Revellers and patrons took to the streets of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Sunday, to indulge in the splendor of the Mashramani costume and float parade, as the celebration returned to where it all started 49 years ago.The sunny weather in the mining town provided the perfect atmosphere for the celebrations as the streets exploded with a kaleidoscope of colours. Though things got off to a bit late, a total of six magnificent floats were showcased along the streets of Mackenzie and Wismar which made their way from Republic Avenue before culminating at the Bayroc Ground, just before sunset. Party trucks and troopers kept the atmosphere alive with the enticing sounds of Soca as thousands of onlookers lined the streets to get a glimpse or to join in on the gyrations. The Ministry of the Presidency Department of Social Cohesion Culture Youth and Sport showcased the largest float and contingent, with approximately 120 revellers. The Department also partnered with other organisations to showcase a wide variety of cultural heritage. The colourful display highlighted Guyana’s beauty as it relates to the country’s rich cultural diversity in the theme of the colours of the Golden Arrowhead.Also showcased were the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC) float which showcased Guyana’s oil and gas sector, the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) and the local masquerade band. In an invited comment, Permanent Secretary within the Social Cohesion Ministry, Melissa Tucker explained that the floats were designed in an effort to put Guyana’s national colours on display.“Our theme that we’re celebrating is beauty in Guyana and cultural diversity…with the red, the gold, white, green and the black. We want to promote everything Guyana in terms of culture, so we are very patriotic. Every year we will come with our colours that represent cultural diversity in Guyana. It’s important to promote that because…Mashramani is ours…so in true Guyanese style we’re celebrating after tremendous hard work by the Department,” she noted.Meanwhile, residents lined the streets to take in the music, food, games and the exciting party atmosphere. Mixed feelings were expressed as to this year’s activity and turnout by those in attendance.“I think this year was a bit better than last year in terms of the floats,” one bystander told this publication.Another opined that more can be done as it relates to pushing the celebrations forward in the region.“I always think we can do better with Region 10 Mashramani celebrations since Linden is where Mash start. Every year we keep asking for more floats. I just think they need to invest more in Linden Mash”, a resident indicated.The Mashramani celebration was first observed in Linden in 1970. It was organised by the ‘Jaycees’ Committee which had been organising the country’s Independence celebrations since 1966, as they sought to have a ‘carnival-like’ festival to commemorate British Guiana gaining its Republican status in 1970. This year, the observance was celebrated under the theme, “Celebrate Mash 49 with victory in mind”.
There’s a telling scene in “American Gangster” in which a New York undercover cop turns in $1million found in the trunk of a numbers-runner’s car. In the film, the honest cop would have gotten a warmer reception from his fellow vice had he been a convicted pedophile. He had obliterated the encased-in-stone, unwritten rule among dirty cops that it’s OK to scam, steal or outright snatch dirty money from crooks, and other cops won’t squeal. As it turned out, this was mostly screen stuff. It was later revealed that the cop who refused to grab the filthy cash turned out to be the norm, not the exception among his undercover peers. Most New York cops played it straight as an arrow when it came to dealing with dirty money. They did it without having to publicly tell how they spent every cent they made. I’m not sure if any of the five Los Angeles Police Commission members checked out this film, but they are plowing ahead to adopt a very tentative and even shakier plan that requires LAPD gang and narcotics officers to disclose every nit and jot of their personal finances. The rationale is twofold. Full disclosure is supposedly the final part of the tormenting ordeal to get the LAPD out from under the federal consent decree, and full disclosure apparently is the only thing that supposedly will satisfy the federal judge who’s overseeing implementation of the decree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFederal judge or no, in this case the full-disclosure rule is a classic example of a well-intentioned police reform that will do far more harm than good. No other big-city police department imposes this heavy-handed requirement on its officers. That includes the cities that have been under consent decrees like L.A.’s, and eventually got them lifted. There is absolutely no fail-safe guarantee that the public disclosure of an officer’s bank accounts, mortgage payments and tax returns can be protected from the prying eyes of anyone who seeks access to their financial transactions. Nor is there reason to think it would uncover and weed out dirty cops. The cops who took bribes, payoffs and snatched the cash of dealers and bookies in New York didn’t sprint to their bank and dutifully fill out a deposit slip and deposit their dirty cash in their equally very easily subpoenaed bank account. The best example that the commission’s overly broad full-disclosure rule would do nothing to nail bad cops is the case of Rafael Perez, the LAPD poster boy for dirt and abuse in the department’s undercover ranks. There is no evidence that Perez took his dirty stash and became a respected investor in stocks, bonds, CDs and REITs. He’d have been crazy to do that anyway. That would have instantly set off loud bells and whistles in Internal Affairs, in the D.A.’s Office, and among federal prosecutors. The Police Protective League predictably hit the ceiling when the commission announced that it might enact the disclosure rule. The league