Businesses cautiously optimistic over 50th jubilee celebrations

first_imgBy Romario SamarooAcross the city of Georgetown business-owners are having mixed opinions on the outlook of sales for Guyana’s 50th jubilee celebrations.Minister of State Joseph Harmon, had said that as Guyana looks to celebrate its 50th year as an independent nation, the economy is expected to experience a boost due to the mass number of overseas-based Guyanese and tourists expected for the event.From an economic standpoint, the expected chain-reaction of these foreigners in the country will lead to a surge in spending across hotels, craft shops, entertainment facilities and all other business entities. The locally economy will benefit tremendously. However, as it stands presently, a lot of businesses are complaining of the slow turnover of money nationwide.Market vendors are already crying out that their produce aren’t selling as before, while store-owners are not having the best of times either. Samantha Kamal complains “business is a little slow in general.”Stephanie, a local craft shop operator in City Mall is also not too pleased with how business is going but is hopeful the upcoming celebrations can influence a positive change.But not all businesses are crying, Sookraj, a Regent Street store-owner, is accepting of the state of business, nevertheless he would welcome an increase in business.Margret Jones who sells clothes on Wellington Street is also hopeful the upcoming celebrations will bring a change in fortune to her business as “it has its ups and downs but it’s been down a while”Craftsmen selling tokens and souvenirs of Guyana are patiently awaiting the foreigners as they are the ones who usually purchase these products.The Chinese business community are not too pleased with the state of business either. A Chinese trader operating in the Sino Mall recalled the terrible state of business that resulted in her closing down her fast food restaurant. She is now wholly dependent on her commodities store to earn a living.This dilemma “slow business” is not only affecting the Georgetown area but also in Berbice and Region Three. Jamal Braithwaite, who rents a shop around the Skeldon market cried out “this is one of the worst patches” he has seen.One commonality among every store operator apart from their concerns of economic stagnation are their concerns over security. These traders noted that the crime rate is one of the main deterrents of doing business now.A lot of them are also seriously inquiring about the government’s approach in tackling crime, saying it is too often they hear and/or see robberies and murder.Sophie Mohan pointed out, “this looks terrible on our country, especially with outsiders coming.” She is hoping the police force can “step up and tackle crime—and do it fast.”The parliamentary opposition PPP/C has already openly blasted the administration on their “poor strategies” in tackling crime, as well as putting mechanisms in place that would facilitate conomic growth.last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of Jan 22

first_imgBelow is a list of community events taking place in Fort St. John this weekend.  For more events visit Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 – Monday, Feb 28, 2011 07.00 PM – 08.00 PM New Year’s Weight Loss ChallengeNorth Peace Leisure Pool Sports & Fitness Friday, Jan 21, 2011 08.30 PM Flyers vs Spirit RiverNorth Peace Arena Sports & Fitness Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 09.00 PM – 01.00 AM Derrick Dance Club Hosting a DanceSenior Citizens Hall Dance Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 05.00 PM Robbie Burns DinnerLegion Community Friday, Jan 21, 2011 – Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 07.30 PM The Ramblers Live at JD’sJD Fitzgerald’s Pub Music center_img Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 03.15 PM – 05.15 PM Daddy & Me GymnasticsNorth Peace Gymnastics Club Children & Family Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 10.00 AM – 03.00 PM Book SaleNorth Peace Cultural Centre Fundraiser , Market – Advertisement – Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 08.00 PM Huskies vs Peace RiverNorth Peace Arena Sports & Fitness Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 08.30 PM Snowed In Comedy TourNorth Peace Cultural Centre Theatre & Performances last_img read more

Exclusive – Europa League victory holds key to Liverpool’s Champions League dreams, claims Aldridge

first_imgJohn Aldridge believes Liverpool’s only chance of qualification for next season’s Champions League comes through victory in the Europa League.The winners of Europe’s secondary competition will be handed a place at next campaign’s top table for the first time.The Reds are currently eight in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth placed Southampton.Brendan Rodgers’ side dropped down to the Europa League, after failure to progress from their Champions League group earlier this year.And former striker Aldridge insists the Merseysiders must win the competition if they’re to face the cream of Europe next season.“It’s going to be a massive few months for Liverpool,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “The Europa League is our way back into the Champions League because I just can’t see us getting a top four spot.“Every cup competition is really serious now but the Europa League is probably the most important thing for Liverpool this season.”last_img read more

Palmdale couple win free wedding

first_imgPALMDALE – Dario Pinela and Josefina Flores of Palmdale won a wedding – including flowers, photography, venue, invitations, DJ services, and catering – at the second annual Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Bridal Show. Pinela works at Hydro-Air in Burbank in aerospace repair and Flores is a cashier at DOLEX in Lancaster. The couple, engaged 30 days, said this is the first time they have ever won anything. The groom told the bride before they came: “I never win anything.” She replied, “You never know.” The Jan. 15 show featured exhibitors offering ideas and resources on planning weddings. The “Win a Wedding” drawing was sponsored by more than a dozen businesses. Wedding package contributors included: photography, A Cherished Memory; ceremony officiator, Always and Forever Ceremonies; reception and catering, Antelope Valley Fair and Friends of the AV Fair; centerpieces and gift table, Balloon Factory; pampering for the bride, Bronze Bunz Tanning; wedding cake, First Class Cakes; toss bouquet, Forever Florals; bridal bouquet, Julie’s Flower Basket; DJ and MC for reception, New Concepts Advantage DJ; floral preservation, Precious Petal; chair dressing and sashes, Rae’s Custom Designs; invitations, Social Frog Designs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

