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

AU Diplomat to Address FSI Ambassadorial Lecture Forum

first_imgAmbassador Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, is expected to serve as Guest Lecturer at the Ambassadorial Lecture Forum (ALF) of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI).The ALF, which is slated for Wednesday, August 26, at 3 p.m., will be held in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Ambassador Solaja will be the sixth lecturer of the ALF, which was launched on January 3, 2010. Ambassador Solaja, a Nigerian, born on November 25, 1956, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Ife. Among his rich list of credentials, the AU Diplomat served from 2005 to 2008 as Nigeria’s Minister Plenipotentiary at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA. He also served as Chief of Protocol of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 2009 to July 2011.He assumed the position of Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to Liberia and Sierra Leone on October 4, 2011. In the first Ambassadorial Lecture Forum held in 2010, H.E. Chief Ojo Maduekwe, CFR, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, served as Guest Lecturer. That lecture recognized Ambassador Charles T. O. King, who served as Liberia’s first Ambassador to the then newly independent Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1961 to 1968.The fifth ALF was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The Guest Lecturer was H.E. Masilo Esau Mabeta, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Liberia. That lecture recognized Ambassador Neh Rita Sangai Dukuly-Tolbert, former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain and Switzerland. Meanwhile, on the day of the sixth ALF, Ambassador E. Sumo Jones will be the honoree. Among the honoree’s many credentials, including serving as Acting Head of State of Liberia for three days in October 1981, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the Republic of Guinea from 2007 to 2012. He had also served as Superintendent and Senator of Lofa County in the 1970s and early 1980. In September 1981, he served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs.The Forum highlights Liberia’s former ambassadors’ role and contribution to Liberian Diplomacy and Foreign Policy achievements and also presents an opportunity for lectures on topical diplomatic issues on the international agenda. The outcome of the ALF will be a documentation of activities of Liberia Foreign Service officers, who have made immense contributions to Liberia’s Foreign Policy over the years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman robs Subway store of $200, flees

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Stanley said the restaurant is equipped with surveillance cameras, and the footage was under review. Anyone with information on the case can contact the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station at (661) 255-1121. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A woman held up a Subway restaurant at gunpoint late Wednesday, and escaped with about $200, county sheriff’s officials said. The robbery occurred just after 11 p.m. in the 24700 block of Valley Street, sheriff’s Lt. Diane Walker said. Two employees and a customer were present. “She entered the location with the gun out,” sheriff’s Detective Dan Stanley said Thursday. “She ordered the employees to give her the money from the register.” No one was injured. The suspect, described as a heavy-set woman in her early 20s, escaped the scene on foot. last_img read more