors’ purge that Congress is investigating to determine if eight U.S. attorneys were fired for political reasons, according to Justice officials familiar with his thinking. 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

World class striker who scored 12 goals in eight games on his way to Arsenal?

first_img1 WhoScored discuss Arsenal transfer target Edinson Cavani Former Arsenal manager George Graham told talkSPORT the club need a striker capable of scoring 25 goals a season and one man linked is Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani. Here, football statistics analysts WhoScored assess Cavani’s suitability (for Arsenal stats take a look at WhoScored.com).Karim Benzema’s tweet on Monday certainly upset Arsenal fans. The Frenchman had been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and some reports even suggested the striker would be paraded to the fans prior to their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday night.However, Benzema has seemingly ruled out a switch to the capital, meaning the Gunners are tipped to switch targets before the close of the transfer window in their bid to return to the summit of England’s top tier.PSG ace Cavani has been linked and although the Uruguayan may have started the Ligue 1 season poorly, with a 6.63 WhoScored.com rating from the opening three games, he is still highly thought of in the game.Considering the general consensus is that Arsenal require a world class forward to fire them to glory, the 28-year-old could be the man they need.Twelve goals in his final eight domestic appearances last term was a true testament to the performances Cavani is capable of, though his early season form has certainly left a lot to be desired with the striker failing to hit the back of the net with any of his nine shots on goal.It is reasonable to suggest the looming shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to plague the Uruguay international, even if the Swede is yet to feature for PSG this season as a result of injury.The pressure to succeed may be having an adverse effect on Cavani as he looks to make his mark in Paris.He certainly does not look at his best in the French capital, especially when compared to his Napoli days, with it possible the all-energy frontman is attempting to force the issue as a reason for his unsuccessful start to the campaign.As such, a move away from the Parc des Princes could bring the best out in Cavani once again, especially with Ibrahimovic expected to stay at PSG.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may be able to call on Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck to spearhead an attack in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, but the general consensus is that the trio are not quite of the standard to fire Arsenal to domestic glory.Giroud’s brilliantly taken goal against Crystal Palace gave a glimpse into his ability, but a lack of consistency often hinders the Frenchman and while Cavani has stuttered thus far this term; his finishing stands him in better stead than the more one-dimensional Giroud.With Wenger demanding a fluid attack line, in which the offensive trio are granted the license to roam across the final third, Cavani’s approach would benefit the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.His tireless running off the ball would help open up space for the aforementioned trio to exploit in the attacking half. Furthermore, his defending from the front would not allow opposition defences to settle, helping Arsenal create goal scoring opportunities and with the players at Wenger’s disposal; chances are the north London side’s attack would capitalise on this with aplomb.While Benzema’s selflessness would have aided Arsenal, Cavani has the ability to fire the Gunners to the summit of the Premier League. The Uruguayan, who should be approaching his peak, could well be the signing the club require to secure their first league title since 2004.For more stats on reported Arsenal target Edinson Cavani, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

