US Leadership and Development Programme (LEAD) needed now more than ever

January 17, 2020

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first_imgDear Editor,The much talked about Local Government is a point blank facade. It is a fraudulent scheme that has been foisted on the people with a seemingly pleasant outward appearance whereas in its workings there is a horrible reality.The reasons for my statement is that you just have to look at what transpired in the intervening two years since the last elections and you will be jolted to the stark reality that absolutely nothing was achieved by this Administration in the troubled area of governance.There are vivid signs of retrogression wherever Local Government has entered a community. There are still clogged drains, with the intendant mosquito infestation; there are still large piles of solid waste build-up, leading to cockroaches and rat invasion.Added to these evils, we have to deal with corrupt deals from equally arrogant and corrupt officials who are always buzzing around the Treasury. Is this the Local Government they were talking about? Is this the good life?The fact is the inept Central Government has simply passed the buck on to the local communities so that they would not be held accountable for the wrongdoings there.And you don’t have to look very far, because most, if not all the areas, held by the People’s National Congress or its affiliate partner, the Alliance For Change, the problems are multitudinous that are always in the news.So, I call on The ABC’s in our midst especially, the USA here in Guyana, you foisted a programme to “educate” the People’s Progressive Party/Civic on how good and clean governance should be administered, why not put forward such a programme now? We are in dire need of it!The leadership and development project (LEAD) meant to teach us natives down here as to how good and proper civilised beings ought to conduct themselves, well; I must say we need it now more than ever. Could someone in the USA Embassy apprise us on this one? Just asking?Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more


Govt partnering with ExxonMobil, Caribbean Airlines

January 12, 2020

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first_imgCorporate sponsors have partnered with the Social Cohesion Ministry to facilitate the formal ceremonial aspect of the Independence flag-raising ceremony on Friday, which will focus on Guyana’s children and youth.ExxonMobil’s Director of Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, said the company was pleased to share this special occasion with Guyanese, particularly the youths.Officials of the Social Cohesion Ministry along with Minister George Norton, ExxonMobil’s Director of Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, Caribbean Airlines South America Manager, Carl Stuart along with its Marketing Director, Alicia Cabrera and other sponsors for this year’s Independence celebrations“It is an honour for ExxonMobil to be at this table and be a part of it.“When we heard the focus this year was on youths and culture and celebrating the country, we were absolutely interested and when the Ministry said they were open to corporate participation and sponsors, it was something that ExxonMobil wanted to be a part of from the beginning,” she said.Brasington further added that she hoped engaging the youths was an initiative that the Government would continue to foster.Marketing Director of Caribbean Airlines, Alicia Cabrera said the airline’s team was “honoured to be here today to celebrate the unwavering commitment [of Caribbean Airlines] through the sponsorship and partnership we have with you, at this event.”At the flag-raising ceremony, it was revealed on Wednesday, approximately 4000 children are expected to participate. As such, modifications were made in favour of the participating youths by scheduling the activities at an earlier time on Friday afternoon.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton said that this year’s ceremony would have a special focus on youth with emphasis on developing a strong sense of national pride, patriotism and appreciation for the strides which Guyana has made since the gaining of Independence.Meanwhile, the Sport Director, Tameka Botswain stated that local Guyanese artistes will be given a chance to showcase and promote their talent at the flag-raising ceremony during a two-hour long musical event. The audience will see performances by Big Red, Natural Black and Blaze Antonio among others.This, she said, is an opportunity to promote and showcase the talents and products that are coming out of Guyana.The ceremony will feature a grand cultural display depicting Guyana’s national patrimony while highlighting Guyana as an “emerging green state”. The coordinators have announced that the cultural display will feature about 2000 children. Additionally, a parade and fireworks display will follow which will comprise the military and 1500 more youths.Guyana will be celebrating its 52nd anniversary since the attainment of Independence on Saturday. The celebrations, which will commence on Friday, are slated to begin at 02:00h.last_img read more


