PPP/C team committed to Guyana’s development

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s Progressive Party, under the leadership of General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, has clearly indicated through its membership and supporters that they are prepared to manage Guyana whereby every Guyanese is being respected and has a commitment of hope for a better future.The recent stakeholder forum was held to input genuine ideas in the PPP/C manifesto in order to craft a framework that would enable national development through this consultative process. This forum was represented by numerous stakeholders who were able to represent their ideas.The presidential candidate, Comrade Irfaan Ali, in his impressive ‘presidential’ presentation, outlined some measures that the PPP/C would be implementing to reduce the burden that was enforced by this failed APNU/AFC Government. Comrade Irfaan Ali also emphasised the importance of the PPP/C manifesto and his commitment to ensuring implementation for a better Guyana.This consultative approach by the PPP/C is a definite indication that the party’s intentions on the assumption to Government will be inclusive, approachable, committed, transparent, and progressive.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Ahead of MSME’s National Conference on Trade Fair in Monrovia: IBEX Completes Training on…

first_imgAhead of this year’s third Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) national conference trade fair, one of the lead agencies in business development, Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) has completed a one-day intensive training in access to finance and record keeping for local business people in Monrovia.The upcoming conference is intended to focus on enterprise-development promotion, inclusive economic growth and empowerment of Liberians.The training was organized and facilitated by IBEX as one of the technical working groups working with the Ministry of Commerce on the pending MSME’s conference in Monrovia, slated from 17-18 November.The IBEX seminar brought together over 50 participants from diverse business backgrounds.IBEX Deputy Chief of Party, Augustus J. Flomo, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the training would provide opportunities for participants to explore ways to break down national and international obstacles to inclusive economic growth in the country.He said as lead agency in business support, the seminar will provide platform for local business people where they will discuss key issues that are affect them in getting access to finance and how to document their businesses.Mr. Flomo assured the business community of IBEX’s commitment to improving the country’s economy.In remarks, the participants expressed thanks and gratitude to IBEX for the opportunity to acquire such knowledge that will help them explore their businesses in Liberia.IBEX program offers financial services to local businesses and commercial bank staff, including technical assistance and capacity building support such as training, coaching, mentoring, advice and loan facilitation for business growth and expansion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Business Women Count on Cummings to End ‘Hardship In Harper,’

