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Do not underestimate the relevance of radio

first_imgDear Editor,In continuing my letter of February 14 relevant to Word Radio Day, which was celebrated on February 13, 2018, I would like to share a bit more on the impact of Radio.Radio has evolved in our world today from analog to digital technology. This evolution provides for better frequency tuning and precision. From my own experience, many radio stations hosted DX-ing clubs for Short Wave radio listeners. These clubs encouraged listeners to provide feedback on broadcast quality and the frequency on which the transmission or rediffusion was received. Some radio stations offered various tokens for feedback accuracy, such as bumper stickers, clothing, and other promotional material.In my younger years, that exercise was a particularly exciting one. Receiving mail from renowned radio networks generated greater enthusiasm than my routine pen-pal exchanges. That analogous approach has evolved over the years as a consequence of advancement in digital technology.Local radio has also seen significant improvements over the years. We no longer have unending breaks in transmission. There was a time in Guyana when power outages created unceremonious disruptions to regular programming on the 3- Channel, 2-Station radio network. Today this country boasts close to 20 radio stations, many of which have live streams. Oh, no! The streams I refer to are not water-filled creeks. Live streaming is digital broadcasting via the Internet. Live streams reach all across the world. When I’m on visits overseas, I can still listen to radio in Guyana instantaneously. Other people can also listen to us, whether they are in the UK, China, South Africa, USA or Australia. So, this is where we need to look at our content.It is often disturbing to hear non-Guyanese talk, accents, or slangs coming from the lips of Guyanese announcers. There are exceptions. Those exceptions are non-nationals or naturalized Guyanese who may be making audio presentations. Those persons will obviously still have their native twang, or be making linguistic transformation to (Guyanese) English.I can tune to the VOB in Barbados and know I’m on to a Barbadian radio station, or I.S.A.A.C in T&T and know that I’m on to a Trinidadian radio station; but many times when I tune into local stations, I wonder if they have relocated to Portmore in Jamaica or Syracuse in New York.Local radio practitioners should be proud of their native land and native tongue, and strive to give a representation of local content. Maybe this is something the broadcast authority should look at, not as an imposition, but as encouragement to promote Guyana as Guyana for Guyana. As this country realizes the influx of various nationalities and cultural influences, we can use radio as an effective tool to help preserve our culture, customs and patrimony, and as an organ for protection of our sovereignty.Sincerely,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

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Congratulations to the Police…

