Plans moving apace for Diaspora independence event

first_imgThe Guyanese Diaspora in the Tri-state New York area will once again be able to celebrate Guyana’s independence in full pomp and splendor. The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) has announced their calendar of events which will take place from June 3–10 in Brooklyn. This year’s event will be themed ‘Celebrate Guyana To the World.’ The annual celebration is the largest independence commemoration outside of Guyana’s shores.The ceremonial honours at the commemorative event will once again feature collaborations between members of the Disciplined Services of Guyana and their Guyanese-American counterparts in the United States Armed Forces. The Committee disclosed that this move is part of their patriotic duty.Director of the Committee, Nevlon Duguid, has disclosed that the New York-based committee had first organised a successful Jubilee celebration which garnered the attendance of over 20,000 Guyanese nationals.Meanwhile, the 2017 celebration attracted over 10,000 nationals. Duguid expressed the hope of attracting even larger numbers of Guyanese for the 2018 celebrations, referencing the great feedback the Committee has received. The Committee’s website has since received over four million hits. He urged the Guyanese population in the Tri-State area to come out and ‘Celebrate Guyana to the world’.This year’s festivities will kick off with the flag-raising ceremony on June 3, the annual Guyana Independence Parade (Mashramani in New York) and the annual Guyanese Unity Concert following on the same day. On June 9 there will be a Guyana Independence Festival and the celebration will culminate with the Independence Cup Soccer Tournament on June 10.The Guyana Independence celebration has become the second largest West Indian celebration in New York, second only to the annual Labour Day parade. Duguid stated that organizsations, businesses, groups, or individuals who are interested in participating in the celebration, placing a truck or float on the parade, or in vending, should contact the Committee as soon as possible.Last year’s Unity Concert was graced with performances by Jamaican Dancehall star Charlie Black; Guyana’s own, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo; Adrian Dutchin; Lisa Punch; and various other artistes. They were accompanied by the Queens-based, Guyanese owned Angel’s Caribbean Band. It was hinted that a surprise international artiste will headline this year’s Unity Concert and patrons were urged to get their tickets as early as possible.Tickets will go on sale on May 1.last_img read more

Reports – Newcastle and PSV Eindhoven in advanced talks over midfielder

first_imgNewcastle are closing in on PSV Eindhoven captain Georginho Wijnaldum with the two clubs in advanced talks over the Dutchman’s transfer, according to reports.PSV are demanding a fee of around £14m and Newcastle are the only club to come close to matching their valuation of the player – although no bid has been made yet.New Magpies boss Steve McClaren is keen to make a player he knows well from his time in Holland his first signing since taking over at St. James’ Park.Wijnaldum scored 16 goals for the Dutch champions last season. He has also been capped 19 times by Holland.The 24-year-old would join compatriots Tim Krul, Darryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong on Tyneside should he move to Tyneside. 1 PSV Eindhoven captain Georginio Wijnaldum last_img read more

Vodafone Deutschland has integrated Netflixs subs

first_imgVodafone Deutschland has integrated Netflix’s subscription video-on-demand service into its GigaTV advanced TV offering.Netflix’s service is now available on the GigaTV 4K UHD TV-capable set-top for consumption on the TV and on smartphones and tablets via the GigaTV app.Vodafone said that Netflix’s 1,200 hours of UHD content would now be avialble to Vodafone TV subscribers via the GigaTV box.Rolf Wierig, Vodafone Deutschland’s head of consumer entertainment products, said that Vodafone had “never before” integrated such a large entertainment offering on the GigaTV platform. Vodafone already includes access to Sky and Maxdome content on its service.Vodafone last year used Netflix to showcase the capabilities of its 4K TV service in Spain, the first to launch in the country.Vodafone Deutschland launched GigaTV last year exclusively on its cable network for €14.99 a month, with an app-only version also available for €9.99.last_img read more

