We cannot sit by and wait on our doom

first_imgDear Editor,Politics is a form of civil war. It is the civil war concerned with the acquisition and control of power or authority over a nation or group of individuals. Political parties engage themselves in civil war for the seat of Government. It is a battle of ideas between the contesting parties. In a fair fight, the party which has the best ideas, has failed the least, and promises and delivers the most, is usually victorious. Guyana is engaged in a civil war, and the major contestants have failed Guyanese miserably.It seems that not a day goes by without the coalition Administration reminding Guyanese that we made a grave error at the 2015 elections. All of this is however necessary for us to mature intellectually as a nation, to accept the incurable faults of our previous Administrations. The coalition Administration committed to returning to Burnham’s ideas almost immediately upon entering into office; an unthinkable proposition before the elections. Why? Most probably because these ideas utilise oppression as a means of remaining in power. It also rejected the notion that it is responsible for creating employment and urged Guyanese to become entrepreneurs. Dialogue with the Private Sector on our economic development has been brought to a political standstill, with the Chairman of the Private Sector Commission only trying to make a show of engagement to allow its members who are betting on acquiring sugar estate lands to get better terms.The Administration’s recent attempt to carry through with recovering our taxes and charging People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government officials hit a snag as the PPP has rightly and thankfully brought to the fore the People’s National Congress’ (PNC) own involvement in corruption and waylaying State property, with no better examples than Carl Greenidge himself being the recipient of property transfers during the PNC years at below market value prices, and the PNC benefiting from the transfer of State lands to itself at zero cost (Guyana Times; Apr 22). This while Guyanese today have to find as much as GY$1.2 million to pay for a house lot just more than one tenth of an acre. But these are very surely just some of the more flagrant transgression of the PNC during its earlier dictatorship.This recent attempt at snagging some PPP officials who were involved in waylaying billions of dollars in our taxes was an attempt to overcome the negative publicity the Administration was receiving from its childish copying of the oil contract used by the PPP as a blueprint for its recent agreement with Exxon, and the slew of criticism it was receiving from mishandling the dismissal of sugar workers, in addition to the declining economic activity and the general disgruntled position of Guyanese with Government.To crown all of this off, the Administration is set on pursuing efforts to include criticisms of its Administration via certain media as sedition, a hilarious and notoriously heretic position in this current enlightened state of our democracy. If anything, this points to the absolute shallowness of the Administration’s politicians and policymakers, since this is a confession if any that they are unable or unwilling to correct their policy mistakes, and are instead intent on laying the foundations for dictatorship and Government bullying as the economy seems to continue to collapse under their recalcitrant backwardness.The Administration’s recent purchase of what I can only describe as some 30-year-old hens for the Army is an obvious attempt to curry favour with the Army, and is the height of eye-pass. The heads of the Army need to pay close attention to our national politics and understand what is unfolding. Their first responsibility is not to any political party or Government in power, but to securing and defending Guyanese, even from their governments.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Mocha, Diamond access roads to get lights

first_imgIn light of the recent fatal accident on the Mocha Access Road, East Bank Demerara, and along the Diamond Scheme Access Road as well, the Public Infrastructure Ministry will be installing 100 streetlights along these roadways.Mocha access roadAccording to a statement from the ministry, over the years it has received several reports of accidents along the access roads of the two communities. The ministry said it is accelerating its planned installation of streetlights initiative.“These two areas are ones that have experienced rapid development since their creations, thus leading to increased traffic and ultimately a greater likelihood of accidents… It is necessary that the infrastructure in these communities reflect their growth,” the ministry stated.However, the Public Infrastructure Ministry did not say when these lights will be installed but noted that further details will be announced at a later date.On Tuesday evening, a barman attached to Banks DIH Limited Sports Bar was killed after he slammed into a horse along Mocha Access Road. Shemroy Cave, 21, of Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD, suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.According to reports, the dead man left his girlfriend’s home at Mocha/Arcadia, and was riding his motorcycle along the roadway when he collided with the horse. The horse was also killed as a result of the impact of the collision.last_img read more

