first_imgDear Editor,I write to express my utmost displeasure with the behaviour of a group of persons outside Parliament Building on Thursday, October 18th, 2018.As a strong Christian believer, and one of the many who supported the APNU/AFC coalition Government on the basis of its promise of morally upright leadership and other factors, I was terribly disappointed.I had just left the Stabroek Market after making a few purchases, and was headed to the bus park when I noticed a very large crowd behind the barriers outside Parliament.Like many others, it aroused my curiosity, and, as such, I ventured closer. Upon examination, I noticed there were three sets of persons: one group consisted of sugar workers, and another was made up of members of the Rastafarian community; both groups were ventilating on issues relative to their respective constituents. The third group of persons was mostly decked out in green, and some of them I recognised to be activists of the APNU.It is this latter group which caused my consternation, owing to the vulgarity they displayed. By their actions, it was clear that this group’s sole intention was to intimidate and harass the protesting sugar workers. It was very sickening to see the hooliganism and vulgarity they displayed. I was ashamed.Is this what President David Granger wants to be identified with? Did our President approve of this?I am tempted to believe that this behaviour was sanctioned at the highest level, given the presence of many familiar faces among the group. Words cannot express the disappointment I felt.I wish to remind President Granger that James chapter 1, verse 26 says, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless”.He must therefore denounce what took place outside Parliament on that day if he wants to be seen in the same light again by me.Sincerely yours,Ryan Newtonlast_img read more

first_imgFollowing the tragic death of Orvin Tiwari at St Cuthbert’s Mission on Sunday, news emerged that the youngDead: Orvin Tiwariman had jumped off a tree into the creek to win a bet he had made with another man, but a friend who was with him at the time refuted the claim.The mechanic, of Lot 137 Block X, Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, took the fatal plunge into the black water creek at St Cuthbert’s Mission just after 15:00h on Sunday. He was reportedly in the water with his friends, but was swept into the deep as his friends turned their backs.At the Tiwari home, Sanjay Annirood, a friend of the now deceased young man, refuted allegations that Tiwari jumped from a tree into the creek.“Orvin never went up on no tree… it had a sudden drop and he fall in the drop and the water (current) is what pull he down… we tried to save him, a girl who went with us tried to save him, but the water was too strong so instead of getting him up, he was pulling her down with him,” the friend explained.He further related that after the drowning pair called out to him, he rushed to their assistance and grabbed the female friend’s arm and pulled. “When I was coming up, I thought was both of them, but when we reach up, the girl said that Orvin loose off.”At this time, they raised an alarm, and persons plunged into the water in search of the young man. About 15 minutes later, his body was pulled from the creek and taken to the Diamond hospital. The post-mortem conducted on his body on Monday morning proved that he drowned.The young man’s father, Mahendra Tiwari, in tears, told Guyana Times that he was not aware that his son was heading to the Mission to partake in the festivities. He recalled seeing his son on Sunday morning when he collected a piece of equipment that he had left in his car.The grieving father, a taxi driver, recalled receiving a call from someone urging him to return home at once. “I already had someone in my car to drop off at Buxton, but after I get the call so I asked the dispatcher to let another driver drop off the customer and I went home.”As he arrived home, he saw everyone in tears and it was then he was given the news. He travelled to the Diamond hospital where he saw his son’s motionless body lying on the table.Upon enquiring, he was reportedly told that his son and others were playing in the water and suddenly, he went into the deeper area causing him to be swept away. Guyana Times understands that this was the second time the now dead young man and his friends travelled to the Mission for the heritage celebration, but it was the first time they went into the water.The young man leaves to mourn his parents and two brothers, among other relatives and friends. The family is preparing for his funeral later in the week.last_img read more