Lockyear sues H&R Block over loans

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued H&R Block Inc. on Wednesday, seeking to stop a widely used loan program that entitles the nation’s largest tax preparer to a chunk of its customers’ tax refunds. The San Francisco Superior Court complaint joins a long list of lawsuits that have targeted H&R Block’s “refund anticipation loans” – cash advances the company arranges for customers so they won’t have to wait an extra one to four weeks for a check from the federal government. In return for the loans, customers must agree to give a percentage of their tax refunds to H&R Block and its banking partner. More than 1.5 million Californians have received tax refund loans through H&R Block’s offices since 2001, Lockyer’s suit alleged. Lockyer wants H&R Block to pay at least $20 million in fines in addition to refunds for its alleged abuses. He also intends to ask San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren for a court order that would prevent H&R Block from offering the tax refund loans in California. Shutting down the loan program would be a significant blow to H&R Block, particularly if a court order comes during the next two months when most people are filing their returns. Besides accounting for about 4 percent of H&R Block’s annual revenue, the promise of the tax refund loans helps persuade taxpayers to bring their returns to the company. “The inability to offer (tax refund loans) could indirectly result in the loss of retail tax clients,” H&R Block warned shareholders in its last annual report. A hearing on Lockyer’s request for a temporary restraining order was indefinitely postponed Wednesday. Without admitting wrongdoing, H&R Block last year agreed to pay $62.5 million to settle a series of refund loan lawsuits covering 8 million consumers in more than two dozen states, including California. In 2003, the company agreed to a $43.5 million settlement of a refund loan case in Texas. H&R Block’s shares gained 7 cents Wednesday to close at $25.15 on the New York Stock Exchange. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The loans are a major moneymaker for H&R Block. In its last fiscal year ending in April 2005, H&R Block recognized a pretax profit of $101.3 million on revenue of $182.8 million generated from the loans nationwide, according to the company’s annual report. Kansas City, Mo.-based H&R Block has consistently defended the loan program as a popular program that helps its customers and adheres to all laws – a position the company reiterated after Lockyer filed his suit. Like many of the other suits that have been filed against H&R Block in recent years, Lockyer alleges the company consistently misleads its customers about the costs of the short-term loans, which sometimes impose fees that translate into interest rates of more than 500 percent. The suit alleges that H&R Block has inaccurately depicted the loans as “instant money” and hasn’t adequately warned the loan recipients about the possible consequences if they don’t receive the entire refund claimed on their returns. Consumer activists for years have complained that H&R Block’s refund loan program preys upon low-income and financially unsophisticated consumers who are more inclined to pay exorbitant fees to get some extra cash. last_img read more

Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant speaks to talkSPORT after London fire horror

first_img Avram Grant spoke to talkSPORT shortly after the fire broke out Huge fire in a block of flats in West Hampstead! Praying to god nobody was im there. pic.twitter.com/BH6EUoeRqy— Ryan Evans (@ryanevanns) July 3, 2018Speaking outside the building he said: “I was speaking with my son and I saw a lot of smoke from the balcony. There was a lot of smoke, so I ran away.”Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters were deployed to the scene and arrived within three minutes.Mr Grant added, “I felt the heat and saw the smoke. It was a lot of water and a little bit of flames. I didn’t even pay attention. I used the stairs. I knocked on a few of the doors to tell people but nobody answered. Now I see my neighbour here and I think everything is OK – for the people, not for the building.”He admitted he does not know whether his property has suffered damage.“I am not allowed to go [back] there. It’s not looking so good but I cannot tell you.” 1 The former Chelsea and West Ham United manager Avram Grant has told talkSPORT he tried to warn his neighbours about a fire at their block of flats in West London as he escaped the flames himself.Mr Grant, 63, was in his seventh-floor flat on Heritage Lane, West Hampstead, when the blaze began at about 11:25am. The London Fire Brigade’s Peter Wolfenden told talkSPORT: “The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but as you can see there is extensive damage to the balconies. But because the building is completely sprinklered, it held the fire on the balconies only. There is very little damage internally.”MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, Tulip Siddiq, praised the emergency services: “They contained the blaze in less than an hour and I want to thank them for their absolute professionalism in the face of a difficult challenge.”Mr Grant escaped with nothing but his phone but is not worried where he will stay if the building remains cordoned off overnight.“I needed to take whatever I could quickly and go. I just hope everybody is OK,” he said.There are no reports of any injuries.last_img read more

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Announces World Class Field In The 110-Meter Hurdles