Berbice crush Essequibo to set up final against Demerara

first_imgGCB/HIH Inter-county U-19 50 Overs Tournament…In the rescheduled third round clash between Berbice and Essequibo in the Guyana Cricket Board/Hand-n-Hand Group of Companies Inter-county Under-19 tournament 2016, Berbice found form when it mattered the most to beat Essequibo 79 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis Method on Saturday at Providence.It was a cat and mouse situation with rain interrupting the game at various points during the day but with the magnificence of the fast drying outfield at the Guyana National Stadium, a result was possible.Berbice, who were playing inconsistently in this year’s tournament took first strike and werereduced to 146 for 9 from their allotment of 46 overs.Siddiq Mohamed bowled impressively and took four wickets for 34 runs from 9 overs with great support from West Indies U-19 vice-captain and Essequibo skipper Keemo Paul with 3 for 28.Matthew Hardial held the Berbice innings together with a responsible knock of 56 with four boundaries.Brandon Prashad made 20 and Alex Algo chipped in with 17.When the boys from the Cinderella county began their reply they were asked to make 156 from 46 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method but when they were at 39/1 after 7 overs a sharp shower sent the players off the field.The target was then revised based on time lost and Essequibo were now looking for 146 from 40 overs with the dark clouds still hovering.However, Berbice bowlers just needed 19 overs for the demolition job. Essequibo hardly put up any resistance and were bowled out for 67 to win handsomely by 79 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method to advance to today’s final also at Providence.The carnage was served up by Joel Seitaram who ended with 4-24 from eight stingy overs, pacer Sylus Tyndall with 3 for 10 and left-arm spinner Asif Ally who captured 3-12.Mark Williams played a lone hand with 24 (5×4) with only Siddiq Mohamed (12) getting to double figures while six Essequibo batsmen failed to get off the mark.Joel Seitaram with figures of 8-2-24-4 was adjudged Player of the match and he received a trophy compliments of the tournament’s sponsor, Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies.Today is the grand final showdown and it puts together home team, Demerara and their traditional nemesis, Berbice from 9:30 Hrs.last_img read more

Guyana’s Health Ministry issues safety tips to prevent H1N1

first_imgSwine flu in T&TThe Public Health Ministry of Guyana on Monday issued safety tips to prevent the spread of the highly contagious H1N1 virus, popularly known as swine flu, as neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago have already confirmed several cases of the deadly virus.According to the Ministry, persons should practice good hygiene, which includes washing the hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based rubs. Persons are being encouraged to cover their mouths and noses with tissues when sneezing or coughing and to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth and avoid close contact with other individuals suffering from the H1N1 virus, which is about 6 feet away.“Persons are being advised to drink plenty fluids, stay at home and rest, to treat the fever and see your primary care physician should they contract the virus. Health care workers are asked to ensure that they practice infection control and use personal protective equipment,” the Ministry in a statement said on Monday.The common symptoms of the H1N1 virus vary from non-febrile mild upper respiratory tract infection to severe pneumonia. There can be a cough, fever, sore throat, malaise and headache and constitutional symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in 38 per cent of H1N1 cases.Treatment for the virus includes supportive management in mild cases and may even lead to hospitalisation. There is also respiratory support, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-viral treatments. The two important classes of anti-viral medications available for treatment are the Neuraminidase inhibitors (Oseltamivir and Zanamivir) and Adamantane (Rimantadine and Amantadine), which should be given in the early stages preferably within 24 hours of diagnosis, the Ministry warned.According to the Public Health Ministry, the Surveillance and Disease Control Department will continue to monitor the disease. In fact, persons who are suspected to be infected with the H1N1 virus will be taken to the Georgetown Public Health Corporation Lab to conduct blood tests to ascertain the presence of the virus.Moreover, the Health Ministry said it will also be working with Port Health Officers at the country’s borders, as Guyana remains alert to ensure that there is quick surveillance and detention along with rapid responses to guard against the spread of the H1N1 virus.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings reassured that, “A technical multidisciplinary response which includes coordinators and managers of emergency responses has been identified to ensure that appropriate information is available to be disseminated to those who need to know in a timely manner. Challenges and lessons learnt from the pandemic in the Americas included the establishment of non-pharmaceutical measures, having a vaccination strategy and paying strict account of international health regulations are being taken into serious consideration”.She further explained, “The idea is to prevent delays especially in Phases 5 and 6 of the influenza. Phase 1 to 3 predominantly dealing with animal infection and few human infections; Phase 4 where there is sustained human to human infections, and Phase 5 and 6 with widespread human infection”.Just last week, <<>> reported that the necessary provisions are present in Guyana to tackle the issue, after speaking with Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud.According to him, the situation is under control with provisions at arrival ports to monitor passenger activities.He enunciated that ferry docks and arrival terminals at airports are equipped with a framework which is expected to be implemented on all passengers. This includes the flight declaration being appraised to indicate if such cases enter the country.“We continue to maintain our port health requirement for all arriving flights and vessels. A person must do the general flight declaration which would give us a fair idea as to any sick person is coming in. Port health department would usually document those cases and follow them up so those provisions are in place,” said the CMO.As of recent, Trinidad and Tobago reported ten cases of the virus, which is commonly known as the ‘swine flu’. In fact, one death has already been recorded as a result of the virus.This confirmation came from the country’s Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh with a local news agency. He noted that out of the 75,000 H1N1 vaccines available, 14,500 people have been inoculated in the last few weeks.last_img read more

