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Objecting to May 26 being date of Guyana’s Independence celebration

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s Progressive Party (PPP), under its current leadership of Dr Bharrat Jagdeo as the Opposition Leader, should object to May 26 being the date of Guyana’s Independence celebration. For unknown reasons, the PPP has failed to articulate this during its recent administrations. In the past, however, the PPP, under the leadership of Dr Cheddi Jagan, had recorded in a timely manner its objection to the use of May 26 as the date for independence, in light of the atrocities that occurred in the Wismar-Christiansburg-Mackenzie area (i.e., today’s Linden) on or about May 26, 1964.Specifically, on November 19, 1965, the PPP welcomed Independence, but stated: “The Party fails to understand, however, the significance of the date, May 26, unless it is the wish of the British and British Guiana Governments to make it symbolic of their contempt for the Guyanese people, and a grim reminder of the unfortunate events of May 25/26, 1964 and their aim to keep the Guyanese people divided.”Arguably, most Guyanese do not know about what happened in the Wismar-Christiansburg-Mackenzie area on and about May 26, 1964. Thus one “celebrates” independence without questioning the historical significance of the May 26 date.Over the last 50 years, this information has been suppressed. Books are published, history classes taught, articles written, and speeches made while ignoring the atrocities that occurred; and, naturally, their resulting consequences still undermine institutions in Guyana, including the ideas of democracy and self-rule.While the extent of the complete damage is still unknown, the Guyanese people should know that on May 26, 1964, hundreds of Guianese East Indians, including children, found themselves fleeing with their trauma, hunger, and significant injuries on two steamers — M.V. Barima and the R.H. Carr — travelling 60 miles down the Demerara River from the Wismar-Christiansburg-Mackenzie area to Georgetown.Most of their possessions, including livestock and land, were looted or uncompensated for.On May 26, 1964, over 200 homes and businesses owned by Guianese East Indians were burned down or were still burning. On May 26, 1964, scores emerged out of the jungle, where they had hidden overnight, to flee on the steamers. On May 26, 1964, women were admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital to undergo surgery, having been sexually violated. On May 26, 1964, bodies of persons murdered lay in the Mackenzie hospital morgue, still to be examined by a pathologist, et cetera.There is absolutely no logical or patriotic reason for this date to have been chosen. Today, there are persons who survived these atrocities and have every right to celebrate Guyana’s independence, but cannot do so for obvious reasons.It is time to stop living and celebrating a farce. The calendar has more than 300 days from which the political powers that be may choose a new date (to celebrate) independence; (one) that is not characterized by violence, disrespect, division, racism, murder, arson, and sabotage. It is time that the PPP, having publicly objected to the May 26 date, articulate this issue in the National Assembly.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

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Rodgers WILL get it right at Liverpool, vows former Red

By on January 6, 2020

first_imgChris Kirkland has told talkSPORT Brendan Rodgers WILL get it right at Liverpool.The Anfield boss has relieved the pressure on his shoulders in the past week with a Capital One Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth and a 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Arsenal.And Kirkland, who spent five years at Anfield, has no doubts the northern Irishman can continue to steer his side on an upward curve.“Brendan will get it right,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He’s got the backing of the board.“They signed a lot of new players last summer and it will take time for those players to settle in and to start playing the way he wants them to.”last_img read more

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Struggling actress determined since age 5 to stick it out

By on December 27, 2019
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Ross was cast in a leading role of a full-length feature film for the first time in her career in “A Fine Line,” an independent production that will debut Sept. 2 at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In “A Fine Line,” Ross portrays a drug-addicted teenage mother whose boyfriend becomes involved in a murder. The story is loosely based on director and screenwriter Amber Dragoo’s experience as a juror in a murder trial. Dragoo is hoping entries into contests such as the Los Angeles Film Festival will bring recognition to all involved in the production. “It would be really exciting if this takes off,” Ross said. “It started out small, but it seems like it’s getting bigger.” Dragoo said Ross stood out in auditions for a complicated and challenging part. “Generally the roles she’s had are `good girl’ roles because she does have that wholesome look,” Dragoo said. “She creates this organic feeling of reality that makes you feel like you’re there.” Ross said she became interested in acting as a child watching her mother, Wendie, appear in theatrical productions near their home in Silverton, Ore. She and her mother moved to Vancouver, Wash., where she finished high school. At 19, Ross moved to Burbank, where she lived with her father and started getting some bit parts in movies and television programs. Some of the down periods have been difficult, she said. Ross was living on her own in Portland, Ore., when she nearly gave up on acting. “I just remember I was so broke … at that moment, and I just freaked out,” Ross said. “I just thought this wasn’t going to work out.” Ross has had to work in nonrelated fields to support herself. She now works at Starbucks. “You have to pay your dues,” she said. “That’s the thing about this business. You can’t just go to college for four years. … It’s just one of those things where you have to really love it to pursue it. If you don’t, there’s no point.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Jennifer Ross got the acting bug when she was 5 years old. And although she has had several moments of doubt, she still hasn’t developed a Plan B. “I really don’t remember wanting to do anything else,” she said. “It’s just something I haven’t been able to shake.” Ross, a Palmdale resident, has appeared as an extra in several Hollywood productions, including “Coyote Ugly” and “Charlie’s Angels,” both in 2000, and in the television series “Felicity” in the late 1990s. last_img