Deputy Superintendent on bail for causing death, DUI

January 12, 2020

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first_imgDeputy Superintendent of Police, 53-year-old Patrick Todd was on Tuesday morning charged for causing the death of 64-year-old, Hague, West Coast Demerara (WCD) resident, Conrad Alleyne on at the Boersirie Bridge on the East Bank of Essequibo (EBE) in September last.Todd stood before Magistrate Roschelle Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court where a second charged for driving under the influence was also read to him. He denied both charges.The prosecution is contending that Todd on September 12, 2018, drove motorcar PTT 992 in a dangerous manner, causing the death of Alleyne. It is also alleged that on the same date, at the same location, Todd’s breathalyser test showed he was 0.70 micrograms over the legal limit of alcohol consumption. His representingDeputy Superintendent of Police, Patrick Todd leaving the Leonora Magistrate’s Court on TuesdayAttorneys Gordon Gilhuys and Dexter Todd informed the court that their client is a father of four children with another child on the way. Additionally, the lawyers pointed out that the accident was an unfortunate incident. The lawyers pleaded for bail and Todd was released on $250,000 bail. The case was adjourned to November 12.Reports following the accident were that Alleyne died a few hours after he was struck while attempting to cross a bridge.He was picked up and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was treated and subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he succumbed while enroute.After his arrest, Todd reportedly told Police that he was unaware that he had struck Alleyne as he only felt an impact and it was only upon inspections that he saw the man lying on the bridge.last_img read more


Man allegedly commits suicide after losing job

January 12, 2020

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first_imgAn unemployed Alberttown, Georgetown man on Sunday allegedly committed suicide by ingesting a carbon tablet.The dead man has been identified as 35-year-old Selwyn Bobb, of Lot 122 Fourth Street, Alberttown. The incident occurred between 04:30h and 10:30h.Based on information reaching Guyana Times, Bobb, who recently lost his job, was at home with his 23-year-old fiancée when sometime around 04:30h on Sunday, she observed that he was vomiting.The young woman told investigators that she enquired from him about his health, but all he told her was to summon the ambulance service, which she did.The man was then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was examined and admitted a patient in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Ward. It was reported that while being treated, Bobb told the doctor that he had ingested a carbon tablet.He succumbed about 10:30h. According to the Police, the now dead man’s body was examined and no marks of violence were seen.His remains are presently at the Sandy’s Funeral Home, awaiting a post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, checks were also made at Bobb’s home, but nothing of evidential value was found.last_img read more


Businessman slapped with murder, attempted murder charges

January 12, 2020

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first_imgTucville ‘wrong turn’ shootingThe businessman who indiscriminately opened fire on a car that turned onto his bridge leaving a miner dead and his friend hospitalised, was on Monday slapped with murder and attempted murder charges.Robert Benn of Lot 10 Perry Street, Tucville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The first charge stated that on August 23, 2016 at Perry Street, he murdered Colin Perreira, 24, called Malcolm of Lot 213 Barr Street, Kitty, Georgetown.Additionally, he was charged with attempted murder of Gail Ann Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, North West District.Businessman Robert Benn who reportedly opened fire on a car, killing Colin PerreiraColin PerreiraHe was remanded to prison and will next appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on September 16.Reports are that on the night of the shooting, Chacon who was driving Toyota Allion PRR 4393, attempted to turn around the vehicle using the businessman’s bridge.However, as she turned onto the bridge, the businessman opened fire, killing Perreira and injuring Chacon.Perreira was shot multiple times about his body.The defendant reportedly told Police that he felt threatened and thought that bandits were in the vehicle. The Police instituted the charges after recommendations from the Director of Public Prosecutions.Chacon is still a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital and is said to be in a critical state.last_img read more


Volunteers sought to help host Masters International Allround Games speed skating event

January 12, 2020

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In just under two months’ time, the City of Fort St. John and Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club will be hosting the 26th Masters International Allround Games at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The event will be held at the Centre’s speed skating oval March 10th – 12th, and is expected to bring in over 200 competitors from all over the globe. The athletes ranging in age from 30 to 65 and over will be arriving by March 7th to begin practicing and seeing the sights in the North Peace.The City has begun their search for local ambassador volunteers to assist with the event and promoting the community. There are a number of volunteer positions that need to be filled for the event, including:Meet and GreetRegistrationHotel and Airport RepresentativesLocal History GuidesSpecial Event HostsAnyone who may be interested in helping with the event, can fill out an application form and return to it to Community Development Coordinator Lisa Rowbotham. Applications can be submitted in person, or via email to: communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca- Advertisement -Upon submitting their application, prospective volunteers will receive further communication regarding orientation, tasks, and scheduled shifts.last_img read more


