Lindeners took advantage of a recruitment drive recently conducted by El Dorado Offshore (EDO) Inc in their community. Over 100 residents were part of the job fair initiative, which was hosted at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) at Mackenzie, with many expressing how happy they were to be given opportunity to supply their credentials with a possibility of securing employment.The company’s Crew Change Coordinator Jacqueline Persaud explained that El Dorado Offshore is a recruitment agency which not only supplies manpower for clients in the oil and gas industry, such as ExxonMobil, but various other sectors.“At El Dorado Offshore, we recruit for the oil and gas industry. We recruit persons both on shore and offshore to work. Some of the offshore positions that we recruit for are the ordinary sailors, able-body sailors…maids, and we recruit for cooks. We also do some onshore positions for our clients; for example, logistics coordinator or pipeline coordinator. That’s just an example of some of the onshore positions that we recruit for,” she said.She added that applications are placed in a database which is supplied to clients.“So when we have a position that we need to recruit for, we would shortlist based on the requirements – what we are looking for; and we basically start the recruitment process with the candidates, and supply them to our clients,” Persaud further related.She added that as more potential employers come to Guyana, they would seek out EDO Inc for general recruitment services.Meanwhile, the company’s Human Resources Manager, Sheri Farrell, said the response from Lindeners was quite good, with over 100 applications having been received.
6 December 2010South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir is looking forward to making space for another award in its already crowded trophy cabinet. The world-renowned singers have been nominated for a Grammy Award for their fifth album, Grace, in the Best Traditional World Music Album category.It’s the group’s fourth Grammy nomination in five years. The albums Blessed and African Spirit won Grammys for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively.Grace, released on the Universal Music label, was produced by Robin Hogarth and Zwai Bala, and directed by Lucas Bok, Vusi Shabalala and Diniloxolo Ndlakuse, working with engineer Richard Mitchell.Other nominees in the category vying for the statuette are the Gyuto Monks of Tibet; Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, both from Mali; and Vayo from Uruguay.Winning the award would tie the choir with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who hold top spot among South African groups with three Grammys under their belts.The choir also sings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the song Baba Wetu, which was produced and arranged by Christopher Tin and has been nominated for an arranger’s award in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) category.Other silverware in the choir’s trophy cupboard includes an American Gospel Music Award for Best Choir in 2003; Gospel Music Award for Best International Choir in 2004; and a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for Best Contemporary Music Concert in 2003.OriginsFormed in 2002, the choir’s road to success has been a heart-warming one, a group of talented young Christians uniting in song to spread the gospel.The late David Mulovhedzi, the co-founder and director, said: “The talent we showcase is in everything that we do; it’s a musical ministry. We are ministering through music, as we travel around the world singing the beautiful songs that we brought from South Africa.”While the original members all came from Soweto, today auditions are held for singers from around South Africa.“Many influences really played a major role in helping us to come up with a black gospel outfit in South Africa,” said Bev Bryer, the choir’s executive producer and director, in explaining its formation.“Friends from Australia, the deacon from South Africa and people from Soweto asked us to form a gospel group. So in 2002, I and David Mulovhedzi started auditioning different groups from different churches and communities around the township.“After the auditions, we came up with 32 beautiful voices and, of course, that is what we needed – that and self-discipline. Within a week the Soweto Gospel Choir was born,” says Bryer.The rest is history. The choir has performed with international heavyweights such as U2, Celine Dion, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Diana Ross, Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff and Bebe Waynans. It has performed sold out concerts around the world and sung for Oprah Winfrey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Bill Clinton, to name a few.CharityPart of the choir’s philosophy is giving back to the community. This is done by donating money it raises to orphanages and community groups. As of August 2010, the choir has raised a total of R8 886 901 for a number of charities.In 2003, it founded its own Aids orphan foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, an outreach programme that helps home-based organisations in townships. Those it helps include Sizanani Home-based Care in Orange Farm, Tsogang Sechaba in Protea South, Rosca House in Braamfontein, Living Hope in Germiston and Hillbrow Home of Hope.“Vukani was made what it is today with the donations that we have received at our shows,” Bryer says. “We are seriously trying to make a better life for [the] orphans. We have to play a part in assisting those children.”Source: City of Johannesburg
