Assuria officially opens branch in Linden

first_imgThe Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community of Linden will now benefit from the services offered by Assuria Life, Fire and General Insurance, as the company opened a branch in the mining town on Friday.A meet-and-greet and a ribbon-cutting exercise marked the official opening of the branch, situated at Republic Avenue, Mackenzie.Under its two registered companies (Life and General), Assuria will be offering services such as life, motor and fire insurance; bonds and contractors’ liability.Assuria General Manager Yogindra Arjune said the company was pleased and excited about extending its services to the Linden community and was optimistic that it would be successful. He noted that though the opening of the branch took a number of years, the timing was right.“The town is developing at a very rapid rate and we want to be here at the time when it is being developed. We want to play our part in developing Linden. So, we’re excited,” he stated.Arjune added that the company would be offering unique packages at affordable prices with easy payment options.“Contractors’ insurance, we’re very big in that and we want to help in every way possible to bring something unique to Linden…,” he said.Outgoing Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, who was present at the ceremony, expressed gratitude to the insurance company for investing in the town.“It shows that investors are building their confidence in our town and we’re happy that they would have seen it fit to invest and come to this end and also to employ Lindeners; which is good for us. We want to see more Lindeners being employed.“Besides that, the offering of insurance in affordable packages, I think that is good for Linden,” Holland stated.He added that the services which are offered by Assuria would also be beneficial to local contractors looking to secure bonds and the like, as there has been some difficulty faced in this regard.The outgoing Mayor said Assuria has also made a promise to fulfil its social responsibility to the community.The company has so far employed three Lindeners. Assuria, which is a Suriname- based company, currently has five branches across Guyana, some six years after it was established in this country. It has two branches in Trinidad.last_img read more

Wamalwa thirsty to learn under Olunga

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa rages on during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Tanzania in Kampala, Uganda, on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 15 – Oscar Wamalwa has proved to be a worthy gamble for head coach Francis Kimanzi’s team at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup having scored two goals and made one assist in three matches so far.The lanky Ulinzi Stars forward was picked in the squad ahead of seasoned John Mark Makwatta and has proved a bargain with his contributions being key for Stars. He assisted Hassan Abdallah’s goal in the 1-0 win against Tanzania, scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Sudan and hit the lone goal in Stars’ final Group B match against Zanzibar which they won 1-0.“I really feel pleased with my performance so far. It is my first time in the national team and I have scored two goals and assisted one; that is a dream start for me. I was given the chance and I took it and I am glad it has paid off,” Wamalwa told Capital Sport.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa celebrates his goal against Zanzibar with teammate Hassan Abdallah during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match in Kampala, Uganda, on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The games have been tough because we have been in a very competitive group and to come out as winners with an unbeaten record is a good achievement for us. Most of us are playing in this tournament for the first time,” he added.Wamalwa now hopes his form can earn him a slot into the senior national team for next year’s 2021 African Cup of Nations where biggest on his hopes is to play alongside Kenya’s revered striker Michael Olunga and learn a thing or two from him.“I have watched him and I really admire how he plays and generally his statistics as a striker. It would be my biggest wish to get to train with him and probably play alongside him.”“It is a good opportunity for me to learn from him. He can teach me how to run, how to position myself as a striker and ultimately improve as a player,” stated the Ulinzi Stars hitman.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa controls the during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Zanzibar in Kampala, Uganda, on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe striker has started in all Stars’ matches and played the entire 90 and he says the trust bestowed upon him by coach Francis Kimanzi has made him believe more in himself.“When the coach gives you such a chance, it means that he has seen something in you and now as a player, you need to work harder and prove to him that you deserve. He has helped me improve a lot and I am hoping I can learn more. I believe I still have a long way to go,” Wamalwa further noted.The talisman joined Ulinzi Stars from Bidco in 2015, signed by former head coach Robert Matano who saw him during a friendly match in Thika.He has been an instant hit with the Nakuru-based military men and he hopes he can achieve more not only for club but for country as well.He hopes he can vie for the CECAFA Golden Boot having tied on two goals with several players including teammate Hassan, Uganda’s Allan Okello and Eritrea’s Ali Suleiman Ibrahim.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Welcome to the New PremiumBeat