Defense key to Valencia’s Foothill hopes

first_img 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Nick Pappas is 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA and nine strikeouts in nine innings, and Scott Fowler is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings. In today’s other Foothill League openers, Hart (3-3) plays at Burbank (3-1), and Saugus (2-2) plays host to Canyon (2-3). – Gerry Gittelson After committing 62 errors in a disappointing 15-13 baseball season a year ago, Valencia High has tightened its defense and improved dramatically. With just one error heading into today’s 3:15 p.m. Foothill League opener against visiting Burroughs of Burbank (1-4), the Vikings are 4-1 – the only loss to national power Agoura – and are favored to recapture the league title after three successive championships from 2002 to 2004. “We take hundreds of groundballs every day in practice, and we’ve been playing very well,” Valencia coach Jared Snyder said. The Vikings have benefited from the emergence of shortstop Chris Matzner, who leads the team with a .533 average and six RBIs. Michael Hur (.421, three home runs, 11 RBIs), Casey Mulligan (.462, four RBIs) and Justin Shults (.412, one home run, seven RBIs) also have started strongly. last_img read more


first_imgAll aboard the bus for Malin!Inishowen is set to see its first ever tourist bus route from Derry to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point ‘Banba’a Crown’.Inishowen Rural Transport and Inishowen Tourism have come together to develop a tourist bus trail to Malin Head, daily (Monday – Friday) throughout the month June, which will connect directly in Carndonagh to the North West Busways bus arriving from Derry.This is a pilot scheme being rolled out as a way of integrating Derry & Inishowen as Derry reigns as the UK’s Cultural City in 2013. This route takes in the coastal views of Fiver Fingers Strand, Knockamany Bends and a visit Banba’s Crown where there will be a dwell time of approximately 1.5 hours to allow the visitor to experience Ireland’s Most Northerly Point and surrounding area.This initiative was developed as part of the efforts being made by Inishowen Tourism’s City of Culture Liaison Officer, Jennifer O’ Donnell to interlink Inishowen with Derry ~Doire as they celebrate a spectacular year as UK City of Culture. ‘“Derry is expecting upwards of 1 million visitors to the City this year and it is vital Inishowen is best placed to take advantage of this. This bus route offers the cultural visitor to Derry a fantastic opportunity to experience a bit of Inishowen and explore the tip of Ireland,” said Ms O’Donnell.Inishowen Rural Transport, coordinator, Cormac Skinnader says ‘ the aim of Inishowen Rural transport is to enable people both inside and outside the peninsula to make connections, people to people and people to places. This is an ideal opportunity to work with Inishowen Tourism in the promotion of the Peninsula’. This Bus service will depart Patrick Street Derry daily throughout June at 8.55am and will arrive back in Derry at 1.25pm. THE NEXT BUS TO MALIN HEAD IS LEAVING SOON! was last modified: April 17th, 2013 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) Tags:Banba’s CrownbusDerrylast_img read more

Vipers stretched lead on top of league as Police win first game in four

first_imgGift Ali (left) scored the opening goal of the game as Vipers defeated Proline.Azam Uganda Premier LeagueTuesday, 02-05-2018:Proline 1-3 Vipers SCBright stars 0-0 UPDF FCBul 2-0 MaroonsPolice 1-0 Soana FCVipers stretched their lead on top of the Azam Uganda Premier league thanks to a 3-1 victory over Proline FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Gift Ali put the hosts in the lead seven minutes after kick off with a beauty of a free kick but Moses Waiswa ensured the two teams went into the half time break tied at 1-1 with a goal on 44 minute.The visitors piled pressure in the second half and it paid off in the 78th minute when Pius Wangi put them into the lead for the first time.Two minutes to the final whistle, Sserunkuma put the icing on the cake with a third for the Venoms and his 12th of the season.Dan Ssrunkuma scored his 12 goal of the season against ProlineVipers who started the day two points ahead of Villa are now on 55, four  better than KCCA who won 2-1 at Express FC to move to second with the Jogoos in third but with a game in hand.Proline remained second from bottom with 26 points from as many games.At Kakindu, BUL FC forward Hamis Tibita scored a goal in each half to help his side overcome Maroons.The former BUL U-17 graduate players struck the opener just 3 minutes into the game and converted a late second half penalty following a contested ball to hand incident.The former BUL U-17 graduate players struck the opener just 3 minutes into the game and converted a late second half penalty following a contested ball to hand incident.Maroons suffered their fourth loss of the season, maintaining their 35 points in 6th place.Elsewhere, UPDF FC earned a hard fought point in the goal-less away duel on the road to Bright Stars at the Champions Stadium in Mwererwe.In a game of limited scoring opportunities, the footballing soldiers staged a brave fight throughout th match to pick a crucial point at a time they have been desperate in the relegation struggle.Bright Stars captain and the league current top scorer, Nelson Senkatuka got closer to breaking the deadlock with an effort rattling the cross bar.This was the 13th draw for Bright Stars, taking them to 34 points off 26 matches and well safe from being relegated.On the other hand, UPDF picked their 8th draw of the campaign in 27 matches as they have 29 points and not so far from the relegation politicking.At Namboole, Police FC brought to an end a three match losing streak with a 1-0 win against Soana in a game played at Nelson Mandela Stadium, Namboole.Police won their first game in the last four league matchRuben Kimera scored the winning goal in the 44th minute of the game played on a soggy pitch following a morning down pour.Both teams came into the game under pressure but the hosts looked the better side for most parts of the game.Coach Abdallah Mubiru and his technical staff were on the bench for the game despite confusion over the weekend that they had been suspended by the club before being reinstated.Police are now back to 7th place on the 16-team log with 35 points and all but assured of another season in the top division while Soana remain 12th with 28 points, two above the relegation zone.Wednesday’s Fixtures:SC Villa vs Kirinya JSS @Masaka Recreation Grounds, MasakaOnduparaka FC vs URA FC @BetWay Stadium, AruaMasavu vs Mbarara City @Fisheries Institute, BugongaComments Tags: Azam UPLBul FCpolice fcprolinesoanaupdf fcvipers sclast_img read more