first_imgA one-day tournament in honor of the Liberia’s Deaf National Team has been set for Saturday, February 28, at the Blue Field in the PHP Community, in Monrovia.The Ministry of Youth and Sports said the tournament is also aimed to cheer and inspire the Deaf National Football Team having been unable to attend an international tournament to be held in Accra, Ghana amongst African Countries.Assistant Minister for Sports Murvee Gray said the whole-day tournament would bring to the fore three teams.According to fixture, the football team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to be led by Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe will lock horns with the Team A of the Deaf National Football Team, while the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, to be led by Minister Amara Konneh will face Team B of the Deaf National Football Team.Both skippers of the government ministries are players of the oldest old-timer association, Alpha.“Winners from the two games will play in the final,” Minister Gray said. “We are working on modalities for entertainment and a winner’s prize.”The President and Coach of the Deaf National Football Team, Madam Jessy N. Jefferson and Charles Jrateh, through an interpreter, vowed to unleash ‘their kind of magical wand’ to win the tourney.The Deaf National Football Team was founded in 2009, and that same year, whipped their only international match against Sierra Leone at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).Prior to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) they were practicing at the Blue Field and are expected to resume this weekend.According to research, as a sensory impairment, deafness is a hidden ‘disability’. While deaf footballers compete regularly against their hearing peers, they face certain hidden disadvantages, such as not being able to hear instructions during a game when in motion, a referee’s decision or crowd reactions.Accordingly, there has been no rule adaptations needed to be made from the Laws of the Game as laid down by FIFA.Therefore, before the match, the match official (s) always ask the deaf player how they would like you to communicate with them — Deaf people use different communication methods, so its import to ask them about their preferred method.During the match, a brightly coloured flag or bib on the pitch to signify a stoppage in play — the referee assistants’ raise their flags when the whistle is blown, along with getting coaches, team managers and even opposition players to raise their hand when the game stops.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has praised world attention to the three Mano River Union countries hardest hit by the Ebola Virus Disease.This was revealed in a dispatch from the United States where Senator Taylor has been attending the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring meetings.Because of this attention, she said, the region has received funding for the upgrade, rebuilding and strengthening of healthcare, educational, social services and economic sectors of all three countries.Though the virus had a devastating effect on the three nations and their peoples, yet some good has come out of the Ebola crisis, key among which is the turning of the international spotlight on them, she said.“As a result of the World’s attention to the three West African countries, the World Bank, IMF and partners at the just ended Global Parliamentary Conference in Washington D. C. allocated considerable financial resources to their recovery plans,” Senator Taylor told participants.The Bong County Senator meanwhile called on Liberians at home and abroad to stop complaining and casting blame in the face of socioeconomic challenges and do what they can to change things for the better.“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all the nations of the world, but especially from the United States.  Our task now is to ensure the utilization of these funds to eradicate Ebola and improve the standard of living of our people,” Senator Taylor emphasized. She noted that while Liberia is poised to celebrate when it is declared Ebola-free, its joy is contained until all three nations can be totally free of the virus. Senator Taylor therefore stressed the need for citizens of the other two countries to learn from the Liberian experience and work to eradicate Ebola from their lands.Senator Taylor is currently in the US at the invitation of the World Bank and IMF to attend this year’s Annual Parliamentary Conference following which she has been engaging Liberian communities in the USA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgRespect-Liberia executive director Mrs. Shetha Koon Weah addressing participantsThe Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and its partner, Respect Liberia, over the weekend ended a two-day peace and reconciliation dialogue held at the Zwedru City Hall in Grand Gedeh County.Morris Wesseh, head of secretariat, said the dialogue is a United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Quick Impact Project implemented by the MIA in collaboration with the Rural Education Sponsorship Program.The project, Mr. Wesseh said, also incorporates stakeholders from all over the county to form part of the multi-disciplinary dialogue forum that discusses issues that support peace and reconciliation in the county.Participants also discussed how to enhance the drafting of a 5-year vision plan for reconciliation and an action plan for the conduct of peaceful elections in October.Participants were drawn from Zwedru and its immediate environs, including representatives of local authority, political parties, the media, motorcyclists and trade unions.The seminary commenced on February 11 and ended on March 1.Mrs. Shetha Koon Weah, Respect-Liberia executive director, said the project is funded by UNMIL through the MIA to institute transparency