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has formally conveyed to the BCCI about its inability to hold the India vs England World Cup match at the Eden Gardens on February 27.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a release of ICC conveying its inability to hold the match at Eden Gardens on February 27.The Cricket Board said it has recommended Bangalore as the alternate venue for the match.”The ICC has conveyed to the BCCI that it will not be able to hold the India Vs England match of the ICC CWC 2011 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 27 February 2011.”The BCCI has recommended Bengaluru as the alternate venue,” BCCI Secretary & President-Elect N Srinivasan said in the release.The hectic political lobbying that was on for the past 48 hours since it was announced that Eden’s marquee match will be shifted went in vain with the BCCI announcing ICC’s verdict.The last ditch effort by West Bengal Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee didn’t yield any results. Since morning, there were rumours in the CAB corridors that ICC might just consider the plea to extend the deadline of completion of work till February 7.Even former BCCI president and Cricket Association of Bengal supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya who had a telephonic conversation with ICC president Sharad Pawar expressed a glimmer of hope as he was assured that ICC would send an e-mail intimating them about the list of dos.”I have spoken to Pawar, N Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley, Ratnakar Shetty not less than five to six times.”Pawar is updating me about his whereabouts and in the afternoon — around 2.30pm — said the letter would come in half an hour. But we are yet to receive anything,” an upset Dalmiya told reporters before he received the killer blow in the form of a final rejection from the ICC. said.It’s been a terrible setback for CAB that even someone as important as Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention couldn’t tilt the scales in CAB’s favour.So devastated was Dalmiya after hearing the news that he confined himself in his chamber at the DR B.C.Roy Club House at Eden Gardens and refused to come out.”I have lot of things to sort out and I can’t talk to the media today,” he literally ran for cover as the waiting mediapersons hounded him.The joint secretary of the state association Biswarup Dey conceded that it’s all over for Eden Gardens as of now.”We all thought that we have got a lifeline but now it seems that all hopes of having the match are over. I am speechless. If the best efforts from chief minister aren’t enough, what can we say? But I would definitely raise this question at the BCCI meeting that how Bangalore can get two matches when it was decided all centres will get a match each,” was his feeble argument.advertisementEden Gardens can still host other matches if it is ready: ICCThe ICC on Sunday rejected BCCI’s appeal to reconsider its decision to take away India-England cricket World Cup match from Kolkata but its president Sharad Pawar said the Eden Gardens can host the other three ties if it is ready on time.”The first match may not take place there but the rest of the three matches could have a chance if the requirements are fulfilled,” Pawar told reporters in New Delhi.”We have written to BCCI regarding this. I spoke to BCCI president Shashank Manohar to get the stadium ready so that other matches are staged there,” he added.The historic 100,000 capacity stadium lost the right to host the crucial February 27 India-England tie after failing to meet the completion deadline for renovation work.The BCCI at the behest of the Cricket Association of Bengal appealed to the ICC to extend the completion deadline for the tie to February 7.Even West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee tried his bit and asked two of his ministers to get in touch with former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and put in all possible efforts to bring the match back to the city.But Pawar on Sunday said he tried his best but his efforts ended in smoke.”I personally tried intervening after the Chief Minister of West Bengal requested me to do so. But when the ICC team arrived there, the ground was not ready,” he said.CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya had also called on Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and even personally spoke to Pawar regarding the issue but all efforts went in vain with ICC rejecting the plea on Sunday.Earlier in the day, Dalmiya had said that he was waiting for a letter from the ICC specifying the reasons why Eden Gardens was dropped.”It’s no hidden treasure. But by seeing this at least we will have the satisfaction why we were not given an opportunity … This is just a reasonable request,” Dalmiya had said.”We want to know what the ICC’s expectation, concerns etc are. What is our fault…? We all are peeved, but with all humbleness we are making a polite request. We are not here to create an acrimony.”Asked about Dalmiya’s outburst, Pawar did not respond.The India-England clash was to be the only match featuring the co-hosts at the venue and the other scheduled clashes mostly feature minnows.South Africa-Ireland (March 15), Netherlands-Ireland (March 18) and Zimbabwe-Kenya (March 20) are the other games scheduled at the venue advertisement
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 It has been a remarkable rise for Etheridge, who struggled to find a club five years ago only to resurrect his career when he signed with third division team Walsall.Etheridge’s improvement continued when he moved to Cardiff, which he helped get promoted last year when the Welsh club placed second in the English Championship.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, logisticsWith nine clean sheets from 37 matches so far, Etheridge staked his claim as one of the top shot-stoppers in his first season as a starter for a Premier League club.He still has the second most number of saves this season with 127, while his three penalty saves are tied for the league-best with England international Jordan Pickford of Everton. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hotshots a big threat this time SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge’s historic season in the English Premier League may have ended with Cardiff City FC relegated, but the national team star’s individual brilliance certainly did not go unnoticed.The Welsh club feted Etheridge as its Player of the Year last Sunday night during its season-ending awards night—a fitting recognition for the Filipino player, who kept his team afloat for the majority of the season with his shot-stopping.ADVERTISEMENT
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere https://t.co/KbnLiiwAGb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation https://t.co/eUweUduKrp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.