first_imgA radically new look and tons of powerful new features – you’ll love the sound of this.When we set out to make the latest update to PremiumBeat we had one thing in mind: How can we improve the music licensing experience for you? We considered the ways in which filmmakers search for music – how can we make this faster? We looked at the music approval process video editors must go through when working on projects – how can we make this smoother? In short, what features, tools and info can we provide to streamline music licensing?That thought process brought us to where we are today – a smoother, more powerful music licensing platform. Discover some of the latest updates.Find the perfect track for your projectMobile FriendlyWhen we updated the look of the site, we wanted it to look and work great regardless of what device you were accessing it on. PremiumBeat.com is now fully responsive with an optimized mobile experience.New PlayerOur in-window player has quick buttons for downloading a preview, sharing with colleagues, adding as a favorite, to a playlist or to your cart. Powerful playback on any device.Comprehensive SearchSearch is only as good as the data behind it. That’s why we fully overhauled and expanded the data behind our tracks, adding additional genre, mood, instrument and tag info. Additionally, use “Advanced Search” to pinpoint tracks by length, BPM range, composer and instruments used. Find the right track faster than ever before.Save PlaylistsPulling tracks for multiple projects? You can now add tracks to personalized playlists. Never forget which tracks you liked and easily share the playlist with your colleagues and collaborators for faster approval and review.Share TracksSpeaking of sharing, you can share any track on our site via email through our handy Share feature. Add an email address and a short message (“What do you think of this track for our film project!?”) All your shares are saved in your account history, so you can quickly go back and see what you shared in the past.Keyboard ShortcutsVideo editors and creative pros are accustomed to using keyboard shortcuts to speed up their workflows. So we added simple keyboard shortcuts to improve your music browsing experience. You can now quickly advance to the next track, seek forward and backward through a track, add tracks to a playlist or your cart…all at the push of a button.Activity HistoryYou previewed a track on the site, loved it for your project but forgot to save it to your Favorites or a playlist? In your account history you now have access to a record of every track you preview. Additionally, you can view your Send to Friend and full order history, with easy access to invoice and license documentation.We’ve got you covered.We’ll be constantly adding new features and updates to the site to improve your PremiumBeat experience. Have a feature request? We’d love to hear from you! Shoot us an email to support@premiumbeat.com.last_img read more

Congress a divided house on supporting Sena

first_imgThe issue of whether to support the Shiv Sena to form a government in the State has left the Congress a divided house, even as senior Congress leaders visited Delhi on Friday to seek party president Sonia Gandhi’s opinion on the course of action if the Sena asks for help. Former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde said there was no question of supporting the Sena given the different ideologies of the two parties. “The people of Maharashtra have given a fractured mandate. The Congress is a secular party. We cannot extend support to a party which does communal politics. We are ready to accept the people’s mandate and will perform our duties as the Opposition,” Mr. Shinde said. ‘Sonia to meet Pawar’Senior party leaders from Maharashtra, including State party president Balasaheb Thorat, former chief minister Ashok Chavan, leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Vadettiwar and former State president Manikrao Thakre, met Ms. Gandhi on Friday evening after being kept waiting through the day. A senior leader who attended the meeting said, “An immediate answer on whether to support Sena is not expected. But she will be meeting [NCP chief] Sharad Pawar on November 5 in Delhi, where the final decision is likely to be taken.” Prior to the meeting, Mr. Thorat had said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is responsible for the present state of political instability in Maharashtra. The Congress is keeping a watch on the situation in the State, but we feel that the manner in which the BJP is treating its alliance partner is wrong.” Mr. Shinde said he was not aware of the reason for the senior leaders’ visit to Delhi. “I have not discussed the issue with Sonia Gandhiji. But to not support the Sena is my personal opinion, and if asked by Delhi, I will surely inform them,” he said. Nirupam’s caution Former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, too, cautioned the party against supporting the Sena. “The so-called dispute within the alliance is temporary. To the best of my knowledge, the Sena will never come out of the shadow of the BJP,” the Congress leader, who was earlier associated with the Sena, said.last_img read more