warned that the move could trigger a mass police stampede out of the gang and narcotics units. More than 500 officers would transfer, retire or try to get on with other police departments, they claim, wrecking the morale of the officers left behind. The league’s bluster will and should go nowhere. It makes a potential bad situation even worse. This is the kind of rhetoric that’s made me a fierce critic at times of the league for its much too often reflexive blind eye to police misconduct, and its loud defense of officers who commit abusive acts. But on the full disclosure rule, the league is certainly right to wage a political fight against it. The loss of dozens, let alone hundreds, of good officers who have played a big role in the plummeting of crime in Los Angeles to the lowest level in the past decade would be a disaster. Graft and corruption are anathema to police departments that rely on their reputation for integrity and honesty. That means zero tolerance toward corruption. The way to ensure that is the same way the department combats police misconduct – through rigorous screening of new officer candidates, tough performance evaluations, tight supervision and management, and strict and prompt discipline for officers who break the department rules and the law. The rules and the law in this case are crystal clear. Graft is a crime that must be vigorously punished. In fact, police officers who are tempted to tap the illicit till should be even more vigorously punished. After all, they’ve taken a public oath to serve. A full financial-disclosure law that, in effect, discloses nothing won’t make any officer who forgets that oath any less amnesiac. The Police Commission should think hard about what a full disclosure rule will but mostly won’t do. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst and a frequent contributor to the Daily News.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Simi Valley man who died in a single-car crash on Madera Road near Vista Lago Drive might have fallen asleep and let his auto drift off the road, Simi Valley police said Friday. Evan Salgado, 22, died at Simi Valley Hospital of critical head and chest injuries shortly after the 7:30 a.m. crash, according to a police report. Police said Salgado was driving northbound on Madera Road when his vehicle veered off the road and hit a traffic signal pole. Officers investigating the incident are asking anyone who saw the crash to call them at 805-583-6921.
CLODAGH SKELLY’S CLEVER ART WORK WON THE MOVILLE GAA CLUB ART COMPETITIONIN the next few hours and days the scramble for tickets for the All-Ireland final will get more intense.One local medic told us she has had to prescribe tablets to a couple of patients suffering from stress!It’s all getting a bit too much for some people. Relax. Tickets or no tickets, we should be enjoying the week ahead.Please keep sending in your pictures reflecting the good stuff! Send them to email@example.com.Our main pic above shows how clever Clodagh Skelly is – she’s already done the maths on Sam!Diarmaid, Riain, Donncha, Liam agus Éamon Gallagher with their dad Rónán from Na Cealla Beaga live in Cluain Tarbh in Dublin. They’re pictured after the victory over Corcaigh where the 4 oldest buachaillí enjoyed their trip to Croker which was Liams (age 3) first game. Not so happy was their grandad Jim from Cork who went to the game also. The boys put up their flags and bunting for the final today! The McFadden Boys can’t wait until SundayCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY
An Indian coffee brand has won a prestigious French award for the best coffee pod in the Prix Epicures OR 2018 in Paris.The Araku Coffee, part of the Araku Coffee Project, was started to support the tribal youths of Araku Valley, a table land in India’s ecologically sensitive Eastern Ghats, is claimed to be 100% organic and pure Arabica coffee blending together sweetness, balance, and fullness of flavor coffee.The project, which begun in 2001, made its journey abroad last year to boost the income of the tribal farmers. According to a report in the Hindu, the coffee brand has founds a place besides popular coffee bean varieties from other places like Colombo, Sumatra, etc. The brand has also opened multiple stores in Paris along with delivery across France.Manoj Kumar, co-founder of Araku coffee and CEO of Naandi Foundation took to twitter to applaud the work of the tribal farmers.https://twitter.com/manoj_naandi/status/1049605452839948290according to the Hindu, the coffee estates are situated about 60 km from the nearest railway station beyond a mountain stream in the village of Cheruvupakula.The brand made its historic 8000 km journey with the help of Naandi Foundation, the publication said. “Harvest from one small area, which has been identified for producing a particular flavor and body, will be processed as one batch. There is a competition between farmers to harvest only the riper crimson red cherries, and not simply red cherries,” Vinod Hegde, member of Naandi told the publication last year. “We keep track of the cherries right from arrival at harvest to pulping, fermenting and drying till it is ready for shipping for roasting and grounding in Paris.”Talking about the process of making this exclusive organic coffee, Hegde told the newspaper, “Too much, and the coffee will have a very short shelf life. Too little, and there will be no flavor. It will be like boiling wood.The moisture has to be between 9% and 11%.”Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra, who is one of the directors at Naandi Foundation said, “A more important milestone than might seem apparent at 1st glance. In a land of gourmets, an Indian coffee, grown by Adivasis in an underdeveloped part of India, has been ranked as one of the best coffee brands in the market. It’s time Indian food brands crack the premium segment.”https://twitter.com/anandmahindra/status/1049884071348891650 Related Items
