Guyanese weigh in on social cohesion during consultations

first_imgResidents from Demerara –Mahaica (Region Four) on Saturday participated in a consultation session hostedCoordinator of the Social Cohesion Ministry, Sharon Patterson explains the purpose of the exerciseto the participantsby the Social Cohesion Ministry and facilitated and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Kuru Kururu Primary School to contribute to the ongoing discourse on social cohesion in Guyana.This meeting is the 15th of 30 planned consultations, being held as part of the Ministry’s goal to meet with key stakeholders from all across the country to address issues hindering social cohesion among various groups. The sessions began in June of this year, and feedback drawn for the wide range of participants will contribute to the development of a 2017-2021 Strategic Plan on Social Cohesion in Guyana, which will be completed by the end of 2016.Saturday’s session saw the participation of residents from various communities within the Region, including Yarrowkabra, Wiakabra, Circuit City, Timehri, Kuru Kururu, Kuru Kuru and St Cuthbert’s Mission.Chairperson of the Soesdyke Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Dave Singh, encouraged the residents to openly participate in the discussions, adding that it is only with a collective vision that citizens will be able to adequately develop the country: “This is our country. You decide if you want to build this country or have it stagnated. We are all responsible for developing this country and if we don’t work together we won’t achieve what we want in building it.”Residents conducted group discussions on expected outcomes of five thematic areas identified by the Ministry: economic equity and opportunities, citizens’ safety and security, social inclusion and tolerance, inclusive and participatory governance, and harmonious ethnic and racial relations.Each group focused on one of the areas and coming out of these discussions, the residents gave insights on issues that hinder social cohesion within their communities.Coordinator of the Social Cohesion Ministry, Sharon Patterson was pleased with the outcome of Saturday’s meeting and said that there was a diverse representation of persons with different ethnic, geographic and other backgrounds: “Persons came together and contributed in an amicable and cordial way. We will continue with these consultations so as to have a broad representation from the citizens.”The idea for the consultations emerged from the Social Cohesion Round Table held in September, last year, where recommendations were made for the development of a Strategic Plan.last_img read more

Chipu ready for tough Japan battle in Brazil

first_img0Shares0000Chipu head coach Paul Odera delights in celebration after leading the side to the Barthes Cup title in Nairobi in April 2019. PHOTO/Arigi ObieroNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17 – The national Under-20 team will take on top seeds Japan in their third match at the World Rugby Junior Trophy in Brazil on Wednesday night, buoyed by confidence from their win against hosts Brazil last Sunday.Chipu will hope to continue in the same breath of form against an unbeaten Japan and head coach Paul Odera hopes they can ride on the wave of their last gasp 26-24 win over Brazil to cause another upset against tournament favorites. “The boys are in high spirits. A win does wonders in camp and it has given them a huge lift,” Odera told Capital Sports from Brazil.Looking on to the game against Japan, the tactician who is on his last assignment with the juniors before permanently moving to the seniors says they expect an explosive game and has warned his charges to be extra vigilant.“Japan are top seeds in this tournament and they have a dynamic and very explosive team. I think they have the most powerful scrum and can attack from anywhere in the field. We have to minimize kicking that it’s inaccurate and we have to play with ball in hand,” Odera stated looking ahead to the tie.He added; “We have to put lots of pressure on their first receiver because if they are able to play from the start, they can cause damage.”Dominic Coulson in action against Brazil during a World Junior Trophy match on July 14, 2019The tactician also notes that playing at the World Junior Trophy against some of the world’s best teams will provide the team a good avenue for learning while also handing invaluable experience to those who will be fortunate enough to graduate to the seniors.“We are able to benchmark our ability with what they are doing and this is something good for the future of the game,”“It has been an unbelievable roller coaster for a lot of the players. It has been a steep learning curve; we are not only learning by the match but we are learning by every set piece and every play we encounter. The boys are quickly coming to terms that rugby at this level is very serious. The sheer pace, the pressure, the problems presented by teams are many they have never encountered before,” Odera said.Looking back at the Japan game, the coach was happy with the improvement picked especially after a crushing first day defeat at the hands of Uruguay.Among the areas Odera was impressed with were the scrums and line outs which he said gave them an edge over the Brazilians infront of their home fans.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Florenzi wonder goal denies Barca

