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first_imgThe Valmiki Vidyalaya High School has successfully launched its College for Business and Technology which is now equipped with a state-of-the-art computer centre.Director of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, Jay SobhrajNow the Valmiki College for Business and Technology, the newest tertiary educational institution located at Crown Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, is the product of a fruitful collaboration between the institution and its newest partner, the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation.During the simple launching ceremony, Director of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, Jay Sobhraj pointed out that the school’s massive transformation is the result of teamwork.The newly launched Valmiki College for Business and Technology“It’s a collective team effort, this project here is not our first rodeo this is to be exact our fourteenth and it was all achieved under twelve years, we are all passionate [about] what we do and most importantly we do it with sincerity. This project was made possible after we made a visit here”, he underscored.While disclosing that the project was completed in the space of three months, Sobhraj further grasped the opportunity to admonish those present to set high standards with regards to the provision of education for future generations, so that more can be achieved personally and as a nation.“We must always have the drive for educating our people as parents, you want to make your children and grandchildren be better than you, whatever you’ve done. If they do the same as you, It means you as a parent has failed, it means you’re not raising the bar. We have to keep raising the bar higher” he urged.Meanwhile, Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine in his brief remarks lauded the school’s accomplishments as he urged students to take advantage of the opportunities offered while pursuing studies diligently.“Education is the key to success, it is the greatest asset you could ever achieve in life, I urge you as youths to take your education for when one is young your mind is like a sponge. It’s capable of absorbing everything so use the time you have to absorb and observe…today’s investment can be tomorrow’s foundation, be wise and think twice, make a decision with an impact.” Narine posited.The school’s computer centre is expected to serve both students and the wider society in equipping them with skills to thrive in a rapidly changing ICT professional environment. The non-profit institution is now expanded to offer varying academic services while at the same time instilling the Hindu culture and religion.Among the persons present at the launch were Principal of the institution, Yogeshwar Mathoo; former Commissioner of Police, Seelal Persaud and Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, among other dignitaries.last_img read more

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first_imgA female employee at Warriors basketball team sponsor Rakuten has sued the company, alleging her boss retaliated against her for spurning his advances and having a boyfriend.Jessica Wyman alleged in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that her boss Yasuhisa Iida on several occasions held her close, kissed her on the cheek, made inappropriate comments and even told her he loved her, before sabotaging her job after learning she had a boyfriend. Iida is president of San Mateo-based Rakuten Americas, a …last_img read more

