Dear Editor,I was totally dumbfounded upon reading in sections of the media an editorial captioned ‘Guyana on the mend’. There were so many inaccuracies and empty rhetoric devoid of any factual data that the only conclusion that I could have drawn is that the editorial is bent on ‘selling dreams,’ just like the Coalition Government is selling dreams to a ‘good life’.The editorial said the crime rate, especially murder, rapes and gang violence, has reduced and road fatalities are lower’. In January this year, the same media house carried an article captioned ‘US warns its citizens about Guyana’s crime rate – says local police lack resources to respond to serious crime’. I had stated that the US Department had asked its citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting Guyana, due to the country’s crime rate. That same article further added that, in terms of crime, ‘Guyana is at the same level with Jamaica…Since the year started, there has been an increase in armed robberies, with three to four reported cases daily’.Every day the newspapers’ headlines on crimes are sending shock waves throughout this country. I wonder why suddenly an editorial in the same newspaper can carry such a contradictory editorial.The editorial lauded the Guyana Revenue Authority for being less corrupt, reducing the smuggling of counterfeit items and increasing its revenue collection. The writer needs to understand that bringing a few smugglers to justice has not reduced smuggling. Most of the times when smugglers are caught, it is because they failed to adequately bribe the relevant officials. Only recently, a high-ranking SWAT officer was intercepted with 30 cases of whisky. In that case, the arresting officers were not aware whom the whisky belonged to. Then, in April, a boat smuggling fuel was intercepted simply because the GEA officials were not aware that a senior Government official was involved.Be not fooled, smuggling in Berbice is business as usual! Moreover, it does not take a fortune teller to tell us the increased revenue collection is the result on increased taxation, and the 200 new taxes are catapulting this nation into poverty! Businessmen and citizens are reeling from this increased taxation, but the writer sees this as complimentary. The writer should tell us how effectively this increased revenue is being spent by this spendthrift Government!On the other hand, the Government’s policies have negatively impacted the construction sector mainly through increased taxes and other fees. In November 2017, the World Bank highlighted a decline in doing business in Guyana. The Report for Ease of Doing Business in 2018 showed that Guyana slipped two places, from 124 to 126.In addition, the Bank of Guyana Report 2018 stated that construction and service activities were relatively flat at the end of March 2018. Private Sector credit to construction and engineering declined by 11.6 per cent, while public spending on construction projects fell by 37.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. The Finance Minister had projected construction to grow by 14.5 per cent in 2018. It seems that the Sector is off to a ‘good’ start.The writer unabashedly bragged about the Government’s “zero tolerance” policy on crime, corruption and illegal drugs working, when an entire penitentiary was razed to the ground by inmates, drugs are being openly peddled even in our prisons, and prisoners celebrate parties with expensive liquor and drugs. So one can just imagine what happens on the outside! Moreover, corruption has been galloping in all directions and at all levels from the very inception of this Government taking office: the lack of transparency and accountability in the Durban Park project, the Sussex Street Drugs Bond, the single sourced drugs’ procurement, the awarding of contracts to party hacks and cronies who are ill-qualified, etc. In every region there are reports of corruption from AFC Party officials, especially in Region 6; and, most remarkably, until now, Cabinet still awards contracts while the Procurement Commission remains toothless and neutered.Moreover, far from the truth, people do not believe that things are getting better under this Government, and that the country is on the mend. The economy is on a downward slide, recording the lowest growth rate of 2.1 per cent in 2017, and inflation is on the rise, with over 5000 dismissed sugar workers living in dire poverty. Even those who are currently employed are finding it difficult to have three square meals. Since 2015, they have not been given a cent increase, and, in fact, many benefits were snatched from them. Until now, the Government does not have a plan to resolve the many debilitating issues affecting GUYSUCO, while the sugar production level keeps on decreasing. Forsaking agriculture for oil is asinine.Youths are still jobless, as their exodus gains momentum, and their hopes have withered beyond redemption under this Government. Unfortunately, ‘empty promises and propaganda are NOT things of the past, as this Government continues to sell dreams of a ‘good life’! Guyana is not on the mend, it’s falling apart!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, Region 6
Celebrating and conserving our culture is a way of life for many of our people. Even though many say the practice of culture has totally vanished from Liberia, while Western values have eaten up the soil of Liberia and Africa at large. For these reasons, there are many Liberian children who do not understand their culture and the way of life of their ancestors.Unlike many towns around Liberia, Dimeh Town in the Dowen District of Bomi County, has vowed to make culture a top priority in their community, noting that the way of their fathers cannot be forgotten.It was revealed by the Chairlady of the Town, Madam Janet Rogers that the community has been practicing its culture since they were born and took over from the elder people they met there.She noted that before a child becomes a matured man or woman, they are trained in the ways of their fore-fathers.“Our main expression of our culture here is dancing, so all the women in this town —one way or the other— know how to dance. Their Cultural education has nothing to do with their Western Education. We make it our duty to teach them our culture before they become old enough to go to school,” she explained.She said out of appreciation to their culture, the women of Dimeh founded a women’s dance troupe to entertain visitors during important occasions and ceremonies.She said the masked dancer known as “the Country Devil” will wear a white clothe signifying Purity and togetherness.