17 01 20

first_imgGuyana has established joint commissions with several African and Asian countries in its bid to expand its diplomatic connections throughout the world.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said the initiative was born on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York through meetings between members of the Guyanese delegation and senior Government officials from other countries.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeSome of the countries with which Guyana has entered into joint commissions are Spain, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria, according to the Foreign Affairs Minister.“We would have drawn to their attention the various challenges we have, what our plans are as regards UN, our expectations, what arrangements we would like to have with them in terms of economic diplomacy and what types of cooperation we would want to have with them in terms of educational cooperation, cultural exchanges, the sale of products, opening of markets, and in all those cases, we did agree to establish joint commissions,” Greenidge stated.He explained that each country would appoint teams to meet annually to implement the tasks as agreed upon by the Heads of Government.Thereafter, a review of this process will take place to assess the progress made in strengthening diplomatic relations among the nations involved.Only recently, Guyana entered a joint commission with Trinidad and Tobago as well as Saudi Arabia.Barbados and Guyana have also signed a Third Joint Commission, which is intended to foster cooperation in tourism and other sectors.last_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgMr. Allison thanks the residents for their patience – Advertisement – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has purchased 12.5 acres at the cost of US$40,000 in D. Wiles Town near VOA to begin the construction of 54 duplexes (108 units) for erosion victims from West Point.Residents for their patience, promising that the project will begin in about two weeks.Addressing a group of West Point residents displaced by erosion in the township, NHA deputy managing director for technical services yesterday assured them that the construction will begin in about two weeks.He said the project was initially intended to cover 25 acres, but that the government has so far been able to make only half of the money available to begin the construction of the housing units.“We thank you for your patience because the project involves planning and resources,” Allison said as the residents cheered him on. “After clearings and other works, we will begin the construction in about two weeks from today.”He said the cost of a housing unit is estimated at US$18,000 and commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the government for making the initial amount ready for the project.A unit will include two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room and a back porch. The construction work is divided among nine Liberian-owned construction companies, said Allison.Rev. Demore W. Moore, chairman of the Disaster Victims Assistance of West Point, commended the government for its initiative to build the homes.Speaking on behalf of the West Point Commissioner, Rev. Demore W. Moore recounted the suffering of many West Point residents, and the efforts to find temporary residences for them.He said over 200 residents are presently displaced because of the continuous erosion in the township. He appealed for blankets, buckets, mattresses, cooking utensils and other household items needed to ease the suffering of the victims.Mr. Stephen B. Scott, field supervisor from the Liberian Refugee Repatriation & Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), also commended  the residents for their patience and assured them of LRRRC’s support.In his remarks, Commissioner Soko D. Wiles of the Brewerville City Council spoke about the need for Liberians to support each other in times of crises. He said his family decided to sell the land to the government to provide homes for distressed citizens from West Point.District #17 representative aspirant Abraham C. Sessay, Chief Executive Officer of Red Power FM 100.3, thanked the people of the district for exercising patience while the government endeavors to make money available to start the project.He pledged his support to ensure that the distressed Liberians from West Point get relief. “We will do our best to work together to make your stay better,” he told the gathering.Meanwhile, the Disaster Victims Assistance (DVA) group is constructing three tents as temporary shelter for three family heads of eight persons per family, for a total of 24 persons that are expected to be resettled in the community.For more than a year, erosion has affected hundreds in the Township of West Point.  The NHA provided over 30 families temporary zinc houses in VOA near Brewerville.The construction on the original 25 acres will include 108 duplexes at an estimated cost of US$1.3m. The project is funded by the Liberian government to resettle hundreds of erosion victims from the township of West Point.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgThe prosecution has requested more time to submit a psychiatric report on Orwain Sandy, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank, who allegedly murdered his lover, Reona Payne, by shooting her some 14 times about her body at Alexander Village, Georgetown.Sandy reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday where he calmly stood before City Magistrate Judy Latchman. The court was told that Sandy met with head of the Mental Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Bhiro Harry to be mentally evaluated.Ex-GDF Captain Orwain SandyHowever, the report is yet to be submitted to the prosecution, who requested additional time. Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves also revealed that they are still several outstanding statements in the matter.As such, Magistrate Latchman adjourned the matter for May 2, when the psychiatric report is expected to be presented to the court.Family members of Sandy filled the courtroom to show support for the accused killer.Outside of the courtroom, friends, and family members along with Payne’s three children were seen sporting T-shirts with her picture calling for justice for the dead woman.A tearful Sandy made his first appearance in court on April 6 where he was remanded to prison.Murdered: Reona PayneThe charge against him alleged that on March 31, 2018, while in the vicinity of First Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, he murdered Payne.Guyana Times previously reported that the couple was in their car proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village, when a heated argument reportedly ensued.As such, Payne reportedly exited the vehicle after which Sandy followed, carrying a loaded firearm, his service pistol.He then shot the woman once, resulting in her dropping to the ground. However, this online publication was told that Sandy proceeded to stand over her, and emptied the entire magazine on the woman.The captain then fled the scene and turned himself over at the Ruimveldt Police Station, where he reported the matter.The Police were also summoned by residents who heard the gunshots.When this publication visited the scene, the woman’s lifeless body was seen on the road along with several spent shells which were recovered by the Police.Meanwhile, at the Ruimveldt Police Station, Sandy was taken into custody as he was questioned as to what led to the brutal murder.The GDF has since released a statement confirming the shooting and outlined that the captain ‘was immediately interdicted from his duties.’Payne and Sandy reportedly dated but later married separate people. However, a few years after they left their respective spouses and rekindled their relationship.The dead woman reportedly told relatives and friends along with a co-worker that she was being physically abused by Sandy. She even sent photos which purportedly showed marks of violence on her body to a family member to attest to this.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgThe case of alleged simple larceny in which 64-year-old Walter Joseph of Oronoque Drive, Retrieve, Linden has been accused of removing from Black Face Disco, where he was employed, 60 cases of empty Banks DIH Ltd bottles valued at $30,000, at some time between May 2017 and February 2018, commenced on Tuesday before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse.The virtual complainant on Tuesday took to the stand to give evidence against Joseph, who is currently on $20,000 bail and is being represented by attorney René McDonald.The matter has, however, been adjourned to August 27.last_img

