GTA expands adventure tourism in Guyana

first_img… launches inaugural Bartica 4×4 SafariBY ASHRAF DABIEThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has embarked on a mission aimed at creating more adventure attractions available in Guyana by cashing in on the rich natural beauty and cultural diversity existing outside of the capital city, Georgetown. This announcement was made as the GTA on Thursday launched the first ever Bartica 4×4 Safari set to take the roads later this month.Organisers of the Bartica 4×4 Safari present at the launch. Also in photo is Director of the GTA Indranauth HaralsinghNature lovers are once again invited to journey in their four-wheel drive vehicles (4×4) through the trails, as the GTA has now turned its attention to the model green town of Bartica in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). This is following the successful execution of four similar adventure excursions which was staged earlier this year as GTA collaborated with several trip organisations such as Rainforest Tours and the ‘Super 7 Team’.The safari is set to kick start on August 18 which will take the explorers out of the city and through the mining town of Linden as they make their way to the Bartica. The three-day journey will feature hiking through nature trails, swimming at lakes and waterfalls along the way and even a cook-out once in Bartica, presenting a true Guyanese experience while exposing the participants to a more natural way of life. The expedition will come to an end on August 20, leaving the Safarians with a life time of memories.In addition, the highlights of the trip will include visits to sites such as the Christianburg Waterwheel in Linden, BK Quarry, Barakara, Marshall Falls and Bartica Beach along the way. At the same time, the participants will be housed at the famous Palm Springs Hotel, adding a luxurious touch to the experience.Providing the details of what is to be expected during this expedition was Kamrul Baksh, the Senior Product Development Officer attached to GTA. Baksh outlined the attractions offered by each Safari, zooming in on the uniqueness of the journey set for later this month.He noted that, “Safaris are an ideal adventure type product that caters for persons who love the outdoors, exploring and discovering beautiful Guyana.” He said too that the Bartica 4×4 Safari offers to the public the opportunity to engage in a life changing experience. “The challenges in overcoming the rugged terrain, the chance to see both historic and natural scenic sports, to enjoy the comforts of a contemporary and luxurious hotel, are just a few of the highlights of this Safari.”Moreover, the Senior Officer further indicated that GTA is currently on a mission aimed at boosting tourism in Guyana by promoting the rich natural beauty existing outside of Georgetown. As such, he emphasised that excursions such as the newly established Bartica 4×4 Safari create the perfect Guyanese experience.“This Safari is a welcome addition to Guyana’s Tourism Adventure Product Portfolio. The Guyana Tourism Authority fully encourages and supports this initiative. People who are starved for adventurous activities in Guyana now have different options to choose from. Each of the Safaris is unique and different in their own way,” Baksh highlighted.Also speaking at the launch was Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Indranauth Haralsingh, who expressed delight in the establishment of yet another Safari route.Haralsingh pointed out that GTA is committed to creating news packages which offer affordable adventure travel, outdoor recreation and short getaways for both citizens and tourists, including those from within the diaspora.“At the GTA we want to create more visibility and help with the branding of the various locations and attractions in Guyana,” relayed Haralsingh.On that note, the Director pointed out, “This inaugural Bartica Safari serves that purpose and will help to bring more visitors to Bartica to support the livelihood and income and employment and everything else of Bartica.”He also extended an invitation, particularly to Guyanese, to join in the adventure and cultural exchange set for Bartica, in a matter of days.The Barticia 4×4 Safari marks the fourth route to be explored by GTA and its partners and will make the way for a number of similar adventure tourism initiatives to follow in the coming months.As such, persons in possession of 4×4 vehicles are encouraged to sign up to be a part of this unforgettable voyage with a participation fee of just $5000 per vehicle. However, individuals wishing to cash in on the experience can do so by renting a four-wheel drive vehicle which can be done at an all-inclusive cost of $50,000.Thus far, 12 vehicles have registered to hit the road on August 18 while GTA and their partners continue to encourage others, primarily Guyanese to come onboard with what promises to be an ideal natural exploration and cultural exchange.last_img read more

