Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who is tasked with responsibility for tourism, has admitted that there was a grave need for more training in the hospitality sector in order to bring more tourists to the country.Gaskin told Guyana Times during a recent interview that although efforts were being made to increase the number of airlines serving the country, persons who make direct contact with visitors should be properly trained.The Minister made specific reference to hotel receptionists as well as minibus and taxi drivers.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin“We need more airlifts, but that is being attended to and we are getting people coming. Our visitor arrival is increasing, but I think what we need though is a lot more training in some of the hospitality sectors as well as the transportation sector so that the visitor experience is one that they would want to recommend,” he said.Gaskin added, “I think a lot of work has to be done in the services sector whether it is restaurant, hotels, minibus, taxis, even retail, because we want to give them an experience that reflects our seriousness about tourism and if you don’t have good service, you not gonna get return visitors”.According to him, the Ministry has been conducting training for some hotel personnel while the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) is working on a new programme which will ensure more persons are trained in this regard.“I think what we are focusing on now is … a particular training programme that involves certification and we are trying to get the GTA trainers trained so that they can actually do the training themselves and certification,” he noted.Moreover, Gaskin explained that the new programme would allow the Ministry to train and certify persons to an internationally recognised standard.The Minister was keen to note that although he hoped for this programme to be operational before year end, it does not mean that other training sessions would discontinue.Guyana was recently named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany – the world’s largest tourism trade fair.The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts, who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.The newly-created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and puts Guyana up against very well-known and long-established ecotourism destinations, such as Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.Back in December last year during budgetary debates, Gaskin boasted of a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals up to September, when compared with figures for the same period last year.The Minister pointed out that apart from the two major agricultural products which are rice and sugar, tourism brings in the highest amount of foreign earnings while also providing opportunities for young Guyanese.Recognising the importance of the sector, Gaskin said the Ministry increased the budget allocation to the GTA from $123 million in 2014 to over $300 million in 2019.He explained that the GTA and the Department of Tourism would receive budgetary allocations of $305 million and $93 million respectively.
– wife, daughter taken into Police custodyA rice farmer was on Monday evening shot and killed in his West Berbice home after gunmen allegedly invaded the property.Dead: Gregory ReynoldsDead is 60-year-old Gregory Reynolds, also called “Bermine”, of Lot 131 Number 8 Village, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). It is believed that he was shot sometime between 20:00h and 22:00h.According to reports, Reynolds, his wife and daughter were at home when the gunmen struck. The man was later found lying in a pool of blood in the lower flat of the building and an alarm was raised. At the time, he had close to $400,000 in his pants pocket.While the details of what took place were not forthcoming, Guyana Times understands that the now dead man would normally give his wife and two children money when he sells his paddy at the end of each crop.The dead man’s sister,Barbra Pluck-KingIt has been reported that on Monday, the rice farmer collected his money to purchase two new wheels for his tractor. This, however, might have angered the man’s wife and an argument erupted between them.The dead man’s sister, Barbra Pluck-King, related that although Reynolds lived among four of his siblings, none of them were informed when the alleged bandits attacked nor after they left.The woman added that she was informed that the Police arrived at the scene and found her sister-in-law sitting next to her brother’s motionless body. However, she did not relate any information to the family about what transpired.“I didn’t see any doors or windows broken so I turned around and asked, Kuntie what really happen? And she said ‘me na know. Me bin sit down in the hammock and me na know happen’”.According to the man’s sister, the woman was wearing several gold chains, bangles and rings when she arrived at the scene.“Now if somebody come to rob, they will be looking for jewellery and money,” she noted. With little help coming from her sister-in-law, she turned to her niece for information.However, she got no vital information from the 25-year-old. In fact, according to the grieving sister, she was verbally abused hence, she became suspicious.“No windows were broken; it is just like a door kicked from the inside. If someone break and enter, there would kick from the outside. When I looked at the blood on the ground and I see the gel on the ground, I know that my brother was not just murdered. In know that he was dead for a little while,” the sister who is a registered nurse revealed.Both the woman and her daughter were taken into Police custody as they continue their investigations.Meanwhile, the couple had been married for more that 30-years and their union brought forth two children. The woman has two other children from her previous marriage.An autopsy performed on the body on Tuesday gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage as a result of multiple gunshot injuries.
