first_imgSome of the world’s most famous foods and drinks will be on display at the Caribbean Cookout which takes place later in the month at the Carifesta Sports Complex, Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown.The event is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of the Presidency, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Department of Social Cohesion, Youth and Sport under the theme “A Global Celebration, A Global Experience, A Global Community”. The main aim of the event is to capture the attention of patrons with a variety of cultural and culinary activities.According to the coordinators, the Guyanese section will feature popular local food items such as ginger beer, sorrel drink, mauby and coconut water along with pepper pot, curry and cook-up-rice among others.Meanwhile, in the Caribbean area, the theme “Eat, Drink, Relax, Repeat” will showcase culinary specialties from Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago with dishes such as pelau, doubles, cou-cou and green figs and salted-fish.In the international section, patrons will have an opportunity to “Taste Their Way Around the World” and will present culinary tour from North America to Africa with Nigerian pepper soup and jollof rice, Chilean empanadas and asados, Russian knish, Indian tandoori chicken, American meatloaf, Mexican Tamales and guacamole and Venezuelan arepas just to name a few.Additionally, locals will also be treated to live cultural performances ranging from steel pan renditions, modern dance pieces and fashion displays.This outdoor food festival it the first of its kind in Guyana and the organisers are hoping that it will lead to “an annual intercontinental gastronomic event”.The organising committee is inviting interested individuals with the skill and knowledge in producing Guyanese wines and local dishes and desserts to contact them on telephone number 622-0189.Admission to the event is absolutely free and secured parking will be available.last_img read more

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 11 June 2014 – Brand South Africa today launched its 13 part Play Your Part TV Series, which debuts on SABC2 on Sunday 15 June 2014, at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.  The series which is aimed at profiling ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things that make South Africa the country that inspires people the world over, is hosted by Kabelo Mabelane.  The series is intended to inspire others to play their part and do ordinary things that make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.These are some of the stories of South Africans who play their part:“Originally, I was inspired by my late parents who raised and tutored many children, irrespective of their family background,” says Mercy Senyatsi, a life orientation teacher at Dr. A.M.S Makunyane Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. Throughout her career Senyatsi says she has been touched by the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. She is living up to her name, bringing mercy and hope into the lives of those who most desperately need it.“By using the bicycle as a lure to keep youth away from drugs, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy and growing the numbers of gangs,” says Trevor Knowlden. “In 2004 I founded Freewheelers Cycling Club to provide a healthy alternative to youth of Steenberg in the Western Cape. We take Youth from various surrounding communities on mountain biking and road cycling outings.”“I have worked with Krazifizix Educational Club from 2011 as the co-founder, administrator, club event coordinator and maths tutor to grade 8-10 learners,” says 18 year old Emmanuel Khumalo of KwaMashu Durban.“In November 2013, I launched Numbers Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the main objective of providing extra lesson tuition, fight bullying and discrimination and aimed at getting kids of the streets and into homes and back to school. We believe that education, shelter and love are important. My name is Emmanuel Khumalo, I am 18 years old and I live in KwaMashu, Durban and my story is of educational change. I am the founder and the president of Numbers Foundation, a foundation aimed at improving and changing our country.“Since inception we have reached over 1200 learners, through working with local high schools in the district and local churches. Our method of delivery is by facilitating workshops in career skills, communication skills and learning. Curriculums have been developed, revised and adapted from various resources for the learning areas. Working with the youth and local stakeholders has demonstrated that there is a need and huge gap for the work we do.” Sela Emothonjeni, in East London Eastern Cape, was founded in 2011 by Amanda Fononda who believes they are catalysts for education and social entrepreneurship.“To Mercy, Trevor, Emmanuel, Amanda, Noah we would like to thank you for Playing Your Part,” says Mr Miller Matola, Brand SA CEO.  “As Brand SA we acknowledge neither government nor business can solve South Africa’s challenges alone. Please continue playing your part.”Play Your Part programme is about realising not everyone can afford to donate thousands of rands to a worthy cause, however if we all contribute what we can when we can, together we can make a tangible difference. Our collective impact when each South African plays their part (whether monetary or time) is immeasurable.“There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, in every part of our country, and the play your part platform is perfect for you to share your stories, and to celebrate each other as citizens of our wonderful country,” says Sithembile Ntombela, Brand Manager Brand SA.Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change by becoming involved and doing; because a nation of do-ers is what can significantly change perceptions and realities.Individual actions have a collective impact; Play Your Part believes together as a nation, we can leave a legacy of a better South Africa for its people.Now it is time to play YOUR part…Do you know of an individual or organisation making a difference in your community?Have you done something to improve your community, or do you run or work for an organisation that has made a difference in the lives of people?Do you have any suggestions on what good deeds people could do to make a difference in their community?{loadposition press_release}last_img read more

