Heads of Government to tackle issues of de-risking, Brexit in Guyana

first_imgIn light of threats to the Region’s financial and economic stability by Brexit, when Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government meet in Georgetown next week, the main focus will be placed on de-risking by International banks and the impact of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) decision to exit the European Union (EU).According to a release by the Caribbean Secretariat, chief among these are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet to be determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development.The statement noted that the referendum to exit the EU has sent Britain and the rest of the world into a ‘tailspin’. The pound sterling fell to its lowest value in 30 years, and international financial markets took a downturn, as the implications hit home.Caricom is claiming it is not immune from the potential fallout, while economists and politicians alike are assessing the situation. The majority of Caricom Member States were former colonies of Britain, which was a key ally of the Region within the EU.The release added, while some have adopted a wait and see stance, confident that any domino effect will not occur in the short-term, others are predicting immediate consequences and want the Caricom Member States to appreciate the value of regional integration and band firmly together to chart the way forward.The concerns range from a dip in the arrivals of tourists for dependent Member States such as Saint Lucia and Barbados, where the UK is a major source market; a decrease in development assistance, to effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.last_img read more

Helping Liberians in Proper Voter Decision-making: Accountability Lab-Liberia’s Worthy Initiative

first_imgThe most important act in any election anywhere is not how much money is spent on election preparations, how well they are organized or how much rhetoric and cash candidates spend to woo voters.What is rather more central, critical, compelling in any election is the decision or those decisions each voter will make inside that voting booth. The fundamental question facing the voter will be who to vote for.Should I vote for a crook, a hypocrite, a selfish and corrupt candidate who only wooed me with a bag of rice, money or sweet talk? Or should I vote for someone who I know will sincerely, honestly and patriotically represent my interest, the welfare of my area, my fellow citizens and my beloved Liberia?The answer to these questions is a no-brainer; which means, something you don’t even have to think about because the answer is so obvious. I would vote for the latter—a candidate that will sincerely, honestly and patriotically represent my interest, the welfare of my area, my fellow citizens and the Liberian Republic.That is exactly what the NGO Accountability Lab-Liberia (ALL) is aiming at in launching its music video—sensitizing Liberians about their right to vote, whom to vote for and how properly to utilize their votes. The particular aim, according to our Diplomatic Correspondent Joachim Sendolo, “is to reverse the poor representation and leadership Liberians have experienced in the recent past.”Do we not all know what happened in the distant and most recent past? How since 2006 until now—the period in Liberia we thought was a veritable “new dispensation,” we elected the whole 103 members of the Legislature—30 Senators and 73 Representatives? Each of them, during the campaign season, promised us the world and as soon as they got seated, made themselves—not the people—the center of political gravity (importance, magnitude), taking care of themselves and themselves only, and totally forgetting about the people who elected them.One of the leaders, using the millions he had been allowed to steal from the Liberian people, bribed his colleagues to elect him to a powerful post. Another in the same lower House, a man called “Honorable Forh,” encapsulated (bagged, seized) the corrupt, ruthless and selfish mandate these elected officials reserved for themselves: The County Development Funds (CDF), which he demanded that the Superintendent of Montserrado County share with him, herself and the Minister of Internal Affairs. He told her in a manner utterly bereft of conscience, “You will chop (eat), I will chop and the Minister will chop.” And what would be left for the impoverished people of Montserrado? Nothing but the filth, squalor and poverty into which they were born!And when the Superintendent blew the whistle of graft, malfeasance and misfeasance, these corrupt Legislators angrily demanded that she be removed. Alas! The Liberian people were forced to accept another shocker: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf bowed to the wishes of these despicable (contemptible) “Representatives of the people.” The President, yes, dismissed the Superintendent—a woman like herself.In the upper Chamber, the Senate, things were no different. In mindless and ruthless collaboration with their colleagues in the lower House, the Senators played every trick in the book to shortchange the Liberian people and Liberia. President Sirleaf could hardly get them to pass a bill, or ratify an Agreement or Treaty without her surrendering to each of them substantial sums of cash.There were numerous instances, but we will recall one. When Clemenceau Urey was Chair of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), many oil blocks were being leased or sold to various bidding oil companies. But when each was successfully negotiated and forwarded to the Legislature, especially the Senate, for ratification, they (the Senators) wanted their share before they could touch it.When later Mr. Urey was no longer Chair, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) accused him and a select number of other Board Members of corruption for offering “bribes” to the Legislature. But LACC did not include the Ministers of Justice on the Board, who at various points approved the transaction. Nor were the receivers of the “bribes”—the Legislators themselves—indicted. The LACC’s case could not stand in court, and it was abandoned.We ask our Liberian people, are these kinds of people the ones you want to elect in 2017? The answer should be obvious, but we are not sure. We can say only, we hope not!We commend Accountability Lab-Liberia for its initiative in launching the music video “Whom to Vote For,” and musician Henry Toe for his brilliant musical contribution to the cause. We further commend British Ambassador David Belgrove and the US Embassy staff for supporting this worthy initiative.The Daily Observer pledges to work with Accountability Lab-Liberia in helping to get these extremely critical messages to the public, toward achieving the desired goal of helping our people make the proper choices in the impending 2017 presidential and general elections. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Team Busche participates at Alberta Senior Curling Provincials