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first_imgThe interactive //hapo museum at Freedom Park outside Pretoria is a place for South Africans to consolidate and preserve their freedom heritage in an all-encompassing and inclusive manner, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the museum’s opening in April 2013.“//hapo”, Khoi for “a dream”, derives from the Khoi proverb “//hapo ge //hapo tama /haohasib dis tamas ka i bo”, which means “a dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community”.Motlanthe said the concept of //hapo was instrumental for inculcating a culture of unity and democracy among South Africans.He said a common consciousness had to be developed among all South Africans, such that the country’s national symbols, including its flags and national anthem, reflected the socio-economic development of the country.“Understanding this complexity, it is important to develop spaces for people to tune into their consciousness, providing them with the space to freely fulfil themselves and to cultivate an identity through guaranteeing their freedoms of expression, religion, thought, conscience, belief, opinion and association.”The //hapo museum tells the story of the southern African region dating back 3.6- billion years in an interactive manner. “//hapo is a centre of interactive learning, in particular of learning about the journey to peace in our land,” Motlanthe said.Along the way, this journey progressing through the early wars of dispossession, such as Khoikhoi-Dutch war in the 1500s; the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape in 1652; the Third War of Dispossession between the Khoisan and colonial authorities in the 1800s; the South African War, previously known as Anglo Boer War, and the anti-apartheid struggle – all of which help define the freedoms South Africans enjoy today.“Generations to come will use this centre to learn about their origins and therefore understand the uniqueness of being a South African citizen and [of a] people who come from diverse quarters of the world but are despite this united in diversity,” Motlanthe said.“Certainly this centre will allow us to deal with all that is good and bad about our past, conscious not to dwell on it or repeat its mistakes while at the same time being steadfast in drawing important lessons to unite us as we foster a new and common national heritage.”The narration of the country’s history in this way would help South Africans to appreciate “that the freedom we enjoy today is no exclusive preserve of any one social grouping but a proud heritage of all South Africans,” Motlanthe said.It would also help to “free our minds from the bounds of mental imprisonment, allowing us the necessary singular focus to tackling the socio-economic conditions of poverty, unemployment and inequality that constrain the realisation of a better life for all South Africans”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgEldorado Park has much to be proud of: the Joburg suburb is the home of 24-year-old Liesl Laurie, who is the newest wearer of the sought-after Miss South Africa crown. Believe in yourself, she tells other young girls. Fulfilling your dreams will make life worth it, she adds. Liesl Laurie is Miss South Africa 2015. (Image: Kevin Mark Pass, Miss SA Facebook) • Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • Debate over the dress is put to good use • The South African who dresses the walkers • Welcome home, Rolene • SA’s Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World Priya PitamberLiesl Laurie will remember 29 March forever: it was the night she was handed the Miss South Africa crown.