first_imgA business women’s group in Harper throws their weight behind Cummings: “We believe in you as an experienced corporate executive and one who has love for country. You can stabilize and improve our economy, if elected president,” the said.‘If I win, my government will give you the economy you deserve,’ he respondsA group of marketers under the banner, “Concerned Business Women for Change in the Southeast,” said living in Harper has become unbearable for ordinary residents, adding, “It is hard to live in Harper.” Residents attribute the reported high cost of living in Harper and the rest of the southeastern counties primarily to the deplorable road network and the currency exchange rate between the US and Liberian dollars. The group told Alexander B. Cummings, standard bearer of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), that the county’s economy is “unbearable.”  Besides imported clothes and phones, all other commodities in Maryland County are very expensive when compared to prices in Monrovia and other parts of the country. A 25k bag of rice in Harper, the county’s political capital, is L$2, 650, with a cup sold for L$55. For a bag of cement, the price varies between US$18 to US$21. Also, a gallon of gas in Harper is L$470, while a piece of fresh or dried fish is at least L$275. The exchange rate is US$1 to L$116. Apart from the women’s group, a group of shop owners told the Daily Observer that life in Harper is especially hard during the rainy season. The leadership of the shop owners said despite paying their yearly taxes, the bad road conditions and the cost of goods from Monrovia or from Cote d’Ivoire adds to the hike in prices.  Mrs. Nyonplue Koon, spokesperson for the women’s group, said the high exchange rate between the US dollar and its Liberian counterpart, the mutilated Liberian dollars, as well as the fact of the two currencies operating in the Liberian market, are causing inflation on the market, which is causing “Harper to be only for the rich,” taking into consideration that most people living in Maryland are poor. “On behalf of marketers in the southeastern counties, we want to use this opportunity to give you our support and promise to tell our friends in other parts of the country to vote for you,” Mrs. Koon said. “We believe in you as an experienced corporate executive and one who has love for country. You can stabilize and improve our economy, if elected president. We also believe as a man of ‘talk and do,’ you will certainly do what you have promised.” The group, comprising mostly women and a few men, want Mr. Cummings, if elected president, to review all the concession agreements the government signed on behalf of the south-easterners. They argued that all agreements the government signed regarding the southeast are not satisfactorily adhering to their social statuses. Mr. Ebenezer Koon, a local businessman and one of the advisors to the group, said their membership is inclusive and is void of tribal boundaries or religious affiliations. “We have about 1,300 members. Our decision to support Mr. Cummings is based on his competency. But before then, we have consulted among ourselves and have arrived at a consensus. We believe he can deliver the southeast by putting the country first,” Madam Elizabeth Toe, another advisor to the group, said. “When we put you there, we want you to do what we will tell you to do,” she challenged Mr. Cummings. Meanwhile, Mrs. Teresa Cummings happily hugged every woman and shook the hands of the men, before her husband, Mr. Cummings, took the stage. Cummings’ message remains consistently clear: “We must believe in ourselves, in Liberia and work together to vote for different leadership to bring the kind of change we want. If we are elected, we can address the shortcomings of the country and make it better,” he told the gathering. “If the choices we have made are not working, we must change, or we will only see more of the same high rate of US dollars, bad roads and expensive commodities on the market. I promise that if I am elected president, I will work harder than anyone else to create real change, the change you can trust.” He added: “I can give Liberians the Liberia they deserve, if I am elected your president.” Cummings (left) with Sulunteh in Harper: “We must ensure Liberian women, youth and those physically challenged individuals are as fully engaged in our economic community as all other Liberians.”He promised not be like any of the country’s past leaders, noting: “My government will give you the economy you deserve. If you help me to campaign and l win, our country will prosper. We will ensure we have Infrastructure: It is the key to providing quality healthcare, education, jobs, and food security. We can also strengthen our private sector by privatizing infrastructure development, and attracting foreign investment. We will develop reliable electricity, running water and roads, we will create jobs for millions of Liberians, and most of all, provide everyday Liberians with a better quality of life,” Cummings maintained. He recalled how unemployment and job insecurity in the country are widespread. And because of that, he continued: “We will also empower our people by creating job opportunities, providing them with skills training and development, and attracting investors, who will create highly labor-intensive industries that provide a high number of low skill jobs our people can fill.” On civil servants’ salary increment, Cummings promised not to take his salary, and will also slice the salaries of members of the Legislature, increase the salaries of teachers, health workers and other civil servants. “We will also develop and implement creative legislation and policies that will strengthen and protect women’s economic empowerment.” As a way to further expand the economy, Mr. Cummings said he intends to begin by transforming Liberia into an inclusive economy for the country to be self sufficient. “We must ensure Liberian women, youth and those physically challenged individuals are as fully engaged in our economic community as all other Liberians.” On corruption, the ANC leader stated that if any of his administration’s policies are to work, government and its officials must first be held accountable. “To address corruption, we will create a special anti-corruption court, support and appropriately resource already established integrity institutions and establish the enforcement mechanisms to hold corrupt officials to account. We will identify the positions where individuals are most likely to engage in corruption, and publicize them so that identifying corruption is a public engagement. Lastly, we will prosecute all officials suspected of corruption; we will seize assets and jail all those found guilty. No exceptions!” Cummings pledged that there will be a balanced distribution of government spending under his watch, especially in terms of officials’ compensation. Shortly after the Saturday launch in Harper, Mr. Cummings visited Pleebo, Maryland County’s commercial hub, on Sunday; and on Monday, he went to Karluway – a short distance from Pleebo. He also visited Gbeyken – his home town. There were elaborate “war dances” aptly called ‘Mr. President,’ which characterized the Cummings visit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Champions League view: Manchester City can take on anyone

first_imgManchester City made hard work of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League but, now they are there, they will be a match for anyone.That’s the view of former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino, who told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Man City can take on anyone in the world.“They were in second gear at the start of the season and they only seem to do it when they’re right up against it.“But on their day, with their first XI, they could give anyone a game.”last_img

