A critical window of opportunity for Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,There is a current wave of optimism regarding upcoming dialogue between Guyana’s President and Opposition Leader, initiated by former US President Jimmy Carter; and expectations by civil society, social commentators, the private sector and politicians as a whole are very high.These meetings are expected to address a range of issues affecting the forward movement of the country, and it can be agreed by any right-minded Guyanese that the pooling of intellectual resources and ideas is critical to Guyana’s transformation and development.But perhaps the greatest derivative of these meetings would be a consensus on the most effective utility and investment of imminent revenues from Guyana’s oil bonanza. Guyanese locally and in the diaspora have been cautiously optimistic about the fruits of the oil and gas industry, partially due to the absence of a clearly outlined plan.There have been variances in views held by operatives on both sides of the political divide, as well as by private sector bodies, as to the most suitable way to spend these monies; and these meetings can provide a platform for a fusion of ideas and proposals regarding this very critical sector.Irrespective of which side of the political spectrum we find ourselves on, this is an opportunity for us to sit with our leaders and channel our ideas upwards, so as to ensure that the best models are considered at the highest level.It must be remembered at all times that our political leaders are merely elected stewards who oversee what is in effect ‘our wealth’, and we have a duty to ensure that this is done in a way that benefits the country today and in the future.Regards,Andrew Mc Beanlast_img read more

AG admits more work needed to pass evaluation

first_imgCaribbean Financial Action Task Force…as SOCU called out for lack of convictionsWith Guyana’s anti-money laundering evaluation before the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) fast approaching, Attorney General Basil Williams has admitted that more needs to be done in terms of existing legislation.Williams made this admission on Monday during a seminar at the Bank of Guyana that focused on preparations for Guyana’s mutual evaluation. According to the Attorney General, the seminar was an important opportunity to coordinate between sister agencies.Attorney General Basil Williams“All of us in this room, and those who are not here, must work together to ensure our efforts bear fruit. This is a tremendous opportunity to collaborate, to see our success at the mutual evaluations. I hope the session will enhance our knowledge of threats from money laundering and financing of terrorism and proliferation.”He noted that Guyana has passed legislation already but “we have to develop it more. Because it’s one that they’re going to be focusing on. By the time they reach us in 2023.”Proliferation financing is the act of providing funds or services for the manufacture and acquisition of equipment or chemicals that will be used in criminal enterprises. The term was included under proceeds of crime in the AML/CFT amendment bill of 2018.Williams also pointed out that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has a special role to play in this and he queried whether new SOCU Head Althea Padmore, was in attendance. According to Williams, an invitation was extended to Padmore to attend the seminar.SOCU’s ineffectiveness“Our focus must be on effective implementation… is SOCU here? And is the new Head of SOCU here? She was invited and she ought to have been here too. Because… and it’s unfortunate, they looked at them to determine effectiveness. And if you don’t have prosecutions and convictions, you’re nowhere. And the effort now to restructure SOCU, we hope to see more progress in that.”Guyana is slated to be evaluated in 2022 by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and FATF. It will be the fourth round of evaluations, with Guyana having been removed from the global watch list in 2016.The state of SOCU, Guyana’s main money-laundering investigation arm, has been a source of concern however since information came to light that a probe into the unit being conducted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had unearthed irregularities that included falsified records and missing documents.According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged that his signature was forged. In addition, there are reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.In the fallout from this case, then Head of SOCU, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James was forced to proceed on administrative leave while investigations were carried out. Padmore consequently took over.While James’ contract has not ended, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said that James would not be coming back. However, James’ absence has done little to help secure convictions for the beleaguered agency.Citing the failure of SOCU Special Prosecutor Lawrence Harris to prove his case, Senior Magistrate Leron Daly dismissed a fraud charge brought by the unit against three former officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) last month.Those freed of the charges were former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Jagnarine Singh; former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Nigel Dharamlall; and the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Finance in the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine.The charge alleged that in 2011, while being Directors at the GRDB, with intent to defraud, they omitted to enter some $52 million in the GRDB ledger. The parliamentary Opposition has long maintained that these charges were politically instigated by SOCU.last_img read more

