Several organisations displayed their products and services while spreading messages of women empowerment as the International Women’s Day Concert and Expo opened at the Everest Cricket Ground on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown.Among them were the Caricom Secretariat, the United Nations, Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, High Commission of Canada, European Union, High Commission of India, Women Empowering Women, Guyana Office for Investment and the Ministry of Social Protection, among others.Women of all ages not only feasted their eyes on the products displayed but also participated in a one-hour Zumba exercise class and were exposed to information on women and reproductive health, entrepreneurship, academic programmes, among other meaningful information to benefit women’s growth.Public Telecommunications Minister, Catherine Hughes in her address, said while the event highlighted the daily challenges women face, it also focused on the solutions and programmes available to address those issues and the many opportunities available to women.“It’s a good thing for us to stop and pause and think about the challenges we have and how we can do better. I think in Guyana, we need to depend more on our women to take us out of this crisis. Women have an ability to discard the baggage from the past and support each other,” Minister Hughes said.She further stated that every year, the celebration of women in Guyana will be bigger and better, with effective sensitisation to eliminate challenges they face.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Commissioner of the Women and Gender Equality Commission, Nicole Cole said works are in the pipeline to enforce legislation that will represent women in all types of matters.“We are calling for ongoing specialised training on the Sexual Offences Act and the Domestic Violence Act for judges, magistrates, police officers and others involved in the Criminal Justice System. On March 5, there was the launch of the forensic psychology training for the Judiciary, that launch was done in collaboration of the University of Guyana Health Science and UNICEF because forensic psychology is an area we need persons to be skilled in,” Cole said.British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn said the High Commission will work to help enhance and promote events that will boost women empowerment.“Everybody who inhabits this country and works in this country should be advocates for equal rights and gender equality. My sister and mom brought me up and they fought through the system in the United Kingdom to pursue development. Everyone in Guyana needs to be committed and active to help promote equality and not accept abuse of all kind.”The British High Commissioner noted that the event provided the opportunity to not just sensitise the public on how the Commission functions, but to give Guyanese partners a chance to grow and educate others.Later in the afternoon, Trinidadian artiste Nailah Blackman and Guyana’s very own Poonam Singh and Calvin Burnett entertained the gathering.
“Of course there could come a time when there needs to be a change, for the coach, the club, the players, everyone, but it is not the moment.”Zidane has won eight trophies in a hugely successful two years at the helm, including back-to-back Champions Leagues.His team’s indifferent domestic form — they are fourth in La Liga ahead of Sunday’s game at Real Betis — means his future at the Santiago Bernabeu probably depends on the outcome of the PSG tie, with the second leg in France on March 6.Before that, Madrid face a run of five league games in 14 days, including a rescheduled trip to near neighbours Leganes next Wednesday.The gap to league leaders Barcelona — 17 points with a game in hand before this weekend — is surely too great, but they are looking to climb back into the top three in La Liga.Zidane, who has lost Toni Kroos to a knee injury that could make him a doubt for the PSG return, is set to rotate his squad in these matches and give some fringe players an opportunity.“It is the best way to prepare for the second leg against PSG, by being good (and) playing well in La Liga,” added the Frenchman, whose side lost 1-0 at home when they last faced Betis, in September.“There are five matches, and each time we’ll be playing after having just two training sessions. That has not happened to us before and it means we will have even greater need for everyone to be available.“It would have been good to have another day before (Sunday’s) match, but we don’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zidane has been under pressure recently at Real Madrid © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 17 – Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.“It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, told reporters at the club’s Valdebebas training complex on Saturday.
