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PPP/C has a proven track record of developing Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The hogwash spewed at APNU’s recent meeting in Buxton has truly revealed the Party’s double standards towards national unity and development. Joseph Harmon (a man I once respected) and other leaders used that forum to viciously attack retired Brigadier Mark Phillips and shamelessly attempt to justify the lack of opportunities for youths. Their disappointing comments refreshed my memory as to why I resigned from the People’s National Congress.I am tempted to address each area of their lacklustre presentations laced with hatred, divisiveness, possessiveness and deceit. However, I rather rebut the issues of tokenism and empty promises to youths. Isn’t it ironic that the PNC is guilty of these evils but boldly accuses the PPP/C of same?Harmon reportedly tried to diminish retired Brigadier Mark Phillips’ membership with the PPP/C and role as the Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate based on his skin colour. In his attempt to reduce Mr Phillips as a token, the ugly sickening attitude of the PNC has been revealed. Apparently, if you are an Afro-Guyanese, your loyalty should be sole to the PNC instead of Guyana’s development.Nonetheless, the PNC has over the years welcomed few Indo-Guyanese members with clenched fists. For decades, I and family found ourselves as tokens. Yes! My role as an Indo-Guyanese was that of photo-opportunity— a face for the façade of inclusivity. At Congress Place, our inputs are unnecessary and disregarded.It was no different from what is being played out between the APNU and “rubber stamp” AFC. Being mum on their Prime Ministerial candidate is outright having the entire AFC as a token. The APNU believes that keeping the AFC will attract Indo-Guyanese votes. From now until elections the Prime Ministerial post will dangle like a carrot in front of the AFC.The PNC is quite aware that votes from no one race could win an election in Guyana. Only a party of true unity would be able to win the elections. There is no doubt that the PPP/C has been making inroads in communities like Buxton that were once dominant PNC supporters. It is pitiful that Harmon would bend to race talks to gain votes. On the contrary, the PPP/C has been inviting all Guyanese to join in voting the APNU/AFC OUT.There is really no competition between the PPP/C and the coalition. The PPP/C has a proven track record of developing Guyana. On the contrary, the APNU has failed miserably to achieve its manifesto promises, particularly in the area of youth development. These deficiencies were highlighted during the Buxton meeting. The presenters in desperation were begging youths for their votes in spite of their failure to provide employment opportunities, safer communities, and affordable education among others.Yours truly,Dave D Dannylast_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Urges G. Bassa to Use CDF against Erosion

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged leaders of Grand Bassa County to allot a portion of their County Development Fund (CDF) to support the ongoing Costal Defense Project in Buchanan City.Engineers from the Ministries of Land, Mines and Energy, Public Works and State for Presidential Affairs in collaboration with the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) are undertaking the Coastal Defense Project to halt sea erosion in the Fanti Town community on Atlantic Street in Buchanan city.The intervention of the government is in response to pleas by Grand Bassa citizens to save the city of Buchanan from being wiped away by sea erosion.According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf made the call over the weekend when she inspected work being done in the affected area in Buchanan.She said while it is true that the Liberian Government was financing the project, it is also incumbent upon the county’s leadership to allot a portion of their CDF to help save their city.President Sirleaf pointed out that the Liberian Government was committed to carrying out similar interventions in all areas being threatened by sea erosion in the country.She, meanwhile, commended the Liberian engineers involved for the professional manner in which they are carrying out the work.Earlier, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy Dr. Patrick Sendolo expressed satisfaction with the work and indicated that negotiations for the ongoing project, which started three years ago will help.According to Minister Sendolo, the work is being done in phases and the Liberian Government is spending US$1.8 million on the first phase of the project which is expected to end in February.Thereafter, he said, government will determine the way forward in helping the people of Grand Bassa to contain the erosion in the county’s capital.Government’s assistance in halting the advancing erosion threatening Buchanan has been greatly welcomed by Grand Bassa citizens who praised President Sirleaf for the timely intervention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lamaha Springs’ residents fume over road woes

