How low will this unconstitutional Govt go with

first_imgDear Editor,I was astonished by a report on an online news agency under the headline; “US$2.2M contract signed for Kato Hydropower project”.The news article stated that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure announced the signing of a contract for the design, supply and installation of 150kw Hydropower plant on the Cheung River at Kato Village in Region 8 valued at US $2,251,880.This information was also published on the Ministry of Public infrastructure’s Facebook page.It would appear that this illegal government is engaging in another act of shameless act.Editor, I wish to remind that the Kato Secondary School Project with accompanying electrification, was part of the PPP/C’s formidable drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Access to Secondary Education and to enhance hinterland electrification.While the PPP/C remains supportive of this and any other initiatives that will advance the lives of our people, there must be transparency and accountability.However, this announcement is a cause for worry and demands closer scrutiny.The media reported that the contract, which was awarded to B&J Civil Works, was signed on Thursday September 26, 2019, eight (8) days after the David Granger government slipped from its caretaker status to unconstitutional rule, totally ignoring the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice and its Consequential Orders.The Agency funding this project is the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the Sustainable Energy Program for Guyana.Therefore, the local office of the IDB needs to explain to the Guyanese people, why funds are being released to an unconstitutional regime.Is the local IDB office complicit in this illegality?Editor, I would also like the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to inform this nation of the relevant experience of the contractor who was awarded this highly-technical project.Based on the news report, the contracted signed on Monday is way over the estimated cost of the project when it was conceptualized under the PPP/C administration.Based on my information, this project is reeked of corruption and is another one being used for campaign financing of the PNC-led APNU/AFC.Further, it begs to question if our international development partner is participating in this corruption scheme knowingly or unknowingly.Already other international donors have been taking action to correct propaganda coming out from the APNU/AFC illegal government.One such example is the recent correction by the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UK CIF) regarding propaganda on the Linden to Lethem Road, the Kingston-Ogle Seawall Project and the Kurupukari Bridge.Editor, it leaves me to wonder how low will this unconstitutional government go with its trickery.Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan A. Edghilllast_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgIn commemoration of the International Dignity Day at the True Vine Institute in Caldwell on Wednesday 21 October 2015 by Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP), we noticed that our traditional practice of collectivism is eroding as we now practice a culture of Individualism. At our outreach programme in Caldwell, we also noticed that often, very little time is dedicated to skills development.The international donor community is keen to assist with design school curriculum necessary to improve education but few are willing to provide teachers with scholarships that would train them to teach. The need to treat each other with respect and dignity is known but our school curriculum does not include this component in its elective.Our position is that young people are often not given the opportunity to develop the skills needed for a peaceful and violence free environment. In post conflict environments like Liberia, Child friendly school environment that embodies communication, friendship and understanding are important for growth and development. Educating young people on human dignity, of course, goes beyond just repudiating western models. It should tap into local knowledge and getting to understand the social values of our society. What makes us respectful, loving, caring, happy and peaceful people inspite of the limitations of our development?It is also our position that the enthronement of a culture of collectivism among young people should be encouraged and followed by a weaning of the youth off its culture of dependence on others and spirit of entitlement. The Government of Liberia should foster an environment that would pave the way to a functional education programmes for young people in Liberia. Young people must be self-reliant. Above all, for young people to meet the demands of the new world order they must not only be educated to the extent that their potentials could be unleashed, they must be tolerant, respectful and friendly.Last week 24 October was the UN Day and it was celebrated globally to mark the UN 70th anniversary. In his acceptance speech as President of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft said in his new commitment to action: “Today’s decision makers must acknowledge that 2015 is a time to make a new commitment to action for the sake of generations to come….” Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia echoes the sentiments of Mr. Lykketoft and call on everyone to act on behalf of future generations and promote human dignity by investing in human social security. The path out of violence is respect for and tolerance to each other. Until next week when we continue with our dialogue, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Messi deserves Golden Ball win, says Speroni

first_imgArgentine goalkeeper Julian Speroni has told talkSPORT Lionel Messi deserved the World Cup Golden Ball award, despite widespread criticism over FIFA’s choice of winner.Germany became the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil following a 1-0 extra-time victory over La Albiceleste in Sunday’s final, but a large group of the football community were outraged as the Argentina skipper was named the tournament’s best player.Top scorer James Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner having netted six goals in five games for an impressive Colombia side, was one of the favourites for the accolade, along with Germany’s Thomas Muller and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.And while fellow stopper Speroni believes Neuer would have been a worthy winner after superb campaign, the Crystal Palace man insisted national hero Messi was just as deserving of the award.“I don’t get the opposition,” he told Drivetime. “He didn’t have a bad tournament at all, I think he had a very good World Cup.“But obviously because it’s Messi, and because of what he’s done at Barcelona, everyone expects magic from him every time he steps onto the pitch.“Overall Messi had a great campaign, he scored four goals and took Argentina to the final.“Other players had great World Cup too, and personally I would have given it to Neuer who was outstanding, but they gave the award to Messi and I think that was quite fair, he deserved it.”last_img read more

