…empowers women to develop personally and professionallyThe Women in Business Expo is not just an event that caters for the empowerment of women in the area of business skills and marketing but also provides a platform for females from all walks of life and various careers to have a voice and inspire each other.Those were the words of the organiser of the event, Sonia Noel, who on Sunday on the last day of the two-day expo told Guyana Times that the turnout this year was much more than expected.Some of the women displaying their products at the Expo“We have like 67 exhibitors and some of them from the first year, second year, third year and a lot of the first years… because they develop themselves in their capacities and it is not just their businesses. And one of the things coming out is the personal development coming out from these people, we talk about health and youth and different things that help you give the world the best version of you.”She stated that the feedback has been “tremendous” and that the “Inspire You” motivational event over the years featured many phenomenal women from here in Guyana, the Caribbean and internationally.“It is not just a women expo for business. Business is part of it but it is adding value to life …we want life elevation…it is you being better, your business, your family and by extension your country, being better.”Noel noted that this is the fourth year that such an event has been hosted in Guyana and it will be repeated in years to come because of the impact that it has on the female population especially those who are focused on becoming entrepreneurs.“Small businesses definitely can contribute so much to the development of this country,” she added.Meanwhile, one of the motivational speakers at the event on Sunday, held at the Pegasus Hotel, Thandi McAllister, told this publication that the “Inspire You” activity presents a platform for women to not only share their life-changing stories but it also serves as another platform for women to be inspired by stories in their professional and personal capacities.“So that can transform lives and transformation does not have to be huge, the tiniest change is good enough and I think that is what Inspire You sets out to do. Sometimes it is difficult to recognise that stumbling blocks could be indeed stepping stones. It takes some of us longer to come to that recognition.”Additionally, Renata Burnette, another motivational speaker, stated that such an event serves to empower and enhance the lives of all the women in attendance in more ways than one.“To have a room full of women coming from all walks of life having different careers encouraging each other not knowing which space of mind they are in currently; it is really good. You never have that as often as we should so I felt as though it was the perfect timing and also it is the month for women,” she said.The Women in Business Expo 2019 was hosted by the Sonia Noel Foundation for Creative Arts, in collaboration with the Women’s Association for Sustainable Development.Every year for the past four years, this event has been held in the month of March as part of the activities attributed to International Women’s Day held on March 8.This year, the expo is being held under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. It is referred to as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
BCB/New York Business Group…Rose Hall Town (RHT) Pepsi on Saturday last regained their New York Business Group Berbice Under-19 Cricket Championship title by easily outplaying Blairmont Community Centre Cricket Club on first innings.RHT Pepsi Captain Kevin Sinclair receiving the winning prize and trophy from a representative of the New York Business GroupThe historic final was played under lights using a pink ball at the Albion Cricket Ground, in front of a sizeable crowd for both nights.RHT won the toss and elected to bat first, with national youth players Kevin and Junior Sinclair adding 85 for the first wicket, and with solid contributions from fellow national player Kevlon Anderson and Berbice all-rounder Keith Simpson, they posted 268 all out.Kevin and Junior blasted 32 and 52 respectively, while Anderson top scored with a brilliant 73, which included five boundaries. He was supported by Simpson, who batted for over two hours to hit a composed 71.Nigel Deodat took 5 – 75 with his left arm spin, while off-spinner Seon Glasgow took 2 – 62 before Blairmont’s response.It was a disappointing effort which ended when they were bowled out for 92 from 46 overs.Fawaz Gafoor batted well for 28, as Kevin returned with the ball and claimed 7 – 30, while fellow off-spinner Junior bowled well to claim 3 -32.Rose Hall Town Pepsi, with a healthy 172 runs lead, opted to bat again; which led Kevin to complete a remarkable all round match by scoring a brilliant 101 not out as they reached 176 – 4 declared.Anderson chipped in 48 in the second innings as the target for victory set was now 349. Marvin Prashad finished with 3 – 48 for Blairmont.The declaration left Blairmont with 95 minutes to bat. They struggled to 58 for 5 before the game was called off thirty minutes before the scheduled closing time. National Under-19 player Javed Karim was unbeaten on 30, while Anderson and Keith Sinclair took 2 – 13 and 2 – 10 respectively.President of the Berbice Cricket Board, Hilbert Foster, hailed the tournament as a huge success and proudly announced that Berbice Cricket was on a roll.RHT pocketed $100,000 for the triumph and the winning trophy, while Blairmont had to settle for the $50,000 runner-up prize.Kevin Sinclair was adjudged Man-of-the-Finals for his magnificent performance. Trophies were also presented to Sinclair as the best batsman and bowler if the finals. Other Awards shared out were Best Batsman of the Tournament – Kevlon Anderson; Best Bowler of the Tournament – Nigel Deodat; Best Wicket Keeper – Antonio February; and Best All-rounder – Kevin Sinclair.The New York Business Group also donated a Grass mower to the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club.
Organizers had pledged to change the dress after it unleashed a storm of criticism when it was first shown in March. Critics said the design opened old wounds and was not appropriate. Designers who helped select the new dress from among 30 entries said they had wanted something that represented the nation’s culture and history, especially since Mexico City is hosting the pageant this year. The pageant culminates May 28. A dress to be worn by Miss Mexico in the Miss Universe pageant has been changed to show landscapes and pre-Hispanic themes, after the original design – adorned with bullets and sketches of hangings – drew accusations of poor taste, a pageant official said. “Esthetically, the dress is beautiful,” Lupita Jones, a former Miss Universe who now runs Miss Mexico operations, said Wednesday. “It is the same model. The only thing we have changed are the decorations, which pained some people.” The original floor-length dress, cut from a traditional cotton called manta, was decorated with scenes from Mexico’s 1926-29 Cristero war. Tens of thousands of people were killed during the uprising by Roman Catholic rebels against anti-clerical laws. The modified dress will depict landscapes of corn and cactus fields and decorative elements from Indian cultures. Also gone, a bandolier of bullets that served as a belt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!