first_imgSPRUCE GROVE, A.B. – Team Busche was in Spruce Grove for the Alberta Senior Curling Provincials.Team Busche represented the Peace Region, from February 13 to the 17, in Spruce Grove.Jodi Busche, of Team Busche, says it was tough competition and the outcome wasn’t the kind her Team was hoping for. Adding that they managed to win two games.- Advertisement -“It was a pretty tough field of players and we went down there, expecting to do a little better than what we did. We did come out with a two and five record; two wins, five losses.”While her Team did not make it to the semi-finals, she feels they put in a good effort given the fact they’ve been out of play for a few years.“Just coming back into competitive curling, it was more team building than anything, so we feel pretty good about that.”Advertisement Prior to the Provincials, in January, Team Busche competed in Grande Prairie at the Senior Men’s and Ladies’ Playdown where they went undefeated.last_img read more

H1N1 vaccine clinics ongoing in Fort St. John

first_imgThe Fort St. John medical clinic is holding another H1N1 flu vaccine clinic on Friday. The free vaccine is for anyone who wants or needs it. That clinic runs until 3:00 p.m. at the centre, located at 10011-96th Street.  For more information, Click Here.There will still be a chance to get the vaccine after Friday. – Advertisement -Northern Health will be offering a vaccination clinic at the Pomeroy Hotel on Tuesday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. For more information on the vaccine, Click Here.last_img

Ronaldo, Salah, Modric up for FIFA best award

first_imgAfter featuring in the top three for 11 straight years, Messi was overlooked when the list was announced by football’s world governing body on Monday.The 31-year-old Argentine was runner-up for the prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning it for the first of five times in 2009.Messi and Ronaldo, the world’s two best players, have been engaged in a fascinating duel for the sport’s top individual and club honours for over a decade.Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have won the Champions League nine times and have a combined 14 domestic league titles.Now Messi’s absence from the shortlist opens the way for Ronaldo, also a five-time winner of the award, to move ahead in their personal battle.Portugal forward Ronaldo lifted a fourth Champions League title in five years in May before joining Italian champions Juventus in July.The 33-year-old won the player of the year crown in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.Joining Ronaldo on the shortlist is his former Real team-mate Modric, who enjoyed a superb season for club and country.As well as his influential displays in Real’s Champions League triumph, the Croatia midfielder was the key man for his country as they reached their first World Cup final, finishing as runners-up to France.Liverpool and Egypt forward Salah has also impeccable credentials as a potential winner of the award.Salah enjoyed a record-breaking first season with Liverpool as his goals propelled Jurgen Klopp’s to the Champions League final and set a host of individual club landmarks.France’s World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane were nominated as the finalists for FIFA’s coach of the year award.Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as player and coach © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVDeschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic’s Croatia in Russia while Zidane led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down.The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France’s Hugo Lloris, Denmark and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium and Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The 10 nominees for the Puskas Award of best goal include Real forward Gareth Bale’s overhead kick in the Champions League final against Liverpool and Ronaldo’s bicycle kick against Juventus, scored while he was still with Real.There was some consolation for Messi as his World Cup goal against Nigeria made the list.Norway and Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany and Lyon, and five-time winner Marta, of Brazil and Orlando Pride, were shortlisted for the women’s prize.The award ceremony takes place on September 24 at Royal Festival Hall in London.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi was snubbed by the FIFA men’s player of the year award shortlist, which included old rival Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / Gabriel BOUYS, Lluis GENELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 3 – Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA’s men’s player of the year award on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade, but the Barcelona star has been omitted from the contenders list for the first time since 2006.last_img read more

