Miss India Guyana cops second runner-up spot in international pageant

first_imgMiss India Guyana, 25-year-old Canada-based Guyanese Sangeeta Bahadur was on Sunday last crowned second runner-up at the Miss India Worldwide Pageant, when it was held in New Jersey.Copping the international title was Miss India USA, Madu Valli and taking the first runner-up spot was Miss India France, Stephanie Madavane.Initially, 27 beauties from around the world were slated to participate in the pageant but due to unforeseen circumstances, including VISA issues and the hurricanes that devastated several Caribbean islands, only 17 delegates took part. The 17 delegates were the cream of the crop and would have competed with dignity and perseverance.However, at the finishing line, it was Valli, Madavane and Bahadur who wowed the judges with their beauty, charm and intelligence. In the 2016 pageant, Guyana’s delegate at the international pageant, Brittany Singh, was placed in the top 10.This year, however, Bahadur was also awarded the prize for Miss Congeniality. Miss India USA won the prize for best talent with her melodious voice.Franchise holder of the pageant, Uma Devi Bux, who travelled to the USA with the Guyanese beauty told Guyana Times Entertainment she was extremely pleased with the performance of the local representative at the international pageant this year.She noted that she kept her fingers crossed and hoped for Guyana to be placed in the top five but with a lot of emotion, Bux was delighted that Bahadur placed in the top three.The franchise holder contended that it was a very competitive pageant since all the contestants were gorgeous, intelligent and very talented.However, she explained that the 2017 format for international pageant was very different from previous years, especially with the newly introduced mandates which definitely took the national directors by surprise.“I can profoundly say we did not fall short in anyway. We were fully equipped to make a positive impact, which we did. Given the feedback we received from patrons and supporters at the event, one may even say Guyana unofficially won the title,” she noted.Meanwhile, Bahadur announced her retirement from pageantry but will continue her reign as Miss India Guyana until the new queen is crowned in 2018. Although she resides in Canada, she intends to visit Guyana and more importantly to continue her charity outreaches.She also hopes to teach dance across rural areas of Guyana. The quest for Miss India Guyana will commence in the new year.last_img read more

Leo, Neuer, Rodriguez pick gongs

first_imgMessi, the Barcelona legend and four time Player of the Year was a key part in Argentina’s march to the Maracana stadium, picking up four man of the match performances.He scored four goals at the tournament, but failed to pick up the one honour eluding him after Germany substitute Mario Goetze’s 113th minute goal dashed the South Americans’ dream of a third title.Neuer won the World Cup Golden Glove award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper after helping his side to a 1-0 victory over Argentina in Sunday’s final.The 28-year-old Bayern Munich player was presented with the award at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium moments after the triumph.He beat off competition from Argentine opposite number Sergio Romero and Keylor Navas of surprise package Costa Rica.Neuer was beaten only four times in the tournament and kept clean sheets in the 1-0 quarter-final win over France and the victory over Argentina in the final.He succeeds Spain’s Iker Casillas, who was voted outstanding goalkeeper at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.Colombia’s young striker Rodriguez claimed the World Cup’s top scorer honours with six goals.Despite his country going out at the quarter-final stage the 23-year-old’s haul was never matched.Among his half dozen goals was the magical chest and volley against Uruguay.The Monaco forward, who stepped in manfully to fill the void left by Colombia’s injured Radamel Falcao, also scored in the 2-1 quarter-final loss to Brazil.He got a second against Uruguay in the last 16 game, and one in each of Colombia’s first round matches against Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan.Germany’s world champion Thomas Mueller ended up in second place with five goals.Losing Argentina finalist Lionel Messi, injured Brazil star Neymar and Dutch striker Robin van Persie, shared third spot on four.Best Player of the Tournament:1) Lionel Messi (ARG)2) Thomas Mueller3) Arjen Robben (NED)Top scorer1) James Rodriguez (COL) – 6 goals2) Thomas Mueller (GER) – 5 goals3) Neymar (BRA – 4 goalsTop goalkeeperManuel Neuer (GER)Young Player of the tournamentPaul Pogba (FRA)Fair Play awardColombia0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIO DE JANEIRO, July 14- Lionel Messi, who lost out on the World Cup title after Argentina’s 1-0 loss to Germany in Sunday’s final, was named the Golden Boot player of the tournament.Germany keeper, Manuel Neuer and Colombia star, James Rodriguez, picked the Golden Glove and top scorers award with his team named the winners of the Fair Play award as France’s Paul Pogba picked the young player of the tournament accolade.last_img read more

