A Christians around the world, inclusive of Christians in Guyana, will today be observing Good Friday. Christians on this day commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary by observing a really quiet and solemn celebration as they reflect on his suffering and death on the Cross. It is a commemoration to remind Christians that innocent Jesus suffered brutally at the hands of the worldly authorities.In Guyana, we live in a multireligious, multi-ethnic society in which, to a great extent, we co-exist peacefully, unlike many other countries in the world with a similar culture. For many countries, the conflict over religious co-existence has been unsolved for years and has led to much violence and suffering for the peoples of those nations.For us here in Guyana, we experienced a disturbing event a few weeks ago when a pastor from Faithful Word Baptist Church (FWBC) went into several public schools purporting to be preaching the Word of God, but rather unleashed a venomous attack on Hinduism beliefs.According to the Southern Poverty Law Center website, the FWBC, which is based in Arizona, United States, is classified as a fundamentalist group with a history of hate speech that has seen it being banned from entry in at least three different countries.The American hate speech watchdog group has listed the church as a hate group. Having been listed as a hate group that spreads hate speech, it is disappointing that such a group made its way into our public school system – where our children in this multireligious society converge – without the knowledge of the Education Ministry and more so the Government. According to media reports, it was after a very vigilant member of society wrote a letter to the editor in the local press that this issue was brought to the fore.The Education Ministry itself has admitted that it had no previous knowledge of the school visits by FWBC, nor did it in any way facilitate the visits. It also stated that the FWBC took advantage of a lack of familiarity with regard “to documented external visitor policy and the misplaced goodwill of administrative staff on what they believed to be an innocuous intervention, as well as a general ignorance of the church’s reputation”. To its credit, permission was granted via the individual school administrations without knowledge of the Education Ministry.In this instance, it appears that it was a one-off event in three schools, but it was a dangerous one that is downright alarming. Religious conflict as we have witnessed in other parts of the world has brought nations to their knees.It is a conflict that will remain as a burning issue unfortunately for many more years to come. Here in Guyana, religious leaders – whether Christian, Hindu, Muslim – teach about the enormous positive role religion has played in the lives of many. Guyanese society as a whole celebrates each other’s religious activities. This is evident at Christmas, Phagwah, Easter, Youman Nabi, Diwali and Eid.As we observe the Easter celebrations with the Christian community, let us as a nation be ever vigilant of those who seek to destroy the fabric of our multicultural, multi-ethnic, multireligious society.Happy Easter to all our readers!
Guns stolen from Dawson Creek found in Grande PrairieGuns stolen from Dawson Creek found in Grande Prairie
A short time later, in the vicinity of 108th Avenue and 94th Street an area was blocked off while members of a K Division Emergency Response Team arrested a male after calling him out of a residence. The RCMP entered the residence as part of executing a judicially authorized search warrant in relation to the arrest made earlier in the evening. According to the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune, some of the guns found came from Corlanes Sporting Goods in Dawson after a robbery last week.- Advertisement – Two males were arrested and a number of firearms that are believed to be stolen were seized from the vehicle.
200 ATTEND MEETING TO DISCUSS CUTS TO SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS200 ATTEND MEETING TO DISCUSS CUTS TO SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS
More than 200 people turned up for the meeting.Around 200 parents, teachers and members of the community have attended a public meeting in Carndonagh to voice their concerns about severe cuts to small schools and the growing threat of forced amalgamations.The meeting, organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue, took place at Túl Na Rí last night.Father John Joe Duffy and Reverend John Deane, who have both campaigned against cuts to small and minority faith schools in Donegal, also spoke at the meeting. Deputy McConalogue told the meeting that that as a result of cuts introduced by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, schools with 1,2,3 and 4 teachers are being subjected to phased increases in their Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) over a two year period. This means that all schools with 86 pupils will have less staff, bigger classes and less funding.“Many of our local schools have been crippled by cuts to resources. The abolition of the Summer Works Scheme and the Minor Works Grant over the past two years has made a bad situation worse. On top of that, schools with less than 86 pupils are facing additional cuts to resources as Minister Quinn targets their Pupil Teacher Ratio ,” said Deputy McConalogue.“It is very clear to me that the Government’s real aim here is to force some of our local schools to amalgamate. It means that some communities here in Inishowen and across Co Donegal will ultimately lose their local school. This is completely unacceptable. It’s a highly damaging and discriminatory policy by a Dublin based Minister who has no clue of the importance of the local school to a community,” the Inishowen based Deputy said.Teachers and parents also expressed their anger at the cuts to funding that have left many local schools in serious debt. They said that the loss of the Minor Works Grant and Summer Works Scheme over a two year period left a major hole in school finances and it was being left up to parents to plug the gap and raise much needed funds. “The Government’s lack of commitment to supporting local schools is appalling. We are only talking about the basic funds required to keep a school open. Although the Minister has reinstated the Minor Works and Summer Works grants this year, this is only on a once-off basis and the funding remains extremely low. We need a commitment from him that these two vital grants will be reinstated permanently,” said Deputy McConalogue.“We also need clarity from the Minister about the future of our local schools. The very existence of minority faith schools in Co Donegal is under threat due to Minister Quinn’s cuts. And all Donegal schools with less than 50 pupils could face closure. I am urging Minister Quinn to reverse his targeted cuts to the Pupil Teacher Ratio in smaller schools, to publish the Value for Money Review, and to come clean on his plans in relation to our small schools,” the local Deputy said. 200 ATTEND MEETING TO DISCUSS CUTS TO SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: December 10th, 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:DEPUTY CHARLIE MCCONLAOGUEInishowenschool cuts