Energetic Edge Cheer Association off to Kamloops for Championships

first_imgAccording to Brace, the Canadian cheer community has been trying to get cheerleading recognized as a national sport, with hopes of receiving that recognition in a couple of years.“Cheer Canada and the rest of the Canadian cheer community has been working hard to get cheerleading recognized as a national sport. If all goes well, there will be an official national championship within the next couple of years.”Brace says, due to timing, this will be the first time in four years of not attending the Okanagan Cheer Championships in Kelowna.“Due to the timing, this will be our first time in four years not attending the Okanagan Cheer Championships in Kelowna at the end of April. However, we look forward to seeing all the friends we’ve made over the years at this new competition and are excited to meet our new friends at PG Allstar Cheer, our closest cheerleading neighbours in B.C.”Advertisement Up next, is the Year-end Community Showcase, which will be held on May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Dr. Kearney. There will be an awards ceremony along with a raffle and a silent auction.Also coming up is an Intro to cheer class running for four weeks through May and June. Brace says the cost is $50 and the class is a great introduction for anyone curious about cheer or for anyone looking to get a head start before joining next season.For more information on upcoming events, you can visit the Energetic Edge Cheer Association’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Energetic Edge Cheer Association is off to Kamloops for the first B.C. Provincial Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, April 13.According to Energetic Edge Head Coach, Christina Brace, there will be over 50 teams competing at the Championships.“There will be 50 teams competing in Kamloops with a total of over 600 athletes. Energetic Edge is sending 36 athletes, which makes up three of our teams.”- Advertisement -Brace says the competitive athletes work incredibly hard for nine months to be ready for events like the Championships.“Our competitive athletes work incredibly hard from September to June with three and sometimes four practices per week to prepare.”Energetic Edge’s goal at Kamloops, says Brace, is to hit zero, which means to perform routines with zero falls or safety infractions, ultimately to come out with a higher score.Advertisementlast_img read more

City Budget Discussion Schedule Released

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has released its 2009 budget calendar. Following the 2008 budget there were many concerns the process wasn’t transparent enough, so the City has released a schedule of when all the budget meetings will be held for 2009. City Manager Diane Hunter says the process is the same as last year but they are trying to make it more public. [asset|aid=646|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5e109737ff548bc2be4f9259d0484c2a-Diane – Public Process_1_Pub.mp3] Although these meetings are not open for discussion, the City and Council hope this will allow the public see how Council puts together the budget. There will be a 5 minute question period at the end of each meeting and once the budget is complete they will hold an open house to discuss the budget.The first meeting was held Monday afternoon and the second one is scheduled for Monday December 15th and will deal with Utility Rates.- Advertisement –last_img read more

UPDATE – Power outage from Taylor to Dawson Creek

first_img UPDATE – As of 3pm, power has been restored- Advertisement – BC Hydro is reporting a power outage from Taylor to Dawson Creek along the Alaska Highway.Approximately 600 customers are currently without power in that area.The outage started shortly after 1pm and should be restored by 4:30pm.The outage has been caused by a downed power line.last_img

World Cup at risk from match-fixing, say betting experts

first_img0Shares0000The World Cup is not immune from the threat of match-fixing, say experts © AFP/File / Mohammed HUWAISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 22 – The World Cup is not immune from the threat of match-fixing, experts have warned, with sophisticated monitoring systems in place to identify suspicious activity during the tournament in Russia.Jake Marsh, head of integrity at digital media group Perform, which supplies live sports video to bookmakers, said there was no room for complacency despite the global nature of the event. He said factors such as national pride and the impression — sometimes false — that all the players are well-paid, did not mean the World Cup would not be targeted.“We have had World Cup qualifiers that have been proved as fixed,” said Marsh, who was speaking at the Betting on Football conference at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground on Wednesday. “So why wouldn’t they go into the main tournament?“We looked at a friendly match last year between two international sides, one of whom couldn’t afford to pay their hotel bill and might be featuring at the World Cup.”“The vulnerabilities are there even though they are international sides so quite rightly (world governing body) FIFA have monitoring in place at the World Cup,” added Marsh, who has been involved in fighting corruption for more than a decade.Gilles Maillet, sport integrity director of La Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), which operates the French national lottery, said it is a fallacy to think fixers always pick events that could be below the radar.“It is very clear and a point worth making that many people think most fixers focus on low-level competitions because it is easier to fix and involves less expense to them,” said the Frenchman.“On the other hand, with the amount of transactions you have at large events it can be more difficult to detect the fix, which can be hidden behind the large amounts of money that are bet.”– Suspicious patterns –Betting companies have plans in place in the event of suspicious betting patterns related to any of the matches in the tournament, which runs from June 14 to July 15.“What is special during every big event like the World Cup is that our activity takes place at a national level,” said Maillet.“Before every event we have a meeting specifically to identify potential risks, and every third day a conference call between key members exchanging information and of course feedback as to what the organising body has determined as potentially bearing a risk.“This is exactly how we worked during the last Winter Olympic Games, every third day we would have contact with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) checking what has happened, what are the betting trends in the market both online and retail, where behaviour can be different.”Eric Konings, sports betting integrity officer at online gambling company Kindred Group, said most responsible betting firms would have prepared well in advance.“If you have to set up all kinds of processes and implement ad hoc solutions because the World Cup is coming then I think there is something wrong with how you approached your topic,” said Konings.“You have your risk management, your financial risk management and internal awareness. It is all set up and it is just a case of rolling it out again and take it as it comes.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: See Louis van Gaal go NUTS at Man United game

first_imgNew Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already shown his fiery side and the season hasn’t even started yet.As the Red Devils’ friendly with Inter Milan drew to a close the Dutchman unleashed a furious barrage towards the fourth official after an incident involving Tom Cleverley, which you can see in the video above.The match finished 0-0 but in the end his men won 5-3 on penalties and he was able to show his happier side.“I am very pleased,” Van Gaal said. “I think we played by far the best match of our sequence of three.“I was very pleased with our ball possession; it was much better than the other matches. And I think also the positions were better covered.“So tonight I was very pleased with the performance of my players, both in the first half and the second half.”last_img read more