Fort St. John ‘Takes Back the Night’

first_imgLast night around 40 men and women walked the streets of downtown, chanting and writing in chalk during the Take Back the Night March. Shouting “Claim our bodies! Claim our right! Take a stand, take back the night!”, the group was escorted by RCMP on a loop through the downtown area. Put on by the Women’s Resource Society, Take Back the Night is an international event aiming to end violence against women. The march began at the North Peace Cultural Centre at 8:00, where participants were given candles and sheets of chants. Men were encouraged to attend, and made up over a third of the group, often leading the chants. There were also a number of four-legged friends out to support the cause.- Advertisement –last_img

Space tourism yet to take off

first_imgBrian Emmett’s childhood fantasy came true when he won a free trip to outer space. He was crushed when he had to cancel his reservation because of Uncle Sam. Emmett won his ticket to the heavens in a 2005 sweepstakes by Oracle Corp. after he answered a series of online questions on Java computer code. He became an instant celebrity, giving media interviews and appearing on stage at Oracle’s trade show. For the self-described space buff who has attended space camp and watched shuttle launches from Kennedy Space Center, it seemed like a chance to become an astronaut on a dime. Then reality struck. After some number-crunching, Emmett realized he would have to report the $138,000 galactic joyride as income and owe $25,000 in taxes. Unwilling to sink into debt, the 31-year-old software consultant from the San Francisco Bay area gave up his seat. Despite Emmett’s cancellation, Oracle said its contest was a success. The software giant is in the process of naming his replacement and still has two other winners on board from Asia and Europe. That spaceflight will be provided by Space Adventures Ltd., the same company that brokers deals for trips on Russian rockets to the orbiting international space station for a reported $20 million per customer. Eric Anderson, the company’s chief executive, insists that contests are the best way for most people to get into space. He said Space Adventures has given away about 20 reservations through competitions, and most winners are satisfied. Space contest rules vary widely but generally require winners to undergo astronaut training before the trip and sign a waiver freeing the sponsors from any liability if there’s an accident. Virgin Galactic customer Doug Ramsburg won his ticket in a Volvo sweepstakes during the 2005 Super Bowl. His family and friends often hound him about when he’ll reach the cosmos. After all, Virgin Galactic doesn’t have any spacecraft yet. Even without an itinerary, Ramsburg says he’s not worried. He said he’s confident in the man building Virgin’s commercial spacecraft – aerospace designer Burt Rutan, whose SpaceShipOne became the first privately manned rocket to reach space in 2004. Ramsburg considers the prize a blessing but declined to talk about the financial arrangements, except to say the $100,000 check that came with the prize should make him the first free Virgin Galactic passenger. “You don’t have to be a superhero in order to go to space,” said Ramsburg, 43, who works in the admissions office of the University of Colorado, Denver. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There was definitely a period of mourning. I was totally crestfallen,” Emmett said. “Everything you had hoped for as a kid sort of evaporates in front of you.” With commercial spaceships still under development, it’s uncertain when the infant space tourism industry will actually get off the ground. Still, ultra-rich thrill-seekers are already plunking down big – though refundable – deposits to experience a few minutes of weightlessness 60 miles above Earth. And in recent years, space tourism companies have teamed with major corporations to stage contests with future suborbital spaceflights as the grand prize. The partnerships have interstellar hype but, as Emmett found out, they can get mired in that most earthbound hassle: taxes. “From a consumer perspective … I’d be wary,” said Kathleen Allen, director of the University of Southern California’s Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization. “I’d check to see the fine print.” last_img read more

