An 18-year-old aspiring entrepreneur has won the inaugural ‘I am a big Deal’ Miss Berbice pageant.Farah Valentina Bates copped the title from eleven other contestants on Sunday morning at the Albion Sports Complex. Bates, a Rose Hall Town Corentyne resident who is pursuing a diploma in Public Management at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, competed under the platform ‘suicide awareness and prevention’.The queen, Farah BatesThe contest saw the delegates competing in four categories: talent, costume, beach wear and evening wear, with the top five having to answer a question based on their platform in the intelligence segment, to decide the winner and positions the others will occupy.The first runner-up is 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster of Rose Hall Town, who competed under the platform ‘climate change and its impact on Guyana’. Lancaster, who was a crowd favourite throughout the competition, is also a university student pursuing an associate degree in Social Work.Pre-contest favourite Lottoya Williamson, a 30-year-old English major at the University of Guyana, copped the third place spot, as she represented her platform, ‘violence against women’, an issue which has affected members of her close family.The top five contestants in the pageantThe fourth spot went to Atasha Pantlitz, 17, of Princetown, Corriverton, after she sought to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS. Pantlitz attends the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre.Shaquilla Sharpe, a 22-year-old from Limlair Village, Corentyne, placed fifth.Meanwhile, Bates also won the best gown prize. Her gown was designed by Randy Madray. She also won best smile and best talent. The People’s Choice award was given to Latoya Williamson, while 19-year-old Kelisha Ramoutar, who chose domestic violence as her platform, was judged Miss Photogenic.The person with the best walk throughout the pageant was 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster, who performed under the platform of ‘global warming awareness’.The “I’m a Big Deal/Miss Berbice Beauty” pageant was promoted by RD Productions.Promoter Royston Drakes says the event will be an annual one. According to him, the concept is to “empower young women” in every aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities.The pageant is also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. (Andrew Carmichael)
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Team Shosholoza showed its mettle once more on the weekend, not in America’s Cup racing in the South African-built RSA 83 yacht, but in match-racing at the Marseille International Match Race. The team’s performances were up and down as skipper Pablo Cian and his crew experienced two days of vastly differing fortunes in the round robin part of the racing. That’s because the conditions were markedly different on the two days. American Ed Baird, racing with the America’s Cup-winning crew from Team Alinghi, topped the standings with eight victories and three defeats. His record included wins over Cian, as well as the top seeds, reigning world champion Ian Williams of Great Britain and Frenchman Sebastian Col. SAinfo reporter On Friday, in the stronger winds, Shosholoza struggled, losing all four of her races, but her record of sevens wins and four losses was enough for the South African boat to qualify in second place of the round robin. The quarterfinals weren’t kind to Ed Baird either. He was beaten by New Zealander Adam Minoprio and the ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing Team. Minoprio went on to win the title. On the first day, Thursday, the air was light and the emphasis was on timing and speed. On day two, Friday, the breeze got up and the action was fast and furious. Explaining his decision, Cian said: “We had a great day the first day of the event, and a terrible day on Friday when we lost the last four races of the round robin. “Damien had a terrible first day and a great day yesterday, so we reckon that today will be our turn. And we chose him too because regardless of what happens, we will remain good friends.” Ideal conditionsThe light air conditions on Saturday looked ideal for Shosholoza, and she drew a penalty on Iehl in the pre-start. However, things didn’t unfold as Cian had hoped, and after three successive wins Iehl had secured a semi-final place. A perfect seven victoriesCian and his crew excelled in the light conditions on Thursday, taking part in seven races and recording a perfect seven victories. World champion Ian Williams was beaten by Australian Torvar Mirsky, who finished third, with Iehl taking fourth place. Cian chose to face Damien Iehl of France and his French Match Racing Team, thinking that he had made a safe choice. While he and Shosholoza shone, turning in assured performances and dominating victories, the other crews struggled to dominate like Cian and company had done; after the opening day, five teams were tied on six points, occupying from fourth to eighth place. Cian and his crew managed to finish on high note when they won a sail-off against Williams to secure seventh place, with the British star relegated to eight spot. 17 March 2009 QuarterfinalsThe top eight yachts then qualified for the quarterfinals; the top four finishers had the added advantage of being able to select their opponent in the last eight.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday called the early-morning swearing-in of the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister and NCP’s Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra an “illegitimate formation” that would “self-destruct”.The Congress was in for a surprise when, after negotiations between the three allies till late in the night, Mr Pawar joined hands with the BJP. The three sides were scheduled to meet on Saturday to tie up the last remaining loose ends. Mr Patel, along with general secretary in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge and general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal, was holding the negotiations on behalf of the Congress. “Illegal and evil manoeuvres take place in the secrecy of midnight. Such was the shame that they had to do the swearing-in in hiding. This illegitimate formation will self-destruct,” Mr Patel said in a tweet. A candid admission of the Congress’s cluelessness was made by party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi. “Surreal, what I read about Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news,” he said, within minutes of the announcement. He added that his personal view was that the tripartite negotiations should not have gone on for more than three days. Congress communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala called it a blatant betrayal of the mandate.