What is there to celebrate?

first_imgDear Editor,Burnham told us that the word Mashramani was coined from an Amerindian term meaning “play after work”; but, in essence, what is there to play? What is there to celebrate? When a sizable section of our working people are out of a job and nothing by way of an income to finance their families, the question needs to be asked again: What is there to celebrate? This is the stark reality of a Guyanese existence.Soon after taking office, over 2000 Amerindian brothers and sisters was fired. Those of our original Guyanese brethren were dismissed for no apparent reason, the only sensible reason was that they were hired during the PPP/C time in office, and as such were branded party supporters. You are speaking of ordinary people who were eking out a living just like anybody else, with no political strings attached. And even if they had political lineage, aren’t they entitled to have one?Soon after, the Government began the dismantling of the sugar industry, closing four estates and firing near 7,000 workers, with the excuse again that the industry was a drain on the public purse.So where was the drain on the public purse when you could have bloated the same system with more individuals than their former employer? Again, this is the good life that the PNC-led coalition wants us to believe in.Further to our discussion is the fact that when news came to us that Government is mulling the idea of the reopening of the sugar estates and the rehiring of the dismissed workers, this came to us as good news. However, we are now of the understanding that this is not so, only two of the four estates would be reopening, and a handful of workers rehired. This Government has done it again — using taxpayers’ money to first rehabilitate those two estates, then practically giving them away.Finally, ours is a miserable existence in this part of the globe fashioned and left for dead under a vindictive, spiteful and uncaring regime.So, during this period of so-called celebration, our country is mourning; mourning that we are ever so divided and pauperized by an evil regime. In reality, there is nothing to celebrate.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

‘Waterways Project Improves Lives in Slum Communities’

first_imgContract workers of the Beaches & Waterways Project in New Kru Town have said that they are able to care for their families with the meager salaries they earn from the project.Interviews conducted at the conclusion of the disbursement of four months of arrears at the First International Bank branch on Bushrod Island in Monrovia last week revealed that through the project they are able to provide life’s basic necessities for their families.The contractors said despite the tension in the wake of the Christmas season, the FiBank on Bushrod Island understood their anxieties and worked with them to get their arrears, even after the festive season. “I have been with the project for the last three years,” said an older woman, who identified herself as Anita Doe, “I am able to find food and do a little selling for myself.”Another female worker and a widow, identified only as Ms. Togba, said she is a grandmother of five children. “It is through this work that I care for them and myself.”Many of the young women workers said they are single parents who don’t have any financial support other than what they earn from working with the Beaches & Waterways Project. A majority of the young workers are students, some at various universities, including the University of Liberia.The project now has a total number of 1,701, from a previous total of 1,900. The Borough of New Kru Town has 550 workers, according to Senior Monitor for New Kru Town and Chairman of the Project, Android Young Jr.Young said there are 435 workers from West Point, 335 from ELWA and 381 from Mamba Point.He said the project has made positive impact on the lives of the workers and they are grateful to President Sirleaf, through Mr. Binyah Kesselly (Commissioner, Liberia Maritime Authority), for initiating the project to reclaim Monrovia’s beaches that were polluted with human waste. Young told the Daily Observer in an interview at the Beaches and Waterways Project that the project could not have come at a better time, and expressed the workers’ appreciation to President Sirleaf, Commissioner Binyah Kesselly and former project manager Cecelia Cuffy-Brown for the initiative, and how it has been handled.Commissioner Kesselly had described the project as “reclaiming our beaches one community at a time.”President Sirleaf declared that she “wants to make Liberia a maritime nation by keeping our beaches clean, healthy and attractive” through the Beaches & Waterways Project. The project now has an annual budget to be managed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.The army of contract workers has helped reclaim Monrovia’s beaches and also reduced a number of preventable diseases in slum communities, residents told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gender, Social Inclusion Policy to be implemented by year end

