Where are we heading as a nation?

first_imgDear Editor,We recently celebrated 52 years of independence after a great struggle from British colonialism to independence fought for by our founding fathers Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham.I saw the flag raising ceremony on television, but I noticed the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was absent; the same happened when the PPP was in office and the A Partnership for National Unity/People’s National Congress was also absent at the flag raising ceremony. This country’s Motto reads: ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’ but that is the opposite of what I am seeing from our political leaders.I have many concerns about this nation, but I will address a few here and others in subsequent letters. My first concern was this Carnival introduced into our recent independence celebration last Saturday. I saw a real display of vulgarity and immorality in our streets in Georgetown by people of all races scantily clad gyrating and wining down to the most lewd and disgusting music.These people see independence as a free for all immoral game. Independence is free, but it cost Jagan and Burnham something who fought and suffered for it. If Burnham and Jagan were alive today this carnival would have never been here. I am calling on President Granger and Prime Minister Nagamootoo to stamp out this wicked carnival culture at Mashramani and independence – it is doing this nation more harm than good.Where are we heading as a nation?Regards,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

TIP, illegal immigrants concern raised in Region 10

first_imgConcerns have recently been raised by officials over the issues of human trafficking and illegal immigrants entering Guyana via the Kurupukari settlement on the Upper Essequibo River in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) from neighbouring Brazil.The issues were brought to the fore during a consultation between officials of design consultancy company Beston/SRKN’gineering and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) which was hosted in Linden.These among other security issues were highlighted by the region’s officials during the engagement with the company which has been contracted by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to conduct feasibility studies and detailed designs for the major rehabilitation of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway and upgrades to the Linden-Mabura Hill road in addition to the construction of a river/bridge crossing at Kurupukari.During the discourse which was hosted at the office of the RDC, Regional Councillor Owen DeSouza pointed to the issue of monitoring illegal immigrants suspected to be entering the country, especially through Kurupukari.Project Director and team leader attached to SRKN, Stuart Hughes said while this is not necessarily a part of the company’s Terms of Reference, the issue has been highlighted before. The existence of the issue was confirmed by Social and Gender Specialist Vanda Radzick, who is currently attached to the team of experts working on the project. According to Radzick, she is aware of the issue where immigrants are being brought from Brazil through Kurupukari under the pretence of coming to Guyana for betterment. She also pointed to a recent case where she noted that 17 boys have allegedly disappeared without a trace.Radzick noted that there is a fully apprised police outpost at Kurupukari which manages its barriers, as she explained that the company will soon be meeting with officers there and checking their records.Radzick added that there is also an existing trend where young boys are trafficked for cheap or free labour. As such, she made the call for stricter monitoring systems to be put in place to ensure that the social well-being of everyone is protected.Regional Chairman Renis Morian pointed to the removal of 18 Indonesians from Christianburg, Linden, who were reportedly in the country illegally. Morian questioned the security measures as it relates to the opening up of new roads which will be directly linked to Brazil.“Whatever we have right now… the security arrangement is not working…The fact that we’re finding illegals in Linden means that they’re coming there so whatever system [is being put in place], that system needs to be a part of this whole thing,” he noted.Radzick further explained that the company will be making recommendations based on social impacts as she stressed the need for strong recommendations.Project Manager attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Dionne Amsterdam assured that the feedback and concerns given by stakeholders will be recorded.last_img read more