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Learning easier with software

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsA teacher or student can touch the screen with an electronic pen to write on it. A finger can be used to move objects around. Highlands’ fifth graders all use Palm Pilot PDAs to do their work. About half the fifth-graders use Palm Pilots purchased by their parents, but the school also has enough of its own to make sure all others have access. “I love that we don’t have to write everything down anymore,” fifth-grader Diorella Dizon said. “It’s cool. It turns the work into a game,” said Aidan Danahy. Using the smartboard, DeAmicis conducted a place-value lesson for her fifth-graders on Monday morning. DeAmicis wrote a math problem on the screen using electronic markers, then used a free downloaded program to work on the math, made readily available by the universities who design the programs. DeAmicis dragged representational cubes to represent decimal-point values and quickly erased her work with a fingertip. The youngsters sat in a circle, quickly raising their hands for a chance to come up and use their interactive computer system. The Palm Pilots are also out and about during the lecture, with children writing down notes and typing text with foldable infrared keyboards. DeAmicis downloads the free programs to teach her interactive lessons, finding Web pages and Internet images to supplement her lectures. DeAmicis sends homework assignments to each child’s Palm Pilot, sometimes assigning the child to continue working with parents at home on the programs used in class. But DeAmicis said pen and paper are still not obsolete. She does not accept an excuse that a child could not do homework because a Palm Pilot crashed. “Well, if their software fails, they can still grab paper and a pencil and do it,” she said. She said teachers need to realize that computers are not only attractive to kids, but also instruments on which they are at ease. “These kids are digital natives, and we are the immigrants,” DeAmicis said. “They are already using computers while playing video games or surfing the Net. This is a way to get them to use these tools in a way they would need to in the workplace.” While the Palm Pilots are in use only in fifth-grade classrooms, the smartboards are in 13 classrooms and expected in all the rest, except for kindergarten, by the end of the school year. Each costs about $2,200. Money to buy them has come from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the city of Santa Clarita and the U.S. Department of Education, which also helped pay for the Palm Pilots. Highlands’ Parent Faculty Organization has promised to provide an additional $19,200, and the rest of the funding will come from the Saugus Union School District’s modernization money, set aside for technology.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – At Highlands Elementary School, the classrooms are changing with the times. Four years after installing the first computerized touch-screen “smartboard” and handing out the first Palm Pilot, the school for children in first through sixth grades is preparing to fill the rest of its classrooms with the interactive boards to help prepare youngsters for the future. “Kids need to not only be comfortable using computers, but they need to know how to use these tools effectively in the workplace,” said fifth-grade teacher Bonita DeAmicis, who was among the first teachers to use computer tools in the classroom at Highlands and now trains other teachers on using them. Smartboards are used like chalkboards or marker boards, but instead of chalk or erasable markers, teachers use computers on their desks, and the screen itself is computerized. last_img read more

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FIFA 18 wonderkids: Top Ligue 1 starlets in the game

