Dear Editor,In today’s world of ‘texting’ and ‘tweeting’, there is very little, if any, appreciation for Standard English Language and rich vocabulary such as are characteristic of the writings of Mr Earl B John.Almost every letter from Mr John introduces me to a new word; the past week has been especially enriching for me.I wish to publicly thank Mr John, and to encourage fellow Guyanese to take due note and try to emulate him.I believe our standards of expression in vocabulary, grammar and style can be significantly improved, and I would like to encourage parents, teachers and community leaders to aim higher and resist the temptation to be content with mere understanding; to embellish their communication the same way they pay attention to their other forms of presentation.Good writing, like clear speaking, is a sign of refinement!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
Several national security officials are expected to meet the Senate – the Upper House of the Legislature – on Thursday, April 27, to explain their plans on “counter measures and preparedness” on terrorism.The Chairman on the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs, Senator Stephen J.H. Zargo, said the “hearing” would bring top national security officials, including Defense Minister Brownell Samukai, Army Chief of Staff Daniel Ziankhan, Police Director Chris Massaquoi, among others.Sen. Zargo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in his Capitol Hill office, said the hearing will be part of the National Security Dialogue to safeguard the stability of the country.It may be recalled that Senator Zargo recently suggested that Liberia should increase its terrorism-alert level to cover the whole country, following the recent deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast.He maintained that in the wake of the attacks across the region, Liberia’s borders are under threat and the government should therefore “change the alert status to set off a flurry of increased security measures.”The Lofa County lawmaker didn’t however indicate what the current security level is. The two highest levels of alerts in security system are orange and red.On previous occasions, former Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, admitted that in spite of the existing peace in the country there are numerous internal elements that pose serious security threats to the country.Since 1987, Sen. Zargo passed through the ranks of the Liberia National Police (LNP), starting as a patrol officer and ended serving as its Chief of the Central Intelligence Division (CID). Before his election to the Senate in 2014, he served as a roving prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LISCR striker Urey celebrates his goal against Keitrace FC. The Liberia Football Association (LFA) new national league season opened this Monday, August 27, 2018, in Monrovia with defending champions LISCR FC kicking off their title defense with a 3-1 victory over Keitrace FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.The enthusiasm from supporters was high as thousands of them turnout at the ATS and Blue Field to watch the resumption of the national league that went on a break for over a year.Striker Prince Urey got the curtain raiser for the “Shipping Boys” at the closing stage of the first half before Daouda Kamara got the equalizer in the 71st minute.It became a tough moment for the Shipping Boys as the match drew to a close. Coach Tapha Manneh made two substitutions by introducing Varney Sando and midfielder Markey Morgan.The substitutions proved vital as the defending champions increased in their attack, resulting to an own goal from Malachi Kromah and forward Sando’s late goal.In Group B’s first match, LPRC Oilers also kick start their new league season in star with a 2-0 win over newly-promoted NPA Anchor.Stanley Whitfield and Dominic Jarteh got the two goals for the Oilers in the second half.In Group A, Fromer LISCR striker Trokon Myers reintroduced himself to BYC supporters at the Blue Field after slotting home the first goal in the 22nd minute. Myers last week rejoined the “Go Blue Boys” on a two-year contract after being away for two years from the club.His goal was followed by striker Mustapha Lomell’s and Kelvin Potis’ two goals in the 59th and 90+2 minutes respectively to trash out Watanga 3-0.In the group’s first match earlier, a late goal from goalkeeper Samson Giddings from spot kick helped Monrovia Club Breweries secure a 2-1 win against newly-promoted Small Town FC. Mistis Mulbah got the curtain raiser for Breweries two minutes on the clock before Lawrence Paygar leveled the scores in the 44mins. BYC are top of Group A on goal difference.Six red cards were awarded on match day one, with 12 goals scored in four games.The league will continue tomorrow, with Jubilee FC playing their opening league match against Small Town FC, while Watanga will be hoping to get their first win when they face Monrovia Club Breweries in the final match at the ATS in Group A.In Group B fixtures, LISCR FC will go against NPA Anchors at the ATS, while LPRC Oilers will take on Nimba United at the Kakata Sports Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An attempt was made by the Chairman of the Soesdyke Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Leslie Glasgow, to evict political activist Kwame McCoy from a regular Council meeting on Wednesday.However, the Chairman failed to succeed on his plan when McCoy refused to leave the meeting and explained that as a member of the public, he has every right to sit in, unless it’s sensitive in nature.