Guyana must unite in order to progress

first_imgDear Editor,The French author and philosopher Mr Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote in his astonishing book , Wind, Sand and Stars: “Nothing, in truth, can ever replace a lost companion. Old comrades cannot be manufactured. There is nothing that can equal the treasure of so many shared memories, so many bad times endured together, so many quarrels, reconciliations, heartfelt impulses. Friendships like that cannot be reconstructed. If you plant an oak, you will hope in vain to sit soon under its shade.“For such is life. We grow rich as we plant through the early years, but then come the years when time undoes our work and cuts down our trees. One by one our comrades deprive us of their shade, and within our mourning we always feel now the secret grief of growing old.“If I search among my memories for those whose taste is lasting, if I write the balance sheet of the moments that truly counted, I surely find those that no fortune could have bought me. You cannot buy the friendship of a companion bound to you forever by ordeals endured together.”While we remember the passing of our great leaders, or not so great to some, the splendid words of Saint-Exupery will bring obvious comforts to the mind of many. The human being tends to focus more on the mistake of men and deliberately forgets the numerous good that came from these very men.When the companions of Jesus (May peace be upon him) complained about the excess that was committed by the woman, Jesus (May peace be upon him) said to his companions, “who among us will cast the first stone”. Today, we are casting mountains of stones, totally forgetting our own imperfections.As a young public servant, I had the privilege to work and dine with President Forbes Burnham. I must admit that this gentleman had a magnetic communication skill to captivate anyone. He made some fundamental mistakes, but he will remain a hero in the hearts of many. Same can be said of Dr Cheddi Jagan, Mrs Janet Jagan, Mr Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, Mr Donald Ramotar and President David Granger. They all have their one unique style and their support base is strong.Respected Editor, the balance of life for these remaining gentlemen is getting shorter as the days go by. Are they comfortable to continue on the same antagonistic path? What is the purpose of lauding beautiful speeches when one departs? Dr Rupert Roopnaraine’s speech given when Dr Jagan died was the best I ever heard. Wouldn’t it be better to say those words while they are alive!This country needs the support and expertise of all and sundry – competent Chairmen; brilliant, talented, multifaceted individuals and Chief Executive Officers are needed for the rapid advancement of this country.During the financial crisis, Wall Street had to make drastic reforms. Many Chief Executive Officers were fired and some were brought before Congress while others ended up in prison. With oil’s enormous wealth approaching, Guyana is poised for take-off.A very senior official from Halliburton told me that 20 competent, knowledgeable Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers and Managers can take Guyana to enormous heights in the next 15 years, but the key issue is non-interference from the political class. He concluded by saying that the Gulf States did it and look at the massive development they have earned, so too can Guyana.Respected Editor, I urge the politicians to harbour the example of the iconic President, Nelson Mandela who moved from prisoner to President, who left his hatred behind the prison walls and reconciled with his oppressors. His words and his work are left for us to emulate. He left us with these astonishing words, “no one is born hating another person just because of the colour of their skin, or his background or his religion. People have to learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, then they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”.Yours truly,Nazar Mohamedlast_img read more

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Cancer Awareness Month activities launched

first_imgIn an effort to provide the public with more education on cancer, the Guyana Cancer Foundation (GCF) on Thursday launched its month-long activities on cancer awareness in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown. The Foundation announced that it was geared up to provide help for low-income and underinsured persons affected by cancer with the aim of “reintegrating survivors back into society”.President of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Bibi Hassan said that focus was currently being placed on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but other forms of cancer would be addressed within the coming months.Hassan explained the mandate of her organisation was to “provide help and inspire hope to those affected by cancer through early detection, education, awareness and free medical screening with a focus on the medically underserved and low-income population”.The GCF President explained that she developed the passion to engage in cancer advocacy after her mother survived breast cancer.  GCF associate member, Justice Donald Trotman pointed to the importance of cancer awareness, noting that the disease has affected many persons across the world.“Even though our scientists, the world over, are trying their best to find solutions, they have not yet come up with a specific and lasting one that could give us hope, [but] we are hopeful that one day the scourge of this disease will be completely eradicated,” the Judge noted.Justice Trotman commended the GCF President for the work her organisation has been doing. The Foundation was registered in June 2016 and was formed through awareness programmes conducted by the then Avon Community Help Fund.Over the next month, the GCF will host a tree wrapping exercise, cancer awareness sessions, wear Pink Friday and a Cancer Fitness Walk.  A number of private companies have committed their support to the NGO’s cancer initiatives and the organisation stated that it was in the process of soliciting partnership from Government entities, such as the Education Ministry and Social Protection Ministry.last_img read more