where necessary.Meanwhile, the UNMIL regional field office Political Affairs Officer, Jean Bosco, has expressed gratitude to the MIA and partner for organizing what he said was the most successful and inclusive peace and reconciliation dialogue ever held in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMarcellus Marks allegedly stole eight cart wheels, worth $40,000, from Stephany Mascoll on September 12, 2018 at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, and recently found himself before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore to plead to the allegation of larceny.Appearing before the magistrate unrepresented by legal counsel, the 44-year-old Marks denied the charge, and in a bail application, informed the magistrate that he is unemployed and does not have any money.But when placed on $20,000 bail, Marks charged his plea and admitted to stealing the items. As such, he was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment.last_img

first_imgWhile Airbus expected to have the A380 carrying passengers by the end of last year, production setbacks marred development. The company now expects the first passenger flights to begin by the end of this year. Los Angeles already has spent more than $50million getting the airport ready for the A380 and other supersized aircraft and plans to spend at least $70million more. But the airlines that will fly the A380 remain skeptical LAX will be ready to accommodate more than a handful of the big planes in the near future. By their count, the number of A380s coming to Los Angeles will outpace the number of terminal gates ready to handle them by mid-2010. That means some would have to be sent to remote gates in the middle of the airfield and passengers would be bused to the terminal. International carriers have said that if that happens, they will look for an alternative to LAX. That could give places such as San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas a greater claim to lucrative Asian routes – potentially costing the Los Angeles economy hundreds of millions of dollars. “People are just nervous,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “The idea (Monday) is, if the plane comes in, no glitches, and everybody feels more comfortable, that would be a good thing.” (310) 543-6649 TO SEE THE A380 Arrival: Set for LAX’s northernmost runway at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Best viewing: The airport recommends Northside Parkway along the north perimeter. The parkway will be closed to vehicles. Departure: Set from the southern runways about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Best viewing: The airport recommends Dockweiler Beach west of the airport. Traffic: No stopping or parking will be allowed on Lincoln Boulevard. Congestion may prompt intermittent street closures. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The A380 that will land at LAX is flying as a joint venture with Australian airline Qantas, which will be the first to offer A380 service out of LAX. Qantas expects to begin LAX flights with the super-jumbo jet in late summer or early fall of 2008. At almost the same moment it lands in Los Angeles, an A380 will touch down at New York’s John F. Kennedy International. The commercial airliners have wingspans that stretch nearly the length of a football field, and their two passenger decks have room for 555 seats. The planes are so big they have even changed the language of air-traffic control. Controllers usually call the biggest airplanes “heavies,” but controllers guiding the A380 into LAX will use a new designation: “Super.” The plane will take up so much space on the ground that entire sections of LAX will be shut down as it moves around the airfield. It will carry a skeleton crew and no passengers. Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out Monday to catch a glimpse of the biggest airliner in the world as it makes its U.S. debut at Los Angeles International Airport. With its double-decked cabin and super-jumbo size, the Airbus380 represents a new chapter in air travel. But production problems and delays have blunted some of its appeal, and the jetliner comes to the United States with something to prove. LAX also has something to prove. Airlines have grumbled for years that the airport has not adequately prepared for the next generation of supersized planes such as the A380. The arrival of the A380 is an “important symbolic gesture,” said Frank Clark, who represents international airlines at LAX. But he added: “There’s a fork in the road, and we can go one way or the other. The clock is moving very quickly.” last_img read more

