APNU/AFC injecting life in the old PNC

first_imgDear Editor,Since enactment of the Local Authorities Elections Amendment Act, No 26 of 2009, a mixed electoral system has been introduced in which 50 per cent of Councillors are directly elected by their constituents and the other 50 per cent Councillors through Proportional Representation (PR).This system of local democracy the People’s Progressive Party had numerous consultations on, in order to ensure that Guyanese were educated on a new system of local democracy.The response from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkhan (bully-con), to justify his decisions in the enactment of 10 new Local Authority Areas (LAA) and gerrymandering 13 other LAA boundaries, is a clear indication that dictatorship is enshrined in the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government. This is just one of many dictatorial decisions that are being done by this Granger Administration.While the Communities Minister is empowered to execute and enforce the law, he should realise that his empowerment was made possible through the people who voted for his political party. The Minister should also remember consultations with the residents and key stakeholders is mandatory before imposing new NDCs and rebalancing of boundaries within LAAs to ensure that democracy prevails.The Minister is misleading Guyanese when he indicated that the new LAAs were formed because of direct pleading by residents bemoaning the lack of representation by the Regional Democratic Council. This is the first time that residents went to a Minister to indicate that they paid rates and taxes for little or no services.The two new NDC areas in Region Six, (East Berbice-Corentyne) Kortberaadt-Plegtanker and Caracas-Wyburg, are two areas where millions are being spent on roads, streets, drainage etc by the Regional Democratic Council, and cannot substantiate the Minister’s claim of non-representation.Disregarding the plea and cries of the residents of these new NDCs, the coalition Government and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are treading down a clear path of dictatorship. This is not an injection of life in local democracy, as claimed by the Minister, but an injection of life in the old PNC that created hardship, victimisation, discrimination, and dictatorship on Guyanese. There is an old saying that sums up the PNC: “Tiger does get old, but don’t lose his stripes”.It is evident that GECOM and the APNU/AFC coalition Government are speaking with the same “voice” of no consultation.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

16 firefighters needed to extinguish brush fire

first_imgThe Fort St. John Fire Department was busy on Tuesday afternoon as they battled a brush fire. The fire was on Shaman Industrial Way, and it expanded in size as the winds of the day were strong.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said the fire initially started off as being small in nature, but the conditions outside caused it to grow before the blaze came into contact with a drainage ditch.“The initial report was a passer by saw a small brush fire burning about 25 by 25 feet. Upon our arrival with the winds of the day the fire had expanded to an area covering about two acres. We were able to get a handle on it as it moved through the terrain it came onto a wet area that was a drainage ditch.”- Advertisement -16 Fire fighters were on hand for just over an hour on the scene. It’s unknown what caused the blaze.last_img read more