first_imgA section of the road destroyed by the trucks recentlyA truck laden with mud, stuck on the road on TuesdayResidents of Lamaha Springs, Georgetown are calling on City Hall and the Public Infrastructure Ministry to look into their road woes as heavy-duty trucks have been the reason the roads have been deteriorating over the past months.On Wednesday, residents complained to Guyana Times that the road which links Lamaha Park with Lamaha Springs was being destroyed by trucks. The road, they said, was one which they struggled to get after much waiting.They said under the previous administration, former President Bharrat Jagdeo had visited the area and promised them to construct the road and it was done. Now, however, a private company is now dumping mud and other waste materials nearby and would traverse the road to dump the materials.One resident, Sharon Davis explained that on Tuesday a truck laden with mud attempted to pass through the street, but became stuck in a hole.She said the driver ended up digging another hole beneath the truck in an attempt to help it roll free. This, however, was to no avail until another truck came to the rescue.The road was left in a terrible, broken state. Davis said cars could no longer use the road freely owing to the damage done.“If the people…doing construction and got to bring in sand into the area, they telling the truck to come through here. Everything they got to do over there (with sand or mud) they telling the truck to come through here,” Davis complained.She said the road was becoming worse every day.Davis added that they did not know who to turn to for help, but were hoping the authorities would address the situation in a timely manner.An elderly resident pointed to a section of the destroyed road, and said the water lines were just beneath the surface and she was afraid that it might be damaged as a result of the deterioration.She too pointed out that residents in the area struggled before they got a road and they were not willing to sit back and watch it be destroyed, knowing that other communities were still pleading for their roads to be fixed, even after waiting for years.last_img read more

Libby jurors question legal language

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The first question from jurors at the perjury trial of ex-White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby prompted a lot of head-scratching Wednesday but shed little light on their progress. The jury, now down to seven women and four men, stumbled over legal language in one of the counts against the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney but resolved the issue quickly. Jurors went home for the day without a verdict. last_img read more

Terrorism Investigation: Six offences allegedly took place in Fort St. John

first_imgRead the full article from the Vancouver Sun – Fort St. John man arrested on terrorism charges A search warrant was executed at Hamdan’s residence and a number of items were seized.“Through the collaboration of our INSET, we were able to arrest this individual and disrupt his efforts to harm citizens across the country,” said Superintendent Dan Bond, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer, National Security for the RCMP in British Columbia.Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman told the Vancouver Sun the news of a terrorism arrest in Fort St. John came as “a surprise”.“There is going to be people who are extremists from every facet of life. And so this gentleman happened to be here. He had access to the World Wide Web so his catchment area was global in nature if anyone was interested in reading his stuff,” Ackerman said. “The realities are this happened in Fort St. John. He could have been anywhere.”Advertisement More information is coming to light about a Fort St. John man that was arrested Friday on charges of terrorism.Court documents show three of the offences allegedly happened on March 21, 2015 and three on September 22, 2014 in Fort St. John. The RCMP have charged Hamdan with, counselling to commit murder for the benefit of a terrorist group, counselling to assault causing bodily harm for the benefit of a terrorist group and counselling to commit aggravated assault for the benefit of a terrorist group. Othman Ayed Hamdan, was arrested Friday by the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team.The Vancouver Sun has also discovered that Hamdan was operating a residential contracting company in Fort St. John called Noex Contracting.  The phone number for the company is no longer in service, but WorkSafe B.C. took Hamdan and his company to court in April 2014 for an “enforcement action.”  Records show Noex owed WorkSafe $5002.76.- Advertisement -Hamdan remains in custody and will appear in a Fort St. John court Monday.Hamdan is 33 years-old and has been charged with, counselling to commit murder for the benefit of a terrorist group, counselling to assault causing bodily harm for the benefit of a terrorist group and counselling to commit aggravated assault for the benefit of a terrorist group.According to the RCMP, a criminal investigation into Hamdan started in October 2014 and revealed that he was involved in posting pro-Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda online which included inducement and instructions to commit murder in the name of Jihad.Advertisementlast_img read more

