Hindu festivals help to foster cohesion – President Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger on Thursday asserted that festivals like Phagwah assist in the fostering of social cohesion in Guyana.This remark was made during a chowtaal session and pre-Holi celebrations hosted at State House on Thursday in the company of Cabinet members and other significant representatives of the Hindu society.The event featured performances from many dancers and singers who entertainedA group of dancers performing their piecethe gathering. There was a chowtaal session which involved a group of persons singing to welcome spring; the aspect of which the Festival of Colours is based upon.In his remarks, the President stated that these festivals promote cohesion, also noting that he is proud to be a Guyanese.“Festivals like this help to foster cohesion, foster respect, foster understanding and I just wish that this was not just a coastal performance; and people in all parts of the country could understand what the Guyanese nation is all about,” President Granger noted.There was also a presentation by Pandit Ravi Persaud, who explained the meaning behind Phagwah or the Festival of Colours. He stated that Phagwah exemplifies the arrival of a new year for Hindus and is celebrated in spring; which depicts freedom and morality.“We’re seeing diverse colours. It is nature exhibiting its beauty to the fullest. Nature’s beauty is beyond any other beauty,” Persaud said.The national holiday for Phagwah 2018 will be celebrated today (March 3) with many brightly coloured powders, water and delicious sweet meats.last_img read more

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Oil & Gasoline Prices

first_imgThe latest pull on oil prices is Tropical Storm Fay, which initiated another brief halt in the crude price slide early today. On concerns the storm may disrupt Gulf Coast drilling operations, the price of oil was back up over, one hundred and 15 dollars a barrel but, at last word it had started to edge lower again. Either wayit remains more than 35 U.S. dollars below its July 11th peak and, while not in Fort St. John, that has engineered a drop in gasoline prices in many parts of the country. In fact, at last check on Saturday afternoon, if you were headed south on the Alaska Highway and your destination took you as far as Farmington, only about half an hour from Fort St. John, you could purchase 200 liters of gasoline for at least 20 dollars less than you could here. Better yet, if you got to the Fas Gas station at the Alberta border you could save 30 dollars, on a similar 200 liter purchase. The next 60-city weekly cross-Canada price survey, which includes Fort St. John, is due to published tomorrow.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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No little deal: Stoudemire’s back

first_imgWhile it has been a career-saver for some – Jason Kidd comes to mind – the list of NBA stars who have never been the same after the procedure is long and dubious, including Chris Webber, Allen Houston and Marcus Camby, to name a few. When promising young Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire had the procedure in October 2005, many feared he would suffer the same fate. But with a stellar performance in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game (29 points, nine rebounds), Stoudemire made a loud statement that he’s all the way back from the devastating procedure. LAS VEGAS – It sounds so easy, so simple. But the term “microfracture surgery” is not nearly as benign as it seems. Just the mention of the procedure, which involves drilling small holes into the kneecap to induce clotting, can send shivers down the spine of an NBA player – or anyone, for that matter. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=bRolOyFR&cid=8121&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on “It was a long, rough season (last year),” Stoudemire said. “It was a tough rehabilitation process coming back from twoknee surgeries. It took a lot of work and dedication. “A lot of people didn’t think I’d be here today. There were a lot of doubters out there. But I stayed focused on my goals and I reached them.” Stoudemire is averaging 19.9points and 9.5 rebounds this season. Celeb sightings: From the “How much would you pay to be a fly on that wall?” department: Ludacris, Prince and Dave Chappelle sat next to each other along the east sideline and seemed to be chatting it up for most of the game. Other celebrity sightings: Paris Hilton getting booed by the Thomas & Mack Center crowd, Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver chatting with Wayne Newton, Beyonce and boyfriend Jay-Z holding hands – temporarily throwing off reporters chasing down rumors of their breakup – and the darling of last week’s Grammy awards, Christina Aguilera with a cool homage to the Andrews Sisters’ inspired “Candyman” at halftime. center_img Viva Las Vegas: You knew there would eventually be a Wayne Newton sighting at All-Star weekend, and Mr. Las Vegas didn’t disappoint with a flashy pregame set. Newton is often called the unofficial mayor of Vegas, but the actual mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, gave him a strong challenge in terms of grand entrances. Goodman, Vegas’ flamboyant mayor who has worked feverishly in trying to lure an NBA franchise to his city, walked the red carpet outside the Thomas & Mack Center with showgirls on each arm. “Our natural art form here is neon,” Goodman said. “This has been a neon event.” Other Vegasites who took the stage: Vegas entertainer of the year Danny Gans singing the national anthem; the acrobatic dancers from Folies Bergere performing during a timeout; former A-list diva and current Flamingo Hotel headliner Toni Braxton performing a breathy compilation of her hits during the halftime show in a skimpy sparkly silver dress; and the acrobats from Cirque du Soleil twirling around at midcourt during halftime. 160Want 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