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Leeds announce signing of Manchester City man on season-long loan

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack ROUND-UP Leeds back on top: What happened in the Championship on Tuesday night? LATEST LEEDS UNITED NEWS Manchester City’s Jack Harrison has joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal, the Championship club have announced.The 21-year-old, who joined the Citizens from New York City in January, has scored 14 goals in 55 games in Major League Soccer so far. SOMETHING’S RON Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues compared #WelcomeJack pic.twitter.com/woPOcPFNcO— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 30, 2018The Englishman spent the second half of last season with Middlesbrough but made just four appearances, all as a substitute.“I’m very excited about this opportunity, it’s all happened pretty quickly and I am happy to be here,” said Harrison.“I heard about the interest last week whilst I was on pre-season with Manchester City and I’m looking forward to this new experience.“Leeds United is a great club, there is a lot of history and I want to be a part of that, we want to get promoted this year and I hope to be able to help do that. Haaland signs Man United kit amid £76m rumours… and posts Leeds pic too How Ronaldinho ‘tricked’ Brazil teammate into joining Man United over Leeds center_img Jansson explains why he prefers Brentford boss Frank to ‘mental’ Bielsa Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly impact Bristol City beat Fulham, QPR win for first time since October, Leeds go top round up WHITE KNIGHT RESULTS coming soon? “I spoke with Pep Guardiola about Marcelo Bielsa and he had a lot of encouraging words and a lot of Pep’s ideas and philosophies are built around some of the same ones here as well, so obviously those similarities are helpful.”Harrison is Leeds’ fourth signing of the summer. Chelsea duo Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman have joined on loan, while left-sided player Barry Douglas signed from Wolves on a three-year deal.Harrison could make his Leeds debut against Stoke at Elland Road on Sunday, a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2 from 16:30.last_img read more

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Former Man United transfer chief wanted two signings… including ex-Liverpool ace

first_img silverware SORRY REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most read in Premier League changes Javier Ribalta, the former chief scout of Manchester United, has named the two players he wanted to bring to Old Trafford before leaving the club earlier this year.Ribalta departed United after just a year in England, having been hired by the Red Devils in 2017 for the impressive work he had done with Juventus. He left for Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg in July, and has now opened up on his time at Old Trafford. gameday cracker Emre Can spent four seasons at Liverpool before leaving at the end of his contract Can left Liverpool to join Juventus, Ribalta’s former club, while Goretzka headed to Bayern Munich after leaving their Bundesliga rivals Schalke.Ribalta’s spell at United coincided with a period of discontent in the transfer market, with Jose Mourinho, the club’s manager, often complaining about the Red Devils’ business. revealed tense Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Official: Javier Ribalta is our new Sporting Director!📝https://t.co/bf7ILb2BOG pic.twitter.com/braXKuW2sV— FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) July 31, 2018Speaking to Tuttosport in Italy, Ribalta was asked which players he is annoyed not to have signed during his career, with Jose Gimenez, the Atletico Madrid defender, named as one target Juventus missed out on during his time with the Old Lady.Ribalta continued by addressing his spell with United, revealing Emre Can and Leon Goretzka are the two players he rues not bringing to Old Trafford. 1 “From my Juventus years, I’d say Gimenez from Atletico Madrid,” Ribalta is quoted as saying by Football Italia. “Let’s say that when he was still at Danubio, I came in too late.“As for my time in Manchester, I was only there for a year but I’d have liked to sign Emre Can and [Leon] Goretzka on free transfers.”Both Germany internationals, midfielders Can and Goretzka completed free transfers over the summer. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? last_img read more