first_imgSocial Protection Minister Amna Ally on Tuesday announced that the Government is working to ensure that a National Gender and Social Inclusion Policy can be implemented before year end. This policy is intended tackle negative economic, cultural and social practices that hampers equality.“The National Gender and Social Inclusion Policy is expected to be implemented during the second quarter of 2019 and will aim to mainstream gender issues into all sectors in order to eliminate all negative, economic, social and cultural practices that impede equality and equity,” the Minister explained.She added that the policy is likely to strengthen links between the Government, non-governmental organisations and even the private sector to mainstream gender equality in respective sectors. Moreover, the policy will develop, maintain and provide gender sensitive information and gender disaggregated data for the purpose of planning and implementing projects.While speaking on the progress, Guyana has made in relation to gender equality, the Minister pointed out that she was specifically pleased with the representation of women in Parliament, adding that Guyana is well ahead of many developed countries.According to her, 31.9 per cent of seats in the National Assembly is occupied by women.She also boasted that Guyana has met its target of eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education. This, she noted, was progress towards achieving universal primary education standards.Meanwhile, the Deputy Programme Manager for Gender and Development at the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ann-Marie Williams explained that Tuesday’s forum was specifically designed to trace Guyana’s progress in Regional Gender Equality since 1975 through the United Nations Decade for Women.Within that decade, three major conferences were held; the first was hosted in 1975 in Mexico which bore fruit of two documents. The first was the declaration of Mexico and the equality of women and their contribution to development while the second encompassed the world plan of action for the implementation of the objectives of international women’s year.Later on in 1980, the second conference was hosted which was used to report on the previous event. The third conference was held in 1985 which celebrated the accomplishments of the decade of women. It also established an agenda to guide future efforts to promote equality for women, worldwide.Some 10 years later, the Beijing conference was hosted to accelerate the implementation of policies to ensure equality.She said, “We’re taking time out to look at the progress that have been made and also the challenges and we know that within the challenges lie opportunities so as we move towards 25 years of Beijing, it is time for us to literally take stock”.It was explained by her that next year will commemorate 25 years since the fourth World Conference was hosted and Guyana will be responsible for bringing together Governments and other stakeholders to consult on the priority areas that Guyana chose to work on after the Beijing conference.Williams told Guyana Times that a few of the areas Guyana was expected to work on were education, health and women in decision making among others.Guyana, like other countries, she said, will have to report on how they kept the promises they made for women and girls.last_img read more

Local MLA Candidates on Oil and Gas Subsidies

first_imgOil and Gas industry subsidies were one of the topics up for debate last night at the local, May 12th election, all-canadidates forum, at the Northern Grande Hotel. Four of the five declared candidates for Peace River North attended and, in this order, here’s part of what we heard from Indepedent Arthur Hadland…New Democrat, Jackie Allen…Pat Pimm of the BC Liberals…and Liz Logan of the Green Party…. [asset|aid=1298|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b1fe0418b34fac7bdce252c5e5be581f-Forum-Oil & Gas_1_Pub.mp3] The four candidates…and note, Sue Arnston of the Refederation Party was a no-show…answered over 20 questions from concerned residents. – Advertisement -The next forum for the local constituency candidates is scheduled for May 4th, at the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall, from 7 to 9pm.last_img read more