Champions Upper Hill into Copa U16 semis

first_img0Shares0000Vincent Kalutu of Langata School tackles Eric Linox of Lenana School (Left) in the Copa Coca Cola under sixteen matches at Lenana School in Nairobi today. Langata won the match 3-1.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 27 – The COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 football Nairobi region quarter finals posted mixed results as defending regional champions Upper Hill stamped their authority with a 4 -1 victory over their worthy opponents Dandora Secondary School.Andrew Teddy of Upper Hill Opened the score-line within the third minute, it took half an hour before either team scored and in the 35th minute, Jumu Joshua equalized for Dandora. In the second half, Upper Hill came from the rest guns blazing and scored two goals in the 64th minute through Budi Erick as Gona Boku sealed a semifinals place for Upper Hill.“The boys are prepared for the team that we will face in the semis, their morale is high, and this win has given them the impetus to win,” said Upper Hill Coach Gilbert WalusibiVincent Otieno of Dandora Secondary School (left), tackles James Owuor from Upperhill School during the Copa Coca Cola under sixteen matches at Lenana School in Nairobi today. Upperhill won the match 3-1Langata High School also made their intentions known after cruising past hosts Lenana School with a 4-2 win.Lenana will have themselves blame after failing to capitalize a 2-1 lead until the 87th minute. Langata made a dream comeback to win the match through Mubuan Bur heart-trick and William Chemimir fourth goal that was caused by a defense blunder.In the girls category, Dagoretti Mixed Secondary School mauled Starehe Girls High School 9 nil to book a place in the Nairobi region semi-finals through Purity Dobister in the second minute after the kickoff, following a floppy move by the Starehe center-back, a minute later jersey number 11 Selphine Buchete made it two goals.Dagoretti’s Asuga Peris dribbled past Starehe defense to score the third goal in sixth minute. Joyline Orome scored the heart-trick of the day as she easily weaved through the Starehe defense line. Joy Kanja’s double in the 30th and 35th minute and Mary Atieno’s in the 70th minute sealed the fate for Starehe Girls High School Under-16 team.Highridge Secondary School shot to the Semis with an emphatic 5 -1 score against Ruai Secondary School. Highridge might just have the fastest score of the tournament after hitting the net within 30 second from the start.Yvette Nyawire opened the scores for Highridge then followed with another at the 6th minute. Patricia Wambui scored 2 goals also and Jane Wanja sealed the win for the Highridge girls.Starehe Girls Bancy Mutie fights (left) for the ball with Selphine Buchete of Dagoreti Mixed High school during he Copa Coca Cola under sixteen matches at Lenana School in Nairobi toady Dagoreti Mixed High school won the match 9-0.The consolation goal for Ruai was scored by Jasmine Dianah in the 26th minute. The teams displayed a lot of discipline and sportsmanship throughout the match.At the Dagoretti pitch, Olympic Girls were defending their regional title up against OLM, they won the match on a 5-1 score.At the same time, Pangani Girls sailed through to the semis after seeing off BuruBuru Girls 2-1 at Dagoretti High School pitch.Dagoreti Boys High School sealed their semis place after an emphatic 2 nil win over Ofafa Jericho Secondary School. Waylight will faceoff Dagoreti High School after winning their quarter finals fixture against Uhuru by 2-0.The tournament enters day two semifinals as it seeks to establish Nairobi representatives for the National games to be held in Kisumu.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Edwards’ board representation faces downsizing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Kern County officials will take public input Wednesday on Muroc Joint Unified School District’s proposal to change the way the district elects its trustees. Kern County’s Committee on School District Organization will hold two public hearings on whether the district should change the requirement that two board members come from Edwards Air Force Base because those representatives frequently move. “The committee will do an introduction, then I will give a summary of why the board passed the resolution to change the trustee areas, then they will open it up to public comment,” Superintendent Mike Summerbell said. “The committee will listen to people from the public who have an opinion on whether this is a good or bad thing.” The hearings will be at 5 p.m. at the district office, 17100 Foothill Ave., in North Edwards, and at 7 p.m. at the theater on base. A ballot measure approved by voters in 1990 requires that the board have two seats filled by Edwards residents, two by residents of Boron and one from North Edwards. There is frequent turnover on the board because trustees holding the base seats are usually spouses of base personnel who are reassigned every few years by the Air Force. A district study found that since 1990 trustees holding the base seats have served an average of 21 months. The district is proposing to have one seat each representing the base, Boron and North Edwards, and two seats at-large. Base parents, however, perceive the proposed change as something that will hurt their representation and have suggested that the base get more than two seats because base schools hold two-thirds of the district’s enrollment, district officials said. The committee on school district organization is made up of 11 members who are Kern County school superintendents and administrators, Summerbell said. The committee could decide whether to support the change at the conclusion of the second meeting, or hold another meeting to announce a decision. A decision in favor of the change would mean placing the issue before district voters on the June ballot. There’s also a possibility that the change could be implemented without a public vote if the committee considers it a “minor adjustment,” Summerbell said. If residents disagree with that decision, they can petition to hold an election, Summerbell said. District officials have said when the base board members move away and their seats become vacant, there is sometimes scant interest from applicants, and people are appointed because they are the only ones who have applied. Measure F was approved by voters in 1990 to balance board representation during a time when the board majority was held by Boron business people, residents had said. In 1993, some residents tried to repeal the measure, but the county organization committee turned them down, saying the then-new system hadn’t had time to prove itself. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.comlast_img read more