Spears goes to court in quest to gain more time with kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City “I’m doing good,” Spears said in response to a reporter’s question as she headed into court dressed in blue jeans, a long dark blue sweater and wearing aviator sunglasses. She sipped from a Coca-Cola can as she approached the courtroom. An attorney took it from her and placed it on a bench as she entered. A few minutes after Spears was sworn in, Gordon asked reporters to leave the courtroom and closed the hearing. During the swearing in, Spears was asked her name and replied, “Britney.” “Britney Spears,” she added when Gordon asked her to give her full name. The commissioner allowed Spears to keep her dark sunglasses on, telling her, “I understand you have a medical condition.” The condition was not disclosed. LOS ANGELES – Britney Spears made a surprise appearance in court Thursday after a commissioner declined to rule on her emergency motion requesting monitored, overnight visits with her children. Spears spent about an hour in a closed court session and then left with her attorneys down a back staircase. There was no immediate indication whether her personal appearance had any result. The pop star showed up after Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon held a hearing and then gave attorneys for Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, more time to discuss the matter outside court. Neither Spears nor Federline were present for the initial morning hearing. As she stood to be sworn in, Spears played nervously with her jeans pocket. Spears’ attorney Anne Kiley requested Thursday’s emergency hearing in an effort to win overnight visits for the pop star who lost custody of her children after Gordon cited her continuing problems with drugs and alcohol. Kiley argued during the morning hearing that the visits are critical for Spears to bond with her sons, 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James. “I do think it is an emergency for them not to have overnights with their mother, which they’ve always had,” she told Gordon. “What possible concern can he (Federline) have if there are monitors present?” she asked. Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said it was frustrating that Spears’ lawyers would return to court and try to change Gordon’s original Oct. 1 custody order so soon after it was issued. “If she could remedy all of those problems … in one week, that would be a miracle,” he said. In ordering Spears to relinquish custody, Gordon did grant her some visitation rights but said a monitor must be present and the visits could be cut short if the monitor decided Spears’ behavior endangered the children. Kiley said that Spears’ own mother, Lynne Spears, could be interested in acting as a monitor for overnight visits, and attorneys for both sides alluded to a warming relationship between Spears and her mother. Although the commissioner did not appear persuaded, he adjourned the hearing for 45 minutes so the attorneys could discuss the matter, then get back to him. “If, in fact, there are family members who are present and trying to help, that might do some positive things,” he said. After their meeting, Gordon called the attorneys into his chambers for a private meeting, then adjourned the hearing. Spears arrived at the courthouse a few hours later. Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were married in October 2004 and divorced last July. During the morning hearing, Kiley told the commissioner Spears wanted to attend but stayed away because of the huge media crush that surrounded the courthouse before dawn. “Nobody should have even known about this hearing today,” she said. “Very, very few people in our office even knew we were appearing today.” Reporters, admitted on a lottery basis, packed the courtroom. Dozens of others who couldn’t get in waited outside with photographers. News media helicopters flew over the courthouse recording the mob scene below. When he took the children away, Gordon said Spears had engaged in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.” He ordered her to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week. He reiterated Thursday that he worried that the pop star’s troubles could harm the children. He also criticized Spears for not complying with previous court orders, repeatedly saying that the current custody order taking her children away resulted from her own choices. Gordon told Kiley he had not received any of Spears’ drug test results directly from the lab, as he had ordered, although he had an attorney’s declaration that she has passed them. Spears’ private woes have played out publicly as a bevy of photographers and videographers follow her whenever she leaves home. Among other things, they have photographed her arriving at Hollywood hotspots minus her underwear and partying hard with Paris Hilton and others while appearing drunk and out-of-control. Paparazzi photographers also caught Spears shaving her head, beating a car with an umbrella and hitting a car in a parking lot and leaving without notifying the vehicle’s owner. She recently spent a month in rehab and has been charged with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license for the parked car incident. Spears appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards last month in a performance that was meant to mark her comeback. But it was widely panned, with Spears appearing spaced-out, lethargic and, to some, out of shape. The following week, her management firm dropped her and her divorce lawyer resigned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Runner to face Bynum in fall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As for the November election, Runner said she is not taking re-election for granted, but feels quite good about her prospects for returning to the Assembly given the district’s strong Republican voter registration. Republicans outnumber Democrats 87,000 to 70,000. Ledford said he that while he was disappointed with the election results, the campaign gave him an opportunity to speak his mind. Ledford declined to say whether he’ll run again in 2008, but did say that state office remains an ambition. “My (immediate) goal is to be the best mayor I can,” Ledford said. As for Runner’s “burned bridges” comment, Ledford said, “That bridge was burned a long time ago.” Bynum, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, said the strongest candidate emerged from the Republican primary in Runner. Bynum said he was looking forward to a clean, issues-oriented campaign. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley voters selected Sharon Runner to vie against Robert “Bo” Bynum in the 36th Assembly District while Kern County voters re-elected Don Maben as supervisor and set up a runoff election for sheriff. In the region’s highest-profile battle, incumbent Runner handily won the Republican primary in her bid for a third term with 66.3 percent of the vote compared with 33.7 percent for her challenger, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. In post-election comments, Runner expressed annoyance at being challenged by Ledford in the primary instead of him waiting until 2008 to run, when term limits would force her out. “It’s unfortunate I had to spend a lot of time and energy that could have been used for Jessica’s Law,” a November ballot initiative that would impose new restrictions on registered sex offenders, Runner said. “It’s burned some bridges for him among my supporters and it burned some bridges with the leadership in the Assembly. They don’t want someone who challenges a safe seat.” “I’d like this race to be about the issues and concerns of the district, not about negavitity,” Bynum said. In Kern County, voters returned Don Maben for a second term as the 2nd District supervisor. Maben received just over 64 percent of the vote compared with 35.5 percent received by challenger Rick Zanutto. “I’m real pleased voters had the confidence to return me for another four years,” Maben said. His first priority will be trying to reform the county’s election department, Maben said. On election day, there were a number of troubles, including a problem with computer access cards that would not open up ballots for voters. Other priorities include protecting Edwards Air Force Base and Mojave Airport from encroachment and getting new planning guidelines in place for the community of Rosamond. Maben said he wants the Rosamond planning documents to cover quality-of-life issues, such as trail systems and parks. The 2nd District covers southeast Kern, including the communities of Rosamond, Mojave, California City and Tehachapi. Also in Kern County, a runoff election will be held Nov. 7 for sheriff featuring incumbent Mack Wimbish and former sheriff’s Cmdr. Donny Youngblood. In a field of seven candidates, Wimbish received 27 percent of the vote while Youngblood received 25 percent. Youngblood is touting his experience, which includes 30 years in the department before retiring, and his endorsement by former Sheriff Carl Sparks. Wimbish, a former California Highway Patrol officer who was elected sheriff in 2002, is touting his fiscal management and his efforts to modernize the department. Wimbish is endorsed by Maben. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Controversial? European team of the season based on top journalists’ votes

