As part of St. John’s Day observances on Sunday, President David Granger hosted members of the St. John’s Association of Guyana at the Baridi Benab at State House, where a thanksgiving service was held.Father Malcolm Rodrigues officiated at the service, which featured singing of hymns, reflection on the life of St. John the Baptist, and recital of special prayers.St. John’s Day marks the birth anniversary of St. John the Baptist, who is seen asPresident David Granger (centre) is flanked by members of the brigadea major religious figure who led the movement for baptism to be done near the Jordan River.In his message on the occasion, President Granger called on citizens, communities, corporations and local democratic organs to support the invaluable work of the St. John’s Association of Guyana.He recognised the organisation for its more than 85 years of selfless service to the people of Guyana. “The Association’s sustained work in providing ambulatory, disaster response, emergency, first-aid medical care and public health education training and services has been commendable,” the President said. The President, in September 2016, accepted an invitation to become the patron of the Association.The Guyana Chapter was established in 1933, and has trained thousands in a number of areas, including first aid and disaster preparedness.
1 Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring for France West Ham co-owner David Gold has reaffirmed his commitment to keeping hold of Dimitri Payet.The French schemer has lit up Euro 2016 this summer and has so far scored three goals for Les Bleus from midfield.His performances, following on from last season’s impressive form, has attracted the attention of both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.As talkSPORT told you last week, it has been suggested in France that the chasing pack have been told that West Ham could be tempted into selling should they receive a bid of around £42m for the 29-year-old.But Gold insists they are hoping to avoid any summer interest in their star man, with the two European heavyweights both circling.He wrote on Twitter: “I have always said, we do not welcome any bid for Dimitri Payet.”