IMO: “Doctors do not want to take industrial action but will be forced to do so”

first_imgThe Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), which represented 3,000 non-consultation hospital doctors (NCHDs), are considering striking if the ‘living-out allowance’ is not reinstated, and if amendments are not made regarding issues with their contracts and poor working conditions. The ‘living-out allowance’ gave junior doctors €61 a week if the hospital they worked at did not provide free accommodation.Abolished in 2012, a four year battle has ensued to reestablish the allowance. Negotiations are due to begin between the IMO and the HSE on Tuesday following High Court action by the IMO. The talks must conclude within 21 days. Following the three weeks of talks, IMO members will take a ballot.If no compromise can be reached the case will have a full hearing on the 21st of February.A spokesperson for the IMO says; “The HSE and Department of Health refused to negotiate on the issues over the past number of years and instead have forced doctors to resort to legal proceedings in the High Court and now the possibility of industrial action.“IMO Council have strongly criticised the Government and in particular the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for policies that are endangering our health services and patient safety with a health system that has too few consultants, increasing trends of emigration amongst our NCHDs, GP services at crisis point and inadequate public health planning.” “The direct consequence to patients of such policies are increasing waiting times, too few hospital beds, cancellation of procedures, persistent overcrowding in our Emergency Departments and inadequate resources to provide care at GP level.”President of the Irish Medical Organisation Dr John Duddy adds; “We already have too few doctors in this country to deliver adequate services to patients yet Government have consistently ignored the fact that if you breach contracts and deliberately create a policy that disrespects and devalues doctors they will simply choose to work for countries that value them and allow them to do the work for which they have trained.”“Doctors, like other members of the public services, were prepared to take cuts in the recession however the cuts applied to members of the medical profession and the consistent breaches of contracts were over and above those suffered by other public service employees. With policies like this in place our health services will continue to roll from crisis to crisis and patients will suffer.”“Doctors do not want to take industrial action but will be forced to do so by a Government that refuses to acknowledge or deal with the problem.”IMO: “Doctors do not want to take industrial action but will be forced to do so” was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

Kathryn Thomas: “Not a lot of women talk about it, but so many women go through miscarriage”