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) activist told Guyana Times that upon a formal request by Glasgow to leave the meeting, he informed him that he was acting in contravention of the laws of Guyana.McCoy said he quoted Chapter 28:02 of the law, which speaks directly to the issue which explains that any member of the public is allowed to attend a Council meeting as long as there is accommodation.It was further explained to the NDC Chairman that a member of the public could also be excluded from the meeting if he or she interrupts the proceedings, but only after a warning.McCoy claimed that it was the second time since attending the NDC meeting that the Chairman requested for him to leave without cause. He said at first, he was not equipped with the law, so he opted to leave.During the attempt the evict him, Glasgow referred to an archaic and irrelevant paper from 1980 that addresses meetings. But McCoy maintained that the law is superior to a standing order.However, he views the Chairman’s decision to target him as an attempt to presumably hide from public scrutiny, especially since the Council has allegedly been implicated in serious financial irregularities. McCoy also thinks that Glasgow was being ‘politically vindictive’ towards him.He said based on this experience, he is hoping that all local organs across the country educate themselves on local laws, particularly as it relates to their organisation.
In efforts to establish and sustainably maintain a modern, robust and accurate national geodetic positioning network for the country, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) signed a $93 million contract with British firm Ordnance Survey International (OSI), to provide consultancy services for the Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Network Project.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; GLSC Commissioner Trevor Benn and OSI CEO Peter Hedlund after the contract signing on WednesdayThe new contract for the CORS network project was signed on Wednesday at the Ministry of the Presidency. This comes after Cabinet had approved the award of the contract last month.According to GLSC Chief Executive Officer/Commissioner Trevor Benn, the project is expected to be highly complex with a specialised blend of technical work to be undertaken. To this end, he noted that the British geospatial consultancy firm was chosen given its expertise and experience. The company also has a history of working in Guyana and understands the functions of the GLSC as the national mapping and geospatial agency.“Given the mistakes that were made before and the lack of use of the previous network, GLSC expects that this consultancy would provide world-class standards, knowledge, expertise and experience to help us to be able to sustainably manage and maintain the network for the future,” Benn noted.The GLSC Commissioner further posited that working along with OSI offered a unique opportunity to understand and implement user requirements on a national scale.“Unfortunately as a country, we did not keep up with pace of development globally in terms of geospatial work – mapping and surveying. This work is extremely important because of the need for good base data. In our construction industry, for example, a lot of our projects are failing because we do not have good base data. We hope that this work that we’re about to embark on will help us to begin to build the database to help us to get there,” the GLSC CEO asserted.The CORS Network Project is expected to be completed before the end of this calendar year, with works commencing this Friday when the team arrives.In brief remarks, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon urged that efforts be undertaken for the project to be executed within the given timeframe.“[The project] will so also help the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission to gather information, set targets and indicators, and develop sustainable land-use policies that are in line with the implementation of our Green State Development Strategy and the establishment as ‘Green State’ … [Government] is of the expectation that central objectives of this project are achieved in keeping with its guidelines,” he posited.Meanwhile, OSI CEO Peter Hedlund highlighted the importance of establishing and developing the CORS Network.