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CAP REFORMS HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – PAT THE COPE

first_imgIreland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has said the political agreement brokered this week by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Irish Presidency on the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will have major implications here.Mr. Gallagher said today: “I am pleased that a political agreement has been finalised under the Irish Presidency as this Reform will have major implications for farmers, their families, the agri-food sector and rural communities throughout the North West and Donegal.“As the dust settles on the agreement it is clear that significant aspects of the new CAP including its implementation and interpretation will be down to the Irish Government and the Minister. “Member States will be afforded the necessary flexibility under the new CAP to work with the specificities of their individual sectors. This must result in equality and fairness in the distribution of direct payments and it is essential that the Minister fully engages with farmers over the coming months to ensure that this is the case.The political agreement includes the following provisions of importance to farmers in the North West:1. A new system of direct payments including a move away from historical references to an area based payment and greening of 30%.2. Flexibility for Member States to implement internal convergence whereby every farmer reaches a minimum payment of 60% of a national or regional average by 2019, with losses capped at 30%. 3. Up to 30% of basic payments under pillar one will be dependent on compliance with new Greening measures.4. The introduction of a mandatory scheme for young farmers (those under 40) including a top up payment of up to 25% for the first five years of installation.5. A streamline menu of rural development measures under Pillar 2 which will be co-financed by the State. Under the menu of options the State can support activity such as the LEADER programme, mountain areas, forestry, farm modernisation, farm safety, farm advisory services and innovation in the agricultural sector.  CAP REFORMS HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – PAT THE COPE was last modified: June 27th, 2013 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:CAP REFORMS HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – PAT THE COPElast_img read more

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‘I’LL SWALLOW YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT’ DONEGAL JUDGE TELLS ACCUSED

first_imgA JUDGE from Co Donegal told a defendant in a case that he would “swallow you up and spit you out” it was alleged in the High Court, according to today’s Irish Independent.Judge Sean MacBride had a decision to detain a suspect without bail successfully overturned.The appeal hearing also heard how the Judge held the defendant’s solicitor in contempt of court for having a hand in his pocket, telling him: “”I am a Donegal man and we don’t suffer fools, there was another practitioner who spoke to me like that in Donegal and I put on manners him and I am going to put manners on you too.” The full story is here:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/man-gets-bail-after-judge-said-ill-spit-you-out-3093782.html‘I’LL SWALLOW YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT’ DONEGAL JUDGE TELLS ACCUSED was last modified: April 27th, 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:’I’LL SWALLOW YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT’ DONEGAL JUDGE TELLS ACCUSEDlast_img read more

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Court hears free-speech issue