first_imgKathryn Thomas has bravely spoken out about the heartbreak she suffered following two miscarriages on Friday’s ‘Late Late Show’.The 38-year-old presenter highlighted that the topic of miscarriage still seems “taboo” in Ireland, and should be considered part of the pregnancy process.She is currently 27 weeks pregnant with her first child with fiancé Padraig McLoughlin. Kathryn told host Ryan Tubridy that she suffered a miscarriage six weeks in to her first pregnancy while on holiday in Greece. She had been beginning to lose hope after nine months of trying to conceive.“We were in the Greek Islands so I had to get a boat and then into a hospital in Athens where nobody was speaking any English, and it was the most horrific experience.”“Because of our line of work, I’d interviewed so many women who’d gone through miscarriage, and I had done the research, and I knew statistically one in four women have a miscarriage but I think until it happens to you, and I’m somebody who would be quite positive, I’ve got an optimistic tank and I’m always putting diesel into it, for me I’m very upbeat and when it happened to me, it completely floored me.” “We got home and I said, we were unlucky, we were unfortunate, so many women go through it, not a lot of women talk about it, but so many women go through it.”“It was another eight months before we got pregnant again the second time and I was absolutely bricking it, is the only word, I didn’t enjoy it because you’re kind of nervous, you’re anxious.”After six weeks, Kathryn and Padraig went for a scan. They were relieved when her pregnancy appeared to be healthy, but heartbreakingly she miscarried shortly afterwards.“[We] celebrated because I kind of felt like six weeks was when it all went wrong for me the last time, and then that night, I miscarried again for the second time.“That hit me like a tonne of bricks.“It was very difficult to stay positive because all of my life, all of my job, all of my career, everything that I do, for me it’s like one of the best things in the world is instilling positivity and self-belief and confidence.” Despite this, she felt a huge degree of self-doubt, asking herself “Did I leave it too late, am I working out too hard, am I eating the right thing?”“You go through self-blame, you go through ‘why me’, you go through ‘is it ever going to happen’ and it’s very testing on a relationship as well.”Six weeks into her current pregnancy, she was extremely anxious going for the “dreaded six week scan.”“The anxiety never leaves you… when it’s happened to you a couple of times.” During the six week scan, the sonographer said that she was concerned with the baby’s heartbeat as it was weak. She asked Kathryn to come back in ten days time.“I was filling in on the Ray D’Arcy Show at the time and an hour and a half later I was on radio and I’ve no idea what I said and what I talked about.”“I was defeated, I was absolutely defeated, and for me it was a very weird experience because I’m someone who always achieves, I’m a planner, I’m a problem solver.”“Luckily we went in ten days later and there was a healthy happy baby and that’s hopefully that’s what’s happening here. I didn’t believe it for probably about three days.”Kathryn says that she wanted to come on to talk about it as she was constantly asked “when are you having a family?”“It is still a taboo subject in Ireland. I just think it needs to be part, and considered to be part, of the pregnancy process, because it is.”“It’s taken us three long years… until I have a baby in my arms, it’s still kind of weird for me to talk about it, but if it gives anybody hope out there that you can get to a place, and just to try and stay as positive as you can, even when you don’t feel it, that would be the only piece of advice I’d give to any couples out there.”Glowing Kathryn says we can expect to see lots of pictures of her new baby on Instagram when he or she arrives in the first week of April.She also says that she feels great and has taken up the new hobby of baking!Kathryn Thomas: “Not a lot of women talk about it, but so many women go through miscarriage” was last modified: January 7th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:kathryn thomasLate Late Showmiscarriagelast_img read more

