Region 3 focusing on developing regional tourism – Chamber of Commerce

first_imgThe Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) is seeking initiatives to establish tourism hotspots at key locations, to address the large influx of tourists that enter the region on a daily basis.President of the CCI, Halim KhanThis was related by the President of the CCI, Halim Khan, who told this publication on Monday of the list of projects which the committee is processing and will be proposing shortly. The flagship project is the modification of the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling and advanced facilities for tourists with the inclusion of a souvenir and artisan centre, food courts, and two adjoining boardwalks which will lead to the water-taxi hub.He noted that this project is necessary since the Stelling is the main gateway to visit resorts and other destinations in the Essequibo River and neighbouring places.“Because of the fact that the region is a gateway to the Essequibo and the other islands, we are now proposing to have some initiatives in place to promote tourism. At the Stelling, we will be proposing to have additional features which will boost the Region’s economy. We feel that this location is an ideal place to start, because a lot of people enter through there and then divert to other places, like Bartica and Baganara and so on,” Khan said.He added, “The boardwalk at the northern side will be 12 feet in width, and also (there will be) one on the eastern side from east to west. We will have a platform there also, so that when people enter with the water-taxi, they would not get wet. We want to establish facilities where foreigners can have local fruit drinks and other items, and they can also visit a craft store to buy Guyanese merchandises and souvenirs. A brochure of places that they can go to is also another thing.”He indicated that special attention would be given to the type of transportation that is designated for tourists. This will be done by ensuring that drivers are allocated to specifically transport tourists.“We want to have special taxis and put a tourist booth there with special uniformed taxi (operators). They would be responsible for assisting the tourists with whatever place they want to go. In terms of maintenance, we are looking forward to having the taxis pay a fee every month, which will go into other works and sustaining the facility,” he said.The roadway from Vreed-en-Hoop to Parika is also on the agenda of the Chamber of Commerce. They say that maintenance activities are timely and the construction of hangout spots along the highway.“So the Stelling is currently the flagship project and we want to have other locations along the way to Parika maintained, and other things which can attract people. Some areas were identified. For the recent road that was rehabilitated (that leads to Parika), it is a model road and we hope that it is kept that way. What we want to see is that the sidewalks should remain as it is and bushes should not be growing to take over the road,” he said.Khan notified that he is cognisant that these projects would each bear a hefty cost, and hence the Region is looking to engage public and private stakeholders who share similar interests. The Public Infrastructure Ministry had also indicated that the much-awaited rehabilitation of the stelling will commence shortly. The Committee noted that this will aid in the essential modification of the structure, after which the other features can be constructed.last_img read more

Slo-Pitch poker tournament brings in nearly $800 for wildfire evacuees

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was an exciting weekend at Surerus Fields for the Fort St. John Slo-Pitch Poker tournament.After five games for each of the teams in competition, it was the Sons of Pitches that ended up winning the tournament. The Sons brought a four of-a-kind comprised of four aces to the poker table to determine the winning team. Both the Brass Apple Bombers and the 50 Percenters each ended up with a flush to take second place. Koke Pirates placed 4th with a straight, FAIT ended the tourney with a three of-a-kind, Nads only had a pair in their hand, and the Brew Crew got the worst hand.In the home run derby, both winners donated their winnings back to organizers, who were raising money for the Canadian Red Cross BC Wildfire fund. Slo-Pitch League secretary Becky Pruden says that in total, $780 dollars was raised over the weekend.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Top 25 basketball roundup: Win adds to Syracuse’s case

