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GTT receives high honour at Mashramani 2018 prize- giving

first_imgGTT/Pulse Amazon Gems Band took the road by storm on February 23 last, and lived up to its promise to be the biggest and best band for the 2018 Mashramani Costume and Float Parade. The band was adjudged as having had the mostA representative from GTT receiving the trophy from an official of the Mash Secretariatcolourful costumes, which represented several of the precious minerals found in Guyana. For this excellent showing, GTT has received high honour with its second place win in the Full Costume Large Band category. Honours were bestowed on the GTT at the recently held Mashramani prize-giving ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre. GTT stood out as the lone private sector agency to have participated in the Costume Band and Float Parade. GTT now expresses special thanks to designer Olympia Small–Sonaram and the revellers who made the Band as fantastic and outstanding as it was.last_img read more

Arsenal free to sign Benfica starlet… for £40million!

first_imgArsenal target Goncalo Guedes has committed his long-term future to Benfica by signing a contract until 2019.Guedes’ agent has been in talks with the Portuguese club about a lucrative new deal for the 17-year-old winger, who is also wanted by PSG and Bayern Munich.And now Paulo Rodrigues has revealed that his client has penned his contract – which includes a hefty £40m release clause.Rodrigues told calciomercato.com: “Guedes has a contract until 2019 and a release clause of 50 million euros. Several clubs want the player, but no one is willing to meet Benfica’s demands and they don’t want to sell him. His dream is to succeed with Benfica, I think he can become stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo.” Goncalo Guedes [right] 1last_img

Breaking Down the Oklahoma State Schedule (Part 1)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We have nine days until the season starts. This is not a drill. We are in the single digits.Let’s walk through the schedule over the next week or so and force a 12-0 record upon the Cowboys objectively evaluate where we think Oklahoma State will be after each quarter of the season. This is not meant to be a deep dive into each team (that will come later) — simply a general overview of what we can reasonably expect going into 2016.Game 1: Southeastern LouisianaSoutheastern Louisiana lost to Incarnate Word last year 16-2. They gained 204 total yards. These numbers are not made up. You could theoretically draw names out of a hat to play QB (now starting … Amen Ogbongbemiga!) and still win by five touchdowns. The only drama here will be which table Mason Rudolph gets at Murphy’s.Record: 1-0Game 2: Central MichiganThis should be another steamrolling although CMU was surprisingly frisky last year in the opener (and they have their stud QB Cooper Rush back for his senior year). You get them at home though so the rout should be thorough and all-encompassing. I do like the rhythm you get this year going into Big 12 season. Your level of difficult rises with each game before the Baylor-Texas duo to close out September/open up October.Record: 2-0Game 3: PittsburghPittsburgh is good, not great (love to play the game though!). A quick scan of their 2015 schedule shows that they only played two ranked teams last season (Notre Dame and Navy) and got beat by a combined 28 points. So again, good not great. Return a senior QB (who started out at Tennessee) and a sophomore running back who sniffed 1,200 yards (must be nice!). Interestingly both OSU and Pitt allowed 5.69 yards per play on defense last season. I would expect OSU to win not a close game but a reasonably competitive one.Record: 3-0SummaryAnything worse than 3-0 going to Waco at the end of September is an abject failure. You have a glorified scrimmage, a game you win 9,999 times out of 10,000 and the ghost of Larry Fitzgerald (remember when he put up like 39 TDs on Texas A&M that one season?) to deal with.I’ve made it clear that I’m in favor of big boy non-conference games (i.e. Florida States and Mississippi States), but this is a fine September schedule. Nobody is really going to get super excited until the Baylor game, but if it helps thrust OSU into the CFB Playoff conversation in the middle of October, so be it.last_img read more

