33 Peace Corps volunteers sworn in to serve Guyana

first_imgThirty-three new Peace Corps volunteers were on Wednesday sworn in by the United States of America Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway after two and a half months of training.Throughout the weeks, they were stationed in the Essequibo Islands to complete a training exercise with youths in the areas of education, health and well-being, and environmental development.The ceremony is the 31st of its kind and was conducted at the Ambassador’s residence in the presence of Government Ministers, First Lady Sandra Granger, and Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson.After taking the oath which was administered by the Ambassador, the volunteers were briefed on some of the work which they will be involved in during their stay inFront row from left: Peace Corps Guyana Director of Programming and Training, Melanie Ingalls; US Ambassador Perry Holloway; Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams; Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and Peace Corps Guyana Country Director Wendy Hershberger along with the new volunteerseight of the 10 regions under a rotation system.For the next two years, the volunteers will reside with Guyanese citizens in the respective regions where they will serve.In her remarks, Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams applauded the new volunteers for successfully completing the training. She explained that the work which has been done by the volunteers was important to the development of youths across the nation.“The Government of Guyana recognises the value of volunteerism. The volunteers of the Peace Corps are shining examples for our nation and especially our youths. During your service, you will be working with teachers and students to teach science effectively, stimulate the love of nature and empower our youth to be leaders in environmental protection and enhancement.”Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence also shared similar sentiments, adding that the volunteers be supported throughout their service to Guyana.“I am convinced that over an extended period of time, your intervention with the schools coupled with your interaction with parents and health-care workers will certainly impact significantly the choices our youths make,” the Public Health Minister stated.The Peace Corps was created in March of 1961 by President John F Kennedy to provide human resource and technical assistance to developing countries. The Peace Corps was first active in Guyana from 1966-1971, and later returned in 1995 at the invitation of then President, Dr Cheddi Jagan.last_img read more

‘No fear’: England confident of overcoming semi-final curse after beating Norway

first_imgEllen White grabbed her fifth goal of the tournament five minutes prior to half-time and Bronze made sure of the victory with a rising shot high into the net as the hour mark approached.England were so comfortable towards the end that they could even afford to squander a penalty, Nikita Parris having her late spot-kick saved.There were striking similarities between Bronze’s effort here and her goal that gave England a 2-1 win over the same opponents at the 2015 World Cup.The Lionesses went out of that tournament in the semi-finals and also fell in the last four at Euro 2017. Now they will hope to go a step further, although a daunting challenge awaits against hosts France or holders the United States in Lyon next Tuesday.“We are a team that has lost in the semi-finals of the last two major tournaments and I suppose the main reason I was brought into this job was to get us through a semi-final,” Neville said.“What I said to them at the end, and I am not ashamed to say it, was ‘are you ready to win a World Cup’, because we are in it to win it and I think we are in good shape.”France and the USA meet in a blockbuster quarter-final in Paris on Friday, but Neville insisted his team are not afraid of what awaits them next.“Both teams hold no fear for my players. We actually said when we qualified against Japan that that we were in the best side of the draw because of this semi-final.“My players and I want the biggest games and this will be the biggest game of the World Cup.”Norway had ousted Australia on penalties in the last round, but this was a step too far for a team who came to France without their superstar striker Ada Hegerberg.“We lost against a better team than us,” admitted coach Martin Sjogren. “Of course we believed we could hurt England, but at this stage of the tournament all teams are very, very good.”– Landmark goal for Scott –They could not recover after falling behind to Scott’s early goal, with the outstanding Bronze charging forward down the right and cutting the ball back for the Manchester City midfielder to side-foot in off the far post.It was a landmark goal for Scott, who first found the net for her country against Argentina at the 2007 World Cup.David Beckham attended England’s win over Norway in Le Havre along with his daughter Harper © AFP / Damien MEYEREngland looked like scoring every time they came forward in the first half, with White hitting the post before the second goal came on 40 minutes.This time Parris teed up White to convert from inside the six-yard box and join Australia’s Sam Kerr and Alex Morgan of the USA at the top of the World Cup scorers’ chart.Any hopes Norway had of a second-half comeback were doused in the 57th minute when Bronze was fouled on another charge forward. Substitute Beth Mead laid the ball back to Bronze from the resulting free-kick, and the Lyon star smashed home in style.England then stood firm to secure a fourth straight clean sheet, although they missed the chance to score a fourth goal from the spot with seven minutes left.Captain Steph Houghton was shoved over in the box by Maria Thorisdottir, but Parris saw her kick from 12 yards kept out by Ingrid Hjelmseth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lucy Bronze’s brilliant goal capped a 3-0 win for England over Norway in their World Cup quarter-final © AFP / LOIC VENANCELe Havre, France, Jun 28 – England’s women have their sights set on ending their semi-final curse after a stunning strike by Lucy Bronze helped Phil Neville’s team to a 3-0 win over Norway in Le Havre on Thursday and took them into the last four of the World Cup.David Beckham was among the crowd at the Stade Oceane to see midfield stalwart Jill Scott open the scoring inside three minutes of this quarter-final, becoming just the second English player to score at three separate women’s World Cups.last_img read more