first_imgDear Editor,With much pleasure, I read in the print media that 21 members of the Guyana Police Force, ranging from the rank of constable to that of deputy superintendent, recently successfully completed a three-month training course in leadership.According to the media, the course was sponsored by the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Ms. Alexandra King, Political and Economic Chief at the United States of America Embassy in Guyana; David Ramnarine, Commissioner of Police (ag); and Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of Public Security, addressed the graduants at the graduation.They all raised some apposite issues and concerns. The reports stated that Ms. Alexandra King called on the participants to share with their colleagues what they have learnt in the last three months, in an effort to bring positive change among them.The acting Top Cop cautioned the ranks to put what they have been taught into good use, and to use the knowledge and skills for the good, as the Force is increasingly under the microscope.The Honourable Minister urged the ranks not to be vessels to be filled, but rather be lamps to be lit and shine. He posited that he had many times noticed that nice programmes come, and that when the players leave, the passion and so on die. He yearned for people who would ensure that it flows from there.Training in the Guyana Police Force is a sine qua non. It is the lifeblood of the organisation. It is the main root of development in the GPF. Other sectors, even though very important, are but the branches of the tree. Cut the main root, and the tree dies.The Police have boasted, and quite rightly so, of exposing hundreds of their ranks to training conducted by the Police themselves; at the University of Guyana and other institutions of learning; done locally by overseas facilitators from the ABC and other countries, as was the case with the just concluded leadership training under review; and training overseas.These training inputs, although commendable, invite many unanswered questions: How do the Police identify training needs? Does the training satisfy the needs of the GPF? Are there benefits for the individual officers? Are there benefits for the supervisors/managers? Are there benefits for the department, the community they serve, and the country as a whole?Or is it that history will record that an innumerable number of Police ranks were exposed to some kind of training and nothing else happened?According to Alice in Wonderland, if you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there. Sometime ago, I wrote that the ideal thing for the Police to do is to conduct a Job Task Analysis countrywide, to identify training needs as those relate to a vastly changing and dynamic environment they are now required to serve and protect.The process is a time consuming and expensive exercise, but it is indispensable. However, in the interim, there are other areas by which the Police can be guided to identify training needs. Space does not allow me to go into greater detail, but I had outlined several areas in an article in the last edition of the Guyana Review.In addition, there must be a fit and proper system in place to evaluate the effectiveness and benefits of the Police training. It is imperative that the training activities be evaluated.Bumgarner (2001) suggests, “In doing full-fledged training evaluation, favourable evaluation results can be used to demonstrate the usefulness of training and the appropriateness of expending training dollars.”The Kirkpatrick Model of training evaluation can be very instructive. It has four levels: reaction, learning, behaviour and results. The reaction level focuses on the participants’ perception of the training. This is the most common type of evaluation.The learning level focuses on the knowledge or skills required, ideally through a pre- and post- test.The behaviour level looks at whether or not the knowledge or skills are actually applied to the job by observing the participants use what was learnt.The results’ level focuses on the department’s return on investment, or cost benefit analysis. For example, cost savings, increase in work output or quality.Bumgarner recommends, “For criminal justice managers to know that the organisation has truly benefited through the training of its employees, all four levels should be examined.”Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissioner of Police(Retired)last_img read more

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Minister fetes hundreds at Indigenous residence

first_imgIt was a day filled with excitement, joy and entertainment as the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry hosted residents of the Amerindian Hostel at its annual Christmas party and lunch at the Princes Street location in Georgetown.Residents turned out in their numbers to join in the festivities and were entertained by Indigenous talent, while indulging in a wide variety of Indigenous delicacies and beverages.Meanwhile, in his address to the gathering, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock expressed his pleasure at being a part of the festive celebration, while noting that continued efforts are being made to improve the facility.To address the needs of the growing numbers at the Hostel, works have been initiated and are presently underway.The Amerindian Hostel was built to accommodate hinterland students attending schools on the coastland, as well as patients who would have been referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) for medical attention.Over the years, the facility has expanded its services to cater to the needs of persons in difficult situations, including victims of domestic violence, trafficking in persons, discharged prisoners, or any similar situation.During the year, the facility would have met the needs of more than 2000 persons.last_img read more

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Charlie Lake Store fire extinguished

first_imgPhoto:  Charlie Lake and Fort St. John Fire Crews spent most of Tuesday morning battling the fire – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caCharlie Lake Fire Chief Al Pinkerton says fire crews have extinguished the fire at the Charlie Lake store.- Advertisement -Chief Pinkerton says there is significant damage to the residential area above the store.[asset|aid=1340|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=aac35ce03e8d79aacb33306bc11de02f-Pinkerton-update 1_1_Pub.mp3]The fire broke out at about 4:40am on Tuesday, and reports indicate fire-fighters managed to keep the flames from spreading to the ground floor store itself.Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Al Pinkerton said the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area, which is also on the ground floor.Advertisement As of 2:00pm Tuesday afternoon, fire crews are waiting for fire commissioners to arrive from Prince George, to start the investigations.As a precautionary measure, the Charlie Lake School cancelled all classes on Tuesday. Classes will resume on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Pinkerton says accommodation has been found for the residents who lived on top of the Charlie Lake store.last_img read more

