Canadian High Commissioner urges attitude change toward violence

first_imgThe High Commission of Canada partnered with the Social Protection Ministry and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to organise a self-defence workshop as part of the#OrangetheWorld: Participants in the Canadian High Commission’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence activities at the diplomatic headquarters before heading over to the seawall on SaturdayHigh Commission’s observation of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.Representatives from Government and non-governmental agencies gathered at the High Commission on Saturday before setting off for the bandstand at the Kingston seawall.With the understanding that the 16 days of activism were also a call to action, the High Commission went a little further than the awareness raising campaign by organising a session in basic self-defence techniques.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux said that unequal treatment of women and girls was one of the main reasons they were unable to realise their basic human rights and was also a contributing factor to violence against them. He called for a change in attitude towards violence against women or anyone in society.Instructors from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) volunteered their skills, demonstrating how to counter common attack methodologies and also responding to specific requests from attendees.Many participants shared that they found the session so useful, they would like regular sessions on self-defence in the future.The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign began on November 25 and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. This year, the theme of the United Nations campaign to end violence against women is “Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls”.Canada has been at the forefront of advocating for the elimination of violence against women for over 20 years. In 2015, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), Canada supported the operationalisation of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Social Protection Ministry. Through CFLI, Canada also supported groundwork for the launching of a Gender Studies course at the University of Guyana.last_img read more

Jones adamant Scotland loss ‘best lesson’ for England

first_imgThe first half saw Scotland score three tries — a tally made all the more remarkable given it was 14 years since they had last crossed England’s try-line in a Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield.Huw Jones went over for two tries and Sean Maitland also touched down, with impressive fly-half Finn Russell orchestrating all three scores before Scotland closed out the match.This was just England’s second defeat in 26 Tests under Eddie Jones, whose long-term aim with the Red Rose brigade is to win next year’s World Cup.But Saturday’s defeat raised some major questions over England’s ability to dethrone the All Blacks in Japan, with Jones’s men conceding a costly 13 penalties as they were over-run by a ferocious Scotland at the breakdown.England coach Eddie Jones said his side would learn from their stunning 25-13 defeat by Scotland even if the lesson “isn’t sometimes nice to take” © AFP / Andy BUCHANAN“These lessons you don’t want to have but they are the best lessons in the world,” said Eddie Jones.“We will learn a lot from this,” the Australian insisted. “Unfortunately the lesson isn’t sometimes nice to take but it is a great lesson for us.“We weren’t there in the first half and I take responsibility for it.”– ‘Not the end of the world’ –The former Australia and Japan coach added: “We are a team that are in a competition where everyone wants to beat us and every game is a challenge for us.“It is not the end of the world –- the end of the world might come when the Beast From the East comes.”England will look to revive their title bid away to France on March 10 and Jones insisted: “Regardless of the result you look at things you haven’t done well and you prepare the team for the next game.“The loss hurts, with a win you get a good feeling. There is one happy team here, one dressing room singing songs and the other one is kicking stones and we are the ones kicking stones.”Scotland’s stunning 25-13 win over England was arguably their best performance since coach Gregor Townsend took charge last year © AFP / Andy BUCHANANReports emerged before kick-off of a fracas in the tunnel between England’s Owen Farrell and Scotland’s Ryan Wilson following the pre-match warm-ups.Both camps played down the significance of the incident, with Jones saying: “I don’t know about it. If there was, we shouldn’t let that detract from a great Scotland victory.“Don’t get distracted by other things.”This was arguably Scotland’s best performance since coach Gregor Townsend took charge last year.Scotland played well in a 22-17 defeat by world champions New Zealand at Murrayfield in November, but they never looked like letting things slip against an England side who are second in the global rankings.“It is the biggest win from a coaching perspective,” said Townsend. “We came close to beating the number one team in the world and have beaten the number two.“Our defence was outstanding in both games but tonight we finished off our opportunities.“It was not the complete performance, but the way we defended in the second half when the game was won and keeping them out was very satisfying.”Next up for Scotland is a match away to Ireland, the only team left in this season’s Six Nations who can complete a Grand Slam.It is eight years since Scotland won a Six Nations game on the road anywhere other than Rome — a 23-20 victory against Ireland in Dublin.But having ended one unwanted record against England, former Scotland playmaker Townsend challenged his side to snap another.“We have issues away from home,” he said. “We have to show a truer picture of what we are about when we are away.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The first half saw Scotland score three tries, remarkable given it was 14 years since they had last crossed England’s try-line in a Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield © AFP / Andy BUCHANANEDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – England coach Eddie Jones is confident a stunning 25-13 defeat by Scotland will provide his Six Nations champions with the “best lessons in the world”.Scotland threw this season’s title race wide open with their first win over oldest rivals England in a decade.last_img read more