Shock! The big-money transfers that caught us all off guard

first_img 4 Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal in 2013 – With Man United reportedly after £70m-rated Bernardo Silva, talkSPORT looks at other big-money deals which seemingly came out of the blue. Ozil’s £42.5m sale to Arsenal in 2013 was a deadline day coup by all accounts and one that stunned Real Madrid’s players, who expressed frustration over the deal. “If it was up to me then he would never have left,” Sergio Ramos said, while Cristiano Ronaldo was said to have been angry a player who provided him with so many goals was being sold. The fact Arsenal paid so much money for one player was also surprising to many of us. Andy Carroll from Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011 – It wasn’t that Carroll was a surprise replacement for Fernando Torres at Liverpool – the striker had scored 11 Premier League goals for Newcastle in the first half of the 2010/11 season – but the size of the fee. Liverpool shelled out £35m for Carroll, but failed to live up to the expectations that brought with it and struggled with injury before eventually being sold to West Ham after an initial loan spell in London. Robinho from Real Madrid to Man City in 2008 – Robinho’s £32m move to Man City was big news in 2008, coming shortly after the club became super rich. The player even admitted it was a surprise because of the last minute nature of the deal: “I knew I was going to play in England but I didn’t know for which team and I was very happy when I found that I had the opportunity to play for Manchester City,” he said in 2015. It was a bigger surprise to us football fans because we were under the impression City would sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham and Robinho would join Chelsea, but when United hijacked the Berbatov deal, their rivals acted fast to secure Robinho’s signature. “I just laughed to be honest when we signed Robinho,” defender Richard Dunne said, which offered an insight into the craziness of the time. 4 In a deal which has come out of of nowhere, Man United are willing to pay £70m for Monaco’s Bernardo Silva.However, Jose Mourinho will face competition for the 22-year-old’s signature from former club Real Madrid, according to The Sun.It is believed Silva will provide United’s forward line, which could include Antoine Griezmann in the summer, with the ammunition necessary to fire the club to greater heights next season.Want to know more about Silva, then watch this 60-second video on the talkSPORT Facebook page.Here, talkSPORT looks at other big-money moves which took us all by surprise. Radamel Falaco from Monaco to Man United in 2014 – Man United have signed Radamel Falcao? Wow. That was the general consensus of football fans when the club landed the goal scoring Colombian on loan in 2014. Since moving to Europe in 2009 he scored 104 times 139 appearances, including 11 in 20 for Monaco, but it all fell apart in England as injuries hampered his progress, with the failed move costing United big time considering the club reportedly paid £6m for the loan, while it was widely believed he was earning around £265,000-a-week. 4 4last_img read more

Fiery crash leaves one dead, I-5 jammed

first_imgSUN VALLEY – A fiery crash Monday on the Golden State Freeway left a North Hollywood man dead and thousands of drivers mired in bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout the afternoon and into the evening commute, authorities said. Three other people suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to local hospitals, police said. The 11:45 a.m. collision occurred when a three-axle bobtail truck traveling southbound on the Golden State Freeway swerved into the left lane to avoid slowed traffic, possibly because of a car fire in the northbound lanes of the I-5, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kelly Olson said. The bobtail smashed into a big rig, and the two trucks began leaking diesel fuel and caught fire. All lanes remained closed until one was opened at 2:25 p.m., with traffic diverted onto the southbound 170 Freeway. Not until about 5:25 p.m. were two more lanes opened, jamming traffic from the junction of the 210 Freeway and on the Ronald Reagan Freeway into Granada Hills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA report on the CHP traffic Web site stated that someone had seen children tossing marble bricks off the Sheldon Street overpass and onto the freeway. CHP investigators could not provide more details about the report. The driver of the big rig, identified only as a 58-year-old North Hollywood man, died in the crash and was found by firefighters after the flames engulfing the truck were extinguished. The trucks leaked about 100 gallons of diesel and sparked a small brush fire along the I-5 south of Sheldon Street, which firefighters knocked down within 20 minutes, Olson said. brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634last_img read more