Salah, Egypt set for AFCON bow in stifling heat

first_img0Shares0000President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt greets Liverpool star Mohamed Salah during a visit to the national squad in Cairo ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in the country. Credit: AFP Photo/HO/Egyptian PresidencyCAIRO, Egypt, June 21 – All eyes will be on Mohamed Salah on Friday as the Egypt star looks to help the Africa Cup of Nations hosts launch their bid for a record-extending eighth title in style against Zimbabwe in the opening match of a tournament expanded to 24 teams for the first time.After avenging last year’s Champions League anguish with Liverpool three weeks ago, Salah is now on a mission for redemption with the Pharaohs after injury wrecked his World Cup campaign in Russia — ruining Egypt’s return to the global showpiece after a 28-year absence. Egypt top the betting as favourites to lift the trophy in Cairo on July 19 and have won the competition as hosts three of the previous four times, with the last of those in 2006 sparking an unprecedented run of three successive triumphs.Authorities are confident the infrastructure is in place to host the continent’s largest football contest, awarded to Egypt at just six months’ notice, and which kicks off against a backdrop of terror attacks and only days after the death of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Players will also have to contend with average temperatures of between 35 and 38 Celsius (95-100.4 Fahrenheit) following the decision to switch the tournament from its traditional January/February time slot to June/July to avoid European club-versus-country clashes.Egypt coach Javier Aguirre is confident of capturing a second international title, a decade on from leading his native Mexico to CONCACAF Gold Cup glory.“We are the favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup,” said the 60-year-old Aguirre, the first Mexican to guide the Egyptian national team.“Egypt are playing at home, can count on passionate support and have Mohamed Salah, the best footballer in Africa.”Salah has returned home after another stellar season with Liverpool, which he completed by scoring the first goal in a 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.His 22 English Premier League goals last season gave him share of the Golden Boot title with two fellow Africans, Senegalese Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.– ‘Tremendous support’ –Aguirre says fears that his talisman may be jaded after a long season of Premier League and Champions League football are unfounded.“Mohamed took a holiday after the Champions League final, did not play in our first warm-up match and only came on after half-time in the second,” he countered.Egypt beat fellow qualifiers Tanzania and Guinea and what pleased Aguirre most was not the results, but the large number of scoring chances the Pharaohs created.“We had about 20 chances to score against the Tanzanians and almost as many against the Guineans. That is very encouraging.”Aguirre also dismissed the view that Egypt rely too heavily on Salah, saying: “We have selected 23 footballers who are totally committed to the cause of winning the Cup of Nations.“It is impossible for one footballer to win a Cup of Nations on his own. Mohamed will receive tremendous support from his team-mates.“All the players are mentally and physically ready and we look forward to beginning our campaign with a victory over Zimbabwe.”The countries have met only once in a Cup of Nations with Egypt winning 2-1 in Tunisia 15 years ago and both teams were eliminated after the first round.Zimbabwe coach and former captain Sunday Chidzambwa was keeping his thoughts to himself ahead of the tournament opener.But captain and forward Knowledge Musona, who plays in Belgium, stressed that they must not become obsessed by Salah, despite the huge threat he poses.“We must not just stop Salah, we must stop all the Egyptians. If we concentrate only on one, others will destroy us,” he warned.“We are not here to talk — we are here to play football. We are in Egypt to achieve success and make every Zimbabwean proud of us.The Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are the other teams in Group A and they meet Saturday at the same venue as the opening match.Group winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout second round along with the best four of the six third-place finishers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Confirmed! Former England manager appointed Newcastle head coach

