NTC granted land for Georgetown Secretariat

first_imgAmerindian Heritage Month 2017Amerindian Heritage Month 2017 opened on Friday with much flare at the Indigenous Heritage Village at Sophia; and the rich culture, food and music of Guyana’s Amerindians were on full display.However, neither President David Granger nor Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was present at the Friday launch, having sent in excuses stating that they were ‘busy’.A section of the gathering at the launching of Amerindian Heritage MonthIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has, however, reiterated Government’s support for the Indigenous peoples. During his feature address, he pointed out that the President had consented to the National Toshaos Conference (NTC) request for a plot of land. The request for a Secretariat for the NTC was made to President Granger by Indigenous leaders last year at the National Toshaos Conference. It is understood that the Secretariat will be constructed in the Compound of the Sophia Exhibition Centre.NTC Chairman, Joel Fredericks, had said the Secretariat would be “a place where we (NTC) can have our headquarters functioning; a place where the Indigenous peoples can come and lay their issues, they can find some help and support there”.Fredericks had expressed expectations that construction of the NTC Secretariat would commence shortly. He said the President had committed to supporting the venture. “We have some resources at hand, what we can start with; and his Excellency (has) also (committed) to giving some support,” Fredericks stated.“It is expected that that building, which will be known as the Secretariat, will help the communities to realise their dreams. It will be a place of action. No longer complaints and gyaff, but action. And Government is committed to give its support,” Allicock said.Allicock also paid tribute to renowned artist and archaeologist George Simon. Widely regarded as one of the leading artists of his generation and the founder of the Lokono Artists Group, Simon was present at the launch.Heritage festivalAt Friday’s ceremony, a number of Indigenous organisations took to the podium to reflect on the significance of Heritage Month. Representatives came from groups such as the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), The Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG), Guyana Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP), and National Amerindian Development Foundation (NADF).The St Cuthbert’s Cultural Group was in action, thrilling crowds with their cultural presentation. The Surama Culture Group, from whence Minister Allicock hails, also joined in on the action.Trailing this opening ceremony will be the art/craft and food exhibitions, the Heritage sports, reflection on the life and work of the first Indigenous Parliamentarian, Steven Campbell; the Heritage dinner at Lions Club; and the much anticipated Miss Indigenous Heritage Pageant, showcasing elegance, beauty and culture.The Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry launched the annual Heritage Festival at the Umana Yana earlier last month under the theme “Guyana’s first peoples; sustaining a rich cultural environment”. The launch was done in the spirit of International Day of World Indigenous Peoples.Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, had highlighted the struggles of Indigenous peoples in their fight for equal rights, not confined to Guyana but rather on an international scale.“In many countries, (including) in our South American continent, many Indigenous peoples still suffer injustices simply because they are the first peoples, and they want to be recognised as such. Many are advocating and literally fighting for their lives, for their lands; and some of the most outspoken; some of the bravest, have died for this cause,” the Minister lamented.She had also reflected on her 2016 visit to Ecuador, where Indigenous women had gathered to discuss the concerns of Indigenous peoples and the way forward, and said she was amazed at the indignities that fellow Indigenous peoples had to suffer in this modern day and age.“I realised then how far advanced Guyana was as a nation in the treatment of Indigenous peoples,” she noted.Amerindian Heritage Month 2017 is geared at celebrating Guyana’s first peoples by reflecting on their contributions; and to protect, pursue and promote Indigenous heritage while trying to recapture lost traditions.This year’s calendar of activities was also unveiled at the launch, showing that it will kick-start with a ceremonial launch and cultural extravaganza on September 1, 2017 at the Sophia Exhibition Centre in Georgetown.Ovid Williams had presented an overview of the cultural aspect of the month’s celebrations.last_img read more