Messages from Mercury

first_img(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has already made history before its scheduled crash into the planet Mercury on April 30.  After 10 years in space, 4,000 orbits (PhysOrg) and 10 terabytes of science data (see infographic), it will take years to digest the many discoveries made. After a near 40-year hiatus, MESSENGER, managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), has provided a giant leap in Mercury science since the brief flybys of a far-less-capable spacecraft, Mariner 10, in 1974. MESSENGER’s swan song, a low-altitude campaign, has brought more discoveries to waiting planetary scientists and the public.A pre-crash news conference will be held on April 16. Results of a previous science conference (March 16) have been posted on PhysOrg.  Among the many surprises were thousands of  “hollows” (ranging in size from tens of meters to several kilometers across and tens of meters deep) that show Mercury is not a dead planet.  Because the “hollows appear to be younger than the planet’s freshest impact craters,” the finding “suggests that Mercury is a planet whose surface is still evolving.” Also, some scarps are thought to be less than 50 million years old, just a 1% fraction of the planet’s assumed 4.5 billion year history.  One more “geologically young” trait was found—young volatiles at the poles:MESSENGER’s low-altitude campaign has enabled imaging of the polar deposits in the permanently shadowed floors of Mercury’s near-polar craters at higher resolutions than ever previously obtained, says Nancy Chabot, the Instrument Scientist for MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and a planetary scientist with APL.“Acquired with the broadband filter of MDIS, low-altitude images show that the deposits have sharp, well-defined boundaries and are not disrupted by small, young impact craters,” says Chabot. “These characteristics indicate that the deposits are geologically young. This inference points either to delivery of volatiles to Mercury in the geologically recent past or to an ongoing process that restores the deposits and maintains the sharp boundaries.”Another mystery was solved, that of Mercury’s dark color. The BBC News and Science Magazine relay the answer: the planet has been spray-painted with comet dust and with carbon from certain carbon-rich meteorites. Because it is so close to the sun, Mercury gets pummeled often by comets and wandering bodies pulled in by the sun’s gravity. The high-speed impacts create amorphous carbon with the darkness of pencil lead (graphite) and soot. The BBC article claims it has been going on for billions of years, but does not explain.  A press release from Brown University says that after billions of years, “Mercury’s surface should be anywhere from 3 to 6 percent carbon.”As with almost every object in the solar system, actual data provided by visiting spacecraft have been surprising, revolutionary, and contrary to expectations. Usually the data do not fit the A.S.S. assumption. Three evidences of youth are provided above; there are more, such as the magnetic field that should be long gone. Creation scientists freed from the bad A.S.S. of the moyboys may wish to look at the spray-painting by comets and make some projections about how much soot should be there after 4.5 billion years. Perhaps young craters can tell something about the depth of the material.Two other missions are worth watching for evidence of youth: the Rosetta Mission (ongoing) at a comet, and the July arrival of New Horizons at Pluto. Already, some are expecting it to be “gusty and gassy” according to Space.com.  For something out in the cold reaches of the solar system, that will be difficult for the moyboys to explain (but they will make up a story, as they always do).last_img read more

SA kicks off 2011 election drive

first_imgSouth Africa is headed for local elections. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has launched an ambitious drive to swell voter turnout at the 2011 local government elections – a poll that has, in the past, been under-supported, especially among young people. The government is yet to announce the exact date for citizens to vote in their new municipality council leaders, but it’s expected to be in either May or June. The current term for incumbent councillors ends on 2 March, and the next elections should be held within 90 days of that.The commission wants to register no less than 1.5-million new voters to ensure these are as well attended as national elections. More than 21-million voters registered for the 2006 local government elections.About 23-million voters are currently on the IEC’s roll, following registrations for the 2009 national elections.Registration for the 2011 poll will take place on 5 and 6 February in more than 20 000 voting stations across the country. The IEC said 60 000 officials have already been trained to handle the registrations, while about 196 000 officials will be deployed on the actual day of elections.The commission’s preparations got under way in September after it received clarity on the voting districts, also known as wards, from the Municipal Demarcation Board. A number of new wards were created as a result of demarcations.“As an election management body, we are always mindful of the huge responsibility that rests upon us,” said the IEC’s chief electoral officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula. “We have to implement election management processes that will produce an outcome that will be accepted by all contesting political parties and candidates.“We know that we can only do so if we are meticulous in our preparations for each election.”The IEC has an excess budget of about R1-billion (US$147-million) for the 2010/11 financial year, which should enable it to acquire sufficient equipment to ensure a smooth voting process.South Africans who are already on the voters’ roll, or those who registered for the previous elections, need not register again if they are going to vote at the same station. If they are not sure, they can ask the IEC to check if their details are still in order.New voters will include youngsters who were not yet 18 at the time of the 2009 national elections. “We encourage the youth to take a keen interest in the affairs of their local municipalities,” said Lusani Mulaudzi, chairperson of the ACDP Youth Foundation.‘Love your South Africa’The IEC’s registration campaign has a strong focus on young voters, as their support in municipal elections is usually low. The drive was launched at a glittering event in Midrand, outside Johannesburg, on 12 January.The campaign is called ‘Love your South Africa’. The commission said it hopes to inspire South Africans to vote in the elections out of a love for their country.All eligible South Africans have been called upon to register and take part in the upcoming elections. “The love for South Africa must stir each one of us to participate in these elections,” Tlakula said.Political parties will soon launch their campaigns to woo voters, and earnest preparations and canvassing will start thereafter.The parties have opportunities to increase representation in eight metropolitan councils, 44 district councils and 226 local councils.There are currently six metropolitan councils in the country, but this will increase to eight on the day of elections when Mangaung in the Free State and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape join the ranks.The metros are nodes of economic growth and have more industries compared to their district council counterparts. They include the City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town and eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal.Election results are expected to attract much interest, especially in the Western Cape where the African National Congress will be hoping to make a mark in the province it lost to the Democratic Alliance in 2009.last_img read more