first_imgIn an unusually blunt public warning, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee called lagging preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro “the worst I have experienced.”John Coates, who has made six trips to Brazil as part of the IOC’s coordination commission for Rio, said the Brazilians are behind “in many, many ways” and are in worse shape than Greek organizers were in preparing for the 2004 Olympics.Despite the critical delays, the Australian said there is no backup plan and the games will take place in Rio.Coates noted the IOC had taken the unprecedented step of embedding experts in the host city to help the local organizing committee deliver the games.“The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations, but the situation is critical on the ground,” Coates told an Olympic forum in Australia. “The IOC has adopted a more hands-on role. It is unprecedented for the IOC, but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio.”Brazil has also come under fire from football’s world governing body, FIFA, for long delays in construction of stadiums and other infrastructure and the overdue delivery of venues for the World Cup, which kicks off in June. Two years out from the 2016 Olympics, the situation on the construction front is just as bleak.“We have become very concerned. They are not ready in many, many ways,” Coates said.Work hasn’t begun at Deodoro, a complex for eight Olympics sports venues, and the course that will host golf’s return to the Olympic program after more than a century doesn’t have grass yet. Polluted waters are a big worry for sailing and other sports.The IOC released a statement trying to defuse the tension following Coates’ comments.It said it was working “with our partners” in Rio, including establishing joint task forces, a local construction manager and a high-level decision-making body involving the IOC, the government and all key partners of the project.The IOC said there would be more regular visits to Rio by Executive Director Gilbert Felli, the senior troubleshooter sent to the city last week as part of a series of actions to tackle the delays.“Mr. Felli has received a very positive response on the ground in the past few days, and a number of recent developments show that things are moving in the right direction,” the IOC said.Coates said dealing with three levels of government in Brazil made it harder for local organizers than it was for the heavily criticized organizers of the Athens Games, which were also plagued by construction delays and earned a “yellow light” warning from then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.“I think this is a worse situation than Athens,” Coates said. “In Athens, we were dealing with one government and some city responsibilities. Here, there’s three.Rio organizers responded by releasing a statement saying they know what needs to be done and are focused on delivering the games. They said there have been “unequivocal signs of progress” in preparations.“It is time for us to focus on the work to be done and on engaging with society,” the Rio committee said. “The support of the International Olympic Committee is also crucial. We have a historic mission: to organize the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil and in South America. We are going to achieve this. In 2016, Rio will host excellent games that will be delivered absolutely within the agreed timelines and budgets.”(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment iHeartRadio’s CHUM 104.5 welcomed its newest member to the CHUM family, Jamar McNeil, as co-host for its brand-new morning show MARILYN DENIS AND JAMAR last summer. Now, as Jamar and CHUM 104.5 continue to “Make Mornings Pop”, The Lede gives Jamar a pop quiz of his own:So Jamar, tell us more about yourself! Where are you from?Jamar: I’m a proud Jamaican and American citizen. My Caribbean background has greatly influenced my life and alter ego DJ J Niice; a DJ/Producer specializing in Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, and Reggaeton. Facebook If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?Jamar: I LOVE Toronto. It’s the perfect city for me, but if I could choose the PERFECT perfect place for me to live it would be…. UNDERWATER! I’m an Advanced Open Water Scuba diver with countless hours of below surface experience and I’ve done dives in some of the world’s most renowned dive sites like the Antilla in Aruba, Kittiwake in the Cayman Islands, and Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands.How did you get started in the entertainment industry?Jamar: I started in show biz as a child actor. I’ve appeared in NICKELODEON’S ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE, SESAME STREET, and I was a Honey Comb cereal kid (Andre the Giant commercial). These hard-edge, streetwise roles probably helped me land the character of “Vince Boyd” on EMPIRE alongside Taraji P. Henson (S1 Ep6).Tell us more about growing up in NYC!Jamar: At heart I’m a typical NY City kid who grew up loving comic books, pizza, house parties, and have been in nightclubs absorbing the vibes since I wasn’t legally allowed to do so!Favourite Hobbies?Jamar: I LOVE snowboarding! I’ve been a volunteer instructor for Burton’s “Chill” Foundation and the plot to mold my newborn son Kofi into the Olympic snowboarding star that I never was is in motion. Our recent move to Canada means…my diabolical plan is looking…eggggggcellent! #EvilLaughJoining CHUM 104.5 co-host Marilyn Denis weekdays from 5 – 9 a.m. ET, the dynamic duo of Marilyn and Jamar bring a fresh interactive take to mornings, keeping listeners engaged, informed, and entertained all while playing the best music in Toronto.MARILYN DENIS AND JAMAR is also available across Canada via live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app,, or just ask for CHUM 104.5 on your smart speaker. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more