Pakaraima mountain safari Seventy-six plus participants and sponsors were on Thursday evening honoured for their participation in the annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari.Tourism Minister Cathy HughesAmong the dignitaries present at the event were Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes, Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valarie Garrido-Lowe, Tourism Authority Director Indranaught Singh and tour organiser Frank Singh.According to Tourism Director Singh, what was amazing is that among the 76 plus participants, 60 per cent were first-timers.Tour organiser Singh indicated that the tour has so far accumulated 1350 participants throughout its 14 years of existence, prompting Tourism Minister Hughes to remark that the trip should be extended from once a year to two times a year and be expanded so that a lot more persons can take part.Minister within, Garrido-Lowe indicated that a great opportunity was presented to people who wished to come on board and experience “romantic waterfalls, lush savannahs, and breath-taking mountains.” She further expressed gratitude for the appreciation shown towards indigenous people, with the purchasing of necessities from villages, as well as the patrons providing various items the communities may be short of like footwear, etc.The presentation ceremony acknowledged sponsors such as GUYOIL, Mohamed’s Enterprise, the Ministry of Tourism, and local biker groups Sonic Hunters and the Lethem Bikers. Director Singh highlighted the presence of ‘safarians’ from every region of Guyana and international participants including from Holland, Mexico, United Kingdom, China, and Suriname.Speakers included Edward Luke-King and John Benet who both reflected on their encounters throughout the trip. Bennett said it was an “honour to participate in such an exciting event”. He humorously recalled the renaming of the Pakaraimas the “mountain of doom.”Tourism Minister Hughes in her remarks emphasised impact the event has on the tourism sector as well as the role it plays in putting Guyana on the map as the top tourist destination place in the world. She indicated that in her Cabinet presentations, she intend to have tourism playing a much more vital contribution towards the economic development of Guyana.Minister Hughes also highlighted the cultural exchanges of the indigenous people and that of the touring parties, citing that they both learned from each other.Frank Singh acknowledged the participation and unity that was shown on the trip as he recollected on the experiences that helped to foster a better friendship among participants, while attributing the drought to the success of their trip which saw the expansion of the tour to include another Amerindian village.Preparation has already commenced for the other trip, with the training of young individuals to express the Amerindian culture through food and craft in tours.The organisers wished to see the touring party extend by next year and encouraged individuals to come on board.
President David GrangerPresident David Granger, in his World Environment Day message, said now was the time for Guyanese to act and help beat plastic pollution by curtailing their use of single-use plastics.This year, World Environment Day (June 5) was observed under the theme “Beating Plastic Pollution” and, according to the President, it reminds us that the indiscriminate and insanitary dumping of single-use plastics and other non-biodegradable substances threatens the health of citizens and the food they consume.“Plastic pollution represents a serious challenge to Guyana’s environmental security. Plastic pollution is dangerous. It has contributed to congested drainage system; resulted in flooding and insanitary conditions; depleted aquatic life and contaminated creeks, rivers, freshwater supplies and waters used for drinking, bathing, fishing and washing. Guyana is on the way to becoming a ‘Green State’. It is developing policies aimed at protecting the environment by reducing, and, eventually eliminating, plastic pollution,” the statement said.Meanwhile, United Nations General Secretary António Guterres said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, noting that we all have a role to play in protecting our only home.“It can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. That’s why this World Environment Day has just one request: beat plastic pollution. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste. Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. From remote islands to the Artic, nowhere is untouched. If present trends continue, by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than fish. On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic,” the SG noted.World Environment Day is the most important day in the UN’s calendar of events dealing with the environment. It is an opportunity for nations and peoples around the world to recommit to practical policies and sustained action to promote global environmental security.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee will start the season on the disabled list because of an abdomen strain. The lefty, who went 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA last season and is 46-24 since 2004, felt the strain in his right abdomen during a throwing session early in spring training. “The reality is I can’t pitch until mid-April,” Lee said after being scratched from a scheduled throwing session when he felt discomfort during training-room exercises Sunday morning. The Indians hope Lee, their No. 3 starter, will at least be able to resume throwing for the final two weeks of training camp. “The symptoms persist,” trainer Lonnie Soloff said. “Cliff won’t throw for seven to 10 days. Then we’ll initiate a return-to-throw program. We’re approaching it as a four-to-six week rehab.” This is the third straight year that a key member of the Indians’ starting rotation will be sidelined in April. No. 1 starter C.C. Sabathia was out for a month in 2005 and 2006 with a strained muscle in his right side. Edmonds takes BP: St.Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his right shoulder and left foot, took batting practice for the first time this spring and is optimistic he will be ready for Opening Day. The club said there is no timetable for the 36-year-old to appear in his first spring-training game. Pavano was with ill girlfriend: Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano says he missed his scheduled spring training start Friday because of a medical situation involving his girlfriend.