FKF listed for SOYA Federation of the Year

first_imgFKF will battle it out with Athletics Kenya and Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA).To land the nomination, FKF under its stewardship saw Harambee Stars qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004 in matches that saw the Kenya national football team beat Ghana 1-0 at home, thrash Ethiopia 3-0 in Nairobi after a 0-0 draw away in Bahir Dar.This saw Harambee Stars nominated for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) national team of the year.The federation has also been able to train 108 referees from January to date and six of the whistle blowers attained Confederation of African Football (CAF) status.FKF also trained 1,328 coaches countrywide at basic and advanced level.This year the federation also for the first time ever, issued grants to Women Premier League teams to help honour their league matches and ran under 13 and under 15 youth leagues that brought together about 25,000 kids countrywide.The national under 17 team reached semi-finals of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association Cecafa and the national women’s football team Harambee Starlets reached Cosafa semi-finals in Zimbabwe.-KSSSA-A Kwanthanze player sets up for an attack against Noonkopir.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.KSSSA led the country’s successful title defence campaign that saw Kenyan teams dominate the regional games in Rwanda where they retained the overall title.They also ensured Kenya joined the Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association body and also the World Secondary Schools Sports Association, guaranteeing participation in international events starting 2019.KSSSA also renewed a five-year sponsorship deal for the national Term One Games and East Africa Games with key partner Brookside Dairy Limited.-Athletics Kenya (AK)-Edward Zakayo wins the 5000m at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 (Getty Images) © CopyrightAthletics Kenya (AK) started 2018 by dominating the Africa Cross Country Championships in Algeria, winning gold in both senior men and women races as well as the under 20 events and the overall title.In June, AK picked a strong side ta topped the medal table at the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finalnd and a month later they put up a successful bid to win the hosting rights of the 2020 World Under 20 Athletics Championships.In August, team Kenya won the Africa Athletics Championships title in Asaba, Nigeria.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars will battle it out with Athletics Kenya, KSSSA in the 2018 Safaricom SOYA Awards to be hosted in Mombasa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has made the top three shortlist for the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) scheduled for January 11 in Mombasa County.The gala awards on its 15th edition which has been co-sponsored by Mombasa County, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Communication Authority (CA), Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Power, LapFund, New KCC, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), GOTv and Protel Studios, will be hosted at Fort Jesus.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Chelsea to restore pride with FA Cup win?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With the third round now behind us, the Coral PR manager brings us the latest FA Cup odds, with Chelsea a surprise name among the favourites for the trophy.The bookies can’t separate the Blues, Manchester City and holders Arsenal, who are  all priced at 5/1 after cruising into the fourth round.Meanwhile, after overcoming their replay ties on Wednesday, Tottenham and Liverpool are closely behind the favourites to claim the silverware with Spurs 7/1 and the Reds 10/1 to lift the famous trophy.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

West Ham vs Wolves: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time and team news

West Ham are searching for their first points of the season when they welcome Wolves to East London.Manuel Pellegrini has opened the chequebook over the summer but so far defeats to Liverpool, Arsenal and Bournemouth have left them rooted to the foot of the Premier League. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware MONEY Pellegrini’s side are yet to pick up a point Getty Wolves have picked up where they left off last season and took a point off champions Manchester City last week after a gritty performance.They’re also yet to pick up that first league win of the season but go to the London Stadium with no pressure on their shoulders.What time is kick-off?This Premier League clash takes places on Saturday, September 1.Kick-off is at 3pm.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT2 for live coverage from the capital.You can do this using our app, live player or your DAB radio. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 smart causal possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade FOOTBALL LATEST What is the team news?The Hammers are still sweating on the fitness of Marko Arnautovic.If the striker isn’t able to play, Javier Hernandez looks set to be the main source of firepower for the home side.Leander Dendoncker and Adama Traore started in the Carabao Cup in midweek and may find themselves back on the bench here. read more