Motter reflects on experiences, relationships as USB chairman

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In his year of service as the United Soybean Board (USB) chairman, John Motter of Hancock County has enjoyed many incredible experiences in his travels around the world representing the nation’s soybean growers.One of his fondest memories of the year took place fairly recently. During the beautiful stretch of October weather for harvesting in the combine cab back home, Motter donned a suit and tie for the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.The event recognized the winner of the 2017 World Food Prize and brought together international leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, non-governmental organizations, and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security.“My No. 1 favorite was the World Food Prize event. Norman Borlaug’s granddaughter was there and we had people from six continents and 55 countries and 50 different languages all working to reduce starvation and to make real differences in people’s lives,” Motter said. “It was during harvest, so there were not many farmers there, but it was an incredible experience.”Another highlight for Motter was seeing years of research come to fruition in the form of an improved product and a new market for soybeans.“The Goodyear announcement at the Farm Progress Show in August was special. After six years of research we now have soybean oil in the tread of a tire,” Motter said. “WeatherReady tires are now available for 77% of the passenger vehicles in North America and they outperform the tires on your car today. Soybean oil helps with the performance.”The tires feature a soy-based rubber compound, bringing forward yet another market opportunity for soybean oil and, in return, a profit opportunity for soybean farmers. The announcement of the all-season, innovative line of tires was made possible in part by the soy checkoff.“Goodyear and the soy checkoff share something special: a commitment to innovation,” Motter said. “When we started working with them more than six years ago, it was just an idea, a way to build demand for soybean oil. Now, we have a tire that shows what soy can do on the road.”Goodyear’s interest in soybean oil included a look at sustainability, a priority for many corporations throughout the United States. But, along with increased sustainability, they also found competitive advantage. Rubber compounds made with soybean oil remain soft at lower temperatures, leading to enhanced traction in dry, wet and winter conditions.“As we develop great products that anticipate and respond to the needs of consumers, soybean oil was one of the technologies enabling us to meet a challenging performance goal,” said Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s director of global material science.Improving products and creating new soy markets fit right in with the goals of the USB.“Businesses looking to use soy, even if for sustainable purposes, want to see not only a price-competitive product, but one that functions the same or better than their original product,” Motter said. “That’s why the checkoff works with companies such as Goodyear to test soybean oil and confirm its characteristics, so we can increase demand for our product and ultimately increase our profit opportunities.”Goodyear’s Assurance WeatherReady tire is now offered in a wide range of sizes for cars, minivans and SUVs on the road today.Motter has gotten to learn about agriculture in Australia, meet global food industry leaders, and get the behind-the-scenes perspective of the incredible innovation taking place with soy products. But, as it is with most things, the experiences of the last year have been incredible for Motter not just in terms of the places he has been, but also with the relationships he has developed.“What I have gotten as chairman that I wouldn’t have at another position is the industry connections,” Motter said. “We see bunches of different people and contacts and build relationships. I have a whole book of business cards. I have tried to keep track of who I met and the circumstances I got to know them.”last_img read more

Joel Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,” Embiid said.Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game for the Sixers since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.“I felt like at some point after the All-Star game, I was uncomfortable,” Embiid said. “We did some tests and I’m glad everything was good. It’s just about making sure that I’m pretty strong.”Embiid made 11 of 21 shots in 28 minutes and showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ The Sixers are 26-9 at home and want that edge in the playoffs.“We’re on the clock, and I think that the sense of urgency and awareness of what we are getting close to, having to perform at the level that we have to perform at is real for these players,” Brown said. “I can feel that there’s an excitement having Joel back.”The Pacers missed their shot to knock the Sixers down to fifth in the East.The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead. The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.“All of them hurt,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Certainly, this game, with a team so close to you, big game. Had an opportunity to split the series and didn’t get that done.”Embiid was out of basketball shape — conditioning has always been a factor for the 7-footer — and he was whistled for three fouls in his first 9 minutes of play. He was already wiped from a scrimmage on Saturday that left him concerned he’d miss the game.“Yesterday, I was on the floor, crying for my life,” Embiid said. “I didn’t think I was going to come in and play.”Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with injuries, said he expected to sit out other games for rest the remainder of the regular season.Embiid went wild when he was called for a foul on Domantas Sabonis’ drive to the basket in the first quarter. Sabonis appeared to drive the baseline untouched by Embiid and hit the court to toss up a shot. Embiid was called for the foul and was quickly banged for a technical foul for yelling at the referees. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers’ Kyle O’Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid mouthed “I’m back” to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man.The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.“He is a difference maker in all ways, shapes and forms,” coach Brett Brown said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEmbiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers were just 4-4 in his absence, including a blowout loss Friday at Houston that only exacerbated the problem.With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series. Suns lean on Devin Booker to snap 18-game skid to Warriors 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Embiid was fatigued and frustrated in the first half — and the fans were fed up.The Sixers were soundly booed off the court by 20,636 fans as they trudged into a timeout down 14 points in the second quarter. JJ Redick buried a 3 out of the timeout and Ben Simmons threw down a dunk to help get the crowd going again.Sabonis gave the Pacers a big lift after he missed with five games with an ankle injury. Sabonis, one of the top reserves in the NBA, had five assists in the first half to help Indiana to a 59-51 lead.“If we’re the team that we think we are, these are the kind of games we’ve got to win,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.TIP INS:Pacers: Tyreke Evans, a native of nearby, Chester, Pennsylvania, did not play because of an illness. … The Pacers wore their “Hickory” uniforms.76ers: The 11 points scored by Indiana in the third were the fewest scored against 76ers in any quarter since New Orleans also had 11 in the third on Feb. 9, 2018.UP NEXTPacers: Return home to play New York on Tuesday.Sixers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rotator cuff repair- series

first_imgNormal anatomyThe rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its “ball and socket” joint and are involved in essentially all shoulder motions.IndicationsThe role of the tendons is to hold the powerful shoulder muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury.ProcedureEither through an open incision or using small instruments through tiny incisions (arthroscopy), the tendon is repaired with sutures. If the tendon is separated from the bone, small rivets called suture anchors are used to attach the tendon back to the bone.AftercareSurgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is usually very successful at relieving pain in the shoulder. The procedure is less predictable at returning strength to the shoulder. Recovery time often depends on the extent of the tear.Review Date:6/30/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more