Parliament has spoken

first_imgDear Editor,Parliament has spoken. The Government has been defeated in a no-confidence vote. General Elections must be held within 90 days unless the House by a 2/3 majority extends that time.This vote was long in the making. APNU and AFC have brought it upon themselves. Charrandas Persaud will go down in history as a hero to some and as a traitor to others. My wife told me that Charandass is the only person in Guyana who has “balls”. Whichever side you see him will be up to the individual.I campaigned and supported the AFC since its inception. I believed, and still do, that any Government should be one for all of the people. The PPP did not show that in Government. I was certain that APNU/AFC would have been inclusive, bearing in mind the Valentine Day Accord in 2015 and the manifesto they presented to the people. Added to that, I was convinced that candidate Granger and Nagamootoo would have worked together for all of Guyana without regard to one’s political affiliation and ethnicity.To my great disappointment, the nation became more polarised and it was business as usual. Now we can have another “new” beginning.My only sincere wish and profound hope is that whoever wins the next election will see Guyana as one nation. We are neither African nor Indian; Portugese nor Amerindian; rich or poor; PNC nor PPP; rather we are all Guyanese, and very proud to be Guyanese.My prayer is that the next Government will set up a reconciliation commission and let us speak our truths without fear, and hopefully put aside our “dark” past. We are a great people and together we will make our country great.Sincerely,Charles Sugrimlast_img read more

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Election Now?

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:I would like to have some input into the discussion regarding holding elections in the midst of the EBOLA epidemic.EBOLA is a very serious threat to our society and deserves to be prioritized rather than following strict rules not designed to cater to such an emergency. Let us deal with the emergency and later such matters can be carried out as normal. It is a matter of constitutionality versus a health emergency and the whole world is watching the matter with utmost interest.As a health professional, I very much would advise for us to tackle an existential threat, before we redirect our attention towards the functioning of government. Politics should not overshadow our health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scotiabank, Brain Central successfully host mathematics Olympiad

first_imgThe Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), in collaboration with Brain Central, on Sunday hosted a mathematics Olympiad which was aimed at preparing students for their upcoming examinations.The hour-long competition utilized Brain Central’s online course which consists of over fifty thousand test questions.The preliminary round of the competition was held on Saturday, and was open to grades six and nine students. However, grade nine students failed to register forWinner of the mathematics Olympiad, Haresh Rameshwar receiving his prizes from Brain Central CEO, Lance Hinds.the competition, and only grade six students participated. The participants were tested on basic curriculum which they should know in anticipation of their upcoming National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).Based on the results garnered from the preliminary round on Saturday, four participants were selected to compete in the finals of the Olympiad on Sunday. The four students are all preparing to sit the NGSA examinations at the end of this month. The online quiz produced a series of random questions with which the students at the grade six exam level would be familiar.The Brain Central software consists of over fifty thousand questions covering curriculum from primary to tertiary levels. The institution began its work at the tertiary level in 2006, and, over the years, has developed to serve primary and Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) exams.Work has also been completed for the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus School of Business Master’s programme, and the University of Guyana, which attests to the software’s credibility. Speaking with the < read more

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CANU unearths cocaine in package shipped to Guyana

first_imgTwo persons are currently in custody following a drug bust at a local shipping company’s bond in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, the Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly said.Atherly in an interview with Guyana Times said the drugs were unearthed about a week ago at the terminal and a male and female were arrested. The two were hauled in for questioning after a package, which contained about 136 grams of cocaine, was unearthed.“It came in in a parcel addressed to someone, a box,” the head of CANU said, while opting not to disclose whether the package arrived in the duo’s names, or if it they were the ones sending the package.He would only say that no one had been charged yet as the investigation into the seizure continues.Atherly explained that this seizure was not the first for the year as there has been one for at least the past three weeks by the department.In addition to this, he said the Police have also seized some illegal drugs.A total of 121,305.8 pounds of narcotics was seized in the year 2017, according to the National Anti-Narcotics Agency. Statistics for last year’s drug seizures are yet to be released to the public.This was revealed in September last year when the Agency launched its annual report on the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN), which seeks to provide comprehensive data on drug supply-and-demand interventions for evidence-based policy and programme development.Law enforcement agencies have seized a total of 55,139 kg of narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000 kg of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes.last_img read more