first_imgIt was the fifth straight victory and sixth in seven games for Syracuse (21-8, 10-5 Big East), and it sent many in the raucous Carrier Dome crowd of 26,287 rushing onto the court in jubilation. It also was only the Orange’s second triumph in six games against ranked teams, but this one halted an 11-game winning streak by the Big East’s first-place team, and that spoke volumes. It took Syracuse less than fourminutes to build a strong case for postseason consideration. Senior Demetris Nichols and Andy Rautins each hit a pair 3-pointers to key a 14-0 second-half spurt that took just 3:42, and Syracuse beat No. 9 Georgetown 72-58 Monday night. “Two weeks ago, we didn’t deserve to be in (the NCAA Tournament),” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after his 747th career victory, 13th all-time in Division I and one more than Phog Allen. “I’m proud of my kids. This game was the culmination. We knew five games ago we had to win and play well. The seniors deserve a lot of credit. This was our best game.” Georgetown (22-6, 12-3 Big East) had won 11 straight conference games for the first time in school history and had defeated Pittsburgh 61-53 Saturday to avenge a road loss to the Panthers in January and take possession of first place in the Big East. But the Hoyas fizzled against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. They committed 19 turnovers that Syracuse converted into 25 points, and scored just six points off the Orange’s 13 turnovers. Jeff Green, Georgetown’s leading scorer, finished with nine points on 3-of-13 shooting, the first time he failed to crack double figures in 10 games. . No. 3 Kansas 67, Oklahoma 65: Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers each scored 18points, and the visiting Jayhawks (26-4, 12-2 Big 12) bounced back after blowing a 14-point lead. The Jayhawks committed 12 second-half turnovers against Oklahoma’s pressing defense, but rebounded with a late 11-4 run to win their seventh straight game. center_img Kansas had won its past sixgames by an average margin of 28.8 points. WOMEN No. 3 Connecticut 70, No.18 Rutgers 44: Renee Montgomery scored 21 points to help the visiting Huskies (27-2, 16-0 Big East) complete a perfect season in the Big East. The Huskies have won 13straight games, and finished with an undefeated conference record for the sixth time in school history – the first since 2002-03. It was Connecticut’s first Big East title since the 2004 season. Rutgers had won the past two regular-season conference championships. The Scarlet Knights (19-8, 12-4) had won five straight games and nine of their past 10. West Virginia 76, No. 20 Louisville 71 (OT): LaQuita Owens scored a career-high 30points, including seven in overtime, and the Mountaineers (20-9, 11-5 Big East) rallied to beat the host Cardinals (24-6, 10-6) in both teams’ regular-season finale. Olayinka Sanni added 21points for the Mountaineers, who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and 30-18 at halftime. No. 19 Marquette 69, St. John’s 60: Krystal Ellis scored 19 points to lead the visiting Golden Eagles (24-5, 12-4 Big East). Christina Quay added 14points for the Golden Eagles, who led 31-17 at the half. 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

Some residents still stranded after flood: PRRD

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Approximately 60 families, 120 people that are located in the Hasler/Willow Flats area have been stranded since Wednesday, mainly in the Commotion Creek and Fisher Creek south of highway 97, due to last week’s flooding. Until road conditions improve, there isn’t a time frame for when they will be able to get out.“We’ve been getting fuel, food, other essentials into them, some by helicopter and some by road, but it is being escorted in by road.” Said Bradley Sperling with the Peace River Regional District.Dawson Creek has a resiliency centre open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at the Calvin Kruk Centre.Chetwynd also has a resiliency centre at the recreation centre. Sperling says these are a big resource for those that have been impacted by the floods.“They are like a information centre where you can go. The Red Cross will be there, the disaster financial assistance, Northern Health. They are there for anyone who has been impacted by the flood, they can go there and they will have information and we will help them fill out the paperwork and let them know if they qualify.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

‘He’s my favourite troll of all-time! Fans laugh at United after huge news

first_img1 The dream is over for Manchester United fans.Following months of lingering rumours, Sergio Ramos has signed a new deal at Real Madrid.The Spaniard wanted to join the Red Devils, it was claimed, sadly though, the courtship rituals of chief executive Ed Woodward have failed with the 29-year-old electing to pen a new contract at the Bernabeu.After teasing supporters with the chance of watching one of the best defenders of his generation, Ramos has now left them with the thought of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling together, possibly forever.And rival fans took great joy in mocking their opposite number on Twitter. You can see how they reacted below… Sergio Ramos rejects Man United last_img read more