“Because of the way we have treated our culture in this part of the country, we have had international guest from all parts of the world come and talk to us about how we respect our culture,” Madam Rogers explained.“When our culture is practiced in the midst of a certain group of people, there is much more love and unity than expected. Our children know the meaning of respect and they know what it means to be obedient,” she said.Madam Rogers explained that girls in the Sande bush no longer spend a long amount of time there. “The bush only opens when the girls close their regular schooling activities. We decided it should be that way so that the girls would not get distracted from regular Western school,” she said.However, she said the community would continue to attach values and respect to its cultural heritage.Like other Women performing on the ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of the late Bai T. Moore, 4 year old Bendu Sonnie, beautifully danced to one of the native songs that was sung in the Vai dialect.According to onlookers around, little Bendu has been a part of the cultural team for almost a year. It was revealed by others that she has expressed a lot of interest in cultural dance and it is possible that she might continue dancing in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reflects on an extraordinary first day for England in the fourth Ashes Test and says the hosts [1/25 to win the match] could secure victory and the urn by the end of today.He also previews the opening weekend of the 2015/16 Premier League season and says Bournemouth, at home at Aston Villa, look a decent bet at 21/20 to get their debut Premier League campaign off to a winning start.He expects a close encounter between Norwich and Crystal Palace, and claims a draw looks most likely between Stoke and Liverpool, while West Ham are given little chance against Arsenal on Sunday.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
There once was a time when hitting the road at 5:30a.m. for work meant Brigitte Paulicivic practically had the San Diego Freeway to herself. Leaving for her Woodland Hills job before the crack of dawn, the Santa Monica woman thought she had discovered a great little secret about commuting and avoiding traffic tie-ups. Not anymore. The breezy, early morning drive Paulicivic has made for five years is now crowded with other vehicles. And the increase in pre-dawn commutes is making broad changes in both social and economic arenas as businesses scramble to open earlier to accommodate motorists, and commuters rearrange myriad pieces of their lives to cope with the traffic maze. The increase in pre-dawn commutes shows more people working in step with different time zones – from the East Coast to Asia, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. It also reflects the growing number of industries in the area – including entertainment, finance and manufacturing – that do not follow mainstream work hours. “You have more people working in different ways,” Kyser said. “It’s not the traditional 9-5 anymore. L.A. is multidimensional.” For those who do work traditional hours, getting behind the wheel before 6a.m. is the only way to get to the office on time from homes in the hinterlands. And commuting students at California State University, Long Beach also have discovered the luxury of leaving home a little bleary-eyed to beat the rush of traffic and score coveted parking spots on campus. After getting to school, some sleep or study in their cars. “They are willing to leave quite early to avoid the traffic and find a spot, so they shift their schedules,” said Seiji Steimetz, an economics professor at the university. “It shows traffic on roads is getting worse.” To avoid the mess altogether, Janet and Randy Ballin try to avoid flying out of Los Angeles International Airport about 9a.m. – since it would mean leaving their Canyon Country home by 4:30a.m. and possibly still arriving late. But one recent trip to Greece for the couple required an early-morning flight from LAX. To avoid the stress of driving to the airport in the morning, the Ballins instead stayed in a hotel near the airport the night before. They awoke refreshed and relaxed, with plenty of time for breakfast. “I hate the extra expenses at the hotel, but it gives you a much more relaxed morning,” Janet Ballin said. “It’s unbelievable what we do to deal with traffic.” The increasingly early-morning commutes are symptomatic of motorists across the county coping with growing traffic congestion and inadequate road improvements, said Steve Finnegan, government affairs manager for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Finnegan said roads have not kept up with the region’s population growth. The county’s population grew to 9.9million in 2006 – up 4.5percent from 2000. And that means more cars vying for room on the roads. “It’s an attempt to avoid congestion, and people are changing their schedules to avoid that,” Finnegan said. “But there’s only so far that they can push.” Tim Lomax, research engineer for the Texas Transportation Institute, agrees there’s a limit to just how early people will get up for work and how far they’re willing to commute. And as the strain grows, employers could find themselves having to offer more telecommuting options or work-at-home positions, Lomax said. “That may make living far from work endurable,” Lomax said. “Otherwise, I can’t see that trend continuing.” Transportation for the region, however, will find some relief in the future as more mass transit reshapes the area. By late 2009, a six-mile extension of the Gold Line into East Los Angeles is expected to debut. And in 2010, the Exposition Line should be completed, creating an 8.5-mile connection from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. Plus, construction is expected to start within the next five years by Caltrans on more than $3billion in widening projects and new car-pool lanes for choked-up freeways crisscrossing Los Angeles County. But all that won’t offset the entire problem. “You will still have people filling up the peak period again,” Steimetz said. “As our economy grows, more people will use the roads.” firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s telling about how miserable everyone is in their regular rush hour if they’re willing to get up that early,” said the 34- year-old, who starts work early to be on East Coast hours for her publicity job. And it’s happening more and more. One in seven Los Angeles County commuters – about 4.2million – is out the door now before 6a.m., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s up 14 percent from seven years ago, when just one in eight drivers – 3.7million – hit the road at the same hour.