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MARAD accused of undermining Bartica Speedboat Association

first_imgThe Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has been accused of undermining the mandate of the Bartica Speedboat Association (BSA).Bartica Speedboat Association President Stephen BelleThis was according to BSA President, Stephen Belle, who stated that he received a letter from the organisation informing him that the Association will no longer be responsible for the approval of applications for speedboats to be added to the turn system.According to Belle, MARAD has been undermining the Association for some time now and has not been allowing for it to execute its mandate. Instead, MARAD has now taken full control of a key role of the Association.“This morning I received a letter dated the 13th of December which says, with immediate effect, all applications for water taxi speedboats to operate within the various services turn systems must be made to the Maritime Administration for approval. Such authority no longer resides with the Association,” he added.He claimed that there was an instance earlier last year where one boat was given a turn in the system without the Association’s approval or any application being filed.He stated that MARAD’s Director General, Claudette Rogers, had said that the boat was owned by an oil company, but it was later discovered that the owner of the boat was linked to a senior Government official.Maritime Administration Director GeneralClaudette RogersBelle said that the boat was placed in the system by MARAD without any consultations or approval from the Association.“We are very much concerned about what is happening and it seems as though nobody cares and [there is] nothing to be done… My major concern of this change is I think this is fraudulent, I think this is not good in principle,” the President expressed.He added that MARAD has also been adopting unconstitutional practices by exceeding the stipulated number of boats allowed to operate.“Right now, as it is, we have 53 boats, our Constitution says 50. Maritime induced on us three more boats, then now they want to bring in eight,” Belle noted.The President further stated that the negative effect which the excessive number of boats in the system will have.Speedboat operators at Bartica Stelling“Everything is on a decline in Guyana, including the boat service, so if they do something like this, it means that the boat business would become now not viable.”Belle told Guyana Times that there are a number of boats operating without the legal requirements being met and that despite several reports being made, MARAD has failed to enforce the regulations on those guilty of breaking the laws and other relevant authorities have continued to ignore this.“Every day there are boats that are loading back and forth without licences under the watchful eyes of the Maritime officials at Parika. Reports were made to the police and to the Minister, the Director [of] Maritime Safety, Harbour Master and nobody seems to care, nobody seems to be doing anything about it,” Belle explained.The President indicated that the Association will be seeking legal action against MARAD if things are not rectified as soon as possible.MARAD’s Public Relations Officer, when contacted, told Guyana Times to return a call today Wednesday at 09:00h.last_img read more

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15th annual Northern Classic happening Saturday at the NPCC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 100 competitors with buns of steel are set to take the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday for the 15th Annual Northern Classic bodybuilding and fitness competition.The event will see contestants competing for a chance to head to Vancouver for the BC Amateur Bodybuilding Association provincial championships in three weeks’ time. Jeni Briscoe from Today’s Techniques, which puts on the contest, says that the contest has the most number of registered competitors in its 15-year history this year. IFBB Pros Toney Freeman and Michelle McBeth will be guest-hosting the main show and contest judging, which takes place at 6:00 PM.Briscoe says that tickets are still available for both shows as of 12:30 PM on Friday, although there were only several tickets left for the evening show. Tickets are $32.50 for the morning show, and $57.50 for the evening main event, and are available at Today’s Techniques in Fort St. John.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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DA requests council’s minutes