Paper coffin part of `natural’ trend

first_img“It’s hard to tell if it’s a fad or if it’s here to stay,” said Bob Fells, of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. “We are certainly positioning ourselves that if this is what the community wants, we are ready to serve them.” The Green Burial Council is working on certification programs to verify the commitment and quality of providers who say they are going natural. “What we are trying to do is to make sure this concept doesn’t get `green-washed’ down the drain,” said Joe Sehee, the council’s founder and executive director.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PORTLAND, Ore. – Cynthia Beal wants to be an Oregon cherry tree after she dies. She has everything to make it happen – a body, a burial site and a biodegradable coffin. “It is composting at its best,” said Beal, owner of The Natural Burial Co., which will sell a variety of eco-friendly burial products when it opens in January, including the Ecopod, a kayak-shaped coffin made out of recycled newspapers. Biodegradable coffins are part of a larger trend toward “natural” burials, which require no formaldehyde embalming, cement vaults, chemical lawn treatments or laminated caskets. Advocates say such burials are less damaging to the environment. Cremation was long considered more environmentally friendly than burials in graveyards, but its use of fossil fuels has raised concerns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonEco-friendly burials have been popular in Britain for years, but industry experts say it’s starting to catch on in the U.S., where “green” cemeteries hosting natural burials have sprouted up in California, Florida, New York, South Carolina and Texas. The majority of eco-friendly burial products come from overseas – including the Ecopod, which is made in the United Kingdom – although there are a few domestic makers. Options range from natural-fiber shrouds to fair-trade bamboo caskets lined with unbleached cotton. There are also more traditional-looking handcrafted coffins made of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The market is potentially huge. U.S. funeral homes generate an estimated $11 billion in revenue annually and that figure is sure to grow as baby boomers age. There are already specialty funerals, featuring caskets with custom paint jobs and urns with the insignia of a favorite team. Industry experts say eco-friendly funerals are just an extension of such personalized end-of-life planning. Biodegradable containers cost from around $100 for a basic cardboard box up to more than $3,000 for a handcrafted, hand-painted model. last_img

Don’t put that in the trash!