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Former Spurs and Liverpool star named most valuable player in MLS

first_imgLa Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has been named most valuable player of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.The former Tottenham and Liverpool striker played a key role in helping the Galaxy reach the MLS Cup final, scoring 19 goals and supplying 14.Keane, 34, beat Lee Nguyen of New England Revolution and the Seattle Sounders’ Obafemi Martins to pick up the prestigious individual prize.The Republic of Ireland international has been a huge hit Stateside after his move from Tottenham in August 2011.He has won two MLS titles with the Galaxy is on course to clinch a third when his side take on Revolution in the final on Saturday.Keane, who also played for Leeds, Coventry and Wolves in England and netted 126 Premier League goals, signed a new multi-year contract with the Galaxy earlier this year. 1 Robbie Keane last_img read more

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DDTV: HOW NORTHERN LIGHTS GAVE ST PATRICK’S DAY GLOW TO DIVER’S HYUNDAI

first_imgDDTV: So how do you promote Donegal and the county’s best selling car all in one brilliant TV advert – and still make it green for St Patrick’s Day?Easy. Stick your vehicle under the Northern Lights!Award winning local photographer and cinematographer Paul Doherty likes to do things differently.So here he is with Ireland’s Best Selling car for 2016 so far The Hyundai Tucson from Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny –  looking majestic under the beauty of the Northern Lights.Click play to watch…  DDTV: HOW NORTHERN LIGHTS GAVE ST PATRICK’S DAY GLOW TO DIVER’S HYUNDAI was last modified: March 17th, 2016 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:Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkennylast_img read more

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Letterkenny Hospital apologises over death of 26 year old man

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has apologised unreservedly to the family of a 26-year-old who it is claimed died because he did not get a timely operation on a bowel obstruction.John Paul McCloskey died on November 22nd, 2016 due to a brain injury and multi-organ failure after his bowel was perforated, causing septic shock. His family on Thursday settled a High Court action over the death of the Co Donegal man and the care he received at Letterkenny University Hospital. Liability was admitted in the case.The Irish Times reports that in a letter read to the court, the hospital’s general manager Seán Murphy expressed sincere regret over “the devastating loss of John Paul”.“I wish to apologise unreservedly that the standard of care delivered to John Paul during his admission at our hospital was not to the standard that we believe would be appropriate,” he said.“I fully recognise that nothing that I nor the team here at Letterkenny University Hospital can say, can in any way make up for the tragic loss which you have experienced and there is a huge regret within the team here that John Paul did not receive better more organised care during his time with us.”To see full story see https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/hospital-apologises-over-death-of-man-26-after-bowel-obstruction-1.3825854Letterkenny Hospital apologises over death of 26 year old man was last modified: March 15th, 2019 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:boweldeathdonegalHIGH COURTJohn Paul McCloskeylast_img read more