“In any industry, having a solid CORS network in place is the key foundation of surveying and mapping and demonstration – something I know is very close to the heart of Commissioner Benn and the function of the GLSC to change for the future,” Hedlund posited.As part of efforts to revolutionise the GLSC through the use of innovative technology, the CORS Network is just one of the strands that are being employed. The objectives of OSI include: establishing full functionality and usability of the existing Network Operations Centre (NOC) and 8-site CORS network, design and document associated CORS management processes and train staff to be able to perform all the first and second-line operational activities, establish third-line support cover with GNSS equipment and software manufacturer.The firm will also have to assist GLSC to specify, procure, and deploy specialist equipment for the CORS network in accordance with identified national development needs and the strategic business requirements of GLSC as well to ensure that the CORS network is coordinated and connected to the newest and regional realisation of the International Terrestrial Reference Framework (ITRF 2014, Geocentric Reference Systems of the Americas – SIRGAS).Additionally, the OSI team will further design and implement action plans to ensure sustainability of the CORS network, including specialist training, skills transfer, expert network building and wider user engagement to ensure benefits of the investment are maximised by the Guyana Public and Private Sector users.Seven years ago, a similar CORS Network project was initiated to the tune of some half a billion dollars. However, while eight stations were set up across the country and equipment was procured, the project did not follow through. (Vahnu Manikchand)
LANCASTER – A white cloth was lifted Monday from a black granite monument at Lancaster High School as taps played in the background to honor Christopher Leon, a 2004 graduate who died last year of wounds suffered during combat in Iraq. On the shiny rectangular 950-pound rock slab were inscribed the words, “We Remember,” a lasered image of the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon and Leon’s name. “I just want to say thank you for coming today. The turnout is more than we could ever imagine,” Kathi Leon told the crowd that gathered to honor her son on the school’s front lawn. She wore around her neck a memorial dog tag embossed with her son’s photograph. “Chris would be astonished at the turnout and the love and support shown for him. I wish he could be here to see it. I wish we didn’t have to do it this way.” Leon, a 20-year-old Marine corporal, died June 20, 2006, of wounds suffered during combat in Iraq’s western al-Anbar province. Leon had been serving with the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, based in Okinawa, a unit that directs aircraft and artillery gunfire against enemy targets. Leon was remembered as a quiet, dependable, helpful teen at his school and at the pet store where he worked stocking shelves during high school and after graduation until he joined the Marines. Leon is among six servicemen who grew up in the Antelope Valley to die in Iraq. Army Spc. Walter Freeman Jr., 20, a 2004 graduate of Antelope Valley High School, was killed in Baghdad on April 4, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. On March 17, Army Sgt. John E. Allen, 25, and three other soldiers were killed in Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle. A 1999 Palmdale High graduate, Allen was survived by his wife, Aspen. Army Cpl. Ryan J. Clark, 19, a 2004 Antelope Valley High School graduate, died in July 2006 in an Army hospital in Texas of wounds he suffered from an explosion while fighting in Iraq. Clark, 19, had been injured June 17 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi, an insurgent hot spot in the “Sunni Triangle” west of Baghdad. Two local Marines died in Iraq in 2004. Staff Sgt. Allan Walker, a 28-year-old Highland High School alumnus, died leading an infantry unit in Ramadi in April 2004. Cpl. Ian Stewart, a 2001 Quartz Hill High School graduate whose father is executive director of a Christian camp and conference center in Lake Hughes, died in a December 2004 gunbattle. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lancaster High Air Force Junior ROTC cadets raised $3,500 to purchase and install the monument in front of the school’s flag pole. At Tuesday’s unveiling ceremony, 200 cadets dressed in crisp blue uniforms stood in formation in neat rows behind where Kathi Leon and other guests sat in chairs. The program has 263 cadets, the largest in California. “Not a day goes by that we don’t read or see on the news stories about people who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Cadet Dustin Malcolm said. “Cpl. Leon’s death brought this war very close to home. We can’t imagine how hard his death is for his family and friends.” “Chris lived an honorable life, a life of strength and bravery, a life of service, a life again that is worthy of honor,” said the Rev. David Parker of Desert Vineyard Church.