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Hu stepping up offensive game this spring

first_imgBut the skinny kid isn’t so skinny anymore. The suddenly offensive Hu beat out two infield singles during the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game on Tuesday – a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 7,015 at Hammond Stadium – and finished 3 for 4, raising his spring average to .444 (4 for 9). “He has probably picked up 10 pounds this winter,” said Mike Easler, who was Hu’s hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville last season and will be again if Hu moves to Triple-A Las Vegas. “He was a little small last year and lacked strength. I can tell he just has more confidence in himself. He looks so much better offensively.” But with Rafael Furcal eligible for free agency after next season, this guy could be the Dodgers’ everyday shortstop for years to come – if he learns to hit. “This young man has gained a lot of strength in one year,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “I can see him continuing to get stronger and more mature. I think his glove speaks for itself, and I think he definitely has a chance to play in the major leagues.” Left-hander Joe Beimel, who felt discomfort in his elbow after pitching a shaky eighth inning in Monday’s win over Boston, played catch in Vero Beach on Tuesday morning and felt fine. Little said Beimel will stay on his regular program unless the problem recurs. “It’s nothing to be concerned with,” Little said. “It was just a little puffiness. For a person like him, who has never had much (arm) trouble, it scared him a little bit.” In other injury news, shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) is almost ready to return, although Little said it won’t happen in either of today’s split-squad games. Meanwhile, utility man Marlon Anderson (right elbow) remains sidelined indefinitely. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT MYERS, Fla. – The knock against Chin-Lung Hu has always been, well, that there is no knock. There are some observers, in fact, who wonder whether the skinny kid with the electrifying glove will ever hit enough to play in the major leagues. center_img Hu also showed some of his characteristic flash, going behind the bag to pick up a grounder hit by Josh Rabe in the seventh inning and teaming with longtime doubleplay partner and fellow defensive wizard Tony Abreu to turn it into an inning-ending force at second. Hu also lunged far to his right and onto the grass to stop a smash by Chris Heintz in the eighth that Heintz nevertheless beat out. Although Hu isn’t a burner in the classic tradition of slightly built middle infielders, he does have enough speed to steal the occasional base if he picks his spots well, and he is a smart runner. With Choo Freeman batting and runners on first and second with none out in the seventh inning, Hu easily stole third base on a pitch from Julio DePaula that was far enough off the plate that it might as well have been a pitchout. That steal enabled Hu to jog home on Freeman’s subsequent groundout. “He said he picked up something from the catcher,” Easler said. “That shows he can pick up a breaking ball and give himself a chance to steal. That turned out to be big.” Hu, 23, is in big-league camp strictly for the experience and probably will be among the first players cut after the Dodgers’ final split-squad date on March 15. The best he can realistically hope for this season is a September callup, but even that isn’t likely because it would require putting him on the 40-man roster. last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp reveals duo injury doubts for Liverpool’s Premier League opener

first_img James Milner and Daniel Sturridge Liverpool could be without both Daniel Sturridge and James Milner when they kick off their new Premier League campaign at Arsenal on Sunday.Striker Sturridge missed the Reds’ final two pre-season fixtures last weekend with a hip injury which flared up again at training on Thursday while former England colleague Milner, who recently retired from international football, sustained a bruised heel during Saturday’s 4-0 win over Barcelona.On Sturridge, boss Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com: “On Wednesday he could train; on Thursday, he felt (it) a little bit so we will have to see.“Of course, he had a few days where he couldn’t train and that’s not too good for the Arsenal game, but we have other players who are available and that’s good for us.“Hopefully it stays like this and we can give Daniel enough time so that when he is fit again, he can then become match fit in the next few days. There are a lot of games to play.“It is nothing serious with him, but it was enough to get him out of training and so now we have to see. It’s how I always say, we have to think about the players that are available at the moment and all the other guys have to work as hard as possible to become fit again.”Milner was spotted leaving Wembley on crutches following the victory over Barca but Klopp is more upbeat about when he will have the versatile 30-year-old available again.“With Millie we have to wait,” Klopp added.“It’s better than we all expected after the (Barcelona) game when we saw him walking out of the stadium on crutches – that’s not the best picture you want to see after a game.“On Sunday he felt better, on Monday he felt better. It’s a bruise in the heel, so that’s really painful and I can say that when it is too painful for Millie, then it’s really painful.“(We will take) no risk at the moment, we have to wait until everybody says we can go on and that’s what we’ll do.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has plenty of injury issues too, particularly in the central-defensive region, though Dejan Lovren has trained fully after a knock to increase Klopp’s own options in that region.And summer signing Marko Grujic, another who picked up a slight niggle during last weekend’s double header, also returned to training on Thursday. 1last_img read more