Germans and Italians star in warm-ups

first_imgItaly too showed they have made enormous progress under Cesare Prandelli since he replaced Marcello Lippi by beating Spain 2-1, even if the world champions lined up with only two players from all-conquering Barcelona.France, another of Europe’s traditional powerhouses who required a thorough rebuilding after a catastrophic World Cup, extended their unbeaten run under Laurent Blanc to 11 games, though they were deservedly held 1-1 by Chile in Montpellier.Germany never looked like losing once they took the lead early in the second-half through a Bastian Schweinsteigger penalty and the display by the youngsters – especially Mario Goetze – gave coach Joachim Loew a lot of pleasure.“I am personally pleased that I have so many options now,” said Loew.“Mario Goetze has exceptional awareness and looks to find solutions to every problem on the pitch.“It is the simple things he does which makes him so strong.”Menezes, who has just one win in his last five games and back-to-back defeats, conceded the Germans had been the better team but it was a good experience for his players to have undergone.“The Germans were clear winners, but games like these against the top teams are what we need,” he said.“We were slow to get into the game and we weren’t as sharp as the Germans.”Spain captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas may have believed the wrong side came out on top in their friendly with Italy, but goals by Riccardo Montolivo and Alberto Aquilani were enough to give the 2006 world champions a much-desired win.“We have to take this (result) in the right way. Until we ran out of legs and fluidity we played very well,” said Prandelli.“Then we lacked order and we had to work harder. But we showed character and courage.”Casillas, though, was having none of it.“I don’t think they deserved to win, we did a lot more than them in the second half but they scored a lucky goal. A draw would have been fairer,” said Casillas.“When you play this type of game such as Italy-Spain, it’s as important as a World Cup and you always want to win.“It was a friendly up to a certain point. The problem for us was that it was the first time we’d seen each other as a national team in some time and we’re at the beginning of the season,” added Casillas, though the Italians too hadn’t seen each other in a while either.France put on a good display against an attractive Chilean side, especially as they were missing several first-choice players through injury.Loic Remy gave them a first-half lead but, spurred on by their Barcelona-bound star Alexis Sanchez, the South American side forced an equaliser in the second-half through Nicolas Cordova.“It was a good game of football,” said Blanc afterwards. “There were fantastic players on show on both sides.“It would have been great to win but Chile had chances of their own. I am satisfied with the players even if we do ask a lot of them.“For a match right at the start of the season there was a lot of quality on show. We thought that Chile would struggle a bit more physically but they are so good at keeping the ball.”In other friendlies played on Wednesday across Europe, Portugal defeated Luxembourg 5-0, Albania defeated Montenegro 3-2, Slovenia drew Belgium 0-0, Turkey defeated Estonia 3-0, Hungary defeated Iceland 4-0, Poland defeated Georgia 1-0, Slovakia defeated Austria 1-0, Switzerland defeated Liechtenstein 2-1, Norway defeated Czech Republic 3-0, Sweden defeated Ukraine 1-0, Belarus defeated Bulgaria 1-0, Russia defeated Serbia 1-0 and Macedonia defeated Azerbaijan 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, August 11 – Germany and Italy produced the standout performances in Wednesday’s friendlies, giving both ideal boosts ahead of next month’s Euro 2012 qualifiers.A vibrant and youthful Germany gave further evidence that they are the rising force in international football by deservedly beating Brazil 3-2 – heaping more pressure on the South American giants’ coach Mano Menezes.last_img read more