Florida survives at Kentucky

first_imgCorey Brewer scored 16points and top-ranked Florida held off No. 20 Kentucky 64-61 on Saturday night for its 16th straight victory. Ramel Bradley missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it as time expired, sealing the Gators’ fifth win in a row against Kentucky. Florida (23-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) was up 63-54 with 20 seconds left before Bradley hit consecutive 3s to cut the margin to three. Prior to that, Kentucky had made just one of 19 attempts from beyond the arc and was threatening the school- worst 1-of-19 performance set in 2002 against South Carolina. Randolph Morris had 18points for the host Wildcats (18-6, 7-3). No. 8 Memphis 95, Tulane 51: Robert Dozier and Willie Kemp each scored 13points to lead a balanced offense, and the Tigers (21-3, 11-0 Conference USA) won their 27th consecutive victory at home and 13th straight overall. No. 9 Kansas 92, Missouri 74: Julian Wright set a career high with 33 points to go with 12 rebounds, and the Jayhawks held the Tigers without a basket for more than nine minutes in the first half in winning for the first time in three tries at Mizzou Arena. (21-4, 8-2 Big 12) (14-9, 3-7) Wright St. 77, No. 10 Butler 65: DaShaun Wood scored 30 points and the Raiders ended the Bulldogs’ winning streak at nine. (19-9, 12-2 Horizon League) No. 22 Georgetown 76, No. 11 Marquette 58: Jeff Green scored 24 points, Roy Hibbert had 23 points and 11rebounds and host Georgetown celebrated the 100th anniversary of Hoyas basketball by snapping the Golden Eagles’ eight-game winning streak. (18-5, 8-2 Big East) No. 15 Air Force 60, New Mexico 51: Jacob Burtschi and Nick Welch combined for a rare four-point trip late in the game and the visiting Falcons (21-4, 8-3 Mountain West Conference) sruvived a poor start. No. 17 Oklahoma State 93, Texas Tech 91 (2 OT): Mario Boggan had 35 points and 14 rebounds as the host Cowboys won their third multiple-overtime game this season. (19-5, 5-4 Big 12) Mississippi 75, No. 18 Alabama 69: Clarence Sanders scored 11 of Ole Miss’ final 12points to cap a rousing comeback and give the Rebels (16-8, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) a share of first place in the SEC’s wild Western Division. No. 21 Southern Illinois 72, Creighton 68: Matt Shaw scored 25 points, including twokey free throws with 1.6seconds left, to help the host Salukis (21-5, 12-3) take over sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Tennessee 84, No. 23 Vanderbilt 57: Wayne Chism scored 17 points, Chris Lofton added 16 as the host Volunteers (17-8, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the opening minutes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img No. 3 Ohio State 63, Purdue 56: Ron Lewis hit a key driving layup and the Buckeyes (22-3, 10-1 Big Ten) closed with an 11-4 run to break open a close game and win their ninthgame in a row and improve to 16-0 at home. No. 4 Wisconsin 74, Iowa 62: Alando Tucker scored 21points and the host Badgers (24-2, 10-1 Big Ten) overcame a halftime deficit to beat the Hawkeyes (14-11, 6-5). No. 5 North Carolina 104, Wake Forest 67: Reyshawn Terry scored 23 points, Tyler Hansbrough added 16 and the host Tar Heels (22-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched their most lopsided win of the series. No. 6 Texas A&M 66, Nebraska 55: Josh Carter made eight 3-pointers and matched his career high with 26 points to lead the visiting Aggies (21-3, 9-1 Big 12). No. 7 Pittsburgh 74, Providence 68: Aaron Gray took control inside to finish with 22points after sitting out much of the first half in foul trouble, and the Panthers (22-3, 10-1 Big East) rallied to win their fifth in a row and 12th in 13games. last_img read more