“I am ready for the responsibility that has been placed on my shoulders,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Taking on the title of Miss South Africa, I look forward to exploring our beautiful country, to seeing its beautiful landscape, but most importantly to connecting with its people. I am proud to stand here as an ambassador of South Africa and my fellow South Africans.”After Laurie, 24, completed her studies, she took a gap year to concentrate on her modelling career. She also spent time doing community work with a non-profit organisation called Babies Behind Bars. It cares for infants born to mothers in prison. “That experience taught me a lot about myself as a person, and also about not being too worried about what you don’t have but being grateful for what you do have,” she said in her Miss South Africa profile video.Watch:The new Miss South Africa advised women and girls to be themselves at all times. “Don’t ever lose the little girl you are or once were as you grow up,” she said. “Dreaming makes life beautiful and one day fulfilling your dreams will make life worth it. Finally, never forget to thank God for your blessings. Believe in yourself.”As for inspiration, she named her grandmother as the most influential person in her life and her favourite person in the world. “She has inspired me to be the best possible version of myself by teaching me to believe in myself, to remain humble and to pray.” Her mother, through overcoming her drug addiction, inspired her in a different way.The swimwear category is always controversial, but is still one of the most popular features of any pageant. This year was no different:  Liesl Laurie Posted by Miss South Africa on Sunday, 29 March 2015 Liesl Laurie wears a cocktail dress by Thula Sindi. “I was inspired by the timeless nature and the changing role of the Miss South Africa pageant so naturally I gravitated to another classic ‘the little black dress,’” said the designer. (Image: Miss SA Facebook)Three Miss Worlds under one roofLaurie has big shoes to fill – last year’s Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, went on to win the Miss World crown and has become one of the country’s greatest ambassadors. “South Africa, this is for you,” Strauss said in an interview after her win on the global stage in London. “I’m so proud of you and I’m proud to be your representative.”Watch Strauss being crowned:Only two other South Africans have worn the Miss World crown: Anneline Kriel in 1974 and Penny Coelen-Rey in 1958. They were all at the 2015 pageant, alongside 12 other former Miss South Africas, who mentored each of this year’s finalists. The national weekly newspaper, the Sunday Times called it the biggest gathering of title holders ever.  Backstage and ready to walk the stage with two of the most inspirational women I know. 3 Miss World’s from South Africa Rolene Strauss, Penny Coelen and Anneline Kriel Xxx Posted by Rolene Strauss on Sunday, 29 March 2015 “I’m looking forward to being on the other side [and] just watching the girls do their thing,” Strauss said ahead of last weekend’s pageant.Kriel spoke about the differences between 1974 and 2015. “I think the girls are much more worldy due to social media,” she said in a video interview. “They are educated. It is more than just a beauty pageant today.”Support and challenges“We at Sun International are delighted with the crowning of Liesl whom, I am sure, will walk the path with pride and passion,” said Sun International’s public relations executive, Sue Klerck. “She represents the whole of South Africa and will make a meaningful contribution to the lives of many as this country celebrates 21 years of democracy.”Suzette van der Merwe, a former Miss South Africa and a commercial communications executive at Cell C, added: “We would like to congratulate Liesl, and believe she will leave an indelible mark during her reign. The Cell C Believe manifesto says ‘Believe that if you can dream it, you can achieve it’, which is embodied in the new Miss South Africa and we feel she will make the country proud in whatever she achieves.”Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie is flanked by first princess Refilwe Mthimunye and second princess Ntsiki Mkhize. (Image: Miss SA Facebook)The pageant’s audience voiced support for second princess Ntsiki Mkhize. They believed she was a stronger contender, particularly following the question and answer segment.#Reaction after Ntsiki didn’t win after an answer like that pic.twitter.com/JNjQKeVI4X — IG: WezaThatGuy (@wezathatguy) March 29, 2015I still say Mrs SA could’ve been Ntsiki — nk. (@_hopolangk) March 30, 2015The people’s winner @Ntsiki_Mkhize #MissSA2015 Trended twice. How did you not win though. pic.twitter.com/Oa0ItKbsMi — Shout Out to Me (@WisemanSedibe) March 30, 2015First princess is Refilwe Mthimunye.last_img read more

