“Chutney meets Soca” for Helena Ground this Saturday

first_imgChutney and Soca lovers on the East Coast of Demerara, particularly in Mahaica and its environs, are in for a treat on Saturday evening as XTRA Beer and Energy Drink host “Chutney meets Soca” at the Helena Number One Ground.Omardath MarajThis is the first time an event of this nature is being held at the venue, and it is expected to be explosive. The event will feature the 2017 International Chutney Monarch Omardath Maraj, who will definitely perform “Ramsingh Sharma”, his winning entry at the recently-concluded chutney competition.The song has been playing on all the local airwaves and is probably known by all in Guyana. Maraj has several other hits that he will also perform. Of late, he has been performing a few of the legendary Bob Marley tunes at his concerts, which were well received by the patrons.Shelly gHe will be joined by Guyana’s provocative singer, Shelly Garraway, who is commonly known as Shelly G. This Soca singer will undoubtedly add some flair to the show and create the buzz that is expected.Admission to the event cost $1000, and tickets will be available at the venue. Gates to the venue open at 18:00h and the show gets underway at 20:00h.last_img read more

Private Sector meets with expert on budding oil industry

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) met with oil and gas expert Anthony Paul, who is currently crafting a Local Content Policy for the Natural Resources Ministry as Guyana prepares for oil production. The Commission’s delegation was led by Chairman of PSC’s Energy Sub-Committee, Manniram Prashad. During the engagement, the PSC gained tremendous insight into how the local economy could benefit from providing ancillary services to the Oil and Gas sector and was able to proffer suggestions on how the private sector could contribute to the development of the sector.This meeting came on the heels of reports that the US oil giant ExxonMobil has made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana.According to ExxonMobil’s partner, Hess Corporation in its third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net present value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets. However, ExxonMobil is yet to issue an official statement on this newest find.Liza 3, the fourth well spud by the super major, is in the Stabroek block, about 193 kilometres offshore Guyana.In late June, ExxonMobil’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.In May 2015, ExxonMobil confirmed its significant oil discovery at its Liza 1 exploration well, where more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered.The Liza wells are being drilled with the Stena Carron harsh environment drillship.On September 8, ExxonMobil announced that its third exploratory well, Skipjack (the third well drilled and not Liza 3 as reported in the local media) was unsuccessful, since it did not yield commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.ExxonMobil spud Liza 3 after Skipjack turned up unfavourable. Skipjack was a separate prospect 25 miles northwest of the Liza wells.The Liza 3 well, like Liza 2, will focus on testing the flank of the Liza structure to determine the aerial extent of the reservoir.In July 2016, ExxonMobil submitted a development plan for Liza to Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin the environmental review process. That plan calls for a pair of rigs to drill development wells from two drill centres, each with a corresponding water injection site to the east.ExxonMobil Country Manager Jeff Simmons had announced that the US super major was likely to start production in 2020 with up to 100,000 barrels per day.However, he noted that the estimated 100,000 barrels per day would not remain constant for the proposed 20-year period that the company would be drilling, since there would be continuous drilling and actual production of oil, causing the output to fluctuate.According to a BMO report on Oil and Gas 360, ExxonMobil plans to use two drillships to simultaneously drill development wells beginning in 2019.Exxon holds a 45 per cent interest in the project, with Hess holding 30 per cent, and the remaining 25 per cent belonging to China State-owned offshore oil producer CNOOC.last_img read more