Sterling has endured abuse for years, claims Neville

first_imgChelsea have suspended four supporters while they continue their investigation into the incident.Neville, who worked with Sterling during his time as assistant to former England boss Roy Hodgson, says the abuse at Chelsea is far from the first time the City winger has taken the brunt of vitriolic public criticism.Neville revealed Sterling approached him for advice during Euro 2016 when abuse from fans and media for his poor performances became too much for him to take.“He came to see me one-on-one in 2016, I think it was three or four days before the Iceland game,” Neville said on Sky Sport’s Monday Night Football.“Before the tournament, he was getting so much stick. We were aware of that as a coaching staff that fans were on to him, media were on to him.“It then continued into the stadium, to the point where there were boos and groans.“He accepted that he would get criticism playing for England, he accepted he would get scrutinised as an England player, he didn’t want any special treatment.“But it was so vicious, he felt so targeted, he didn’t know what to do about it. I saw someone who has a great mentality and is tough, but a level of vulnerability.”– ‘Been carrying this for years’ –Neville admitted he and his fellow England coaches failed to properly acknowledge some of the criticism of former Liverpool star Sterling was racially motivated.“Really as a coach, I’m being honest, I didn’t really know how to deal with it,” he said.“The abuse he received, particularly after the tournament, and the language that was used against him, I have not seen before.“He was willing to stand up and carry on playing to an outstanding level, but he has been carrying this for years, not just Saturday.“This isn’t just a Chelsea fan at the weekend, this has been going on for years for him. He came to see me in 2016, was it happening to him before that?“It is a really difficult situation. He is a tough lad, a tough cookie, to come through the scrutiny he’s come through like he has done is a miracle almost.”Neville said Sterling was not the only black England player he knew to have suffered from such discrimination.“It’s not undertones, it’s blatant. I was trying to think if anything happened when I played for England and the lad I used to sit next to for 10 years was Ashley Cole,” he added.“He’s had to escape this country, almost like a football refugee. Seeking asylum in MLS to get away from it, the way he’s been treated.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling endured alleged racist abuse from a Chelsea fan © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 11 – Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims Manchester City star Raheem Sterling endured years of “vicious” abuse before the alleged racist slurs directed at him by Chelsea fans on Saturday.Sterling was subjected to reported racist abuse from Chelsea fans during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Parents see good, and bad, in Internet

first_imgChildren were more likely than parents to consider computers and gadgets helpful to their lives. Among parents, mothers were more likely than fathers to praise technology. The study of 935 sets of U.S. parents and children was conducted by telephone Oct. 23-Nov. 19, 2006. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Parents have become more ambivalent about the Internet, with a new study finding fewer of them considering it good for their children. The Pew Internet and American Life Project said Wednesday that about 59percent of Americans with children ages 12-17 consider the Internet a positive influence on their kids. That is based on a 2006 survey, the latest available on the topic, and represents a drop from 67percent in 2004. Meanwhile, those who do not believe the Internet has had an effect one way or the other increased to 30percent, from 25percent. “The Internet for a lot of parents is now a mature technology,” said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew. “They are not in a honeymoon period with the Internet anymore. They are realizing the Internet is something with good and bad things.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In both years, only a small percentage consider the Internet bad. Although parents are hearing about sexual predators and other dangers online, Lenhart said, they also see the Internet’s benefits for homework. “Parents are seeing both sides of the coin,” she said. The study found parents more concerned about content than time spent online. Sixty-eight percent said they have rules about sites their children can or cannot visit, while only 55percent control the amount of time they can spend online. “Time use is seen as problematic for reasons related to obesity, but parents are more concerned about keeping their children sheltered and safe from a lot of the images and things that come through the content on the Internet,” Lenhart said. Parents were more likely than their children to own desktop computers, laptops, cell phones and personal digital assistants, but the kids were more likely to have Apple Inc.’s iPods and other digital music players – 51percent of children vs. 29percent of parents. last_img read more

talkSPORT Transfer Centre PODCAST, August 4 2016

first_imgJoin talkSPORT’s Tom Bellwood and Russ Hargreaves as they discuss all the latest breaking transfer news. You can hear the talkSPORT Today Transfer Centre every day at 1pm on talkSPORT 2.last_img

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThe final of the An-Cu Veterinary 525 is the feature race on tonight’s greyhound card at Lifford Stadium.There are were races down for decision.The runners are (first race 8.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Friend of Jack; 2, Ballougry Bound; 3, Rodneys Babe; 4, Killuran Way; 5, Candys Pride; 6, Pollys Ace.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Mullrook Lornie; 2, Hillcroft Lass; 3, Giltiaero; 4, Monacetta; 5, Tydon Marquis; 6, Fridays Berlin.Race 3 The Try a Trio 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather For Luck; 2, Mullrook Kofi; 3, Tommylees Buddy; 4, Coolcholly Kate; 5, Ballyhill Civi; 6, Maid of More.Race 4 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Doctor Bill; 2, Tullna Island; 3, Whoop Whoop; 4, Lillie Mais Boy; 5, Longrange Bazie; 6, Ballybun Glen. Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Townsend Panter; 2, Barberfort Rock; 3, Quare Flame; 4, Local Whitesocks; 5, Drumsna Royal; 6, Crashball.Race 6 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, China Moments; 2, Quare Evening; 3, Saberry; 4, Backdoor Bucko; 5, Fridays Hondo; 6, Beraghill Monty.Race 7 The Upcoming Sweepstakes (525 yards): 1, Tahina Sabrina; 2, Thrill Me; 3, Mongys Flyer; 4, Farloe Pixie; 5, Hather Bonnie; 6, Do It Boy.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special (525 yards): 1, Goodinthehood; 2, Tahina Keavey; 3, Smurfing Manx; 4, Corrin Gooch; 5, Shanmoyle Legend; 6, Hather Lock.Race 9 The Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Maybe; 2, Ill Get That; 3, Hather Two Bake; 4, Mongys Girl; 5, Colarhouse Lady; 6, Dartrey Snow. Race 10 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Final (525 yards): 1, Drumbee Shadow; 2, Sunrise Belle; 3, Fridays Brett; 4, Turbine Tulip; 5, Quare Lemon; 6, Rampant Razzle.Race 11 www.liffordgreyhound.com 525 (525 yards): 1, Harebell; 2, Varra Nifty; 3, Fridays Warsaw; 4, Bua Pakie; 5, Mullrook Dabhoyo; 6, Myre Willow.Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Drumsna Prince; 2, Take Cover; 3, Storm Warrior; 4, Do It Kim; 5, Budders Reward; 6, Another Choice.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordlast_img read more

Hospital strike settled

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Service workers at California Pacific Medical Center ratified a new contract Friday, ending a nearly two-month strike. Leaders of the local Service Employees International Union said 97 percent of members approved the tentative contract agreement, reached Thursday. About 800 employees – mostly cafeteria workers, housekeepers and nurses’ assistants who do not interact directly with patients – walked off the job Sept. 13 after contract negotiations broke down. Thea Lavin, spokeswoman for SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, said the new contract addressed the union’s key issues, including new rules for union organizing and more funding for employee training. The contract also allows workers to submit their staffing concerns to a third-party arbitrator, empowered to make a binding decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Terms of the agreement with California Pacific are similar those in other hospital contracts that union leaders called “industry standard” in a statement released Friday. “The agreement reached today is a win-win for everyone – firstly, and most important, for our patients and our community – but also our employees, CPMC, and the union,” Dr. Martin Brotman, California Pacific’s chief executive officer, said in a statement Thursday. The new contract would expire in June 2008. Members are expected to return to work on Tuesday, union leaders said.last_img read more