Dreaded dacoit Jagan Gujjar, facing over 100 cases of robbery, kidnapping and looting and carrying a reward of ₹40,000 on his head, surrendered before the police in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district on Friday. Gujjar, 49, involved in criminal activities in three States, was hiding in the Chambal ravines.Police said a .315 bore rifle and five cartridges were seized from Gujjar’s possession. He was earlier arrested several times since 1994, and was released on bail. The police had recently launched an operation to arrest him when reports of his attacks on villagers in Dholpur’s Dang area surfaced earlier this month.Director-General of Police Kapil Garg said the policemen who confronted the dacoit during the operation and forced him to surrender would be felicitated. Gujjar surrendered near a temple in the Basai Dang police station area of Dholpur district.Rashtriya Loktantrik Party chief and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal had raised the issue of Gujjar’s criminal activities in the Lok Sabha recently and demanded his immediate arrest.In the rural belts of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, his trail of loot and terror evoked images of Gabbar Singh, the iconic dacoit of the film Sholay. Gujjar had many cases registered against him in these States.(With IANS inputs)
Suzuka: Japanese Grand Prix organisers on Thursday pledged that the safety of fans and drivers would be their top priority as they monitor a massive typhoon threatening to cause havoc at the weekend.Typhoon Hagibis is classed as “violent” — the top end of Japan’s storm scale and the equivalent of a category five hurricane — and is currently predicted to make landfall near Tokyo on Saturday. The latest forecasts for Saturday predict heavy rain and storm-force winds to batter the Suzuka Circuit, which lies near the Honshu coast about 300 kilometres (180 miles) west of Tokyo.But clearer weather is forecast for Sunday, meaning qualifying could be postponed and shifted from Saturday to the morning of the race, something that has happened in Japan on two previous occasions, in 2004 and 2010.A Formula One statement on Thursday confirmed a decision on this weekend’s timetable would be made based on the safety of those at the circuit.”The FIA, Formula 1, Suzuka Circuit and the Japanese Automobile Federation are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the 2019 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix,” the statement said.”Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to the Formula 1 timetable, however the safety of the fans, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit remains the top priority.”All parties will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in due course.”French driver Jules Bianchi crashed in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix after a typhoon brought wet conditions and reduced visibility to the Suzuka circuit. He died of his injuries the following year.The typhoon has also already affected the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Saturday’s England-France and New Zealand-Italy final pool matches cancelled and other weekend matches in doubt. F1formula onejapanJapan GP First Published: October 10, 2019, 5:47 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Guwahati, Feb 16 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Council (IOC) President N Ramachandran hailed the 12th South Asian Games, which concluded here today amid much fanfare, as the “best ever”, saying the athletes have raised the bar. The curtains were brought down on the 12th edition of the Games today with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also present on the occasion. “I can say that the 12th South Asian Games are the best ever. Not only the biggest ever with participation of nearly 4000 athletes, these Games in Guwahati and Shillong were the best. The bar has been raised. The athletes have been at the centre of these Games and they have many Games records,” Ramachandran, who is also the South Asian Olympic Council president, said while addressing the gathering during the closing ceremony. He congratulated all the athletes who took part in the Games. “I congratulate all the athletes who have won medals and those who have not won medals also because not only winning but participation is also important,” said Ramachandran. India, hosting the Games for the third time after Calcutta (1987) and Madras (1995), overwhelmingly dominated the 12th edition by grabbing an unprecedented 308 medals (188 gold, 90 silver, 30 bronze) and stamped its superiority as an unrivalled sporting power in the region. Sri Lanka were a distant second with 25 gold, 63 silver and 98 bronze while Pakistan ended at third with 12 gold, 37 silver and 57 bronze. India, in fact, bagged more than three-fourth of the total 239 gold medal on offer in 23 sporting disciplines. PTI PDS CM AHadvertisement
Neymar has urged his Brazil teammates to bury the harrowing memory of the last FIFA World Cup and write a new chapter in the country’s storied football history in Russia next year.Saddled with the pressure of hosting their first World Cup in 64 years, Brazil’s hopes of winning a fairytale sixth title in 2014 collapsed spectacularly with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.Speaking to the media after participating in a five-a-side match in Brazil on Saturday, Neymar admitted the scars of the loss in Belo Horizonte are yet to heal, Xinhua news agency reported.”We can’t erase what happened. It’s in the history books,” the Barcelona forward said.”But people always remember it, as if it were the only thing that ever happened (to Brazilian football). Let’s start talking about our victories and other positive things.”The upcoming season promises a lot and I hope that it’s the best one of my life. My dream of winning the World Cup could be just around the corner.”Brazil, who secured a World Cup berth in March, currently hold a nine-point lead over second-placed Colombia at the top of the South American zone qualifying standings.The 2018 World Cup will be played in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15.