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My Donegal… with theatre director Séimí Campbell

first_imgDonegal Town native Seimi Campbell, a well-known figure in the theatre and music scene, shares his perspective on life in Donegal.Séimí is most well known for his involvement with theatre, both on and off stage. He is a student of Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and is due to finish his degree in less than two months time. Séimí most recently directed the sell-out run and critically acclaimed ‘Evita’ in the O’Reilly Theatre Dublin, with Trinity Musical Theatre (TMT) in February 2018, which garnered the support of Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth. : Séimí along with his fellow cofounders of TMT; Mairead Hughes and Sean Cassidy and TMT Patron, and Broadway star, Kristin Chenoweth.Séimí cofounded TMT in 2016, while back at home in Donegal, he was director with Bosco Productions for six years.He has also directed the Donegal debut of Mairéad Ní Ghráda’s An Triail in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon (September 2015, November 2017). In 2017, Séimí founded Donegal Youth Musical Theatre (DYMT), and directed their inaugural production and North-West premier of Phantom of the Opera in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny (August 2017). He is looking forward to directing a contemporary adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar in An Grianan Theatre with DYMT this August.He has been awarded with a JCI Top Outstanding Young Person Award (Donegal) in 2017, and was named in the ‘Trinity Twenty’ earlier this year. In his ‘other life’, Séimí is a proud musician and music educator. He is an accompanist with his parish choir in Killymard each Sunday morning, and was most recently selected to represent Ireland at the EAS Music Education Conference in Latvia later this month.Séimí pictured at the Official Launch of DYMT in An Grianan Theatre with Dublin actors and friends, Lainey O’Sullivan and Joshua HurleyThis is Séimí Campbell’s My Donegal…What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Lough Eske. The best place to clear your head after a busy week in the Big Smoke.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh – such an incredible yet humble musician whose grá of Donegal always shines on an international stage. Also, there are so many on a local level –  Eileen Carr, Pat Ward…all with such talent, modesty and hearts of gold.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel…always!What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Sam Maguire coming back to the Diamond in 2012. A night we will always remember.What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?We don’t take compliments in Donegal!!Phantom of the Opera rehearsals in An Grianan Theatre, LetterkennyWhat is your favourite Donegal-made product?Tom’s brown bread, Aroma. Always survives the journey to Dublin in my suitcase each week!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Maireád NíMhaonaigh. Also, Noel Cunningham.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Deirdre McGlone, Harvey’s Point. A lady who always takes time to speak to one and all, continues to put Donegal on the map through her love of the county and has built up an absolute treasure chest in our back garden!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?A toss between Seamie Coleman and Michael Murphy.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Aroma at the Craft Village, Donegal Town. It is the one place you always leave feeling healthy – even after a slice of lemon cake! What would your ideal day in Donegal consist of?A morning walk around Lough Eske with my family, a busy day’s rehearsal for DYMT at the mighty An Grianan Theatre, followed by a steak sandwich in Harvey’s Point. (Maybe even a sing-song in the Forge, depending on the night!!) Perfection.Seimi with his brothers at Lough EskeWhat is your favourite Donegal saying or expression? ‘Sure you’re wild good…’What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Like all of the country, I think we need to continue to work together to promote positive mental health in Donegal. As Cycle Against Suicide promote, ‘It’s O.K. not to feel O.K., and it’s absolutely O.K. to ask for help’. Let’s keep spreading this message.What is your favourite Donegal food?Steak on the stone from the Market House at the Abbey Hotel. Melt in the mouth!Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The four hours bus journey home from Dublin every weekend. But, it’s ALWAYS worth it.Do you have a favourite local band?Little Hours – who first played in my garden for my 18th birthday before stardom hit ! I’ve always loved the Henry Girls too.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Build a new state of the arts theatre in Donegal Town to help put Donegal on the map as a hub of professional theatre. We have the talent. We just need a venue to match it.What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?Each production brings its own highs and excitement. ‘Phantom’ and ‘Evita’ this year were certainly up there with the most special. Founding Trinity Musical Theatre with my two friends, and watching it grow over our first two years has also been an incredible journey.Cast and crew of Evita 2018 pictured on stage this FebruaryIs there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The people, the place and the love that the people have for the place. You wouldn’t find it anywhere else.Also, how all Donegal lads love coming home every weekend to our mammys!! Every other county thinks we’re cracked!Do you want to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Let us know by emailing info@donegaldaily.comMy Donegal… with theatre director Séimí Campbell was last modified: March 23rd, 2018 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:MY DONEGALSéimí campbelllast_img read more