A leading Bathroom, Plumbing & Tile supplier of quality bathroom suites, plumbing supplies and tiles, and are seeking to recruit a Full-Time Operational Manager for their busy premises in the North West of Donegal.Contract Type: Full-time/PermanentLocation: Donegal Salary: Negotiable depending on experience Main Responsibilities of the Job:Manage the operation of the store to ensure profitability and excellent customer service. Ensure staffing levels are adequate and kept within budget. Manage the recruitment and selection process of all staff. Manage performance of staff in order to ensure business objectives are met, rectifying any issues where applicable. Develop short and long-term goals for each department.Ensure customer care is paramount to the team and any complaints are dealt with effectively. Provide support and assistance to the MD as required.Adhere to the Company best price practice policies and procedures.Maintain an enthusiastic attitude to build positive employee attitudes and morale.Provide reports for the MD on the performance of the business along with recommendations.Drive sales opportunities and meet Key Performance Indicators.Essential CriteriaA minimum of two year’s experience in a similar roleExperience in managing a teamDemonstrable ability to work in a fast paced and commercial environment.Strong organisational and communication skillsThe ability to understand financial informationComputer literacy with good knowledge of Microsoft packages (Word, Excel, Outlook)Ability to work under pressureSolutions based attitudeHighly organised, with a high attention to detail and ability work on own initiativeDesirable Criteria Experience in a retail environment. To apply for this position, please send your C.V to email@example.com or via post to HR Team, The Innovation Centre, Catalyst Inc, Bay Road, Derry, BT48 7TG clearly outlining how you meet the criteria before Monday 23rd October 2017 at 5.00pm.Job Vacancy: Operational Manager required for busy store was last modified: October 9th, 2017 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:jobsOperational ManagerretailVacancy
Donegal musicians LITTLE HOURS have penned a sensational recording contract with music giants SONY. Killybegs musicians have landed a record deal with music giants SONY.The announcement was made earlier today and the contract is the realisation of a dream come true for Ryan McCloskey 24, and John Doherty 20, who both hail from KillybegsBoth have dreamt of a career in the music industry since their were kids and now that dream has come through. The distinctive duo are just the latest in a string of Irish act to land a major label record deal after signing to RCA, a division of Sony Music which is the former home of Elvis Presley and current label of Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon.Little Hours release their second radio single, Tired, today.It’s taken from their self-titled debut EP.Little Hours were a Meteor Choice Music Award nominee for Song of the Year 2014 with their debut single, It’s Still Love. The duo are due to play this year’s Sea Sessions and Indiependence and also support to Hudson Taylor next month on their regional tour.Little Hours will also support their Sony Music stable mates Kodaline at IMMA in Dublin on Friday June 26.They also play their own headline show in Whelan’s in Dublin on Thursday May 28.Well done lads. 🙂DONEGAL DUO LAND SENSATIONAL DEAL WITH MAJOR RECORD LABEL SONY was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race LIVING THE DREAM Instead, City have cut their demands for Hart, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham.Hart claimed he would rather spend a year as back-up to first-choice Ederson than be sent away on a temporary deal again, with a permanent exit his top priority.And the Times report that could now come sooner rather than later as the club welcome lower offers.Fenerbahce, West Ham and even Chelsea are rumoured to be in for Hart, who has made just one City appearance since Pep Guardiola arrived as boss in 2016 and missed Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer. RANKED getty Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Hart lost his England No1 shirt to Jordan Pickford Manchester City have reportedly lowered Joe Hart’s £5million price tag in a bid to find him a new club.The former England keeper, 31, put in a number of impressive displays on City’s pre-season US tour but there appears no route back in at the Etihad. REVEALED Pep Guardiola has vowed to find a solution to Hart’s predicament Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets TOP WORK moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 3 Speaking on tour, Hart said: “I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that’s obvious.“I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involve in the World Cup. And look where that got me.”Guardiola told reporters: “Joe is our player. In his situation he’s here and we try to find a solution – and if not he’ll stay here.“He is one of the most incredible professionals I’ve ever met, and what has happened in the last period was not easy for him.” LATEST targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Hart played 23 times in all competitions on loan at West Ham last season
ALAMEDA — Coach Jon Gruden would not directly address comments Friday made by former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper that it was Mark Davis who pulled the trigger on the trade to the Dallas Cowboys.Here was Gruden’s response in its entirety, and it includes a clever swipe ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who recently aired an NFL update during which he talked of a key matchup between Chargers tight end Hunter Henry and Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.Henry is on injured reserve and Johnson …