Celebrities Help Close Invictus Games

first_imgLast week, thousands joined almost 500 servicemen and women from around the world to celebrate the conclusion of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, during an electrifying Closing Ceremony.Celebrities, dignitaries, and musical guests joined the competitors and their family and friends at Champion Stadium. For many competitors, the Closing Ceremony was the culmination of years of training and intense dedication to their recovery.The ceremony was also the final opportunity to cheer on the men and women who have exemplified the true meaning of Invictus. To start, each team paraded across the stage for the Medallion Ceremony.The medallions, which were given to each competitor by the Invictus Games Foundation, were distributed by Prince Harry; Ken Fisher, Chairman of Invictus Games Orlando 2016; Dr. Jill Biden and Chairman of the Invictus Games Foundation, Sir Keith Mills. Competitors smiled from ear to ear, beaming with excitement as they took a lasting photograph with both Prince Harry and Dr. Jill Biden.To celebrate four days of competition, world renowned musical artists took the stage to tell their Invictus stories through music. Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of hit show, The Voice, performed Adele’s, “Set Fire to the Rain,” and accompanied by a gospel choir, sang “Somebody to Love.” Following Smith’s performance, the first nationally recognized wounded warrior band, Vetted, performed “No Man Left Behind.” American Idol Season 11 winner, Phillip Philips performed, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” among other songs.In a touching tribute, actor Wilmer Valderrama presented the Jaguar Award for “Exceptional performance” to Sarah Rudder from the U.S. team for displaying true determination and grit from start to finish. WWE superstar John Cena then joined the stage to present the Land Rover “Above and Beyond” award to the Sitting Volleyball team from Georgia, who won a Bronze medal in the competition. The team was honored for their inspiring example of the Invictus spirit, as not only competitors but also as teammates. Following, international popstar Rachel Platten gave an inspiring performance.Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden graced Champion Stadium to discuss her efforts to raise awareness about the sacrifices made by military families and to encourage 2016 competitors to never lose their Invictus spirit.“All of you have the world behind you, and you are not alone,” said Dr. Biden.Following Dr. Biden’s moving remarks, U.S. Team Captain, Will Reynolds, received a standing ovation as he took the stage to reflect on his Invictus Games journey, encouraging millions to uncover their Invictus story.“Our stories will memorialize all of our fortitude to come,” said Reynolds. “However, it does not stop here. We must continue telling our stories so others can also have this life-changing experience.”On Sunday, May 8, 2016 during the Opening Ceremony, the U.S. Air Force Color Guard raised the Invictus Games Flag next to the flag of the United States. During the 2016 Invictus Games, the Invictus Games Flag served as a reminder that the servicemen and women competing in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 are and remain unconquered. As the U.S. Air Force Color Guard lowered the flag during the Closing Ceremony, U.S. Captain Will Reynolds, Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Chairman, Ken Fisher and CEO, Vicky Gosling passed the flag to Canadian Team Captain, Bruno Guevremont and CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017, Michael Burns. Understanding the competitors would soon meet again in 2017, the crowd roared with applause as almost 500 men and women closed this chapter of their Invictus journey to prepare for a new chapter in Toronto.Following the passing of the Invictus Games Flag, Prince Harry took the stage to resounding applause.“The competition has been fierce with performances of the highest international standard across a number of events,” said Prince Harry. “But what inspired me, was the courage to make it to the starting line, to take to the field or to dive into that pool, motivated by the goal of giving your all – medal or no medal. You showed your families, your friends and yourselves, just how far you’ve come, regardless of the result.”To bring the Ceremony to a close, artists Rascal Flatts and Flo Rida took the stage and gave stellar performances, which included Rascal Flatt’s hit single, “Life Is a Highway,” and international hip-hop sensation Flo Rida’s “My House.” The finale of the show included the explosive colors of a spectacular fireworks show while a video set to Rachel Platten’s, “Fight Song” played. “Fight Song” has become an anthem for this year’s competitors and their families.Fans can see highlights from the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 here.The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Opening and Closing Ceremonies were produced by continuumLIVE and Donaldson Creative with Christopher Laue and Sara Donaldson jointly performing the roles of Executive Producer and Creative Director.last_img read more

Former PM says Christie lacks fiscal transparency

first_img Halkitis defends VAT comments in HOA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Value Added Tax was sold to the Bahamian public as a move to pay down national debt, but like many others lamenting on the matter, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham says there is no transparency and that it was nothing more than a revenue raising measure.  Mr. Ingraham was speaking on [email protected] and essentially said he struggles to respond to questions on the economy because PM Perry Christie “has not been transparent in its dealings.”With the election bell soon to ring, the comments of the former FNM Leader have been picked up by media and are gaining traction.  Public Polling revealed that residents still feel shafted by explanations about where the VAT money went.Since February the country was promised by the Finance Minister, Mr. Christie himself that it would know where that money went; PM Christie had said a detailed report was coming.   The report is still a no show.  National Debt now stands at $7 billion dollars, $2 billion dollars more than in 2012.   VAT reportedly raised $1 billion dollars in its inaugural year last year.#MagneticMediaNews#VATBahamas#nofiscaltransparencysaysIngraham#noreportyetonVATspending Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nofiscaltransparencysaysIngraham, #noreportyetonVATspending, #VATBahamaslast_img read more

Atout France extends deadline for annual tour operator contest

first_imgAtout France extends deadline for annual tour operator contest Share Friday, January 20, 2017 MONTREAL — Tour operators now have a bit more time to apply for Atout France’s annual competition that rewards the most original tourist offers.The deadline, originally set for Jan. 17, has now been pushed back to 12 p.m. EST on Jan. 24 to allow for the greatest number of tour operators to compete.Winners of the two prizes – ‘Product of the Year Award’ and ‘Paris City of Light Product of the Year Award’ – will be announced at an awards ceremony during a Destination France event in Toronto on March 1.Atout France has already sent an email to eligible businesses to inform them of the registration process and rules. Those who didn’t receive the invitation and wish to apply can contact Mélanie Paul-Hus, Atout France’s Deputy Director, at [email protected] Travelweek Group last_img read more