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The District Attorney’s office Thursday requested the minutes of a City Council meeting at which City Attorney J. Arnoldo Beltran was hired. Deputy District Attorney David Demerjian, head of the Public Integrity Division, said the request was initiated after a complaint was received about an alleged violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. The investigation was opened March 16, he said. “We will normally want to look at the agenda and minutes and a video recording or a tape recording – if there is such a thing,” Demerjian said. “Normally a review of these items resolves the issue.” He declined to say who made the complaint. The Feb. 6 special meeting agenda included a discussion of a housing bond in open session. The council then adjourned to closed session and voted 3-2 to retain the services of Beltran. Minutes of the 3 p.m. meeting were not available Thursday and won’t be available until they are approved by the council, said a spokeswoman for the city clerk’s office. The council reported out of the closed session that council members Rosie Vasquez, Jeff Siccama and Bill Molinari voted for Beltran while Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid and Councilman Bill Bagwell voted against. In a subsequent meeting, Bagwell later joined the majority in a 4-0 vote to authorize Beltran’s contract. Lopez-Reid abstained and has since refused to sign Beltran’s contract. Beltran had no comment Thursday on the DA’s probe. “I think if the DA wants to come in and take a close look and scrutinize, I’m for it,” Lopez-Reid said. “It will help the city in the long run. Some of us, who haven’t done anything wrong, know we’re fine.” As mayor, Lopez-Reid’s signature is required to approve all contracts before they take effect. Lopez-Reid said she declined to sign Beltran’s contract because of personal reservations. “I didn’t vote for the man and I have reservations about \,” Lopez-Reid said. Molinari, meanwhile, said Thursday that the council should schedule a special meeting to hold Lopez-Reid accountable for her inaction. “What this amounts to is an illegal action to force Mr. Beltran to resign,” Molinari said. “There’s no justification for this conduct.” Molinari would be able to sign Beltran’s contract in the event of Lopez-Reid’s absence from the city or incapacitation. Lopez-Reid urged Molinari to go ahead and sign the deal. “Maybe if we do have a special meeting we can designate him to sign the contact,” Lopez-Reid said. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 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

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Solskjaer says ‘no excuses’ after Man Utd slump at Watford

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea fumbles a shot from Watford’s Ismaila Sarr into his own net © AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASWATFORD, United Kingdom, Dec 22 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there were “no excuses” after Manchester United collapsed to a humiliating 2-0 defeat against Premier League bottom side Watford on Sunday following a David de Gea howler.The chastening pre-Christmas loss comes after a six-match unbeaten spell that included morale-boosting wins against Tottenham and Manchester City and leaves United languishing in eighth place in the Premier League. Not even the returning Paul Pogba could save his misfiring team, who again struggled to impose themselves against one of the league’s lesser lights.The key moment came in the 50th minute when De Gea somehow allowed a tame effort from Ismaila Sarr to creep through his hands and in at the near post.Watford doubled their lead four minutes later when Troy Deeney fired home from the penalty spot after the otherwise impressive Aaron Wan-Bissaka brought down Sarr with a misjudged sliding tackle.“I’m very disappointed because we have to get more points against teams, like today,” said Solskjaer.“I’m sure they were low in confidence because they must be when you’re bottom of the table.“We were high in confidence because we’ve done well lately but it just wasn’t there. There was no intent or urgency to make us deserve to win the game.”“There’s no excuses at all,” he added. “We prepared well and there’s nothing I can put my finger on.”Nigel Pearson coaxed a battling performance from Watford in his first home game in charge and they deservedly won just their second league match of the season to give themselves hope of survival.But for United it was another story of failing to make the most of their domination of possession.Under Solskjaer, they have won 73 percent of the Premier League games in which they have had less possession than their opponents, compared to just 36 percent when they have enjoyed more.There was no hint of the drama to come in a largely uneventful first half.Anthony Martial scuffed a shot wide as United, backed by vocal away support, enjoyed the bulk of early possession while Watford looked a threat when they came forward.The away side looked certain to take the lead in the 34th minute when Jesse Lingard was put through on goal by Martial but the midfielder’s chip landed on the roof of Ben Foster’s net.– Watford stun United –The game slipped from United’s grasp early in the second half.Will Hughes sent a free kick into the area and the ball fell to Sarr, who did not hit it cleanly but somehow the ball wriggled through De Gea’s gloves.United did not properly recover before Wan-Bissaka’s foul enabled Deeney to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot.Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood, Pogba and Juan Mata in a desperate search for some inspiration.Foster denied Pogba and Marcus Rashford late on as Watford claimed a first home win of the season to move level with Norwich City in 19th on 12 points — still six points from safety.“It was important after last week’s performance at Liverpool that we tried to emulate the positive aspects,” said Pearson, whose side impressed despite losing 2-0 at Anfield.“I didn’t think we played quite as well as we did last week but the work ethic of the team was exceptionally good today,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United MUST make David De Gea see out his contract, says former star