NEW YORK – Women make only 80 percent of the salaries their male peers do one year after college – and after 10 years in the work force, the gap between their pay widens further, according to a study released today. The study, by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, found that 10 years after college, women earn only 69 percent of what men earn. Even after controlling for hours, occupation, parenthood, and other factors known to affect earnings, the study found that one-quarter of the pay gap remains unexplained. The group said that portion of the gap is “likely due to sex discrimination.” “Over time, the unexplained portion of the pay gap grows,” the group said in a news release. Catherine Hill, the organization’s director of research, said: “Part of the wage difference is a result of people’s choices, another part is employer’s assumptions of what people’s choices will be. … Employers assume that young women are going to leave the work force when they have children and, therefore, don’t promote them.” The organization found that women’s scholastic performance was not reflected in their compensation. Women have slightly higher grade point averages than men in every major, including science and math. But women who attend highly selective colleges earn the same as men who attend minimally selective colleges, according to the study. “The pay gap is not going to disappear just through educational achievements,” Hill said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest FFA members are talented in many ways. For some students, traveling to Ohio FFA State Convention is a time to receive recognition for their hard work throughout the year, but for others it is a time reserved to showcase their unique talents at the Ohio FFA Talent Show.This year at the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention, students from the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter stole the show with an a cappella performance that was pitch perfect. The first place act was Awakened Commotion — a group of 10 FFA members under the direction of their high school choir director, Kelly Eikenbary. The talented ensemble sparked energy in the convention hall during their performance of a Justin Bieber and Katy Perry mash up song.“It was a giant adrenaline rush,” said Mariah Burton. a sophomore FFA member. “I had more fun during this show than any other because I felt confident performing with my team. The energy while we were on stage was exciting and fun.”Each year before the convention, a panel of handpicked judges is selected to evaluate and place each talent act. This year, 23-year-old Mackenzie Bart, who currently serves as Miss Ohio, was asked to be a judge.“I was amazed at the amount of incredibly talented students that all performed on one stage,” Bart said. “I was happy to have been a judge. It almost felt like American Idol.”The idea of starting their own group formed when a performing a cappella group from Tiffin came to visit students at Hardin Northern six years ago. Shortly after the visit, the students expressed interest in holding signups and auditions.“After the group from Tiffin visited us, it just kind of clicked,” said Lukas Schroeder, senior FFA member. “It was the drive of our director at the time that encouraged us to try something new and different. Her support is what helped lead us to where we are now.”It isn’t just singing and performing for this enthusiastic group of students. Their talents and ambition to succeed carry over into their academics and other FFA activities within their chapter. Hardin Northern FFA members also participate in various career development events and judging invitationals.“Sometimes it is difficult to balance a cappella responsibilities and our activities within the FFA,” Shroeder said. “We are really lucky to have a great group of advisors, school faculty, parents and our choir director to support us.”Some of the group’s fans and supporters also made the trip to convention to watch the students perform at the talent show.“This is one special group of students,” said Don Paullin, Hardin Northern FFA advisor. “They are well-rounded and talented and I couldn’t be any more proud of them.”The students’ talents shined throughout convention even after the talent show concluded. The group returned on stage to perform the song, “This Little Light of Mine,” during Ohio FFA State President Sydney Snider’s retiring address.Other performances included students playing the guitar, plucking the banjo and using their voices to share their passion for singing. The Ohio FFA Talent show offers a unique opportunity to spotlight the talent of Ohio’s FFA members each year.Members of Awakened Commotion include David Allen, Mariah Burton, Breanna Cook, Cassidy Deckling, Collin Hoffman, Grace King, Danielle Miller, Sara Morris, James Rickenbacher, and Lukas Schroeder.Hardin Northern FFA Advisors include Mr. Don Paullin and Ms. Krista Hellwig.