Chelsea ‘will reject offer from Aston Villa for left-back”

first_imgChelsea will an reject an offer from Aston Villa for left-back Ryan Bertrand, according to the Sunday Mirror.It is claimed that Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen to sign Bertrand either permanently or on a season-long loan, but Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is believed to want him to stay at Stamford Bridge and sign a new contract.The People report that relegated Bolton want to sign Oriol Romeu on loan from Chelsea, while the Mail on Sunday say Chelsea are vying with Tottenham for the signature of £20m-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.And The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea have beaten off a host of Premier League rivals to sign 15-year-old George Brady – nephew of West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady – from French club AS Cannes.They are said to have paid £250,000 in compensation to land the 6ft 4in defender, who it is suggested was also wanted by Arsenal, Tottenham and both Manchester clubs.The Sun also have an interview with Frank Lampard, who denies speculation linking him with a move to LA Galaxy.“There’s nothing in that at all. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Chelsea,” he said.Meanwhile, Liverpool want to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham for £6m, according to The People.The American is believed to be keen on a move to Anfield and it is claimed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will table a formal bid for him.Swansea’s Scott Sinclair and Luciano Narsingh of Dutch club Heerenveen are touted as possible replacements for Dempsey, while Bristol City have apparently refused to give winger Albert Adomah permission to speak to Fulham.The People also say QPR are close to agreeing a deal to sign Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.Jarvis, 26, is keen to return to the Premier League and has apparently been spotted house-hunting in the west London area.Fulham are said to also want the England international, but it is claimed they are not prepared to meet Wolves’ asking price.The paper suggests that Fulham have enquired about Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, but again are unwilling to pay the required transfer fee.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

DimeRocker to Offer Turnkey Game Deployment on Facebook

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Software Guides#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’ve ever doubted the sophistication of MySpace and Facebook as game development platforms, you may be surprised by what DimeRocker will help make happen in the coming weeks. To check out the company visit dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This morning Canadian startup accelerator Bootup Labs showcased some of its program graduates at Plug and Play Center’s Sunnyvale location. While a number of the companies show promise, it was a gaming product that caught our attention. DimeRocker is offering developers a chance to elevate the level of gaming experiences and monetization on sites like Facebook, Myspace and Bebo. Unbeknownst to many, world class gaming companies like EA Sports, Relic and Propaganda Games call Vancouver their home. With great industry connections and a firm grasp of the technology behind the games themselves, DimeRocker CEO J. Joly is set to bridge the gap between traditional games and the social space. Joly explains that while game developers know how to build fantastic gaming experiences, it’s rare that they understand how to market and deploy their games across more casual high-traffic sites. DimeRocker offers developers a centralized self-publishing platform with a suite of APIs built on top of the Unity game development engine. The site offers turn-key social publishing, leader boards and achievement tracking and will soon offer APIs for virtual goods, dual currency and in-game advertising. Says Joly, “In addition to positioning ourselves as a solution for indy game developers, we’ve also seen an interest from larger companies who are looking to deploy light versions of their popular titles for the social web.” last_img read more

Disruption of Christmas event in Rajasthan flayed

first_imgCivil rights groups here on Thursday flayed the disruption of Christmas celebrations in Pratapgarh allegely by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists. The activists had manhandled the participants accusing them of indulging in “forcible religious conversions.” Two of the organisers, taken to the police station for questioning, were let off late in the night.The People’s Union for Civil Liberties said the incident had proved that the Hindutva forces had spread their net in Rajasthan and were working to polarise the society.last_img