Empty stands reminder football should be for the fans

January 10, 2020

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first_imgA goalless draw was fitting of an empty experience with supporters shut out of the 8,000 capacity HNK Rijeka stadium, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Adriatic Sea.Croatia were completing a UEFA sanction to play two matches behind closed doors after a swastika symbol was carved into the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy over three years ago.It was just the latest in a litany of offences for racism that has seen Croatia consistently punished with fans banned for home matches.However, amid the eeriness of hearing players shake hands before kick-off and shout instructions during the game, the question was raised whether the punishment fits the crime.“The atmosphere is not easy for anybody, it is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time,” said Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic.“Football is played for the fans. It’s sad the second and fourth team from the World Cup are playing behind closed doors. I don’t know who it is good for.”Croatia finished runners-up to World Cup winners France while England lost to Belgium in the third place play-off.A small band of intrepid England fans did manage to find a nearby hill to catch a glimpse of the Three Lions.“I could hear the noise,” said England boss Gareth Southgate. “It is a shame for the supporters, some of whom haven’t missed a game for 10 years or more.”Reversing fixtures so the perpetrators are punished with losing home advantage or even moving games to a neutral venue have been offered as alternative solutions.“While we all endorse the campaign against racism and want to see all that prejudice and bigotry stamped out of the game, the nature of this punishment against the Croatian FA is also punishing the innocent,” said Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation in England.“Because England fans haven’t been convicted of anything like that and yet those regular supporters who travel all over the place supporting the team are now locked out of a match and not able to support them.”– TV cash prioritised –Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is captured by a television broadcast camera. But match going fans have again been inconvenienced by the Premier League’s fixture scheduling for the festive season © AFP / Glyn KIRKHowever, even back in England, the soullessness of seeing the national team play in front of empty stands should be a reminder of the importance of not sacrificing supporters who attend games for increased cash revenue from television deals.On the same day supporters were shut out in Croatia, the Premier League revealed their TV schedule for the Christmas and New Year period that will see only four days without a match in the fortnight between December 21 and January 3.UEFA themselves have been accused of prioritising TV for their new competition with the Nations League adopting the “week of football”.By spreading matches across six days, many games are taken away from their former weekend sweet spot to attract crowds.England next travel to Spain for a 2045 (1845GMT) kick-off on a Monday night.The football authorities would be well advised to remember the game “without fans is nothing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia and England played out a goalless draw in front of an empty stadium on Friday © AFPRIJEKA, Croatia, Oct 13 – “Football without fans is nothing,” Celtic’s European Cup-winning manager Jock Stein famously opined many years ago.If a reminder of Stein’s comment was required, it came during England’s 0-0 draw in Croatia, that did neither side’s chances of progressing in the Nations League much good.last_img read more


Forgotten Manchester United man wanted by Serie A giants

January 3, 2020

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first_img Luis Nani 1 Inter Milan have contacted Manchester United in a bid to bring Nani to the club this summer.The Portuguese star spent last season on loan at boyhood side Sporting Lisbon but it is unlikely the Primeira Liga giants will seek to buy the winger permanently.Nani, who hit 12 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last term and helped Sporting win the Portuguese Cup, returns to Manchester this month and has three years remaining on his existing contract.However, according to reports in Italy, he is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and manager Louis van Gaal has no plans to reintroduce the experienced attacker back into the fold.Inter’s failure to secure Champions League football next term could make it difficult for Roberto Mancini to persuade the 28-year-old to move to the San Siro, and Nani has also hinted that he would prefer to play in his native country instead of Italy.last_img read more


BALLYSHANNON MUSICAL SOCIETY NEEDS YOU ….!

December 29, 2019

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first_imgAre you thinking of doing something different for the New Year? Then this is your big chance for adults to get involved in this years production of The King and I.On Thursday January 3rd we are hosting another open night/audition to get men and women to make up the cast of our upcoming musical. A large cast and chorus of men and women are required to make this a memorable show. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.If you would like to be onstage or backstage come along on Thursday 3rd January at 7.30pm to The Abbey Centre. Rehearsals begin next week.To ensure a top quality production a commitment to all rehearsals is required for a hectic schedule in January and February 2013 with the show running from February 26th to March 2nd.  BALLYSHANNON MUSICAL SOCIETY NEEDS YOU ….! was last modified: December 31st, 2012 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:auditionsBallyshannon Musical SocietyThe King and Ilast_img read more


GARDAI ON THE RUN – BUT IT’S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

December 28, 2019

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first_imgThe female Gardai with Inspector David Murphy.A group of female GARDAI and friends from Inishowen will take part in the VHI mini-marathon in Dublin on 1st June.They aim to raise money for two local charities, Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education (i.C.A.R.E.) and Donegal Hospice.Anyone wishing to sponsor this group can call to Buncrana Garda Station or any Garda Station in Inishowen.The group are pictured being presented by jerseys which were sponsored by The INISHOWEN Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.A section of the group are pictured with Inspector David Murphy from Buncrana Garda Station being presented with a jersey by Joleen from the Inishowen Gateway.Sponsorship has been given to the group also by Donegal GARDA Sports and Social Fund.GARDAI ON THE RUN – BUT IT’S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE! was last modified: May 18th, 2015 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:donegalGardaiInishowenmini-marathonlast_img read more