first_imgWith millions of dead batteries, burned-out fluorescent light bulbs and outmoded electronics dumped into landfills every year, officials want residents to know: It’s no longer OK to trash your trash. Starting Feb. 8, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, answering machines, cordless telephones, radios and pre-1997 tennis shoes with flashing lights are banned from the garbage bin. Those once-innocuous electronics are now on a long list of hazardous materials barred from landfills because they contain mercury, corrosive chemicals or heavy metals that can eventually seep from dumps into groundwater or put sanitation workers at risk. “These items pose a human health and environmental threat,” said Karl Palmer, chief of regulatory and program development branch at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. “In the long run we don’t want these materials to get into the groundwater and the environment.” Rather, these discarded goods should now go to household hazardous waste collection centers or willing retailers. The new waste disposal rules make it illegal to throw out so-called universal waste, which includes electronics and appliances that contain mercury or other heavy metals. Mercury can cause nausea, vomiting, skin rashes and eye irritation when its container is broken and the neurotoxin is released. State officials said they’re focused on public education more than enforcement. “We’ll go after egregious violators, but we’re not going to go door to door looking in people’s trash,” said Ron Baker, DTSC spokesman. But some environmental groups worry Californians don’t know about the new rules and the local governments and recyclers aren’t ready for an onslaught of electronics and appliances. State waste officials estimate Californians will throw away 600 million batteries and 17 million fluorescent bulbs this year. Roughly 500,000 tons of toxic electronic waste that was landfilled in 2003 now has to be decontaminated and recycled. “It’s not going to be pretty,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste. He believes manufacturers need to phase out the use of hazardous materials in electronics, and manufacturers should be required to take back and recycle products with toxic parts. Also the state may need to copy the bottle and can program and consider a 5- to 10-cent refund on batteries or fluorescent light bulbs to encourage recycling. Los Angeles officials said they already take batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and electronics at the city’s household hazardous waste disposal sites, and are prepared for the increase. “We do get a fair number now, nothing tremendous,” said Wayne Omokawa, the city’s program manager for e-waste collection. “People are very up to date and we don’t expect any big changes.” Goodwill Industries of Southern California takes electronics and its disabled work force dismantles and recycles the equipment. Facilities Director Gerardo Castro hopes to see more televisions, radios and answering machines coming his way. “We think its a wonderful opportunity to expand our recycling services. It increases our volume. We can provide more environmentally friendly jobs.” In addition to Goodwill, a number of thrift shops will take phones, computers, televisions and other universal waste that can be dismantled and individual pieces recycled. Some electronics dealers will take batteries. Many wireless phone stores will take old cell phones. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want 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


first_imgTir Chonaill AC notesMc Gowan smashes Irish record as Tir Chonaill juveniles shine in NenaghThe clubs juveniles put together a series of outstanding performances when Part 1 of the Woodies Irish Juvenile Indoor finals were held in Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday last.Kate McGowan, added the Irish U16 – 60m Hurdles title to her ever growing list of achievements. In a blistering final she recorded 8.90secs, 2 hundredths faster than her winning time at the Scottish c/ships in the Kelvin Hall three weeks ago and a new Irish age group CBP. Club and Abbey Voc School, team mate Ruth Gillespie, also qualified for the final where she finished 5th in a time of 9.90secs. Kate, from Clar, near Donegal Town, had to fit in the Long Jump, between the heats and final of the hurdles. With a best of 5.25m she filled  a silver medal placing with club and school colleague Ciara Doogan, with a best of 4.23m.Kelly Mc Grory, continues to improve with every outing. The Laghey lass on Saturday in the U17 60m heats recorded the 2nd fastest final qualifying time. In a nailbitting decider she recorded a huge PB of 7.90secs and had to wait for fifteen minutes until the electronic timing decided the placings – winner Ciara Armstrong City of Derry, 7.89secs 2nd Kelly 7.90secs. On Sunday Kelly was involved in the U17 60m Hurdles final where again the electronic aparatus was needed to decide placings. This time the Tir Chonaill girl got the gold medal winning verdict by 2 hundredths of a second – time 9.14ecs. ahead of Sharon Dawkins, Horsewod AC -9.16secs. Dnegal Towns Emma Brady filled 4th place -9.48secs.Tir Chonaills throwers have been making steady progress over the last few seasons. Thomas McGowan,in the U14 event, pushed the 2.75 weighht out to 10.96m for a silver finish position- winner  Rian Kealy, Dunshaughlin- 11.68m.  Ciara Herron, North Sligo, in the U15 age group, who trains with Paul O’Gara’s group in Donegal Town, was very happy with a new P.B. of 10.60m and a bronze medal. Cliodhna Dunleavy, in the Girls U12 shot on her first visit to a National c/ships threw 5.93m.Christopher O’Lauglin, narrowly missed qualification for the U16 60m final. In the Long jump he fought his way into the top ten with a best of 5.17m. Mark McGuiness, from Dunkineely and St Catherines Voc School, Killybegs, with a very good time time of 4mins. 17.36secs filled 6th place in the U18 -1,500m. Thanks to all the coaches and parents that travelled to support and encourage.The 2nd part of these finals wil take next weekend when 9 club athletes and three relay teams will contest. It will be an historic occasion as from 2013 the Irish Indoor championships will be held in Athlones IT new indoor arena – now under construction. Clubs 5K Spring seriesNext Sunday morning –10am start – will find the opening run/walk of the clubs sponsored 5k series. The event will start and finish at the clubs facility at the Abbey Voc School and registration will open at 9am sharp.The 2nd and 3rd dates for your diary are Sunday mornings 15th and 29th April. All are welcome walkers, joggers, fit4life,meet and train groups,’serious athletes’- it will cost you €5 with a number of prizes drawn randomly each day and hospitality afterwards. Enquiries to Eamon Harvey, 087 279548Tir Chonaill Open MeetingBank holiday Monday -April 9th -will find athletes from all over Ireland participate in the clubs open invitational meet. Last year the event attracted over 400 athletes and  numerous outstanding performances were recorded eg 50m plus by Rachael Akers in the woman’s Hammer, 4.60m by Ian Rogers in the Pole Vault, a new Junior[U20] Northern Ireland record in the Shot Putt plus sprint/middle distance and field PB’s. Entry forms have been distributed to clubs. Enquiriesto David Doherty 0868011540 Eamon HarveyATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NOTES was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgSOCCER NEWS: Congratulations to Scoil Fhionáin’s Boys who have qualified to the Ulster finals in the FIFA 5 aside soccer competition.The Ulster Finals will take place in Cootehill, Cavan tomorrow Thursday 23rd April.The boys performed superbly to ensure their passage through to the Ulster Finals and are hopeful if they can continue to produce the quality of football they’ve played thus far, that they can progress to the All-Ireland section of the tournament. The school is very proud of the boys achievement and wishes them well tomorrow in Cavan.Ádh Mór ar Daire, Cianán, Conor, Matthew Stephen, Remy, Odhran agus Blake.SOCCER NEWS: SUPERB SCOIL FHIONÁIN’S BOYS TEAM QUALIFY FOR FIFA 5-ASIDE ULSTER FINALS was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FIFANoticessoccerSportUlster Finalslast_img read more

