With Guyana’s 49th Republic Day anniversary approaching, the Education Ministry on Friday launched its Mash band which will take to the streets of Georgetown on February 23 in a bid to capture the top prize.The launch was held at the Ministry’s Brickdam office in the presence of Education Minister Nicolette Henry; Director of the National Centre for Educational Research Development, Jennifer Cumberbatch; Head of the Unit of Allied Arts, Lorraine Barker-King and other education officials.The Education Minister explained that they have incorporated the concept of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – in their band and moreover, the classroom environment.“This is part of a larger drive by the Ministry, particularly in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and the Arts more recently this definitelyEducation Minister Nicolette Henry flanked by revellers as the Mash band was unveileddepicts the arts,” said Henry.According to the designer Neilson Nurse who represents Nandre’s Kreations, some 50 revellers will be participating in the respective categories.He said the sparkling gold and black costumes showcases the country’s oil sector, robotics and the use of technology in education.“The whole idea is trying to bring out robotics and the importance of education technology. Black is one of the colours you use when referring to technology and because we’re rediscovering El Dorado, we decided to go with a bit of gold.”Meanwhile, Lorraine Barker-King of the Unit of Allied Arts emphasised on the importance of arts in the education sector, in bringing balance in learning.“The Ministry of Education is a strong advocate of the arts, as well as a trailblazer and this is evident in having a unit which promotes the expressive arts and physical education,” said Barker-King.This year, 39 activities were scheduled to mark the Republic anniversary celebrations, held under the theme “Celebrate Mash 2019; With Victory in Mind – Rediscovering El Dorado”.Meanwhile, a chutney dance competition is expected to excite patrons over in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) at the National Track and Field Centre also on February 9.The Rosignol Stelling Road in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) will be the venue for this year’s semi-final of the Chutney Song Competition on February 10.Other exciting events are expected to take place within the month of February, including the Children’s Costume and Float Parade at the National Park and the Carib Soca Monarch final at D’Urban Park; both on February 16.This year the Masquerade Jamboree will be held at the Stabroek Square on February 21.The flag-raising ceremony will be hosted on February 22 to usher in the Costume and Float Parade on February 23.The Mashramani festivities do not end on February 23 this year, as a Champions in Concert is slated for March 9, in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).
Transfer window Manchester United and Anthony Martial dig deep to battle past Burnley Read more Despite the high salary, the 29-year-old’s signature is a coup for José Mourinho as the manager continues to try and revitalise United. After finishing sixth last season Saturday’s 1-0 win at Burnley kept United in second position after 24 matches. With Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat of Newcastle United leaving United 12 points behind Mourinho will hope Sánchez can help bridge the gap to their rivals.Following Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat of Crystal Palace, Arsène Wenger confirmed the Arsenal player is “up north” where he is expected to undergo a medical. “I didn’t take him because there is question of him moving to Manchester United and you cannot drive up north and as well play football,” he said. “That’s difficult so that’s why I decided to leave him out.”Mourinho said he not spoken to Sánchez but will welcome adding a world-class talent to a forward line that again lacked ruthlessness against a well-drilled Burnley.“In this moment there is no competition for places, we have four attacking players for three positions [behind Romelu Lukaku],” he said of Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata. “Three are starting, one is on the bench, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] was not available for [nearly all] the season. We look to the attacking areas and need that extra competitive internal competition and more solutions for us.”Mkhitaryan was in London on Saturday night with his agent Mino Raiola before his medical with Arsenal. Share on Twitter Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Manchester United have finally agreed to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move in the other direction in what is understood to be a straight swap deal. This means that as there would not be any money exchanged between the clubs, United valued Mkhitaryan at around £35m, the fee Arsenal were demanding for Sánchez.Sánchez, who was out of contract at Arsenal this summer, is expected to sign terms at United that will make him their highest-paid player, with speculation he could earn as much as £14m-a-year after tax or £500,000-per-week. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Observer news Share on Facebook Arsenal Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share via Email