Brazil’s forest fires strike concerns – Trotman

first_img…no direct impact presently detected…timber production increasesWith the Amazon rainforest in neighbouring Brazil burning at a record rate for several days, Guyana is taking precautionary measures to protect against any such occurrence in its dense forest.Forest fires engulfing the Amazon rainforestNatural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman on Thursday explained that while no direct impact has been identified as yet, concerns are still brewing that the causes of these fires could manifest in proximate territories.“I think any Government, particularly Governments within the Amazonian region should be very concerned because whatever conditions would have led to those fires could occur here. We all should be concerned. We all should extend our support to the Government of Brazil to ensure that those fires are brought under control. At this point in time, we don’t see any direct impact. At present, we are quite alarmed and like everyone else, we wish the people there support,” said Trotman.He stated that some areas undergo a natural cycle but the current climate emergency does increase trepidations. Guyana may be fortunate at this time to have an extended rainy or wet season that may cast a spell on such fires. Close monitoring is also done via satellite imaging.“I know from time to time; we do have forest fires which are naturally occurring but the scale at which we see the fires in Brazil does lead us to be quite concerned. We may not be able to stop fires altogether. We are in an extended wet season so that may help us somewhat here in Guyana. We do our own degrees of monitoring. Thankfully, we have good satellite coverage of our forests under our arrangement with Norway so we’ll be able to spot if there is anything [that] causes concern”, Trotman added.The Amazon rainforest produces about 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen and is oftentimes referred to as Earth’s “lungs”. A large fraction lies in northwestern Brazil while the smaller portion extends to border countries in the South American continent.The World Wildlife Fund had once informed that if this area of plant resources is permanently damaged, it could start emitting carbon dioxide which will fuel climate change. Less than one month ago, Brazil had declared a state of emergency over rising fires in the same zone. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has recorded more than 73,000 fires this year.Forestry sectorMeanwhile, Minister Trotman revealed that Guyana’s timber and log production increased by a few percentages when compared to last year’s statistics, while some international demands saw declines. Primary lumber producers recorded a 32.4 per cent gain for the first half of this year.“Timber production has increased by 7.8 per cent as against 2018. Log production grew by 6.8 per cent, which was driven by an extraction of lively greenheart logs to meet local demand. We have seen a weaker demand for round wood from international markets and this has resulted in this category contracting somewhat,” Minister Trotman informed.Trotman assured that the deforestation rate here remains one of the lowest on the global stage, despite struggles with other resources.“Even though there are challenges with bauxite, gold and other minerals, we’re still receiving high marks for the work we do…Forestry through its monitoring, reporting and verification systems has concluded on its assessment for the year 2018 that we are at a 0.052, which would be one of the lowest rates ever recorded and one of the rates globally and regionally,” he relayed.It was announced that plans are underway for a national forestry inventory since the previous one was carried out some five decades ago.“The [Guyana] Forestry Commission has also been engaged in conducting a national forest inventory. The last one was done 50 years ago…I think it is timely as we look in horror at what is happening in Brazil. We appreciate, even more, the value of our standing forest.”last_img read more

Guns, ammo, cocaine found in Campbellville house

first_img– during Police raid A taxi driver and his wife — human resource manager of a prominent establishment — have been taken into police custody following a Friday evening discovery of two firearms, several live rounds of ammunition, and a quantity of cocaine in their home at Duncan Street, Campbellville, Georgetown.Police in ‘A’ Division, reportedly acting on intelligence, went to the couple’s house and conducted a search, thus unearthing the illegal items. It has been confirmed that one .357 Taurus Magnum revolver and six live rounds of matching ammunition; two 9mm pistol and 36 live rounds of .45 ammunition; and 11.4kg of cocaine have been confiscated from this home.Two of the firearms found by Police at the Campbellville houseThe 32-year-old man and his 31-year-old wife were last evening being interrogated by police ranks, as investigations continue. Charges are expected to be laid shortly.Less than a week ago, a 41-year-old businessman of Helena #1 Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was arrested after an unlicensed .32 pistol with 50 matching rounds of ammunition and 17 live rounds of 9mm ammunition were found in the home he shared with his wife.The businessman was arrested, and while being detained at the Mahaica Police Station, his wife visited and allegedly offered one of the investigating ranks a bribe of $525,000 to have police abort the investigation and release her husband.She also was detained, and the “bribe money” was lodged at the station, but it is unclear if the couple has been charged.last_img read more

UPDATE – Fire spreads due to burnt beaver dam

first_imgCharlie Lake Fire Chief Al Pinkerton says that the case will be looked at by the Ministry of Forests and Environment, to determine if any repercussions will follow as a result of lighting a beaver dam on fire.No one was harmed as a result of the fire. The Charlie Lake Fire Department had to conclude their weekend battling a blaze.- Advertisement -On Sunday evening, the fire department was called to a fire on the 271 Road off the Alaska Highway. The fire was caused by a property owner lighting a beaver dam on fire on the bank of the creek which eventually resulted in a loss of control over the flames.Due to the winds Sunday evening, the fire from the dam carried over into a neighboring property. Four emergency response vehicles responded to the fire, which took roughly three and a half hours to extinguish.Despite the four emergency response vehicles, the Grass Unit had to be called due to the location of the fire. The fire had traveled across a softer grass field, so the smaller Grass Unit truck had to be used.The fire was called in by the affected neighbor, after realizing the fire has spread on to his property.Advertisement UPDATE – The owner of the property tells Energeticcity.ca that they lit a pile of wood on fire and not a beaver dam.  Once the Ministry has completed their investigation, we hope to know more information about this incident.last_img read more

Arsenal-target Allegri insists he’s sticking with Juventus

first_imgIt gave Juventus a four-point lead over second placed Napoli and gave 50-year-old Allegri his fourth Cup and league double in as many seasons with Juventus.“It’s not an issue of decisions on the future, it’s about planning what the future of Juventus will be, because once we’ve finished celebrating, we have to sit around a table with clear heads.“When the next season begins, we all start from zero points and must continue proving we are competitive.”Allegri has two years remaining on a contract extended last June, but has been touted as a replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and also for Chelsea’s Italian boss Antonio Conte.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Farewell to speculation: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri brushes off Arsenal link © AFP / Tiziana FABIROME, Italy, May 14 – Massimiliano Allegri on Sunday brushed aside speculation he is set for a move to English Premier league giants Arsenal after leading Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title.“If they don’t fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next year too,” Allegri said after a goalless draw against Roma sealed a 34th Scudetto for the Turin giants.last_img read more