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Create a Karaoke text effect that highlights words in sync with your voice.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to produce a karaoke effect in After Effects. Whether you’re actually doing a karaoke video or are simply mocking one up as a parody, check out the AE tutorial to recreate the look of ‘traditional’ karaoke music displays.The overall technique is pretty straightforward but I’ll explain a few audio tips and tricks that aren’t easy to figure out on your own. The video covers:How audio interacts with video controlled by framesUnderstanding audio layersThe proper way to playback audioWhat fonts are easy to readMastering audio in After Effects is a key skill that motion graphic designers need to have, as sound can be a crucial element in enhancing your digital effects.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view. 7Set keyframes, Animating a mask reveal from left to right. 3Create some new text to coincide with your first statement. 1Create a new composition and add in a bright blue background. 10Set a mask keyframe to wipe the text off. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects, please comment below! 8Duplicate the text layer, take out the strokes and add a yellow fill. 5Stylize the text so that it is white with a black stroke. Set the parameter from metric to optical. 6Draw masks around each text line. 4Set a marker at the end of the first statement. 9 Adjust keyframes so white animates on first, followed by the yellow. 2Apply a ramp and blend with the original.
His team would rather let their game speak—especially Mark Barroca—in the Hotshots’ stunning victory over the San Miguel Beermen, 88-86, to take a 3-2 Philippine Cup Finals series lead Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Barroca tied his sterling performance in Game 4 in most impressive fashion, sinking a mid-range jumpshot to win the game and put his team on the brink of the championship and cap what had been an eventful night in one fell swoop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: ‘Spider Man’ storms court during PBA Finals, hits June Mar Fajardo“I love that guy. He’s not afraid to shoot,” coach Victolero said. “Saktong, sakto ‘yung tira.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was a miracle shot. I know that when they have some runs, we just needed to weather the storm,” he said. “This is the ballgame we wanted—as close as possible—to just have that chance in the end.”The roller-coaster game hit fever pitch when a spectator in Spider-man costume stormed center court and accidentally hit June Mar Fajardo.READ: After game 4 guarantee, Arwind Santos confident San Miguel can finally pull aheadFrom thereon, the Beermen moved closer to the Hotshots all thanks to Terrence Romeo’s triple that knotted the game at 86.The Hotshots have a chance to dethrone the four-time defending champions this Sunday at the same venue.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ “Yes,” he said about being one game away from a championship. “But we know San Miguel. They won’t go down that easily.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia coach Chito Victolero had little to say about his team’s loss to San Miguel two nights ago.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments ‘Spider Man’ storms court during PBA Finals, hits June Mar Fajardo
Mason Rudolph and his squad came out flat on Saturday at home against Iowa State, trailing by as much as 17 points when there was just 18 minutes left in the game. But the Cowboys stayed poised despite the deficit, and rode a surge behind their junior quarterback to win, 38-31.“We just kept battling, man,” Rudolph said in an interview with ESPN. “We’re soliders. We just keep battling. That’s the way Coach Gundy has trained us. The defense did a hell of a – a great job – getting a bunch of stops there at the end. They got the crowd involved, and we were able to finish the job.”In 21 career starts, Saturday’s second half comeback was Mason Rudolph’s seventh career second half comeback. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!