Great excitement as Gortnacart National School launch CD and DVD

first_imgGortnacart National School launched their music CD and DVD in the Parish Centre, Ardara, recently.The pupils entertained the packed hall by singing songs, playing the tin whistle and reciting poetry in both Irish and English.This was a unique and memorable occasion for all who attended. Teachers Brid Hennigan and Christine Breslin decided to promote the talent of their pupils and showcase the scenic area of Gortnacart where the school nestles in a glorious countryside.After months of rehearsals and practicing the children travelled to Valley Music Recording studio to record three chosen songs – ‘This is my own school’  (Melody P. Cavanagh) ‘Home to Donegal’, ‘An Chéad Nollaig’(Dominic ó’Braonáin) and ‘I hope you never give up’ (local singer/songwriter Tanya McCole).Tanya, who is a past pupil of Gortnacart, made a special appearance on the night. Aerial footage by JMAC on the DVD captures breath-taking scenes from Ardara and Gortnacart.Artistic pupils, Lucas and Simon designed the CD cover.Deirdre Mooney, a parent in the school and a renowned musician, helped with rehearsals and provided backing with her guitar on the night.Frank McGee was M.C. on the night and Ciara Hennigan helped capture some great photos.Principal, Bríd Hennigan said, she is very proud of each and every one of her pupils.“We hope they will have cherished memories of this very special CD/DVD recording in years to come,” she said. Scoil Náisiúnta Ghort na Ceártan CD / DVD is on sale for 10 euro in Diver’s Paper Shop, Centra in Ardara and Maloney’s Service Station.Gortnacart National School would like to thank everyone that got involved.Great excitement as Gortnacart National School launch CD and DVD was last modified: December 16th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:ArdaraCD launchdonegalDVD LAUNCHGortnacart National SchoolSCHOOLlast_img read more