Guyana observes 104th anniversary of Rose Hall Estate Martyrs

first_imgThe lives lost on March 13, 1913, at Rose Hall Estate, Canje, Berbice, were honoured on Wednesday with a wreath-laying and tribute ceremony attended by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Region Six Chairman David Armogan and descendants of the slain freedom fighters.The ceremony was also attended by several Government officials including Agriculture Minister Noel Holder; Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes; Junior Education Minister, Dr Karen Cummings; and Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton.On that faithful day, the 15 martyrs were all shot by colonial Police on the high bridge leading to the Estate, because they protested and refused to work on days for which they were granted leave. Harvesting ended on January 27, 1913, and the Administrative Manager told the immigrant workers that they were to clean their surroundings.On January 28, the Manager reportedly changed his mind and ordered them to go to work because he had some planting to do. Some were inclined while others were dissuaded from following the orders. Seven men were served summonses to attend court. The Manager asked that they pay for the cost of the summons. The workers agreed to pay it in instalments but the Manager rejected the suggestion. The problem escalated from this point.Among those gathered was Dr Fred Sookdeo, whose grandfather was one of the 14 men and one woman shot. The dead were Badri, 26; Bholay, 33; Durga, 72; Gafur, 27; Jugai, 30; Juggoo, 37; Hulas, 25; Lalji, 45; Motey Khan, 26; Nibur, 75; Roopan, 25; Sadulla, 23; Sarjoo, 21; Sohan, 33; and the lone female, Gobindei, 32.The Prime Minister noted that the 15 were not even known by a second name. “The names they had was just a tag on the workers who came to these shores to make a living through hard work and were rewarded with death.”He noted too that their lives did not go down in vain and they were not the only ones in the sugar industry who made the ultimate sacrifice for the betterment of the sugar industry.On June 16, 1948, five sugar workers were shot in the back and killed by colonial Police at Enmore as they protested for better working conditions.In 1872, at Devonshire Castle, along the Essequibo Coast; Non Pareil in 1896; Friends in 1903; Lusignan in 1912; Ruimveldt in 1924; Leonora in 1938 and 1964; were dates and placed where sugar workers were killed for standing up for their rights as workers.“So in paying tribute today to the Rose Hall Martyrs, we must also proclaim that the sacrifices of all other martyrs, all other victims of colonial plantocracy have not been in vain. The history of bitter sugar goes back some 300 years and is linked to colonial imperialist greed and conquest.”He said March 16, 2017, marks 253 years since 1764 when over 80 African revolutionaries were condemned to death and were executed in horrible ways. Many were burnt to death on slow fire; some were hanged, and others were ripped apart on the rack. Slavery finally ended in 1838, the same year the first batch of East Indians arrived, Prime Minister Nagamootoo reminded.Also addressing the gathering were the Regional Chairman, Minister Ramjattan and Dr Fred Sookdeo, whose grandfather was one of the 15 martyred.last_img read more

Dartmouth resident nabbed with 168g of ganja during Police raid

first_imgPolice from G Division (Essequibo Islands and Coast) have unearthed 168 grams of cannabis from the house and yard of a Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast resident during a raid on October 21.The house of 29-year-old Sherville Clarke was visited by Police ranks who found a quantity of seeds and leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa (ganja) under a mattress. When Police approached Clarke, he attempted to escape.A search was also carried out in the yard next to the bathroom and a black plastic bag was found which contained 17 green ziplock plastic bags and 16 blue ziplock plastic bags. Each contained a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.Clarke was told of the offence and was cautioned where he admitted his guilt. Police then observed that behind the bathroom, there was a small opening in the fence where there was a track that led to a clump of bushes about five feet away from the fence. They then followed the track and found a black plastic bag containing a transparent plastic bottle with a red cover. Inside the bottle was a black plastic bag which contained 89 green ziplock plastic bags containing a quantity of leaves, seeds, and stems.Clarke was arrested and taken to the Anna Regina Police Station where the transparent plastic bags were weighed and their contents amounted to 168 grams. The man remains in custody, assisting with investigations. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Ferdinand edges closer to QPR move after passing medical

first_img1 Rio Ferdinand is set to join QPR Rio Ferdiand has announced he has passed his medical at QPR and is set to join the Premier League new boys on a free transfer.The former England captain, 35, left Manchester United at the end of the season after 12 successful years at Old Trafford.Hoops boss Harry Redknapp – who managed Ferdinand at West Ham – made no secret of his desire to sign the veteran defender and he appears to have finally got his man.The ex-Leeds star said on Twitter: “Thumbs up [for the] medical now on to the the exciting part – signature. En route to Loftus Road. #QPR.”last_img