FORECASTERS are still too nervous to call it for sure – but next week could see another blast of glorious sunshine and temperatures again in the Mid-20s.Met Eireann and MeteoTimes.net now believe a warm spell will arrive around Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.But the different modelling patterns they use to predict the weather are still not certain how long it might last. “Latest indications suggest a spell of rain in some places next Tuesday, but overall indications suggest a good deal of dry bright weather for Wednesday and Thursday,” said Met Eireann.MeteoTimes.net – the irish online weather channel – says it will gradually get warmer and mostly dry with some chance of overnight showers late Monday night into the daytime hours of Tuesday mainly north of a Galway to Dundalk line, possibly becoming quite warm in the south during Tuesday and then in all regions later in the week with highs into the mid 20s.“This warm spell may feature east winds and somewhat cooler readings near the east coast (18-21 C) and warmest weather in west Munster and Connacht (24-26 C). Some models are indicating a rather prolonged warm spell developing and it should be dry and sunny most of that time but details will emerge later.”Fingers crossed! LAST BLAST OF SUMMER? RENEWED HOPE FOR ANOTHER HEATWAVE was last modified: August 16th, 2013 by John2Share 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:LAST BLAST OF SUMMER? RENEWED HOPE FOR ANOTHER HEATWAVE
Twelve people were arrested by Donegal Gardaí in relation to drink and drug driving incidents over the May Bank Holiday weekend.A number of offences were detected at various roadside checkpoints over the busy weekend.Four drink driving and two drug driving arrests were made in Letterkenny in recent days. Three drunk drivers were detected in Buncrana along with one drug driver in the region.Two more drivers were found driving over the legal limit in Milford.Court proceedings will follow in the near future.Twelve Donegal drivers arrested over Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:GardaiROADS
SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 27, 2012In “Community”Announcing the November Featured Geocacher of the MonthNovember 21, 2012In “Community” January’s featured Geocacher of the Month comes from a US state that’s known for its contributions to American history. The first hot dog hails from this state, as do America’s first ambulances and traffic lights. Now our congratulations to SerenityNow for being named Ohio’s first featured Geocacher of the Month.A panel of Groundspeak Lackeys had a difficult time choosing a final winner. More than 150 votes were received. Lackey’s were greatly impressed with the three amazing final candidates. SerenityNow was named featured Geocacher of the Month for the couple’s innovation, creativity, stewardship, and helpfulness.January Featured Geocacher(s) of the Month, SerenityNowOne geocacher casting a vote for the geocaching team mentioned, “SerenityNow is such a great caching couple and is loved by cachers all over Northeast Ohio. They continue to share their love of caching with old and new cachers alike.”SerenityNow are popular for organizing annual geocaching events in Ohio. They are also known to hide many puzzling and creative geocaches. According to TeamDotOne, “Not only do they go way out of their way to host the best events ever, but they seem to come up with something new each and every year to make people want to keep coming back. We have spent countless hours enjoying their company, enjoying their events, enjoying their caches and most importantly, enjoying their friendship.”SerenityNow will receive a collector’s edition Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with Geocacher of the Month hats and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. Those nominees not chosen as the featured Geocacher of the Month receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here. The geocaching community is encouraged to renominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for Geocacher of the Month, send an email to email@example.com.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinEvery nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the February featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by February 2oth.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More
Two civilians and a policeman were killed in a militant attack in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Saturday night, while one militant was killed in retaliatory action, police said.One of the militants was killed, while another was injured in retaliatory firing by police, Director General of Police S.P. Vaid informed.The militant killed has been identified as Fayaz Ahmed alias Setha who was wanted by the NIA in Udhampur terror case.The militants, travelling in a car, opened fire at a police team which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident, the DGP said.He said the police also retaliated and even managed to snatch a pistol from one of the militants.“Four bodies were found at the spot. Two of the deceased are civilians and one policeman has been martyred,” Vaid said.He said the fourth deceased was a militant who was carrying a grenade and some ammunition.“While one militant has managed to escape, we are following the blood trail of another who was injured in the police action,” the DGP added.