A Full Complement

first_imgBy Phil Collin STAFF WRITER Hmm. Fullback, huh? Sparks a vague memory as a rather vital tool for the USC offense. In two games, which included one electrifying 50-yard run, Stanley Havili delivered an emphatic reminder of the role the fullback once played for the Trojans, who had to limp through virtually the entire 2006 season without one. Powdrell had begun to make his impact at fullback, catching four passes for 72 yards in the opener, including a 44-yard catch-and-run play. His work didn’t escape Havili’s attention. “After last year and watching Ryan Powdrell and what he did in the Arkansas game, I knew that the fullback played a role significantly, not only blocking but in the passing game,” said Havili, who rolled up 2,652 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior in high school. “I knew coming out this season I’d have a few opportunities to catch the ball out of the backfield and help open up the offense.” Sure enough, after two games, Havili is tied for the team lead with eight receptions and has scored three touchdowns, two on receptions. And his stunning 50-yard run from the USC 4-yard line on the first play last week against Nebraska set the tone for the Trojans’ 313-yard rushing day. The play originally was to be called for tailback C.J. Gable, but USC just tried to create some breathing room for the offense. All Havili did was allow the Trojans to exhale a huge sigh of relief. “Last year we manufactured some things and handed it to Chauncey (Washington, a tailback) on that play and played (receiver) Steve Smith at tailback,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said, adding with a laugh: “We got creative.” But the Trojans couldn’t gimmick their way through the season, and by the end, they had to chuck the run game and pass their way out of trouble. After Havili was hurt, USC turned to Mike Brittingham, a former walk-on; little-used Jody Adewale; linebacker Thomas Williams; and converted defensive back Allen Bradford at fullback. That’s when the Trojans actually used a fullback. For much of the time, they tried to make do without. “You’re using wideouts to block a lot more and, as much as anything, you’re making guys sit there and think at the line of scrimmage,” Sarkisian said. “You change a lot more plays. We audibled unbelievable amounts last year for a variety of reasons, but one is, when you don’t have a fullback, when you can’t line up with two backs and run the ball, or play-action pass and get protection, you’ve got to sit there and figure things out. “That puts a burden on your quarterback, who’s thinking a lot at the line of scrimmage, and at the end, I don’t think you’re playing fast as a team. It’s nice to do it once in a while as part of your offense, but that doesn’t need to be your mainstay. At least that’s not the way we think.” The Trojans quickly found that two of their favorite facets of attack, tempo and creating mismatches, had been interrupted. No more. “Stan’s such a dual threat in the run game and the pass game,” quarterback John David Booty said. “We can play-action and run. He can do anything and opponents don’t even know what’s coming.” And to think a year ago, Havili didn’t know what was coming. He had to battle the frustration of not being able to play and fight the urge to come back during the season, which would prevent him from gaining a redshirt year. “I was real frustrated, very down after the Arizona game, and when they played Washington State, I was very down when I was watching it on TV,” Havili said. “I was kind of depressed for a few weeks, but I realized what I could do in this offense, what the fullback can do and waited for my opportunity to play.” phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Havili fits the mold the Trojans coaches imagined when the 6-foot-1, 225-pound redshirt freshman from Salt Lake City was recruited. If only he hadn’t broken his leg in the third game of the ’06 season, Havili could have made a huge difference in how the season turned out. The Trojans have chosen not to play the woulda-coulda game, instead turning their attention to what has been restored for the offense in 2007. Havili, having endured almost an entire season on the sideline, is only smiling at what the future can bring. He had played in USC’s wins over Arkansas and Nebraska to start the 2006 season, then started in the third game against Arizona after Ryan Powdrell was lost for the season with an ankle injury. last_img read more

LETTERKENNY LITTER BUGS TO BLAME FOR ‘DIRTY TOWN’, NOT US, SAYS SURVEY BOSS

first_imgTHE man behind a controversial survey which branded Letterkenny ‘littered’ has stood by his claims.Pat Oliver, chair of the National Spring Clean Campaign, monitored litter in the Co Donegal town last year for the Irish Business Against Litter survey.The report caused huge controversy when it was released, Mr Oliver admitted. “There was some controversy about the results last year for Letterkenny. The Donegal papers and some local councillors there were very critical of An Taisce,” he said.“But we’d done the monitoring and we’d found what we found. We had no particular axe to grind either way. So I was astonished at the reaction. We were criticised for saying the town was littered. But the people who littered the town were the ones at fault. Not us,” he added.LETTERKENNY LITTER BUGS TO BLAME FOR ‘DIRTY TOWN’, NOT US, SAYS SURVEY BOSS was last modified: March 31st, 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:LETTERKENNY LITTER BUGS TO BLAME FOR ‘DIRTY TOWN’LETTERKENNY LITTER BUGS TO BLAME FOR ‘DIRTY TOWN’ – CLAIMNOT USSAYS SURVEY BOSSlast_img read more