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Five of the top 10 110-meter hurdlers in the world will compete at the 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, Relays director Brian Brown announced Monday, March 21.The seven announced athletes have made a total of four Olympic appearances with three Olympic medals between them. They will be looking to add to that total at this summer’s Olympic games with their march toward the medal stand beginning at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee in the Rio Olympic Games Preview on Saturday, April, 30 at 2:51 p.m. on the Blue Oval.Additionally, five of those in field have shattered the elusive 13-second barrier in the event, something that only 20 competitors in the history of the event have achieved. Aries Merritt is set to make his return to Drake Stadium after finishing his 2015 season ranked fourth in the world by Track & Field News and recording the sixth-fastest time in the world of 13.04. He completed his 2015 season by finishing third at the IAAF World Championships and begins his push towards Rio as the reigning Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the event with a personal best of 12.80.Jamaican Hansle Parchment was the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the event and also finished second at last summer’s World Championships to finish his season ranked seventh in the world. He owns the 10th fastest time in the history of the event at 12.94.David Oliver will begin his outdoor season after finishing the 2015 campaign ranked second in the world after clocking a season-best of 12.98. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist owns a personal best of 12.89, the fourth-fastest time ever by a hurdler. Aleec Harris will try to stave off that field to defend his Relays title from 2015 in which he darted past many of the same competitors from lane No. 2 in 13.16, just shy of his personal best of 13.11.Andrew Riley also brings Olympic credentials to Drake Stadium after representing Jamaica in the last Olympic games and earning a gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Up-and-coming phenom Omar McLeod will make his Drake Stadium professional debut after winning the collegiate event last season for Arkansas. McLeod recently won the IAAF Indoor World Championship and became the newest member of the sub 13-second club last summer with a personal best of 12.97.Another relative newcomer to the sub 13-second club, Ronnie Ash, will join McLeod. Ash finished the 2015 season ranked 10th in the world and two years ago set a personal best of 12.99 at the USA Championships. Single-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale to the general public on March 24 at 9 a.m. All-session and multi-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are currently available  at www.DrakeRelays.org, www.DrakeTix.com or by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Calls to re-establish dermatology clinics in LUH

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the HSE and the Minister for Health to return dermatology clinics to Letterkenny University Hospital.Donegal patients are currently travelling to Sligo University Hospital for treatment since the HSE temporarily suspended outreach clinics at LUH in 2015.However a second consultant has now been appointed in Sligo, which should allow for outreach clinics to be resumed at LUH for Donegal patients. Deputy McConalogue explained, “The HSE, when suspending outreach clinics in LUH over two years ago, said that this was a temporary arrangement due to there being only one consultant dermatologist covering the North West Region at that time.”“However, in their latest reply, the HSE have confirmed that a second consultant dermatologist is now in place at Sligo. This should allow for a consultant to resume clinics at LUH and would vastly reduce journey times for Donegal patients.”“I have also raised the development of a Phototherapy service at LUH with the HSE. This is an essential service for Psoriasis sufferers and the HSE have confirmed that a business case is currently being explored with regard to providing this service in Letterkenny. I will be pushing for the HSE to accept this plan in order to provide this vital service for Donegal Psoriasis sufferers.”“However, first and foremost, outreach clinics must be resumed at LUH and I am calling on the HSE and the Minister for Health to urgently review the situation in the North West with a view to returning clinics to LUH as soon as possible”. General Manager of Sligo University Hospital, Grainne McCann told Deputy McConalogue that re-establishing clinics at LUH will be looked in to.“I wish to confirm that there is second temporary Consultant post in the North West, based in Sligo University Hospital. Whilst Donegal clinics have been scheduled in Sligo, we are currently reviewing the option of a clinic being reinstated in Letterkenny University Hospital. Further details on this may be available in September.“In relation to the phototherapy service, which you referred to, a case is being developed to expand the phototherapy service into Letterkenny University Hospital. This will need investment of equipment and nurse staffing, governed by the Consultant Dermatologist. Funding for this business case is being explored but confirmation of same is not available at this time.”Calls to re-establish dermatology clinics in LUH was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charlie mc conaloguedermatologyletterkennyluhlast_img read more