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first_img 8. Joris Gnagnon (Rennes) – Potential rating = 86 15. Vincent Thill (Metz) – Potential rating = 85 – Click the right arrow above to see the top 15 Ligue 1 wonderkids on FIFA 18… 3. Youri Tielemans (Monaco) – Potential rating = 90 15 11. Tanguy Ndombele (Amiens) – Potential rating = 86 10. Kelvin Amian Adou (Toulouse) – Potential rating = 86 4. Alban Lafont (Toulouse) – Potential rating = 89 15 15 12. Malcom (Bordeaux) – Potential rating = 85 1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Potential rating = 94 As the full release of FIFA 18 draws closer, EA Sports are teasing us by revealing their top-rated players.These are obviously the best of the best and so far we have seen 100-81, 80-61, 60-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, and 10-1. And now the best wonderkids have been revealed, but who are the top Ligue 1 starlets? Click the right arrow above to find out…Do you agree with these ratings?FIFA 18 ratings: Top 10 dribblers, including Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano RonaldoFIFA 18 ratings: Top 10 sharp shooters, including Ronaldo, Messi, and Ibrahimovic 15 15 15 9. Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain) – Potential rating = 86 15 15 6. Issa Diop (Toulouse) – Potential rating = 87 15 13. Vincent Koziello (Nice) – Potential rating = 85 7. Ismaila Sarr (Rennes) – Potential rating = 87 14. Jordi Mboula (Monaco) – Potential rating = 85 15 15 2. Thomas Lemar (Monaco) – Potential rating = 91 15 15 15 15 5. Lucas Tousart (Lyon) – Potential rating = 87 last_img read more

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Astronauts Lose Bolt During Spacewalk

By on December 26, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts worried they have may have gummed up a successful job connecting an addition to the international space station Tuesday when a bolt, spring and washer floated free. Astronaut Joe Tanner was working with the bolt when it sprang loose, floated over the head of Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and skittered across the 17 1/2-ton box-like truss that they were hooking up. While the washer went out into space safely, Tanner worried the bolt and spring could get into the truss’s wiring and tubing and causing problems. “Not a good thing,” Tanner said. “Let’s hope it doesn’t end up somewhere in the mechanism. “I don’t see it anywhere.” NASA managers were examining whether the lost bolt would be a problem. Space debris can be dangerous if it punctures space station walls or spacesuits and can jam crucial mechanisms. However, spacewalkers have a long history of losing material in space. In July, Discovery spacewalkers lost a 14-inch-long spatula that floated away. Mission Control later told the Atlantis crew not to worry: “We don’t think it’s going to be a problem.” “I just hope that bolt is on its way to Mother Earth right now and not on its way” to a crucial joint in the addition, Tanner replied. The free-flying bolt marred an otherwise successful and speedy six-hour, 26-minute spacewalk Tuesday morning.Two other spacewalks are planned for later this week. “You did a phenomenal job and set the bar very high for the rest of the assembly,” Pam Melroy radioed from Mission Control when the spacewalk ended late Tuesday morning. Tanner and Piper zipped through a jam-packed list of arduous but mundane construction tasks, putting NASA ahead of schedule in connecting the addition. With extra time, Mission Control assigned them half a dozen extra jobs of bolt removing and cover unlatching that would have been part of a Thursday spacewalk. That’s when the bolt got lost. Atlantis astronauts Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean will head into space on Wednesday. The spacewalk was a first for rookie astronaut Piper, who joined an elite club of female spacewalkers. Only six other women have participated in 159 U.S. spacewalks, and only one has gone on any of the 118 Russian spacewalks. A major reason for the lack of female spacewalkers is the spacesuit, which isn’t designed for small sizes, said Piper, who is 5-foot-10. “If you fit in a suit then the easier it is to work,” she said. Before they started, astronauts MacLean and Jeff Williams, from inside the space lab, used the robotic arm to install the 45-foot addition on the left side of the space station’s truss system. Two solar arrays will be unfurled from the truss on Thursday. The spacewalk started a short time later at 5:17 a.m. EDT. Tanner was first to enter the void of space tethered to the space station, followed by Piper. “Welcome to the world of EVAs,” Tanner told Piper, using the NASA term for spacewalks – extra vehicular activities. “Aaah. Wonderful,” Piper responded. Tanner and Piper then started connecting wiring and cables to the $372 million truss segment that was moved Monday from space shuttle Atlantis’ cargo bay to the space station’s robotic arm. Wearing bulky suits and gloves, the spacewalking electricians also installed and disconnected bolts, connected tubes and activated latches – tasks that had to be performed quickly so the electronic components do not get cold. The team worked briskly, at one point putting themselves so far ahead of the schedule that Mission Control reminded them to take a break. “The team is working hard to keep up with you guys,” Mission Control said.last_img read more

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Junior Leader Christmas Carnival Dec. 12