Revival reviling

first_imgNO plan is sure to please everyone. That’s why the proposals to beautify 32 miles of the Los Angeles River through the city have been floated around the neighborhoods for many months. The L.A. River Revitalization Master Plan study, which includes special emphasis on where it runs through Canoga Park, is getting close to a first draft. But a few people worry about hypothetical side effects. For example, a nice river belt could make surrounding housing prices even less affordable. Or suppose undesirables use the parks. While those things very well may happen, it’s not a good excuse to abandon a river cleanup project. Does anyone really believe it’s better to leave the L.A. River ugly, dirty and full of trash? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Housing market stall tops year’s stories

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Much like the local housing market, the nation’s house party ended with a thud in 2006, leaving everyone from condo flippers to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke waiting to see what would happen next. The sudden stall in home sales, home construction and home prices – and what that will mean for the economy – was voted the top business story of the year by U.S. newspaper and broadcast editors surveyed by The Associated Press. At the housing market’s peak, buyers rushed to open houses, blank checks in hand. Lenders gave big-money mortgages to people who could barely afford their monthly payments. That ended in 2006, when home builders scuttled projects, walked away from land they’d hoped to develop and would-be buyers canceled orders. 1.Housing slips: Moody’s Economy.com, a private research firm, projected that the median sales price for an existing home will decline in 2007 by 3.6 percent – the first decline for an entire year in U.S. home prices since the Great Depression. One reason: Speculators fled the market. Not only did they stop buying, they put properties they owned up for sale. “Investors were a bigger part of the market than many thought, including ourselves,” Ara K. Hovnanian, the president and chief executive officer of home builder Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. said in June. 2. Enron’s final act: Convictions of former CEOs Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay looked like the final act of the Enron drama, but Lay died in Aspen before he was sentenced and a federal judge vacated his conviction, halting a federal effort seeking millions from Lay’s estate. Skilling, 53, reported to a federal prison in Minnesota on Dec. 13 to begin a sentence of 24 years and four months. 3. Backdating scandal: News that executives and directors manipulated their option grants to inflate their gains rocked the executive suite. At least 195 companies disclosed federal or internal investigations and at least 59 senior executives or directors have left their companies as of Dec. 19. Among the highest profile to fall were UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s William McGuire, who was pushed out as the company’s chairman and CEO, and Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, the former CEO of Comverse Technology Inc., who fled to Namibia, where he is fighting extradition. 4. Auto woes: Demand for U.S. automakers’ vehicles, especially sport utility vehicles, shrunk and their market share eroded. About 38,000 unionized Ford Motor Co. workers, more than half the company’s U.S. hourly work force, said they would take buyouts. Through buyouts and early retirement, General Motors Corp. cut 35,000 jobs, nearly one-third of its hourly U.S. workers. Company bonds sunk into “junk” ratings and they were reduced to using plants or inventories as loan collateral. 5. Oil prices: War in the Middle East and soaring demand sent oil prices above $78 a barrel, an all-time record. The big winner from the sky-high prices were oil companies, whose profits hovered near their 2005 records. Oil prices have since fallen, but the summer’s run has renewed rumblings about conservation and oil dependency. 6. Gas prices: Summer gas prices hit highs of $3.04 a gallon thanks to soaring crude oil prices, tight refining capacity and fears of another disastrous hurricane season. Increased prices began to sour the U.S. romance with gas-guzzling SUVs, hitting U.S. automakers with another blow. Gas prices have since dropped, too, but drivers remain nervous. 7. Fed halts: The Federal Reserve halted the rate hikes that had lifted its target short-term interest rate from 1 percent in early June 2004 to 5.25 percent in June 2006. While stock traders saw a slowing economy and looked forward to rate cuts, the Fed’s Bernanke said the central bank was keeping a sharp eye on inflation, which could take rates higher. 8. HP spying: HP’s boardroom infighting ended in humiliation. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn was hauled before Congress, ousted from her office and indicted for her role in a boardroom spying scandal in which private investigators lied and schemed to obtain the phone records of directors and reporters. Now the company’s CEO is being asked to tell Congress about the $1.37 million worth of options he exercised just before the scandal became public. 9. China tiger: China’s economy continues to grow more than 10 percent a year and its trade surplus with the U.S. is the largest ever. While officials are trying to slow growth and questions linger about whether Chinese banks are too loose with loans, the economy has showed only modest signs of slowing. 10. Record Dow: The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 12,000 for the first time ever, outpacing broader indexes. The Standard & Poor’s 500 edged closer to its 2000 high and the Nasdaq composite index was miles behind its own record. last_img read more