Fermanagh come through in the fog as Rory Gallagher records win over Donegal

first_imgRory Gallagher made a winning return to Donegal as Fermanagh booked their place in the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals in Ballybofey tonight.Donegal 1-10 Fermanagh 1-13Seamus Quigley scored 1-7 as a more experienced Fermanagh sealed a semi-final spot against Tyrone following a deserved win over Donegal. Jamie Brennan’s goal had Donegal in front at the break, but Quigley turned the game on its head in the 48th minute. A delicious ball in from Paul McCusker soared into the danger zone and Quigley rose to beat Mark Anthony McGinley – who was well out of his goal – in the aerial battle to bat home.In spite of a three-point lead at the short whistle, Donegal had their advantage eroded by the Quigley-led Fermanagh.A long-range Quigley free early in the second period kick-started the comeback and the Roslea man’s goal was just the tonic for Gallagher.The Belleek native was involved with Donegal for six of the previous seven years and was back in Sean Mac Cumhaill Park for an early joust against his former colleagues Gallagher was assistant manager to Jim McGuinness and had a three-year spell as Donegal’s manager before stepping down in the wake of an All-Ireland qualifier hammering at at the hands of Galway in July and refused to speak to the Donegal media after this win.Fermanagh had a glorious chance to put the game beyond the reach of Donegal, but Eoin Donnelly got his co-ordinates all wrong as he lobbed wide with only McGinley to beat.A blanket of dense fog lay across the Donegal sky all afternoon, but just when it began to lift a little, Donegal found a way.Donegal struck gold via a brilliant move in the 20th minute. Paul Brennan and Jamie Brennan were involved in a sweeping passage before Tony McClenaghan’s lofted pass across goal was steered home by Jamie Brennan.Fermanagh ‘keeper Patrick Cadden, for a brief second, looked set to make the save, but the ball squirmed in and Donegal took control of things for a period. Donegal smelled blood and could have had the umpire stretching for the green flag again. However, Ciaran McGinley snapped just wide and the again-impressive Nathan Mullins was denied a second goal in as many games when Che Cullen batted off the line.Odhrán Mac Niallais was back in the green and gold following a self-imposed exile in 2017, but his evening lasted only 12 minutes as the Gaoth Dobhair man was black carded for a trip on Eoin Donnelly.It was a disappointing return for Mac Niallais, who had missed last Wednesday’s win over Queen’s because of a bout of flu.But Brennan, Mac Niallais’ replacement, was out to make a point and the Bundoran forward kicked 1-2 inside a four-minute spell. McGinley, growing into the game by now, slotted over from a Mullins pass and Niall O’Donnell hooked over to put Donegal 1-5 to 0-3 in front.Fermanagh, already with two wins from two having beaten Monaghan and Queen’s, were in Ballybofey intent on booking a slot in the semi-finals.The Erne men, fielding nine regulars from last year, began well and were three to the good by the 12th minute.Declan McCusker started the ball rolling with a clever point after Aiden Breen recycled a ball that looked lost before Seamus Quigley – who hadn’t been named to start – popped over a pair of frees.By the interval, Fermanagh were within a goal as Danny Teague and Quigley, from a ’45, converted.Donegal lost Stephen McMenamin to a controversial black card following an incident with Teague that saw the Red Hughs man initially change a torn jersey.Quigley’s long-range free early in the second period kick-started the Fermanagh comeback and, with Declan McCusker, Barry Mulroney and Aidan Breen also on the mark, Fermanagh sealed their passage while Donegal must win against Monaghan in Clones to get through.Donegal: Mark Anthony McGinley; Paul Brennan, Eamonn Doherty, Stephen McMenamin; Tony McClenaghan, Caolan Ward, Martin O’Reilly; Hugh McFadden (0-1), Nathan Mullins; Ciaran McGinley (0-1), Odhrán Mac Niallais, Michael Carroll; Stephen McBrearty, Darach O’Connor, Niall O’Donnell (0-4, 2f). Subs: Jamie Brennan (1-2) for Mac Niallais (12, black card), Eoghan Ban Gallagher for McMenamin (half-time, black card), Caolan McGonagle for McGinley (half-time), Brendan McCole for P.Brennan (41), Leo McLoone for O’Connor (48), Alan Lyons for Mullins (64)Fermanagh: Patrick Cadden; Eamon McHugh, Che Cullen, Kane Connor; Paul McCosker, Lee Cullen, Declan McCosker (0-2); Eoin Donnelly (0-1), Ryan Jones; Barry Mulrone (0-1), Danny Teague (0-1), Aiden Breen (0-1); Ryan Lyons, Conal Jones, Seamus Quigley (1-7, 5f, 1 ’45). Subs: Ruairi Corrigan for Teague (half-time), Cian McManus for McHugh (54), Conor McGee for Lyons (65), Sean Quigley for Seamus Quigley (68), Jack McCann for C.Jones (70, black card), Eddie Courtney for Breen (70).Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh).Fermanagh come through in the fog as Rory Gallagher records win over Donegal was last modified: January 12th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2018 Dr McKenna CupDeclan BonnerdonegalFermanaghRory Gallagherlast_img read more

Indians Top Dubai Tourism

first_imgIndia has topped the list of Dubai’s source markets for inbound tourism, sending over six lakh visitors to the emirate in the first three months of this year and reflecting an impressive seven per cent year-on-year increase.Read it at Telegraph Related Itemslast_img