Tusker, Gor draw Cairo giants Ahly, ENPPI

first_imgTusker narrowly lost the their preliminary tie to APR 1-0 on aggregate in last season’s competition after he two sides played out a barren draw in Nairobi followed by the slim victory by the Rwandese military side at their Kigali backyard.Cup winners, Gor Mahia, will play Anse Reunion also of Seychelles where they will clash with another Egyptian giant ENPPI in the first round should they navigate past the islanders.K’Ogalo crashed out of the competition last season with a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Ferroviario Maputo after a 3-0 away loss in Mozambique before a 1-0 reverse in Nairobi.In the Champions League, Ahly are among nine winners of the premier African club competition included in the 2013 line-up and the draw for the three, two-leg qualifying rounds made behind closed doors in Cairo.Zamalek of Egypt, Vita of DR Congo, Orlando Pirates of South Africa, Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Union Douala of Cameroon feature in the preliminary round and TP Mazembe of DRC, Esperance of Tunisia and Setif of Algeria got byes.A powerful 56-club field chasing a $1.5 million first prize also includes five former winners of other CAF titles in Bizertin of Tunisia, Enugu Rangers of Nigeria, FUS Rabat of Morocco, Horoya of Guinea and Al Merreikh of Sudan.Ahly edged Esperance 3-2 over two legs to win a record-stretching seventh title last month and the two North African giants will be the teams to beat again next year along with 2010 Club World Cup runners-up Mazembe.Conquering Africa earned Ahly a fourth shot this month at the club world title in Japan and they defeated local champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 in a quarter-final to secure a last-four clash with Brazilian side Corinthians.The Cairo Red Devils won the 2012 Champions League after defying the odds by playing all but one of seven home fixtures behind closed doors and entering CAF matches ‘cold’ with domestic football barred since last February.Ahly and other Egyptian sides involved in international games had to play in empty stadiums because of security fears after 74 deaths in Port Said riots after Ahly lost a league match there against local club Al Masry.Assuming the Red Devils see off Tusker or Michel, they will face Bizertin, Al Ittihad of Libya, Dynamos of Zimbabwe or Correctional Services of Lesotho for a place in the group phase, where the prize money kicks in.Esperance have appeared in the past three finals — beating Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and losing to Mazembe and Ahly — and start another title challenge away to Primeiro Agosto of Angola or AS Adema of Madagascar.Mazembe, winners twice and semi-finalists once in the last four Champions League competitions, should not be unduly troubled by Maxaquene of Mozambique or Mochudi Centre Chiefs of Botswana.Success for the Congolese would set up a last-16 showdown with Pirates, provided the South Africans atone for poor recent results in Africa by defeating Djabal of Comoros Islands and Zanaco of Zambia or Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.Zamalek, the second most successful Champions League club after Cairo rivals Ahly with five titles, face Gazelle of Chad, Vita play Dynamic of Togo, Kotoko tackle Ela Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Douala confront LISCR of Liberia.Setif, hoping to bring the trophy back to Algeria after a 23-year absence, begin against the winners of a tie between ASPAC of Benin and ASFA Yennenga of Burkina Faso.The three qualifying rounds begin on February 15 and end on May 5 with the eight second round winners advancing to the group phase and the losers to the play-offs in the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 11 – Champions Tusker have a daunting first leg encounter on their return to the CAF Champions League after being handed seven-time winners, Al Ahly of Egypt in the first round of the competition.Tusker will earn the right to face the Cairo giants who are currently at the FIFA Club World Cup if they prevail over Seychelois side Saint Michael United in the preliminary phase of the competition over two legs.last_img read more

Colombia not after Brazil revenge- James

first_img0Shares0000James Rodriguez (second left) bursts through two Uruguay players to score the goal of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. PHOTO/FileSANTIAGO, June 16- James Rodriguez insists Colombia are not thinking about revenge as they prepare to tackle Brazil at the Copa America on Wednesday in a replay of last year’s bruising World Cup quarter-final battle.The Real Madrid playmaker was subjected to a series of brutal tackles by the Brazilians last year, when the Colombians were beaten 2-1 in a physical contest scarred by a whopping 54 fouls. Brazil’s leading part in creating a rough-house climate on the pitch ultimately cost the World Cup hosts dearly, with playmaker Neymar suffering a tournament-ending injury after a rugged challenge from Juan Camilo Zuniga.Fast-forward a year, and the two sides will meet once more on Wednesday in Santiago in a Group C game that Colombia cannot afford to lose following their shock 1-0 defeat to Venezuela on Sunday.“The loss to Venezuela brought us down to earth a bit,” Rodriguez told journalists. “Now we know that only a win will do against Brazil.”“We tried to play against Venezuela the way we played in the World Cup last year. It didn’t work. It was a bad, bad, afternoon. But the most important thing now is to think about Brazil.“In football today, you can win, but you can also have these things happen, like our loss to Venezuela. But at hard times like this, you see the truly great teams.”Rodriguez is adamant that there will be no repeat of the World Cup foul-fest on Wednesday, saying Colombia had no axe to grind.“It’s not about revenge,” Rodriguez said. “This is going to be a more open game because of Brazil’s style of play, but they also have to be in very good form to beat us.“I know they’re always going to be right there marking me and the only thing I have to do is be patient and play my football, look for spaces to create play without getting desperate.”Rodriguez meanwhile enthused about the form of Brazil captain Neymar, who single-handedly inspired his team to a shaky 2-1 victory over Peru in their opening game, scoring once and creating another.“He’s playing at an incredible level,” Rodriguez said of the Barcelona star.Brazil head into Wednesday’s game anxious to prove they are more than just a one-man band.One Brazilian newspaper summed up the Selecao’s performance on Sunday as “Neymar and 10 others”, reflecting concern over an uninspired victory that was only sealed with a last-gasp winner from Douglas Costa.While coach Dunga hailed the matchwinning contribution of Neymar, he also insisted Brazil’s win over Peru was a collective effort.“Neymar was decisive, but other players were decisive as well – including Dani Alves, Miranda, Douglas Costa,” Dunga said. “There were contributions from the whole team.”Brazil’s win over Peru was their 11th consecutive victory since the 2014 World Cup, when they were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals before losing the third-place play-off to the Netherlands 3-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Suncor Energy to increase production despite curtailments

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is planning to grow production by about 10 percent, even after Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The company says it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from about 730,000 boepd this year.Suncor says its guidance assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 percent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019, in line with the provincial announcement.- Advertisement -The production guidance came as Suncor says it is planning between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion in capital spending next year, roughly in line with this year.The Alberta government has announced a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 percent of overall output in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Western Canadian crude had been trading at a steep discount to the North American benchmark prices, however, that gap has narrowed since the Alberta announcement.Advertisementlast_img read more

U.S.-backed Iraq leaders get grade of ‘incomplete’

