AFC presses APNU for more influence

first_imgLGE talksThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have officially met to commence discussions on reaching an agreement to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections which are slated for November this year.The meeting took place on Monday afternoon following the insistence of the AFC and the dispatch of several pieces of legislation between the two coalition partners.An AFC executive, who spoke with Guyana Times briefly on Tuesday evening said the discussions went well between the two sides and more meetings are scheduled to take place to work out the various agenda items, which require in depth analysis and full agreement.“We had an agreement the last time there was the hosting of Local Government Elections. While we were satisfied with some of the arrangements in place, I think we were concerned about some of the candidates and the allotment of seats in various areas. We were also concerned about the post electoral arrangement and the quality of the candidates that were fielded,” the executive said briefly.The AFC executive declined to say where the meeting actually took place or who were some of the persons present at the initial discourse.“I think we agreed to keep all of those kinds of information confidential until we are at an advanced stage of discussions… so I will not divulge any information about what was actually discussed during that first encounter”, the executive said.Efforts to contact APNU General Secretary Joseph Harmon and AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams for a comment proved futile but the Government’s Department of Public Information did confirm that the meeting took place.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was reliably informed that the AFC is intent on demanding an equal number of candidates to the APNU for the upcoming polls. The party also wants to have more members on the joint slate contesting key areas in Georgetown, with the aim in the end of having the mayorship of the Capital City rotated based on a formal agreement.The talks between the AFC and APNU come on the heels of the first partner issuing an ultimatum last week to discuss several key issues before a formal decision by the AFC to coalesce for the polls.On May 1, 2018, the AFC gave President David Granger 14 days for the meeting to take place after its executives raised concerns about neglect, disrespect and unfair treatment by APNU.last_img read more

Gardaí probe CCTV after gang damage occupied van in Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a gang of people set upon a van as it tried to make its way down Letterkenny Main Street last weekend.The incident occurred on Saturday night, one of the busiest nights of the year for Letterkenny as crowds gathered for the rally weekend.A van was travelling down Main Street at 10.20pm when it met large crowds standing on both sides of the road outside Dillon’s Hotel. The driver was trying to move around the crowds when a number of people set up on the van.Gardaí report that the group was banging on the sides of the van and opening the doors.The incident resulted in one of the doors being significantly damaged. The locking mechanism was broken and the van owner can no longer close the door.CCTV footage is set to be analysed as part of the investigation. Gardaí are also appealing for witnesses to come forward, or anyone with any information is being asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111   Gardaí probe CCTV after gang damage occupied van in Letterkenny was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:criminal damageGardailetterkennylast_img read more

IFFI 2018: ‘Institutionalise Q&A session with the audience after every movie screening’

first_imgQuoting Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Veit Helmer, Director of the German film ‘The Bra’ said on Saturday that cinema should be about visual storytelling and that dialogue spoils the visual elements in that narration. The directors of the films in the World Panorama section of 49th IFFI-2018 — The Bra, A Sacred Gaucho, Phoenix, Autsajder and Nervous Translation were talking to the media at the media centre on Saturday. “There is no need to think how one can talk to a universal audience. If you talk about something very personal, then everybody in the world will understand”, Mr. Helmer further said, adding,The communication with the audience is very important and it would be great to institutionalise a Q&A session with the audience after every movie screening”.He also enquired about the possibilities of films from diverse places like Latin America and Europe getting commercially released in India.Mr. Joaquin Pedretti, Director of ‘A Sacred Gaucho’(Argentina-Spanish film), said that his film is based on a popular hero who represents the poor people. He elaborated that the film has been given its particular structure based on its narrative. “It is so important for us to have the world premiere in IFFI because it is based on the symbolic tradition of India and Argentina, as we have the same type of archetypes”, he said.Narrating the characteristics of her film, Camilla Strom Henriksen, Norwegian director of “Phoenix”, said that it is a dark quiet film for grownups, children being the film’s main characters. It is about children who are forced to assume the responsibility as adults because the parents fail to do so. She pointed out that the theme of the film would resonate with many people even though the circumstances can be very different. Replying to a question on how to make a film that can connect to each and every person, she said that if the filmmaker is specific about what she does, she will reach the audience she is meant to reach.Adam Sikora, Director of Autsajder(Poland) said that his movie is about a very difficult time in Poland. It’s the story of a young man in 1980s and how he faces these problems. Ms. Dennese Victoria, Cinematographer of ‘Nervous translation’ said that it takes a while for the audience to adjust to a film’s language to understand what the film offers to you.last_img read more