12 01 20

first_imgThe Industrial Instrumentation program at Northern Lights College is getting a big donation.The Alliance Pipeline Limited’s Community Investment Fund is donating $50,000 to NLC which is going towards purchasing equipment for the Level 4 Apprenticeship program.The new equipment will be a Vibration Shaker, two sensor units, a three-level Elevator Simulator trainer, and two level measurement trainers.- Advertisement -Trevor Loberg, the Grande Prairie area manager for the company says that institutions like the College are important to a community. He added that the company believes Fort St. John is an important community to get more involved in.The Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, Jeff Lekstrom, says the new equipment will help to reduce the number of students that will need to share workstations and allow them to get more hands-on experience.last_img read more

11 01 20

first_imgThe situation in Darfur has been condemned by the United Nations, with the death of an estimated 400,000 people and the displacement of 3.5 million. Lists of companies that do business with the Sudan is available from the Sudan Divestment Task Force at www.sudandivestment.org. City Council President Eric Garcetti said the city’s action is similar to what it did nearly two decades ago, when it divested from firms doing business in South Africa to protest apartheid. The campaign to divest from Darfur is being organized by a number of local groups, including Jewish World Watch, a coalition of more than 50 synagogues started by Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. In addition to its campaign for divestment, Jewish World Watch also has built two medical clinics and 25 water wells in Darfur. Comparing the humanitarian crisis in Darfur to the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, Los Angeles officials announced plans Wednesday to halt investments with firms doing business with Sudan. During a City Hall news conference, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council announced that Los Angeles would join with California and 16 other states in boycotting business with the African nation. Villaraigosa estimated the city has $27 million of its $40 billion pension fund invested with firms doing business in Sudan. “Today, the city is adding its voice to the international outcry over the genocide in Darfur,” Villaraigosa said. “With the hope of saving lives, the city is divesting its holdings from Sudan. We must stand for freedom and basic human rights.” Villaraigosa said the city is also urging support of a measure introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, to have the United States also divest itself of investments with firms doing business in the Sudan as well as adopt legislation formally recognizing the killings of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as a genocide. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 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

11 01 20

first_imgOn the field below, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs a different contest was taking place, this one the on-going waiting game between embattled Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and baseball. It’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased HGH from a pharmacist currently under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement – or non-involvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward from the whole ordeal, and his refusal to do so has steadily raised their frustration level. Moreno, growing angrier every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by opening day. In the meantime, team officials have reportedly discussed everything from a suspension to outright voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the off-season. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday. “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a scintilla of difference between our positions.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Literally and figuratively. center_img Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia, and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he too is hoping for an imminent resolution. “Anytime something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agrees. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids), I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” vincent.bonsignore@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