SBVC aims for historic upset

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – Guards Frankie Bench and Zulema Barajas knew their San Bernardino Valley College women’s basketball team might surprise some opponents. But for other Wolverines, the confidence started showing much later. The Wolverines (20-7) find themselves on the brink of a state tournament appearance for the first time in school history. They play at No. 5 seed Fullerton (26-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday and would advance to the Elite8 in Fresno with a victory. Not bad for a team that went 4-23 a year ago. “This year we played Ventura the second game of the season and only lost by five (67-62),” said Bench, one of just four sophomores on the squad. “Last year we lost to the same team by more than 20. So I knew right then how much better we were going to be.” The Wolverines have won eight straight games, but it was one win in particular that provided the spark for the postseason run. SBVC gutted out a 73-70 overtime win against Chaffey the next-to-last game of the regular season, avenging a dramatic one-point loss in the first round of conference play. “We really wanted that game,” freshman forward Ronisha Edwards said. “We play hard together. It showed we had each other’s backs.” “That’s when it all started coming together,” added freshman Shy Walter. “That made us believe we could play with anyone.” The Wolverines have excelled despite not having one double-figure scorer. Freshman point guard Jasmine Marshall (9.9 points, 2.9 steals, 2.4 assists per game), Walter (9.6 ppg, 2.1 spg, 2.1 apg) and sophomore forward Ja’Nae Westmoreland (9.5 ppg, 9 rebounds per game) are all close though. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Just making the playoffs was a victory in itself because the school hadn’t done that since 2001. The Wolverines qualified as the No. 3 team out of the Foothill Conference behind champion Mt. San Jacinto and runner-up Antelope Valley, both of whom are still alive in the playoffs. But coach Sue Crebbin’s team went further, stunning No.4 seed Orange Coast 61-59 in a playoff opener last Friday. That marked the first playoff win in the 30-year history of the program and was the biggest upset in the state draw, North or South. At No. 14, the Wolverines are the lowest seed left in the women’s draw. It also meant that all four Foothill Conference representatives won at least a game, as Chaffey won a play-in game earlier that week. “For so long people have talked about the Orange Empire Conference, and for good reason,” Crebbin said. “So this is good for us as a conference. It gives us some credibility, especially winning those head-to-head games against the power conference. I would put our top four teams up there with any other conference.” last_img read more

New airport bag-screening process endorsed for LAX

first_imgA web of conveyor belts would whisk bags directly from the ticket counters to the screening rooms, allowing travelers to drop off their luggage when they check in, much like in the old days. On Monday, the airport commission inked a $192 million contract with Swinerton Builders for a new baggage system in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Additional costs included in the project – such as inspections and utility upgrades – bring the project’s final price to $224.75 million. The main international terminal is already undergoing a floor-to-ceiling renovation that includes a new baggage system. Airport officials expect to hire a contractor for the remaining terminals next month. The new baggage systems should be ready to sort and screen by 2009 or 2010. The truck-size bag-screening machines that clutter the lobbies of Los Angeles International Airport would disappear into the background of some terminals under a project approved Monday worth nearly $225 million. The machines have been a part of air travel since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Passengers have had to haul bags to one of them, often creating crowds that could be vulnerable to attack. Officials also want the machines out to open up more space. Their plans call for new screening rooms – in some cases, new buildings – that would get the big machines out of sight and out of the way. In all, the Los Angeles airport agency expects to spend nearly $900 million to upgrade the baggage systems at LAX and L.A./Ontario International Airport. It has been counting on the federal government to reimburse most of the cost, but a recent report indicated that might not happen. doug.irving@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6649160Want 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

Allardyce relaxed over new West Ham contract

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists he is relaxed about the prospect of being offered a new contract at the club despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season.Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Premier League table.The team’s form, boosted by the arrival of a number of impressive summer signings, will be particularly satisfying for the boss, who was criticised by fans last season and appeared to have been ordered to impose a more attractive style of play by club co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan in a statement from the pair earlier this year.Allardyce signed a two-year extension to his contract in May 2013 but the former Bolton manager is happy to wait before committing his future again.“The conversations are the same as they were in the first year in the Premier League – we’ll see how the season progresses and when the time is right,” he said.“If it has progressed to a certain level that they want to offer me a new contract, that’s fine.“At my age it doesn’t particularly worry me a great deal. Contracts are made and broken in the entire football industry – it doesn’t mean anything like it used to because a long or short contract doesn’t protect you.“It’s a winning culture you need – if you continue to win, you improve the club.”West Ham’s strong start owes much to the form of their summer signings who have adjusted quickly to the pace of the English top flight.Diafra Sakho has scored five goals in as many games but the likes of Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Alex Song and Aaron Cresswell have all made valuable contributions.“Is this the best team I’ve had here? It looks like it,” Allardyce added.“It’s been a big bonus with the new players hitting the ground running, producing quality form straight away.“Every new signing has made a really good contribution – it’s lifted the rest of the team, increased the quality and energy.“We have a good environment. My early days with Bolton taught me not to just think about the player – think about the family and how you integrate them into the culture.“It’s hard to do, particularly if they don’t speak English well. That’s been one help we’ve had – the environment here is a happy one and one where everyone is accepted.”last_img read more