0Shares0000The French manager kisses the Champions League trophy following the enthralling final in Kiev on Saturday night. Photo/COURTESYMADRID, Spain, May 31 – Just days ago Zinedine Zidane was basking in the glory of becoming the first coach in history to win three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid and staking a claim as one of the great coaches in history.On Thursday, he said he was quitting the Spanish giants in an announcement that seemed to have even taken the club’s president Florentino Perez by surprise. It appears the 45-year-old Frenchman has decided that it won’t ever get better than this for him at the famously demanding 13-time European champions.“I don’t see myself continuing to win this year and I am a winner, I don’t like to lose,” said Zidane, who was under contract with Real until 2020.The Frenchman specialises in dramatic departures — in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin, his final appearance as a player, was cut short when he was sent off for headbutting the Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Zidane said he had insulted his family.The 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday was the pinnacle of a coaching career after his reign as a player with Real Madrid which peaked when he scored the winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow.Zidane was considered one of the all-time greats as a player, his mixture of sublime skill wrapped up in a muscular package driving France to victory in the 1998 World Cup on home soil.Affectionately known as “Zizou” in France, he was World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003 in a career that started at Cannes, moved onto Bordeaux before he moved into the big league with Juventus, staying five years, before joining Real in 2001.Incredibly, his record-breaking achievement in Kiev came less than three full seasons in charge after he was promoted from his position as coach of Real’s youth team.It was only in January 2016 that he took charge of the full Real team.“You can’t help but admire what he has done,” France manager Didier Deschamps, who won the World Cup as a player alongside Zidane in 1998, told France’s TF1 after the Kiev triumph.“Already as a player he was an extraordinary player. He’s had a second life as a coach and he is already an extraordinary coach. Achieving three Champions League wins is fabulous.”Madrid sports daily AS said after the final that Zidane was “the architect of this glorious and possibly unrepeatable era”.It is widely expected that Zidane will one day manage France himself. He has never made a secret of his ambition to do so and speculation will now grow that he will succeed Deschamps after this year’s World Cup finals.Zidane has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.It is a remarkable record, all the more so for a man who before the Kiev final admitted to not being the best tactician.“I am not the best coach tactically, but I have other things,” he said ahead of the final.“I know very well how the dressing room and a player’s head works, and that for me is very important.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has told talkSPORT Brendan Rodgers should play Steven Gerrard in a more advanced role to get the best out of his ability.The 34-year-old has struggled to find form this season but scored in the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Tuesday night.And Heskey believes, with Gerrard struggling to impress in a defensive midfield position, Rodgers should push the ex-England star further forward where he can score more goals.He told Drivetime: “Liverpool have struggled to find where to play Steven Gerrard to maximise his ability. He did tremendously last night and he deservedly got his goal.“Playing in a more advanced position, that’s where I think he should be. You saw the goal last night, a lot of players would have slashed at that and maybe not hit the target but he just passed it into the net. That’s what he’s capable of doing when he’s up in the box.”But Heskey does believes Liverpool boss Rodgers needs to rest the 34-year-old every now and again to keep him fresh, as he did in the weekend’s games with Stoke City.He added: “Stevie would love to tell you himself he would love to play every game but at that age you’ve got to minimise the risk of getting injuries and stuff like that so keeping him out of the odd game is ideal.”
Everton duo Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson are closing in on returns but won’t be fit in time for Saturday’s trip to Swansea City.Oviedo, who sustained a knee problem on international duty, is expected to feature in the club’s League Cup tie against Reading on Tuesday.Gibson, meanwhile, is fit again having been sidelined since April with a fractured metatarsal and is also in line to feature against the Royals after playing for the reserves this week.“Darron is a just a matter of fitness now,” said Everton boss Roberto Martinez. “He played over 70 minutes at Goodison on Monday, so clearly he is on the road to regaining that match fitness.“Medically, he’s fully fit and ready to rejoin the group, it’s just a case of getting him that match fitness.“Bryan will probably be ready for the League Cup game.” 1 Bryan Oviedo
STERLING has risen faster than at any time since 2009 – great news for the tourism sector and local retailers in Donegal.In simple terms, it means tourists from the North and Britain will get more than €1.20.5c for the £1. It makes hotel beds and meals cheaper.It will also stop shoppers going north – and could begin a trickle of northern shoppers south into Donegal for the first time in more than two years. And analysts believe the Euro will continue its decline this week as massive debt issues in Spain, Portugal and Italy become clearer on Wednesday and Thursday.“The market is starting to get bulled up on sterling and we are too,” Greg Anderson, a currency strategist at Citigroup Inc. in New York told Bloomberg. “Austerity in the UK doesn’t seem to have had that big an impact on growth and growth is accelerating faster than in the euro zone.”The euro fell over 4% against sterling last week – down to £82.89p. Borrowing costs for Portugal surged this week as it prepares to sell €20 billion in bonds.Spain and Italy need to raise a combined total of €317 billion to manage their imminent debt maturities. Portugal will try to raise cash on Wednesday, and Spain and Italy do the same on Thursday.Sterling is also benefiting from analysts who believe the UK interest rate will rise later this year.EURO SLIDES AGAINST STERLING: GOOD NEWS FOR DONEGAL RETAIL & TOURISM SECTORS was last modified: January 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