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first_imgChina’s Yi Siling won the first gold medal of the London Olympics after shooting her way to glory in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event in London on Saturday.Yi shot consistently well on her way to a score of 502.9 to take gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks by 0.7 points from Polish athlete Sylwia Bogacka on 502.2.”Very exciting. Very happy. I’m very grateful to China. And to my mother and father who I love very much,” Yi said.Bogacka had entered with an advantage after setting the highest score in qualifying and held the lead with three shots remaining in the final.Two comparatively low scores from Bogacka dropped her to third before she re-took second place from China’s Yu Dan on a dramatic final shot.Bogacka said that the atmosphere was better than in Beijing four years ago.”Here the competition was much friendlier. People were smiling. It was much better than Beijing,” she said.Yu Dan scored 501.5 to take bronze.Russia’s Daria Vdovina had entered the final in a strong third position, but poor shooting early on destroyed her hopes of a medal, and she finished eighth and last.Heavily pregnant Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi earlier failed to make the final, finishing 34th in qualifying.last_img read more

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With just four games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is fighting for position in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The team, tied for fourth place with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is hoping to separate itself from UMD in order to gain home-ice advantage for the conference playoffs. Coach Nate Handrahan called the next few weeks a “hotly contested race” to get the last home ice advantage spot. Both teams have 38 points heading into this weekend’s conference matchups. Senior forward Natalie Spooner said OSU’s next four games are big, adding, “We’re striving right now for home-ice advantage.” It won’t be easy for the team to pick up points in the four upcoming games. They host Minnesota this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink then travel to Wisconsin the following weekend to take on the Badgers. The first time OSU and Minnesota met, OSU dropped both games, 4-1, on Dec. 10 and 11, 2011, respectively. “I know we want to get some wins this weekend against Minnesota,” senior forward Laura McIntosh said. Wisconsin and Minnesota occupy the No. 1 and 2 spots in the standings, respectively. “The rest of the season, like I said, we have Minnesota and then Wisconsin, two highly ranked teams,” McIntosh said. “I think we’re hoping to be consistent both days, both weekends, and pull out some big wins to get home ice.” In the WCHA playoffs, the top four teams receive home ice advantage. First place plays eighth place, second plays seventh, third plays sixth, and fourth plays fifth. Following the first round, the teams are again reseeded and advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off. OSU will most likely be playing in the four versus five matchup in the first round; it’s just a matter of whether they get the higher seed. “It’s up to the other games,” McIntosh said. “It looks like we’re going to play Duluth in playoffs, but it’s whether it’s home or away.” UMD will host this year’s WCHA Final Face-Off. Knocking UMD out of a tournament that they’re hosting is something McIntosh said she wouldn’t mind doing. “You know, Duluth, we’ve had a big rivalry with my whole time here, I think it’d be definitely nice,” she said about defeating them in the first round. Spooner and McIntosh said they are pleased with the season up to this point. “I think the season has gone well so far, you know, we’ve accomplished a lot of the goals we set at the beginning of the season,” McIntosh said. “We’re being more consistent and that was big for us, so we’re doing pretty good.” Those accomplishments include picking up big wins against rival programs like North Dakota and UMD, she said. “I think we’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve lost a few games that we’d like to have won, but I think that we’ve definitely learned from the mistakes we’ve made and it’s made us a stronger team,” Spooner added. Handrahan echoed the sentiments of his players and said he was pleased with a lot of the things the team has done. “I think we’ve grown a lot over the course of the season,” he said. “It’s a special season with a special group of girls.” Players and coach alike said they think the team’s best hockey is yet to be played. “If everyone does their part and plays how they can, I mean, we should be really successful,” Spooner said. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday when the team will take on the Golden Gophers. read more

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first_imgManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic refuses to give up on their Champions League hopes following Tuesday’s first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16.The Red Devils were left outclassed at Old Trafford by a PSG side lacking star duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani in the lineup.The major turning point in the game came in the second half with former United winger Angel Di Maria returning to haunt his old club by assisting Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe for both of PSG’s goals.It enabled the Ligue 1 champions to leave with a 2-0 aggregate lead and hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first defeat as caretaker boss in his 12th match in charge.But Matic insists that United now have nothing to lose for the return leg next month and will be giving it their all to cause an upset.“It was a difficult game for us,” Matic told UEFA.“Obviously when you lose it’s disappointing but I think we played some good football in the 90 minutes and of course in the second half when it was 2-0 it was hard for us.“They had more space to play as we had to risk more, but we have to respect them, they have great players, they are a good team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We will go to Paris to try to do something. We don’t have anything to lose so we will try to go there to play good football and try to win of course.”The second leg between PSG and United will take place at the Parc Des Princes in France on March 6.For now, Solskjaer’s men will need to quickly recoup from this setback for Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, where they will take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are doubts for the match after coming off on Tuesday night with injuries.Next up: Chelsea away in the #EmiratesFACup. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/yLOxIIMrD8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019last_img read more

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first_img #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 29, 2017 – Grand Turk – British support and intervention in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is being cited as a ‘game changing’ factor at Her Majesty’s Prison.   One observer of conditions at the facility noted overall improvements despite some prickly times between the UK prison officers, inmates and TCI prison guards.It is explained to #MagneticMedia that “the presence of the new UK prison officers working at the prison in recent months is working.”It is also shared that, “for the first time in nearly two decades… the prison population has reached its lowest count to only about 85 inmates in total including the six or seven female prisoners.  Normally at Christmas and the New years the prison is over crowded…”Hurricane Irma on September 7, 2017 ripped up the facility including a roof.  Severe damage was confirmed.   Inmates had escaped briefly during the storm and chaos erupted, forcing Police Tactical Unit officers to be called in with firm, even frightening orders –  reportedly to have come from the Governor.The addition of 20 UK prison officers in October evoked a mix of apprehension and confidence.  The troop from the United Kingdom conducted trainings and bolstered manpower at HMP.   Our source shares that “early next month, joining the prison staff will be up to seven Jamaican prison officers for 2-3 years and some permanent UK officers.”The #HMPrison, like other Government-run sites around the country is still damaged with no rebuilding work yet started since the catastrophic storms of September. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#HMPrison, magneticmedia Recommended for youlast_img read more

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