TORONTO – The Toronto police civilian oversight board has established a working group that will lay out the parameters for an external review of how the force handles missing persons cases.The board announced the independent review in March in the wake of murder charges laid against accused serial killer Bruce McArthur. Many of the 66-year-old landscaper’s alleged victims went missing from Toronto’s gay village, where community members have criticized police for their response to the disappearances.A report unanimously approved by the Toronto Police Services Board at a Wednesday meeting says the working group will identify the form, focus, duration and potential costs of the external review.Toronto Mayor John Tory, who sits on the police services board, called the formation of the working group an “important first step” in the review process.“It’s really important that we do this and do it well and do it properly and inclusively,” Tory said prior to the board vote approving the working group. “I think the people we have here are first rate.”The group will be made up of police board member Ken Jeffers, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention board member Shakir Rahim, sex worker advocate Monica Forrester, and lawyer Sara Mainville, who specializes in cases involving Indigenous peoples.The board also assigned a “facilitator” role to Breese Davies, vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, who has participated in several high profile public inquiries and inquests.Tory said he recognized the value of including people in the working group who belong to the communities most affected by such cases.The review will not probe issues specific to McArthur — who now faces eight counts of first-degree murder — so as not to disrupt the ongoing investigation and court proceedings, Tory said, but it will take a broad look at police handling of missing persons cases.As recently as six weeks before McArthur’s January arrest, members of the force, including Chief Mark Saunders, said there was no indication the disappearances of several men from the city’s gay village were the work of a serial killer.In February, Saunders came under fire after seeming to suggest that police might have cracked the cases earlier if members of the public had been more forthcoming with investigators. He later said it was not his intent to blame the community.Police also come under fire following the death of Tess Richey, a 22-year-old reported missing after a night out in the gay village in November 2017.Her mother, who travelled from the family home in North Bay, Ont., to search for her daughter, found Richey’s body four days after a missing persons report was filed, in a stairwell at the back of an alley, just steps from where she was last seen alive.A 21-year-old Toronto man, Kalen Schlatter, has since been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Richey’s death, which police have said was caused by “neck compression.”
Few can say that they’ve accomplished their lifelong dream as early as college, but Ohio State cornerback Devon Torrence can. “I pretty much always knew I wanted to be here (at OSU),” Torrence said. “I didn’t take any official visits anywhere else, man. This was the only school I wanted to go to. I waited on a scholarship here. It was just a dream come true.” Torrence and his fellow senior teammates are looking to cap their college football careers by winning the National Championship. Anything less for this talented team filled with experience would be a letdown, for players and OSU fans alike. The Canton, Ohio, native grew up wanting to become a Buckeye and now he’s on the “Silver Bullet” defensive unit, which is largely considered one of the best in the country. As a freshman, Torrence was on the team when the Buckeyes lost to Louisiana State in the 2008 National Title game at the Superdome. Losing the game was tough, Torrence said, but it helped build the bond between him and his fellow seniors. “When you get a team that’s like that, that’s lost some and had some success, it creates that perfect gel of that team that’s hungry and just wants to get out there and win and fight for each other every snap,” he said. Senior linebacker Brian Rolle talked about the importance of having a good relationship with teammates and what Torrence means to the Buckeyes’ defense. “Me and Devon, it’s like big brother, little brother sometimes,” Rolle said. “We’re always picking on each other and talking trash to each other. We talk trash just knowing we want each other to get better. We study each other all the time. Me and him, it’s a great relationship.” Chimdi Chekwa plays cornerback opposite of Torrence and has helped improve his game. Torrence said their relationship also hits on the brotherhood theme. “Chim is just like a big brother,” Torrence said. “He helps me out with little things that can help with my game. He’s really smart and pays attention to a lot of detail. I consider myself a very raw athlete at the position. He’s a lot more seasoned than I am, I would say, with some stuff. A lot of times I rely on my athleticism to get me through. But he’ll break something down and give me a different perspective and put me into position to make a lot more plays.” After losing the National Championship