first_imgAfter sunset, thunderous explosions rocked central Baghdad – apparently from rockets fired toward the U.S.-controlled Green Zone. Warning sirens sounded in the heavily protected district, and witnesses saw smoke rising from the area. The U.S. military said it had no immediate information about damage or casualties. The rockets appeared to come from a part of eastern Baghdad where Shiite militiamen operate. But the barrage suggested that Shiite gangs could be regrouping after falling back when the Baghdad security sweeps got under way. In a statement Monday, the U.S. command said three American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb the day before in eastern Baghdad. Another U.S. soldier was killed Saturday by small arms fire in the same area, the statement said. A Marine died in combat Sunday in Anbar province, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of the capital, the military said. The deaths brought the number of American service members killed in Iraq during April to 104 – eight fewer than December’s toll of 112 and the sixth-highest figure for a single month since the war started in March 2003. Last week, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, warned in Washington that “there is the very real possibility” of intense combat in the coming months and “therefore, there could be more casualties.” President Bush has committed about 30,000 extra American troops to the security operation in Baghdad, but he is facing legislation by the Democratic-led Congress calling for U.S. troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq by Oct. 1. Bush has promised to veto the measure. While American casualties are rising, U.S. officials say the Baghdad crackdown has reduced civilian deaths in the capital since the security operation was launched Feb. 14. But figures compiled by The Associated Press from police reports show a rise in civilian casualties outside the capital, where extremists took refuge to avoid the Baghdad operation. Police said 32 people were killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber struck the Shiite funeral in Khalis, about 50 miles north of Baghdad. The bomber walked into a tent filled with mourners and detonated a belt of explosives hidden beneath his clothes, police said. Attacks on funeral gatherings are not uncommon. Suicide attacks are the hallmark of Sunni religious extremists, notably al-Qaida in Iraq. “I saw panicked people running from outside the tent,” said a mobile telephone dealer who was walking toward the tent when the bomber struck. “It was the most horrible scene I ever witnessed. I was shocked that somebody could commit this crime against people who were honoring a dead person.” The witness, who refused to give his name out of fears for his safety, said the bomber timed the attack for early evening, when large numbers of mourners usually arrive for food provided by the family of the deceased. Officials said the funeral was for a Shiite man who died of natural causes, but has about 20 relatives in the army and police. Four days ago, a suicide car bomber killed 10 Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint in Khalis, a mostly Shiite town in a predominantly Sunni area. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility. Elsewhere, a tanker truck exploded near a restaurant just west of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, killing four people and wounding six, police said. The attack occurred in an area where U.S.-backed Sunni sheiks and tribal leaders have begun turning against al-Qaida, forming the Anbar Salvation Council to drive religious extremists and foreign fighters from their area. That has helped curb violence in Ramadi, once the most dangerous city in Iraq, but has triggered clashes for control of the vast desert area that borders Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. In a Web posting Monday, an al-Qaida front organization – the Islamic State in Iraq – announced it was preparing a “long-term war of attrition” in Anbar against the Americans and the U.S.-backed Sunni sheiks. “The Marines do not confront the militants face-to-face, but they hide behind thieves and highway robbers,” the group said, referring to the tribal alliance. “The mujahedeen are ongoing in their fights against the enemies of God.” At least 66 other people were killed or found dead nationwide Monday, police reported. They included 27 bullet-riddled bodies found in Baghdad, apparent victims of sectarian death squads. On Sunday, Iran agreed to join the U.S. and other countries at a conference on Iraq this week, raising hopes the government in Tehran would help stabilize its neighbor and stem the flow of guns and bombs which the U.S. says the Iranians are sending to Shiite militias. A senior Iranian envoy, Ali Larijani, flew to Baghdad on Sunday for talks with Iraqi leaders ahead of this week’s meetings in Egypt – the highest-ranking Iranian official to visit Iraq since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. Larijani met Monday with Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and offered Iranian support for the Iraqi government, saying “we see that Iraq’s territories and unity must be preserved.” As a direct envoy from Iran’s ruling clerics, Larijani is considered more influential than Iranian Cabinet ministers who have visited Iraq since the fall of Saddam. Larijani also represents Iran’s theocracy in other highly sensitive talks, including Iran’s nuclear dispute with the West. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Five U.S. troops died in weekend attacks, pushing the death toll past 100 in the deadliest month for American forces since December, the military said Monday as a wave of violence battered Iraqi civilians including a suicide bombing at a Shiite funeral. The attack against the mourners north of Baghdad – claiming more than 30 lives – was the deadliest in a series of bombings and shootings that killed at least 102 people nationwide. The rising toll for U.S. soldiers also pointed to a potentially deadly trend: More troops exposed to more dangers as they try to reclaim control of Baghdad. All but one of the latest U.S. deaths occurred in Iraq’s capital, where a nearly 11-week security crackdown has put thousands of additional American soldiers on the streets – making them targets for both Shiite and Sunni extremists. last_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham has told talkSPORT England lack identity under boss Roy Hodgson and believes they will not find any under the former Liverpool manager.The Three Lions limped to a 1-0 friendly win over Norway on Wednesday night in their first match after a diabolical showing at the World Cup, which saw them exit at the group stage for the first time since 1958.And Higginbotham believes the current squad lack any direction under Hodgson.“The biggest problem with England at the moment is that any top domestic team or any top international team have an identity,” he told Kick Off.“I watched as much as I could of England yesterday and there was nothing. I couldn’t tell you what the game plan was. The players don’t seem to know what’s expected of them and that has to come from the manager, I don’t think they’re being utilised to their best.”Hodgson has now been in charge of the Three Lions since May 2012, after being appointed in a surprise decision by the Football Association when many expected Harry Redknapp to take charge.And Higginbotham added: “I’ve said this for a while, even before the World Cup, I never thought Roy Hodgson would be England manager. And when he was I can honestly say I didn’t get excited about it because there hasn’t been a lot of excitement within England managers for years.“You look back, the last one was maybe Terry Venables in 96, Glenn Hoddle and then, to a certain extent, Kevin Keegan.”And asked if he feels Hodgson can help this current England squad forge an identity, Higginbotham said: “No. My problem with the FA, which has been the same for the years, is the right manager isn’t the one who’s chosen.“We as a nation are more concerned about what people from other nations think about us, than getting our hands dirty and getting the right result, and saying, ‘Well, OK if other nations don’t agree with the way we do things then so be it.’“But we are England and we want to get the best out of our players and that means having a manager that’s tactically very good and as important, which we haven’t had for years, a passionate manager.”last_img read more

first_img 1. Sign a big-name striker – click the arrow, right, to see what other challenges Arsenal must address this season – The Gunners have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain for years and this summer is no different. Be it him or Alvaro Morata, Wenger needs a proven goalscorer to lead his attack. Not only would it provide goals but it would also appease fans desperate for a marquee signing. 5 5. Win their Champions League group – Arsenal haven’t gone past the Round of 16 stage since the 2009/10 season and have only topped their group once during that period. If they are to progress in the competition this year then heading the group is a must and valiant defeats in the last 16 to Bayern Munich and Barcelona will no longer be accepted by Gunners fans. 5 2. Find Aaron Ramsey’s best position – Ramsey had a tough time last season with the Arsenal fans getting on his back at points but he showed with Wales at Euro 2016 when he is given more freedom. Ramsey was named in the team of the tournament ahead of teammates such as Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere and should be given a more prominent role this season. Arsene Wenger goes into the forthcoming season arguably under more pressure than he has ever been under as Arsenal manager.It is now 12 years since the last Premier League title and even pipping Tottenham to second place on the final day of the season didn’t stop many calling for his resignation.And this season it will be even tougher as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte begin their new jobs and all have the mandate of challenging for the Premier League title.FOUR REASONS ARSENAL FANS SHOULD BE EXCITED FOR THE 2016/17 SEASONSo what challenges must Wenger and Arsenal overcome if they are to be in the hunt for a trophy?Click the arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s five key challenges for the Gunners to address this season. 4. Make players take more responsibility – Arsenal lack leaders on the pitch and are screaming out for a Patrick Vieira or a Tony Adams. It doesn’t help that Wenger picks captains who do not play, like Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta. Similarly, having Petr Cech as skipper is not as effective. Wenger needs to give the armband to somebody who will be picked every week and drive the team forward. 5 3. Overcome defensive frailties – While Laurent Koscielny is one of the league’s best defenders, his central defensive partner – be it Per Mertesacker or Gabriel – is normally less reliable. Wenger needs to find a way to combat this and protect the weaker areas of his side by having a midfielder help cover. 5 5last_img read more