It was a dark and stormy night for book titles

first_imgLONDON – When it comes to wacky titles, a book on rogue shopping carts goes straight to the express lane for winners. “The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification” was named the winner Friday of the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for oddest book title. The book, written by Buffalo, N.Y.-based artist Julian Montague and published by Harry N. Abrams, offers a mock-scientific taxonomy of the varieties of lost shopping carts, from the simply discarded to the elaborately vandalized. “Then there’s plow crush – where a cart gets crushed by a snow plow – and train crush,” Montague said. “Stray Shopping Carts” received one-third of the more than 5,500 votes cast by members of the public on the Web site of trade magazine The Bookseller. Runner-up was “Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan,” by Robert Chenciner, Gabib Ismailov, Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov and Alex Binnie (Bennett & Bloom). Other finalists were “How Green Were the Nazis?” by Franz-Josef Bruggemeier, Mark Cioc and Thomas Zeller (Ohio University Press) a study of the environmental policies of the Third Reich; “Di Mascio’s Delicious Ice Cream: Di Mascio of Coventry: an Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans,” by Roger De Boer, Harvey Francis Pitcher, and Alan Wilkinson (Past Masters); “Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium” (Kluwer); and “Better Never To Have Been: the Harm of Coming Into Existence,” by David Benatar (Clarendon Press). 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

Proposed Squamish area LNG facility applies for export licence

first_imgThe Canadian company, which is part of the Pacific Oil & Gas Group, is proposing the construction a liquefied natural gas processing and export facility located at the waterfront industrial site of Western Forest Products’ former pulp mill near Squamish. It would have a capacity of approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year. The application has been welcomed by Premier Christy Clark, who says it’s a sign the province’s LNG industry is gaining speed. “Seeing another LNG export licence filed with the federal government shows two things,” said Premier Christy Clark. “It further indicates that our LNG has huge promise to deliver the jobs and prosperity that B.C. so richly deserves, but also that it’s right around the corner. If they want to be part of this opportunity, it’s urgent that companies are in the game now.” – Advertisement -So far the NEB has issued three LNG export licences for projects in northwest B.C.last_img read more

Man United midfield changes were key to ending star striker’s goal drought, claims Alan Shearer

first_imgAlan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, has hinted a change in midfield personnel in the Manchester United midfield was the key factor in Wayne Rooney ending his ten-game goal drought on Wednesday night.The England captain was back amongst the goals with a hat-trick as United eased into the Champions League group stages with a 4-0 second leg – and 7-1 aggregate victory – over Club Brugges.Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal swapped Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera, and Shearer believes the latter pair’s creativity enhanced Rooney’s display.“The big thing for me is that he [Van Gaal] changed personnel in midfield,” the Newcastle legend told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“They moved the ball a lot quicker last night and got it further forward quicker. They were prepared to gamble with their passes rather than taking the easy option.”While United have taken seven points from a possible nine at the start of the Premier League season, only Adnan Januzaj has found the scoresheet for the Red Devils with Rooney cutting a frustrated figure.Pundits had started to question Rooney’s longevity after three insipid performances, but Shearer reiterated the 29-year-old’s ability to spearhead the United attack.He added: “It was stupidly early for people to write him off – he’s not even 30 years old yet.“If you give him the chances he will score goals. I knew as soon as he got the first last night it was only a matter of time before more followed.”Following last night’s treble, Rooney now needs just 17 goals to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s all-time record goalscorer.last_img read more

Women’s top 25: Irish upset DePaul

first_img Megan Duffy had 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead the Irish (11-5, 2-3 Big East) on an 18-0 second-half run to defeat DePaul (16-2, 3-2, which saw its nine-game winning streak end. at 24 Notre Dame 78, 10 DePaul 75 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

