There are no more excuses for inaction

first_imgDear Editor,Over the coming weeks, the international community will be subjected to numerous Guyanese voices pleading for swift and decisive actions to ensure Guyana remains a democratic State. It is now clear that left to his own devices, President Granger will not act in ‘good faith’; only pressure will bring about a change in approach, so, why are so many of us asking for international interventions? Surely this is an internal affair for the people of the nation to resolve.Make no mistake, the people will not abdicate their struggle to others, we will use every legal right enshrined in our Constitution to fight for our democracy; no avenue will be left unexplored, however, as righteous a struggle as it may be, there are other possible consequences that I (and others) hope can be avoided.Guyanese are well aware of the measures dictators employ to hold onto ‘power’, on Saturday, July 13, the Minister of Public Security appeared on television in Berbice to remind viewers that Government has “what it takes” to ensure the stability and security if faced with protest and/or strike action.Guyana’s early history has been one of racial violence. During the years immediately prior to independence and for over two decades afterwards, Guyanese were constantly separated by a Machiavellian Forbes Burnham. Divide and rule was a mantra for his Government. As his control grew, the need for violence subsided and Burnham ruled by fear and then there were the occasional suspicious deaths and/or murders; Father Bernard Darke, Education Minister Vincent Teekah and Dr Walter Rodney were among the victims. Guyana has emerged from these constant racial confrontations and is in a period close to harmony. Younger people cannot fathom the animosities of the past returning, but the constant reminders from political actors, who seek to stir dying embers, persist. The fear of those bursting into flames is the main reason we seek international assistance in our national affairs. We know all too well that damage done on one day of hasty action takes generations to repair.There are no more excuses for inaction from nations, entities and persons that care about democracy, about Guyana and her people. We will be looking at those who lend aid to our struggle and those who are willing to just stand there and watch us burn.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Linders benefit from HAP medical outreach

first_imgLindeners were on Sunday given the opportunity of accessing a number of medical services provided by the Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) through the United States (US) Embassy in collaboration with the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC).The services offered by the various doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals included general health checks such as pap smears, HIV testing, and blood tests. Over a hundred persons benefited.Additionally, patients were given free medication, dental services, and counselling.The HAP also held a blood drive and clothing distribution exercise from which persons who are less fortunate benefited.Representatives from the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), Guyana Medical Relief organisation, Guyana Cancer Foundation, Cheddi Jagan Dental School, the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS), National Blood Transfusion Unit, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the LindenMembers of the Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) team and patients accessing medical services respectivelyHospital Complex (LHC) were also present, and aided in the services offered.Speaking at the outreach was HAP Director Reanna Johnson, who said cases of diabetes and hypertension were more prevalent, which she explained is consistent within all the Regions visited by the team. She pointed to the need for more education in this regard, and understanding of proper nutrition, as well as the need for patients to be more proactive with their diets, and start by educating children.“What we want when we go into communities is for people that really can’t see medical assistance to be able to get that. I think that we’ve achieved that today”, Johnson said. She thanked the community for welcoming the team, and expressed hope in having a continued partnership.Meanwhile, HAP Administrator Conrad Holguin said members of the community were allowed access to services offered by specialists, in addition to gynecologists and family and internal medicine practitioners.He advised the lowering of sugar and sodium intake as a means of tackling diabetes and hypertension.Holguin related that the response from members of the community was very appreciative, as he pointed to the importance of such collaboration between medical organisations.“Without partners like this, a lot of this isn’t possible…and of course the relationship that we have with the government of Linden and other cities as well, we’re able to reach out to these communities and to these organisations and get the type of specialists that make these outreaches successful”, he noted.Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Guyana Medical Relief, Sharrir Chan, also agreed that the collaboration made it easier for organisations to participate and reach more people to offer varied services. “I think it’s great that we have US Embassy here…getting involved at the community level, because it adds more substance to what we do, and it adds to the importance of seeing and understanding what is going on in our communities. I think collaboration is very important”, he said.General Manager of CIOG, Shameena Haniff, said there was a “really good turnout” on Sunday, noting that according to the persons registered, there were approximately 140 present.Also present were President/Founder of the Guyana Cancer Foundation, Bibi Saeedah Akhtar Hassan; Dr. Shaneeza Hossein, and Nurse Bibi White, among others.last_img read more

