Netball boss ‘extremely happy’

first_imgThe Pepes finished second at the tournament behind winners Northern Ireland. Six teams took part in the tournament.“The girls did well despite having only 11 players. The board is very happy with the result which is an improvement from their performance at the last Nations Cup,” said Leka Maliaki.She added that, going forward the team will continue to train and keep fit for upcoming international events scheduled for March next year.“We maintained the core of the team from the Pacific Games and got results. Stability is important and we want to keep them together, training and maintaining that high level of competitiveness,” said Leka Maliaki.The Pepes arrive tomorrow morning.last_img

A crematorium of standard and beauty located in Berbice

first_imgthe decision to have loved ones cremated, as compared to buried, has increased drastically over the years. However, since not many crematoriums of standard are available, residents all over Guyana have opted to use “make-shift” cremation sites, often an inconvenience to persons.This was the case with the residents of Berbice, and the militating reason behind the genesis of Blairmont Crematorium and Memorial Gardens, located at the Blairmont Estate on West Bank Berbice.This crematorium was operationalized in June of 2013 and has since become the crown jewel for the residents of Berbice to conduct dignified funerals. The site has become very successful and is popularly described as a place which is “available to people of all races and religions without discrimination, as it reflects on a Guyanese Culture.”Registered as an official association under the laws of Guyana, this publicly funded development project has been under the management of the Blairmont Crematorium & Memorial Garden Society, currently headed by Nowrang Persaud. Persaud is a retired official of the United Nations, former director of Guyana Sugar Corporation and the Demerara Distillers Limited respectively.Built on one acre of land cleared, filled, fenced and raised to prevent flooding, the crematorium facilitates a beautiful and flourishing garden atmosphere as it serves as a constant reminder to everyone of the connection between life and death. With the intention to provide shade, 40 trees were planted, which have now grown to serve the purpose.Within the gorgeous scenery sits two funeral pyres situated in front of a pavilion with capacity to seat 200 under shaded accommodation. Attached to this structure are male and female washrooms, a centre that provides refreshments, a prayer room as well as a memorial hall.The Memorial Hall within this crematorium brings about not only a sense of modernization but a touch of uniqueness since its features allow persons the freedom to display photographs, or other memorabilia of their deceased loved ones, leaving permanent tokens which can be revisited by family and friends at any time, especially on the anniversaries of the departed and even on special occasions.The Blairmont Crematorium and Memorial Garden was created with financial contributions from the generosity of Guyanese locally and from the diaspora.Additional plans consist of the development of a spacious parking area, which would allow the Access Road to the Blairmont Estate to be cleared, as it is usually blocked in the event of large funerals. With this would come the need to fence the parking area, to keep out roaming animals, along with a better access bridge and gate.Possible installations of concrete benches/flooring under the trees are in the works, as well as an extended roofing of the pavilion.With the generous material and financial support received so far management of the Memorial Garden has succeeded in providing care and comfort for grieving families and friends, including overseas patrons.The estimated cost to complete the future plans adds up to approximately $1 million.The publicly funded organisation will accept financial aid from anyone interested in providing a donation towards the completion of this integral project.After this final round of works are completed the Memorial Garden would be able to operate self-sufficiently from fees collected for use of the facility.Anyone wishing to visit the site, use the facilities, offer any form of donation can contact the caretaker on site (Amir Baksh at 652-4500) or the Manager (Pamela Harriparshad at 621-5000) or Nowrang Persaud at 615-9802 or via e-mail at nowrangp@yahoo.comlast_img read more

Australian PM pillories Erdogans vile remarks and NZ Deputy PM heads to

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram President #Erdogan’s words were unfortunately taken out of context. He was responding to the so-called ‘manifesto’ of the terrorist who killed 50 innocent Muslims in Christchurch, NewZealand. Turks have always been the most welcoming & gracious hosts to their #Anzac visitors.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) March 20, 2019 Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not satisfied with an explanation given by Turkey’s Ambassador to Australia regarding comments made by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatening violence against Australian and New Zealanders visiting Turkey and ridiculing Anzacs following the Christchurch mosque attacks.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also been concerned by the comments and said on Wednesday that Deputy Prime Minister WInston Peters would tackle to Turkey at Istanbul’s request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and to “confront” the comments that Mr Peters described as “unfair”.“He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face,” Ms Ardern said.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed Turkey’s President and threatened further action for “deeply offensive” comments besmirching Anzacs and threatening violence to Australians and New Zealanders following the Christchurch massacre.Mr Erdogan’s comments were made during his pre-election campaign as an effort to drum up support for his Islamist-rooted AK Party in elections at the end of the month. He warned Australian and New Zealand citizens that came to Turkey with anti-Islamist sentiments that they would be sent back in coffins like their grandparents, the Anzacs, were.Mr Morrison rejected the excuses given by Turkish Ambassador Korhan Karakoc.“I do not accept the excuses that have been offered for those comments,” Mr Morrison said, describing Mr Erdogan’s speech as ‘vile’ and calling for a retraction.“I’ve asked for these comments, particularly their reporting of the misrepresented position of Australia on Turkish television, the state-sponsored broadcaster, to be taken down and I expect that to occur.”Mr Morrison and Opposition Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten are in communication regarding the comments. Both are in agreement regarding the “unhelpful” remarks.“Intemperate and regrettable remarks like this only play into the hands of those who seek to divide,” Mr Shorten said.Mr Morrison and Mr Shorten would also continue to liaise with the New Zealand Government.The Australian Prime Minister has threatened further action against Turkey unless these comments are withdrawn. Australia will also review its travel advice for Turkey.Turkey states that Erdogan’s words were taken out of contextA senior official of the Turkish presidency Tweeted on Wednesday that Mr Erdogan’s comments were taken out of context. In a tweet, Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director of the Turkish Presidency clarified that Mr Erdogan was responding to the so-called ‘manifesto’ of the terrorist who killed 50 muslims in Christchurch.Erdogan’s speech to mark 104 years since the Canakkale victory near Gallipoli had said that “those attacking us are still testing the patience and resolve of Turkey despite a century gone by.”“This is not an isolated event, it is something more organised,” he had said.“They are testing us with the message they are sending us from New Zealand, 16,500km from here.”“Your ancestors came and saw us here. Then some left on their feet, some in coffins. If you come here with same intentions, we will be waiting and have no doubt we will see you off like your ancestors.”Mr Altun said “the terrorist’s manifesto not only targeted Erdogan himself but also the Turkish people and the Turkish state” to explain the motivation behind the speech.He added that Turkish people have always been gracious hosts to Anzac visitors.last_img read more