Andrew Smyth from Dungiven was awarded the title o

first_img Andrew Smyth from Dungiven was awarded the title of overall SuperValu Action Cancer SuperStar 2018, as well as receiving the Fundraising SuperStar award at a glittering awards ceremony at Titanic Hotel, which recognised over 30 inspirational individuals from across Northern Ireland. Andrew received a £1000 cash prize and a £1000 donation to his chosen charity. Pictured (L-R): Brendan Gallen, Head of Marketing, Musgrave; Andrew Smyth, overall winner SuperValu Action Cancer SuperStar 2018; Ciara McClafferty, Trading Director, Musgrave; and host Pamela Ballantine.ANDREW Smith from Dungiven has been crowned as the overall SuperValu SuperStar 2018 for his phenomenal fundraising efforts at a glittering awards ceremony in Titanic Hotel, Belfast. He also took home the Fundraising SuperStar title at the emotional ceremony, which recognised over 30 inspirational individuals from across Northern Ireland. ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALDerry photographerDungiven man Andrew Smith crowned SuperValu SuperstarLAVENDER SUITELeisa SmithUnsung Superstar Hundreds of nominations were received for the SuperValu SuperStars competition. SuperValu has been rewarding community spirit in Northern Ireland with initiatives like this, since 2014.The grand final was hosted by TV personality, Pamela Ballantine who crowned Andrew the overall SuperValu SuperStar 2018, presenting him with a £1,000 cash prize along with a £1,000 donation to his chosen charity. Spanning almost a decade, Andrew’s fundraising journey started in June 2009 when he hosted a barn dance to raise money for the Ulster Cancer Foundation, raising over £4,000. The success of this initial event led him to organise a further 10 dances, booking top local artists including Mike Denver, Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan and raising almost £90,000 for a number of regional charities. However, ill health has meant that Andrew organised his last event recently, as he explained: “My mind is willing, but my body isn’t as able as it used to be so regretfully.“I have had to call it a day on these big events, but what a wonderful way to go! Being named the SuperValu SuperStar 2018 has given me a huge boost. I was so incredibly shocked to win but absolutely delighted.”This year’s event introduced a series of new categories, including Young SuperStar, Fundraising SuperStar, Unsung SuperStar, Community Group SuperStar, Social Enterprise SuperStar and Action Cancer SuperStar; to help capture the good work done across a whole spectrum of Northern Ireland society. Winners from each category received awards on the night and a £250 shopping voucher for SuperValu.Receiving the Unsung SuperStar award was Leisa Smith, a photographer from Derry, who donates her spare time to the Lavender Suite in Altnagelvin Hospital, where she offers her photography services to families who have lost their children at birth.Picking up the Community Group SuperStar award was Tracy Collins from Cookstown, chairperson of Team Aspie, for her work in her local community to support young people with autism and Asperger’s. Team Aspie creates an environment that allows young people to create strong friendships, improve their mental and physical health and participate in workshops.The Social Enterprise SuperStar award was presented to Lisburn woman, Paula Jennings, founder of Stepping Stones NI. Paula was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the development and success of the organisation, which she has led for 20 years, supporting more than 250 people with learning disabilities in Lisburn and beyond.Finally, honoured with the Action Cancer SuperStar award was Karen Hargan, a long serving member of the SuperValu Limavady team and an outstanding fundraiser. Already this year, she has helped raise a massive £1,300 for Action Cancer, whilst her popular in-store book sale has helped SuperValu Limavady raise over £25,000 for Action Cancer.Brendan Gallen, Head of Marketing, Musgrave, said: “We were delighted to announce Andrew Smith as the overall winner at this year’s event. “We were blown away by his exceptional fundraising achievements over the years – to raise such a huge amount for the local community is a massive achievement and he should be incredibly proud of his hard work. He embodies what community is all about for us.Winners of the SuperValu SuperStars awards were honoured at a glittering awards ceremony at Titanic Hotel, which recognised over 30 inspirational individuals from across Northern Ireland. Pictured (L-R): Paula Jennings, Social Enterprise SuperStar; Tracy Collins, Community Group SuperStar; Brendan Gallen, Head of Marketing, Musgrave; Andrew Smyth, overall winner SuperValu Action Cancer SuperStar 2018 and Fundraising SuperStar; Ciara McClafferty, Trading Director, Musgrave; host Pamela Ballantine; Leisa Smith, Unsung SuperStar; Karen Hargan, Action Cancer SuperStar and Young SuperStar and Highly Commended, Brendan Morgan.“We realise his health means he can no longer dedicate himself to organising events in the way he used to, but we hope this award goes some way to thanking him for his hard work over the years.“It was humbling to hear the stories of all 31 of our finalists and to shine a light on them in this way was an honour for everyone at SuperValu.”SuperValu SuperStars’ media partners are The Sun and U105 and the initiative is sponsored by Denny, Action Cancer, Robinsons and Dove. For more information and a full list of winners, log onto www.supervalu.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/SuperValuNIDungiven man Andrew Smith crowned SuperValu Superstar was last modified: November 26th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more