first_imgBut the hosts were given a huge treat when Florenzi struck from just over the halfway line to catch Marc-Andre ter Stegen way out of his goal with a shot that bounced off the post and into the net.Barcelona went on to spurn a series of great chances but a determined Roma produced a solid defensive performance to ultimately frustrate Luis Enrique’s men.A draw against the Catalan giants will be considered a huge result, given the 7-1 thrashing Roma suffered by Bayern Munich in the group stages last year.A day after seeing Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo overtake their shared record of 77 goals in the competition with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, Messi had plenty reason to be on the goals hunt.The Argentinian was a class act, dipping and skipping past Roma’s players at will but failing to add to close his gap to Ronaldo’s new tally of 80 goals. When Messi spun away from Radja Nainggolan in the opening minutes he fired just a metre over Szczesny’s bar.Roma were finding counter-attacking chances and twice Mohamed Salah powered down the right flank in the opening ten minutes before meeting traffic.Gradually, Barcelona settled, prompting a chorus of whistle and jeers among Roma’s increasingly-unhappy fans.When Suarez threatened deep on the right byeline, nerves were settled only by Antonio Rudiger’s clean tackle to dispossess the Uruguayan.But Barcelona were not to be denied.On 21 minutes Messi backed into Lucas Digne and the subsequent confusion over whether a foul had been committed gave Barcelona a split second’s momentum.Rakitic went unchallenged at the right post to send in a lob for Suarez to header home at the back post, as Roma’s players protested in vain.Roma looked all at sea and when Suarez broke deep on the left, only a timely intervention from Szczesny rescued the hosts from conceding again although replays showed the Polish goalkeeper completely missed the ball and made contact with Suarez instead.Roma seemed shellshocked and an eery silence hung over the stadium as fans sat in awe, until the stupor was broken in spectacular fashion just after the half hour.Seeing Ter Stegen 15 metres off his line, Florenzi looked up from near the right touchline and hit a drive from just inside the halfway line that sailed over the ‘keeper, off the far post and into the net.The 58,800 crowd were stunned, but Barca responded immediately, Messi twice going close after a mazy run down the right hand side of the penalty area although Roma finished the half on a high, Nainggolan unleashing a drive from 25 yards that forced Ter Stegen to parry down low at his left post, while Salah fired over after a great run that saw him hold off two markers.Barca took barely 90 seconds after the restart to threaten again, Szczesny first denying Messi from distance and then diving at the feet of Suarez to deny the Uruguayan.Jordi Alba had kept the ball in play and Suarez had two stabs with his feet, the second injuring Szczesny’s hand and ending his game prematurely.Morgan De Sanctis, who has not played a league game all season, replaced the Pole and despite some early nerves went on to produce a great performance, denying Barcelona with a string of fine saves at the death.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi, right, celebrates after scoring during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Roma and Barcelona in Rome’s Olympic stadium, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. PHOTO/AP/Yahoo!ROME, September 17- An Alessandro Florenzi wonder goal earned Roma a share of the spoils as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrated his 100th Champions League appearance without a goal in a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.Roma, dominated throughout by the defending champions, looked to be on their way to a sound defeat after Luis Suarez rose at Wojciech Szczesny’s back post after 21 minutes to head home Ivan Rakitic’s delivery.last_img read more