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ANN MARIE WINS OMAGH HALF-MARATHON FOR LIFFORD AC

first_imgAnn Marie Glynn did superbly well in OmaghLifford AC had a great showing when a team travelled to take part in the Omagh Half-Marathon.The highlight of the day coming in the ladies race where former Irish Cross Country runner Ann Marie Glynn claimed her first half marathon victory, in a comfortable time of 1.20.03.This was Mc Glynns first time to compete in this distance and she led from start to finish with her nearest rival over 3 minutes off the pace. Ann Marie has represented Ireland both at European and World Events in which she led the Irish team.Another highlight was Claire McGuigan who finished 4th overall in the ladies event picking a prize as well.In the men’s field Daniel Hannigan was the first home for the club with an impressive 11th place overall. Daniel is now expected to build on recent form and be one of the leading athletes in Donegal and Ulster. Daniel now turns his attention to the Belfast City Marathon in May.Coach Kevin Connolly has said that he is delighted and proud with all the Senior Athletes, and expects big results over the upcoming season. “The attitude that the athletes are showing in training is superb, and with this the results are starting to show.” Daniel Hannigan Lifford AC 01:16:11Ann-Marie McGlynn Lifford AC 01:20:02Sean Dudgeon Lifford AC 01:23:15Paul Kelly Lifford AC 01:24:26Eddie Kelly Lifford AC 01:25:30 Martin Devenney Lifford AC 01:26:47Claire MajellMcGuigan Lifford AC 01:27:39Maurice Sharkey Lifford AC 01:28:48Gary Gallagher Lifford AC 01:29:15 Gerard Campbell Lifford AC 01:35:07Dominic Carlin Lifford AC 01:35:36Conor Hayes Lifford AC 01:38:40Brian Breslin Lifford AC 01:39:00PadraigMag Loingsigh Lifford AC 01:43:38Liam Maguire Lifford AC 01:44:27Danny Devenney Lifford AC 01:44:26Amanda Monaghan Lifford AC 01:47:17Jacqui Timoney Lifford AC 01:52:52Rachel Friel Lifford AC 01:54:51ANN MARIE WINS OMAGH HALF-MARATHON FOR LIFFORD AC was last modified: March 31st, 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:Ann Marie GlynnOmagh half marathonlast_img read more

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Dunn and Glennie Lead Women’s Golf On First Day Of Bob Hurley Shootout

first_imgDunn started her day by shooting a 78 and then fired a one-over par 72 for a total score of 150 and is tied for seventh-place. Glennie also carded a 78 in the first 18 holes and cut three strokes in her second round for a total score of 153 (78-75) and is tied for 17th-place. Freshmen Sigurlaug Jonsdottir and Aimee Gerschke recorded scores of 166 (84-82) and 176 (91-85), respectively. Brooke Miller rounded out the Bulldogs’ day with a score of 177 (88-89). Through 36 holes, the Bulldogs are in 15th-place out of 17 teams with a score of 642 (328-314). MVC-foe Northern Iowa is in 17th-place with a score of 660 (332-328). TULSA, Okla. – Grace Dunn and Madison Glennie ended the first day of the Bob Hurley ORU Shootout in the top-20 to lead the Drake University women’s golf team on Monday. Drake will close out its outing in Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday for the final round of the Bob Hurley ORU Shootout. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Day One Results Story Linkslast_img read more

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NEIL GALLAGHER WILL REMAIN ON AS A DONEGAL PLAYER FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN

first_imgNeil Gallagher says he has no intention of retiring from inter-county football.Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher has dispelled rumours he’s set to retire from inter-county football by declaring himself available for selection for next season.While a successor to McGuinness has yet to be appointed, it will no doubt give candidates hoping to get the job a massive boost as they plan for next season.It had been suggested that Gallagher may hang up the boots following the departure of McGuinness, but the Glenswilly man says he’s not ready to walk away just yet. The midfield powerhouse enjoyed a fantastic year for Donegal, and was earlier today named as an All-Star nomination for 2014.He’s almost guaranteed to get an All-Star alongside Kerry’s David Moran at midfield.Gallagher told Donegal TV, “It has been some journey over these last four years.“I can only speak for myself at the minute, but I’ll be battering away anyway and playing out the club championship. “If the new manager wants to pick me, the grand. There are a lot of us around the 31 or 32 bracket.“You saw Christy Toye there, who missed a year out and came back and had a great year. He’s the same age as myself and there plenty of football still there.The news will be a great boost to Donegal fans who are in desperate need of a lift following the departure of McGuinness last Friday evening.NEIL GALLAGHER WILL REMAIN ON AS A DONEGAL PLAYER FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 8th, 2014 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:donegalGAAInter-countyNeil GallaghernewsPredecessorretirementSportlast_img read more