game in New Orleans, OSU suffered a heart-breaking, last-second loss to Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, which marked the program’s third-consecutive postseason defeat. Last season, in the starting lineup for the first time, Torrence and the Buckeyes came back to win the Rose Bowl — a memory forever ingrained in his mind, and his favorite since becoming a Buckeye. “People say that we were young that year. It was my first year out there (starting),” he said. “We had a great time out in California and it’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life — just winning that game out there and having a blast.” Rolle, known for playing with “swagger,” said that Torrence has plenty of his own and he’s always pressing his teammates to improve. “Playing with him is great because Devon, he’s a guy, I would say, probably has more swagger than I do,” Rolle said. “He’s always like ‘let’s go man, we got to get better today.’ We went through walk-throughs today and he came up to me and said, ‘You gonna get better today?’ He’s always pushing himself and always pushing others to get better.” Football wasn’t Torrence’s only passion. He was drafted in the 16th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur entry by the Houston Astros and played two summers of rookie ball for the Greeneville Astros in Tennessee. He didn’t quite have the same success as an outfielder as he did with a helmet and shoulder pads. The athletic speedster hit .149 and .151 in 64 games over two seasons for Greeneville. Baseball and football are vastly different sports, which require different mindsets. Torrence mentioned how difficult it was to bounce back from mistakes or bad games in football because there is a week between games to dwell on them. In baseball, there’s usually a game the next day to help forget about mistakes. “I think that was probably the biggest adjustment for me to realize, was my mind-frame around that. I can’t give up any plays around here and, if I do, I got to forget about them right away,” Torrence said. “In baseball you have the next day to go 3-4, a double and a home run, and make a diving catch in the outfield. You can 0-3 the next day and come back and go 3-3 the next, so I think that was probably the biggest challenge for me.” Torrence said it was difficult to be a two-sport athlete. The situation was trying because he played baseball during the summer, when his teammates on the football team would be preparing for the season. Getting a late start on football was a tough adjustment to make. “I was in a different world, I would say. I wasn’t in the same situation that a lot of people were in here. My situation was very different from all types of angles,” he said. Eventually, he caught up to speed with his teammates. The relationships he’s created with them are important to him. Torrence said he’s made numerous bonds that he plans to maintain. “Those guys will be my best friends for the rest of my life. (Jermale Hines) and (Chekwa), I can rely on those guys for anything I need, or anything they need they can count on me to be there — (It’s) the same with (Cameron Heyward) and those guys. We kid and joke around all the time with each other, but I know that if I was ever in a serious situation and I needed anything really bad, that those guys would have my back,” he said. “I’m just glad that I was fortunate to come here and develop the relationships with those guys for the future.”
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac revealed that they may be without Arjen Robben for Saturday’s Der Klassiker against Borussia DortmundThe Dutch winger is suffering from a knee injury and faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.The loss of Robben will likely come as an unwelcome blow for Kovac, whose side trail Bundesliga leaders Dortmund by four points ahead of Saturday’s game.“Everyone is fine,” Kovac told reporters on YouTube.“Arjen tried to train yesterday but has a couple of knee problems so we’ll have to see how he trains today.”Since the last international break, Bayern have won five of their last six games in all competitions.But the pressure continues to grow on Kovac with players like Thomas Muller reportedly frustrated over the Croatian’s rotation policy.Just last weekend, Muller’s wife publicly slammed Kovac on social media after the striker was left on the bench in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, Kovac is making no promises ahead of his first Der Klassiker in charge of Bayern.“It’s the Klassiker and everyone wants to play,” Kovac added.“Everyone wants to play every Bundesliga game but tomorrow [Saturday] even more so.“I think people will be even more disappointed if they don’t play but everyone has to work hard to make a positive atmosphere.“I always try with my coaches to pick a team to win the game, that’s always the case and always will be the case. I don’t pick players because I like or dislike them.“Some would have thought I wouldn’t have picked Thomas Muller [against AEK Athens in the Champions League] but it’s not the case.“I look at the training and the opponent, it’s nothing to do with liking or disliking players. I like all my players.”The league match between Dortmund and Bayern will begin at 18:30 (CEST) at Signal Iduna Park.