first_imgTwo Mountcharles men are looking for Donegal people to ‘row’ in behind them.Martin O’Boyle and Michael McGroarty have set their sights on a unique rowing challenge from Arranmore Island to Mountcharles Pier to raise much needed development funds for St. Peters N.S., the school they once attended. Beginning on Friday the 7th of June the brave duo will take to the waters of North Donegal, embracing the Atlantic ocean and it’s elements for 48 hours, in hope of reaching Mountcharles Pier on Sunday the 9th of June.Like all challenges, Martin and Michael have a goal and hope to raise much needed funds required to finance the school’s new general purpose room.Enthusiastic rowers since their childhood years, the idea to tackle the 112km challenge came to them in light of the 112km distance that many pupils currently travel every day to attend St. Peters N.S.Speaking this week, Michael says, “the training is intense to prepare for this extreme 48 hour challenge, one in which will be both mentally and physically demanding, but a challenge we are very excited by. We are heartened by the great show of support so far and ask you to continue to support us as our journey draws closer.” “The sport of rowing itself has a strong emphasis upon teamwork and community-building and we are delighted to team up and take on this challenge to aid St. Peters N.S., a focal part of our community here in Mountcharles and indeed, as past pupils, an important part of our lives” says Martin.All donations will be greatly appreciated and can be made to any member of the St. Peters N.S. Parents Association or to the Mountcharles Rowing Club. Alternatively you can donate directly to the AIB Fundraising Account: Sort Code – 937304 | Account Number: 17482346. MOUNTCHARLES MEN RISE TO ATLANTIC ROWING CHALLENGE was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:MOUNTCHARLESrowing challengelast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A serving Garda has been found guilty of sexual assault and harassment in a trial involving two of his female colleagues.Garda Kevin Corby was found guilty of two charges of harassment and one charge of sexual assault on dates in 2010 and 2011 in Co Donegal.He was also found not guilty of four further charges of sexual assault while another charge of sexual assault was struck out earlier in the trial. The three day trial heard graphic evidence of how the two female Gardai were both sexually assaulted and harassed by Corby.Corby, who is in his 30s, faced seven charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment but one of these charges of sexual assault was withdrawn by Judge John O’Hagan.The incidents happened simultaneously over a number of months in 2010 and 2011.It heard how the married officer insulted the women about their sex-life and their weight.The women revealed how they dreaded going to work on a daily basis because of the alleged harassment and one of them even tried to take her own life.He jibed them about needing to “get a good ride” and not eating too much or they wouldn’t get a man.The court also heard how Corby, on two different occasions, pushed them along a corridor in a swivel chair and pushed his groin up against them.On another occasion he pushed himself up against one of the women form behind and she could feel his erect penis pressing against her.One of the women also claimed that he put his hand into her Garda vest on one occasion and touched her breast.On another occasion while in a patrol car Corby put his hand on one of the female Garda’s leg and then moved it up towards her groin area and told her if her husband didn’t do it then he would.The court heard how the accused was known as Cheeky Corby.However the court also heard from three different male Gardai who also worked with Corby in the same station.One of the Gardai said he had never heard such remarks in his numerous years as a serving member.Another told how he told Corby to give it a break after he “crossed the line” with the female Gardai.However Corby told them “Fuck them, they are well able for it.”Summing up barrister for Corby, Mr Peter Nolan said the case was a “storm in a teacup” and “political correctness gone mad.”He also referred to the fact that one of the female Gardai had bought Corby red Santa boxer shorts as a present for Christmas – just weeks after some of the alleged incidents.“If you are going to join the Guards then you have to be able for a bit of banter.“This is a ridiculous case for prosecution to bring before the people of Ireland.“If we were all to be done for putting our hands on someone’s knee then we would all be in jail,” he said.But state barrister Patricia McLaughlin put it to the jury that if it was their wife, daughter or sister, would they not think it was indecent.Judge John O’Hagan said he was not passing sentence but would do so in January.He released Corby on his continuing bail for a probation and welfare report and also ordered victim impact statements.Corby was hugged by his wife while one of the female victims held hands with her husband as he cried.GARDA FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT OF COLLEAGUES was last modified: November 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

La Habra group’s book offers basic health-care tips

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week IHA Executive Director Kris Perry said the book offers a simple guide to common ailments such nose bleeds and sore throats. Registered nurses, frustrated with the 11th-grade reading level of most patient education materials, decided to write a guide that would help people with reading problems. According to IHA, studies show that 90 million American adults – about 50 percent – cannot read above a fifth-grade level. “People with limited health-care knowledge struggle every day to understand doctors and nurses who talk in medical jargon, and they generally avoid reading medical reference books because they are too difficult to understand,” said Gloria Mayer, a registered nurse who co-authored the book. Mayer also is president of the IHA. “This book empowers parents to take charge of their children’s health by giving them practical information and delivering it in a way that is easy for them to read, understand and apply,” she said. In an effort to reduce emergency room over-use, First 5 California, a state agency that administers early childhood development services for all California children, has ordered more than 300,000 copies of a prominent self-help medical book. Published in La Habra by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), “What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick” will be included in the “Kit for New Parents,” a package that is handed out to all parents of newborns born in California. Since the book was published in 2000, nearly 1 million copies have been sold nationally and internationally and been used in multiple studies to measure how emergency room over-use can be reduced with simple self-help tools. It has also earned awards for improving health literacy and has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese. From staff reports160Want 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