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a First Amendment case stemming from a claim of retaliation in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, which could determine whether the job-related speech of the nation’s 20 million public employees is protected. In an hourlong session, justices considering Garcetti v. Ceballos sought a middle ground in the central question of whether a public employee’s on-the-job speech – in this case, a memo – is protected under the Constitution. If the justices ultimately decide the answer is no, some experts warn that government employees who want to blow the whistle on corruption and malfeasance will have no weapon against retaliation. If the answer is yes, government agencies worry that employees will have near-total immunity against discipline or firing and will deluge the courts with lawsuits. “Job-required speech should not be protected by the First Amendment,” argued attorney Cindy S. Lee of Glendale on behalf of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, formerly headed by Gil Garcetti. The case pits various free-speech advocates and Deputy District Attorney Richard Ceballos – who now works in the downtown central trials division – against the District Attorney’s Office, the Bush administration and a broad coalition of municipal governments. It hinges on the actions of Ceballos, who in 2000 informed his supervisors that he thought a deputy sheriff had lied in an affidavit used to obtain a search warrant. His supervisors nevertheless decided to prosecute the case. Ceballos then informed the defense about the investigation, and testified during a hearing on a motion to dismiss the case. The judge allowed the case to proceed. Ceballos maintained he was demoted, transferred and threatened because of his actions. On Wednesday, Lee and Bush administration attorney Dan Himmelfarb argued that because Ceballos’ job was to assess cases going to trial, his memo was not protected under the First Amendment. Only speech made as a citizen on a matter of public interest, they maintained, is constitutionally safeguarded. But Bonnie Robin-Vergeer, arguing for Ceballos, said the line between citizen and employee is “malleable,” and maintained Ceballos was writing his memo to the government, not for the government. Noting that about 100 cases involving job-related internal communications are brought each year in federal court, she called the fear of a lawsuit deluge unfounded. Moreover, Robin-Vergeer said, the public will pay the price if government employees felt cowed into keeping quiet about workplace problems. “Imagine a FEMA employee who thinks FEMA is not prepared for the next hurricane” and is fired for writing a memo outlining those concerns, she argued. “It is intrinsically important for a public employee who knows what ails the agency to have an avenue.” Justices struggled for ways to protect both employers and free speech. “Is there any middle approach that gives discretion to the government but doesn’t let them exceed that in a certain case?” Justice Stephen Breyer asked, noting, “a government has to have some authority to discipline a person.” Added Justice Anthony Kennedy, “Are there some matters where the employer can protect its interests?” Chief Justice John Roberts, presiding over his seventh case since the U.S. Senate approved his nomination, posed hypothetical situations to both sides. He wondered about the rights of a university professor who was fired for a lecture, and even his own right to fire a clerk who “says Justice so-and-so’s jurisprudence is wacky.” After the hearing, Ceballos said he didn’t sense the court leaning clearly to either side and he maintained that the public good is at stake in the decision. “Will prosecutors and all government employees feel they are protected from retaliation if they expose corruption, waste or fraud?” he said. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-873 lisa.friedman@langnews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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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NEPHEW OF TRAGIC PENSIONER BEGS GOVT NOT TO SCRAP PHONE ALLOWANCE

first_imgIsa Arthur holding the telephone wires which were ripped from the wall the day she was robbed.The nephew of a woman who died weeks after she was burgled has pleaded with the Government to rethink their plan to scrap telephone allowance for pensioners.Joe McKean’s aunt Suzy Arthur died last week after she was thrown to the ground by burglars at her Raphoe home in July.Suzy, 89, suffered a broken hip and never came home from hospital after her horrific ordeal. Tragic Suzy lived with sister Isa, 89, at their farmhouse at Feddyglass on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road.The elderly sisters, who have been the victim of SIX robberies, relied heavily on their phone to keep them secure and in contact with the outside world.The ladies installed special pendant phone alarms which was linked directly to their local Garda station in case of an emergency.On the day of the raid on July 1st, the callous gang who targeted the sisters managed to cut their phone wires rendering their alarm useless. But Joe says the cutting of the telephone allowance in this week’s budget will now put even more fear into elderly people living in rural areas.“I would genuinely ask them to rethink cutting the telephone allowance.“If they saw what Suzy and Isa went through when these people ransacked their home and attacked them, they would not even think about it.“Old people need this kind of security because very often it is the only security measure they have.“This kind of thing just frightens them even more and makes them feel as if nobody at all cares about them. “Isa and Suzy felt safe once they had this pendant in case anything happened around the house and there are thousands of old people around the country like them.“What kind of message are we sending our to our old people when we are cutting allowances from them when the number of burglaries is increasing everyday?” he said.Joe said Isa is fortunate in that she has friends and family living close by and she is now in a position to be able to install security cameras at her home.But he says that not all elderly people can afford any kind of security measure. “With each passing budget, elderly people are getting less and less.“Elderly people are trying to scrape the money together to buy a bag of coal.“People might not think losing a phone allowance is a major thing but tell that to an old person trying to budget for every penny they have each week.“People in Government need to put themselves in the shoes of old folk and see how badly something like this will put fear into them,” he said.Farmer Joe, who regularly called in to check on his elderly aunts, says Isa is trying to cope as best she can following the death of her sister last week.“I would love for them to come back and see the harm they have done.“They may have caused one death but they have ruined so many lives. I don’t know how they can lives with themselves,” he said.NEPHEW OF TRAGIC PENSIONER BEGS GOVT NOT TO SCRAP PHONE ALLOWANCE was last modified: October 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:budgetburglaryISA ARTHURJoe McKeanphone allowanceRaphoeSuzy Arthurlast_img read more