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Chelsea v Arsenal: Match info for pre-season friendly in China

first_img1 Before Chelsea and Arsenal meet at Wembley on 6 August in the Community Shield they play each other in a friendly. In China.Here’s all the match info you need.Where is the match being played?Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China.What time is kick-off?The game will take place in China on Saturday 22 July at 7.40pm local time. However, that means it is on at 12.40pm in the UK. What channel is it on?Fans can watch it on both the Arsenal Player and Chelsea TV.Who are in the squads?ArsenalPetr Cech (GK), Emi Martinez (GK), David Ospina (GK), Krystian Bielik, Cohen Bramall, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Donyell Malen, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Joe Willock, Granit XhakaChelseaNot confirmed yet. Arsenal won two of their three games against Chelsea last season last_img read more

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Wolves sign duo on permanent contracts

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Both players will join up with the Wolves squad on Monday, before travelling to Switzerland for a pre-season training camp the following week.Wolves have strengthened ahead of their return to the Premier League by signing Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio from Sporting Lisbon and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez. 2 targets Wolves have turned the loan moves of Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre into permanent deals.Bonatini, who scored 12 goals in 43 games as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side won the Sky Bet Championship title last season, arrives from Saudi Professional League side Al-Hilal for an undisclosed fee. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “Leo Bonatini was unstoppable for a long stretch last season – his goals played a huge part in our promotion – and we have no doubt he can reproduce that kind of goalscoring form in the Premier League.“Ruben Vinagre is a hugely exciting prospect, and we are really looking forward to him developing further under Nuno’s tutelage.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Bonatini impressed while on loan LATEST Vinagre has a lot of potential targets IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM latest transfer news The Brazilian, 24, has signed a four-year deal, while Vinagre, 19, joins from Monaco on a five-year contract.“We are delighted to secure the services of two players we rate very highly, and we believe can play a huge part in our plans for our first season back in the Premier League and beyond,” Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell told the official club website.“Both players have been part of this group for a season, and that means they can hit the ground running and won’t need any additional time to adjust to Nuno and his coaching staff’s high standards of preparation and training. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on RANKED 2last_img read more

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Leeds United pipped to the signing of Premier League defender

first_imgHowever, according to the Express & Star, the central defender was also wanted by fellow Championship side Leeds United.Having spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Elland Road, there was a possibility he could have rejoined on a permanent deal this summer.With the club already having lost Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans this summer, Baggies boss Darren Moore would have hoped to secure more options at centre half.Once the deal is completed, the 27-year-old will be confirmed as the club’s second signing of the window after Sam Johnstone joined from Manchester United. Bartley could enjoy a ‘competitive’ first training session back at the Hawthorns after clashing with James McClean last season 2 Bartley won the FA Youth Cup with the Gunners before joining the south Wales side in 2012 for £1 million, making just 38 appearances over six years. West Bromwich Albion have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley.The former Arsenal man is expected to complete his move within the next 24 hours, after agreeing personal terms with the Baggies. 2 Bartley enjoyed a productive loan spell at Leeds during the 2016/17 season last_img read more

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