Liverpool defence a shambles and Fabregas sets up Chelsea’s winner – PL results

first_img1 Andre Gray, Gareth Barry and Michy Batshuayi were all among the goals in the second weekend of Premier League action After Man City treated us to a goal fest in the early game, here’s what happened at 3pm…Burnley 2-0 LiverpoolSam Vokes took just two minutes to open the scoring after Andre Gray intercepted Nathaniel Clyne’s careless pass. The striker then slipped the ball to Vokes who rattled it in from 18 yards and Gray made it 2-0 shortly before half-time following a break from the hosts after Daniel Sturridge was caught in possession. Liverpool fans were not impressed by their back line.Tottenham 1-0 Crystal PalaceVictor Wanyama scored his first goal for Tottenham, which proved to be the winner. Spurs fans, though, won’t have been able to work out how they were unable to score more as Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen were denied. Janssen had the chance of the game when put through by Dele Alli in the second half, but he put his shot wide when one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey. Then Wanyama headed home in the final ten minutes.Watford 1-2 ChelseaDiego Costa’s name was ringing around the away end after his winning goal in the closing stages. A resolute Watford defence gave away little in the first half and then Etienne Capoue smashed the ball home just after the restart. However, the fantastic home defence could not hold out for the three points as Michy Batshuayi equalised and then Costa latched onto Cesc Fabregas’ pass.Swansea 0-2 HullSmash and grab? Swansea fans were left frustrated in the face of a well drilled Hull team and it was the visitors who went away with the win through Shaun Maloney, who turned provider for Abel Hernandez to ensure it was six points from two games.West Brom 1-2 EvertonGareth McAuley’s early goal from a Craig Gardner corner made it appear Everton were in for a difficult afternoon. It didn’t take long for visiting manager Ronald Koeman to change things, bringing on Romelu Lukaku for James McCarthy before the end of the first half and on the stroke of half-time they were level through Kevin Mirallas. Gareth Barry bundled in a second and final goal of the afternoon. It was well deserved given the domination enjoyed in the second 45 minutes.last_img read more

Southgate reveals what Sir Alex Ferguson told him after Man United win in Paris

first_imgRennes vs Arsenal (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Rotherham (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Saturday) – talkSPORTManchester City vs Watford (Saturday) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Burnley (Sunday) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs Aston Villa (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Sir Alex Ferguson said ‘that is the Manchester United DNA’ after watching the Red Devils claim a sensational win against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, Gareth Southgate has revealed.Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a late penalty from Marcus Rashford saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.The England manager was in the French capital to see the Red Devils progress to the next round. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED MONEY BEST OF 2 We bring you five more live football commentaries across the talkSPORT network throughout the remainder of the week. Find out what they are below… 2 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow “We brought him on against Columbia near the end because we knew he was one of our best penalty takers.“We want our young players to have these experiences in these situations.” ADVICE REPLY LIVE on talkSPORT “Ole has been connecting with the fans. He knows the way United are and has those experiences. The players are playing with smiles on their faces and getting the best out of them.”Rashford scored the goal from the penalty spot that sent Manchester United through to the next round.It was a controversial spot-kick, awarded via VAR, but the pressure of the situation did not seem to affect the England youngster.Southgate ‘doesn’t see any negatives’ to players going abroad like Jadon Sancho hasSouthgate says he gave Declan Rice space to choose who to play for internationallySouthgate reveals his favourite ever stadium and names best team-mateGareth Southgate on Sterling, Rashford and England’s glorious summer – full talkSPORT interviewSouthgate said: “He is a player we always known was going to be a top talent. He wants to learn from every situation. shining Gareth Southgate has been speaking to talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “I saw some people say why didn’t Lukaku go for the hat-trick but he didn’t have the chance. Marcus had the ball as soon as it was awarded. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ed Woodward speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson in Paris on Wednesday Southgate, speaking from talkSPORT’s new studios, said: “Ole has done a remarkable job. I’m pleased for him.“I was talking to Sir Alex Ferguson after the game, briefly, and he was saying ‘that’s the United DNA’. That never say die. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

Tony Cascarino explains why Arsenal won’t miss Laurent Koscielny if he leaves

first_imgTony Cascarino insists Arsenal will not miss Laurent Koscielny if he leaves this summer. The Gunners captain has refused to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for the club’s pre-season tour of America. punished The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Koscielny, who joined Arsenal in a £9.7million deal from Lorient in 2010, is believed to be pushing for a return to France.In a brief statement, Arsenal said they were ‘very disappointed’ by the 33-year-old’s actions. And former Chelsea striker Cascarino told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I think Koscielny has been one of their problems. “If I’m brutally honest, the amount of times I’ve seen headed goals in his position where he has conceded with Koscielny not doing his job. “I know he’s had a bad [Achilles] injury, I’m aware of that, but I think he’s also been one of their problems that has got away with it. 2 Unai Emery might need to sign a Laurent Koscielny replacement TROPHY Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 Laurent Koscielny’s Arsenal days appear to be numbered Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder targets latest Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers New job Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Getty boost REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty JIBE Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa deals “I don’t think [he’ll] be a miss. It’s a time you move on. “Arsenal have gone through a period, he’s been there for all the down times in the past few years, they are the people you need to get out of the door as well if you’re a side that’s been going backwards and they have.”Arsenal’s pre-season campaign gets underway when they take on Colorado on Tuesday.last_img read more