Chelsea latest: Fenerbahce to battle Blues in race for PSG forward

first_img1 Fenerbahce have entered the race to sign Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in Turkey. The Paris Saint-Germain forward is expected to leave the French giants this month following a frustrating first half of the campaign.Lavezzi has managed just two Ligue 1 goals this season and also played a peripheral role in PSG’s successful title campaign last season.The Argentina international’s contract at the Parc des Princes expires at the end of the season and he is yet to be offered an extension, leaving him on the lookout for a new club.His agent, Alessandro Moggi, recently revealed Chelsea have opened talks with PSG over a deal for Lavezzi, but it seems the Blues could now face competition for his signature.According to AMK, Fenerbahce are expected to match any bid made by Chelsea this month and, with the Blues’ transfer strategy hampered by their precarious league position, the Turkish club are confident they can land the Argentine. Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi last_img read more

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo make unique history with FIFA 19 stats

first_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City silverware BEST OF gameday cracker latest scrap Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Evidence of how Ronaldo and Messi have fluctuated in recent years Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Read football storiescenter_img Depending on who is the cover star, EA Sports have tended to pick one of the two to be more highly-rated.In recent years, the former Real Madrid star just pipped his Argentine counterpart to the title of No.1, hardly surprising considering he was on the front of the game.FIFA released their confirmed top 10 players on this year’s edition of the game, ahead of the release date on September 28.Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is officially the best shot-stopper in the game, while Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar edges closer to the top two. 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will both have the same overall rating in the upcoming FIFA 19 game for the first time in history.The superstar duo have five Balon d’Or titles to their name each, and just cannot be separated on this year’s edition of the hugely popular EA Sports edition. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne are the only other Premier League entrants to the top 10.A demo of the game is set to be released on September 13, including several UEFA Champions League teams.last_img read more


first_imgAN audit of child sex abusers within the Catholic Church in Raphoe may not be published until ‘the end of November at the earliest’, a church source has told 15 and 20 priests and lay people are understood to feature in the report, with dozens of victims right across the county. It will not however deal with up to ten suspected paedophile priests prior to 1975.This is the fourth delay in the publication of the report and it’s understood the Diocese has sought the advice of public relations executives on how to handle the expected media frenzy surrounding it. RTE’s Prime Time, TG4, BBC Spotlight and a number of foreign television channels are planning major reports on the audit.The report has been compiled by a church-run National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.Under strict rules the report will be edited by Bishop of Raphoe Philip has learned that the vast majority of priests in the Diocese are annoyed at the delays in the publication of the audit. And one of them told us that this was aired at a recent meeting of most priests in the county.“We must be honest and true and we must publish this report,” said the priest.“Our church has been involved in a public relations disaster and this is a chance to change things. We (the priests in the Diocese of Raphoe) are gutted by what has happened and we want our people to know that we are as horrified as they are,” he added.We also understand that there have been a number of new allegations against both priests and lay people concerning alleged attacks several years ago.This may be adding to the delays in the report’s publication. No-one from the Diocese was available for comment despite numerous attempts to contact the Church.RAPHOE ABUSE REPORT DELAYED YET AGAIN was last modified: October 12th, 2011 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)last_img read more