5. Roberto Mancini plotting shock move for Liverpool striker? – Jurgen Klopp recently confessed Balotelli doesn’t have a future at Anfield, but reports have suggested there is little in the way of concrete offers. One club, however, who could be interested is Inter Milan. According to Tuttosport, the Serie A outfit have lowered their transfer budget this summer and are looking to sign players on the lower end of the fee spectrum. The Italian would reunite with former Manchester City manager Mancini at the San Siro. 5 2. Liverpool in talks with Anderson Talisca? – Portuguese newspaper Record claim the Reds are in discussion over a deal for the Benfica attacking midfielder, though there are difficulties in getting the player a work visa. Having not met the international appearance quota for Brazil over the past two years, he is not automatically eligible to play in England. 3. Wales star Joe Allen on his way to Stoke City? – Allen, who enjoyed an excellent Euro 2016 campaign with Wales, is set to leave Anfield this summer. It’s understood Liverpool have accepted a £13m bid from league rivals Stoke City. He started only eight games in the top flight last season and despite an impressive tournament for his country, is far from guaranteed a role under Klopp. 5 5 There’s plenty to talk about with Liverpool in the market.Jurgen Klopp has already sealed deals for Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Sadio Mane and Ragnar Klavan, and is expected to complete further business as he looks to really move on from the Brendan Rodgers era.But Klopp has more than just arrivals to focus on, with some edging towards the Anfield exit.So with plenty of news surrounding Liverpool, talkSPORT has provided the latest transfer rumours on the Merseyside outfit – have a read by viewing the slideshow above. 5 4. Liverpool preparing bid for Aston Villa left back? – With Alberto Moreno failing to convince last season, the Reds were expected to seek further competition at left back in the summer transfer window. And, according to Le Parisien, the Merseyside outfit are preparing a bid for Jordan Amavi. An anterior cruciate ligament injury limited the Frenchman to just nine Premier League starts in his debut season at Villa Park. 1. Newcastle United forward having medical at the Reds’ training ground? Read all about this rumour below, then click the arrow above, right, to get up to date on the latest Liverpool transfer gossip – It’s been widely reported that Liverpool have agreed a £25m fee with Newcastle United for Georginio Wijnaldum. Sky Sports have since stated that the Dutchman is undergoing his medical at the Reds’ training ground and a five-year contract has been offered. 5
Donegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Prize 2014 invite entries for this year’s competition. Now in its third year, organisers invite entries of original work from anyone over the age of 18.Poems must not have been previously published in any media, self-published, broadcast, and /or won any competition. Only poems in English are being accepted for this competition.The maximum number of poems per entrant is 3.Entry fee: €5 (covers maximum entry of up to 3 poems)Send your poem(s) along with a cover letter with name, address, and phone number and/or email address, and title(s) of each poem submitted. Please do not put your name or personal contact details on the same page as the poem(s).Post entries to North West Words Poetry Prize 2014, 54 Thornberry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. On-line submissions will not be accepted.Entries must be received by the closing date – Friday, 14 November 2014.No alterations can be made to the entry once it has been submitted, and entries cannot be returned so please keep your own copy.The 2014 competition will be judged by Kate Newmann of Summer Palace Press. Further details are available on www.northwestwords.comPUT PEN TO PAPER FOR POETRY PRIZE was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:competitionNORTH WEST WORDSpoetry
Uganda has been in Turkey for over a weekAfter mixed results from the training camp in Turkey, the Men’s national Basketball team, the Silverback can now shift their attention to next week’s World Cup qualifiers in Nigeria.The team closed out the last of its five build up games in the Molten Istanbul Cup with a 56-80 loss to Cameroon on Wednesday evening.The loss meant that they had lost three of the five games, something that does not worry assistant coach Mandy Juruni.“We can here (Turkey) to prepare for the World cup qualifiers slated for later this month and i think we achieved our goal.“We may not have won all the games but i don’t think that matters because what we wanted was to play and try to compete.“The lads have done exactly that and in the process gained fitness and also gotten to know the new faces.In the last game, the Silverbacks fell short to an aggressive Cameroon side that looked fitter especially in the last quarter.The team lost to Cameroon in the last gameUganda trailed 19-13 after the opening quarter but came within 2 points (28-26) as the second quarter neared the end but that was the closest George Galanopoulos charges came until the final buzzer.Cameroon extended their lead to double-digit early in the third quarter and there was no route back for Uganda.Joseph Ikong was Uganda’s only player to score in double figure with 10 points with a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field.Jordin Mayes (9 points), Robinson Opong Odoch (8 points) were the other notable contributors for the Silverbacks. Emmanuel Mugenga and Stephen Omony scored 6 points apiece.The team is expected to fly to Nigeria early next week where they will play three games in the second phase of round one of qualification.Uganda finished second in group B after the first phase of game in Mali with four points from three games, having won one and lost two.They will take on Nigeria on the 29th of this