Mbadika founder promotes women in tech

first_imgThrough her organisation, Mbadika, Netia McCray is getting children to see the benefits of engineering. (Image:Mbadika)Driven by her need to see many more women in the tech industry, American social entrepreneur Netia McCray founded the youth-focused social enterprise, Mbadika.Mbadika, which means “idea” in the north Angolan language of Kimbundu, hosts engineering workshops at which children are taught basic engineering principles through making simple DIY kits. It also explores possible solutions to the challenges faced by aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.During a trip to South Africa, McCray’s organisation taught young South Africans how to make low-cost, solar-powered USB chargers. Made from a solar panel, a USB circuit, batteries and other electronic components, the chargers can be used to power phones or USB powered devices.McCray believes if you have ever made something to solve a problem, then you are an engineer.GETTING MORE WOMEN INTO TECHMcCray spoke to Redbull Amaphiko about the importance of encouraging young curiosity.“Whenever I disassembled stuff at home, I always thought of myself as a detective unravelling the world’s mysteries,” she said. “I wanted to understand how the colourful wires and green boards dotted with silver holes would turn on our television or radio.”Her father encouraged her interests when she was a child, helping her to construct toys from plywood and learn the ins and outs of hardware. She would also strip her toys and household items to their circuit boards so she could better understand how they worked.Today, McCray is an electrical engineering graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She said it was very difficult to find female tech entrepreneurs as role models.“Women in tech are rarely given a platform to share their successes with the world. So, for little girls like me, having a tech career seemed as realistic as being a fairytale princess. If we want to see more women encouraging other women to enter the tech industry, we must start providing a platform for them to share their stories to young girls.”GOOD MENTORINGGood mentoring in any field is a powerful mechanism for success. Because there are not many mentors publicised in the tech industry, if one does not immediately come to mind McCray suggests finding a mentor by exploring local publications and looking through university tech departments.“Even if you can only reach your mentor through Twitter, Skype or Facebook a few times a year, it’s still worth reaching out. I promise you, more times than not, you’ll find support. We were once in your shoes and we want make your journey a little easier than ours.”McCray herself was inspired by Saran Kaba Jones, the founder of Face Africa, an organisation that installs water purification systems for Liberian communities. “Her work has provided me valuable insight on how to avoid costly mistakes when implementing large scale projects,” she explained.“If I had attempted to navigate my career solo, I would have quickly left for other more well-trodden paths. My mentor assisted me in my preparation for my career and ensured that I had the ability to take advantage of every opportunity that was available.”last_img read more

Bulgaria and Hungary volunteer for E.U. scrutiny of their research systems

first_imgBRUSSELS—Bulgaria and Hungary are the first E.U. member states to enlist the European Commission’s help to reform their research policies. The two Eastern European countries will receive advice from external reviewers as part of the commission’s new Policy Support Facility (PSF), announced here yesterday.Endowed with a budget of up to €20 million until 2020, the PSF provides “a sort of technical aid,” E.U. research commissioner Carlos Moedas told reporters. Moedas praised the countries for signing up for the scheme. “Having a [science] minister [who] says: ‘we are committed to doing the reforms, please come with independent experts and tell me if I’m doing the right thing’; I think it takes a lot of courage,” said Moedas, who presented the plan with Bulgaria’s science minister Todor Tanev.Bulgaria has requested “peer-review” and advice in three policy areas: public funding of research, science careers, and knowledge transfer from academia to business. The commission has assembled a group of five external reviewers and five “peers”—senior government officials involved in research policy in their own country. 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But Soete says PSF could carry more weight if its recommendations are linked to the European Semester, the commission’s yearly assessment of economic reforms in member states. Currently, the commission’s prescriptions focus largely on budget discipline, but armed with PSF’s reviews, it could make stronger recommendations about research and innovation reforms. (All member states have signed up to align their policies under the European Semester, but its recommendations remain nonbinding.)The commission has agreed to prepare the ground for a similar exercise in Hungary later in the year. Other countries, including Italy and Poland, have expressed an interest in putting their research policies under the microscope as well. Although any E.U. member state or associated country can apply, the expectation is that PSF will be most in demand in Eastern and Southern Europe, where science is often struggling. “The countries that feel the strongest pressure as being underperforming [will] be the first to knock on the door,” while other countries “wait and see,” Soete says. Still, “I wouldn’t be surprised if many countries took advantage of this” eventually, he adds.Governments who use PSF will also be able to get practical help from the commission officials to roll out reforms.last_img read more