Four Masters GAA News: Lotto Result: There was no jackpot winner in Week 42 of the 2014/2015 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday May 4th.The numbers drawn were 7, 14, 16, and 19. The four consolation winners were Rena Brogan, Drumrooske; Martin Kenny, Doonan; John Geary c/o Linda’s; and John Murphy, Old Golf Course Road. Each will receive €25. The jackpot now stands at €800. “Come Cook with Us” Fundraiser: In association with the Ladies Board & Bord na nOg takes place this Friday night at 8:30pm in the Abbey Hotel. “Come Cook with Us” is a unique night of entertainment with a combination of Cooking and Comedy.4 teams, comprising of one male and one female will assist well know Chef JoeShannon in cooking a top class meal. Team 1: Sharon Gillespie & Dr Austin Kennedy, Team 2: Rene Brogan & Barry Monaghan, Team 3: Martina Mc Menamin & Davy Crawford, Team 4: Ann Reid & Odie Mc Bride. Joe will also give a cooking demonstration on the night while Frank Forde under one of his many well-known celebrity impressions will provide plenty of laughter. During the break tickets will be sold for a sponsored raffle with many fantastic prizes on offer. Great fun and laughter guaranteed on the night and something to suit all ages. Come join us at the county’s first “Come Cook with Us”. A night not to be missed. Tickets available from any Ladies or Underage Manager. A limited number of tickets are available at the Abbey Hotel reception. Topaz Cash for Clubs: cards need to returned to Pauric Harvey (0860523905) before next Thursday. The club needs 300 stamps to be entered in the cash prize draws which total €200,000. Our club code is 10203, a completed stamp book can be given any senior club officer or contact Pauric asap.Jigsaw Talk: The club is hosting a talk on improving mental health for young adults in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday May 21st at 8pm. Maura Finnegan from Jigsaw Donegal will be doing a presentation on the night with questions afterwards. All club members are encouraged to attend.Seniors and Reserves: both teams lost out to Ardara on Friday night in Tir Conaill Park. Next up for the lads is Naomh Conaill away this Sunday, throw ins at 1:30pm and 3pm.Donegal GAA: Donegal v Tyrone ticket orders of one per adult member to Paul Timoney 087-2791305 by 6.00pm next Tuesday May 5th.U14 hurling: well done to the u14 hurlers who recorded a comprehensive victory on Thursday night over SetantaCoaching Academy: the 2015 coaching academy for 4-7 year olds boys and girls has started back Saturday mornings with great numbers attending. Thanks goes to all the coaches, volunteers, parents, and players that helped out each week. The acadeny continues every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm in Tir Conaill Park. All parents and children are asked to be in Tir Conaill for 10:45pmso coaching can start on time. New children and parents are always welcome to attend. Anyone that can help out at the academy any week should make contact with Pauric Harvey (0860523905) or Laurence Doherty (0877532705). Helpers are required each week for the car park, tea room, collecting money, coaching, setting up and clearing up afterwards. There will also be a weekly mini league for this group in the Summer which will take place on a weekday and consist of all games.Virtual Sod: the virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far. The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill. Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879869192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing pitch developments in Tir Conaill. Pieta House Darkness into Light: the upcoming race/walk will take place early on Saturday May 9th from the St John Bosco at 4:15am. All club members are encouraged to support this fantastic event.Club Notes: any club managers, mentors, or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email [email protected] before Monday night to ensure it is included.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U14 HURLERS EARN EXCELLENT WIN OVER SETANTA was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAANoticesSport
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Everton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Junior midfielder Jesse King (19) cradles the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterFresh off its first victory of the season, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is hoping to continue building momentum during the young season.After taking down Marquette Saturday, 11-7, the team is set to battle No. 10 Penn State in Ohio Stadium Saturday for the 2014 Creator’s Trophy.Starting the season with two overtime losses to both Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts, the Buckeyes’ (1-2, 0-0) fortunes reversed with the home victory against Marquette.Freshman midfielder Jake Withers played a key role in that game, winning 14 of 21 faceoffs and collecting 11 ground balls, taking home ECAC co-Rookie of the Week honors in the process.Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said winning the faceoff and ground ball battles are important because they give the offense more opportunities to score.“It was definitely big for Jake to get that many wins and ground balls because it gave us that many more possessions on our offensive end,” Imbordino said. “It allows us to play the make-it-take-it, not somebody else.”Penn State (2-1, 0-0), which has big expectations after making the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2005, is coming off an 8-7 victory at then-No. 4 Notre Dame last Saturday.Senior attackman Shane Sturgis led the way for the Nittany Lions, netting five goals against the Fighting Irish defense. OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said Penn State boasts an offense that can put points up on the board, but thinks OSU has a gameplan in place that will limit the Nittany Lions’ chances.“It’s all about adjusting to what we see on film,” Meurer said. “They definitely have a great attack and some capable midfielders, but we will be ready to take them.”Offensively, OSU will look to break down a defense that is yielding only about 8.7 goals per game. Junior midfielders Jesse King and Turner Evans have shined early in the season, but OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows it will take a team effort to put the ball in the back of the net.“They have arguably one of the best goalies in the country in senior Austin Kaut,” Myers said. “For us, it’s going to be generating quality shots and then finishing off those opportunities.”Last season, the Buckeyes won a nail-biter in Happy Valley after King scored in overtime as time expired.“We know they are a great team; they are really hard-nosed and gritty,” Meurer said. “It’s just about not only matching that but taking it to another level, playing with more fire and energy than them. I think we will come out on top.”Myers said the importance of this game goes well beyond what happens during the 2014 campaign.“This is why you come to Ohio State,” Myers said. “It’s a top 10 opponent and a rivalry in Penn State … It’s important for not only the 2014 team, but also to all the men who have made this program what it is.”Gametime is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.
Eden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”