Pimm announces new pay model for local doctors

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While conceding it’s taken longer than originally anticipated, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm says, as of July first, nearly after a year after a stakeholders committee began work on it, a new model for Fort St. John and District primary and community health care is scheduled to be in place, which he believes will hit all the essential community needs.It will include a new doctor’s pay model, although the six physicians at the ABC clinic have opted to maintain their current system, and for the time being will monitor the new model, before making a decision whether to adopt it.- Advertisement -The new model will cover both the Fort St. John Family Practice Clinic and the Fort St. John Primary Care Clinic, currently with a combined total of 12 general physicians, who along with one nurse practitioner, offer their services out of the now, Northern Health owned, Fort St. John Medical Clinic.In addition, Mr. Pimm noted again the Primary Care Clinic is still receiving new patients and unlike the two other aforementioned clinics, patients using its walk-in clinic, don’t have to be attached to any of its doctor practitioners.He also says two new general practitioners are scheduled to arrive late this summer, but they’ll be needed, to just maintain the status quo, because two others have indicated they will be leaving this year.It’s believed the three clinics could accommodate close to 30 doctors, and that’s the estimated number believed necessary to fully meet the needs of the community, in addition to the specialists who maintain their own practices in other facilities. Advertisement So, with a northeast recruiter now in place, efforts continue to locate and hire more doctors, and a society is now being developed to oversee all local health operations, with representatives from the three clinics, Northern Health, the Division of Family Practice, and Mr. Pimm, who will serve as a community representative.last_img read more

Salah snatches winner as Egypt edge Tunisia

first_imgSalah has scored four goals in Cup of Nations qualifiers — two less than chart-topper Odion Ighalo of Nigeria.Naim Sliti gave Tunisia an early lead that Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan cancelled before half-time at the 86,000-seat Borg el Arab stadium in Alexandria.Baher el Mohamad nodded Egypt in front on the hour only for Sliti to score again with 18 minutes remaining and a draw seemed likely until Salah struck.Before flying to Egypt, Salah continued a return to form after a slow start to the English Premier League season by scoring the first goal for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Fulham.It was his sixth league goal this season, and eighth for his club in all competitions.Salah had a sensational first season with Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions in the 2017/2018 campaign after joining from Roma.Victory brought Egypt level with Tunisia in Group J on 12 points, but the losers retained first place on head-to-head records.Tunisia entered the match as the only team among the 48 in the qualifying competition boasting a 100 percent record having beaten Egypt at home, eSwatini away and Niger twice.It was the first match in charge for Tunisian co-caretaker coaches Mourad Okbi and Maher Kanzari after veteran Faouzi Benzarti was axed despite delivering four victories.– Ziyech brace –Madagascar, Senegal and hosts Cameroon have also qualified for the 2019 Cup of Nations — the first to feature 24 teams — and another 15 countries could secure places this weekend.Morocco are almost certain to be among the finalists after a second-half brace from Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Hakim Ziyech brought a 2-0 win over Cameroon in Casablanca.With Cameroon qualifying automatically from Group B as hosts, Morocco have a six-point advantage over Malawi for the other qualifying place.Malawi will have to win away to out-of-contention Comoros Saturday and then achieve an unlikely four-goal home victory over the Moroccans next March to finish second.Ziyech converted a 54th-minute penalty to put the Atlas Lions ahead and netted again on 66 minutes.Cameroon, suffering their first loss in four matches since Dutch coach Clarence Seedorf took charge, were reduced to 10 men on 80 minutes when Karl Toko Ekambi was sent off.In Juba, Burundi climbed above Mali and Gabon to top Group C with a 5-2 win over South Sudan as Fiston Abdul Razak scored four goals.A close first half ended with the Burundians leading 2-1 as Razak scored, Atak Lual equalised and Cedric Amissi put the east Africans ahead a second time.Dominic Aboy brought bottom team South Sudan level again before Razak netted three times in 11 minutes for Burundi, who have seeking a first Cup of Nations appearance.Burundi have nine points, Mali eight, Gabon seven and South Sudan none with the second and third-place teams meeting in Libreville Saturday.The top two finishers qualify and a Malian victory over Gabon would assure them of a place at the June 15-July 13 tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt beat Tunisia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 16 – Mohamed Salah scored in the final minute to give Egypt a 3-2 home victory over Tunisia on Friday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between two countries who have already qualified.The Liverpool star chipped the ball into the net to complete the scoring in a seesaw matchday 5 struggle during which both sides led.last_img read more