first_img 11 11. Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) It’s difficult enough agreeing on a Premier League team of the season, let alone a European XI.Plenty of us debate endlessly who should get in ahead of who, but World Soccer magazine have an interesting way of selecting their side.Journalists from each member of the European Sports Media group (including World Soccer, Germany’s Kicker and Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport) vote on the best individual performances from Europe’s top competitions each month, before combining all the votes at the end of the season to assemble an XI.So which players made their side?Scroll through the gallery above to find out and let us know if you agree with the team by leaving a comment below.Details on the voting process, via World Soccer, are here. 3. Defender: David Luiz (Chelsea) 8. Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 4. Defender: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) 11 6. Midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 11 11 5. Defender: Marcelo (Real Madrid) 2. Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 11 9. Forward: Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) 7. Midfield: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) 1. Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at the full line-up, as voted by European Sports Media journalists (a combination of Europe’s best football publications, including World Soccer, Kicker and La Gazetta dello Sport) 11 11 11 11 10. Forward: Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 11 11last_img read more


first_imgAlmost a quarter of doctors in acute hospitals do not comply with hand hygiene regulations, a new audit has revealed.Hospitals were required to undertake a hand hygiene compliance audit in October 2011, according to HSE Assistant National Director of Health Protection Dr Kevin Kelleher.Compliance with the regulations at Letterkenny General increased significantly however on a previous survey – up to 77.6% from 65.2%. Sligo General Hospital was amongst the highest ranked in the country – with 89% compliance with regulations – up from 79.5% on the previous survey. HEALTH: ALMOST A QUARTER OF DOCTORS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL NOT COMPLYING WITH HAND HYGIENE REGULATIONS was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HEALTH: ALMOST A QUARTER OF DOCTORS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL NOT COMPLYING WITH HAND HYGIENE REGULATIONSlast_img read more

Press release: South Africa remains an attractive investment destination

first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s performance in the World Bank’s 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report which was released on Thursday 04 May during the WEF Africa Conference in Durban.South Africa remains an attractive investment destination and is open for business says Brand South Africa chief executive, Kingsley Makhubela.Johannesburg, Friday 05 May 2017 – South Africa picked up second place in the Africa Competitiveness Report and the country’s global ranking for 2016-17 improved with nine places – from 56 in the 2014-’15 report to 47 out of 138 countries worldwide. The sectors in which South Africa excelled included financial market development, business sophistication, innovation and technological readiness.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr. Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa continues to demonstrate resilience despite unfavourable conditions and has held steady in the face global economic uncertainty. Today our nation is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally and this has been reinforced by the World Banks’ 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report findings.”“We are in the midst of an increasingly open and integrated world economy where countries compete for investment and human capital that are critical to their economic growth. These rankings paint a picture of a country’s ability to attract investments, raise per capita GDP, create jobs and wealth for itself, and ultimately raise the standard of living for its own people.”In recent weeks – South Africa was reported to have also made a comeback in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, and was ranked as the fourth most attractive investment destination in Africa according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab published in April 2017.“These results indicate that South Africa’s efforts to respond to socio-economic development challenges. Although much remains to be done, the current assessment of South Africa’s competitiveness, by an independent, international organisations, should inspire us to keep going. Our country continues to develop and deepen cooperation with the world to take full advantage of trade, investment and development opportunities provided for our nation, the African continent and our people,” concluded Dr Makhubela.last_img read more