Why this inspirational adventurer is roughing it in Donegal

first_imgA Dublin man who turned his life around through hiking is currently touring some of the most beautiful locations of Donegal.Derek Cullen is 1,800km into his walk around Ireland and a million miles from a life that was once dominated by loss, alcohol and depression.Derek has walked almost the entire coast of Ireland on his soul-searching mission. He cooks on a small stove and often relies on the kindness of farmers for a place to pitch his tent.  His north-west adventures have taken him to Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Glenties, the Bluestack Mountains and Glenveagh before visiting family in Creeslough/Ards. Derek has close ties to Donegal as his grandmother Sarah Gallagher is from Creeslough and she was the sister of the famous singer, Bridie Gallagher.The reason for the trip is not for charity, protest or cause, but because he simply loves walking outdoors.In 2014 the Dubliner was tired of his self-destructive life and struggling after the death of his parents. But at his lowest moment of physical and mental exhaustion, he realized that something had to give. He said: “It was my own fault and this was hard to admit. But I had no success with being self destructive, my drinking habit was literally exhausting and I knew it was time to try something different. Looking back, that was the moment I decided to live for my parents instead of trying to live without them, and to chase down the life I wanted rather than eking my way through a life that was falling apart.”Derek cycled thousands of miles across Africa, hiked the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland, and hiked another 4,500km from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.In July 2019 he decided to walk around Ireland, all the while editing daily videos of the trip and sharing his discoveries and life lessons with followers on Facebook. Three Irish companies (BDifferent Marketing, Elk Recruitment and the Hiiker App) have jumped on board to help cover some of the day-to-day expenses.But Derek no longer takes these adventures with any grand achievement or purpose in mind. He believes that spending so much time outdoors has enabled him to manage his problems and anxieties so effectively. He also gave up alcohol three years ago and attributes his newfound “success” as an adventurer to a conscious effort to embrace his life with positivity and perseverance. “I’m not out here trying to fix my problems anymore. I just like to explore on foot, to watch the land and seasons change, while enjoying the health benefits that come with getting outdoors. Spending so much time outdoors seems to have re-wired my brain and taken me down a much more exciting road in the process.”You can follow the walk around Ireland Facebook (Derek Cullen Outdoors) or any other social media platform. Why this inspirational adventurer is roughing it in Donegal was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Picture Special: A whole new bowling experience at Arena7

first_imgArena7 are bringing you a whole new bowling experience and it is BRILLIANT!!!! They have been bringing you bowling for over 15 years and it has just upped its game to another level. Stylish seating, a new sound system, state of the art lighting and to compliment it all, a brand-new bar serving everything from cocktails to draft beer and everything in between.  VIP Room at Arena7 LetterkennyKids will love it to celebrate a birthday, while adults can enjoy a night out with friends or work colleagues. There are loads of packages that can combine food and many of the other great choices at the entertainment complex. For more info then go to www.arena7.ie or check them out on Facebook. VIP Bowling LanesBowling at Arena7 LetterkennyAnd don’t forget Arena7 Gift Cards are a top gift at Christmas as you can use your gift card anywhere in the complex. You can also purchase them online by clicking the link http://www.arena7.ie/product/gift-card/Check out what they do below:Wood Berry Grill Bar & RestaurantTen Pin BowlingKids Adventure CentreLaser QuestBite & Bowl Fast Food DinerPool HallTwo Stylish Function Rooms with Private BarArcade GamesPrivate Karaoke BarFor bookings and enquiries just call (074) 912 1988 or check out Arena7 on Facebook.Arena7 LetterkennyArena7 LetterkennyArena7 LetterkennyArena7 LetterkennyPicture Special: A whole new bowling experience at Arena7 was last modified: December 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:arena7 letterkennyEntertainmentfunctionsKaraokeNew Looknights outpartiesRenovationsVenuelast_img read more