Athletes in the ‘Zone’ at CWG Village

first_imgThe term ‘Games Village’ is a bit of a misnomer for the place where athletes are lodged during their stay in the Capital. It is a city in its own right.There is no facility or convenience one cannot find inside its premises and visitors can spend their whole free time in the International Zone of the Village.For those on their first trip to India in particular, it is no less than an eye- opener.Not surprisingly, the area remains full of people throughout the day. It is also a place where friendships develop and old acquaintances are revived.The handicraft store is never short of visitors, who seem to have taken a deep liking to the items on offer. “I like the stuff in the store very much. It is very exotic,” 14- year- old Charlotte Carey, a table tennis player from Wales, told Mail Today on Thursday.Charlotte, accompanied by two of her teammates, bought a pair of bracelets and seemed quite proud of her newest possessions.Traditional Indian handicrafts present a special charm for people coming from far- off lands and Kevin Coulter is no different.The general team manager of the Norfolk Island contingent was very interested in the goods that are on display. “These are very fascinating items. I am just surveying the stuff and may buy something a few days later,” he said, while inspecting a small decorative item made of alabaster.Coulter did not hesitate in enquiring about the material used for making the handicrafts. The store is run by the Central Cottage Industries Emporium.advertisement”We receive a lot of visitors everyday but sales are not so heavy at the moment. The visitors mostly just inspect the items on sale. May be the sales will pick up in the coming days,” Ashwani Arora, the manager of the store, said.Another favourite hangout for athletes seems to be the Shahnaz Hussain Beauty Salon. After all, who doesn’t want to be pampered? Mail Today found Indian hockey players Gurbaj Singh and Sarvanjit Singh having a haircut, while some foreign female athletes were enjoying a manicure session.”It’s an off day for us today so we decided to relax and enjoy ourselves,” Sarvanjit said.The official merchandise store has a wide array of stuff on show and also offers the famous ( or infamous) vuvuzela, known for the cacophony of noise it made during the FIFA World Cup earlier this year in South Africa.”They are priced at Rs 250 per piece,” Aisha Bhagat, the store manager for Premier Brands, said. “The most popular items among the athletes are the jugs and sippers.” The official t- shirts also seemed to find favour with a lot of athletes.The transactions were not without some hitches, though.”Most of the foreign visitors come with the currency of their own countries, while we can only accept payment in Indian rupees.After selecting some item, they may have to go to the bank to convert the currency or to withdraw money from the ATM,” Aisha said.No wonder the Central Bank of India outlet at the International Zone seems to draw one of the biggest crowds.The convenience store has virtually everything that can be of daily use on offer. “The soft drinks and colas are going off the shelf at a fast rate,” an attendant at the store said. “Detergents are also selling fast.” However, there was one item which did not see much sale.”The condoms at our store are hardly finding any buyers as there is a free dispenser just down the alley,” the attendant said.last_img read more

Angelique Kidjo Meets Syrian And Lebanese Youth In Refugee Settlements

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.Angelique Kidjo engages with children in the Housh el Refka informal settlement, Bekaa ValleyCredit/Copyright: UNICEF//Ibarra Sanchez“Supporting the hopes of children and young people has never been more important – Their future is our future” said Angelique Kidjo after speaking to Syrian and Lebanese children and young people in the Bekaa Valley.To mark World Youth Skills Day, Kidjo visited projects implemented by a UNICEF youth partner, the Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training) in and around Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Kidjo spoke to the children and young people about the challenges they face in pursuing an education, finding opportunities, living in refugee settlements and breaking down barriers between the two communities.Kidjo took part in a Life Skills Training and attended focus group discussions with young women whose lives have been improved thanks to a practical skills training, preparing them for the job market.“Meeting with the girls and boys, the young men and women, you sense how hard they need to fight to hold on to a hope of a dignified future in their circumstances, At the same time, you know that what they need is within reach. Today I’ve actually seen how the training provided is bearing fruit, improving the lives of these inspiring young men and women,” Kidjo said.Lebanon, a country which already faces a number of challenges, has been heavily affected by the conflict in neighbouring Syria. More than one in four people in the country are now refugees; the highest proportion per capita of any country in the world.The sheer number of refugees is putting an enormous strain on the labour market and the education sector, with general poverty on the rise.“Some of the most pressing issues facing Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian youth are deprivation, discrimination and even a fear of the other. That’s why UNICEF is bringing together youth from all communities, particularly girls and young women, equipping them with skills and knowledge that enable them to participate in the labor market, as well as overcome persistent social and cultural divides,” said Tanya Chapuisat, Representative of UNICEF Lebanon.On a regional level, more than six years into an unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, the optimism among young Arabs is waning, they feel overlooked by policymakers, and see unemployment and extremisms as the biggest problems in the region. Youth in Lebanon, be they Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian, are no exception from the rule and often don’t have the opportunity of playing an active, positive role in the society they live in.There are one million people aged between 15 and 24 in Lebanon, or one in six. Among Lebanese youth, the unemployment rate is 35%. The picture of opportunities facing Syrian youth is even bleaker. Only a small minority is able to generate an income, and more than nine in ten Syrians aged 15-24 are not enrolled in any formal education. Building skills and capacity, and empowering youth is therefore a driving principle of UNICEF’s work in Lebanon.“If you want to build a durable foundation for stability in the future in the Middle East, what do you do? You work with youth and you make sure they get an education and the means of securing what’s needed for them to live a decent life,” said Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002.last_img read more