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleEkong had pleaded guilty in July to grand theft and insurance fraud. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge placed her on five years’ probation and ordered her to perform 240 hours of community service. She also was sentenced to 90 days in jail, for which she received credit for time already served. Dr. Enobong Ekong, 64, was sentenced in August 2003 to 18 months’ probation, told to perform 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay nearly $28,000 in restitution to the insurance company. Prosecutors said the case has devastated the couple. They sold their house and the insurance company collected money from that sale. email@example.com PALMDALE – The wife of a Lancaster cardiologist has been ordered to pay more than $29,000 in restitution for fraudulently telling an insurance company that intruders caused $570,000 damage at their home overlooking Lake Palmdale. The insurance firm already has recovered about $400,000 but is owed $29,416 in interest. “The judge has ordered interest be paid,” Deputy District Attorney David Berger said after the judge’s ruling Friday. “She has to be financially evaluated to see her about her ability to pay.” Authorities said Ruth Ekong smashed antiques and other property in June 2000 after finding out that her husband had had an affair. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Some of the drop is sales is due to seasonal forces, but there is no doubt that the local market is struggling to find the right balance between prices, inventory and sales,” said Peggy Mueller, president of the association’s Santa Clarita Division. “Investors are out of the market and real buyers, families who intend to live in a home for a period of time, are keeping the market going as they discover interest rates that dropped recently, properly priced properties and the largest selection of homes listed for sales in many years.” A total of 2,405 homes were listed by the end of October, a 99percent increase from a year ago when limited inventory drove up prices. SANTA CLARITA – October home sales in Santa Clarita fell to half what they were when the market peaked last year, according to a monthly report issued today by a realty trade group. And the median price of a single-family home dropped $68,000 since the $643,000 record set in April, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Condo sales fell about 30percent, along with the median price, which dropped from a January high of $397,000 to $370,000. Still, Realtors view the overall decline as a normal part of the broader market cycle.
More Information on Epcot’s Upcoming New Nighttime SpectacularMore Information on Epcot’s Upcoming New Nighttime Spectacular
Share This!It was recently announced that Epcot would be saying goodbye to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at the end of the summer next year. The show will make way for a brand new show that will be opening in 2020.The new nighttime spectacular will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world, and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.In between the time that Illuminations ends and the new show begins, there will be a limited-time experience called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot tunes. “Epcot Forever” will begin with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.This new nighttime show is just one of the pieces of the puzzle as Epcot transforms. The new show will join the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille-inspired attraction in World Showcase, a new table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE and much more!As I find out more information about this upcoming show, as well as the interim show, I will make sure to let you all know!
No summer of love in Europe as air traffic delays doubleNo summer of love in Europe as air traffic delays double
IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. Photo: IATA. Travelers trying to get to their holiday destinations in Europe this summer are seeing more than double the air traffic control delays they experienced last summer.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the governments and air navigation service providers of Europe to address the region’s airspace bottlenecks.The IATA complaints echoes complaints by Ryanair about the inefficiency of the European air traffic control system and the delays it causes.Read: Ryanair warns of European air traffic meltdown IATA said data from Eurocontrol showed that air traffic management delays in the first half of 2018 more than doubled to 47,000 minutes per day.This was 133 percent more than the same period last year.The airline lobby group said most of the delays were caused by staffing and capacity shortages but weather delays and strikes were also a factor.The average delay for flights delayed by air traffic control imitations hit 20 minutes in July, with the longest delay more than five and a half hours.“We are in the summer season in Europe,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said.“Travelers want to get to their holidays on time. And too many will be disappointed because of air traffic delays.We should be making progress, but delays are double those of last year.“There is no quick fix for this year. But the needed solutions are well-known.“With the correct investment and planning by governments and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) we can, and must, make next year better.’’IATA estimates rising traffic in Europe has boosted earning at ANSPs but argues the air traffic managers have not invested in their businesses “preferring instead to make super-normal profits”.It contends biggest service providers have either under-invested in staff or use outdated employment practices which don’t deploy staff when and where they’re most needed, resulting in unnecessary delays for passengers.Many European ANSPs have also failed to make planned technology investments intended to increase capacity, it argues.IATA has proposed a four-point plan that includes modernizing infrastructure and implementing the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) as well as reforming outdated work practices.