South Africa bid to host 2019 AFCON

first_img0Shares0000Confederation of African Football officials Amaju Pinnink (L), president Ahmad Ahmad and Essadik Alaoui in Accra last month after Cameroon were stripped of the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations © AFP / CRISTINA ALDEHUELAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec 13 – South Africa has formally bid to replace Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a senior football official told AFP Thursday.“We have submitted our bid documents,” South African Football Association spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said in reply to emailed questions from AFP. “(It) is now up to CAF to decide (who hosts the 2019 Cup of Nations).”Earlier Thursday, Egypt said it was willing to stage the biennial African football showpiece after Morocco surprisingly announced it would not bid.Morocco had been strong a media favourite to host the tournament for the first time since 1988.Last week, Cameroon was stripped of the right to stage the tournament with African football body CAF citing behind-schedule preparations and security concerns.The deadline for bids is 2200GMT Friday with a decision on who replaces Cameroon to be made in Senegal on January 9.South Africa last week “expressed an interest” in staging the Cup of Nations for the second time in six years, but stopped short of formally applying to be hosts.If South Africa is chosen, it will be third time it has replaced another country as hosts of a tournament first staged in Sudan 61 years ago.It took over from Kenya in 1996, going on to win the tournament just four years after returning to international football from apartheid-induced isolation.Post Moamer Kadhafi-era violence prevented Libya hosting the 2013 edition and South Africa stepped in three years after becoming the first African country to stage the World Cup.Record seven-time champions Egypt were hosts in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006 and won three of those four tournaments.The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the first to feature 24 teams, up from 16 in Gabon last year when Cameroon were surprise winners.There will also be a change of dates with the tournament moving from January/February to June/July to avoid club-versus-country clashes.Cameroon won in 2017 despite a number of stars, including Liverpool defender Joel Matip, opting to stay with their clubs in the middle of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Harry Redknapp: Man United fans were spoilt under Fergie and MUST be patient with Van Gaal

first_imgHarry Redknapp has offered his support to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, saying Red Devils fans were spoilt by their era of success under the great Sir Alex Ferguson.The Dutchman has come under-fire from his own fans and a number of former Red Devils stars, including Paul Scholes, after a hot-and-cold start to the season.United are well placed – currently sitting fourth – in the Premier League table, and are top of their Champions League group following Tuesday’s 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow, though it seems Van Gaal is yet to fully win over the Old Trafford faithful.The boss found himself the victim of boos from the home support when he decided to replace young striker Anthony Martial, rather than the out of form Wayne Rooney against the Russian side, though his decision was soon vindicated as England’s record goalscorer later stuck the winning goal.It was the first time the team had found the net in over 300 minutes of football, following three straight goalless draws, with the team’s recent dull and lifeless performances seeing supporters turn on the manager.But former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss Redknapp insists it is unrealistic to expect Van Gaal to replicate the playing style which saw the team claim a mountain of silverware under Ferguson.Asked for his view on the fans’ frustration, Redknapp told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “They want to see goals!“They’ve all been brought up on seeing such fantastic football under Fergie, and that was always going to be difficult to follow.“They were so exciting – with the Giggs’, the Beckham’s, the Scholes’, the Keane’s and all the other superstars – they just played amazing attacking football and the fans have probably been spoilt over the years.“They want to see the same sort of football but it was going to be difficult for anyone to replicate that.”last_img read more