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ISL Awareness Week: “I don’t think we’re near full inclusion at all”

first_imgIrish Sign Language Awareness week, marked this week, has been established to highlight the barriers which come up for those who use ISL as their first language.The Irish Deaf Society has been leading negotiations with the Government over the passage of an Oireachtas bill that would officially recognise ISL. If passed, the bill would give Deaf ISL users the legal right to access information in their preferred, accessible language.Launched by Junior Health Minister Finian McGrath on Monday, ISL awareness week is part of a global celebration of Deaf communities and sign languages worldwide. ISL is Ireland’s native sign language and is used every day by up to 40,000 people – not just by members of the deaf community, but their families, friends and colleagues.The theme of this year’s awareness week is ‘Full Inclusion’ but Dungloe woman Caroline McGrotty says there is still a lot of work to be done to pave the way towards meeting this goal.“I don’t think we are near full inclusion at all, if that was the case, deaf people would be able to access all public services, employment and cultural events in Irish Sign Language through an interpreter but that’s not the case as it stands,” she told Donegal Woman.“Currently the term ‘sign language’ is only mentioned in the Education Act and even at that, parents have to put up a fight in order to get their deaf child educated in ISL in a mainstream school. “In other areas such as healthcare, the legal system, employment and accessing basic services such as social welfare or the tax office, deaf people are not asked if they want a sign language interpreter even though there is legalisation around this.“For me, full inclusion is being able to walk up to any public service office and when I mention I use ISL, it will be provided either by way of face to face interpreting or through remote interpreting.“Being able to access mainstream cultural events such as festivals, openings or performances with an interpreter is full inclusion. Mainstream society being aware of the importance of ISL interpreters and recognising that it is a language and it’s not just a communication tool.“As ISL isn’t recognised as an official language nor a language, it can often be mistaken as something that is used as a communication tool. Yes, it is a form of communication but it is a language and it is completely different to English. For example in order for a word in sign to make sense, there are five components; the handshape, placement, orientation, movement and the NMF (facial expression).”ISL is not based on English or any other spoken language, but it possesses all the agreed linguistic features that define a language, including its own structure, grammar and syntax.“The grammar and syntax is different to the English language. Metaphors in English cannot always be replicated in ISL nor can metaphors in ISL be translated in English. There are no tenses in sign language, it uses the spatial location around the body to determine places and reference points. “People often think that sign language is an exact translation of the spoken/written word and therefore assume that writing down on paper is enough. This can be very dangerous when in a life or death situation, for example when a deaf person goes for a surgical procedure and there is no interpreter there to explain what the risks or the side effects of the procedure is. Similarly, if a deaf person is arrested and the Gardaí are only communicating via pen and paper, there could be a lack of understanding or communication which could lead to the deaf person being imprisoned.”IsolationEddie Redmond, the CEO of the Irish deaf Society says that particularly in rural areas, life can be lonely for deaf people, and that the discrimination they face not only hurts them, but their entire family. This is something that Caroline has personally experienced.“I grew up in a rural town in Donegal with deaf parents. I know first-hand the isolation that my parents faced, even the isolation I faced myself. I was the only deaf child in my town, I was always going to be different even if I was born hearing, I had deaf parents.“However, when I was identified as being deaf, this made me even more different to everyone else.“I had close friends in the town but I felt lonely. I wanted to meet other deaf children who were like me but there were none. “My parents were actively involved in the deaf community in Donegal and established the Donegal Deaf Club in 1990.