Nine-member team in Pakistan plotted 26/11 Mumbai attack, reveals Abu Jundal

first_imgAbu Jundal’s interrogation has once again confirmed India’s accusation of Pakistan’s involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.Sources say Jundal has revealed that Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed was constantly attending meetings with top commanders of the Pakistani army during the 26/11 attack. India has always maintained that Saeed was the brain behind the 2008 attack.Jundal has said Saeed also headed the team that plotted the attack, sources said. His interrogation has revealed that there was a nine-member team that plotted the attack and coordinated with the 10 men who entered Mumbai. Jundal himself was number 8 in the hierarchy while Major Samir of the ISI was at number 9, a note prepared on his interrogation by Delhi Police’s special cell and accessed by Mail Today says.”We have been pressing Pakistan all the time that they must bring the perpetrators to book. We feel that there was enough evidence and that they should take this into account and bring the perpetrators to book,” Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs, said.Former home secretary G.K. Pillai, who was in office after the Mumbai attack, said: “We had intelligence that Saeed was constantly meeting core commanders of the Pakistani army but Pakistan always remained in denial mode. Why should a person, who supposedly runs a charitable institution, meet army commanders?”With Jundal’s custody with the Delhi Police coming to an end on Friday, his second round of questioning is expected to be conducted by the NIA that has filed a separate case probing his role in the Mumbai attack.advertisementSources in the central intelligence agencies indicate that some of Jundal’s contacts in Saudi Arabia are still under the scanner.”He had been living there since April 2011 after the Pakistani authorities cracked down on them. He was given the responsibility of recruiting Indians coming to Saudi Arabia for LeT,” an official said.After the 26/11 attack, Jundal’s LeT bosses also gave him the responsibility to recruit youth from India. He was also asked to take care of the LeT’s entire operations in India. His interrogation report, being prepared by the Special Cell, also says that he was given the responsibility of “talent spotting”. He has also told interrogators he met LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, also an accused in the 26/11 case, in Adiala jail in Islamabad in 2010.Jundal’s role in 26/11 was to teach Hindi to terrorists being trained for the attack.”He also played an important role in the conspiracy and coordination of the strike by providing locations of Mumbai and how to behave like a Mumbaikar,” the note says.last_img read more

Irving clutch against Warriors again as Cavs win 109-108

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — With another clutch shot, Kyrie Irving took the Warriors on a trip down memory lane.Irving dropped a short, turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied just the way they did in June’s NBA Finals to defeat Golden State 109-108 on Sunday in a marquee Christmas matchup that more than lived up to the hype.Down by 14 early in the fourth quarter, the Cavs chipped away and then put the ball in the hands of Irving, whose step-back 3-pointer over Stephen Curry on June 19 helped seal Game 7 and gave Cleveland its first major pro sports championship since 1964.This time, Irving went deep in the lane before spinning and making his shot over Thompson, one of the league’s best defenders.“The kid is special,” LeBron James said of his teammate. “It was never in doubt.”Golden State had one last chance but Kevin Durant, who led all scorers with 36 points in his first game in the league’s hottest rivalry, lost his balance coming off a screen and couldn’t get off a shot as time expired.Durant felt he was fouled by Richard Jefferson.“I was trying to make a move,” he said. “I didn’t fall on my own.”James scored 31 points with a season-high 13 rebounds, Irving added 25 points and Kevin Love 20 for the Cavs, who were down 3-1 in the Finals before storming back to stun a Warriors team that won 73 games during the regular season, but came up one victory short of winning their second straight title.Thompson added 24, Draymond Green 16 and Curry 15 — on 4 of 11 shooting — for the Warriors, who had their winning streak stopped at seven and fell to 9-1 against Eastern Conference teams.The biggest present under the tree for basketball fans this holiday was filled with drama, intensity and more than a few moments that sparked reminders of last season’s brilliant Finals.Irving drained a 3 from the wing that looked a lot like the one he made on June 19, but his bucket over Thompson had a higher degree of difficulty.“That’s a really hard shot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought Klay played tremendous defense. You don’t do anything different.”The teams will meet again Jan. 16 and then not again unless they make it back to the Finals — a “three-quel” that would be the first in league history.If there was any doubt that this game meant more than the other 81 to both squads and fan bases, Green took care of that in the opening minutes.After being called for his second personal foul, Green stormed off the floor, cursing with every step on his way to the bench. Green, whose suspension from Game 5 of the Finals helped swing the series to Cleveland, was slapped with a technical and several of his teammates came over to calm him down before things got worse.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oklahoma State Fans Are Concerned with This Offense, Should They Be?