League seeks teams

first_imgMOJAVE – A rocket-plane racing league that wants to become the NASCAR of the skies is seeking race venues and teams. The Rocket Racing League issued Requests For Proposals for race venues and teams for its inaugural 2007-2008 season. The league expects to have 10 or more race teams in its first season. “The issuance of these RFPs is a significant milestone in getting Rocket Racing off the ground,” said Granger Whitelaw, president and chief executive officer of the league. “Efforts to assemble the teams, build and test rocket planes, and secure sponsorships and locations are steadily under way.” The league has contracted with XCOR Aerospace of Mojave and Velocity, a Sebastian, Fla., company, to design and build the first racing planes. XCOR will base the design of the first racers on its EZ-Rocket plane, a Long-EZ experimental aircraft modified to carry two rocket engines. XCOR will build the racers with airframes provided by Velocity. “The surrounding city or township can expect to see increased job creation as well as additional revenue generation through hotel and camping accommodations, restaurants, grocery and retail sales,” the league said in announcing the request for proposals. The request for proposals for the race teams requires a deposit of $100,000, held in escrow, for one of the race planes. Proposals must also contain the backgrounds of the team owners, information regarding pilots and must demonstrate the financial ability to cover the estimated up-front cost of $1.2 million and the estimated annual operating cost of $500,000 to $1 million per year, the league said. Teams are also asked to provide evidence of sponsorship sales and support capabilities. Initial letters of intent are due March 31, 2006, and written proposals are due May 31, 2006. The league has landed two notable pilots – former astronaut Rick Searfoss, a Tehachapi resident, and Erik Lindbergh, a commercial glider and test pilot and grandson of Charles Lindbergh. Searfoss is serving as the league’s chief test pilot while Lindbergh plans to be one of the pilots in the inaugural race. Two former F-16 fighter pilots – Robert “Bobaloo” Rickard and Don “Dagger” Grantham Jr. – have signed up as the league’s first team. The two Arizona-based pilots formed Leading Edge Rocket Racing LLC. “We are honored and delighted to have been selected by the Rocket Racing League as its first team,” Rickard said. “The prospect of competing against our peers under rocket power through a virtual track in the sky is thrilling. The roar of rocket power and a 20-foot trailing flame will redefine the concept of air racing.” The league was co-founded by Peter Diamandis, who created the $10 million Ansari X Prize awarded in 2004 to the Mojave-based SpaceShipOne team for the first private manned spaceflights. Diamandis envisions the league joining together entertainment with the pursuit of space technology. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Each of the rocket planes is expected to have a top speed of about 320 mph. Each of the airplanes will be powered by a single engine feuled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, which should create a bright, 20-foot-long plume that will be visible to onlookers on the ground. Race courses will probably be two miles long and one mile wide at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. Each pilot will have an individual three-dimensional “track” in order to avoid collisions, league organizers said. Race organizers envision spectators tracking the progress of the racers by viewing each plane’s bright engine flame and by watching large-screen televisions. Organizers also envision having spectators watch the races with handheld devices with live video streams from cockpit cameras. The league plans to hold its semifinal races at the annual Reno Air Races, which are held each September, and its final races in October at the X Prize Cup, a private space industry exposition in New Mexico. The league issued a request for proposals for a site or sites for four of the six races planned for 2007. The league expects the winning venue provider will receive revenues through sponsorships, tickets, advertising, concessions, merchandising and parking. last_img read more