“I remember my father had a white van and he and my mother would leave my house at 5pm on Saturday driving all the way from Glenties to Buncrana to pick up deaf people where they would go for tea and sandwiches in the St. Vincent’s De Paul House in Letterkenny once a month. At the end of the night, my father would drop them all back home before returning home usually around 4am.“In fact, I almost lost both my parents when I was only 4 years old because of this as one night the van slipped on black ice in rural Buncrana and crashed into a river. Luckily everyone survived and no one was seriously hurt however this showed the lengths that deaf people were willing to go to just to meet and talk to other deaf people.“Deaf people who live in rural towns and who are the only one in the town are limited in the conversations they have with hearing people from the town. Usually they do not know sign language so often deaf people stay at home relying on the television to provide them with entertainment.“Deaf people may communicate with hearing people using gestures but this is obviously can only go so far so it’s incredibly important for deaf people who use ISL to meet up with other people who can use ISL fluently to reduce those feelings of isolation and mental health difficulties that can occur with this loneliness.SupportCaroline now lives in Dublin, and says that there are very few interpreters in Ireland – with even fewer in the North West.“Donegal is very lucky to have DeafHear offices based in Letterkenny who service all of Donegal. DeafHear provide information to not only deaf people who use ISL but also information to parents of Deaf or Hard of Hearing children, elderly people who may have age-related hearing loss or even those who suffer from tinnitus.“From my understanding, they are under-resourced and I do wish that the HSE would increase the funding for DeafHear in Letterkenny so that they could provide more outreach services given the size of Donegal as being the second largest county in Ireland.“There are very few ISL interpreters in Ireland as it stands and unfortunately there is even fewer in Donegal. We need more trained and qualified interpreters who are working and living in Donegal and more ISL teachers who can teach hearing people ISL. Unfortunately this is not just an issue in Donegal but in other remote parts of Ireland.“In Dublin, there is a wealth of Deaf organisations most of whom are based in the Deaf Village Ireland in Cabra. It’s a community centre that houses offices for these deaf organisations and often every week there is various activities happening such as bingo, folk dancing, bowls, coffee morning etc.. There is also DALS (Deaf Adult Literacy Service) classes where deaf people can attend a specific course to improve their IT skills, literacy and many other areas.AdvocacyCaroline represented Dublin in this year’s Mary from Dungloe International Festival, and aimed to bring ISL into the spotlight. Caroline booked ISL interpreters who were present at all the public main stage events, as well as during the Crowning Cabaret.There were a lot of rewarding parts of being in the festival, she said, with the festival becoming accessible to the deaf community for the first time in its fifty year history being the highlight.“My father was able to follow and understanding absolutely everything that was going on throughout the festival for the first time in 50 years, and my deaf friends who were up the front for Nathan Carter could sing along with the ISL interpreters who translated all of his songs during the gig, that was pretty cool!“But I really loved the children who came up to me after I performed my party piece, which was Adele – Set Fire To The Rain in ISL, and saying to me – “Your sign language was really coooooool!” and then they asked me to teach me their names in ISL.“That was just amazing. I wanted people, especially children to see that it is a cool language, it’s something we can all do!“I think first and foremost what Ireland can do better is to educate themselves on what exactly is sign language and understand the barriers that deaf people face.“Understanding and having empathy, not sympathy, is incredibly important.“A bit of patience and willingness to try and communicate with a deaf person, be it through ISL or even just simply making them feel welcome in the community by learning one sign, “Thank you” goes a long way.”The public wishing to donate to the Deaf community can donate €4 by texting DEAF to 50300. For more, visit https://www.irishdeafsociety.ie/.ISL Awareness Week: “I don’t think we’re near full inclusion at all” was last modified: September 24th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:irish deaf societyIrish Sign Languageisl awareness weeklast_img read more

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