Prevention key to fire survival

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — The blond 6-year-old has been through the scenario several times. She’s supposed to tightly grasp the hand of her 2-year-old sister and lead her out of her Happy Valley cul-de-sac home. Her 8-year-old brother usually tails behind. The royal blue mailbox on the corner is this tiny caravan’s destination. This is the drill that mother Cheralyn Goeckeritz has had her three kids practice since they moved into their home in the rustic Newhall community. The neighborhood faces several tree-laden hillsides known to spark into flames in brush-fire season. There have already been a couple of fires this year. Being prepared for fires in this neighborhood is not an option. “I don’t care if my house burns down; I just want to make sure my kids are OK,” Goeckeritz said. “I started out by having them carry dolls to get them used to the idea of holding one of their brothers. “They cried at first, but now they’re not scared.” The Goeckeritzes’ approach is rare, Los Angeles County fire officials say. Even for areas such as Santa Clarita, where tinder-dry brush can turn to fuel with a spark. The Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys are some of the most densely populated urban interface areas in the nation, Battalion Chief Joseph Lindaman said, referring to neighborhoods that meet the wilderness. “This area has always had more fires start than anywhere else in the nation,” Lindaman added. Even the U.S. Forest Service sends its trainees to the area to prepare for fire duty. But this year poses special threats for the area after a winter that saw just 3 inches of rain compared with the 18-inch annual average. “So far, the Santa Clarita Valley has seen six or seven substantial fires,” Lindaman said. “That brings us to the late August early September threshold.” Lindaman said manpower already has been increased. Just this week, more than 200 firefighters, from the county, city and Forest Service, were sent out to fight a 10-acre fire. A strike team of firefighters from the California Department of Forestry came in on Friday to back up county crews in case of fire, Lindaman added. But extra manpower can’t take the place of the preventative work property owners can do on their own. “People ask me all the time if this is the worst fire season yet,” Lindaman said. “It’s only the worst season if you haven’t cleared your brush and your house burns down.” Practicing fire drills at home is an excellent idea, and clearing brush, disposing of cigarette butts properly and avoiding illegal fireworks also are good preventive measures, he said. Lindaman also suggested residents keep track of valuables in case they have to leave quickly and plan escape routes from their homes and neighborhoods. “If we have to evacuate you, you need to be able to grab your important papers.” One local church makes sure its members are prepared should fire sweep through. Vicky Godley, a volunteer at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Newhall, is in charge of ensuring families in several congregations are prepared for disasters. “I encourage families to follow the rules and laws of keeping brush down around their homes and encourage them to have a 72-hour emergency kit for each member of the family,” Godley said. Most are ready — even the youngsters. “In most houses, people have earthquake kits,” said 13-year-old Avery Nothrop, a Happy Valley resident. “At our house, we have a fire kit.” — Connie Llanos (661) 257-5254connie.llanos@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Bolasie set for 12 MONTHS out – Everton to land Man United exile as replacement?

first_img1 The loss of Yannick Bolasie is a big blow to Everton Everton have suffered a big blow with news that winger Yannick Bolasie could be facing up to a year out with a knee injury.The 27-year-old suffered ligament damage to his right knee during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United on 4 December.There were fears the problem could see the Everton star set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and manager Ronald Koeman confirmed them on Wednesday.“It will be around 11-12 months before he is back,” sad the Dutch boss.“That is a big disappointment but he will come back.”Bolasie, who arrived at Goodison Park from Crystal Palace for £25million only in the summer, has played every league game for Everton this season.He is set to have a second operation on the problem – his anterior cruciate ligament – in the coming weeks.The news means Everton are likely to look for a replacement in the January transfer window.Koeman has been linked with making a move for Dutch compatriot Memphis Depay, who has been frozen out at Manchester United by Jose Mourinho.The Toffees boss publicly expressed his interest in the Netherlands forward back in November, although latest reports claim United will not allow him to leave on loan and only in a permanent deal.Depay joined the Red Devils from PSV Eindhoven in 2015 for £25million.last_img read more