Glencar/Manor claim U21 title

first_imgPicture by Glencar/Manorhamilton.Glencar/Manorhamilton finally got over the line in a county final for 2017 when claiming the U21 B Championship title at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.Padhraic Corrigan’s side were 1-13 to 1-8 winners against St Francis – an amalgamation of the Ballinaglera and Allen Gaels clubs – in the final.An even opening quarter saw St Francis go close to netting when they hit the post with a goal chance, before Glencar/Manor got on top.Oisin Keaney finished to the net late in the opening half to push his side into what looked like an insurmountable ten-point advantage, 1-9 to 0-2.But St Francis battled back in the second period, and claimed a goal of their own just after the restart to get right back in the game.But Glencar/Manor deservedly saw the game out to lift the trophy.last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence: The Problem of Making Machines too Human

first_imgThis past July, the press headlined a comment by Elon Musk where he said that Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI was ‘limited’.  After Musk’s warning earlier in the year that AI potentially is potentially the most dangerous threat to civilization, needs to be used with care, and should even be regulated, Zuckerberg commented that he disagreed with that analysis and sees AI as something extremely positive and not likely to be misused, causing Musk to dismiss Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI.Ironically, just a few days after Musk’s comment, AI researchers at Facebook reported on a research project that went awry. The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) team was investigating the use of natural language used in negotiation.  The team used machine learning to create bots that were trained using the language found in scripts from thousands of actual person-to-person negotiations. The bots then were allowed to interact with each other in negotiation tasks.The results are fascinating and perhaps worrisome. Initial attempts resulted in conversations back and forth between the two bots but few negotiations ever resulted.  In order to force more negotiations to complete, the researchers scored the bots on how quickly they could complete the negotiation and the profitability of the final deal struck.Some interesting results are that the bots originally mimicked standard English but eventually began using a kind of shorthand in their conversation.  Researchers say it represented a different language that a standard English speaker would not understand.  Researchers also found that the bots learned from the negotiation scripts that the strategy of lying could result in better deals.The researchers wrote that “we find instances of the model feigning interest in a valueless issue, so that it can later ‘compromise’ by conceding it. Deceit is a complex skill that requires hypothesising the other agent’s beliefs, and is learnt relatively late in child development. Our agents have learnt to deceive without any explicit human design, simply by trying to achieve their goals.”last_img read more

India U-21 women lose to China at Volvo International hockey

first_imgIndia’s U-21 women’s hockey team went down 2-4 to China in the Volvo Invitational U-21 tournament at Breda, The Netherlands. India’s Punam Barla struck a field goal in the 9th minute to give her team a 1-0 lead. Making constant endeavours into the opponent’s inner circle, China’s Mang Yuan struck an equaliser in the 16th minute and leveled the scores at 1-1.China continued with their efforts and Mengling Zhong struck another field goal in the 20th minute taking the lead at 2-1.China dominated the second half even as India desperately tried to score. In the 51st minute, China was awarded with a penalty corner which was efficiently converted by Zixia Ou.Indian eves bounced back through Barla who converted a penalty corner in 66th minute taking the scores to 2-3. But China stepped up and Mang Yuan surged ahead and scored the fourth goal for her team in the 70th minute.India will next take on New Zealand.last_img read more

Massimiliano Allegri defends Juventus after Coppa exit

first_img “It’s only human not to always be top. Now let’s put this behind us and think about the next Serie A match against Parma,” said Massimiliano Allegri, who was banished from the touchline for dissent. “I don’t know how many games the lads have won. In Rome we had a terrible first half but we fought back. This evening everything went wrong. It would have been crazy to think we could win every match. It hurts to go out because we wanted this trophy.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Milan: Four-time defending champions Juventus crashed out of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday with a 3-0 quarter-final defeat by Atalanta. Juventus had been bidding for a fifth consecutive league and Cup double this season. But a Duvan Zapata brace after Timothy Castagne’s opener put the side from Bergamo through to a semi-final meeting with Fiorentina.Related News MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as managerlast_img read more