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgActivities include: Christmas crafts and games for children of all ages Gift wrapping provided by Jr. Leaders for a donation Bake sale benefiting the Jr. Leader Program Free hot cocoa and candy canes Guest appearance by Santa!Information on enrolling in 4-H will be available, including computers to enroll that night. If you have questions, please call 812-883-4601 or email mcbrough@purdue.edu. You’re invited to the 4-H Jr. Leader Christmas Carnival on Thursday, December 12th from 6-8 p.m. in the Lower Level of the Washington County Government Building.This event is open to the public.Come any time between 6 and 8 and stay as long as you like.last_img read more

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Mildred J. Huffman, 86, Jasper

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first_imgMildred J. Huffman, 86, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Timbers of Jasper in Jasper, Indiana.She was born October 29, 1933, in Lanesville, Indiana, to the late Walter Q. and Hester Jane Lyskowinski Gresham.She was a member of The Corydon Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles OldCapitol Aerie #2794. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee “Shorty” Huffman; her parents; her brothers, Charles and Kenneth; and her sister, Mary.Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn S. Morris of Pekin, Indiana; her twin sister, Wilma Olson of El Mirage, Arizona; and her grandchildren, Tina Gill of Salem, Indiana, Mindy Morris of Vallonia, Indiana, Mike Taylor of Marysvile, Indiana, and Steve Taylor of Pekin.Funeral services will be private at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.last_img read more

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Pringle slates Fianna Fail’s support for single household charge

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first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle has called Fianna Fail’s support for a single household charge to be introduced in 2019 as a double-cross.He says the FF party has revealed its true colours in light of the Expert Commission’s Report on water charges published this week.“The flig-flopping of Fianna Fáil’s position on water charges has changed time and time again. Originally it was all about setting up the foundation for water charges while they were in Government, then onto outright opposition to water charges in an attempt to absorb the work of communities who protested against water charges in a show of solidarity of the people. “What they are proposing now with the merging of property and water taxes is nothing short of a ‘Super Tax’ in an effort to achieve their original goal of direct water charges. No doubt they were unhappy with the Water Commission’s Report as it did not vindicate their push for direct taxation of the use of water, something they have always wanted along the way.”The Killybegs-based politician said that as a member of the Special Committee on Water Charges, he will be pushing for water to be paid through general taxation, far from the ‘Super Tax’ proposed by Fianna Fáil which they will no doubt be presenting at every opportunity throughout the course of the Water Committee’s work.“It will be obvious to many then that the best interests of the people are far from Fianna Fáil’s minds. Once again we see Fianna Fáil double-crossing the people and revealing itself as a party we simply cannot trust” concludes Pringle.Pringle slates Fianna Fail’s support for single household charge was last modified: November 30th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of August 4, 2017

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgShare This!Happy August! It’s back to school month! Even though I’ve been out of school for years, there’s just something so awesome and nerdy about checking out the back to school aisles at the stores. You never know what you will find that  you HAVE to pick up, am I right?!This week, we learn about two pastry chefs who were awarded great accolades, see what Disney Cruise Line’s new cancellation policy is, and more!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors Disney Research is looking to create an immersive experience through a multi-sensory approach with the Disney Bench. I’m curious to learn more about what they plan to do with this technology going forward. What about you?Union talks with Disney seem to be happening again soon, according to the Orlando Sentinel.If you are a cook or chef and you live in the Orlando area, you may want to talk to Disney because they are offering new incentives. Speaking of culinarians….two of Disney’s own pastry chefs have risen to the top of their industry and were named as top pastry chefs in America.One thing I noticed while I was in Orlando this past July was that the parks weren’t nearly as busy as I was expecting. Turns out, my inclination may have been right.According to Forbes, Disney is considering entering the esports arena by hosting video games championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Does this intrigue you?With the announcement of the Star Wars Hotel, is the fantasy immersive vacation experience what’s on the forefront?Disney Cruise Line is changing its cancellation policy! Make sure you know what to expect.This is kind of cool. Three different families have more than one family member who are a part of the Main Street Electrical Parade.Bob Gurr, a Disney legend in his own right, shared a great tribute about Marty Sklar.Looks like we have our director for the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie.Are you a big The Lion King fan like I was growing up? I saw that movie so many times thanks to my obsession with JTT. But today, I have some never-before-seen footage from inside the recording booth.See a first glimpse of FROZEN the new Broadway musical.Here’s a way to get a little extra Disney this holiday season, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue!Could permits that were recently filed by Universal be for their new Harry Potter-themed coaster? What do you hope to see come to fruition with this new ride? And here are three different types of rides that could be coming as Dragon Challenge’s replacement.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Tiana Tote Bag by Dooney & Bourke and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

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