first_imgRay Wilkins has urged Louis van Gaal to play hardball with David De Gea and ensure the goalkeeper sees out his Manchester United contract.The Spaniard’s current deal expires in 12 months and he has turned down an offer worth round £200,000-per-week to extend it.De Gea is reportedly ready to push for a move to Real Madrid, but Wilkins insists the 24-year-old should not be allowed to leave this summer even if he makes it clear he wants out of Old Trafford.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former United star said: “I’m a little bit saddened by this shout of, ‘if he wants to go, let him go’. My shout is if he is under contract then he stays.“I’m not concerned if he is unhappy. He was prepared to take that cash and prepared to sign that contract. I would keep him.”United boss Van Gaal is targeting the Premier League trophy next season, but Wilkins insists losing a goalkeeper of De Gea’s class will put a huge dent in their title ambitions.“You have to have a qoalkeeper of immense quality if you are going to pick up the top honours in football,” added Wilkins.“They save you ten, 12 points a season, they pull off a save in a Champions League game that keeps you in a tie.”last_img read more

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Moist air slows progress of fires

first_imgActive fires burned in the Lake Arrowhead resort region of the towering San Bernardino Mountains 100 miles east of Los Angeles, and in rugged wilderness above isolated canyon communities of Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles. A big blaze 60 miles northeast of San Diego stopped its advance toward the mountain town of Julian. One home burned Saturday morning in Arrowbear, east of Lake Arrowhead, when a spot fire broke out. The main blaze, the Slide Fire, was about a mile from 10,000 homes in Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake and Running Springs. About 4,400 people remained in 28 shelter sites, but others waited out the fires in makeshift encampments. In Highland, at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, about 20 people were in their sixth day of living in a Wal-Mart parking lot, getting daily visits from sheriff’s officials who reported that their 17 homes were still intact. For other evacuees, there were losses to tally. In San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo community, Bruce Heinemann, 48, spoke with an insurance adjuster as friends sifted through his ruined home, looking for his wife’s wedding ring, photos and other mementos. Meanwhile, his daughter was at a newly rented home making lists of what they lost, and his wife was visiting department stores to get prices for the insurers. “The kind of mode you’re in is, what do you do today? What do you do tomorrow? Just make a list and get it done,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. – Firefighters battled stubborn wildfires across Southern California on Saturday, but cloudy skies scattering occasional raindrops brought a welcome improvement in conditions. Tropical moisture flowing from the south replaced the hot, dry Santa Ana winds that roared in a week earlier and spread fires over more than a half-million acres, destroying more than 2,300 structures, including 1,700 homes. The number of deaths directly attributed to the fires officially rose to seven with the addition of four suspected illegal immigrants whose charred bodies were found east of San Diego on Thursday. The four deaths were confirmed as caused by the Harris Fire near the U.S.-Mexico border, said Jose Alvarez, a public information officer for San Diego County emergency services. Attempts to identify the victims are continuing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Mexican government said Saturday 11 Mexicans were being treated at a San Diego hospital for burns suffered in Southern California’s wildfires after crossing the border illegally, and four were in critical condition. Six of the injured – ages 20 to 36 – were rescued by firefighters after crossing Sunday near Tecate, about 35 miles east of San Diego. A 20-year-old man is in critical condition at UCSD Medical Center. Five others who crossed the border near San Diego on Sunday are also being treated at the hospital – three of them in critical condition. Although more than a dozen blazes were surrounded, containment of nine other blazes ranged from 97percent to just 25percent. More than 21,000 structures were considered threatened, and more than 15,000 firefighters were on the lines, the state Office of Emergency Services said late Saturday. “It’s very overcast right now, no wind. Low humidity, about 30percent. They’re talking about rain,” said Audrey Hagen, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in San Diego. last_img read more

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