first_imgI asked in a poll question on Wednesday how concerned (on a scale of 1-5) OSU fans are with an offense that could only muster 24 (but it should have been 30!) points against Central Michigan last week.The consensus was “well, we aren’t unconcerned.” Some of this is, of course, an overreaction to the first week of football. Everybody does that. Ohio State is going to win it all this year and next and Washington State will never win again. That kind of thing.But some of it is real.The average “ranking” was 3.06 on a scale of 1-5 from just over 800 voters. If I could put that into words for OSU fans it would say “we can forgive 24 against CMU but if we don’t score 45+ against Central Arkansas and light Texas up in two weeks … there needs to be a Shawn Watson situation if you know what I’m saying!”Here’s a look at what percent the votes were at — 65 percent of you are at a 3 or higher.Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 3.58.57 PMI’m with the 2s. It’s not that I believe heavily in Mike Yurcich or what he’s done over the last three years — he was all but fired after that Texas game last year! — I simply don’t want to understate the importance of getting some sea legs. Basically, I don’t want to call for the head of somebody and then OSU reel off eight straight and move into the top five.Frankly though, he bores me. Which is fine. But his offenses also bore me. Which is not great.“I think what’s really important is to get better as the year progresses, and keep on getting better,” said Yurcich. “That’s what the practices are for. The goal is to be constantly improving and working on it with good effort and good fundamentals. Over time, you should get better.”OK.“I think our guys up front did a really good job of being on their assignments,” Yurcich said about the CMU game. “We were on the people that we needed to be on. I think we ran strong, tough and physical. In the second half, we opened it up a little more and got some space.”I guess.There just doesn’t seem to be the urgency there that Glenn Spencer has. I realize they’re different personalities and are in charge of different things. It’s just difficult to not compare Yurcich to the high-wire acts of those who came before him in Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken. Maybe folks like that wouldn’t be performing any differently with the talent at hand, but at least they’d make you think they were going to either succeed or fail magnificently trying. Yurcich somehow does neither.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!last_img read more

They gave her bad advice Toronto artist Maria Qamar turned it into

first_imgAdvertisement Posing for photos in her downtown apartment, surrounded by her artwork and a pile of yellow books at her feet, Maria Qamar seems effortlessly cool and very collected.However, though she shot to popularity a couple years ago through her Instagram account, Hatecopy, which has 102,000 followers, the 26-year-old Toronto artist is the first to admit her life wasn’t always like this.Her struggle to free herself from her family’s expectations and become an artist was what inspired her book, Trust No Aunty, a survival guide for Desi women, which comes out Tuesday. Login/Register With: The colourful and witty read — which recounts traumatizing incidents like making her boyfriend hide in a closet to avoid her dad and the casually racist things said to her in the workplace — is meant to be relatable for women of a South Asian background.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook “It reminds me of what my diary was like when I was a kid,” says first-time author Qamar, adding she used to get bullied a lot “for being darker than white” and instead of writing about it in a journal, she’d turn into comic panels.“The last panel of the comic would be me getting the last laugh or me getting my revenge, so that the world I created for myself in my sketchbook was better than the reality I was facing.”last_img read more