Tyco to pay $50 million penalty in settlement

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – Tyco International Ltd. will pay the Securities and Exchange Commission a $50 million civil penalty to settle allegations the high-tech conglomerate’s prior management violated securities laws, cooked the books and overstated financial results by at least $1 billion. Under the proposed settlement, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the SEC’s enforcement division will decide how to distribute the $50 million to harmed investors, rather than the government keeping it all, said James Coffman, assistant director of the division. He said his division is still investigating other people who may have been involved in the fraud. The SEC’s civil complaint states the accounting fraud and other violations occurred from 1996 through mid-2002. That’s when former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski snapped up more than 700 companies, trying to turn little-known Tyco into a global manufacturing and services powerhouse with perpetual earnings growth. “In addition to looting the company, Tyco’s Kozlowski-era management lied about the company’s financial results,” Linda Chatman Thomsen, SEC’s enforcement director, said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe penalty was expected. On the New York Stock Exchange, Tyco shares fell 8 cents to close at $25.93. At its 2001 peak, the stock was worth about $62. Tyco, which has about 250,000 employees and $40 billion in annual revenues, makes electronics, medical supplies, engineered products and fire and security products. The SEC’s civil complaint states that from 1996 through 2002, Tyco filed with the SEC annual and quarterly reports, proxy statements and other documents that misrepresented its financial results, including not disclosing some compensation and loans worth tens of millions of dollars – much of it later forgiven – given to top executives. Over that corporate buying spree, Tyco inflated its operating income by at least $500 million by undervaluing assets and overvaluing liabilities of its acquisitions. Tyco also inflated operating income by about $567 million by improperly deducting connection fees for new customers of its ADT Security Services Inc., according to the complaint. The company used various reserve accounts “to enhance and smooth its reported financial results and to meet earnings projections,” the complaint states. In addition, Tyco officials violated U.S. law by bribing officials in Brazil to obtain or retain business there. 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

USL: Rovers salvage point from Harps in six goal thriller

first_imgLETTERKENNY ROVERS salvaged a draw from the jaws of defeat against Finn Harps Reserves at Finn Park tonight.In a goal-crazy opening to the second half, five of the goals came in a 19-minute spell.Just when it seemed as if Aaron McCready’s brace was sending Harps on their way to a win,Eamon McConigley’s side struck twice, through Darren McElwaine and David Shovlin, to get a share of the spoils. Trailing 3-1, they pulled a goal back on 65 minutes when McElwaine tucked home after Shovlin had been denied from an Odhrán McMackin cross.Within four minutes they were level as Shovlin finished well after a diagonal ball over the top from Chris Flanagan caught the Harps rearguard out.Raphoe man McCready scored twice in a five-minute spell early in the second half to fire Harps well ahead in the Ballybofey chill.Harps had trailed to McElwaine’s first-half opener before McCready’s double sent them on their way. Former Rovers player Gareth Doherty stretched the lead just after the hour mark, only for McElwaine’s second of the night to reduce the arrears.And the Cathedral town men drew level when substitute Shovlin netted, but the draw means that Rovers are six points behind League leaders Cockhill, who have a game less played.This game was rearranged from Thursday night when, as a mark of respect to the late Annie Friel, the grandmother of Rovers ‘keeper Sean Friel, the fixture was called off.Rovers began the brighter, with Steve Okakpu-Emeka firing into the hands of Harps netminder Jamie Bell, who was busy in the early exchanges.Flanagan’s free invited Conor Tourish to have a go, but his header flew over the top while McElwaine’s touch to a Christy Connaghan cross was just too heavy to trouble Bell. James Carolan stemmed the flow with a shot at the other end, but Connaghan – an ex-Harps player – drilled wide from distance.Rovers hit the front on 23 minutes when McElwaine steered home from point-blank range after Flanagan and Odhrán McMackin did the spadework.The young Harps kept fighting and Doherty’s cross deflected off Declan O’Donnell, but didn’t trouble Sean Friel.The 20-minute goal fest began when McCready’s flicked header from Ryan Finn’s cross deflected past Friel. Harps led five minutes later when McCready ghosted in to finish from Finn’s cross.Harps were in the ascendancy now and Niall McGinley’s dangerous cross wasn’t held by Friel, but Rovers managed to clear their lines.However, Doherty put Harps 3-1 in front. Carolan’s wonderful touch set up Doherty after Luke Nelis’ ball got beyond Ryan Gildea and Doherty’s 20-yard effort deceived Friel and left Rovers stunned.Within six minutes, however, McConigley’s men were in front thanks to McElwaine and Shovlin.Harps might have won it, but Doherty’s curler was inches wide and nestled in the side-netting.Finn Harps Reserves: Jamie Bell; Paul Ferry, Ciaran Kelly (Niall McGinley 34), Liam Doherty, Nathan Clifford; Luke Nelis, Keelan McDermott, Aaron McCready, Ryan Finn (Ryan Doran 88); James Carolan (Michael Gallagher 83), Gareth Doherty.Letterkenny Rovers: Sean Friel; Ryan Lonergan, Conor Tourish (Paul McVeigh 60), Declan O’Donnell, Ryan Gildea; Chris Flanagan, Odhrán McMacken (Paddy Diver 78), Kevin McGrath, Christy Connaghan; Darren McElwaine, Steve Okakpu-Emeka (David Shovlin 60).Referee: Vincent McLoughlin.USL: Rovers salvage point from Harps in six goal thriller was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 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