first_imgRonan Kennedy from Killybegs who is lucky to be alive.POLICE in Amsterdam say an ‘angel’ who jumped into a canal to save a Donegal man walked on afterwards – and they don’t know who he is.Ronan Kennedy, from Killybegs, was visiting The Netherlands, when the terrifying incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday.Ronan, 27, was left for dead after being mugged and dumped in the freezing waters of an Amsterdam canal. The woodwork teacher, who now lives in Melbourne, Australia, was only saved when the passer-by dragged him out of the water and resuscitated him.He was later cared for by the emergency services who arrived on the scene within minutes.Ronan said himself that he is lucky to be alive.“I couldn’t get out myself and it was so cold that I didn’t last long. To the Dutch person who dragged me out of the canal and resuscitated me, I owe you my life,” he told us. A spokesman for Amsterdam police told Donegal Daily: “Mr Kennedy reported a street robbery that took place on Monday evening, just after midnight (so in fact in the early hours of Tuesday) on the Leidsekade in Amsterdam’s central district.“Mr Kennedy was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital. We are aware that someone did go into the water to help Mr Kennedy but as of yet this person is unknown to us as he left the scene after the ambulance arrived.“This person probably saved Mr Kennedy’s life.”Ronan says he’d love to trace the man – just so he can say ‘thanks’ personally. DUTCH POLICE: ‘ANGEL’ WHO SAVED DONEGAL MAN FROM DROWNING WALKED AWAY AFTERWARDS was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 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:AmsterdamDutch PolicemuggingRonan Kennedylast_img read more


first_imgGarthSinn Féin is to put forward an emergency motion at Monday’s Dublin City Council meeting aimed at ensuring that all five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead at Croke Park, it has emerged.The motion calls on city manager Owen Keegan to reverse a decision banning two of the concerts.Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams – a Brooks fan who sang part of one of his songs on newstalk radio – is among those who want all five shows to go ahead. Brooks will decide on Tuesday what to do – three gigs or none at all.“At this stage the five concerts should go ahead,” said Adams’ vice-president Mary Lou McDonald.“So our Councillors are bringing forward an emergency motion to Dublin City Council on Monday.“It will ask Mr Keegan to intervene. It will ask for the decision to be reversed, it will ask that the concerts will go ahead, most importantly it will ask that we do not sleepwalk ourselves into a situation like this [again] – and of course the rights of residents and local people have to be respected.”   SINN FEIN IN BID TO SAVE ALL 5 GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS was last modified: July 6th, 2014 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:ConcertsCroke ParkdublinGarth Brooksgerry adamslast_img read more

“Bird Brain” No Longer an Insult

first_img“Birds can perform amazing tasks beyond the reach of cats and dogs,” begins an article in the BBC News.  So pay a little respect.  You can still call your boss a bird brain, but had better quickly explain why that is a compliment.  See also the longer article on MSNBC News.    In a related article, Jessica Ebert wrote in Nature1 that “bird-brain terminology” is undergoing a reformation.  The century-old naming convention of brain parts in birds resulted from a belief that birds were primitive, possessing simple brains capable only of instinct.  The distinction between bird and mammal brain capabilities is artificial, scientists now realize: “Signalling molecules and neurotransmitters operate similarly in the brains of birds and mammals.  And researchers agree that birds can learn: crows can pass on tool-making skills, for example.”  A consortium of neurobiologists has revamped the nomenclature to give bird brains the respect they deserve.1Jessica Ebert, “Reformation of bird-brain terminology takes off,” Nature 433, 449 (03 February 2005); doi:10.1038/433449b.Can your pet cat or dog sing?  Fly?  Talk?  Migrate across the world?  Solve a puzzle as fast as a bird?  Don’t let the small size fool you.  Birds are compressed packages of extreme design that are a wonder to behold.  The diversity of skills found among birds is mind-boggling.  A dinosaur couldn’t figure all this out if it wanted to, even if it knew how to select those rare lucky mutations.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more