MUFC transfer news: deal done in 24 hours, fee agreed, Bayern swap deal and more rumours

first_imgMemphis Depay will be officially unveiled as a Manchester United player on Friday, but there could be more players being pictured wearing the famous red jersey come the end of this transfer window. There are a number of players unsure of their place in Louis van Gaal’s squad but if it seems as though the club are lining up some some big name signings to replace them and help them improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the latest Manchester United transfer rumours. 5 Robin van Persie: Striker to begin fresh talks with Fenerbahce – click the arrow, above right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – The Daily Star are reporting that the Turkish club’s director Guiliano Terraneo has travelled to London ahead of a £12m move to join former teammate Nani, who signed for Fenerbahce this week. 5 5 Morgan Schneiderlin: Club hopeful of completing signing before summer tour – click the arrow, above right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – The Red Devils fly out to the United States on Monday and The Guardian report that the Frenchman will also be on the plane, providing United meet Ronald Koeman’s £27m valuation of the player. Angel Di Maria: Argentine involved in sensational swap deal with Bayern duo – click the arrow, above right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – United will look to offload their record signing to the German champions but want Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze in return, according to the Daily Express. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but we shall see. 5 David De Gea: Real Madrid agree fee with Manchester United – click the arrow, above right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial the goalkeeper will sign a six-year contract as current no.1 Iker Casillas is closing in on a move to Porto. 5 Matteo Darmian: Italian was Van Gaal’s second choice – click the arrow, above right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – The Irish Independent have revealed Darmian’s move only came about after Everton rebuffed overtures for Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman. Darmian looks set to complete his move in the next 24 hours. last_img read more

Epiphany marked with celebrations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While most families are throwing out Christmas trees and storing the last of their holiday d?cor, the Mirandas are decking the halls of their Baldwin Park home with more fanfare to adore the Christ child.It’s a tradition Jose and Concepcion Miranda brought from their native Mexico 26 years ago, and an annual custom that serves as the pinnacle of their family’s Christmas season, said Jose Miranda.“For us, there really was no connection to Santa Claus,” the 67-year-old patriarch said of his childhood Christmas traditions. “Christmas was a time when we renewed our faith. It’s when we remember the Christ child as our savior and our redeemer.”The Mirandas join a slew of Catholics – particularly Latinos and Filipinos – who celebrate the feast of the Epiphany every Jan. 6.Friday commemorated the anniversary on which Western Christians believe three magi followed a star into Bethlehem and brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold to the newborn Jesus.Mexican and Filipino cultures recreate the biblical account by gathering for family feasts and adoring the Christ child through prayer and songs.In the native countries, some children are known to place their shoes outside doorsteps in belief that the magi will leave gifts (candy, nuts or small toys) on their way to Bethlehem.“Sometimes there are also big parties and dances,” said Jose Gonzalez, 25, of El Monte.Gonzalez said he and 28-year-old Emma Luna give their children gifts every year, though the children don’t use the shoe approach.Claudia Michel said her family does not incorporate the gift-giving aspect of the Epiphany, but they do maintain other customs associated with the day.Michel, an El Monte resident, added that her family and friends gather for a meal every Jan. 6 just before parting the rosca, or kings cake, at the conclusion of the feast.“The significance of the cake is the little doll that’s embedded inside,” said Michel, 22. “Whoever gets the doll has to host a party on Feb. 2 (Day of Lights).” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img read more

TENTH REALT ULADH AT LYIT THIS WEEKEND

first_imgRéalt Uladh will be held in LyIT for the tenth consecutive year on this coming Saturday 20 February.Réalt Uladh, consists of thirty competitions, through the medium of Irish.The competitions open to children and young people, of all abilities from pre-school to 6th class. A certificate will be awarded to each competitor, a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place medal in solo and duet competitions, a trophy will be awarded to group performance. The perpetual cup will be awarded to the best performer in each category.For further information phone Caitlín on 0873232326 or to download a Réalt Uladh 2016 Entry Form log on to: www.realtuladh.com.Everybody is welcome to attend and listen to the competitors.TENTH REALT ULADH AT LYIT THIS WEEKEND was last modified: February 16th, 2016 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:donegalletterkennyRealt Uladhlast_img read more