month in the opener before a date with Mali the following day. Uganda lost to both Mali and Nigeria in phase one.Ugnada lost to both Nigeria and Mali in FebruaryThe Silverbacks last game will be against neighbors Rwanda on the 1st of July. The team’s only win in Bamako came against Rwanda.Uganda needs to finish among the top three in group B to qualify for the next round.Uganda’s FIBA World Cup qualifiers’ schedule:-Nigeria vs Uganda, 29-06-2018-Uganda vs Mali, 30-06-2018-Rwanda vs Uganda, 01-07-2018*all games will be played in LagosThe top three teams from each group will be placed in a group with three other top teams. All results from the first qualification round, except for results against teams that don’t advance, are carried over to the second round. Games will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. The top two teams in each group along with the better placed third team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup proper.Uganda’s performance in the Molten Istanbul Cup:-Uganda 90-72 Iraq on Friday, 15-06-2018-Saudi Arabia 90-66 Uganda on Saturday, 16-06-2018-Jordan 91-75 Uganda on Monday, 18-06-2018-Uganda 85-65 Bahrain on Tuesday, 11-06-2018-Uganda 56-80 Cameroon on Wednesday, 20-06-2018The team currently in camp:Syrus KiviriJoseph IkongStephen OmonyRobinson OpongJimmy EnabuIvan LumanyikaJames OkelloSamuel KalwanyiJohn Geu DengeuJordin Dean MayesEmmanuel Mugenga TrinquierStanley Mugerwa.Coaches:Galanopoolos GeorgeMandy JuruniAbdulkadir Omar BarajabComments Tags: FIBA 2019 World cup qualifierssilverbacks
The work by a team of scientists could mark the beginning of the end of elephant poaching. Using DNA from dung and seized ivory, they were able to locate and isolate poaching hotspots in Africa to two main regions. Researchers in a lab have made headway in isolating areas where elephant poaching is rife. (Image: South African Tourism) Priya Pitamber The solution to poaching elephants for their tusks could be found in a scientific laboratory, if the latest research findings concerning the issue are anything to go by.A study, published in the journal Science, showed that using DNA and data mapping of elephant ivory compared to dung, might help countries and international organisations to fight poaching.The findings were co-authored by University of Washington biologist Samuel Wasser, his colleagues, and an Interpol wildlife crime expert. It revealed how DNA mapping was able to trace and isolate the location of elephant poaching.The dataWhen ivory seized between 2006 and 2014 was compared to elephant dung, the DNA data revealed that it originated from two major areas. “Wasser and his team analysed the genotypes of 1 350 samples of dung collected from 29 countries in Africa,” wrote National Geographic.“They plotted what they found – the unique genetic signatures of different elephant populations – on regional maps, creating a dung reference base against which they could compare the DNA signatures from the ivory.”News website Mashable noted there were two main areas of origination of forest elephant ivory and savannah elephant ivory.“More than 85% of forest elephant ivory was traced to Central Africa’s Tridom, a protected ecosystem across north-eastern Gabon, north-western Republic of Congo and south-eastern Cameroon, as well as the adjacent reserve in south-western Central African Republic.“The ivory belonging to the savannah elephant showed that more than 85% of the ivory was traced to East Africa, primarily within the Selous Game Reserve in south-eastern Tanzania and the Niassa Game Reserve in northern Mozambique.”Watch an interview with Wasser:Impact of the dataWasser’s wish was that the results of the research would significantly boost anti-poaching initiatives.“I hope the results will lead to a major crackdown of poaching in the two primary hotspots we identified,” Wasser told Mashable, “and [prompt] better strategies to deal with the corruption that allowed them to become hotspots.”In the journal article, the authors opined that if there were as few hotspots as the data showed, it could help international law enforcement focus efforts on those key areas to help reduce poaching.“Any tool that allows us to pinpoint poaching spots is critical to better deploy enforcement and put more boots on the ground,” Jan Vertefeuille, senior director at World Wildlife Fund’s crime division, told Mashable. “[This study] confirms what our teams on-ground have been seeing.”How it startedTo obtain samples for his ivory and dung research, Wasser began by creating a network of park rangers and conservation workers. He asked them to send him samples of elephant dung tagged by their location, indicated by latitude and longitude.Wasser and his team analysed the samples they received and plotted what they found on regional maps, creating a dung reference list to compare the DNA from the ivory.According to National Geographic, the team got shipments of seized ivory from Kenya, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Uganda.Countries that had signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) agreed that if there were seizures larger than a ton, samples should be sent for assessment to Wasser’s lab.South Africa was one of the first countries to join Cites after it came into effect in 1975 and since then the country had been active in the work needed. In fact, the next Cites meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) will take place from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The World Wildlife Fund says poachers kill elephants only for only one body part – their tusks. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: World Wildlife Fund)Wasser’s workOn his profile as a contributor to The Conversation, the academic and news website, Wasser wrote that his laboratory aimed to use the best possible science to help direct wildlife conservation and management policies around the world.“Currently, we are collaborating with the Interpol Working Group on Wildlife Crime to investigate the origins of all major ivory seizures in the recent past.”Wasser has a Masters of Science in zoology and a PhD in animal behaviour. It is hoped his efforts in the lab will make poaching a thing of the past. The goal was to solve elephant poaching within the next two years – though preferably by next year, Wasser said.