first_img1 Steve McClaren Steve McClaren has been appointed head coach at Newcastle.The former England manager, who was first offered the job six months ago after Alan Pardew’s contract was relinquished, has agreed a three-year deal at St James’ Park, which could extend to eight.The 54-year-old was sacked by Championship side Derby County at the end of the season after failing to lead the Rams to the play-offs, and was clearly delighted to finally conclude a deal with the Magpies.McClaren said: “I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United FC. This is a big club with a wonderful heritage.“St. James’ Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city, and I am excited to be given this opportunity. I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region.“The supporters are some of the most loyal, passionate and devoted in the world. Despite everything, they maintain their faith. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success.”The ex-Middlesbrough boss will look to establish some stability on Tyneside after a tumultuous second half to the Premier League season, encapsulated by the torrid reign of interim manager John Carver.Carver, who along with fellow coach Steve Stone left the Magpies on Tuesday, mustered just three wins from his 20 matches at the helm, and oversaw a run of eight consecutive defeats which culminated in a narrow escape from relegation.McClaren has been handed the challenge of securing a top-eight finish in the Barclays Premier League and to aim for a first trophy for the club since 1969, and he is candidly aware of the challenge that lies ahead.“There’s a lot of work to do but the club has made it clear about wanting success, and I would not have come here if I didn’t believe they were serious. This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here,” McClaren added.“I’ve already won trophies as a manager and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League.“I’m determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. The hard work starts now.”last_img read more

Manchester City thrash Sunderland, Aston Villa edge derby rivals Birmingham

first_imgManchester City increased the pressure on Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat by putting the Black Cats to the sword in a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light in the Capital One Cup third round.All of City’s goals came in a rampant first half display, opening the scoring through Sergio Aguero’s penalty after Jesus Navas was felled.Kevin De Bruyne grabbed his second goal in a week after exchanging passes with Raheem Sterling, before Sterling’s shot was deflected into his own net by stricken Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone to make it 3-0.The England winger added a classy fourth soon after with the outside of his boot as the visitors, despite Ola Toivonen’s late consolation, coasted into the fourth round.Elsewhere, in the first second city derby in nearly five years, a Rudy Gestede goal proved the difference as Aston Villa edged out arch rivals Birmingham 1-0 at Villa Park.Gestede powered home a header from Jordan Amavi’s cross just after half time on a nervy night for the Villans, and they survived despite Jacques Maghoma wasting a gilt-edged opening late on by firing straight at Brad Guzan.While Birmingham were unable to trump their Premier League opponents, Hull claimed the shock of the night with a 1-0 win over a much-changed Swansea outfit.Garry Monk made ten changes to his Swans team from the weekend, and it cost him as David Meyler struck just before half time for a Tigers side boasting Jake Livermore in their starting XI for the first time since his cocaine ban.Both Everton and Stoke survived spirited performances from Championship sides, with the former coming from a goal down to beat Reading 2-1 at the Madjeski Stadium.The Royals went ahead before half time through Nick Blackman’s seventh of the season, but two brilliant goals from Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu ensured the Toffees progressed.Stoke, meanwhile, were thankful to a turn of pace and finish from Peter Crouch as the former England man clinched a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.Middlesbrough ran out comfortable winners in the all-Championship affair with Wolves, as an Albert Adomah brace and Diego Fabbrini sealed Aitor Karanka’s side’s place in the next round.Two ties went to extra time, with Leicester relying on a late Andy King header to edge out West Ham 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.Joe Dodoo had initially given the Foxes a first-half lead with his fourth goal of the competition but the Hammers responded almost immediately through Mauro Zarate, before King struck the telling blow with four minutes of extra time remaining.And Bournemouth needed penalties to beat a resilient Preston side after it finished 2-2 following an additional half an hour.After Jordan Hugill cancelled out Shaun MacDonald’s early goal, a late Daniel Johnson penalty meant more spotkicks after Marc Pugh had restored the Cherries’ lead.And it was the Premier League side who held their nerve from the spot, with Johnson failing to emulate his extra-time effort as he missed the crucial spotkick to see the visitors run out 3-2 winners.Capital One Cup third round results:Aston Villa 1-0 BirminghamFulham 0-1 StokeHull 1-0 SwanseaLeicester 2-1 West Ham (AET)Middlesbrough 3-0 WolvesPreston 2-2 Bournemouth (AET) – Bournemouth won 3-2 on penaltiesSunderland 1-4 Manchester CityReading 1-2 Everton 1 Raheem Sterling last_img read more

Torrance, Peninsula in Regionals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Peninsula twins Jenny and Kristin Coleman shot 75s. Ayane Itamura shot 80, Katia Joo 81 and Maxine Lau shot a season-low 83. Girls tennis The Palos Verdes team of Morgan Thomas and Alex Scotten won the Bay League doubles title with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Peninsula’s Jenna Glimp and Cze-Ja Tam at Ernie Howlett Park. It is the second straight title for Scotten, who won last year with Kathryn Webb. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports Torrance and Peninsula advanced to the Southern California Regional finals next week with solid efforts Monday at the CIF Southern Section Team Finals at par-71 Dove Canyon Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita. Torrance, Peninsula and Cypress tied for second at 394, but Torrance won the sixth-place tiebreaker on Emily Chong’s 91. Natalie Steiner’s 97 put Peninsula in third. Cerritos won in 391. Torrance’s Jenny Shin (74), Demi Runas (75) and Rochelle Chan (76) were solid. Jane Rah shot 80. last_img read more