KCCA vs SC Villa: Kasasiros in must win situation

first_img Tags: KCCA FCMike MutebiSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop KCCA start the day level on points with second placed Vipers (Photo by KCCA FC Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC vs SC VillaStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 02-03-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – With Vipers SC hot on their heels, KCCA FC will hope to take care of SC Villa on Saturday afternoon when the two sides collide at Lugogo.The Kasasiros head into the game only top of the log by goal difference, following Vipers 2-0 win over Express on Friday. The top two (Vipers and KCCA) both have 45 points with Vipers having played a game more on the KCCA.Having held a 7 point caution ahead of Vipers barely a month ago, KCCA should already be feeling pressure and they know anything but victory against Villa, swings momentum to the side of the Venoms heading into the last 8 games.However, KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi says his side is not concerned with what is happening behind them.“We are still top and we will not be looking at our shoulders because our focus is on what is in front of us, said Mutebi in the pre-match press conference on Friday.“Yes we have not been playing convincingly in the last few games but the results are not that alarming. Added Mutebi when asked about the performance of his side recently.KCCA have not won in any of their last two League games including losing to URA 2-1 on Tuesday. However Mutebi is still confident that his side will win on Saturday.“We are going to win against Villa because am expecting a reaction from my players and am confident i will get it.“The game is going to be interesting because of the history between the two clubs.Villa is a good team with a coach who knows how to do things but i am confident my team is going to win.KCCA will be without Captain Timothy Awanyi who is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards. In his absence, former SC Villa skipper Bernard Muwanga is expected to martial the defence. KCCA FC are also welcoming back midfielder Lawrance Bukenya although another former Jogoo Nicholas Kasozi is expected to continue playing in the holding role.For Villa, their main objective is to try and finish as high as they can on the standings especially after enduring a disastrous start to the season.Currently, Douglas Bamweyana’s side are on a 5 game unbeaten run which has seen them win two and drawn the other three.Coming up against one of their traditional rivals in KCCA will be a huge motivation especially after already defeating Vipers and Express in the last couple of months.Villa will be welcoming back Derrick Ndahiro after the youngstar served his one game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards, in the 1-1 draw at home to Police. However, they are minus David Owori and Moses Kiggundu who are both suspended. Albert Mugisa and John Adriko also miss out with injury.In Bashir Mutanda, Villa have the second league top scorer, one who will poses serious questions to the Kasasiro’s defence all afternoon.Mutanda converts from the spot in Villa’s last gameMatch Facts:This will be the 18th top flight meeting between the two sides since January 2011.In the other 17 during that period, KCCA have won 7, Villa 2 withe the other 8 all ending in draws.SC Villa are winless away to KCCA in that period, losing 4 and drawing as many in their 8 visits to Lugogo.Last season, KCCA defeated Villa 1-0 in the reverse fixture last season before defeating the Jogoss 3-2 at the start of this campaign in Namboole.KCCA go into Saturday’s game having lost only one of their last 10 League games (W6 D3). That loss was in their last game, going down 2-1 at home to URA FC.At home, they have also lost only one of their last 29 games (W24 D5).For Villa, they head into the encounter having won only two of their last 9 League games (D5 L2). However, they have not lost in their last 5 (W2 D3).However, away from home, the Jogoos have won only one of their last six games (D4 L1).]The other games on Saturday:-Bright Stars vs Ndejje University FC-Onduparaka vs Maroons FC-Kirinya JSS vs Nyamityobora FC-Tooro United vs Police FCFriday’s results:-Vipers 2-0 Express FC-Mbarara City 2-1 Paidha Black AngelsComments last_img read more

Five, including four of a family, die due to suffocation in Bhubaneswar

first_imgFive persons including four family members of city-based hotelier Satpal Singh died of suffocation when fire broke out in Budheswari colony residence in Bhubaneswar early on Thursday.The hotelier, however, escaped with serious injuries. He was undergoing treatment in government-run Capital Hospital here. The victims are identified as son Gagan Pal Singh (40), daughter-in-law Bhawna Singh (38), grandson Rubir Singh abd granddaughter Sohabi Singh. A maid identified as Khushi Das also died.Although fire service personnel rescued all six persons live, five of them were believed to have succumbed to injuries on their way to hospital.According to preliminary investigation, the fire emanated from an air conditioner and soon smoke spread out in different rooms. The smoke was spotted by neighbours in 4.30 am in the morning. They tried to inform security guards deployed in the ground floor. But when they could not put the message across to security guards, they informed police control room which forwarded the message to fire service station.“We received the information about 5.18 am. When we reached the home of Mr. Singh, all rooms were filled with smoke. We had rescued six persons with their heart beating. The injured persons were rushed to hospital by police and private vehicles. Some victims had skin burn marks,” said Ramesh Chandra Majhi, fire officer. City police were investigating into the incident.last_img read more