30 12 19

first_imgNorthridge Buyer beware Re “Valley’s politics look a bit blue” (Nov. 26): Tony Castro’s article reads like a marketing piece for the San Fernando Valley progressive movement. But, buyer beware. What Castro writes about with pride and glee demonstrates precisely why Los Angeles continually gets the short end of the stick from both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The fact that “progressives,” the politically correct term for bleeding-heart liberals these days, run wild in the San Fernando Valley is not something Angelenos should boast about. In general, these ultra-liberals represent an out-of-touch, highly yuppified constituency that may generate big campaign dollars and vote for progressives, but the area and its political views are largely overlooked because the voters and electeds are so highly partisan that they get taken for granted by the Democrat Party’s establishment. – Matthew N. Klink Studio City Paid volunteers Re “Getting paid to volunteer” (Nov. 17): Finally! The public, particularly apartment owners, gets to find out why the Los Angeles Housing Department is failing to comply with time limits required in city ordinances. While the department pays salaries from our taxes, and fees extracted from owners and tenants, it encourages its employees to skip their regular work load so they can “volunteer” to work for Habitat for Humanity. The Rent Stabilization Ordinance requires owners to notify tenants at least 30 days in advance of collecting half of the registration fee in the month of June. But the Housing Department fails to provide owners a copy of the annual Statement of Registration by May 1, and is even more egregious meeting other deadlines. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Anti-Mexico What is the reason or logic for this anti-Mexico movement going on throughout the country. Our Senate denied immigration reform twice, presidential candidates campaign against further immigration from south of the border, a great wall might be built spanning 3,000 miles across California to Texas. We must ask ourselves, “Do we really want to make a lifelong enemy of Mexico?” a country that has been a lifelong economic and political partner. – Charles A. Guerrero Mission Hills Madison dollar Re “A flop” (Your Opinions, Nov. 25): Ruth Fairrington’s letter in the Sunday paper about the gold Madison dollar is in error. If you look on the edge of the coin, it does indeed say “In God We Trust.” – Shirley Shimek Sunland He’s changed? Re “A flop” (Your Opinions, Nov. 25): Ruth Fairrington objects to the omission of “In God We Trust” on this new coin. Perhaps it is because He has proven untrustworthy. – Morris Schorr Woodland Hills Front page Regarding the war in Iraq, where are your front page articles on the recent U.S. successes? All we see are cartoons of criticism and words of a so-called lost war. – Emil Henen Valencia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Valley’s politics look a bit blue” (Nov. 26): My main reason some years ago for switching from the downtown paper to the Daily News was that your news coverage was distinct from your editorial opinions. Alas, this distinction seems to be eroding. Specifically, today’s “Valley’s politics look a bit blue.” It takes only one paragraph to determine reporter Tony Castro’s bias. He compares “old guard conservatism” to “progressive activism.” The implied images are aged, rich, white, foot-dragging Republicans vs. young, healthy, diversified, forward-looking Democrats. The remainder of the story reinforces the premise. Especially telling is the absence throughout of the dreaded L-word. A while back it was deemed that “liberal” had too many bad connotations, while “progressive” sounded cool. – Gary Brandner last_img read more

27 12 19

first_imgJason Black has achieved another stunning feat in high-altitude mountaineering after reaching the summit of Aconcagua in the Argentinian Andes.Black, famously scaled Mount Everest a number of years back and also attempted to become the first Irishman ever to summit the notorious K2 and survive. Irishman Ger McDonnell scaled the beast in August 2008, but died after an avalanche killed him and some of his travelling party on their return to basecamp.Black’s attempts became unstuck due to a combination of severe weather and a avalanche which destroyed most of their gear.Black was despondent – but quickly refocused on his next challenge which was Aconcagua.Black had said in an earlier podcast on Donegal Daily that they were suffering the worst weather seen on Aconcagua for years and they were forced to return to basecamp. However, there was no stopping him on his second attempt and he scaled the mountain at 6.30pm Irish time yesterday evening.Well done Jason on another incredible achievement.JASON BLACK CONQUERS HIS LATEST SUMMIT was last modified: January 14th, 2016 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:AconcaguaArgentinaJason BlackMountaineersummitlast_img read more