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Organizers taken aback by demand for women’s World Cup tickets Heather Guino-o topscored with 17 points to power FEU which is on the verge of pulling a big reversal over Ateneo which has dominated all season.The Lady Tamaraws could only score one in attacks in the opening set but came back stronger to even take a two-sets to one lead. But the Lady Tamaraws once again lagged behind in the fourth, allowing the Lady Eagles to force a fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut with the Lady Eagles ahead, 5-3, the Lady Tamaraws unleashed a 12-3 windup to force the rubber match on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University survived a turbulent opening set to repulse Ateneo, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, Saturday night to force a Final Four decider in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Marching to its own beat against the top semifinalists, the Lady Tamaraws leaned on scrappy plays and determination to come to just within a win of making it back to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments
Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of the greatest ever ODI knocks in women’s cricket as India stormed into the ICC World Cup final, demolishing Australia by 36 runs in the semifinal, here today.It is only the second time that India have entered the summit clash of the global event, having lost to Australia in the final of the 2005 edition.Skipper Mithali Raj and senior pacer Jhulan Goswami were part of the Indian team which had lost then in Centurion.The ‘Women In Blue’ will meet hosts England in the final at the Lord’s on Sunday.The Indian vice—captain smashed her way to a career—best magical 171 off 115 balls, leaving the Australian bowlers in a daze as India put up an imposing 281 for 4 after rain reduced the match to 42—overs a side.This was India’s highest ever total against the Southern Stars and proved to be match—winning even as Alex Blackwell’s power—packed 90 took them to 245 in 40.1 overs.The day belonged to Harmanpreet as her innings could well be termed as one which will be remembered for years to come. It drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 campaign with members of the men’s team, including skipper Virat Kohli, showering accolades on her.Harmanpreet’s third ODI century was embellished with 20 fours and as many as seven sixes.It was also the second highest individual score in ODIs for India behind Deepti Sharma’s unbeaten 188 against South Africa earlier this year.With enough runs on the board, confident Indian seamers Goswami (2/35 in 8 overs) and Shikha Pandey (2/17 in 6 overs) came up with brilliant opening spells.Opener Beth Mooney and skipper Meg Lanning were cleaned up by Pandey and Goswami respectively.Ellyse Perry (38) and Elyse Villani (75) added 105 runs for the fourth wicket but it was always a catching up game for the title contenders.Blackwell however gave some jittery moments, hitting 90 off 56 balls with 10 fours and three sixes before she missed the line off a Deepti Sharma (3/59 in 7.1 overs) delivery, much to the delight of the Indian team.The Derby Ground proved to be a happy hunting one for Mithali Raj and her team as they won all five matches here.It was out of the world power—hitting by the girl from Moga district in Punjab —— something that has made her a stand—out player for India.The milestone from 51 to 100 was reached in 26 balls while she raced to 150 from 101 in mere 17 balls. The sixes flew from her bat with monotonic regularity as the Aussie bowlers had no clue as to what hit them.After a dry run during the better part of the league stage, India’s most sought after T20 cricketer stepped up just when it mattered the most.What worked to Harmanpreet’s advantage was her experience of playing the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for Sydney Thunders due to which her familiarity with the current Aussie attack was much more than any other player.After a useful 60 against New Zealand in the virtual quarter—final, Harmanpreet upped the ante like never before.She batted like as if there was no tomorrow as she repeatedly hit the troika of left—arm spinner Jess Jonasen (0/63 in 7 overs), off—break bowler Ashleigh Gardner (1/43 in 8 overs) and leg—spinner Kirsten Beans (1/49 in 8 overs) with utter disdain.Her footwork against the spinners was exemplary as she would repeatedly come down the track to loft them in the arc between long—on and deep mid—wicket.She seemed in some discomfort with side strain but that did not deter her from targetting the on—side as a whopping 137 runs was added in 13.4 overs along with Deepti Sharma (25) for fourth wicket.Such was her focus that once she scampered home for a double to complete her hundred, she was seen shouting at Deepti after she flung her helmet in disgust.She regained her composure, said sorry to a teary—eyed junior and like a woman on mission completely annihilated the opposition bowlers finishing the match as contest by the time they went into the break. July 21, 2017 RELATED cricket Cricket – Australia vs India – Women’s Cricket World Cup Semi Final – Derby, Britain – July 20, 2017 Australia’s India’s Harmanpreet Kaur dives to complete a century Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith SHARE SHARE EMAIL × SHARE Published on null COMMENT Harmanpreet bats like Sehwag, aggressive like Kohli, says her sister COMMENTS Cricket – Australia vs India – Women’s Cricket World Cup Semi Final – Derby, Britain – July 20, 2017 Australia’s India’s Harmanpreet Kaur dives to complete a century Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith