Guyana Foreign Minister issues call for support to small states affected by…

first_img You may be interested in… She urged the Region’s governments to assist either through funding or by providing the necessary human resource to aid the affected states. Meantime, here in Guyana, the Foreign Affairs Minister stated that deliberate efforts are being made to move towards renewable energy. “We have been putting things in place to deal with that, to mitigate climate change,” she assured. To date, the Government of Guyana has been aggressively pursuing its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS). This is aimed at building greater economic resilience by diversifying production and reducing dependency on fossil fuels, while actively trying to generate sources of renewable energy from sources such as hydro, solar, wind and biomass. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 10, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings, has issued a call for support to smaller states which have been affected by natural disasters and are finding difficulty in dealing with climate change related matters. Minister Cummings spoke with the Department of Public Information (DPI) following (the) Sixth Meeting of CARICOM and Cuban Foreign Ministers, hosted by the Guyana Government in Georgetown. “There are certain islands like Dominica for example, where matters (climate) are affecting them, and these are not man made really, so we need to support them,” Minister Cummings stated. Oct 7, 2020center_img Sep 29, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Oct 2, 2020 CARICOM Energy Ministers Meet Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

La Plaine Student Receives 1st Of New Annual Scholarship From Diaspora Group

first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary La Plaine Student Receives 1st Of New Annual Scholarship From Diaspora Group by: – August 18, 2014 Tweet Share Share 111 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Mervin Paul hands check to Christine Phillip. Christina Bethel (middle)Christina Bethel of La Plaine is the first recipient of a $1000 secondary school scholarship from a group of concerned Dominicans – both local and in the Diaspora.On Saturday August 16th, a brief ceremony at the La Plaine Agricultural Training Centre saw the group’s contribution to youth development through education.The group comprises Dominicans who reside both here and overseas, including Caribbean countries, Asia, the U.S. and Canada.“We are people who are very concerned about the development of the country and we are of the many who see what the Government is doing and have decided to play our part in a small way”.“There are a number of people living outside of Dominica who are very interested in your development. They felt that it is not enough to just talk and say what should be done in the country but they were prepared to put their money where their mouths are”.“Hence, together with those of us who are part of this organisation and live in Dominica, we decided to show our gratitude for what Dominica has done for us, support the Government in their work in the area of human resource development and give back to communities and constituencies,” said Chairman of the donor group, Mervin Paul.Education and Human Resource Minister, Hon. Petter Saint Jean who is also Parliamentary Representative for the La Plaine Constituency felt that the presentation ceremony, though simple, was very significant.He said, “It took a few concerned Dominicans to come together with the understanding that the Government of Dominica cannot do it alone and so they have joined forces because we all recognize that education is a right of every Dominican child and it ought not to be a privilege for few individuals. Gone are the days when some children could access education because of their surname or because their parents had money; and for those who could not, they could not afford quality education. The Government of Dominica recognized many years ago that we needed to open up secondary education to every Dominican child. That was way back in 2005. Even while we are doing this, there are still some children who are not as privileged as others and that is where concerned Dominicans step in.”The scholarship recipient, Christina Bethel was selected from a daunting list of deserving students.Paul explained, “We looked at a number of [students] who did GSAT exams and it wasn’t easy to arrive at the person who is receiving the scholarship. We felt that when we considered all the factors, this is the person with whom we should start. Nobody should feel left out because you just never know until next year, if it will be your turn…Our hope is that the presentation will be put to good use and will go a long way in enhancing the opportunities given to this [student].”The donor group, which will be awarding scholarships to students of other constituencies in subsequent years promised, however, that Christina’s satisfactory performance at secondary school will guarantee continued assistance.Christine Phillip, Christina’s mother responded, “I was surprised when I received a letter saying that my daughter, Christina Bethel, was awarded a scholarship from a Labour-based group. It’s always good to know that a young group can show concern for the betterment of our children. Today, I stand here humbly as a parent to thank all who have contributed to this special occasion. A new seed has been sown and today we are witnessing he first bite of the first fruit. Again, thank you for making such a positive contribution to education. It is with great emotion that I accept this gesture and assure you that I will do my utmost to ensure that Christina does well at secondary school.”The scholarship recipient spoke on her own behalf.“I would like to say thank you to the group for choosing me to receive this gift. Thank you for assisting me…I promise to do my utmost to be a great student and make you proud of me,” she said.Three additional students were awarded packages of school supplies from the La Plaine Constituency Labour Youth Organisation.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Rights holder doubts Sunwolves will help grow rugby in Asia

first_imgSingapore – The Sunwolves’ entry into Super Rugby is unlikely to grow the game around Asia, according to the sport’s new rights owner in the region who believes showcasing more local action online will have a greater impact.The Tokyo-based franchise, which will also play matches in Singapore, began the Southern Hemisphere competition with a 26-13 home defeat against South Africa’s Lions on Saturday after a tumultuous preseason spent trying to assemble a team. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The expansion into Asia is expected to increase the revenues of tournament organizer SANZAR, but New Zealander Tim Martin, who has scooped up the rights to show Super Rugby matches in 23 Asian countries, wondered what else a Japanese entrant brought.“I don’t think the Sunwolves will do a huge amount for Asian rugby,” he told Reuters in an interview in Singapore this week after securing the rights deal.“I think they will do a lot for Japanese rugby but they won’t do a lot for Malaysian rugby. I don’t see how those dots join.”Martin, a former advertising executive, made waves when his Coliseum Sports Media snapped up the rights to show English Premier League soccer matches in New Zealand using his online platform in 2013.He took a bold leap then for a fledgling start-up — albeit backed by a U.S.-based billionaire — but believes Japan would have been better off taking a conservative approach to growing the game after the World Cup win over South Africa last year.“Why leap into Super Rugby, which is the hardest, most competitive rugby competition in the world,” he said.“The Sunwolves could be a disaster, I hope not and I don’t think they will be but they could. Nobody wants to watch a team get whipped.”As well as showing the Sunwolves and Super Rugby around Asian countries, he also bagged Rugby Championship matches, European internationals and domestic action from England, France, South Africa and New Zealand among others.He admitted the $14.99-a-month subscription could prove too costly outside the expat-heavy markets of Hong Kong and Singapore and did not expect many people in Myanmar or Bangladesh to subscribe and watch the English league final.But he said his online model meant no increased cost for running matches in multiple countries and opened doors to the inquisitive few in Bhutan and beyond.He believed adding local rugby to his portfolio would help attract audiences and showcase a pathway to the elite, adding he also planned to make some All Black internationals free to view.“I think we have to make rugby bigger in Malaysia and Singapore and Korea and I think that’s about getting younger people into it and access to more content and all that stuff,” he said.With rugby’s inclusion in the Olympics this year, the sport is tipped for big growth in playing numbers.Martin said the number of Asian unions had doubled to 32 in the last 10 years and that there were 400,000 registered players in Asia — outside of Japan.“I reckon rugby in the region can become a significant thing. It’s right on the cusp,” he said.He said he wanted to eventually grow from 23 countries to 200, leaving the sport’s traditional bases, like New Zealand and England, alone and showing rugby online to new audiences around the world where television companies have overlooked the game.Asia, though, with its young, tech-obsessed population that could easily access his platform, was first priority. He said New Zealand and the bigger unions had failed to maximize their name by selling individual rights in different markets like he has.“There are a whole bunch of fragmented unions. Its chaotic, we think there is a role for an aggregate,” he said.“It will help turbo-charge the game’s growth.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDScenter_img Super Rugby, Sunwolves RELATED PHOTOS The Sunwolves’ Akihito Yamada (right) tackles Jaco van der Walt of the Lions during the Sunwolves’ Super Rugby debut at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground last Saturday. | REUTERSlast_img read more

Red Sox veteran Steve Pearce wins 2018 World Series MVP

first_imgPearce set the tone early in the Red Sox’s series-clinching win. He blasted a two-run homer to center field in the top of the first inning to give Boston a lead it did not relinquish.Steve. Pearce.He’s done it again. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OYq9aMbzLn— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018Pearce added a solo home run in the top of the eighth. He knocked in three of his team’s five runs in the game.  Related News Steve Pearce is the 2018 World Series MVP.The 35-year-old first baseman drove in seven runs in the final two games of the Red Sox’s 4-1 series win over the Dodgers. He also went 4 for 8 with three home runs and four runs scored in Boston’s victories in Games 4 and 5. World Series 2018: Chris Sale delivers fiery speech in Game 4 to spark Red Sox rallycenter_img HEAT CHECK. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/Lfku6Rx9I5— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018The Red Sox acquired Pearce from the Blue Jays in exchange for a minor leaguer in late June. He registered a .279/.394/.507 slash line in 50 regular-season games with Boston. He also hit seven home runs and registered 26 RBIs. The journeyman has played for seven teams over his 12-year MLB career. World Series 2018: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts booed before Game 5last_img read more