Volunteer Opportunities

first_imgHere are some opportunities to help the less fortunate during the holidays: Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station toy drive: Drop off new, unwrapped toys through Sunday at the sheriff’s station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, or at participating businesses. A storefront in the former Chamber of Commerce building will be open for weekend drop-offs. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 799-5164. Hunger Defense Fund food and toy drive: Drop off food, toys and monetary donations, 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24 at Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Ruether Ave., Suite 208, Canyon Country. Call Wendi Lancy at (661) 299-9273. Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer: Donate gift cards for families whose children have cancer to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 28405 Sand Canyon Road, Suite A, Canyon Country, CA 91387. Call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. Barnes & Noble book drive: Visit the store at 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, to contribute. Call (661) 254-6604. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake SCV Senior Center “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign: Contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure that the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321, through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. S.C.V.-Newhall Optimist Club Toy and Food Drive: Donate nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, turkeys and gift certificates. For information on drop-off locations, call Dee Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Domino’s Pizza Thanks and Giving Campaign: Add a dollar to each order to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California is accepting donations to benefit Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband inscribed with the words “Helping Others.” Mail donations to the Auto Club, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. last_img read more

Steph, Ayesha Curry play Santa on Ellen DeGeneres special

first_imgWatching the reactions of children when they’re in the presence of Stephen Curry is absolutely priceless.Their eyes become saucers. Their mouths fly open. A gaze of utter disbelief comes over their faces.It happened again recently when the Golden State Warriors star and his wife, Ayesha, visited the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA) for a segment on the NBC holiday special, “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.”“Is this real?!” a kid is heard asking. “Are you really Steph …last_img read more

Grand Canyon Demoted by New Discovery

first_imgA canyon longer than Grand Canyon has been discovered under the ice of Greenland.  Scientists are surprised that it has persisted through the ice ages.Science Magazine announced the discovery of a giant “mega-canyon” in bedrock under Greenland’s ice pack by airborne radar in NASA’s Operation IceBridge.  The BBC News includes a radar map of the canyon, and a video explaining the significance of the never-before-seen feature.It’s less than half as deep as the Grand Canyon (800 m) but over twice as long (800 km), and comparably wide.  Live Science is calling it the “world’s longest canyon.”  It flows from the center of the island northward to the sea, entering the sea below sea level.  National Geographic also reported the discovery.When did it form?  Geologists believe it is “paleofluvial,” meaning it formed as a river system before the ice sheets covered the surface.  But that creates a mystery; why didn’t glaciers smooth it out and obliterate it?  “Indeed, none of the profiles are typical of glacially eroded valleys,” the paper states.  “…The canyon follows a meandering path more typical of a large river system.”From the BBC article:Prof David Vaughan from British Antarctic Survey (Bas) told BBC News: “The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets hide a lot. It’s pretty surprising to find this canyon. Greenland isn’t that big for a canyon of that size, and for it to survive in its pre-glacial form after successive glaciations is quite something.”The discovery was a “jaw-dropping experience” to the Operation IceBridge team.  Science Daily quoted a geologist saying, “It shows how little we still know about the bedrock below large continental ice sheets.”This canyon should be examined by creation geologists not beholden to millions of years.  That a fresh-looking canyon in bedrock has not been eroded into a glaciated valley by huge amounts of overlying ice may point to problems with long age beliefs and the secular scheme of multiple ice ages (instead, there was just one ice age relatively recent and short).  That a canyon this size exists on a relatively small continent may provide evidence for catastrophic flood geology.  If nothing else, the discovery was unexpected by secular geologists, and points out how little is known about features under the ice in Greenland and Antarctica.  We still live in an age of discovery. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

No service in outer space? No problem!

first_imgPlanetary Pursuit has officially launched and your journey through the Solar System has begun! In an attempt to relieve any turbulence throughout your expedition, Ground Control will be offering useful tips for smooth space sailing. Even though you may be roaming outer space, there’s no need to let your data roam while caching! Take your adventure offline to find caches anywhere the game takes you with Geocaching Premium. As a Premium member, you can save lists of geocaches for offline use so you’ll always be ready for the next adventure no matter where your cell service ends. Here’s how to download a list and access it offline in the Geocaching® app:1. Go to the My Lists section of the Geocaching® app.2. Tap the ellipsis (…) next to the list that you want to download.3. Select Download Offline Data.Offline maps are saved in the Trails map type. When you’re geocaching without an internet connection, switch to Trails to see your offline maps!Start planning your out-of-this-world geocaching adventures and earning up to 10 new souvenirs! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!January 17, 2017In “News”10 Useful Geocaching® app features you may not even know you haveMarch 23, 2017In “News”Six geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”last_img read more