Brentford snap up Everton starlet on loan

first_img Chris Long 1 Brentford have signed Everton’s highly-rated forward Chris Long on a month’s loan.Long, 19, is rated one of the best young prospects at Goodison Park and has been allowed the chance to get some valuable first-team football under his belt.The England Under-20 striker will join up with the Championship club on Tuesday and is expected to be available for the league game against Norwich on Saturday.Brentford boss Mark Warburton said: “We have tracked Chris’ progress from a young age.“We are aware of his talent and we are looking forward to seeing how he benefits from the loan move and how he impacts the team’s performance.“Chris is a young boy with enormous potential and who will add value to the group over the coming weeks.”last_img read more

Kunitz’s move gets Ducks past Sens

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Trailing 3-2, Ottawa tied it when Heatley scored a short-handed goal with 2:28 remaining in the third. Alfredsson set up the scoring chance with a shot from the right boards, which was stopped by Giguere. Heatley drove the net and put the rebound in for his team-leading 30th goal. Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist as Anaheim scored three unanswered goals in the second after falling behind 2-0. Selanne assisted on Kunitz’s goal 24 seconds into the second during a two-man advantage before scoring his team-leading 20th goal at 8:20, an unassisted effort that tied it at 2. OTTAWA – Chris Kunitz was confident he had a move that could trump Dominik Hasek. “He does like to sprawl,” the Anaheim forward said after he scored the only shootout goal, lifting the Mighty Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Kunitz deked Hasek and put a backhand over the Senators’ veteran goalie on Anaheim’s opening shot. Andy McDonald and Jonathan Hedstrom failed to beat Hasek, but Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Eaves to give Anaheim just its second win in 11 overtime games. center_img 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

NA ROSSA DUO ALL SET FOR ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL FOR ST COLUMBA’S

first_imgThe lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. Numbers drawn were 1,2,10 & 20. Their was no jackpot winner on the night.Two lucky dip winners receive 50 euro, Vincent Devenney Meenagowan & Sheila Boyle Ballinacarrick. Next weeks jackpot 2350 euro. The first club 50 draw of the new season takes place next Monday evening. Can all members have monies in before the draw. Again the club would like to thank all patrons for their continued support.Good luck to Nicola McDyre & Ellie McDonald as they will play for St Columbas Under 16s School team in the All Ireland semi final against Rathmore County Kerry this Saturday in Tuam. Throw in is at 2 pm. Good luck girls from all at the clubNA ROSSA DUO ALL SET FOR ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL FOR ST COLUMBA’S was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 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:GAANa RossaSportlast_img read more

Schiff taken up on offer

first_imgWASHINGTON – Lawmakers release public service announcements all the time – usually to tepid public response. But when Rep. Adam Schiff aired a spot recently inviting Hurricane Katrina victims to call him for help, the deluge was overwhelming. “We’ve had literally hundreds and hundreds of calls,” said Schiff, D-Pasadena. Some displaced Katrina victims now living in Southern California have called seeking shelter. Southland families of victims still in the Gulf Coast area needed help getting their checks from FEMA. “Perfect,” Moret said she thought at the time. “I need all the help I can get.” Lisa Henry, 33, left New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. Now she and 12 of her family members are living in a Rialto apartment complex. Her application for FEMA aid has been complicated by bureaucratic mix-ups and a long stretch bouncing from Antonio to Houston to California, without a stable mailing address. “Everywhere we went, no one knew what we were talking about,” Henry said. Henry said a friend suggested she call Schiff’s office, and within a few days she was approved for housing assistance. Schiff said he issued the public-service offer after realizing that the district offices of his New Orleans colleagues had been wiped out, their constituents had “scattered to the four winds” and many likely didn’t know where to go for guidance. He said his office has even been getting referrals from other congressional offices. Schiff said he has hired extra help to handle the requests. “We’ve just been inundated,” he said. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Others, Schiff said, just wanted to talk. All of them complained of federal red tape. Like Denise Moret of Arcadia, who has been trying to navigate FEMA to get financial assistance for her 82-year-old mother who has been living in Texas since being evacuated from New Orleans a few days before Katrina hit. “I had made several phone calls and was just running into a lot of red tape. You know that feeling when you’re just not getting anywhere?” Moret said. She was getting ready for work one morning and saw Schiff’s announcement offering his office’s help. She called at once. last_img read more