first_imgWASHINGTON – Struggling to defend its Iraq policy, the Bush administration in a 23-page classified report will point to limited progress being made by the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The interim assessment, which will be presented on Capitol Hill on Thursday, finds the Iraqi government has failed to pass long-promised laws that Washington has called key to national cohesion and economic recovery, such as legislation that would fairly divide Iraq’s oil resources. But in a “glass is half full” approach, the report will emphasize that the Iraqi government is making some progress on about half of the goals identified earlier this year by Congress. Matters on which Baghdad is not making significant gains will be dismissed as not as critical to the long-term success in Iraq. The report also will point toward signs of hope throughout Iraq, such as a drop in sectarian killings in Baghdad and opposition to al-Qaida by tribal sheiks in Anbar province. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One senior administration official, who has read the report, described it as giving the Iraqi government a grade of “incomplete.” Two administration officials separately confirmed the report concludes that Iraq has not met or made substantial progress toward about half the targets set by Congress and has made progress on or arguably achieved the others.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Letterkenny’s St.Patrick’s day parade is one of the biggest in the County and this year it is hoping to get entries from a wide range of businesses, community organisations, sports clubs and bands.With just a month to go to this national holiday that is celebrated all over the world Letterkenny Chamber President and Chamber members were joined by the Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Councillor Michael McBride, Danny McDaid Letterkenny Athletic’s Club and Caitlín Uí Chochláin, Donegal County Council to formally launch this year’s parade. Speaking at the launch Chamber President Brian McCormick said, “St. Patrick’s Day is an important event in the calendar for Letterkenny and this year we once again expect large crowds in town to celebrate.“The Letterkenny Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny.“Last year the parade was one of the best in recent years and once again we are appealing to sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies to get involved, the more people we get involved the more colourful and lively the parade becomes.“Letterkenny Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and at this stage we want to acknowledge the financial contributions already pledged for this year from large and small businesses and ask other businesses out there to offer their support. “It is a real voluntary effort by members of the Chamber and we are proud to play our part in this important day.“This year we are also delighted to announce that Letterkenny AC will be holding the inaugural St.Patrick’s Day 5k family fun run/jog/walk around the streets of Letterkenny, along the parade route.“Starting at 1.15pm it will attract people of all ages and especially families. Registration will be at An Grianán Theatre from 11.30am and the prize giving for the run will be at the viewing platform at Market Square just before the parade.Brian added, “We are also delighted to announce that Glór na nGael has offered a prize for “Fuinneog Ghaeilge” (best Irish Window) so we are asking everyone to get behind our St.Patrick’s festival in Letterkenny this year.“This year we are partnering with others to bring a fantastic day of celebration to Letterkenny. So if you have a group that would like to get involved just get in touch”. The Parade starts as usual at 3pm on Tuesday 17th March making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance.Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500.To enter a float or for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email LETTERKENNY CHAMBER LAUNCH ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE PLANS was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsSt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Local people were applauded for their contribution to a major Letterkenny Event at the recent award presentations for the St.Patrick’s Day Parade.Representatives of the winners of the eight categories gathered together to receive their plaques.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber thanked all those who took part in the parade making it one of the best in recent years, she said “The St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny is an important event in the town’s calendar and it only works because of the enthusiasm of local groups, sporting clubs, businesses and individuals.“The parade is run by Letterkenny Chamber and is paid for through the contributions of large and small businesses and the kind donations of spectators on the day.“It is a huge voluntary effort by our Chamber board, members and others who provide stewarding, bucket collection and much more besides.”Toni also paid tribute to Anne Condon from Letterkenny Chamber and her staff who really bring the parade together.“We all play out part in the parade but without Anne it certainly would be a much more difficult task and Anne really gets into the spirit of the parade.Toni continued, “We were delighted this year to see so many young people taking part and over the past few years we have seen a great increase in sporting clubs taking part.“All of these add so much to the event and help to create a fun and family atmosphere to the day.”The prizes were sponsored by Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure and celebrated all aspects for the parade.The overall winner and recipient of the Danny Doherty Memorial Shield was Errigal College who had a float celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary.The shield that was first presented in 1994 recognises the contribution made by Danny Doherty in having a Letterkenny Parade. It was presented to Janet McGeever and Stephen Sweeney by Rosemary Cassidy, representing the Doherty Family.Other prizes:Best Band – Letterkenny Senior Accordion BandSport – St Eunans GAA Youth – Errigal CollegeCommunity – Letterkenny CDPNovelty – Funky MonkeyCarnival – Blue RibbonTraditions – Letterkenny ReunionBusiness – Millie Walker Professional Pet Services.For more information contact Toni Forrester on 074 9124866 / 0872130495 or email toni@letterkennychamber.comPICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LETTERKENNY CHAMBER ST PATRICK’S DAY PRESENTATIONS was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Chambernewspicture specialSt Patrick’s Day Presentationslast_img read more

Saturday service for Daily News retiree

first_imgA memorial service will be held Saturday for former Daily News employee Al Bales of Van Nuys, who died July 29 of leukemia. He was 84. Bales worked as a composing room foreman from 1949 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1987. “Al had ink in his blood. Even after he retired after 38 years in the backshop putting this newspaper to bed every night, he’d come back once or twice a week to give tours of the Daily News city room to school kids,” said Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy. “He told me once that if he could influence kids to read newspapers, maybe even have a few of them go on to careers in journalism someday, it would be the greatest legacy any newspaper man could have.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBales was a member of the American Legion in Panorama City and editor of the organization’s Castle News. He bowled twice a week at Mission Bowl in Mission Hills and was president of the Los Angeles Bowling Association in 2005. “He was very civic-minded,” said daughter-in-law Susan Bales. “He was down-to-earth, no nonsense, and you always knew where you stood with him.” Allan Thomas Bales was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Monrovia, and he graduated in 1942 from Dorsey High in Los Angeles. Bales served in the Army and was an electrical mechanic. He married Phyllis Coyle on Dec. 27, 1950, and they moved to Van Nuys in 1956. She died in 2003. Bales is survived by his son, Glenn; brothers Archie, Ray and Stan; a sister, Ida Mae; and a granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn Memorial Park -Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Bales was cremated. (818) 713-3708160Want 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