Olympian Miller divorcing husband

first_img – Associated Press Choreographer taking Dylan to Broadway Twyla Tharp took on the music of Billy Joel and created “Movin’ Out,” which ran for more than three years on Broadway. Now the director-choreographer has turned to another pop superstar, Bob Dylan, for her next project – “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” The musical, set in a circus, will open Oct. 26 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Among the Dylan hits in the show – besides the title song – are “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Lay Lady Lay” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” – Associated Press160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 – Associated Press Actress Brigitte Nielsen marries Husband No. 5 Brigitte Nielsen can call it legal now. The model and actress, 42, married her fifth husband, Mattia Dessi, 28, on Saturday – 17 months after a ceremony last year that wasn’t legal because she hadn’t finished divorcing No. 4, People magazine reported on its Web site. Nielsen was previously married to Sylvester Stallone and has a son with former NFL star Mark Gastineau. Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller is divorcing her husband of seven years. Miller, 29, and Christopher B. Phillips, 33, married in a lavish ceremony featuring many of her teammates from the 1996 U.S. squad that won the team gold medal in the Atlanta Games. She filed for divorce in May 2004, but money disputes dragged the case out more than two years. Phillips, an eye surgeon, claims that Miller had an affair with a married male athlete. Miller denies the charges. last_img read more

New date set for Bolton’s postponed Championship match with Brentford

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Getty Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move However, the EFL said that if Wanderers are placed into administration then they would not insist on the game being played.The club have been in turmoil this season with wages being paid late on more than one occasion.Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini agreed a deal to buy the club from Ken Anderson and has been given 48 hours to prove he has the financial clout to complete the sale.On Thursday, he told talkSPORT what the stumbling blocks were to completing the takeover. REVEALED REPLY Bolton have already been relegated to League One after a dismal season on the pitch.An EFL statement said: “The EFL Board has determined that Bolton Wanderers’ suspended Sky Bet Championship fixture with Brentford is to be played on Tuesday 7 May, 2019 and the club (Bolton) has been instructed to make the necessary arrangements.“As previously advised, EFL Regulations provide that any League match can be played within four days of the end of the normal playing season (Sunday 5 May, 2019). LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice REVEALED BEST OF “The board also discussed the potential of Bolton Wanderers being placed into administration and took the view if that was to happen, the EFL would not insist the game be played.“The rationale for adopting that approach is that it is the board’s view that any administrator should be allowed to concentrate their efforts and available funding on finding a purchaser for the club, rather than staging the fixture in these unprecedented circumstances.“The EFL is also aware that the club’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is due to meet tomorrow and we would advise all supporters to wait until the details for the game are confirmed by the club before making any travel arrangements.” ADVICE center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Bolton Wanderers’ postponed match against Brentford will now take place two days after the end of the regular Championship season.The match was due to take place on April 27 but the Bolton players went on strike over unpaid wages.It has been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 7. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has been trying to sell the club Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Bolton will play against Brentford on May 7 last_img read more

Goalkeeping error gifts Everton win at Liverpool, Chelsea remain unbeaten

first_img Anke Preuss had a moment to forget in the Merseyside derby Getty Images – Getty stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship A howler from Liverpool goalkeeper Anke Preuss handed Everton an historic 1-0 victory as Anfield hosted its first FA Women’s Super League Merseyside derby in front of 23,500 fans.In winning on their neighbours’ ground, Willie Kirk’s side achieved in their first visit what their male counterparts have not been able to do since 1999. 1 targets rookie error Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son update Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti PEP TALK Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule It was harsh on Liverpool, and Preuss in particular as she let Lucy Graham’s shot slip through her grasp, that such a momentous occasion should be decided by a mishap was a cruel lesson in taking chances when they arose.Everton did that clinically, albeit with a helping hand, as they leapfrogged Manchester United into fourth place, while Liverpool remain bottom.The Red Devils slipped up at Chelsea thanks to Maren Mjelde’s 65th-minute penalty as the Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the season.Meanwhile, in the other derby of the day, Arsenal continued their title push with a 2-0 win over Tottenham.Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema goals saw the Gunners stay a point behind leaders Chelsea. Arsenal are third on goal difference with Man City remaining in second following a 5-0 victory against West Ham.Strikes from Ellen White, Georgia Stanway (2), Lauren Hemp and Tessa Wullaert rounded off a comfortable afternoon for City.City’s only sour note of the game came when Stanway was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 72nd minute.Full results from Sunday’s Women Super League matches:Man City 5-0 West HamChelsea 1-0 Manchester UnitedReading 3-3 Bristol CityBrighton 3-0 BirminghamTottenham 0-2 ArsenalLiverpool 0-1 Evertonlast_img read more