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SA leads way in wine tourism

first_img10 July 2007France has much to learn from South Africa and California on the subject of wine tourism, a special seminar heard at Vinexpo, the global wine industry’s biggest trade show, in Bordeaux last month.Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch detailed the successes of South Africa’s wine routes at the seminar, speaking of a “collective approach to wine tourism” that has allowed for the formation of 18 wine routes in the Western Cape province, each with its own distinctive personality.“One winery alone can’t market a region,” Birch said. “Wine routes work best when properties work together with a common goal … and where they cultivate a marketing proposition.”To illustrate this, Birch spoke about the long established and successful Stellenbosch Wine Route, but also about Durbanville’s focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin’s focus on biodiversity, and Franschhoek’s on gourmet food.She emphasised the importance of working with the local tourism office, finding marketing approaches that reflect the strengths of an area, and holding fairs and unusual events to attract visitors in the off-season.Catherine Leparmentier of the Great Wine Capitals organisation described Birch’s presentation as “useful, to the point and, as usual, the South Africans used the most beautiful imagery. The South African contribution was of extreme value.”Francois Lurton, CEO of France’s Domaines Francois Lurton, said the “great advantage of the New World is their flexible hours, whereas it is very rigid in France, with the 35-hour week and little working at weekends.“In South Africa and California, they have a fantastic ability to organise opening times so people can come when they want.”Other speakers at the forum included Marimar Torres of the Spanish Torres family and owner of Club Marimar in California’s Russian River Valley, and Maryan Bautovich of Schramsberg Wines, also in California.Speaking to WineNews after the seminar, Birch said that wine Tourism had grown to the point where it was now “an integral part of any wine producing area’s marketing strategy.”In South Africa, she said, the wine tourism industry had “grown organically and expanded at an expotential rate, fuelled by passionate individuals and product owners.”She stressed, however, that the job was far from done. “We cannot ignore the importance of delivering a professional and unique experience.”Source: Wine.co.zalast_img read more

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Boeing delivers first B737 MAX

first_imgPhoto: Boeing US planemaker Boeing has overcome the engine problems which threatened to derail its 737 MAX delivery schedule to hand over the first plane to launch customer Malindo Air.The B737 MAX 8 was handed over to the Malaysian full-service carrier at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Seattle On Tuesday.Boeing issued a brief statement on the landmark event which failed to mention engine manufacturing problems that led to the entire Boeing 737 MAX fleet being grounded briefly last week.Malindo is a joint venture involving Indonesia’s Lion Air Group and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries.It began flying in 2013 and has expanded to operate a network of scheduled passenger services throughout Malaysia as well as to regional destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.The leased plane is in Batik Air Malaysia livery ahead of the airline’s rebranding in the second half of this year. The plan is for Batik Air Malaysia to focus on international routes and provide Indonesian sibling Batik Airways with regional feeder trafficMalindo Air chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737NGs had served the carrier well and he believed the MAX would become the centrepiece of its fleet.“These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers,’’ he said.The engine manufacturing problem at a CFM contractor is seen as a minor glitch in a program that has run remarkably smoothly for the fastest selling passenger jet in Boeing’s history.US Media reports say about 30 LEAP 1B engines have been sent back to manufacturer CFM International for inspections because of concerns a manufacturing defect in a low-pressure turbine disc could lead to cracks.The US Federal Aviation Administration last week cleared aircraft fitted with the unaffected engines and Boeing has since confirmed that the 737 MAX  has resumed all flying activities.“Regulatory authorities have granted CFM and Boeing approval to begin the full range of business, test and certification-related flight activities,’’ the manufacturer told AirlineRatings. Boeing has received almost 3700 orders for the latest iterations of its single-aisle workhorse from 87 customers around the world.The debut of the MAX comes after its competitor, The Airbus A320neo, has been in service since early 2016.The 320neo has also had problems with one of its engine options, the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan,  although its CFM LEAP-1A engines were unaffected by the problem seen with Boeing’s LEAP-1Bs.last_img read more

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