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Oblak-inspired Atletico hold Real Madrid to 0-0 draw in UCL tieOblak-inspired Atletico hold Real Madrid to 0-0 draw in UCL tie
Atletico Madrid has been unbeaten in all seven derby matches this season against RealGoalkeeper Jan Oblak made a series of outstanding saves to help Atletico Madrid hold Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.In a repeat of last season’s final, cup holder Madrid enjoyed most of the possession and virtually all of the chances – only to leave without a goal and with everything still to do in next week’s second leg at home in the Santiago Bernabeu.”Well, we have been scoring goals in the Bernabeu recently, so anything is possible,” Atletico captain Gabriel “Gabi” Fernandez said. “It cost us a lot to get into this match and it’s good to have a secure goal. But we’ve got to hang onto the ball more.”The draw in very windy conditions at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium meant that coach Diego Simeone’s side has been unbeaten in all seven derby matches this season against Madrid – winning four and drawing three.His team’s excellent defensive record also remained intact. Atletico has not conceded a goal at home in the Champions League since a 4-1 win over AC Milan in March last year.Juventus beat Monaco 1-0 in Turin in the night’s other first-leg match.Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo failed to penetrate Atletico’s defence in the derbyMadrid could have opened the scoring after a free kick in the second minute but Oblak stopped Dani Carvajal’s shot.Two minutes later, Oblak blocked Gareth Bale’s effort after Atletico defender Diego Godin had failed to make a clearance, and the Atletico keeper followed up by saving Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick shortly afterward.advertisementOblak made a spectacular diving save to stop another shot by Bale in the 31st and, after denying both James Rodriguez and Luka Modric before the break, was also kept busy in the second half.Atletico came out with renewed attacking energy after one of coach Diego Simeone’s renowned halftime pep-talks, and midfielder Arda Turan missed a chance when he headed just wide of the near post in the 49th.Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was fortunate not to be penalized for unleashing an elbow into Mario Mandzukic’s eye in the penalty area shortly afterward. The Croatia forward had to leave the field three times to receive treatment on a bleeding eyebrow.After that, Madrid had to cope with increased pressure as Atletico launched several attacks.”The first half was very different to the second half,” Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas said. “In the first half we were the better side but we were denied by some fantastic saves by Oblak. The tie is still open, very open.”Madrid missed a clear chance when striker Karim Benzema chose to pass to Bale instead of shooting, with the Welshman’s shot being blocked by Diego Godin in the 69th minute.Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who started with his favored attacking formation of Ronaldo on the left, Bale running up the right flank and Benzema as striker, substituted the France international with Francisco “Isco” Roman in the 76th.Simeone then brought on Raul Garcia – who has recovered from an arm injury – for Antoine Griezmann, Atletico’s top scorer with 21 goals.Fernando Torres replaced Jorge “Koke” Resurrecion in the 81st and Atletico could have scored a late winner, only for Mandzukic’s shot to be blocked by defender Raphael Varane.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup : US favourites in toughest-ever Women’s World Cup field2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup : US favourites in toughest-ever Women’s World Cup field
COMMENT The trophy of the Women’s FIFA World Cup – Reuters COMMENTS SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on The United States (US) may be favourites to retain their Women’s World Cup title but the rapid development of the game globally means they will face a tougher field than ever before when the tournament gets underway in France on Friday.Hundreds of thousands of tickets have been sold and world governing body FIFA is banking on the women’s game taking a huge step forward on the back of a successful tournament.The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup will be contested by 24 teams in nine cities across France, with the hosts facing South Korea in the opening game at the Parc des Princes in Paris.The top two in each of the six qualifying groups will advance to the knockout stages, where they will be joined by the four best third-placed teams.The semi-finals and final will be staged in Lyon, home to powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais, historically the most successful club in women’s football in France, with the showpiece match slated for July 7.With a passionate home crowd behind them and a strong domestic league, the French will fancy their chances on home soil, while England, Australia, Germany and Japan will also hope to lift the trophy.Though France have a tough draw in Group A alongside South Korea, Norway and Nigeria, they will look to win it outright to give themselves the best chance of an easy route through the knockout rounds.Former champions Norway will be without Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, who has declined to play for the national side since the end of Euro 2017, citing disagreements over how the team is run.Two-times winners Germany will face off against China, Spain and debutants South Africa in Group B, while Australia, Italy, Brazil and Jamaica are set to battle it out in Group C.Despite their rich football tradition, Brazil have never won a World Cup or an Olympic gold medal, and with prolific striker Marta now 33, this may be the last chance for her to grab one of those elusive titles.There will be no shortage of sparks in Group D where a strong England side have been paired with Scotland, Argentina and 2011 champions Japan, while European champions Netherlands take on Canada, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E.The Dutch slipped up in qualifying and needed playoff wins against Denmark and Switzerland to book their berth, but their potent attack will be keen to impress an army of travelling fans.The US look to have secured a relatively easy draw with their first two games against Chile and Thailand, but Sweden will pose a problem in their final encounter, which is likely to decide the outcome of Group F.As ever, discussions about gender equality will never be too far away, and despite the fact that FIFA has doubled the prize money on offer since the 2015 event in Canada, it has still come in for criticism.However, fans and players are expected to park those discussions, at least temporarily, when the action finally gets underway in Paris. football The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup will be contested by 24 teams in nine cities across France × June 07, 2019 The trophy of the Women’s FIFA World Cup – Reuters