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments “Adamson U, thank you for being with me during the short period of time. You never knew how grateful I am and to be once called a Soaring Falcon. I fell short but this is not the end,” Pingoy wrote.READ: Jerie Pingoy shows best form since ankle injuryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 5-foot-9 Pingoy played two seasons for the Falcons, who had back-to-back Final Four appearances.But before finding a home at Adamson, Pingoy, a sought-after recruit out of Far Eastern University in high school, began his collegiate career for Ateneo where he suited up for just one season after failing to meet the academic requirements. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Jerie Pingoy bids UAAP goodbye. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson will miss another key cog next season after point guard Jerie Pingoy has decided to forego his final year of eligibility.Pingoy on Wednesday bid farewell to his collegiate career in a social media post.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Torrid 2nd half comeback lifts Meralco past TNT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte After an impressive rookie season for the Falcons, Pingoy’s saw his minutes dwindle with the emergence of Jerom Lastimosa last year. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pingoy also took the time to thank Ateneo for the opportunity to represent the school.“To Ateneo de Manila, it has been a journey bring part of the Blue Eagles. I can’t thank Ateneo enough for giving me the chance to play again and show that I still have it,” said Pingoy, who lost two years of eligibility due to the UAAP residency rule.READ: Pingoy makes most out of opportunity, delivers for Adamson He didn’t announce where he was headed next, but Pingoy is ready to open the next chapter in his career.“I am so blessed to have this everything with me on my next journey,” he also said in the post.ADVERTISEMENT
zoom Dutch-based exploratory Polar cruise operator, Oceanwide Expeditions, has ordered a 180-passenger, ice-strengthened ship at Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia. The ship, called the m/v Hondius, will be the strongest ice-strengthened vessel in the Polar regions once delivered in the first half of 2019, according to Oceanwide.Hondius will be the first vessel to be built to class “LR PC6”, meeting the latest and highest demands of Lloyd’s Register for “Polar Class 6” vessels, the highest Polar Class notation for ice-strengthened passenger vessels.The vessel will also be built according to the latest requirements of the International Maritime Organization, in particular concerning the safety of life at sea (SOLAS) and the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL) for passenger vessels.“We currently sail with our ice-strengthened 116-passenger vessels Plancius and Ortelius, and the Hondius will give us the opportunity to accommodate more travelers, to grow as a company, and to offer new, innovative products in the Polar regions,” said Oceanwide Expeditions’ CEO, Michel van Gessel.“The name Hondius follows our custom to name our ships for celebrated Dutch-Flemish cartographers who continue to inspire us as we carry on their passion for exploration and discovery.”Hondius was specially designed to support and serve Oceanwide’s exploratory programs and activity-based shore excursions in the Arctic and Antarctica, Oceanwide said.The vessel will be 107 meters long, with a breadth of 17.6 meters. It will be equipped with two main engines for a total of 4,200 kW, generating a speed of 15 knots.
zoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has raised concerns over the fate of dockworkers at the Port of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG) despite a new agreement between International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) and local landowners.The union is seeking assurances that the workers will be able to keep their jobs.ICTSI said on Monday, November 27 that it had signed an agreement with impacted community landowner groups in Lae in PNG Guinea through the ICTSI Foundation and ICTSI subsidiary South Pacific International Container Terminal, Limited (SPICTL) as a necessary first step towards moving the joint ICTSI-community project in Lae. The signing follows ICTSI’s securing of 25-year concessions to operate Lae and Motukea. “We are committed to developing the new Lae terminal into a world-class facility and the best in South Pacific. We will not only be investing in ship-to-shore gantry cranes and the highest levels of information technology but, most importantly, into training and human capital,” Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Senior Vice President and head of Asia Pacific, said commenting on the deal.“The ITF still has serious concerns regarding the future of the current workforce, as there have been no assurances made about their ongoing employment,” Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers section, said.“This is a step in the right direction, no doubt in part due to pressure from local unions and the ITF, but until local workers have been guaranteed jobs in the port we remain sceptical at best given ICTSI’s recent history.”As informed, more than 1,000 jobs are in jeopardy after the PNG government awarded 25-year contracts for the country’s two main international ports to ICTSI. “ICTSI have indicated they will source their workforce from local communities – but the union has seen no firm guarantee to secure all existing jobs and conditions,” Reg McAlister, general secretary of the PNG Maritime and Transport Workers Union said.The ITF has been urging the Government of Papua New Guinea to review the decision to award port operations in Lae and Port Moresby to ICTSI due to the company’s “poor record on safety and labour relations.”
Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Videogame:Julian Casey Stories: The Hidden PathsChimwemwe Miller Deus Ex: Mankind DividedVictoria Sanchez Deus Ex: Mankind DividedClaudia Besso Deus Ex: Mankind DividedShawn Baichoo Watch Dogs 2Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Claudia Ferri A Date With Miss FortuneCharlotte Rogers LARPs: the SeriesSabrina Campilii Real Detective Helena Marie Stagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryElizabeth Neale LARPs: the SeriesNominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Andreas Apergis Gurov & AnnaJesse Camacho We’re Still TogetherJonathan Silver LARPs: the SeriesDavid Francis Cold CallVladimir Alexis Stonewall“Be it in film, television or videogames, there are so many fantastic performances coming out of Montreal,” says Cary Lawrence, President of ACTRA Montreal. “The ACTRA Awards recognize and celebrate the creative work we do in this city.”The event will be hosted by comedians Eman El-Husseini and Jess Solomon.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Twitter Montreal, May 4, 2017 – ACTRA Montreal is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal, to be held Sunday, June 11th at le Gesù.Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:Shawn Baichoo Two Nuts and a RichardJoe Cobden KnuckleheadsHolly Gauthier-Frankel Maggie & Bianca Fashion FriendsJennifer Seguin Two Nuts and a RichardCarlo Mestroni Two Nuts and a RichardNominees for Outstanding Performance – Stunt:Mich Todorovic X-men: ApocalypseNaomi Frenette X-men: ApocalypseEric Paul-Hus X-men: Apocalypse Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement
Kolkata: Slamming BJP national president Amit Shah over his remark that the signals of all Bengali channels were lowered so that locals can be prevented from viewing his address, the TMC said everything was telecast and urged the BJP not to blame the media unnecessarily.Terming the rally as a flop show, taking to its Twitter handle, the TMC stated that either Amit Shah should prove his allegations or resign from his post. Calling the rally a “big flop show,” the TMC tweeted: “BJP has just concluded another flop show in #Bangla After the flop meeting BJP are looking for excuses. They are saying their meeting was blacked out. Blackouts and blackmailing are what BJP does. Don’t insult the media. All showed. We challenge BJP. Either they prove it or resign.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTMC spokesperson and MP Derek O’Brien said on Saturday: “Amit Shah should apologise within 72 hours or else we would take legal action.” He further added: “Who is Amit Shah? He can’t get away by alleging corruption against Mamata Banerjee. He has crossed the limits of decency by dishonouring the culture of Bengal… This state has a tradition and culture which Shah will never understand. Before commenting on Bengal’s culture, Shah should look into his own track record. We have the recording of the 27-minute speech of Amit Shah and if he does not tender apology we will take him to court.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDerek also maintained that the BJP is trying to play communal politics. Asked to comment on Shah’s statement that the Centre will complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and neither Mamata Banerjee nor Rahul Gandhi has any power to stop it, he said: “Trinamool’s stand is very clear. The party will stand by the genuine Indian citizens whose names have been dropped from the NRC. The relatives of the former President of India’s names have not been included in the NRC list. The names of many jawans have been omitted. BJP is playing divisive politics.” While addressing a BJP rally on Mayo Road on Saturday, Shah said: “Earlier in Bengal, people used to hear Rabindra Sangeet and now this has been replaced by the sound of bombs.” Shah added that only Modi can give corruption-free Bengal. Shah further added that Bengal is submerged in corruption and chit fund cases involving Sarada, Narada and Rose Valley. Bengal’s development is possible under Narendra Modi only, he maintained. Derek said: “Shah has attacked the personal integrity of Mamata Banerjee and the people of Bengal are not going to tolerate this.”
Kolkata: The state Forest department will take up work for the second phase of Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri from January next year. An aquarium with a variety of local fish, a toy train along with a flower garden and children’s park are among the facilities that the department plans to develop in the second phase at Safari Park.”The underground aquarium will take the visitors to a wondrous underwater journey with glass walls on either side as the fish species in the rivers and other marine animals will swim by your side. It will be most thrilling and the feeling will equal to venturing into the river. We are preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and will submit it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her final approval in January,” state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman said adding that the project will entail an investment of more than Rs 100 crore. The minister added that his department also plans to set up the infrastructure for running toy train and develop a garden with beautiful flowers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Our plan is to make the Safari Park more attractive for children. We will put up facilities like a merry-go-round, seesaw, swings and slides for the children around the flower garden. There are some more plans which will be divulged later,” Barman added.Spread over an area of 297-hectare, the animal park that was unveiled in January 2016 has already emerged as a major attraction for tourists and locals. As of now, there are three Royal Bengal Tigers with three cubs, a rhinoceros, gharials, over 400 deer, two elephants and an aviary with birds of different species at the park. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere are a number of safaris in the park that have become extremely popular.The safari of the herbivores is spread across an area of 100 hectare. There are bear safari, the Royal Bengal Tiger safari and the recently introduced leopard safari spreading over an area of 20 hectare each.”We are awaiting the nod of the Centre for the commencement of work for a leopard safari of international standards at South Khayerbari in North Bengal which will be spread over an area of 23 hectare,” Barman added.