22 12 19

first_img Tags: martin kizzambrara citypaul mukatabalaSC Villawasswa bbosa Comments Martin kizza (left) will not feature for Villa on SaturdayAzam Uganda Premier LeagueMbarara City vs SC VillaKakyeka Stadium, MbararaSaturday, 28-04-2018SC Villa will be aiming to regain top spot in the Azam Uganda Premie league when they travel to Mbarara City on Saturday.The Jogoos who have now spent close to a week in second spot after they relinquished it to Vipers have a chance of taking it back with a three goal victory against a side that has not lost a league game by two goals at home this season.The only time that the Ankole Lions lost a game by two or more goals at the Kakyeka stadium this season was in the 3-0 defeat to Kansai Plascon in the Uganda Cup round of 16 last month.With all that in mind, Villa visits Mbarara without star play Martin Kizza who is suspended after accumulating three yellow cards. Kizza was booked for the third time in the second round against Vipers.The tricky winger has been the heart beat of the Villa team especially in the second round of the league, managing seven league goals since January in what is arguably his best ever top flight season.With Kizza out, the 16 time record league champions will have to look at the duo of Allan kyambadde and George Ssenkaba for inspiration but the former has been somehow inconsistent all season.Allan Kyambadde is one of the players expected to carry the team forward in the absence of Martin KizzaVilla’s misery ahead of the game is compounded by the fact that they will be without head coach Wasswa Bbosa who is suspended for four games and is set to begin his touchline ban on Saturday.Bbosa was found guilty of threatening the referee during and after the 1-0 loss to Vipers in Masaka two weeks ago.On the touchline, Paul Mukatabala is expected to do his magic as he has been the undisputed number two for Bbosa all season.“Between me and Bbosa (Wasswa), there is no head coach,” said Mukatabala in a phone interview.“We treat each other as equals, with respect and anyone of us can do the same job on the bench.“Of course we would have loved my colleague to be on the bench with us but now that he is not, we have to move on and I’m positive it will not affect out title challenge.“Our players know what is at stake and we want to keep the focus, especially after not picking any point from our match with Vipers.“There is a feeling of destiny around us this time and the players are desperate to be part of that fairy tale.Paul Mukatabala restraining Wasswa Bbosa as the later confronted the referees in Masaka.For Mbarara, they have got three former Villa employees in Ali Kimera, Yesseri Waibi and Asuman Alishe who will be eager to prove they still had a future at Villa Park when they were let go of.The Ankole Lions start the day occupying the third relegation slot but know that victory may see them moved up to 11th if the other results go their way.They will be relaying on the trio of Emmanuel Obina, Clinton Kamugisha and Makweth Awol to do the required damage.Match Stats.Head to Head:This will be only the second meeting between the two sides in over 10 years.The first meeting this season ended in a 1-0 victory for SC Villa at Masaka with midfielder Yubu Bogere getting the only goal of the game.Mbarara City:Mbarara go into the game in terrible form that has seen them win only one of their last nine games in all competitions (D2 L6). The win came in their last home game against Bright Stars whom they defeated 2-1.In the league, they have won only one of their last 10 outings (D4 L5).However, they have so far been impressive at home, losing only two of their 11 games at the Kakyeka stadium. The two loses came against Maroons and Vipers with the later coming in controversial fashion as replays showed Clovis Mbayi’s goal didn’t not cross the white wash.Mbarara has scored a league low of 13 goals in 25 matches this season but 11 of them have come at home.At the other end, the Ankole Lions have let in a joint sixth lowest of 20 goals. Only Maroons and the top four have conceded fewer.SC Villa:Villa go into the game as one of the most inform teams in the country, losing only one of their last eight games in all competitions (W7 D0). The loss was against Vipers at Masaka.In the league, the Jogoos have been impressive to of late, losing only two of their last 21 games (W14 D5). The two losses suffered came at the hands of the other two teams occupying the top three, both 1-0s.Villa have conceded only nine goals all season which is the best record in the division. Six of those goals have come away from home which is also the lowest tally by an away side this season.However, the Jogoos have managed only four victories on the road this season (D5 L2) and have not won three away matches on the trot since they won five between April and May 2015 when they won five.The Other games to be played on Saturday:Maroons vs Express FC @Luzira Prisons Grounds, 04:00pmKirinya JSS vs Bright Stars @Kyabazinga Stadium, 04:00pmlast_img read more