Becky Skillman Leadership Institute Friday July 22

first_imgRegistration is at 9 am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30. There will be an amazing lineup of speakers including Retired Brigadier General Jonathan D. George, General Motors Past Plant Manager Lamar Rucker, and former Indiana Lieutenant Governor and current Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann.The Leadership Institute was started to encourage leaders to aim higher, inspire others, and maximize their potential. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County.For more information about sponsorships and to purchase individual tickets, contact the Bedford Chamber at 812-275- 4493 or email bedford@bedfordchamber.com. The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Becky Skillman Leadership Institute.The Bedford Chamber would like to invite you to attend the Becky Skillman Leadership Institute on Friday, July 22nd at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County.last_img read more

Horgan targets ‘a minimum of three’ new players for Finn Harps in transfer window

first_imgFinn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is targeting at least three new players in the summer transfer window.Given Harps’ financial constraints, the Harps Board will be unable to give Horgan a warchest to spend on players, but Horgan remains hopeful of some new acquisitions.Harps have lost Thomas McMonagle and Michael Funston from their first team squad in recent weeks and there are gaps to plug following those departures. Pascal Millien has not yet featured for Harps having signed in March and, although Harps remain unclear as to his availability for Friday night’s game against Shamrock Rovers, the Haiti international isn’t far off being given the green light.Horgan and his assistant, Paul Hegarty, have been working hard over the last few weeks to identify possibly new signings.“We need to get a minimum of three to add to our squad and we need quality,” Horgan said.“There is no point taking someone in who is no better than what we have. “We have players in mind, but it is easy to have them in mind. To convince and encourage them to come in might be more difficult.”As regards the positions he has in mind, Horgan is looking for another midfielder, a wide player and a covering defender, but added: “If we have someone in any position we’ll take them.”Horgan is unsure whether he will be able to extend Ciaran O’Connor’s loan from Dundalk until the end of the season.O’Connor’s deal runs out at the end of June.Horgan said: “It won’t be my decision. We are hopeful that we will be able to keep him, but it is a question of whether Dundalk need him or not.” Horgan has been forced at times, particularly due to a raft of injuries within his ranks, to call upon some of the club’s under-19s, but the Harps boss appears reluctant to give them their head in the Premier Division at the minute.He said: “We have taken a few of them in, but they have a bit to go. A couple of them have done quite well. It is a massive step. From the under-19 league to the Premier Division is a huge gap to bridge. Some of them will bridge it, but it will take time.”Horgan targets ‘a minimum of three’ new players for Finn Harps in transfer window was last modified: June 15th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ciaran O’ConnorDundalkfinn harpsOllie Horganpascal millienPaul Hegartyshamrock roverslast_img read more